sxsw http://kut.org en After SXSW Tragedy, Austin Seeks 'Full Evaluation' of Crowds, Alcohol http://kut.org/post/after-sxsw-tragedy-austin-seeks-full-evaluation-crowds-alcohol <p>Questions raised by this year's South by Southwest festival and conference <a href="http://observer.com/2014/03/brand-vegas-sxsw-aint-what-it-used-to-be-and-neither-is-austin/">aren't restricted</a> to <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/14/us/car-slams-into-crowd-at-sxsw-festival.html?_r=0">think pieces</a>: The Austin City Council is now asking for "a full post-event evaluation" of the ever-growing event.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The findings could result in changes to the way Austin deals with safety, crowds, permits, and even alcohol during SXSW and other events.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Coming off its 27<sup>th</sup> year, the SXSW event itself generated as many headlines as its performers and conference breakouts.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 18:49:48 +0000 Wells Dunbar 10023 at http://kut.org After SXSW Tragedy, Austin Seeks 'Full Evaluation' of Crowds, Alcohol Shake Your Brass at Honk!TX, Austin's Marching Band Jam http://kut.org/post/shake-your-brass-honktx-austins-marching-band-jam <p><strong>Update</strong>: KUTX&nbsp;was there for Honk!TX this weekend. Check out video from the festival below, and <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/kutxaustintx/sets/72157642817488385/">see more photos here</a>.</p><p>http://youtu.be/2e9WU87SB0A</p><p><strong>Original story</strong> (March 21): South By Southwest has come and gone, but Austin's festival season is in full swing.</p><p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 15:35:58 +0000 Tyler Pratt 10018 at http://kut.org Shake Your Brass at Honk!TX, Austin's Marching Band Jam SXSW Crash Victim Fundraising Continues http://kut.org/post/sxsw-crash-victim-fundraising-continues <p>Donations for <a href="http://kut.org/post/two-dead-after-driver-plows-sxsw-crowd-suspect-custody?nopop=1">victims of a deadly crash</a> during South by Southwest continue to accumulate.</p><p>Last week, 21-year-old Rashad Owens was <a href="http://kut.org/post/sxsw-crash-update-capital-murder-charge-rashad-owens-victims-remain-hospitalized">charged with capital murder</a> in the killing of three festival-goers. Owens is alleged to have plowed his car through SXSW crowds at high speed in an attempt to evade police. Three victims have died.</p><p>A SXSW Cares relief fund was quickly set up by the Austin Community Foundation, with help from groups including SXSW and the City of Austin. The Austin Community Foundation's MariBen Ramsey says that online donations and additional contributions have raised approximately $160,000.</p><p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 21:41:28 +0000 Andrew Huygen 9999 at http://kut.org SXSW Crash Victim Fundraising Continues 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' Two Victims of SXSW Crash, Including Critical Patient, Are Fort Worth Teens http://kut.org/post/two-victims-sxsw-crash-including-critical-patient-are-fort-worth-teens <p><strong>Update</strong>: Curtisha Davis has been released from University Medical Center Brackenridge, a hospital spokesperson says. <a href="https://twitter.com/BrandonToddFOX4/status/446024297283203072/photo/1">According to Fort Worth media</a>, she has returned home. Her boyfriend, DeAndre Tatum, remains in critical condition.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Two other Brackenridge patients (</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gracie Nguyen, Evan West) remain in fair condition;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">at St. David's hospital,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Mason&nbsp;Endres&nbsp;also remains in fair&nbsp;condition.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Another Brackenridge patient (</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Joseph </span>McCraney<span style="line-height: 1.5;">) remains in good condition.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><strong>Original story</strong> (1: 56 p.m.):&nbsp;KERA News in Dallas has details on two of the victims in last week's<a href="http://kut.org/post/sxsw-crash-update-third-victim-dies-injuries"> fatal South by Southwest crash</a>.</p><p>Two of the victims still hospitalized – 17-year-old Curtisha Davis and 18-year-old DeAndre Tatum – are current and former students at <a href="http://trimbletech.fwisd.org/pages/TrimbleTech">Trimble Tech High School</a> in Fort Worth. "Cheerleader Curtisha Davis is expected to leave the hospital in the next few days," <a href="http://kut.org/post/fort-worth-students-dealing-death-one-classmate-sxsw-injuries-two-others">KERA reports</a>."But DeAndre Tatum is still in a medically induced coma." The two are girlfriend and boyfriend.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 20:59:08 +0000 Wells Dunbar 9987 at http://kut.org Two Victims of SXSW Crash, Including Critical Patient, Are Fort Worth Teens Fort Worth Students Dealing With Death Of One Classmate, SXSW Injuries Of Two Others http://kut.org/post/fort-worth-students-dealing-death-one-classmate-sxsw-injuries-two-others <div>Students and teachers at Trimble Tech High School in Fort Worth are coping with a pair of tragedies. Just before spring break, junior Jocelyn&#160;Saucedo&#160;was fatally stabbed. And last week, a cheerleader and her boyfriend were among the two dozen injured in Austin when a car plowed into a crowd at the South by Southwest festival.