The first slate of films has been revealed for the upcoming 2016 Austin Film Festival (AFF) taking place this October 13 to 20, 2016.
AFF will host the premieres of a variety of competition films, including the documentary Monogamish, examining the topic and viability of monogamy with Dan Savage, the Texas Premiere of Forushande (The Salesman) by Writer/Director Asghar Farhadi, and comedy Brave New Jersey with Tony Hale, Anna Camp and other cast members in attendance. AFF will also present the entire first season of Rooster Teeth’s new comedic series Crunch Time, including the World Premiere of the final two episodes.
2016 Austin Film Festival FIRST 10:
Writers: Matt Porter, Max Azulay, Phil Primason
Directors: Matt Porter, Max Azulay
Convinced that he’s dying from a bizarre array of symptoms, struggling comedian Spencer Kaminsky returns home to visit his five childhood doctors in a single day, all while desperately trying to avoid the friends and family that he left behind.
In Attendance: Writers/Directors/Actors Max Azulay, Matt Porter, Exec. Producer/Writer Phil Primason
Brave New Jersey
Writers: Michael Dowling, Jody Lambert
Director: Jody Lambert
A small New Jersey town in 1938 is overcome with mass hysteria on the night of Orson Welles’s legendary 1938 ‘War of the Worlds’ radio broadcast, the hoax which fooled millions into believing America was being invaded by Martians.
In Attendance: Writer/Director Jody Lambert; Cast Tony Hale, Anna Camp, Heather Burns, Dan Bakkedahl, Sam Jaeger, Mel Rodriguez, Erika Alexander and others.
Crunch Time – Season 1
Writers: Andrew Disney, Bradley Jackson
Director: Andrew Disney
In a highly classified location, a gang of misfit grad students are interrogated by government operatives. Why? Because the world is about to end, and it’s all their fault. How did it all start? With a last ditch effort to win back love… by way of an extremely dangerous, untested, lucid dreaming machine.
Diani and Devine Meet the Apocalypse
Writers/Directors: Etta Devine, Gabriel Diani
When all power and communication systems mysteriously shut off, couple and performing comedy duo Gabe and Etta pack up their troubles and hit the road with their trusty dog, Watson and their miserable cat Mrs. Peel in search of a safe haven to wait out the possible extinction event.
In attendance: Writers/Directors/Cast Etta Devine, Gabriel Diani
Forushande (The Salesman)
Writer/Director: Asghar Farhadi
After their old flat becomes damaged, Emad and Rana, a young couple living in Tehran, are forced to move into a new apartment. Eventually, a sudden eruption of violence linked to the previous tenant of their new home dramatically changes the couple’s life, and creates a simmering tension between husband and wife.
Director: Jim Jarmusch
Gimme Danger presents the story of iconic punk legends the Stooges and their legendary frontman Iggy Pop. Director Jim Jarmusch tracks their emergence and adventures and misadventures while charting their inspirations, challenges, and long-lasting legacy.
North American Premiere
Directors: Joshua Tickell, Rebecca Harrell Tickell
Good Fortune tells the heartwarming rags to riches life story of John Paul DeJoria, the poster boy of “conscious capitalism” and follows him as he uses business to make the world a better place.
In Attendance: Directors Joshua Tickell, Rebecca Harrell Tickell, subject John Paul DeJoria
North American Premier
Director: Tao Ruspoli
Recovering from a very public divorce, independent filmmaker and Italian Prince Tao Ruspoli takes to the road to talk to his relatives, advice columnists, psychologists, historians, anthropologists, artists, philosophers, sex workers, sex therapists, and ordinary couples about love, sex & monogamy in our culture.
In Attendance: Director Tao Ruspoli
Director: Justin Agnew
ProGamer explores the emerging world of electronic sports by following professional Starcraft II gamers Naniwa and White-Ra, who navigate worldwide gaming tournaments and their own personal lives
In Attendance: Director Justin Agnew
Writer/Director: Louisiana Kreutz
In order for Emily and Joe to get a divorce, they will need to take a trip across the country and convince each wedding guest to cross their name off of the wedding certificate, per Quaker tradition.
In Attendance: Writer/Director Louisiana Kreutz, cast Alex Dobrenko, Fede Rangel, other cast and crew