The writers of re-imagined classics and popular franchises such as GHOST, CHARLIE & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, TWINS and SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN deliberate how to keep stories fresh while remaining faithful to the original version. Accompanied by Spencer and Lloyd Harvey’s short film JACK & JILL, a fresh take on the classic nursery rhyme that follows a young Australian girl who finds an inventive way to contact her father, a soldier stationed in New Guinea during WWII.
The writers behind WANTED, THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM, CON AIR, and SNITCH discuss how they use action scenes to further the plot, convey tension, and build toward a satisfying climax. Followed by Lucas Martell’s animated short film, PIGEON: IMPOSSIBLE, about a trained CIA agent faced with an unexpected sudden threat to national security.
Legendary television writer Chris Carter reveals the secret behind the creation and success of The X-Files and how he stirred audiences using the power of mythology. Lost and PROMETHEUS writer, Damon Lindelof, speaks with Carter on how his use of the paranormal and search for the truth have become staples of popular culture. Followed by Todd Somodevilla and Marysia Makowska’s surreal short film, SEA PAVILION, about a picnic outing by an abandoned seaside dwelling, that ends up encompassing more than just sand dunes and forgotten memories.
Picked Up Nationwide in Over Sixty Markets including Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Boston and Houston Austin, TX – Austin Film Festival (AFF) is excited to announce that its original television show, “On Story: Presented by Austin Film Festival” has been picked up for a second season on KLRU, Austin’s PBS station, and will expand to 100 stations in over 60 markets, including New …
Picked Up Nationwide in Over Sixty Markets including Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Boston and Houston
Austin, TX – Austin Film Festival (AFF) is excited to announce that its original television show, “On Story: Presented by Austin Film Festival” has been picked up for a second season on KLRU, Austin’s PBS station, and will expand to 100 stations in over 60 markets, including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Houston, Dallas, New Orleans, Detroit, Tampa, Denver, and more.
“On Story” is a half-hour series that gives viewers anecdotal backstories into the making of some of the most popular and beloved films and television shows ever made and premiered on Austin’s PBS station KLRU-Q in 2011 to an audience of over 500,000 viewers in Central Texas. Season one has already begun airing on various stations around the country and the entire first season can also be viewed online at www.austinfilmfestival.com/onstory.
The show features interviews with some of the industry’s most accomplished and acclaimed screenwriters, directors and producers, and offers behind-the-scenes insight into the process of screenwriting and filmmaking. Featured filmmakers include Academy Award-winning director and producer Sydney Pollack (Tootsie, Out of Africa, The Way We Were), Judd Apatow (The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up), Academy Award winner Ron Howard (Cocoon, Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind), Emmy Award winner David Milch (NYPD Blue, Deadwood, Luck), Buck Henry (screenwriter – The Graduate), Emmy Award winner Matthew Weiner (The Sopranos, Mad Men), David Simon (The Wire), and more.
“Accessibility has always been one of the touchstones of our mission. I’m thrilled we can now bring the gems of wisdom from the writers and filmmakers who speak at the Festival to an even greater audience,” says Austin Film Festival’s Executive Director, Barbara Morgan.
The second season of “On Story” will premiere on KLRU-Q on Saturday, May 26th at 7:30pm. The season will bring you 12 all new episodes featuring interviews and discussions from the 2011 Austin Film Festival & Conference. Audiences will have the chance to hear from 2011 AFF Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking Awardee John Lasseter (Chief Creative Officer, Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios), 2011 AFF Distinguished Screenwriter Awardee Caroline Thompson (Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Addams Family), 2011 AFF Outstanding Television Awardee Hart Hanson (Bones), and many more.
John August, screenwriter of Go, Big Fish, and Charlie and the Chocolate Facotry, notes, “Austin Film Festival is unique in its focus on writing, and the stories behind the stories. I’m excited that viewers across the country will get to learn more about how their favorite movies and television shows came to be.”
For more information on “On Story: Presented by Austin Film Festival,” and to watch previously aired episodes, visit www.austinfilmfestival.com/onstory. For the full list of stations, visit the Austin Film Festival’s website, www.austinfilmfestival.com. Check with your local PBS affiliate to find out when “On Story” airs in your city.
For more information on the upcoming 19th Annual Austin Film Festival & Conference, October 18th – 25th 2012 in Austin, TX, visit www.austinfilmfestival.com, or call 1-800-310-FEST (3378). Badges and Film Passes are currently on sale and can be purchased online. For regular updates, follow AFF on Facebook at facebook.com/AustinFilmFestival and Twitter @austinfilmfest.
About Austin Film Festival
Austin Film Festival (AFF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the art, craft, and business of filmmakers and screenwriters, and recognizing their contributions to film, television, and new media. AFF champions the work of aspiring and established writers and filmmakers by providing unique cultural events and services, enhancing public awareness and participation, and encouraging dynamic and long-lasting community partnerships.
Austin Film Festival is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division and by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts.