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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES I, TONYA AS SECOND CLOSING NIGHT FILM, JIM GAFFIGAN TO CLOSE OUT FESTIVAL WITH CHAPPAQUIDDICK
ROBERT TOWNSEND ALSO ATTENDING TO HONOR KEENEN IVORY WAYANS
Austin, TX – October 10, 2017 – Austin Film Festival & Writers Conference (AFF), the premier film festival recognizing the writers’ contributions to film, television, and new media, announced today a late addition to its film slate. I, TONYA, the darkly comedic tale of American figure skater Tonya Harding and one of the most sensational scandals in sports history, will serve as AFF’s second Closing Night Film. Directed by Craig Gillespie, I TONYA stars Margot Robbie as Harding, Sebastian Stan as her ex-husband Jeff Gillooly, and Allison Janney as Harding’s acid-tongued mother. Writer Steven Rogers will be in attendance for the screening.
AFF’s other Closing Night Film, already announced, is Chappaquiddick, which details the drowning of campaign specialist Mary Jo Kopechne while trapped in a car that Senator Ted Kennedy drove off a bridge and later failed to report. Actor Jim Gaffigan, who stars as attorney Paul Markham in the film, will be in attendance along with director John Curran and writers Taylor Allen and Andrew Logan.
AFF will also be welcoming esteemed multi-hyphenate Robert Townsend, most famous for co-writing, directing, and starring in boundary-pushing comedy Hollywood Shuffle. Townsend will participate in AFF’s Writers Conference, and will also present AFF’s Extraordinary Contribution to Television award to Keenen Ivory Wayans, with whom he co-wrote Hollywood Shuffle.
Also slated to attend AFF this year are Jennifer Morrison (House, Once Upon a Time) for her film Sun Dogs, producer Matt Tolmach (The Amazing Spider-Man, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle) for Paige Tolmach’s documentary What Haunts Us, , and actor/director James Keach (Walk the Line, Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me) for his new documentary Augie.
For the full schedule of films, panels, workshops, and parties, visit www.austinfilmfestival.com.
ABOUT AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL:
Austin Film Festival (AFF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the art, craft and business of writers and filmmakers and recognizing their contributions to film, television and new media. AFF champions the work of aspiring and established writers and filmmakers by providing unique cultural events and services, enhancing public awareness and participation, and encouraging dynamic and long-lasting community partnerships. AFF is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department and the Texas Commission on the Arts. All attendees and events are based on permitting schedules and are subject to change and/or cancellation without notice. For media credentials, please contact Lauren Kelcher Stevenson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Badges and passes are available for purchase online at www.austinfilmfestival.com or by phone at 1-800-310-FEST.