Jenny Dubin

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People have talked for years about the death of the independent film industry. Seasoned filmmakers continue to leverage credit cards, family and friends to realize their creative visions. It’s a tough climate to find financing.

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Starting today, you may see more people walking around downtown Austin, headphones in their ears, transfixed by what they’re hearing.

They may be trying out a new kind of self-guided audio tour launching in Austin today.

Andrew Mason is the company’s founder and CEO. He’s trying to change people’s idea of what an audio tour can be.

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Some of the most iconic images of the past decade – from the photos taken of prisoners at Abu Ghraib to the passengers standing on the wing of US Airways Flight 1549 after a miraculous landing on New York’s Hudson River – have been taken not by professional photographers, but by amateurs.

We are sharing more photos per second than ever before in our history, primarily thanks to  Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. With all those images available at our fingertips – and with a camera on every smartphone – how do professional photographers stay relevant (and stay employed)? 

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Director Robert Rodriguez is probably best known for movies like “El Mariachi,” the “Spy Kids” franchise and, most recently "Machete Kills." But later this year, the successful filmmaker is making a big move to the small screen, launching his very own television channel called the El Rey Network with the intent of attracting a modern, English-speaking Latino audience.

It’s a growing community that Rodriguez believes has been underserved by Hollywood and the broadcast networks.

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Disclosure: KUT is a media sponsor of the Austin Film Festival.

The Austin Film Festival will kick off tomorrow tomorrow night. And, while this year's festival will screen some of the year's most talked-about films, such as the Coen Brothers' 'Inside Llewyn Davis,' Steve McQueen's '12 Years a Slave' and the star-studded 'August: Osage County,' the festival had humble beginnings. 

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For fans of horror, sci-fi, fantasy and oddball films from around the globe, it doesn’t get much better than Fantastic Fest. The nation’s largest film festival devoted to so-called genre films is wrapping up this week in Austin.

The annual eight-day event has been described as the “Geek Telluride” – drawing a fanatical audience.

Students are heading back to school in West, Texas today. Many of them will be going back to temporary classrooms. That’s because April’s deadly explosion at the West Fertilizer Plant destroyed most of the city’s public schools, along with hundreds of homes.