Ten Movies I can’t wait to see at the Austin Film Festival


      Every year at this time I get ready for the Austin Film Festival. This being my sixth year I have really come to enjoy my week watching movies and learning about the craft of writing. While the conference has always been top notch, it seems over the last few years they have really found their legs when it comes to the films. This year’s late once again looks grand, with more than a few what feels like future award winners. With so many good choices it was a little hard to make this list, but here are the ten films I am looking forward to the most in no particular order. 

 10. The Obituary of Tunde Johnson

                        A time lop movie, and we all love a good time loop movie. This one centers around Tunde Johnson, where from the outside looks like he has a perfect life. Things though are not as they seem and when one night after being pulled over by a cop he is shot to death, he wakes up and is force to re-live the brutal day over and over again. 

9. The Vice Guide to Bigfoot

                     When a jaded VICE clickbait reporter is sent to the foot of the Appalachian Foothills to follow a cryptozoologist on the trail of Bigfoot, he’s forced to answer the question: { Is a good story worth dying for?” in this mockumentary. 

8. Portrait of a Lady on Fire

                  France, 1760, Marianne is commissioned to paint a wedding portrait of Héloïse, a young woman who just left a convent, because she is a reluctant bride-tobe. Intimacy and attraction grow as Marianne and Héloïse share her first moments of freedom and soon becomes one of the greatest love stories ever told. 

7. Peace

               A thriller set in the mountains of Italy at the close of the second World War. Adapted from an acclaimed Richard Bausch novel that is based on a true event. It tells the story of four American soldiers, who witness a vicious murder of an innocent civilian at the hands of their platoon Sergeant, are sent on a reconnaissance/suicide mission lead by a local partisan- an elderly man whose indeterminate loyalties add to the terror and confusion that engulfs the Americans as they are haunted by an unseen enemy. 

6. Making Apes: The Artist Who Changed Film

               I know how the Planet of the Apes changed movies as well know it and this is a movie about the special effects team responsible for creating the makeup for the classic film. This is the story of how they revolutionized the film industry, you had me at Planet of the Apes.

5. Waves

                Set against the vibrant landscape of South Florida, and featuring an astonishing ensemble of award-winning actors and breakouts alike. Wavestraces the epic emotional journey of a suburban African-American family-led by a well-intentioned but domineering father- as they navigate love, forgiveness and coming together in the aftermath of a loss. From writer/director Trey Edward Shults, Waves is a heartrending story about the universal capacity for compassion and growth even in the darkest of times. 

4. Marriage Story

                  From Academy Award nominated filmmaker Noah Baumbach we have an incisive and compassionate portrait of a marriage breaking up and a family staying together. All you need is from Noah Baumbach.

3. Ford vs. Ferrari

                    Inspired by the remarkable true story of a visionary American car designer  Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon) and the fearless British driver Ken Miles (Christian Bale), who come together and battle corporate interference, the laws of physics, and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary race car for the Ford Motor Company. 

2.  Macabre

                    Inspired by a true story of a brutal murders in the 90’s, a police sergeant is caught between a broken justice system and his own past as he hunts down a pair of homicidal brothers through the forests of Brazil. 

1.The Report

                  This is a riveting political thriller based on actual events. Idealistic staffer Daniel J. Jones (Adam Driver) is tasked by his boss Senator Dianne Feinstein (Annette Bening) to lead an investigation into the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation program created in the aftermath of 9/11. Tenacious by nature, he pursues the truth when other would have given up, and his explosive findings uncover a conspiracy by top government officials to destroy evidence, subvert the law, and hide a brutal secret from the American public. 

Ten Movies I can’t wait to see at the Austin Film Festival
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