Documentaries are in at Austin film fest

'Tales From the Script,' 'Why We Laugh' in lineup

The Austin Film Festival and Conference, which runs Oct. 22-29, released a sampling of its feature lineup Wednesday.

The 16th annual screenwriter-focused fest will screen several documentaries, including Peter Hanson's "Tales From the Script," Barry Levinson's "PoliWood" and Robert Townsend's "Why We Laugh."

World premieres will include Gary Lundgren's "Calvin Marshall," Todd Berger's "The Scenesters" and Mark Potts and Cole Selix's "Simmons on Vinyl."

The centerpiece film will be Oren Moverman and Alessandro Camon's "The Messenger."

Also screening are Robert Byington's "Harmony and Me," Peter Bratt's "La Mission" and Gregori Viens and Henry Phillips' "Punching the Clown."

This year's fest will honor Steven Zaillian with the Distinguished Screenwriter Award and Ron Howard with the Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking Award.

The rest of the program -- including competition titles, shorts and the opening- and closing-night films -- will be announced mid-September.