film http://kut.org en PHOTOS: Two Big Directors and a Rock Legend at Austin Premiere of New 'Sin City' http://kut.org/post/photos-two-big-directors-and-rock-legend-austin-premiere-new-sin-city <p>Austin Filmmaker Robert Rodriguez shared his latest film with his hometown Wednesday night. "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" hits theaters across the country Friday but Austin audiences can see it today.</p><p>"Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" is Rodriguez's second collaboration with comics artist Frank Miller. The two first teamed up to co-direct the first "Sin City" back in 2005. On the red carpet Wednesday night, Rodriguez told reporters a third part to to the series could come if audiences respond well to this release.</p> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:15:04 +0000 Laura Rice 11062 at http://kut.org PHOTOS: Two Big Directors and a Rock Legend at Austin Premiere of New 'Sin City' 'Two Step' Is An Intense Texas Thriller (Update) http://kut.org/post/two-step-intense-texas-thriller-update <p><strong>Update: </strong>Austinites have another chance to see "Two Step" on the big screen. After showing at SXSW and the Little Rock Film Festival, <a href="https://www.austinfilm.org/two-step" target="_blank">the Austin Film Society is screening</a> Austin-based writer/director Alex R. Johnson's dark feature.</p><p>KUT talked with Johnson about the film back in March.</p><p><strong>Original Story </strong>(March 10, 2014): The Texas drama "Two Step" debuts at <a href="http://kut.org/post/sxsw-film-preview-trends-ones-watch-and-avoiding-long-lines" target="_blank">SXSW Film</a>. It is Austin-based writer/director Alex R. Johnson's first feature-length film. It has a "No Country for Old Men" vibe<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;–&nbsp;</span>along with a memorable villain who you're better off not running into.</p><p>Johnson is pretty new to Austin. He talked with&nbsp;KUT&nbsp;about <a href="http://schedule.sxsw.com/2014/events/event_FS15195" target="_blank">"Two Step" </a>and how moving here inspired him to make it.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/138906305&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:17:22 +0000 Laura Rice 9937 at http://kut.org 'Two Step' Is An Intense Texas Thriller (Update) Ethan Hawke Talks 'Boyhood,' 'Predestination' and His Texas Ties (Update) http://kut.org/post/ethan-hawke-talks-boyhood-predestination-and-his-texas-ties-update <p><strong>Update: </strong>Austin filmmaker Richard Linklater's much-anticipated 12-year film project "Boyhood" opens in theatres across Austin today. KUT talked with star Ethan Hawke when he was in town for South by Southwest.</p><p><strong>Original Story </strong>(March 11): Actor Ethan Hawke is in not one but two films that headlined <a href="http://kut.org/post/sxsw-film-preview-trends-ones-watch-and-avoiding-long-lines" target="_blank">SXSW Film</a> this year.</p><p><a href="http://schedule.sxsw.com/2014/events/event_FS14942" target="_blank">“Boyhood”</a> is the 12-year-long film project about growing up by Austin filmmaker Richard Linklater. <a href="http://schedule.sxsw.com/2014/events/event_FS15060" target="_blank">“Predestination”</a> is a time-travel sci-fi thriller.</p><p>KUT&nbsp;sat down with Hawke to talk with him about the films and about his Texas ties<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;–&nbsp;</span>Hawke was born in Austin.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/139049993&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:08:01 +0000 Laura Rice 9944 at http://kut.org Ethan Hawke Talks 'Boyhood,' 'Predestination' and His Texas Ties (Update) Austin Kids Making Claymation Movies Teach Us How to Make One Too http://kut.org/post/austin-kids-making-claymation-movies-teach-us-how-make-one-too <p>With school out of session, lots of kids are filling their time with summer camps. But they’re not just playing with water balloons and eating s’mores. At the <a href="http://www.austinfilmfestival.com/young-filmmakers-program/summer-film-camp/" target="_blank">Austin Film Festival summer camp</a>, some kids are learning how to make <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pyMwxPTbE8" target="_blank">claymation movies</a>.</p><p>KUT showed up on day four of the five-day camp …&nbsp;so we asked some kids if we could borrow their notes:</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/158286850&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:58:07 +0000 Laura Rice 10756 at http://kut.org Austin Kids Making Claymation Movies Teach Us How to Make One Too UT Filmmaker Wins Top Prize at Prestigious Cannes Film Festival (Update) http://kut.org/post/ut-filmmaker-wins-top-prize-prestigious-cannes-film-festival-update <p><strong>Update:</strong> Annie Silverstein's "Skunk" <a href="http://www.cinefondation.com/en/news" target="_blank">won first place</a> in the Cannes Film Festival Cinéfondation competition.