The Texas writer-director premiered the film at the Austin Film Festival

AUSTIN (KXAN) – The Austin Film Festival starts on Thursday and will run for a week until November 3rd.

The festival attracts filmmakers from around the world for panels, roundtables and, of course, film screenings. We spoke with an Austin-area writer and director who has a feature film premiering at this weekend’s festival.

Riley Cusick said he attended the 2014 Austin Film Festival as a high school student. It was his first film festival.

“That was the first time I really looked at film as a possible path or option. I didn’t know it was something you could do for a living,” he said.

Cusick called it “pretty amazing” to return to the festival with a feature film.

“It’s overwhelming. It’s just nice that the film will be seen,” he said.

Cusick’s movie is called “The Wild Man” and it was shot all over Texas.

“We wanted to really showcase the scenery in some way, and so we had to go around everything,” Cusick said.

They traveled to Fort Worth, Mansfield, Corsicana and Caprock Canyons to get the right shots.

“We really got to see a lot of different parts and a lot of different sides of Texas. That was really special for me,” Cusick said.

The wild man premiere Sunday at 6:30 p.m at the Rollins Long Center on Riverside Drive.

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