March 20, 2023

Austin Film Festival to host premiere of ‘Sam & Kate,’ starring Hoffman and Spacek

Hoffman and Spacek to attend premiere along with director Aronofsky who will accept an award, along with ‘The Whale’ screening


The Austin Film Festival announced Thursday that it will host the world premiere of “Sam & Kate,” directed by Darren Le Gallo and starring Sissy Spacek and Dustin Hoffman, as well as their adult children, Schuyler Fisk and Jake Hoffman.

The director as well as the stars will be in attendance for the screening of a multi-generational tale of family and love.

The festival also announced that director Darren Aronofsky will be honored with the Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking Award, and that he will attend the festival in conjunction with the screening of his latest, “The Whale,” starring Brendan Fraser. Samuel D. Hunter, writer of “The Whale,” will also attend and participate in the screenwriters’ conference.

Another world premiere was announced Thursday: “Daniel’s Gotta Die,” by Jeremy LaLonde. It focuses on a man who seeks to reconnect with his family, but they want to kill him for his inheritance. It’s the last film appearance of Bob Saget, and it also stars Joel David Moore, Jason Jones, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Carly Chaikin and Iggy Pop.

Other world premieres include “The Wild Man,” which is Riley Cusick’s debut film about a son caring for his father who thinks he’s a wild animal; “Dance Dads,” about a father who tries to form a team of dancing dads; “Song of the Cicada,” about an eccentric mortician in Galveston; and many more.

Details about the AFF conference were also announced Thursday. The conference takes place on the first four days of the festival. Oct. 27-30. Participants include Edward Neumeier, Nicole Perlman, Alec Berg, Shane Black, Marc Bernardin, Amy Talkington and Max Borenstein.

Previously announced films include James Gray’s “Armageddon Time,” Sarah Polley’s “Women Talking” and Nikyatu Jusu’s “Nanny.”

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