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20th Annual Austin Film Festival and Conference

Starting Thursday, Oct. 24th – Thursday, Oct 31st I will be reporting from the 20th Annual Austin Film Festival and Conference where I will be posting interviews and reviews from the Festival all week.

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This year's Austin Film Festival has an impressive lineup of talent, including  Alexander Payne's "Nebraska," the Coen brothers "Inside Llewyn Davis," Jason Reitman's "Labor Day," James Franco's "Child of God" and the Texas premiere of "Winter in the Blood."

Austin Film Festival's Opening Night will feature the U.S. premiere of Jonathan Sobel's break-out Toronto heist hit "The Art of the Steal, " starring Kurt Russell, Matt Dillon and Jay Baruchel. As well as the World Premiere of AFF success story "Coffee, Kill Boss," a film that emerged from the Festival's world-renowned Screenplay Competition in 2011.  "Coffee, Kill Boss" stars Eddie Jemison ("Ocean's" 11-13 Franchise, "Hung"), Noureen DeWulf ("Anger Management") and Robert Forster ("Jackie Brown," "Mulholland Drive").  The comedy is about ten executives who meet in secret to sell off their company and end up the victims of a murder plot.  Jemison and DeWulf will be in attendance.

AFF's Closing Night film falls on Halloween and will feature the US premiere of "All Cheerleaders Die," a horror comedy about a rebellious outsider who joins the cheerleading squad on a mission to take down the captain of the football team until a supernatural force changes everything.  Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson, who co-wrote and directed the film, will be in attendance.

Actress Susan Sarandon will be receiving the 2013 Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking award.  Sarandon will present a retrospective screening of John Turturro's "Romance and Cigarettes," along with joining in a conversation on the art and craft of storytelling with the other 2013 Awardees - Vince Gilligan (Outstanding Television Writer), Jonathan Demme (Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking), Callie Khouri (Distinguished Screenwriter) and Barry Josephson (Heart of Film Award).

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The Austin Film Festival is also known for its conference about filmmaking, where there are more than eighty interactive panels and roundtables that explore the art and business of film. The Austin Film Festival is home to one of the most prestigious screenwriting contests in the country.

A staged reading of Vince Gilligan's unproduced feature screenplay "2 Face" will be performed live by a cast that includes Will Ferrell, Linda Cardellini and Thomas Haden Church.

The 20th Annual Austin Film Festival and Conference will take place in Austin, TX  Oct. 24-31.

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