Life & Arts http://kut.org en 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: Ethan Hawke Talks 'Boyhood,' 'Predestination' and His Texas Ties http://kut.org/post/sxsw-filmmaker-spotlight-ethan-hawke-talks-boyhood-predestination-and-his-texas-ties <p>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> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 00:35:00 +0000 Laura Rice 9944 at http://kut.org SXSW Filmmaker Spotlight: Ethan Hawke Talks 'Boyhood,' 'Predestination' and His Texas Ties 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 Q&A: UT Grad's Award-Winning Documentary Takes Personal Look at Addiction http://kut.org/post/qa-ut-grads-award-winning-documentary-takes-personal-look-addiction <p>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><strong>On Sharing her Family's Personal Story:</strong></p><p>“I think when approaching documentary you don’t push the subjects or the interviewees past their limits, at least in this context I really didn’t want to do that. It’s kind of this fine line, and you feel that you can always cut things out or you can always make that decision later. So, for my family, really, I asked them difficult questions but I never felt like they didn’t want to answer it."&nbsp;<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/130829119&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 21:59:00 +0000 Laura Rice 9615 at http://kut.org Q&A: UT Grad's Award-Winning Documentary Takes Personal Look at Addiction