Austin - The Austin Film Festival began 20 years ago as a sleepy affair, mostly to honor screenwriters, who are often overlooked.
Writers are still honored but there is so much more going on this week through Halloween. More than 180 films are making their Texas premieres at eight venues around town. Stars and the soon-to-be-famous are hitting town.
At the State Theater on Friday night was the life affirming film 'Finding Neighbors,' directed by Ron Judkins. He had previously won two Oscars as sound engineer on Jurassic Park and Saving Private Ryan.
"It's all encompassing, all engaging on a film set," he said of the transition to directing. "I never get tired until they say 'wrap.'"
Next door at the Paramount was the father-son bonding film 'Nebraska.' It stars Will Forte, formerly seen in Saturday Night Live as MacGruber and other characters.
"Film is working long hours each day, you have to keep your energy up and be consistent," he said. "In SNL we were working towards one 90 minute period. Movies you have to parse your energy over two months."
Both men say they love coming to Austin. Judkins' first film, Hi-Line, won the Audience Favorite Award at the 2000 Austin Film Fest.
This Sunday will feature appearances in town by Will Ferrell, Susan Sarandon and Jonathan Demme, director of Silence of the Lambs. Writer Vince Gilligan, creator of the hit TV show Breaking Bad, will also make an appearance.
Willie Nelson's nine-hole golf course in Briarcliff is up for sale and the asking price is $3 million, according to a local real estate website.
The lawyer for embattled District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg argued Wednesday that the civil trial aimed at removing her from office should be dismissed.
Pope Francis, the first Jesuit pontiff who won hearts and headlines with his humility and common touch, was named Time magazine's Person of the Year for 2013.
When Dawn Erin decided to seek health coverage for the first time in two decades, she was prepared for the red-tape run-around.
Most of the crowd that poured into Austin City Hall on Tuesday night was disappointed with the Parks and Recreation Department's decision to approve a smaller off leash area at Auditorium Shores.
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