The Austin Film Society has spent much of its existence bouncing around various venues in town promoting and celebrating the art of filmmaking with screenings of classic, avant garde, independent, art house and popular cinema.
After years of nomadic existence, the society, which was founded in 1985, has found a permanent home for its repertory screenings, which are open to members as well as the general public. AFS has formed a partnership with the Marchesa Hall & Theatre (6226 Middle Fiskville Road), an event space near Highland Mall that has hosted wedding receptions and the annual Blue Genie Art Bazaar. The Marchesa was originally built as a small cineplex in the 1980s named the Lincoln Village, which closed in 1999.
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Marchesa fundraising campaign
The Austin Film Society on Monday will launch a fundraising campaign to “Help Build the Best Little Art House in Texas” at the Marchesa Hall & Theatre.
AFS hopes to raise $120,000 for theater upgrades at the Marchesa, including a digital projector and DCP system; Dolby 5.1 surround sound equipment and installation; a 35 mm changeover system; and updates to the theater to “create a space dedicated to classic, international and independent work.”
The “Best Little Art House” program has been seeded with $30,000 raised from a small group of Founders of AFS at the Marchesa and, as of May 20, Richard Linklater will match every gift up to $45,000 to bring the campaign to its goal of $120,000.
To reach their intended goal by July 3, AFS will host special benefit screenings and offer gift incentives at various membership levels.
The campaign officially kicks off Sunday at the advance screening of Linklater’s “Before Midnight” at 9 p.m. at the Marchesa. For tickets to the Sunday screening, which will be preceded by screenings of “Before Sunrise” and “Before Sunset,” visit AustinFilm.org/BeforeTrilogy. For more information on the fundraising campaign, visit AustinFilm.org/Marchesa.