By Brian Brooks | Indiewire October 6, 2010 at 8:20AM
The world premiere of "Exporting Raymond" will open the 17th Austin Film Festival on October 21st, while the regional debut of George Hickenlooper's "Casino Jack" will close out the event October 28th in the Texas capital. "Raymond" spotlights Phil Rosenthal, creator of television show "Everybody Loves Raymond" as he travels to Moscow to attempt to adapth the show into a Russian sitcom. Rosenthal will be present at the fest and will attend a Q&A after the screening moderated by a "surprise guest."
"Casino Jack," which screened recently in Toronto, is inspired by the true events surrounding the life of Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff, played by Kevin Spacey. Hickenlooper and actor Jon Lovitz will be in attendance.
"'Exporting Raymond' is perfect for the opening night slot and kick off of AFF," commented Kelly Williams, Film Program Director for Austin Film Festival in a statement. "It is the feature film directorial debut for Phil Rosenthal. This hilarious, warm and true comedy is an accurate and engaging depiction of the hurdles and frustrations that writers deal with all over the world.”
"127 Hours," "Black Swan," "Peep World," "Meek’s Cutoff" and "Blue Valentine" are among the 170 films on tap for the 17th Austin Film Festival.