This October, Austin Film Festival (AFF) will honor two recipients with the Extraordinary Contribution to Film Award and the Extraordinary Contribution to Television Award, respectively.
The AFF team has just announced that 2017’s recipients will be writer/director/producer Walter Hill for the Film Award and comedian/writer/director/producer Keenen Ivory Wayans for the Television Award. In addition, Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea) will receive the Distinguished Screenwriter award.
Walter Hill has become known as one of the foremost action filmmakers in Hollywood. Hill co-produced Alien, and wrote and directed films including 48 Hrs., The Warriors, The Driver, Southern Comfort, Last Man Standing, Geronimo, Wild Bill and The Long Riders. He’s also received Emmy and DGA Awards in 2005 for his directing work on HBO’s Deadwood. Hill will also participate in “A Conversation with Walter Hill”, moderated by Shane Black, at the festival.
Keenen Ivory Wayans created, launched and hosted the landmark 1990’s variety series, In Living Color. The Emmy-winning series broke racial barriers and introduced the public to countless now-famous actors, musicians, and comedians including Damon Wayans, Jaime Foxx, Jim Carrey and Jennifer Lopez.
Austin Film Festival runs from October 26 through November 2 in Austin, Texas.