Barbara Morgan and Marsha Milam knew they were in trouble in September 1994. Their inaugural screenwriters conference and festival was set to start in a few weeks, and they realized they had 68 panelists scheduled and only 86 registrants.
“We sort of had the ‘If you build it, they will come’ idea,” Morgan. “Sometimes you got to put on the sandwich board.”
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The Austin Film Festival takes place October 24-31. Ticket options include general admission to specific films, $65 film passes for all eight days and conference badges from $125 to $675. For tickets and information, visit AustinFilmFestival.com.
The Statesman at AFF
See our guide to the festival, including an interview with “Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan, Friday in Austin360. Also in Life & Arts, look for interviews with Susan Sarandon, Callie Khouri and “12 Years a Slave” director Steve McQueen. And check Austin360.com’s Movies blog for updates and more.