Life & Arts 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) ‘Breaking Bad’ Star Bryan Cranston on Walter White, LBJ and the JFK Assassination (Update) http://kut.org/post/breaking-bad-star-bryan-cranston-walter-white-lbj-and-jfk-assassination-update <p><strong>Update: </strong>Those who weren't able to check out the play "All the Way" during its run on Broadway will have a second chance when Bryan Cranston reprises his role of President Lyndon B. Johnson in an HBO adaptation (an air date has not yet been announced).</p><p>Cranston researched the role at the LBJ Library and Museum in Austin – and it must have paid off – he won a Tony Award for his performance. The play itself also won a Tony. It was written by Austin playwright Robert Schenkkan. <a href="http://kut.org/post/all-way-playwright-robert-schenkkan-wins-tony-play-lbjs-legacy" target="_blank">Click Here</a> to check out KUT's interview with Schenkkan.</p><p>Highlights from a November press appearance with Cranston are below:</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/120290989" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><strong> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:47:59 +0000 Laura Rice 9192 at http://kut.org ‘Breaking Bad’ Star Bryan Cranston on Walter White, LBJ and the JFK Assassination (Update) Chronicle 'Best of Austin' at 25: What's Changed, What's the Same & How It's Different Than Yelp http://kut.org/post/chronicle-best-austin-25-whats-changed-whats-same-how-its-different-yelp <p>If there’s one thing you hear consistently from Austinites, original and transplanted, it’s how much the city has changed over the years.</p><p>One interesting gauge of that might be the Austin Chronicle’s<a href="http://www.austinchronicle.com/best-of-austin/" target="_blank"> “Best Of Austin” poll</a>,&nbsp;which is now in its 25<sup>th</sup> year.</p><p>Chronicle Special Issues Editor Kate X Messer has been around for almost 20 of those years. She sat down with KUT to talk about what she's seen over that time.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/158138481&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><strong> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 21:14:56 +0000 Laura Rice 10770 at http://kut.org Chronicle 'Best of Austin' at 25: What's Changed, What's the Same & How It's Different Than Yelp 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 Listen: Austin Author Jeff Abbott on the Ins and Outs of His New Thriller 'Inside Man' http://kut.org/post/listen-austin-author-jeff-abbott-ins-and-outs-his-new-thriller-inside-man <p>Good guys and bad guys are always easy to sort out in thrillers, right? Not so fast. In the murky waters of <a href="http://jeffabbott.com/">Jeff Abbott's</a> latest novel <em><a href="http://jeffabbott.com/book/inside-man/">Inside Man</a>,</em> the roles are not always so clear cut or easily defined.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/157679753&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> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 10:30:00 +0000 Jennifer Stayton 10742 at http://kut.org Listen: Austin Author Jeff Abbott on the Ins and Outs of His New Thriller 'Inside Man' Listen: Henry Winkler Breaks Down the Meaning of Life (and Austin BBQ) http://kut.org/post/listen-henry-winkler-breaks-down-meaning-life-and-austin-bbq <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Henry Winkler –&nbsp;better known as </span><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fonzie" style="line-height: 1.5;">Arthur Fonzarelli</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in iconic </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">1970s</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> sitcom “Happy Days,” and </span><a href="http://arresteddevelopment.wikia.com/wiki/Barry_Zuckerkorn" style="line-height: 1.5;">Barry Zukerkorn</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in cult favorite "Arrested Development" –&nbsp;was in Austin recently, accepting the first-ever </span><a href="http://www.atxfestival.com/atxattendees/achievement-in-television-excellence-award-presented-to-henry-winkler" style="line-height: 1.5;">Achievement in Television Excellence Award</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> from&nbsp;</span><a href="http://kut.org/post/hey-dude-fonz-and-avoiding-spoilers-atx-television-festival" style="line-height: 1.5;">the ATX Television Festival</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>Winkler talked about his battle with dyslexia, the struggle to get casting directors to see beyond the Fonz, and his love for Austin barbecue. He also offered a lot of advice.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We've collected his best advice in this 90-second clip. Listen:&nbsp;</span><iframe frameborder="no" height="450" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/154066634&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 15:29:48 +0000 Laura Rice & Audrey McGlinchy 10586 at http://kut.org Listen: Henry Winkler Breaks Down the Meaning of Life (and Austin BBQ) Halt and Catch Fire: New AMC Program Focuses on Texas' Silicon Prairie http://kut.org/post/halt-and-catch-fire-new-amc-program-focuses-texas-silicon-prairie <p>Texas is the setting of a new AMC show touted as the next “Mad Men.”