</div><p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 18:30:45 +0000 9986 at http://kut.org Fort Worth Students Dealing With Death Of One Classmate, SXSW Injuries Of Two Others SXSW Crash Update: Third Victim Dies From Injuries http://kut.org/post/sxsw-crash-update-third-victim-dies-injuries <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A patient injured</span><a href="http://kut.org/post/sxsw-crash-update-capital-murder-charge-rashad-owens-victims-remain-hospitalized" style="line-height: 1.5;"> in last week's car collision </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">with South by Southwest crowds has died.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Sandy Thuy Le, 26, died this morning at University Medical Center Brackenridge<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">She was an Austin resident, according to social media.</span></p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 15:26:41 +0000 Wells Dunbar 9980 at http://kut.org SXSW Crash Update: Third Victim Dies From Injuries 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' Rapper Tyler, the Creator Arrested on Riot Charge http://kut.org/post/rapper-tyler-creator-arrested-riot-charge <div class="page" title="Page 1"><div class="layoutArea"><div class="column"><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Police have arrested a</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;rapper who performed at South by Southwest after officials say he encouraged a crowd to push through doors keeping them out of an already overcrowded venue.</span></p> Sat, 15 Mar 2014 22:17:17 +0000 Ben Philpott 9975 at http://kut.org Rapper Tyler, the Creator Arrested on Riot Charge 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' At SXSW Trade Show, Other Cities Say They Come to Pitch, Not Poach http://kut.org/post/sxsw-trade-show-other-cities-say-they-come-pitch-not-poach <p><strong>Update</strong>: KUT's Kate McGee appeared on WBUR's <a href="http://hereandnow.wbur.org/">Here and Now</a> to discuss governments pitching themselves at SXSW.</p><p><strong><a href="http://kut.org/post/cities-and-countries-pitch-themselves-sxsw">Read and listen:&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Cities And Countries Pitch Themselves At SXSW</span></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>Original story</strong> (March 12): At South by Southwest, tech companies may come to pitch the next big mobile app or hardware, but city governments are also here to pitch themselves as the best&nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">place</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;to create that next big app.</span></p><p>“There’s a collision of all the kinds of people were trying to attract, talented engineers looking for their next great opportunity, companies looking for a place to grow, or investors seeking deal flow," says Jenifer Boss, t<span style="line-height: 1.5;">he director of business development with the deputy mayor’s office in Washington D.C.. "And we want to take advantage of having all those people in one place."</span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</strong><b style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</b></p><p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 20:14:39 +0000 Kate McGee 9949 at http://kut.org At SXSW Trade Show, Other Cities Say They Come to Pitch, Not Poach PHOTOS: Scenes From SXSW 2014 http://kut.org/post/photos-scenes-sxsw-2014 <p>KUT's&nbsp;multimedia team has been documenting South by Southwest 2014 since its kickoff last week. Take a look at their street scenes below. And check out more pics on our sister station <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/kutxaustintx/">KUTX's Flickr page</a>.</p><p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 19:34:18 +0000 KUT Staff 9971 at http://kut.org PHOTOS: Scenes From SXSW 2014 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' What Happens When a Local Business Opts Out of SXSW http://kut.org/post/what-happens-when-local-business-opts-out-sxsw <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Thousands of bands have come to town for </span>SXSW<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, and many of them are here thanks to one thing: brands. Doritos is reportedly <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/randalllane/2014/03/06/sxsws-death-by-doritos-with-an-assist-from-lady-gaga/">paying Lady Gaga millions</a> to do a show. Chevy is giving people <a href="http://kut.org/post/why-austins-restricting-uber-over-sxsw">free rides around town</a>. Toilet paper brand </span>Cottonelle<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> even has a "<a href="http://sxsw.com/film-interactive/news/2014/stop-cottonelle-refresh-lounge">refresh lounge</a>" at the festival this year. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But what happens to local businesses that opt out of corporate freebies and VIP-only parties?&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">To find out, just head to Rainey Street, aka Corporate Party Central. But at the southern end of the street sits a bar that's proudly banner-free, with no velvet rope and no VIP&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">guestlists</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">:&nbsp;</span><a href="http://craftprideaustin.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Craft Pride</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/139465422&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 13:38:24 +0000 Terrence Henry 9963 at http://kut.org What Happens When a Local Business Opts Out of SXSW 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