</p><p style="text-align: justify;">Her film was singled out from 1,631 entries coming from 457 film schools worldwide. Silverstein's win comes with a €15,000 prize – that's more than $20,000. She is also guaranteed that her first feature film will be presented at the Festival de Cannes.</p><p><strong>Original Story </strong>(7:17 a.m.): The <a href="http://www.cinefondation.com/en/selection" target="_blank">Cannes Film Festival</a> is one of the world’s most prestigious. Films that screen there are often instantly propelled to a level they might otherwise never reach.</p><p>Annie Silverstein is learning all about that first hand. She earned her Master of Fine Arts degree in UT's <a href="http://moody.utexas.edu/features/student-film-selected-cannes-film-festival" target="_blank">Radio-Television-Film Department</a> in 2013. Her thesis film “Skunk” was one of 16 chosen from over 1,600 film school submissions.</p><p>Silverstein will find out today if “<a href="http://www.festival-cannes.fr/en/mediaPlayer/13610.html" target="_blank">Skunk</a>” will be picked as one of the top three.</p><p>Annie Silverstein stopped by KUT to talk about the journey of “Skunk.”</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/150721662&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Thu, 22 May 2014 18:08:34 +0000 Laura Rice 10466 at http://kut.org UT Filmmaker Wins Top Prize at Prestigious Cannes Film Festival (Update) Judge Agrees to Release Murderer "Bernie" Backed by Austin Filmmaker http://kut.org/post/judge-agrees-release-murderer-bernie-backed-austin-filmmaker <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;"><em><span style="box-sizing: border-box; vertical-align: text-bottom;">Editor's note: This story has been updated throughout.&nbsp;</span></em></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">CARTHAGE — On Tuesday, more than 17 years after Bernie Tiede shot 81-year-old Marjorie Nugent in the back and tucked her body under potpies in a deep freezer, a judge released him on bond, agreeing with lawyers that his life sentence should be reduced.<br style="box-sizing: border-box;" /><br style="box-sizing: border-box;" />But his release comes with strict conditions, among them that he live in the Austin garage apartment of his moviemaking benefactor, Richard Linklater, and receive counseling for sexual abuse.</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">State district Judge Diane DeVasto agreed to allow Tiede's release after she heard evidence that sexual abuse he suffered as a child contributed to his crime and after a psychiatrist said Tiede would not pose a danger to society.</p><p> Tue, 06 May 2014 21:33:01 +0000 Brandi Grissom, Texas Tribune 10361 at http://kut.org Judge Agrees to Release Murderer "Bernie" Backed by Austin Filmmaker Cine Las Americas Brings Films to Austin You Won't See Anywhere Else (Update) http://kut.org/post/cine-las-americas-brings-films-austin-you-wont-see-anywhere-else-update <p><strong>Update: </strong>Today Cine Las Americas announced the award winners for the 17th Cine Las Americas International Film Festival. The grand jury awards went to:</p><ul><li><strong>Best Narrative Feature</strong>: MATEO, Dir. María Gamboa, Colombia/France</li><li><strong>Best Documentary Feature: </strong>ROQUE DALTON, ¡FUSILEMOS LA NOCHE! (Roque Dalton, Let's Shoot the Night!), Dir. Tina Leish, Austria/El Salvador/Cuba</li><li><strong>Best Narrative Short: </strong>PADRE (Father), Dir. Santiago 'Bou' Grasso, Argentina/France</li><li><strong>Best Documentary Short</strong>: TRAZOS EN LA CUMBRE (Drawing on the Heights), Dir. Alejandro Victorero, Carlos Alejandro Molina, Venezuela</li></ul><p>There's details on other winners and the audience awards on the <a href="http://www.cinelasamericas.org" target="_blank">Cine Las Americas website</a>.</p><p><strong>Original Story </strong>(April 22, 2014): The 17th <a href="http://www.cinelasamericas.org" target="_blank">Cine Las Americas</a> film festival gets underway today.</p><p>The nearly week-long fest focuses on films by or about Latinos, indigenous peoples of the Americas and those from Spain and Portugal.&nbsp;They’re films you probably won’t see making the rounds later on in theaters.</p><p>KUT sat down with the festival’s Executive Director – Eugenio del Bosque to learn more.<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/145911089&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 17:30:00 +0000 Laura Rice 10253 at http://kut.org Cine Las Americas Brings Films to Austin You Won't See Anywhere Else (Update) Award-Winning UT Student Films on Display in Annual Showcase http://kut.org/post/award-winning-ut-student-films-display-annual-showcase <p>It has been a good several months for the University of Texas at Austin's Radio-Television-Film Department. Recent graduate Brian Schwarz <a href="http://kut.org/post/ut-grad-wins-student-academy-award-father-son-film-update" target="_blank">won a Student Academy Award </a>for his short film "Ol' Daddy," Texas Ex Elizabeth Chatelain&nbsp;won a prestigious documentary award for "My Sister Sarah" (story below) and now Annie Silverstein is going to Cannes with her thesis film "Skunk."