"The War and Peace of Tim O'Brien"
Directed by Aaron Matthews, the documentary The War and Peace of Tim O’Brien captures the Austin-based National Book Awards-winning author Tim O’Brien at home as he struggles to write his first book in 17 years, 2019’s “Dad’s Maybe Book.” The documentary follows O’Brien as the older father tries to balance his family life and deal with a health crisis against writing a nonfiction book intended to impart wisdom and life lessons to his two teenage sons Timmy and Tad. The War and Peace of Tim O’Brien will screen at 4:30 p.m. July 23 at the AFS Cinema as part of the Austin Film Society’s Texas Writers Weekend. Austin-based writer Tim O’Brien published in 1973 his Vietnam War memoir “If I Die in a Combat Zone, Box Me Up and Ship Me Home.” He also won the National Book Award for Fiction for his 1978 anti-war novel “Going After Cacciato” and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for his 1990 Vietnam War-inspired collection of short stories “The Things They Carried.” His other published work include 1975’s “Northern Lights,” 1994’s “In the Lake of the Woods,” and 1998’s “Tomcat in Love.” He recently finished writing his first novel since 2002’s “July, July.” Documentarian Aaron Matthews previously directed The Draft, My American Girls, A Panther in Africa, The Paper, and Protecting the President. He is currently working on a documentary about composer Michael Giacchino.
Note: The Austin Film Society will also screen Austin-based director Anne Rapp’s Horton Foote: The Road to Home at 7 p.m. July 22 at the AFS Cinema as part of its Texas Writers Weekend.
Aired: July 19, 2021.