A Festival for the Television Crowd
After working in television production and film festivals for a while, Caitlin McFarland found herself back in Texas looking for a way to blend those two worlds. But McFarland and her friend Emily Gipson found that there was no such thing as a TV festival, so they dreamed up the ATX Television Festival, which begins later this week. McFarland talked with KUT’s Matt Largey about how the festival came about and how television has less and less to do with watching a TV set.
If you’re not watching it on your DVR or on an actual physical television — if you’re watching it on your phone or your iPad or your computer or DVD or streaming or on demand, any of those things — it still counts as television, it’s a show that is series or episodic; and it’s that storytelling that we’re showcasing, not the concept that you have a cable provider and you’re watching it live or you’re watching it on a DVR. It is all of that.