The Austin Film Festival announced its second wave of film selections on Thursday, and there are several films of note.
One of the most important is “Jockey,” written by Clint Bentley and Austinite Greg Kwedar and directed by Bentley.
It premiered earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival, and its star, Clifton Collins Jr., won a special jury award for his acting. He plays a jockey who ends his career with a great race but suddenly finds himself confronted with a younger jockey who could be his son. Sony Pictures Classics has reclaimed the distribution rights.
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Then there’s “Ranch Water,” which will premiere at the festival. It is written and directed by University of Texas alumnus Sophie Miller. He follows a group of women who are about to graduate from college and decide their future.
Another film of Texan interest is the documentary “Commissioner of Power”, which details how Terry Todd, who, along with his wife Jan, co-founded the HJ Lutcher Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sports at the University of Texas. The documentary is written and directed by Todd Sansom.
AFF’s lineup also includes “Cusp,” a Showtime documentary that examines the lives of three girls in rural Texas during summer vacation.
“Buck Alamo,” which was shot in Austin, centers on a sick musician named Buck who spends his last days trying to reconnect with his estranged family. It is written and directed by Ben Epstein, and the AFF screening will be its North American premiere.
Another world premiere will be “The One You’re With”, directed by Chad Werner. He explores romance during quarantine as a first date leads to spending 60 days in quarantine together. Werner is originally from Austin.
“The King of North Sudan” will have its US premiere at the festival. It is written by Danny Abel and Brett Blake and directed by Abel. The documentary focuses on Jeremiah Heaton, who tries to make his daughter a princess by claiming land in Sudan.
“Addict Named Hal” will have its premiere in Texas, and it looks at the life of a group of addicts in a halfway house. It is written and directed by Lane Michael Stanley.
Nadia Szold directs the documentary “Larry Flynt for President”, which follows the presidential race of the pornographic editor in 1983.
The Austin Film Festival runs October 21-28. For more information, tickets and security protocols, visit austinfilmfestival.com.