SXSW Film Festival and Austin Film Society to Co-Host Benefit Screening of Focus Features’ Brokeback Mountain, with Screenwriters in Attendance
Austin, TX – Nov. 16th, 2005 – The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival and the Austin Film Society (AFS) will co-host a benefit screening of Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ang Lee’s highly anticipated new movie, Brokeback Mountain (a Focus Features release), on Tuesday December 13th at the Arbor Great Hills Theater. Proceeds will benefit the Texas Filmmakers Production Fund, from which AFS awards grants every year. Among those in attendance at the benefit showing will be Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana, who are the film’s screenwriters and, respectively, its executive producer and producer.
“It’s an honor to have this talented team join us for a very special Austin event,” says SXSW Festival Producer Matt Dentler. “Brokeback Mountain is a triumphant achievement for them.”
McMurtry and Ossana have been writing partners for years, scripting such miniseries as Streets of Laredo and Johnson County War. McMurtry is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author whose novels include The Last Picture Show, Terms of Endearment, and Lonesome Dove. McMurtry and Ossana’s screenplay for Brokeback Mountain is adapted from the short story by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Annie Proulx.
Focus Features’ Brokeback Mountain, directed by Ang Lee and starring Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal, has already been a sensation at film festivals around the world including Telluride, Toronto, and Venice – where it won the Golden Lion Award for Best Picture. Set against the sweeping vistas of Wyoming and Texas, the film tells the story of two young men – a ranch-hand and a rodeo cowboy – who meet in the summer of 1963, and unexpectedly forge a lifelong connection, one whose complications, joys, and tragedies provide a testament to the endurance and power of love. Focus will release the film in select cities beginning on Friday, December 9th; the film is scheduled to open in Austin on Friday, December 16th.
Advance tickets for the Austin screening will go on sale Monday, November 28th at: http://www.austinfilm.org/brokeback. Tickets will be $7 for the general public and $5 for AFS members.