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Austin Film Festival Announces The Whale and Armageddon Amount of time in Second Wave of Festival Program, James Gray to get Bill Wittliff Award for Screenwriting

Additional films include Jonathan Dekel’s Checkout and the planet premiere of local Austin filmmaker Riley Cusick’s The Wild Man

NEWS RELEASE Sep 9, 2022 12: 30 EDT

AUSTIN, Texas, September 9, 2022 (Newswire.com) – Austin Film Festival (AFF), the premier film festival recognizing writers’ and filmmakers’ contributions to film, television, and new media, announced today thatThe Whale will serve because the festival’s Opening Night selection. Directed by Academy Award-nominee Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream, Black Swan,The Wrestler).The Whale stars Brendan Fraser and is compiled by Samuel D. Hunter, predicated on his acclaimed play of exactly the same name.The Whale will screen the opening nights the Festival, October 27, with Hunter in attendance.

Additionally, AFF is hosting a particular screening of James Gray’s latest film Armageddon Time, with Gray in attendance to get this year’s Bill Wittliff Award for Screenwriting. Previous recipients include Buck Henry (1997), Lawrence Kasdan (2001), Nancy Meyers (2016), and Tony Gilroy (2018). The festival can be welcoming a broad slate of films including Israeli filmmaker Jonathan Dekel’sCheckoutand the planet premiere of local Austin filmmaker Riley Cusick’sThe Wild Man.

THE WHALE

OPENING NIGHT SELECTION

Directed by: Darren Aronofsky

Compiled by: Samuel D. Hunter

ARMAGEDDON TIME

Directed/written by: James Gray

THE WILD MAN

WORLD PREMIERE

Directed/written by: Riley Cusick

CHECKOUT

WORLD PREMIERE

Directed/written by: Jonathan Dekel

Compiled by: Shai Satran

THE FIRE THAT TOOK HER

Directed by: Patricia E. Gillespie

FOLLOW HER

Directed by: Sylvia Caminer

FOR THE LOVE OF FRIENDS

Directed/written by: Cara Consilvio

GOLDEN DELICIOUS

Directed by: Jason Karman

Compiled by: Gorrman Lee

For the entire release, including synopses of most films and much more about James Gray, visithttps://bit.ly/3x36tAs.

Press accreditation is currently open through Oct. 8, 2022. Press apply ataustinfilmfestival.com/contact/press-inquiries

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ABOUT AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL:

Austin Film Festival (AFF) is really a non-profit organization focused on furthering the art, craft and business of writers and filmmakers and recognizing their contributions to film, television, and new media. AFF champions the task of aspiring and established writers and filmmakers by giving unique cultural events and services, enhancing public awareness and participation, and encouraging dynamic and long-lasting community partnerships. AFF is supported partly by the Cultural Arts Division of the town of Austin Economic Development Department and the Texas Commission on the Arts. All attendees and events derive from permitting schedules and so are at the mercy of change and/or cancellation with no warning. Badges and passes are for sale to purchase online atwww.austinfilmfestival.com or by phone at 1-800-310-FEST.

ABOUT BILL WITTLIFF AWARD FOR SCREENWRITING:

Introduced in 1995, Austin Film Festival’s Bill Wittliff Award for Screenwriting has honored the best storytellers of film, television, and new media. Past award recipients include Buck Henry (1997), Lawrence Kasdan (2001), and Nancy Meyers (2016).

PRESS CONTACTS:

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Lynsey Gray

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Kristen O’Brien

Austin Film Festival

(512) 660-8850

kristengobrien@gmail.com

Source: Austin Film Festival

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