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November 27, 2021

Austin Film Society and Sundance announce three more screenings at Austin drive-in

'Judas and the Black Messiah leads the new lineup

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The Sundance Film Festival and the Austin Film Society have added three more film to the previously announced lineup at the Pioneer Farms Drive-in.

The additions include the world premiere feature, “Judas and the Black Messiah,” directed by Shaka King and starring Lakeith Stanfield and Daniel Kaluuya.

Two previously announced film have also been added to the drive-in lineup. They are “Censor,” directed by Prano Bailey-Bond, and “How It Ends,” directed by Daryl Wein and starring Zoe Lister-Jones.

The festival will take place on the Sundance-built online platform and in person on satellite screens around the country, including the Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farms Drive-in in Austin.

Tickets will go on sale today — at 1 p.m. Jan. 12 — for AFS members. Remaining tickets will go on sale Jan. 13, for the general public. See austinfilm.org/2021-sundance-film-festival/



Here’s a brief description of the three new movies:

  • Judas and the Black Messiah” focuses on FBI informant William O’Neal, who infiltrates the Illinois Black Panther party. He does so at the behest of FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, who fears that Black Panther Fred Hampton will emerge as a Black Messiah.
  • “How It Ends” focuses on Liza (Zoe Lister-Jones), who scores an invitation to Ione last wild gathering on the day that an asteroid is scheduled to obliterate Earth. The ensemble cast includes Helen Hunt, Olivia Wilde, Fred Armisen and Nick Kroll.
  • “Censor” deals with a film censor named Enid who takes pride in her work. But she has a lot of guilt over her inability to recall details of the long-ago disappearance of her sister. When Enid is assigned to review a disturbing film, she begins to unravel how this eerie work might be tied to her past. Niamh Algar plays Enid.

Charles Ealy
Charles Ealy is a former movies editor for The Dallas Morning News and Austin American-Statesman.

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