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Austin fest titles include ‘Flight,’ ‘Shadow Dancer’

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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