HUMANITAS Board Members Zwick and LaGravenese to be Honored at AFF

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AFFAustin Film Festival (October 23-30), the premier film festival recognizing writers’ and filmmakers’ contributions to film, television and new media, released today their Opening Night and Closing Night selections, the 2014 Extraordinary Contribution to Film Award Recipient, and new programming announcements.

Austin Film Festival’s Opening Night Film will feature the US Premiere of Barry Levinson’s The Humbling on Thursday, October 23rd. Based on the Philip Roth novel, The Humbling follows an aged and addled actor (Al Pacino) and his affair with a much younger woman (Greta Gerwig).

Also kicking off AFF’s 21st anniversary, writer/director [HUMANITAS Trustee] Richard LaGravenese will present the Jason Robert Brown musical adaptation of The Last 5 Years starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan.

Jon Stewart and Maziar Bahari will present Stewart’s directorial debut, Rosewater, as the Closing Night Selection on October 30th. Rosewater is based on the New York Times best-selling memoir Then They Came for Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival, written by the BBC journalist Maziar Bahari.

[HUMANITAS Board of Directors'] Edward Zwick will accept the Extraordinary Contribution to Film Award at the 2014 Austin Film Festival Awards Luncheon, held at the Austin Club on Saturday, October 25th. Previous honorees have included Jonathan Demme, Ron Howard, Danny Boyle, Oliver Stone, Sydney Pollack, John Lasseter, Frank Darabont, and Robert Rodriguez.

Zwick’s directorial credits feature About Last Night, Courage Under Fire, The Siege, The Last Samurai, Blood Diamond, Defiance and Love & Other Drugs, and the Academy® Award winning films Glory and Legends of the Fall. Along with [HUMANITAS Board of Directors'] Marshall Herskovitz, Zwick created The Bedford Falls Company, and produced the critically acclaimed television series My So-Called Life, Relativity, the Emmy Award winning television series, thirtysomething, and the Emmy Award and Golden Globe award winning series Once and Again. Other producing credits include I Am Sam, Traffic, and Shakespeare in Love. Zwick most recently directed and produced Pawn Sacrifice starring Tobey Maguire, Liev Schreiber, and Peter Sarsgaard. Zwick will also be joined by frequent collaborator [HUMANITAS Trustee] Winnie Holzman (creator of My So-Called Life) for a conversation on their work in television on Sunday, October 26th.

Read more at The Austin Film Festival website: http://www.austinfilmfestival.com/news/affs-opening-closing-2014/

UncategorizedJosh Neimark