Keenen Ivory Wayans To Be Honored By Austin Film Festival & Writers Conference

Comedy News

Filmmaker Walter Hill and comedian/filmmaker Keenen Ivory Wayans are both being honored this year in Austin at the annual Austin Film Festival& Writers Conference. Hill, whose film career goes back decades with such films as The Warriors and 48 Hrs. and HBO’s Deadwood will be honored with the Extraordinary Contribution to Film Award. Wayans, who created, launched, and hosted the landmark 1990s variety series In Living Color, will receive AFF’s Extraordinary Contribution to Television Award.

The awards will be given out during the Festival’s 24th Anniversary which runs from Oct. 26 to Nov. 2. Hill and Wayans join previously announced Distinguished Screenwriter award recipient Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester By The Sea).

Hill will participate in ‘A Conversation with Walter Hill’ moderated by writer/director Shane Black who cites Hill as an influence on his own career.

Hill began in film in 1960 as crew and then ended up becoming one of the foremost action filmmakers in Hollywood. In addition to co-producing the science fiction blockbuster Alien, Hill wrote and directed The DriverSouthern ComfortLast Man StandingGeronimoWild Bill and The Long Riders. He contributed to television as well, receiving both the Emmy and DGA Awards in 2005 for his work directing the HBO neo-western Deadwood.

Wayans’ irreverant Emmy-winning In Living Color broke racial barriers with scathing social humor while introducing other household names including Damon Wayans, Jamie Foxx, Jim Carrey, and Jennifer Lopez.

Outside of television, Wayans has had a successful career writing, directing, and acting in films. He co-wrote 1987’s Hollywood Shuffle with actor/director Robert Townsend and wrote, directed, and starred in 1989’s blaxsploitiation parody I’m Gonna Git You Sucka. More notably, he directed the successful horror spoof Scary Movie.

Hill, Wayans, and Lonergan join a roundup of panelists confirmed to speak at this year’s Writers Conference, including the writers of films A Ghost StoryArrivalBlade Runner: 2049Girls TripKong: Skull IslandKubo and the Two StringsLogan, MoanaStar Trek Beyond and television shows American GodsI Love DickPowerQueen SugarThe DeuceThe WireThis is UsTwin Peaks, and Underground.

Source: Deadline

About author / Humor Mill

About US

The Humor Mill Magazine is a on line digital magazine, website and TV show that’s about the Urban Comic & Urban Hollywood for the general audience. Its for comedians/actors who are looking for that outlet to be seen, and its also about the under-served Urban Hollywood scene. The Humor Mill Magazine features comedy, music and movie news, while we also discuss some important issues. We also feature comics who have been on the scene for a while but haven’t quite become a household name yet. We also feature articles on Hollywood actors who we see all the time but just don’t know their name yet. All that, plus what’s going down for the week in the latest issue, The Humor Mill covers it all as it keeps you IN THE KNOW!



%d bloggers like this: