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Writing with an invisible illness

Annie Hayes is a longtime friend of Scriptnotes, who first helped me out at the Austin Film Festival. I’m currently a staff writer on the CW’s In the Dark. I previously had several different assistant jobs in the industry. I also have a genetic disease called cystic fibrosis. As an assistant in Hollywood, you’re often told that this is the time for you to pay your dues, to work long hours and run yourself ragged for the pocket change they throw at you every week. You’re young, you can handle...
Tags: Hollywood, La, Cw, First Person, Jack Thorne, Screenwriting, Austin Film Festival, Annie Hayes

Southern Gothic Ghost Thriller 'Ghosts of the Ozarks' Official Trailer

"There is no revenge on the dead, if you can't fight the will of the ghosts." XYZ Films has revealed the official trailer for a supernatural thriller titled Ghosts of the Ozarks, which originally premiered at the 2021 Austin Film Festival last fall. It is now opening in February direct-to-VOD for anyone interested. In 1866, a young doctor is summoned by his uncle to a remote town in the Ozarks only to discover upon his arrival that this utopian paradise is not all that it seems to be… Tim Bl...
Tags: Movies, Trailer, Horror, To Watch, Austin Film Festival, Tara Perry, Graham Gordy, David Aaron Bake Described

Kristen Stewart’s ‘Spencer’ to Close Austin Film Festival, ‘The Humans’ Added to Lineup (EXCLUSIVE)

The Austin Film Festival has announced new additions to its 2021 lineup, including the Kristen Stewart-starring “Spencer” and Stephen Karam’s “The Humans.” The festival will take place in Austin, Texas and online from Oct. 21-28. “Spencer” will be the festival’s closing night piece. Directed by Pablo Larraín and written by Steven Knight, the biopic follows […]
Tags: News, Stephen Karam, Kristen Stewart, Spencer, Austin Texas, Steven Knight, Pablo Larrain, The Humans, Austin Film Festival

Peter Hedges’ Pandemic-Set Drama ‘The Same Storm’ to Open 2021 Austin Film Festival

Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Peter Hedges’ drama “The Same Storm” is set to open the 2021 Austin Film Festival and Writers Conference (AFF). Festival organizers announced Thursday that the pandemic-set movie starring Noma Dumezweni, Mary-Louise Parker, Sandra Oh, Elaine May, Raúl Castillo, Ato Blankson-Wood, Corey Michael Smith, Rosemarie DeWitt, Ron Livingston, and Alison Pill will lead […]
Tags: News, Festivals, Alison Pill, Austin Film Festival, Peter Hedges, The Same Storm

Indie Board Game Comedic Thriller 'Murder Bury Win' Official Trailer

"You think he's got an opinion, ’bout all of this?" Gravitas Ventures has released an official trailer for an indie dark comedy thriller titled Murder Bury Win, which first premiered at the Austin Film Festival last fall. Murder Bury Win, the feature directorial debut of actor / filmmaker Michael Lovan, is a dark comedic thriller about three friends that want to strike it big in the indie board game industry with their own game - "Murder Bury Win". The objective of their game being how to ki...
Tags: Movies, Trailer, Gravitas Ventures, Indies, To Watch, Austin Film Festival, Michael Lovan, Brian Slaten

FilmEx 2021 Conference Promotes Diversity and Inclusion in Cinema Space

If 2020 was the year of COVID-19 and the deaths of more than 300,000 Americans at the hands of a ravaging virus and a negligent White House, it was also the year the entertainment industry went virtual. Film festivals, once the domain of buzzy celebrities, caffeinated movie critics and charcuterie boards, were now relegated to […]
Tags: White House, Spotlight, Austin Film Festival, Film Festival Alliance, Filmex

Alright, Alright, Alright (Tapping Into the McConaughey Mojo)

“Create structure so you can have freedom.”—Matthew McConaughey Today I started listening to the audio version of Matthew McConaughey’s book Greenlights. His Texas drawl is worlds away from Orson Welles’ voice, but they share that gift in that their voices could make reading the federal income tax code sound interesting. Or an ad for a […]
Tags: Texas, Matthew Mcconaughey, Orson Welles, Filmmaking, University of Texas at Austin, Screenwriting, Austin Film Festival, Screenwriting with Brass Knuckles, Greenlights, McConaughey Mojo

