Austin Film Festival to Honor John Singleton, Chris Cooper

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'Legend,' starring Tom Hardy, will open the festival, which runs from Oct. 29 to Nov. 5.

The schedule of films and honorees have been announced for the 22nd annual Austin Film Festival.

Legend is set to open the festival on Oct. 29, with director Brian Helgeland presenting the true story of the rise and fall of the London gangsters, Reggie and Ronnie Kray, who are both played by Tom Hardy.

The centerpiece film, Burning Bodhi, will screen on Oct. 1. The film stars Andy Buckley and Kaley Cuoco, and follows a group of high school friends who reunite after the death of one of their friends.

The festival's marquee features include The Adderall Diaries, starring James Franco and Amber Heard, and I Saw the Light, which stars Tom Hiddleston as country legend Hank Williams.

John Singleton and Chris Cooper will be given the Extraordinary Contribution Awards at a luncheon held Oct. 31 at the Austin Club. 

Singleton will be honored for his contributions to film, having written and directed Boyz n the Hood and Shaft, while Cooper will be honored for his acting career that spans more than fifty film and television credits, including Capote,The Horse WhispererLonesome Dove and Seabiscuit

Past recipients of the award have been Johnny Depp, Susan Sarandon and Ron Howard.

Singleton will be presenting a retrospective screening of Boyz n the Hood, a film that garnered him a Oscar nom for best screenplay. Cooper will be in attendance for the festival screening of Coming Through the Rye, where he plays the reclusive author J.D. Salinger.

The Austin Film Festival runs Oct. 29 to Nov. 5.

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