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  • AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL 2010 TO AWARD ROBERT RODRIGUEZ WITH EXTRAORDINARY CONTRIBUTION TO FILMMAKING!

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    By | September 30, 2010

    2010 AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL

    TO HONOR ROBERT RODRIGUEZ WITH

    EXTRAORDINARY CONTRIBUTION TO FILMMAKING AWARD


    AUSTIN, TX (September 30, 2010) – The Austin Film Festival (AFF) is proud to announce today this year’s recipient of the 2010 Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking Award will be Austin’s own Robert Rodriguez. Rodriguez will accept the award, along with the other awardees, at the Festival’s annual Award Luncheon held on Saturday, October 23, 2010, at the Austin Club. The Awards Luncheon is funded by the Alice Kleberg Reynolds Foundation. In addition, Rodriguez will speak during the Conference.

    The Austin Film Festival is thrilled to honor a filmmaker who has contributed so much to filmmaking. Along with being a director, screenwriter and producer, Rodriguez frequently serves as editor, director of photographer, sound editor and more on his films. His latest production, Machete, featuring a star-studded cast, came out earlier this year. His film credits also include Predators, Planet Terror, Sin City, the Spy Kids series, From Dusk Till Dawn, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Desperado and El Mariachi. Currently, he is hard at work on Spy Kids 4.

    “The Festival has been a fan of Rodriguez’s work for many years and we are incredibly excited to announce him as our Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking Award recipient,” said Maya Perez, Conference Director for the Austin Film Festival.  “His decision to live and make films in Austin has influenced an entire generation of independent filmmakers, proving that one doesn’t have to live in Hollywood to make movies.  It’s our distinct privilege to give him this much-deserved honor.”

    Rodriguez joins David Simon (creator of “The Wire”), who is set to receive AFF’s Outstanding Television Writer Award at this year’s Festival, as well as David Peoples (Blade Runner, Unforgiven, Twelve Monkeys), who will receive the Distinguished Screenwriter Award this year.


    SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2010

    (11:30AM – 12:45PM)

    THE ART OF STORYTELLING w/ David Peoples, Robert Rodriguez and David Simon

    Stephen F. Austin Hotel, Ballroom

    A conversation with our award recipients about their experiences in bringing rich characters and great stories to the screen. Moderated by Texas Monthly Editor Jake Silverstein

    The Austin Film Festival annually recognizes outstanding filmmakers for going above and beyond with their consistently exceptional body of work with the Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking Award. Previous recipients of the award include Ron Howard (’09), Danny Boyle (’08), Oliver Stone (’07), and Sydney Pollack (’06.)

    AFF will take place October 21-28, 2010 in Austin, Texas and will host more than 170 exciting film screenings and events. AFF will also include a recently announced conference lineup with over 100 panelists participating in 90 plus panels and roundtable discussions. The conference offers unparalleled access to some of the best writers, filmmakers and industry personnel in film and television in a personal, laidback atmosphere. For the full conference schedule and film lineup, go to www.austinfilmfestival.com.

    Awards Luncheon tickets are $45 each and are available for purchase by Conference and Producers Badge holders only.  For additional information on the 17th Annual Austin Film Festival, panels and film screenings, and how to purchase everything from a Producers Badge to a Film Pass, visit the official website at www.austinfilmfestival.com or call 1-800-310-FEST (3378).

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