Barbara Morgan and Marsha Milam founded Austin Film Festival in 1993 to celebrate the art of storytelling through film. Known as the “Writers Festival,” AFF recognizes the writer as the core of the creative process in filmmaking. On Story: Presented by Austin Film Festival is a natural progression of that mission. A weekly public television series broadcast on more than 122 stations in 67 markets, including New York, Los Angeles, Houston, and Dallas, On Story gives viewers an inside look at the creative process behind some of the most popular and critically acclaimed films and television shows.
For 19 years, Austin Film Festival has brought together the film industry’s most recognized screenwriters and filmmakers, luminaries like Greg Daniels, Wes Anderson, Caroline Thompson, Oliver Stone, Johnny Depp, Jason Reitman, and James Franco. Their passionate and in-depth conversations on the art and craft of storytelling in film have entertained thousands of Festival registrants over the years. Since Austin Film Festival’s launch, hundreds of these invaluably rich and informative discussions have been recorded for our archives and we are thrilled to now make these available to the public through On Story. What inspired such instant classics as Schindler’s List, Apollo 13, Toy Story, The 40 Year Old Virgin, Unforgiven, Slumdog Millionaire, and more? On Story gets to the heart of the matter and presents the stories behind the storytellers, revealing the real magic of movies.
On Story takes audiences behind the scenes with their favorite filmmakers and introduces them to new filmmakers with conversations and interviews that illuminate the journey of bringing beloved stories and classic characters – Hannibal Lecter, Tootsie, Al Swearengen, William Wallace, Hank Hill, and Donald Draper -‐ to the screen. Viewers are given a lens into the minds of Academy Award©-winning and nominated writers and directors like Sydney Pollack, Ron Howard, John Lasseter, and Danny Boyle; comedy geniuses like Judd Apatow, Garry Shandling, Buck Henry, and Bridesmaids’ Paul Feig; outstanding TV show creators behind Mad Men, The Wire, The Office, and King of the Hill; the blockbuster writers of Iron Man 3, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Trek, and X-‐Men; indie filmmakers Edward Burns, Robert Rodriguez, and Rodrigo Garcia, and more.
“How will they be once they get there? In the broadest terms, maybe they’ll live. Maybe they’ll die. But will they be broken? Will they have lost something that we care about? Will they be vindicated or validated in some way?”
– Ron Howard (Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind), on bringing the human journey to film
“I like making audiences fairly uncomfortable, because I think that’s where a lot of comedy comes from—the moments you don’t want to remember, or emotions you try to pretend that you don’t have.”
– Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, Freaks and Geeks)