Screenwriter Eric Roth — whose many credits include “The Insider,” “Forrest Gump,” “Munich” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” — will receive the Austin Film Festival’s Distinguished Screenwriter Award at the fest’s annual Awards luncheon on October 20. Roth, who is currently writing “Cleopatra” for Angelina Jolie, also recently received the Writer’s Guild of America’s Laurel Award for Lifetime Achievement in Screenwriting; he also won the organization’s writing award for “Forrest Gump” the same year the script won him the Oscar.
Roth currently serves as exec producer on Netflix’s new “House of Cards” (starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright) and wrote for HBO’s short-lived “Luck.”
Austin will host “A Conversation with Eric Roth” that delves into his career, as will feature a retrospective screening of “The Insider” (starring Russell Crowe and Al Pacino). The festival runs October 18-25.
Watch a selection of trailers for Roth’s work below: