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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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From Texas Standard: There are a lot of film festivals these days. Some focus on the work of one big director or actor – like the John Wayne Film Festival now in its fourth year in Dallas. Other festivals have a theme – perhaps it’s films by or about the LGBT community, or only documentaries.

The Daily Buzz at TIFF, Episode 9

Sep 24, 2015

Daily Buzz Producer/Host Irene Cho catches up with well-known Canadian movie critic/film writer-turned-director Katherine Monk and the subject of her documentary Rock the Box, Rhiannon Rozier (aka DJ Rhiannon) at the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) offices during the 40th Anniversary of the Toronto International Film Festival.

The Daily Buzz at TIFF, Episode 8

Sep 24, 2015

Daily Buzz Host John Wildman chats with director Alexandra-Terese Keining in the lobby of the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel during the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival about her film Girls Lost. The film centers on three teenage girls who magically turn into boys. Keining talks to Wildman about why she was inspired to make this film by YA author Jessica Schiefauer, whose novels have been banned in several schools in Sweden. They discuss magical realism, gender fluidity, bullying, and finding your true identity.

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. concludes his conversation with the Honorable Ron Kirk, former U.S. Trade Ambassador and former Mayor of Dallas, TX.

The Daily Buzz at TIFF, Episode 7

Sep 22, 2015

Daily Buzz speaks with renowned Italian film director Nanni Moretti mid-fest at the 40th Edition of the Toronto International Film Festival in the Empire Room of the Soho Metropolitan Hotel. Daily Buzz host John Wildman asks this former 2012 Cannes Jury President about debuting his film earlier this spring at Cannes, why he didn’t play the alter ego in this film — which is something he does often does in his films — what the film’s connection is to Italy and politics, working with John Turturro, and whether he considers this film a drama or a comedy.

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From Texas Standard:

Despite a war, changes to the Constitution and to state and federal laws, slavery continues to be very much a part of the American story. We've seen it echoed in the controversies around the use of police power and the consistent iconography of the confederacy.

But much of what we know about the first-hand experiences of slaves themselves comes from written accounts – transcribed interviews done in the 1930s using stereotyped misspellings.

Nat & Veronica (Nat Kusinitz and Veronica Hunsinger-Loe) are theater artists from New Orleans, and they're currently partnering with Austin's Rude Mechs to bring their show She Was Born to local audiences.

The Daily Buzz at TIFF, Episode 6

Sep 21, 2015

Daily Buzz catches up with director Salvador Del Solar and actor Christian Meier (Magallanes) in the lobby of the Hotel Intercontinental while they are in Toronto promoting their film.

The Daily Buzz at TIFF, Episode 5

Sep 19, 2015

Daily Buzz Host John Wildman speaks with Patricio Guzman, director of The Pearl Button, mid-festival at the 40th Toronto International Film Festival.

Texas 'Rambler' Joe Ely Can't Be Pinned Down

Sep 18, 2015
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From Texas Standard:

The argument could be made that what Larry McMurtry is to Texas letters, Joe Ely is to Texas music.

The characters that live in his songs run the gambit from lowlifes to the larger-than-life. Over the years, Ely has worked with the Clash to Linda Ronstadt to Bruce Springsteen, Jeff Tweedy, Lyle Lovett – truth be known, countless others.

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Fans of the Texan pop star Selena Quintanilla-Pérez got a treat this week. 

Twenty years after her shooting death, and after years of requests from fans, the singer's family released an early demo of the previously unheard song, "Oh No (I'll Never Fall in Love Again)."


The Daily Buzz at TIFF, Episode 4

Sep 17, 2015

Daily Buzz Host John Wildman chats with Oscar-nominated actor Geoffrey Rush (Shakespeare in Love, Shine, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl) and newcomer Odessa Young about working with Australian theater and film director Simon Stone on his newest film, The Daughter.

The Daily Buzz at TIFF, Episode 3

Sep 17, 2015

Daily Buzz Host John Wildman meets up with actor Dominic Flores (Our Brand is Crisis, The Meddler) at the 40th Edition of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with the Honorable Ron Kirk, former U.S. Trade Ambassador and former Mayor of Dallas, TX.


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The results of Austin’s annual SXSW economic impact study are in, and according to the findings, the festival once again served as an economic boon to the city.

The Daily Buzz at TIFF, Episode 2

Sep 15, 2015

Daily Buzz Host John Wildman speaks with Norwegian director Roar Uthaug inside the LUMA restaurant on the second floor of the Lightbox Theater opening weekend at the Toronto International Film Festival. Uthaug’s film The Wave is the first-ever Scandinavian disaster movie and is described as a catastrophic rock slide-tsunami thriller.

Hands Up Hoodies Down was originally staged in March of this year at the Vortex, but its origins go back to 2012, when the killing of Trayvon Martin affected Miller, in his words, "not only as an artist, but also as a dad."

In the years since, he continued to read more and more news stories about the violent deaths of black Americans, often at the hands of police officers. "It just got to the point, for me as an artist," Miller says, "I felt like I needed to say something." 

The Daily Buzz at TIFF, Episode 1

Sep 14, 2015

The Daily Buzz returns to Toronto for the 40th anniversary of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and kicks off this edition of the show with a lively conversation with one of Australia's best directors, Gillian Armstrong. Her film Women He's Undressed is a featured documentary at TIFF, and she chats with Daily Buzz host John Wildman about Orry-Kelly, a Hollywood legend whose costume designs were adored by some of Hollywood's greatest leading ladies. 

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