WHO: Austin Film Society (AFS)
WHAT: AFS screens BLOW-UP (1966) with introduction by Ned Rifkin.
Complimentary hair and nail bar provided by Aveda Institute.
WHEN: Tuesday, September 23, 2014.
Hair and nail bar opens 6:30 PM; Ned Rifkin intro at 7:30 PM
WHERE: AFS at the Marchesa (6226 Middle Fiskville Rd)
PRICE: $8 AFS Members; $10 General Admission
(Austin, TX)–The Austin Film Society (AFS) is proud to host a special screening of Michelangelo Antonioni’s classic, BLOW-UP (1966).

Join AFS at 6:30 PM for a pre-screening 60s themed cocktail hour. Get ready for your close-up at the complimentary 60s themed hair and nail bar in the Marchesa foyer, provided by Aveda Institute. Tribeza will be in attendance, shooting the best-coiffed for their magazine.
At 7:30 PM, Ned Rifkin – former Director of the Blanton and contemporary art history scholar at UT – will introduce the film. Then, dive into Michelangelo Antonioni’s classic, BLOW-UP (1966), a portrait of London’s mod, swinging 60’s and a cinematic treatise on the medium of photography. The film was based on true events from the life of the hard-partying 60s fashion photographer, David Bailey, famous for his iconic photos of the era’s key faces, such as Twiggy and Brigitte Bardot.
Starring: David Hemmings, Vanessa Redgrave, Sarah Miles, John Castle, Jane Birkin.
Best-dressed attendees will be rewarded with special prizes at the event, so pull out your best box-dresses, mini skirts, turtle necks and psychedelic prints!
 AFS would like to thank Ned Rifkin, Aveda Institute and Tribeza.
About Ned Rifkin
Ned Rifkin is a tenured and full professor of Fine Arts at The University of Texas at Austin. He came to Austin in 2009 on a joint academic appointment as well as the Director of The Blanton Museum of Art. Prior to this, he was the first—and to date the only—Under Secretary for Art at The Smithsonian Institution. In this position, Rifkin was responsible for six art museums, the Archives of American Art, and over 13 million photographs in the collection. Rifkin has held other director positions in Washington, D.C. (Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden), Houston (The Menil Foundation and Collection), and Atlanta (High Museum of Art), as well as curatorial positions in Washington, DC (both the Hirshhorn and the Corcoran) and New York City (The New Museum), where he also served as Assistant Director. His present scholarship involves a cultural portrait of America through an examination of the popular and fine arts culture in the year 1962. He has juried numerous exhibitions, served on international panels, chaired major awards and grants progams, and was an co-organizer of the American Pavilion for the 1984 Venice Biennale. He has organized exhibitions of major artists as diverse as Leon Golub (1984) and Agnes Martin (2001). He has been a member of the faculty of the Getty Institute’s Leadership Institute and received a certificate in Not-for-Profit Leadership Studies from the Harvard Business School. He earned his BA from Syracuse University, his MA and Phd in the history of art from The University of Michigan. He is the recipient of the Syracuse University Arendts Award, signifying lifetime achievement in his chosen field. He has authored a monographic book on the films of Michelangelo Antonioni. He has lectured widely and written a number of articles on cinema, modern and contemporary art over the past thirty-five years.
About Austin Film Society:
The Austin Film Society empowers our community to make, watch and love film and creative media. Through Austin Studios, which AFS opened in 2000 through a lease with the City of Austin, AFS attracts film development and production to Austin and Texas. Gala film premieres and the annual Texas Film Awards raise funds and awareness of the impact of film on economy and community. Austin Film Society is ranked among the top film centers in the country and recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts and Directors Guild of America. For more information on the Austin Film Society, visit

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