</p><p>"My Sister Sarah" and "Skunk" are among the short films chosen to be highlighted in this year's <a href="http://rtf.utexas.edu/showcase/longhorn-denius-film-showcase-2014" target="_blank">Longhorn Denius Film Showcase</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;– which features work by graduate and undergraduate students.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The showcase is free and open to the public. It starts at 6 p.m. at the Student Activity Center Auditorium on the UT campus.</span></p><p><strong>Original Story&nbsp;</strong>(March 3, 2014):&nbsp;Elizabeth Chatelain graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Master’s degree from the Radio-Television-Film Department last May. In December, she won an <a href="http://www.documentary.org/awards2013" target="_blank">International Documentary Association Award</a> for her short film – "My Sister, Sarah."</p><p>The documentary follows Chatelain’s sister – Sarah – a recovering meth and crack addict who has felt true pain and tragedy.&nbsp;</p><p> Sun, 27 Apr 2014 19:47:56 +0000 Laura Rice 9615 at http://kut.org Award-Winning UT Student Films on Display in Annual Showcase Movies Unplugged: Fest Brings Live Music to Silent Film for One Night in Austin http://kut.org/post/movies-unplugged-fest-brings-live-music-silent-film-one-night-austin <p>Seth Boustead started the <a href="https://acmusic.org/attend/concerts/sound-silent-film-anthology-film-archives" target="_blank">Sound of Silent Film Festival</a> in Chicago almost 10 years ago. It features newly composed music performed live to modern silent films.</p><p>Think about that: <em>newly </em>composed music to <em>modern</em> <em>silent</em> films.</p><p>Boustead is in<a href="https://www.austinfilm.org/film-sound-of-silent" target="_blank"> Austin for a one-day event</a> featuring this concept. He sat down with KUT to explain what it's all about.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/144067841&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:01:49 +0000 Laura Rice 10192 at http://kut.org Movies Unplugged: Fest Brings Live Music to Silent Film for One Night in Austin Wes Anderson on Austin, His Actors and 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' http://kut.org/post/wes-anderson-austin-his-actors-and-grand-budapest-hotel <p>Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" is now in theaters across the country.</p><p>A&nbsp;South by Southwest audience got a sneak peek last week.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">T</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">he </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">highly-stylized filmmaker himself even made a </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">trip to Austin</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;for the </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">screening and an </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">extended Q&amp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A. That's something <a href="http://kut.org/post/sxsw-film-preview-trends-ones-watch-and-avoiding-long-lines" target="_blank">SXSW Film</a> Head Janet Pierson said</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;she'd been trying to make happen for about a decade</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 17:18:14 +0000 Laura Rice 9976 at http://kut.org Wes Anderson on Austin, His Actors and 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' SXSW Filmmaker Spotlight: Austin's Journey to Live Music Capital in 'Road to Austin' http://kut.org/post/sxsw-filmmaker-spotlight-austins-journey-live-music-capital-road-austin <p>If there’s one thing Austinites love – it’s hearing people talk about how great Austin is. The film “The Road to Austin” features a lot of that. It premiered at <a href="http://kut.org/post/sxsw-film-preview-trends-ones-watch-and-avoiding-long-lines" target="_blank">South by Southwest Film</a>.</p><p>"The Road to Austin" is part documentary, part concert and features a lot of well-known voices – from Kris Kristofferson and Joe Ely to a couple of KUTX DJs&nbsp;– all talking about what makes the Austin music scene so special and how it became the live music capital of the world.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>KUT talked with <a href="http://schedule.sxsw.com/2014/events/event_FS15071" target="_blank">"The Road to Austin"</a> producer/director Gary Fortin:</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/139574400&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Sun, 16 Mar 2014 00:36:34 +0000 Laura Rice 9967 at http://kut.org SXSW Filmmaker Spotlight: Austin's Journey to Live Music Capital in 'Road to Austin' SXSW Filmmaker Spotlight: Exploring Truths, Lies and Cults in 'Faults' http://kut.org/post/sxsw-filmmaker-spotlight-exploring-truths-lies-and-cults-faults <p>Writer/Director Riley Stearns grew up in Pflugerville – but has been making his living in L.A. He says bringing the movie to <a href="http://kut.org/post/sxsw-film-preview-trends-ones-watch-and-avoiding-long-lines" target="_blank">SXSW Film</a> for its World Premiere is like a homecoming.