AFF 2010: Enjoying 'The Hand Job' with a Stellar Cast

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AFF 2010

Over at Cinematical, I wrote about Austin Film Festival's table reading of Maggie Carey's screenplay The Hand Job. The script reading took place at Rollins Theatre in the Long Center and drew a huge crowd, not just because of the script but because the readers included some well-known local actors as well as bigger celebrities like Jessica Alba and Bill Hader.

Check out the Cinematical article for the full details on the script reading. For that article, I used pictures from AFF's photographer, but I thought I'd share some of my own photos here, although the quality may not be quite as high. Warning: One of these photos has a picture of an overhead slide that explains part of the film's title and contains what some call "adult language" (although in a very juvenile way).

The cast for the script reading, from left to right: John Merriman (Narrator), Savannah Welch (Heather/Hot Girl), Gabriel Luna (Adam), Madi Goff (Wendy), Michael Stahl-David (Rusty), Alexa Vega (Fiona), Jessica Alba (Amber Clark), Aubrey Plaza (Brandy Clark), Daryl Sabara (Cameron), Bill Hader (Willy), Colin Hanks (Judge Clark), Barbara Chisholm (Mrs. Clark), Mark Potts (Duffy), Matt Bearden (Chip), and Todd Berger (pick-ups).

Plaza and Hanks had to leave right after The Hand Job script reading, and Carey took Hanks's seat next to Bill Hader. So you may see her in a photo or two, like the one at the top.

A cheat sheet for some of the actors you might not know: Merriman's short film Sleep Study won an audience award at AFF this year. Welch was in Kat Candler's jumping off bridges and most recently, The Virginity Hit. Luna starred in the SXSW 2010 film Dance with the One. Goff was in the locally shot AFF 2010 feature I Didn't Come Here to Die. Stahl-David was recently seen in the Texas-shot TV show (now cancelled) My Generation. Vega and Sabara are best known for their lead roles in the first three Spy Kids films.

Plaza was Julie Powers in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Hader, who is Maggie Carey's husband, is in the current Saturday Night Live cast. Hanks was at AFF to promote his film High School. Chisholm is a local actress better known for her stage work, although she is in AFF 2009 feature Holy Hell. Potts was at AFF with his feature S&M Lawn Care. Local actor Bearden appeared in the AFF 2010 feature Ultimate Guide to Flight. Berger has brought features to AFF before: The Scenesters and Don't Eat the Baby.

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More photos from The Hand Job script reading are available in my AFF 2010 Flickr set.