Chris Carter to be honored as outstanding TV writer

Austin Film Festival has announced its first 10 film picks, anchored by the Robert Zemeckis-helmed centerpiece pic “Flight.”

Mystery thriller “Flight” stars Denzel Washington as Whip Whitaker, an airline pilot who crashlands a plane after a mid-air catastrophe and saves nearly everyone on board, though further investigation reveals questions about who was at fault for the accident.

Other films include helmer Todd Berger’s “It’s a Disaster,” Clive Owen drama “Shadow Dancer,” comedies “Free Samples” and “Pictures of Superheroes,” docus “Last Will and Testament,” “Rising From Ashes” and “Spinning Plates” and indie Western “To Kill a Memory.” Paul Feig (“Bridesmaids,” “Freaks and Geeks”) has been named as one of three inaugural guest programmers, choosing two pics that influenced him: blaxploitation pic “The Human Tornado” and screwball classic “Bringing Up Baby.”

“X-Files” showrunner Chris Carter will be honored with the outstanding television writer award. Full slate of screenings for the Oct. 18-25 fest will be revealed mid-September.

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