Paul has been fascinated by the Austin Film Society (AFS) for years. On a recent trip to Austin, Paul had the opportunity to sit down for some interviews with representatives from the AFS.

Founded in 1985 by filmmaker Richard Linklater (Boyhood, Dazed and Confused, Before Sunrise trilogy), the AFS’s mission is to empower the community to make, watch and love creative media. The AFS curates and screens hundreds of repertory, international and arthouse films annually at the AFS Cinema; delivers financial support to Texas filmmakers through grants; and operates Austin Studios, a 20-acre production facility.

In this episode, you will hear Holly Herrick (Head of Film and Creative Media) and Lars Nilsen (Lead Film Programmer) talk about everything from the history of the AFS to how it has evolved over 30 years to the programming it offers. Usually, the podcast is about a person, but this unique episode is about how a space can be created that promotes collaboration, creates community and is financially sustainable.

To learn more about the Austin Film Society, visit them online: website, Facebook and Twitter. Watch the video below if you’d like to hear some background information about the AFS from Richard Linklater:

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