Arguably the hottest man in television will give Austin Film Festival attendees a rare treat at this year’s festival, organizers announced this week. “Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan will present a staged script reading of his unproduced feature film, “2 Face,” with a cast that includes Will Ferrell, Linda Cardellini and Thomas Haden Church. “Looper” director Rian Johnson will direct the story of a man with a split personality disorder who finds himself taking opposite sides of the political spectrum.
The festival also announced that Susan Sarandon will receive the Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking (Acting) award. The “Thelma and Louise” star is the second actor to receive the recognition, joining Johnny Depp. Sarandon will accept the award at the annual awards luncheon, where she will be joined by fellow awardees Gilligan (Outstanding Television Writer), Jonathan Demme (Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking), Callie Khouri (Distinguished Screenwriter), and Barry Josephson (Heart of Film Award). The Oscar-winning actress will also present a retrospective screening of John Turturro’s “Romance and Cigarettes.”
This year’s festival features a host of such guest programming, which will include comedy great Elaine May presenting “A New Leaf,” which she wrote, directed and starred in alongside Walter Matthau. Other recent additions to the festival include “Whitewash,” a comic thriller starring Church, and “The Pretty One,” starring Zoe Kazan, Jack Johnson and Ron Livingston
AFF runs from Oct. 24-31, opening with the U.S. premiere of Jonathan Sobel’s heist film “The Art of the Steal,” starring Kurt Russell, Matt Dillon and Jay Baruchel, and closing on Halloween with the horror film “All Cheerleaders Die.”