Three Sisters from a Town Full of Secrets in 'Fishbowl' Thriller Trailer

"Father started wrestling with this fate… he ended up winning." Gravitas Ventures has released an official trailer for an indie thriller called Fishbowl, marking the feature directorial debut of filmmaking siblings Stephen & Alexa Kinigopoulos raised in Maryland. This premiered at the Austin Film Festival in 2018, and it also screened at the Annapolis, Red Rock, and Anchorage Film Festivals. Three sisters. To get to heaven, they'll have to walk through hell. In a small town filled with secre...
Tags: Movies, Maryland, Trailer, Gravitas Ventures, Indies, To Watch, Austin Film Festival, Stephen Alexa Kinigopoulos, Annapolis Red Rock, Emily Peachey Caroline Coleman Belle Shickle, Judith Hoag Rick Kain Delaney Williams, Maria Broom

Existential Dread Absurdist Comedy 'I've Got Issues' Official Trailer

"We told you, and you did not listen, and now it's officially too late!" Gravitas Ventures has unveiled a trailer for an indie absurdist comedy titled I've Got Issues, from filmmaker Steve Collins. This premiered at the Austin Film Festival last year, and also at the Virginia Film Festival. It's a comedy about despair and what to do with it - in a series of intertwining stories. Collins explains that "it really feels like an apocalypse. I decided, as therapy for myself, to make a film about ...
Tags: Movies, Trailer, Collins, Jim Gaffigan, Gravitas Ventures, Indies, Steve Collins, To Watch, Austin Film Festival

Official Trailer for Eerie Faux-Documentary Film 'Skyman' About UFOs

"All I know is something's going on, and I don't think it's human related!" Gravitas Ventures has unveiled an official trailer for a freaky new aliens film titled Skyman, which originally premiered at the Austin Film Festival last year. Skyman is yet another faux-documentary style horror-esque film made by one of the co-directors of the original The Blair Witch Project. The film tells the story of Carl Merryweather, who believes he experienced an alien encounter when he was 10-years-old and ...
Tags: Movies, Trailer, Sci-fi, Gravitas Ventures, Carl, To Watch, Austin Film Festival, Skyman, Carl Merryweather

Austin Film Festival 2019

Craig hosts Scriptnotes Live at The Austin Film Festival with guests Ayanna Floyd (The Chi, Empire), Liz Hannah (The Post, Mind Hunter), Nichelle Tramble (Truth Be Told, The Good Wife), Malcolm Spellman (The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Empire), David Mandel (Veep, Curb Your Enthusiasm), David Benioff and D.B. Weiss (Game of Thrones). They discuss the power of television, writing for the binge model, and the value of telling stories you want to watch. We also play a Craig and David Kwong puzz...
Tags: News, John, Craig, Weiss, David Benioff, Craig Mazin, Screenwriting, Scriptnotes, Matthew Chilelli, David Kwong, Austin Film Festival, David Mandel, Ayanna Floyd, Liz Hannah, Malcolm Spellman, Instagram Outro

The Creators Behind Game of Thrones Apparently Had No Idea What They Were Doing

Regardless of how you feel about how the climax of Game of Thrones ultimately came together, it’d be foolish to not at least acknowledge that there are reasons the HBO show became one of the biggest televisual events of the last decade. At a recent talk for the Austin Film Festival, however, it seems that D.B. Weiss…Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Books, Hbo, Science, Disney, Game Of Thrones, Lucasfilm, George Rr Martin, David Benioff, Db Weiss, Austin Film Festival

‘The Vice Guide to Bigfoot’ Trailer and Posters Debut Before Its World Premiere

Even if you don’t watch Vice, you’re certainly familiar with the company’s style of journalism: a hipster-looking journalist ventures into sometimes dangerous, sometimes goofy territory to get a story that Vice thinks needs to be told. That style has been prominently lampooned before in an episode IFC’s Documentary Now! (this clip of Jack Black saying the word “dronez” is a good example), but now a new movie called The Vice Guide to Bigfoot is taking things to the next level. /Film is happy to ...
Tags: Comedy, Movies, Netflix, Bigfoot, Movie Trailers, Poster, Jack Black, Anderson, Independent, Kelly, Blair, Austin TX, Film Festivals, Appalachian, Jeffrey Stephenson, Red Band Movie Trailer

Film News Roundup: Michael B. Jordan’s ‘Just Mercy’ to Close Austin Film Festival

