Screenwriter and director Paul Feig will receive the Austin Film Festival & Screenwriters Conference’s Extraordinary Contribution to Film award this October, while screenwriter Nancy Meyers will receive AFF’s Distinguished Screenwriter award. The two will be feted at AFF’s awards luncheon on Oct. 15. AFF runs from Oct. 13 to 20.
Feig most recently co-wrote (with Katie Dippold), directed, and produced “Spy” and directed “The Heat” and “Bridesmaids.” He directed the new “Ghostbusters” reboot starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones.
As far as TV goes, Feig might be best known for creating “Freaks and Geeks,” which draws heavily on his childhood growing up in Clinton Township, Mich. Executive produced by Jud Apatow, “Freaks and Geeks” launched the careers of virtually the entire cast, including Seth Rogan, James Franco, Martin Starr, Jason Segel, John Francis Daley and Linda Cardellini. It is generally regarded by critics and fans as one of the best TV shows ever made.
“Private Benjamin” was screenwriter Nancy Meyers’ first film, which co-wrote with Charles Shyer and for which the two received a Best Original Screenplay Oscar nomination as well as the Writers Guild of America award for best comedy written for the screen.
The two went on to write such films as “Irreconcilable Differences,” “Baby Boom” and the “Father of the Bride” remake.
Meyers directed “The Parent Trap” remake as well as “What Women Want,” and wrote, directed and produced such popular and vaguely-titled hits as “Something’s Gotta Give,” “The Holiday,” “It’s Complicated” and “The Intern.”
Panelests to speak at AFF so far include “Masters of Sex” creator Michelle Ashford, “Godzilla” writer Max Borenstein, “Empire” writer Wendy Calhoun, “Happy Gimore” writer and frequent Adam Sandler co-conspirator Tim Herlihy, “Veep” showrunner David Mandel, “New Girl” creator Elizabeth Meriwether. “The Revenant” writer Mark L. Smith and many more. Check out the full list at austinfilmfestival.com.