Helen Whitney’s new documentary, Into the Night: Portraits of Life and Death, will screen at the Austin Film Festival in Austin, Texas on October 30.

From the press release:

Oscar-nominated, Emmy, Peabody and DuPont award-winning film producer, Helen Whitney,will present her two-hour feature documentary, “Into The Night: Portraits of Life and Death” at the State Theatre, 719 Congress Ave, Austin, 78701 on Monday, October 30th at 6:30pm. Q & A will follow. Whitney will be joined by Rocky Schenck, a formerly Austin-based photographer whose work is featured in the film. The film is narrated by Oscar-nominated, award-winning actress Sharon Stone.

Gabriel Byrne in the new documentary Into the Night


She talks about surprises she experienced while filming in an interview for the festival:

Another surprise was the uncertainty. Few people have their story together. In the words of Gabriel Byrne, the eloquent actor who opens the film: “We are all doubting Thomases at the end.” Atheists as well as believers. Even those who find their narratives of comfort in nature, or art, or science or in the mysteries of the universe. The stories we hold onto in the daylight with fierce certainty can seem like gossamer at 3am.

And she has this to say about Austin, Texas:

On a lighter note, it is somehow fitting that my film should premiere in Austin for it is here, 20 years ago that I discovered in a small downtown bookstore Austin’s great photographer and video artist, Rocky Schenck. Rarely has an artist spoken to me so directly and powerfully. His haunting images are central to the vision of this film. They speak to the mystery of our life and death with poetry and precision. They permeate “Into The Night.” Rocky and I are looking forward to spending time together in his town, and having some Texas fun.

Here is the festival poster for the film:

Rocky Schenck also created the art poster for this year’s Austin Film Festival:

More news about the film as it happens. Congratulations to Ms. Whitney and her associates on their achievement! heart

One Comment

  1. Intriguing film. Will watch for it.


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