In today’s film news roundup, “Just Mercy” is the closer for the Austin Film Festival, Tyler Christensen’s “Vulture” gets an award and Simon Helberg is cast opposite Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard in “Annette.” FILM FESTIVALS The Austin Film Festival will close with legal drama “Just Mercy,” starring Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx and Brie […]
Tags: News, Awards, Festivals, Marion Cotillard, Michael B Jordan, Annette, Simon Helberg, Austin Film Festival, Tyler Christensen, Just Mercy, Michael B Jordan Jamie Foxx

Trailer for Comedy 'The Great Unwashed' About a Gang of Hairdressers

"It's not about a job, is it?" Freestyle Digital Media has debuted the first official trailer for an indie comedy called The Great Unwashed, which is supposed to be an amusing and clever title because this is about a gang of criminal hairdressers who run a guy out of town. Yeah, sounds wild doesn't it? Jonathan Pointing stars as Charlie Brumble, a hapless 20-something who is forced to flee the city and hide out with a tribe of weirdo hippies after witnessing a brutal murder by a gang of crim...
Tags: Movies, Trailer, Jonathan, Indies, Michael Ryan, To Watch, Austin Film Festival, Charlie Brumble, Kathryn Bond Nick Horseman Bekka, Daniel Ings Ed Eales White Ed Kear

Natalie Portman’s ‘Vox Lux’ to Open Austin Film Festival (EXCLUSIVE)

Natalie Portman’s “Vox Lux” has been selected as the opening night film of the Austin Film Festival & Writers Conference on Oct. 25. The drama, directed by Brady Corbett from his own script, had its world premiere at the 75th Venice International Film Festival on Sept. 4 and will be released on Dec. 7 by […]
Tags: News, Festivals, Natalie Portman, Austin Film Festival, Vox Lux, Brady Corbett

Austin Film Festival Taps Larry Wilmore for TV Writing Award

The Austin Film Festival & Writers Conference has selected Larry Wilmore as the recipient of its 2018 Outstanding Television Writer Award. The award will be at the 25th Annual Austin Film Festival, which runs from Oct. 25 to Nov. 1. The awards lunch takes place on Oct. 27. Wilmore has been a television producer, actor, […]
Tags: News, Awards, Festivals, Larry Wilmore, Wilmore, Austin Film Festival

‘Boy Erased,’ ‘Little Woods,’ ‘Shoplifters’ Set for Austin Film Festival (EXCLUSIVE)

The Austin Film Festival has unveiled “Boy Erased,” “Little Woods” and “Shoplifters” as part of its first wave of titles for its 25th anniversary program taking place Oct. 25 to Nov. 1, Variety has learned exclusively. Other films revealed Tuesday include the regional premiere of “Can You Ever Forgive Me?,” starring Melissa McCarthy as controversial […]
Tags: News, Festivals, Melissa Mccarthy, Austin Film Festival, Boy Erased, Shoplifters

Film News Roundup: ‘Rogue One’ Screenwriter Tony Gilroy Wins Austin Festival Award

In today’s film news roundup, Dan Gilroy is honored by the Austin Film Festival, CBS Films moves forward on its ship cruise comedy, and Good Deed buys SXSW title “Shotgun.” HONOR The Austin Film Festival has named screenwriter Tony Gilroy as the 2018 recipient of the Distinguished Screenwriter Award. Previous honorees of this award have […]
Tags: News, Festivals, Sxsw, Tony Gilroy, Austin Film Festival, Dan Gilroy, Austin Film Festival CBS Films

Austin Film Festival Sticks to the Script

As Austin, Texas, continues to flaunt its clout as a filmmaking destination, its festival calendar grows ever more crowded, with newer events striving to carve out their own corners of the scene. But one of the city’s more idiosyncratic annual fests is also one of its oldest, and the 24th Austin Film Festival, taking place […]
Tags: Spotlight, Austin Texas, Austin Film Festival

Greta Gerwig’s ‘Lady Bird’ to Open Austin Film Festival

The Austin Film Festival has selected A24’s “Lady Bird,” starring Saoirse Ronan, as its opening night film on Oct. 26. “Lady Bird,” directed by Greta Gerwig in her feature debut, premiered on Sept. 3 at the Telluride Film Festival, then showed on opening night at the Toronto Film Festival. The film focuses on the edgy... Read more »
Tags: News, Film, Festivals, Greta Gerwig, Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird, Austin Film Festival