</p><p><a href="http://schedule.sxsw.com/2014/events/event_FS14983" target="_blank">“Faults"</a> follows a cult deprogrammer who is hired by some parents to kidnap and de-program their brainwashed daughter. But as the film progresses, the cult deprogrammer – and the audience – start to question who is really the most negative influence.</p><p>KUT talked with Stearns about his film:</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/139575932&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><strong> Sat, 15 Mar 2014 14:39:00 +0000 Laura Rice 9970 at http://kut.org SXSW Filmmaker Spotlight: Exploring Truths, Lies and Cults in 'Faults' SXSW Filmmaker Spotlight: A Father, A Son and A Lot of Live Music in 'Thank You A Lot' http://kut.org/post/sxsw-filmmaker-spotlight-father-son-and-lot-live-music-thank-you-lot <p>In Austin, it seems like everyone's a musician and there’s live music every night. But between that dynamic of stage and crowd, there’s a cast of characters: including band managers, doormen and promoters.</p><p>The film “<a href="http://schedule.sxsw.com/2014/events/event_FS14887">Thank You A Lot</a>” premiered at <a href="http://kut.org/post/sxsw-film-preview-trends-ones-watch-and-avoiding-long-lines" target="_blank">SXSW Film</a>. It explores some of these characters – particularly a father-son pair caught in the middle of all the bustle.</p><p>KUT sat down with Austin-based writer/director Matt Muir:</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/139575336&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><strong> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 19:09:19 +0000 Laura Rice 9968 at http://kut.org SXSW Filmmaker Spotlight: A Father, A Son and A Lot of Live Music in 'Thank You A Lot' SXSW Filmmaker Spotlight: Rob Thomas Brings 'Veronica Mars' to The Big Screen http://kut.org/post/sxsw-filmmaker-spotlight-rob-thomas-brings-veronica-mars-big-screen <p>Austin-based writer/director Rob Thomas’s film “Veronica Mars” hits theatres this week. But South by Southwest audiences got to see it first.</p><p>The film revisits the characters Thomas created for the “Veronica Mars” TV show – which was canceled back in 2007 after three seasons. But fans demanded more. And an enormously successful Kickstarter campaign provided the budget for the much-anticipated follow up.</p><p>KUT sat down with Thomas to talk about the journey of making this film:</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/139416781&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><strong> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 11:50:21 +0000 Laura Rice 9959 at http://kut.org SXSW Filmmaker Spotlight: Rob Thomas Brings 'Veronica Mars' to The Big Screen SXSW Filmmaker Spotlight: Austin's Kat Candler Explores Consequences in 'Hellion' http://kut.org/post/sxsw-filmmaker-spotlight-austins-kat-candler-explores-consequences-hellion <p>Austin-based writer/director Kat Candler’s star continues to rise. Her short film “Black Metal” attracted the attention of critics and her feature film “Hellion” premiered at Sundance.</p><p><a href="http://schedule.sxsw.com/2014/events/event_FS15000" target="_blank">“Hellion”</a> is also screening at <a href="http://kut.org/post/sxsw-film-preview-trends-ones-watch-and-avoiding-long-lines" target="_blank">South by Southwest Film</a>. It's about a father and two sons struggling to deal with a recent death and the consequences of their poor choices in reaction to it.</p><p>KUT talked with Candler about her latest film:</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/139213567&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><strong> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 21:46:12 +0000 Laura Rice 9952 at http://kut.org SXSW Filmmaker Spotlight: Austin's Kat Candler Explores Consequences in 'Hellion' SXSW Filmmaker Spotlight: Finding El Chapo in 'The Legend of Shorty' http://kut.org/post/sxsw-filmmaker-spotlight-finding-el-chapo-legend-shorty <p>In a film that premieres at <a href="http://kut.org/post/sxsw-film-preview-trends-ones-watch-and-avoiding-long-lines" target="_blank">SXSW Film</a>, two filmmakers set out to do what authorities could not: find Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. Authorities eventually did catch up with Guzman – <a href="http://kut.org/post/el-chapos-arrest-punctures-drug-lords-near-mythical-status" target="_blank">just last month</a>.</p><p>But directors Angus Macqueen and Guillermo Galdos were hot on his trail in their documentary <a href="http://schedule.sxsw.com/2014/events/event_FS15169" target="_blank">“The Legend of Shorty."</a></p><p>KUT talked with Macqueen and journalist Anabel Hernandez about the film, El Chapo and what they say is the real danger in Mexico.