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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
“AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL’S ON STORY” PREMIERES SEASON 9 ON PUBLIC TELEVISION WITH CONTENT FROM THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY FESTIVAL & CONFERENCE
New Episodes Feature Storytellers Larry Wilmore (The Bernie Mac Show), Linda Woolverton (Beauty and the Beast), Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely (Avengers: Infinity War), and more!
AUSTIN, Texas—April 1, 2019— Austin Film Festival (AFF) is delighted to announce that its original series, Austin Film Festival’s On Story®, premieres its 9th season nationwide in April 2019 on public television stations across the country. Available in more than 85% of U.S. markets, including New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Houston, On Story gives viewers an inside look at the creative process behind some of our most popular and beloved films and television shows. Season 9 features some of the best conversations from the 25th Anniversary Austin Film Festival & Writers Conference between writers, TV creators, and filmmakers that simultaneously inform, enlighten, and entertain.
Season 9 features 16 of the best in-depth and entertaining conversations with guests coming from a diverse array of perspectives and backgrounds, including: Carly Wray (Westworld), Tony Gilroy (Michael Clayton), Bryan Woods & Scott Beck (A Quiet Place), Ali LeRoi (Everybody Hates Chris), and many others.
“Storytelling is an art, and On Story is the glorious craft of that art and everything in between. Simply invaluable.” –Tess Morris (writer, Man Up), featured this season in an episode deconstructing the films of iconic filmmaker Nora Ephron.
Each On Story episode traces a theme – the core elements of comedy, writing horror that terrifies, analyzing popular films, writing subversive fairy tales, adapting comic books to the screen, and more.
On Story executive producer and writer Maya Perez says, “On Story offers new insight into the movies and TV shows we love, often sending us back to watch them again. I learn something from each of these intimate conversations with some of the most renowned filmmakers of our time, and it makes me so happy that film lovers, filmmakers, and students alike around the country can watch all seasons of On Story for free.”
In addition to the nationally distributed weekly television series, On Story content is available through the following outlets:
- One-hour weekly radio program in collaboration with Public Radio International (PRI) that includes such guests as Natalie Portman (Vox Lux) and Maclain & Chapman Way (Wild Wild Country);
- Three books published by University of Texas Press: On Story – Screenwriters and Their Craft, On Story – Screenwriters and Filmmakers on Their Iconic Films, and, most recently, On Story – The Golden Ages of Television;
- A free podcast series available on iTunes & Spotify; and
- Archives from 25 years of the Festival, housed at The Wittliff Collections at Texas State University. An ideal partnership, the Wittliff Collections includes materials from numerous screenwriters, authors, photographers, and artists, and the archive welcomes visitors from all over the country, free of charge, to survey and study its comprehensive collection.
On Story is produced by AFF Co-Founder and Executive Director Barbara Morgan, Maya Perez, Sonia McCarter, and Elizabeth Mims, and is presented by KLRU. The series is funded by the Alice Kleberg Reynolds Foundation and distributed by the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA). Past episodes and more information can be found at www.onstory.tv.
Check local public television listings to find out when On Story airs in your city. The On Story radio series is available via Public Radio International.
ABOUT AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL:
Austin Film Festival (AFF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the art, craft, and business of writers, creators, and filmmakers and recognizing their contributions to film, television, and new media. AFF champions the work of aspiring and established writers, creators, and filmmakers by providing unique cultural events and services, enhancing public awareness and participation, and encouraging dynamic and long-lasting community partnerships. This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department and the Texas Commission on the Arts. www.austinfilmfestival.com
ABOUT KLRU-TV, AUSTIN PBS:
KLRU-TV, Austin PBS is dedicated to telling stories that entertain, inspire and change our lives. KLRU highlights what makes Austin unique – whether music, arts or public issues – by creating and distributing award-winning original content. KLRU produces several series, including Austin City Limits, Arts In Context, Central Texas Gardener, Civic Summit and Overheard with Evan Smith. As a nonprofit educational organization, KLRU also prepares children to succeed in school and creates lifelong learning opportunities for all. Find out more at klru.org.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL EDUCATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATION (NETA):
The National Educational Telecommunications Association is a professional association that serves public television licensees and educational entities in all 50 states, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. Since 1967, our reason for existing has been to connect public television people and ideas, by providing quality programming, educational resources, professional development, management support, and national representation.