Me and Orson Welles screens at 2 film festivals this fall

19 August 2009

Me and Orson Welles

Me and Orson Welles will screen at two film festivals in September and October:

At the Deauville American Film Festival in France: 4 – 13 September 2009
At the Woodstock Film Festival in the US: 30 September – 4 October 2009

Currently there is no information available who from the cast or crew will attend or if Zac will be there.

Also, a small tidbit: Victor Diaz from News 8 Austin is reporting that according the Richard Linklater Me and Orson Welles will have a premiere in Austin (Paramount Theatre) this fall.

Here are the full announcements regarding the film festivals:

From The Hollywoodreporter, 18 August 2009:

Deauville adds films to lineup

Additions include ‘Youth in Revolt,’ ‘Shrink’

PARIS — The 35th Deauville American Film Festival will kick off with a romantic romp through the ages when New Line’s “The Time Traveler’s Wife” opens the festival on September 4th, organizers said Tuesday.

The 10-day ode to US cinema has added several films to its previously announced lineup, including Competition titles Jonas Pate’s “Shrink” starring Kevin Spacey and Miguel Arteta’s “Youth in Revolt” with Michael Cera, Justin Long and Ray Liotta.

Josh Goldin’s Matthew Broderick-starrer “Wonderful World” will premiere in the territory out of competition alongside Richard Linklater’s “Me and Orson Welles,” Paola Mendoza and Gloria La Morte’s “Entre Nos” and US summer blockbuster Neill Blomkamp’s “District 9.”

Documentaries “Facing Ali,” “Outrage” and “William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe” will all premiere in the “Uncle Sam’s Docs” sidebar.

Andy Garcia, who will be in town for an homage to his acting career, will give a masterclass on Saturday, Sept. 12 for public cinephiles.

Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s feature film jury will also include actor-screenwriter-director Bruno Podalydes and actress Deborah Francois and Maiwenn’s Cartier Revelation jury has added actress Louise Monot to its star-powered team.

The Deauville American Film Festival runs Sept. 4-13 in the posh Normandy beachside town.

Press release from the Woodstock Film Festival, 29 April 2009:


One of the most creative voices in film coming to Woodstock to accept the Honorary Maverick Award

MAV-ER-ICK. adj.

  • Being independent in thought and action or exhibiting such independence.
  • One who refuses to abide by the dictate of a group.

(Woodstock, NY) April 29: RICHARD LINKLATER, the Academy Award® nominated writer/director will be presented with the 2009 Honorary Maverick Award by the Woodstock Film Festival, during its Gala Award Ceremony, Saturday evening, October 3rd , at BackStage Productions in Kingston, NY.

Presenting the Honorary Maverick Award will be Linklater’s long time friend and collaborator, actor Ethan Hawke (Before Sunrise, The Newton Boys, Tape, Before Sunset). Linklater’s latest film, Me and Orson Welles will be featured as one of the Spotlight films in this year’s lineup, and he will participate in a panel discussion during the festival, which runs this year from Wednesday Sept. 30 through Sunday Oct. 4th. Through his films he has introduced any number of talented young actors into the Hollywood scene, including Matthew McConaughey, Ben Affleck and Parker Posey.

Linklater’s work includes: Its Impossible to Learn How to Plow By Reading Books (1988); Slacker (1991); Dazed and Confused (1993); Before Sunrise (1995); Suburbia (1997); The Newton Boys (1998); Waking Life (2001); Tape (2001); Live From Shiva’s Dance Floor (2003); School of Rock (2003); Before Sunset (2004); $5.15/Hr. (2004) (TV); Bad News Bears (2005); A Scanner Darkly (2006); Fast Food Nation (2006); Inning By Inning: A Portrait of a Coach (2008); Me and Orson Welles (2009)

WFF Co-Founder and Executive Director Meira Blaustein said Linklater, a native of Texas, embodies the Maverick spirit as a symbol of creative, free spirit, risk taking and independent thought:

“Richard Linklater’s singular approach to filmmaking – always inventing and re-inventing the art in fresh and exciting new ways, coupled with his unwavering support of independent filmmakers- makes him the ideal recipient of our honorary Maverick Award.” said Blaustein. “We’re thrilled that he accepted our invitation and can’t wait to host him here in Woodstock, where he’ll find a thriving film community, reminiscent of the one in Austin, Texas which he so closely nurtured”.

Richard Linklater said in a statement: “Although the term ‘maverick’ was greatly devalued in last year’s election cycle, I’ll humbly take on this honor and as a Texas filmmaker help reclaim the term in the tradition of the famous Texas cattleman Samuel Maverick who refused to brand his cattle. I would like to think it was for humane reasons but the legend goes that he was just too lazy and uninterested in ranching to care. I think there may be an indie filmmaking analogy in there somewhere… regardless, I look forward to being with all of you up in Woodstock this fall.”

The Honorary Maverick Award is given each year to an individual whose life and work is based on creativity, independent vision, and social activism. Previous recipients include Kevin Smith, Christine Vachon, Barbara Kopple, Tim Robbins, Les Blank, D.A. Pennebaker & Chris Hegedus, Woody Harrelson, Mira Nair and Steve Buscemi.

Additional WFF awards include the Trailblazer Award, the Lee Marvin Award for Best Feature, the James Lyons Award for Best Editing, the Maverick Award for Best Documentary, and several others.

For more information, contact the Woodstock Film Festival office, (845) 679-4265, or

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