Austin Film Festival to Honor Walter Hill and Keenen Ivory Wayans

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Walter Hill and Keenen Ivory Wayans

Hill and Wayans join previously announced Distinguished Screenwriter Award recipient Kenneth Lonergan.

Austin Film Festival & Writers Conference will honor Walter Hill and Keenen Ivory Wayans for their extraordinary contributions to film and television, respectively, the festival announced Wednesday.

Hill, who will receive the Extraordinary Contribution to Film Award, wrote and directed notable films such as 48 Hrs., The Warriors, The Driver, Southern Comfort, Last Man Standing, Geronimo: An American Legend and Wild Bill. He also co-produced the sci-fi favorite Alien. Hill has contributed to television as well, receiving both the Emmy and DGA Awards in 2005 for his work directing the HBO neo-western Deadwood.

Wayans, who is also known for writing and directing several films including White Chicks and I'm Gonna Git You Sucka, will be honored with the Extraordinary Contribution to Television Award. Wayans created and hosted the variety series In Living Color, which broke racial barriers, and won the Emmy for outstanding variety, music or comedy series in 1990.

Hill and Wayans join previously announced Distinguished Screenwriter Award recipient Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea).

Previously announced panelists who will speak at AFF's Screenwriters Conference include David Simon (creator, The Wire; co-creator of HBO's upcoming The Deuce) and George Pelecanos (co-creator of The Deuce), Misha Green (co-creator, Underground), Eric Heisserer (writer, Arrival), Kourtney Kang (writer, Fresh Off the Boat) and David Lowery (writer-director, A Ghost Story).

The festival, which is in its 24th year, runs Oct. 26 to Nov. 2.

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