Austin Film Society is opening the new Creative Media Center at Austin Studios, an office and production space designed to give flexible options to small and large productions. The building was formerly a Texas National Guard armory, which AFS added to the existing Austin Studios in 2012. The 38,500-square-foot facility will officially open in mid-December, while Stage 7 (previously a helicopter hangar) is already open.
Speaking of AFS, the filmmaking and film-loving institution will be featured in a new exhibition dedicated to the work and career of Richard Linklater which opened this week at the prestigious Centre Pompidou in Paris. For more about this great honor, see “Behind the Scenes at the Centre Pompidou’s Tribute to Richard Linklater.”
The calendar of film festivals in Austin goes out with a bloody bang next month, as Austin-made horror anthology Scare Package will be the centerpiece film for the Under Worlds strand at science-fiction film fest Other Worlds. The festival (formerly known as Other Worlds Austin) runs Dec. 5-8 at Galaxy Highland: Tickets and full details at www.otherworldsfilmfest.com, and pick up next week’s Chronicle for an interview with producer Aaron B. Koontz.
Congratulations to Cowboys: The Austin-made documentary about modern cowpokes, and the challenges of the contemporary open trail, picked up the audience award for Best Documentary Feature at last month’s Austin Film Festival. Don’t miss Matthew Monagle’s interview with directors John Langmore and Bud Force, “Still Out on the Range,” Oct. 25.