2015 Festival Schedule

1:30 PM — 2:30 PM Sunday

1 PM Sunday

Mark Harris Screens Bonnie and Clyde

Location: Z_Alamo Drafthouse Ritz (320 E. 6th St.)
Mark Harris

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1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Because of a death in his family, Mark Harris has unfortunately had to cancel his appearance at the Festival although the Festival, the Alamo Drafthouse, and the Austin Film Festival will still be screening a new print of Bonnie and Clyde at this event.

When Harris' Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood was published earlier this year, the Washington Post decided that the book is "likely to be one of the classics of popular film history," a verdict that should come as no surprise to anyone who's read the book. In an event co-sponsored by the Austin Film Festival and the Alamo Drafthouse, Harris will talk for a short while before a screening of Bonnie and Clyde with Austin Film Festival Film Competition Director Jesse Trussell about the making of the film and his book; Harris will sign his book before the screening begins. Go here to buy tickets to the screening.

A columnist at Entertainment Weekly, Harris delves into the behind-the-scenes account of the five movies nominated for an Academy Award best picture in 1967 to reveal the pivotal crisis Hollywood found itself in that year. The list of nominated films now seems like the most ragtag assemblage of movies ever made in a given year: Bonnie and Clyde, The Graduate, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, In the Heat of the Night, and Dr. Dolittle. Harris, who lives in New York with his husband, the playwright Tony Kushner, could have addressed the making of each of those films separately, but he does something savvier: by interweaving the stories behind the various films, he illuminates Hollywood as it lurched hesitantly from the old studio system to movie-making that was more exciting for moviegoers but ultimately less certain for the industry. Fortunately, Harris isn't skimpy with the irresistible details (e.g., Doris Day and Ronald Reagan were the original choices to play Mr. and Mrs. Robinson in The Graduate).