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John Singleton to Be Honored With Extraordinary Contribution to Film Award at Austin Film Festival

John Singleton to Be Honored With Extraordinary Contribution to Film Award at Austin Film Festival

Austin Film Festival & Screenwriters Conference (AFF) announced today the full schedule of films and panels for the 22nd annual Festival, which will run from October 29-November 5.

Of note, John Singleton and Chris Cooper will be honored with the Extraordinary Contribution to Film and Acting Awards, respectively, at the 2015 Awards Luncheon to be held Saturday, October 31.

In addition, Singleton will present a retrospective screening of “Boyz n the Hood” at the Festival, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay.

Singleton and Cooper join previously announced honorees, Outstanding Television Writer Norman Lear and Distinguished Screenwriter Brian Helgeland who will present the 2015 Opening Night Film, “Legend,” on Thursday, October 29 at the Paramount Theatre. Written and directed by Helgeland, Legend is the true story of the rise and fall of London’s most notorious gangsters, Reggie and Ronnie Kray, both portrayed by Tom Hardy in a powerhouse double performance.

AFF’s Centerpiece Film, “Burning Bodhi,” will have its World Premiere on Sunday, November 1, with featured cast Andy Buckley, Kaley Cuoco, Cody Horn, Landon Liboiron, Sasha Pieterse, and Eli Vargas in attendance. From writer/director Matthew McDuffie, “Burning Bodhi” is about a group of friends who reunite after high school when word goes out that the most popular among them has died.

Additional Marquee titles include “Go With Me” (Julia Stiles and director Daniel Alfredson in attendance), “Miss You Already” (director Catherine Hardwicke in attendance), “Last Days in the Desert” (writer/director Rodrigo Garcia in attendance), “Man Up” (Tess Morris in attendance), “By Sidney Lumet” (director Nancy Buirski in attendance), “Remember,” “Brooklyn,” “Mojave,” “The Adderall Diaries,” and the World Premieres of “Until 20,” “A Single Frame,” and “We’re Still Here: Johnny Cash’s Bitter Tears Revisited.”

AFF also revealed today their full Screenwriters Conference program, taking place the first four days of the Festival, October 29-November 1. The full Film and Conference schedule, and badge/passes, can be found at

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