Austin Film Festival Adds Roman J. Israel, Esq. and Mudbound as Centerpiece Selections

Austin Film Festival Adds Roman J. Israel, Esq. and Mudbound as Centerpiece Selections

Austin Film Festival (AFF), the premier film festival recognizing writers' and filmmakers' contributions to film, television, and new media, announced today two late additions to its film slate. Dan Gilroy's dramatic thriller Roman J. Israel, Esq. and Dee Rees' epic period piece Mudbound will serve as AFF's Centerpiece selections this Sunday, October 29th.

Roman J. Israel, Esq. stars Denzel Washington as a driven, idealistic defense attorney whose life is upended when a turbulent series of events challenge the activism that has defined his career. Colin Farrell costars as the ambitious, monied lawyer who recruits Roman to his firm. Dan Gilroy, who wrote and directed Roman, will be in attendance to present the film and lead a panel as part of AFF's Writers Conference. Gilroy's past work includes Nightcrawler, The Bourne Legacy, and Kong: Skull Island.

Set in the rural American South during World War II, Dee Rees's Mudbound is an epic story of two families pitted against one another by a ruthless social hierarchy, yet bound together by the shared farmland of the Mississippi Delta. The film stars Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Mitchell, Mary J. Blige, and Jason Clarke. Co-writer Virgil Williams will be in attendance to present the film and participate in the Writers Conference.

Roman and Mudbound join more than 180 films already announced, including Lady Bird, Chappaquiddick, I, TONYA, Darkest Hour, Call Me By Your Name, 24 Hours to Live, An Ordinary Man, and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

AFF officially begins this Thursday, October 26. To see the complete slate of films and panels, visit

Austin Film Festival (AFF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the art, craft and business of writers and filmmakers and recognizing their contributions to film, television and new media. AFF champions the work of aspiring and established writers and filmmakers by providing unique cultural events and services, enhancing public awareness and participation, and encouraging dynamic and long-lasting community partnerships. AFF is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department and the Texas Commission on the Arts. All attendees and events are based on permitting schedules and are subject to change and/or cancellation without notice. For media credentials, please contact Lauren Kelcher Stevenson at Badges and passes are available for purchase online at or by phone at 1-800-310-FEST.

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