Film News Roundup: Michael Watson Boxing Drama Casts Louis Cordice, Jared Harris (EXCLUSIVE)

In today’s film news roundup, 3D documentary “Cuba” gets a release date and the Austin Film Festival unveils its first wave of titles.  CASTING Louis Cordice and Jared Harris have joined the cast of Magnificent Films’ upcoming boxing drama “Michael,” based on the story of Michael Watson, Variety has learned exclusively. Cordice, who appeared in... Read more »
Tags: News, Film, Festivals, Jared Harris, Cuba, Michael, Michael Watson, Austin Film Festival, Michael Watson Boxing Drama Casts, Louis Cordice Jared Harris, Louis Cordice, Michael Watson Variety, Cordice

Kenneth Lonergan to Receive Austin Film Festival Honor

The Austin Film Festival and Writers Conference has selected Kenneth Lonergan for its Distinguished Screenwriter award. Lonergan, who won the Academy Award for best original screenplay for “Manchester by the Sea,” will be recognized at the 2017 awards luncheon on Oct. 28, and will participate in festival and conference programming. Past screenwriter honorees include Nancy... Read more »
Tags: News, Film, Manchester, Festivals, Kenneth Lonergan, Lonergan, Manchester By The Sea, Nancy Read, Austin Film Festival

Austin Film Festival: 'Brave New Jersey' Forces Filmmakers to Confront How They'd Spend Their Last Night on Earth

Anna Camp and Tony Hale star in Jody Lambert's film about how one town reacts to Orson Welles' famous 1938 'War of the Worlds' radio more
Tags: Usa, Movies, Orson Welles, Tony Hale, Anna Camp, THR Online, Austin Film Festival, Jody Lambert

Austin Film Festival: Paul Feig, Marta Kauffman, Nancy Meyers Call For More Diversity

The 'Ghostbusters' director said he was tired to seeing female characters "play second banana to a guy."read more
Tags: Usa, Television, Movies, Paul Feig, Marta Kauffman, Nancy Meyers, THR Online, Austin Film Festival

Austin Film Festival: Director Jeff Nichols On Why 'Loving' Is "Kind of an Apolitical Film"

His film about pioneering interracial couple Richard and Mildred Loving opened the more
Tags: Usa, Movies, Richard, Loving, Joel Edgerton, Jeff Nichols, THR Online, Ruth Negga, Austin Film Festival

Austin Film Festival Shines a Spotlight on Screenwriters

It’s wild to think that someone who had never attended a film festival went on to create a fest that has held over two decades of screenings. That someone happens to be Barbara Morgan, founder of the Austin Film Festival. She recalls the surge of production happening in the Austin, Texas, area in the early... Read more »
Tags: Film, Features, Austin Texas, Barbara Morgan, La La Land, Austin Film Festival

‘Edge of Seventeen’ Named as Centerpiece Selection at Austin Film Festival

The Austin Film Festival and Screenwriters Conference has announced that the STX coming of age-comedy “Edge of Seventeen” will screen as the centerpiece selection on Oct. 17. James L. Brooks will attend the screening of the pic, on which he is a producer. Brooks, whose previous producing credits include “Jerry Maguire” and “The Simpsons Movie,” will present... Read more »
Tags: News, Film, Festivals, Brooks, Jerry Maguire, James L Brooks, Edge Of Seventeen, Austin Film Festival

Marta Kauffman To Be Honored at Austin Film Fevestial

Marta Kauffman will receive the 2016 Outstanding Television Writer award at the Austin Film Festival and Writers Conference during the Awards Luncheon on October 15, Variety has learned exclusively. Kauffman, an Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning television writer, producer, and showrunner, is responsible for co-creating series including “Dream On,” “The Powers That Be,” “Veronica’s Closet” and “Friends,” with writing partner... Read more »
Tags: TV, News, Marta Kauffman, Golden Globe, Veronica, Kauffman, Austin Film Festival

Austin Fest & Nicholl Fellowships Present Launching Your Writing Career

Austin Film Festival, in partnership with the Academy Education and Nicholl Fellowships Programs, will present a series of panels dedicated to LAUNCHING YOUR WRITING CAREER. The event will take place on Saturday, March 26 from 12:30pm - 5:30pm at the Linwood Dunn Theatre in Hollywood.
Tags: Austin Fest, Austin Film Festival, Academy Education and Nicholl Fellowships Programs, Linwood Dunn Theatre