</p><p>“<a href="http://www.amctv.com/shows/halt-and-catch-fire" target="_blank">Halt and Catch Fire</a>” made its television debut last night. The show follows an unlikely group of computer geniuses in the early 1980's in the so-called "Silicon Prairie."</p><p>KUT talked with the show’s creators – Chris Cantwell and Chris Rogers – at a busy downtown Austin restaurant when they <a href="http://schedule.sxsw.com/2014/events/event_FS15228" target="_blank">premiered the program</a> at South by Southwest.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/152037770&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><strong> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 12:08:00 +0000 Laura Rice 10519 at http://kut.org Halt and Catch Fire: New AMC Program Focuses on Texas' Silicon Prairie 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) 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 PHOTOS: Mack Brown, Jack Ingram & Matthew McConaughey Raise Funds for Kids http://kut.org/post/photos-mack-brown-jack-ingram-matthew-mcconaughey-raise-funds-kids <p>Three of Austin’s most famous residents kicked off an effort last night <a href="http://mackjackmcconaughey.org/" target="_blank">to raise money for charities</a> that help young people.</p><p>Former UT-Austin Head Football Coach Mack Brown, county musician Jack Ingram and Academy Award-winning actor Matthew McConaughey make up “Mack Jack and McConaughey" – or MJ&amp;M.</p><p>The trio’s <a href="http://kut.org/post/three-austins-biggest-names-come-together-one-cause" target="_blank">inaugural fundraising campaign in 2013</a> raised more than $1 million.</p><p>"We thought this would be a home run," Mack Brown said. "Because when you get Jack Ingram and Sheryl Crow and when you get Matthew McConaughey to come in, it's special. And it's all for kids." Fri, 25 Apr 2014 13:02:19 +0000 Laura Rice 10298 at http://kut.org PHOTOS: Mack Brown, Jack Ingram & Matthew McConaughey Raise Funds for Kids 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 Artists Restore Iconic Guadalupe St. Murals, Despite Limited Funds http://kut.org/post/artists-restore-iconic-guadalupe-st-murals-despite-limited-funds <p class="p1">The original artists behind two iconic murals in West Campus are restoring their work after the <a href="http://kut.org/post/could-these-iconic-west-campus-murals-be-lost-vandalism">murals were defaced with graffiti</a>.<span class="s1">&nbsp;But the costly repairs to the&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">University Co-op mural</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;could be delayed, due to a steep price tag. &nbsp;</span></p><p class="p1">While the Co-op pitched some money towards repainting the murals, they couldn't provide enough for the entire $30,000 overhaul.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">So the murals' artists have taken to the Web, starting <a href="https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/mural-restoration">an online campaign</a> to fund the restoration&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">– although a</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> fast-approaching deadline could sideline the effort.</span></p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Andrew Huygen 10191 at http://kut.org Artists Restore Iconic Guadalupe St. Murals, Despite Limited Funds PHOTOS: Police Activities League of Austin Youth Boxing http://kut.org/post/photos-police-activities-league-austin-youth-boxing <p>The Police Activities League (PAL) of Austin <a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/news/2014-police-activities-league-austin-boxing-show">hosted a boxing show</a> on Saturday, April 5, at the Pan Am Rec Center.</p><p>Boxers age eight to 21 participated in 25 matches throughout the afternoon. "PAL is designed to support at-risk youth in our community by offering these children a safe place to gather and enjoy educational and social benefits, as well as athletic opportunities," organizers write. "The goal of the program is to prevent and combat juvenile delinquency and to promote and improve the moral and civic standards of youth."</p><p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 14:47:17 +0000 Ilana Panich-Linsman 10136 at http://kut.org PHOTOS: Police Activities League of Austin Youth Boxing VIDEO: 13th Annual Lonestar Rod and Kustom Round Up http://kut.org/post/video-13th-annual-lonestar-rod-and-kustom-round <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/8B0er9slIJA" width="560"></iframe></p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 13:31:07 +0000 Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon 10135 at http://kut.org VIDEO: 13th Annual Lonestar Rod and Kustom Round Up 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: 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: 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'