Austin Film Festival's On Story Podcast

On this special presentation of On Story, we’re taking a closer look at some of the incredible films chosen to screen at the 26th Annual Austin Film Festival and the filmmakers behind these films. We spoke with filmmakers whose work represents some of the most original voices in filmmaking from around the world and the challenges they faced in their creative process as well as the breakthroughs that led them to Austin Film Festival.

On this week’s On Story, co-writers and directors John Langmore and Bud Force discuss their feature documentary Cowboys: A Documentary Portrait. Told in the cinematic tradition of classic westerns, the film gives viewers a first-hand account from modern working cowboys on some of America’s largest and most remote cattle ranches. 

John Langmore is a former working cowboy who spent five years photographing cowboys on twelve of the country’s largest ranches, His recently published book, Open Range: America's Big-Outfit Cowboy, is the result of over six years of work photographing on fourteen of the country's largest ranches, all running full crews of horseback cowboys.
Bud Force is an award-winning director and cinematographer based in Austin, Texas. He has been involved in the agriculture industry most of his life. Bud is a former rodeo cowboy who has spent the past decade producing brand films and documentaries around the world.

I spoke to John Langmore and Bud Force about Cowboys: A Documentary Portrait presented by Hill Country Conservancy ahead of the film’s world premiere at the historical Paramount Theatre on Friday, October 25th. 


Direct download: Cowboys_Podcast_FINAL_MIXED.mp3
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Second Rounder Stories is a new series from that highlights past Script Competition Second Rounders and their experiences attending the Festival & Conference.

This week, we'll hear from Ann Sloan who was an Austin Film Festival Second Rounder in 2018 with her fiction podcast script, The Carlotta Beautox Chronicles. She is also a screenwriter and alumna of the 2017 Black List Feature Screenwriting Lab. Ann lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two cats. 

Direct download: Anne_Sloan_FINAL.mp3
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This week on On Story we’ll hear from filmmaker Ric Roman Waugh on his latest film, Angel Has Fallen. And later, we’ll hear from Bloodline co-creator Todd A. Kessler on his Netflix- original family drama.

Ric Roman Waugh has written and directed several action-packed films including the prison-based dramas, Felon, Shot Caller and Snitch, which starred Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Susan Sarandon. His latest film, Angel Has Fallen is the third installment in the Fallen film series, following Olympus Has Fallen and London Has Fallen. The film stars Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, Jada Pinkett Smith, Nick Nolte and Danny Huston. I spoke with Waugh during a special screening of the film earlier this year.

Clips of Angel Has Fallen courtesy of Lionsgate & Summit Entertainment

Todd A. Kessler is the co-creator and Executive Producer of Netflix’s Emmy award-winning show Bloodline. The show’s all-star cast includes Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn, Linda Cardellini, Norbert Leo Butz, Sissy Spacek and the late Sam Shepard. Kessler also co-created the FX-series Damages starring Glenn Close and Rose Byrne. Early in his career, Kessler wrote on HBO’s The Sopranos, and NBC’s Providence.

Clips of Bloodline courtesy of Netflix, Inc.

Direct download: Angels_Fallen_Bloodline_Podcast.mp3
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