<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/139027721&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><strong> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 13:48:13 +0000 Laura Rice 9939 at http://kut.org SXSW Filmmaker Spotlight: Finding El Chapo in 'The Legend of Shorty' SXSW Filmmaker Spotlight: A Slacker Scam Artist Goes Too Far in 'Buzzard' http://kut.org/post/sxsw-filmmaker-spotlight-slacker-scam-artist-goes-too-far-buzzard <p>Adam Minnick came to Austin from Michigan about nine years ago to work in the semiconductor field – after his photography plans did not take off.</p><p><a href="http://schedule.sxsw.com/2014/events/event_FS14949" target="_blank">"Buzzard"</a> is his first step into the film world. A world he entered when an old college buddy asked him to be the director of photography in the feature film he was working on. "Buzzard" debuted at <a href="http://kut.org/post/sxsw-film-preview-trends-ones-watch-and-avoiding-long-lines" target="_blank">SXSW Film</a>.</p><p>KUT talked with Minnick about the film and his unlikely path to filmmaking:</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/138614159&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Sun, 09 Mar 2014 16:48:00 +0000 Laura Rice 9921 at http://kut.org SXSW Filmmaker Spotlight: A Slacker Scam Artist Goes Too Far in 'Buzzard' SXSW Filmmaker Spotlight: The Summer of 1985 is Alive in 'Ping Pong Summer' http://kut.org/post/sxsw-filmmaker-spotlight-summer-1985-alive-ping-pong-summer <p>It’s the summer of 1985 – when teenagers carried boom boxes on their shoulders and poured pop rocks into soft drinks. For Austin-based writer/director Michael Tully – that summer is also all about table tennis – or ping pong.</p><p><a href="http://schedule.sxsw.com/2014/events/event_FS15056" target="_blank">“Ping Pong Summer” </a>premiered at Sundance this year – and has been picked up for theatrical release. But before it hits movie houses, it hits <a href="http://kut.org/post/sxsw-film-preview-trends-ones-watch-and-avoiding-long-lines" target="_blank">SXSW Film</a>.</p><p>Michael Tully talked with KUT about his film:</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/138608418&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Sat, 08 Mar 2014 21:58:19 +0000 Laura Rice 9920 at http://kut.org SXSW Filmmaker Spotlight: The Summer of 1985 is Alive in 'Ping Pong Summer' SXSW Film Preview: Trends, Ones to Watch And Avoiding Long Lines http://kut.org/post/sxsw-film-preview-trends-ones-watch-and-avoiding-long-lines <p>The annual <a href="http://sxsw.com/film/screenings/film-lineup" target="_blank">South by Southwest film festival</a> kicks off in Austin today. The 10-day fest features more than 89 world premieres and a total of 133 feature films. <a href="http://kut.org/post/sxsw-film-kicks-friday" target="_blank">Janet Pierson</a> heads SXSW Film. And it’s ultimately her job to weed through the thousands of submissions to come up with the slate of film offerings.</p><p>Janet Pierson stopped by KUT to talk about this year’s lineup.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/138283755&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><strong>On What Makes a Good SXSW Film:</strong></p><p>"It's a total picture that we're looking for. You know, you look for a lot of things. Original voices is a big deal, something that surprises you, something that really works - that has a depth. We look for a transformational experience. We want to be moved somehow." Fri, 07 Mar 2014 16:03:52 +0000 Laura Rice 9904 at http://kut.org SXSW Film Preview: Trends, Ones to Watch And Avoiding Long Lines Austin Film Society Names New Texas Hall of Fame Inductees http://kut.org/post/austin-film-society-names-new-texas-hall-fame-inductees <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The </span><a href="http://www.austinfilm.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Austin Film Society</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has announced </span><a href="http://www.austinfilm.org/TFA-homepage" style="line-height: 1.5;">its 2014 inductees</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> into the Texas Film Hall of Fame.</span></p><p>The honorees will be awarded at the 14th annual Texas Film Awards kicking off the South by Southwest Film festival, for contributions that have “placed Texas on the world stage of film excellence.”</p><p>Austin actress <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1720028/">Amber Heard</a> will be recognized with the Rising Star Award. Ms. Heard first gained recognition for her role in the 2004 film “<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0390022/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_36">Friday Night Lights</a>.” She's since gained recognition for racy roles in movies such as <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2002718/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1">Machete Kills</a> and “<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1413495/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_5">Paranoia</a>,” starring opposite some of the biggest names in Hollywood.</p><p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 21:05:43 +0000 KUT Staff 9632 at http://kut.org Austin Film Society Names New Texas Hall of Fame Inductees