sxsw film http://kut.org en 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) 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: Tech Industry Inspires New Shows From HBO, AMC http://kut.org/post/sxsw-tech-industry-inspires-new-shows-hbo-amc <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69V__a49xtw</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 19:08:28 +0000 Elise Hu 9956 at http://kut.org SXSW: Tech Industry Inspires New Shows From HBO, AMC 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: An Intense Texas Thriller With 'Two Step' http://kut.org/post/sxsw-filmmaker-spotlight-intense-texas-thriller-two-step <p>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, 11 Mar 2014 00:49:50 +0000 Laura Rice 9937 at http://kut.org SXSW Filmmaker Spotlight: An Intense Texas Thriller With 'Two Step' 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 SXSW Film: These Finnish Rockers Have 'The Punk Syndrome' (Update) http://kut.org/post/sxsw-film-these-finnish-rockers-have-punk-syndrome-update <p><strong>Update: </strong>"The Punk Syndrome" won the SXGlobal Audience Award. See pictures from the Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät concert, below.</p><p><strong>Original Story&nbsp; </strong>(March 15, 6:01 a.m.): A punk band from Finland is the focus of a film that’s showing at South by Southwest this week. The band is also playing a gig in the SXSW Music festival. Mon, 18 Mar 2013 11:17:47 +0000 Laura Rice 6965 at http://kut.org SXSW Film: These Finnish Rockers Have 'The Punk Syndrome' (Update) Photos: Zac Effron's 'At Any Price,' Ellen Page's 'The East' Wrap SXSW http://kut.org/post/photos-zac-effrons-any-price-ellen-pages-east-wrap-sxsw <p><span style="font-family: Times; line-height: normal; ">On the last day of<a href="http://sxsw.com/film" target="_blank"> </a></span><a href="http://sxsw.com/film" target="_blank">SXSW</a><span style="font-family: Times; line-height: normal; "><a href="http://sxsw.com/film" target="_blank"> Film</a>, Dennis </span>Quaid<span style="font-family: Times; line-height: normal; ">, </span>Zac<span style="font-family: Times; line-height: normal; "> Efron and Ellen Page were some of the stars at the Paramount for screenings of "<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1937449/?ref_=sr_1" target="_blank">At Any Price</a>"&nbsp;and "<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1869716/" target="_blank">The East</a>."</span></p><p><span style="font-family: Times; line-height: normal; ">"At Any Price," starring Dennis </span>Quaid<span style="font-family: Times; line-height: normal; "> and </span>Zac<span style="font-family: Times; line-height: normal; "> Efron as father and son, examined a family&nbsp;farming business</span><span style="font-family: Times; line-height: normal; "> struggling with an unexpected crisis. The drama directed by </span>Ramin<span style="font-family: Times; line-height: normal; "> </span>Bahrani<span style="font-family: Times; line-height: normal; "> gets a wide release April 26.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Sun, 17 Mar 2013 17:00:01 +0000 KUT Staff 6980 at http://kut.org Photos: Zac Effron's 'At Any Price,' Ellen Page's 'The East' Wrap SXSW SXSW Film: It's (Almost) A Wrap http://kut.org/post/sxsw-film-its-almost-wrap <p><span style="line-height: 1.5; ">The&nbsp;</span><a href="http://sxsw.com/film" style="line-height: 1.5; ">South by Southwest Film Festival</a><span style="line-height: 1.5; ">&nbsp;is drawing to a close this weekend.&nbsp;</span>KUT’s<span style="line-height: 1.5; ">&nbsp;Jennifer&nbsp;</span>Stayton<span style="line-height: 1.5; ">&nbsp;and Terrence Henry&nbsp;</span>sat down&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5; ">to talk about&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5; ">some trends at the festival this year, what moviegoers are buzzing about, and which films truly stood out.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5; ">"One thing that really struck me this year is that everything visually just looks better," Henry said.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 15 Mar 2013 10:31:00 +0000 KUT Staff 6962 at http://kut.org SXSW Film: It's (Almost) A Wrap Photos: Rockers at the Paramount for Dave Grohl's 'Sound City' http://kut.org/post/photos-rockers-paramount-dave-grohls-sound-city <p></p><p>Nirvana drummer and Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl was at the Paramount Theater yesterday for the South by Southwest screening of his new film&nbsp;<a href="http://buy.soundcitymovie.com/">"Sound City"</a>.</p><p>The documentary features&nbsp;<a href="http://soundcitystudios.net/">the famed LA studios</a>&nbsp;of the same name,&nbsp;where Nirvana, Queens of the Age, Rage Against the Machine and hundred of other bands recorded albums.</p><p> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 14:09:22 +0000 Filipa Rodrigues 6949 at http://kut.org Photos: Rockers at the Paramount for Dave Grohl's 'Sound City' SXSW Film: One Maiden's Fantastic Voyage http://kut.org/post/sxsw-film-one-maidens-fantastic-voyage <p></p><p>A word of warning: if you're going to see&nbsp;“<a href="http://www.maidentrip.com/">Maidentrip</a>”&nbsp;at&nbsp;SXSW&nbsp;Film this week (and by all means, you should), you may want to secure a large line of credit beforehand, as afterwards you'll likely have the inclination to go out, buy a boat, and set off to circumnavigate the globe.</p> Wed, 13 Mar 2013 17:28:26 +0000 Terrence Henry 6937 at http://kut.org SXSW Film: One Maiden's Fantastic Voyage SXSW Film: Looking In on God's Vegas, aka Branson, Missouri http://kut.org/post/sxsw-film-looking-gods-vegas-aka-branson-missouri <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="239" mozallowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/58607011?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=80c700" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="425"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The city of Branson, Missouri is home to under 11,000 permanent residents, but enjoys more than 7.5 million visitors a year. A new documentary premiering at </span>SXSW<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Film this week takes a peek behind the</span><a href="http://www.harveykrantz.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;"> rhinestone curtain</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to look at the lives of the performers when they’re not on stage. It’s called ‘<a href="http://www.wealwayslietostrangers.com/">We Always Lie to Strangers</a>.’</span></p><p> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 21:53:56 +0000 Terrence Henry 6909 at http://kut.org Photos: Texas Film Shines with 'Mud,' 'Before Midnight' and 'When Angels Sing' at SXSW http://kut.org/post/photos-texas-film-shines-sxsw-mud-midnight-and-when-angels-sing <p><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; line-height: normal; ">Starting with</span><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; line-height: normal; ">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; line-height: normal; ">Richard </span>Linklater's<span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; line-height: normal; ">&nbsp;latest film <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2209418/">"Before Midnight"</a> screening Saturday, </span><a href="http://sxsw.com/film" target="_blank">SXSW Film</a><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; line-height: normal; "> saw several Texans walk the red carpet.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: rgb(48, 48, 48); "><span style="color: #000000">Sunday saw the screening of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1935179/" target="_blank">"Mud,"</a>&nbsp;starring</span><span style="color: #232323">&nbsp;Texas actor&nbsp;</span><span style="color: #333233">Matthew McConaughey</span><span style="color: #232323">, along with "</span>Tree of Life" actor&nbsp;Tye Sheridan and first-time actor Jacob Lofland. <span style="color: rgb(35, 35, 35); ">The feature from director J</span>eff<span style="color: rgb(35, 35, 35); "> Nichols tells the adventure of two boys who meet a fugitive in the middle of an island and try to help him reunite with his true love.</span></p><p> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 16:00:26 +0000 Filipa Rodrigues 6900 at http://kut.org Photos: Texas Film Shines with 'Mud,' 'Before Midnight' and 'When Angels Sing' at SXSW