Action! Austin Film Festival starts Thursday

Austin Film Festival (Frank Martinez/KXAN)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The 21st annual Austin Film Festival kicks off at the Paramount Theatre. Al Pacino’s “The Humbling” premieres, along with several others throughout the next few days. For one week, more than 180 films will be showing.

Austin Film Festival co-founder Barbara Morgan spoke about how the festival is more than film screenings. People who want to get a kick-start can help get their career going, and there are workshops incorporated into the festival.

A University of Texas graduate and director of one of the documentaries screening Thursday night spoke about her film. Natasha Verma explains the inspiration behind “Hardy” – touching on the main theme of gender inequality. “Hardy,” one of the Austin Film Festival Staff Picks, screens at 7:10 p.m.

Director Christopher Thomas has a film, “Terrible Love,” screening Thursday night. He says his film was inspired by friends suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. “Terrible Love” screens Thursday at 9:45 p.m.

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