Taken at the 1996 Austin Film Festival, this is the kind of encounter you only find at a film festival – Robert Townsend and Whit Stillman. Both writer/directors were panelists that year, plus Townsend was on hand for an anniversary screening of his indie classic Hollywood Shuffle. Townsend also wrote and directed The Five Heartbeats and Meteor Man.
Whit Stillman wrote and directed the “yuppie trilogy” – Metropolitan, Barcelona, and The Last Days of Disco. Following the release of Criterion’s edition of Metropolitan earlier this year, the Onion A/V Club published a great interview with the reclusive Stillman where he discussed where he’s been and what he’s doing next (his last film was The Last Days of Disco in 1998).
(photo credit: Jack Plunkett/Austin Film Festival)