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Austin Film Festival to Honor John Singleton, Chris Cooper

The Austin Film Festival and Screenwriters Conference has tapped John Singleton and Chris Cooper for its Extraordinary Contribution to Film and Acting Awards.

The awards will be presented on Oct. 31 at the Austin Club.

Singleton’s credits include writing and directing “Boyz n the Hood,” “Poetic Justice,” “Higher Learning,” “Shaft” and “Baby Boy” and directing “2 Fast 2 Furious,” “Four Brothers” and “Abduction.” He’s directed an episode of “Empire” and developed “Snowfall,” an original series for FX.

Singleton will present a retrospective screening of “Boyz n the Hood” at the festival. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for the 1991 film.

Cooper’s award will be presented by “Lonesome Dove” creator Bill Wittliff. His credits include “August, Osage County,” “The Bourne Identity,” “Capote,” “The Horse Whisperer,” “Lonesome Dove,” “The Town,” “American Beauty” and “Adapation,” for which he received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Cooper will be in attendance for the festival’s screening of “Coming Through the Rye,” in which he plays the reclusive J.D. Salinger.

The festival has previously announced awards for Outstanding Television Writer Norman Lear and Distinguished Screenwriter Brian Helgeland, who will present the opening night film “Legend” on Oct. 29 at the Paramount Theatre. Written and directed by Helgeland, “Legend” is the story of the rise and fall of London gangsters Reggie and Ronnie Kray, both portrayed by Tom Hardy.

The festival will have the world premiere of “Burning Bodhi” on Nov. 1, with featured cast Andy Buckley, Kaley Cuoco, Landon Liboiron and Eli Vargas in attendance. “Burning Bodhi” follows a group of high school friends who reunite after a member of their old group passes away.

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