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The Austin Film Festival has chosen John Wells’ The Company Men as its centerpiece film and added Frederick Wiseman’s new documentary Boxing Gym to its line-up.
Wells’ downsizing drama, which had its world premiere at the Sundance film festival, is the filmmaker’s directorial debut. He will present the screening October 23 at the Paramount Theatre, and then participate in a Q&A after the film that will be moderated by regular fest guest Dan Petrie, Jr. (Beverly Hills Cop).
Organizers have also moved the world premiere of Dax Shepard’s Brother’s Justice to follow the Wells premiere at the Paramount. Shepard and co-star Tom Arnold are expected to attend.
Wiseman’s latest film was shot locally, at Richard Lord’s Gym in Austin, and will screen October 27 at the Texas Spirit Theatre at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum. Lord will attend that screening.
The 17th annual Austin fest runs October 21-28 and will feature screenings of Black Swan, 127 Hours, Peep World, Meek’s Cutoff, Conviction and Fair Game.
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