In Sunday’s Austin American-Statesman, Chris Garcia profiles the Austin Film Society on the eve of its 20th Anniversary week of celebration. There’s more to come this week, with screenings, parties, the release of a commemorative book, etc. But, for today, Garcia reflects on the history of the organization:
Bringing these kinds of movies to curious and grateful audiences has been the mission of the film society from its dawn as a two-man hobby in 1986. Those two men are Richard Linklater and Lee Daniel. They ran the society out of their West Campus home before moving the operation to the Austin Media Arts space on Guadalupe Street. The idea was to create a resource for both watchers and doers, fledgling filmmakers seeking equipment and creative and moral support.
Twenty years later, the Austin Film Society is a community force, with Linklater, the prolific filmmaker of “Slacker,” its spiritual leader. With a staff of 12 and a minor battalion of volunteers and interns, the nonprofit-that-could operates from a pair of trailers at the old airport, land it shares with one of its biggest and boldest brainchildren, Austin Studios.
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