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Tragedy at The Mohawk

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Last night a tragic accident happened outside The Mohawk. A suspected drunk driver, trying to evade police broke through barricades on Red River St. and killed two people and injured 23 others.

There has been mention that Austin has a casual attitude towards drinking, that public transit is laughable, and that SXSW itself fosters an environment of heavy drinking with no real options for folks to get home.

None if these things, whether true or not, have anything to do with the cause of last nights events.

It is about personal responsibility. One person is responsible – the driver who chose to (allegedly) drive drunk. It is about personal ethics. He could just as easily (perhaps even with greater ease) just slept in his car. Some would say that he was drunk and not thinking clearly, but when he was sober, he chose to drive downtown, he chose to drink, and he chose to do both without thought as to how to get home.

Our thoughts are with those affected by this event, and we know both the Austin and SXSW communities will come together to benefit those impacted by one persons thoughtless act.

3 Animated Shorts to Consider

Friday, February 14th, 2014

If you are a Shorts person, like I am, you do not need me to convince you to go. Even though I have been watching Shorts seriously for possibly a decade, I am a child of Hanna-Barbera, so it still boggles my mind what animation can do and be. If you are new to watching Animated Shorts-keep your mind open and you won’t be disappointed.

THE Construction of ANSTALT3000

Director: Helmut Munz

While I am not sure of ANSTALT3000’s true purpose, I am very charmed by the creatures who are trying to explain it to me.

Coda 

Director Alan Holly

I hope this is what Death is like-benevolent, tolerant, strong.

Through the Hawthorn 

Directors:  Anna Benner, Pia Borg, Gemma Burditt

A triptych presentation of mental illness as perceived by a mother, her son and his doctor.

Animated Shorts Screen:

Saturday, March 8
11:00AM-12:21PM
Rollins Theatre at The Long Center

Sunday, March 9
2:00PM – 3:21PM
SXSatellite: Marchesa

Wednesday, March 12
7:00PM – 8:21PM
Vimeo Theater

Thursday, March 13
11:00AM – 12:21PM
SXSatellite: Marchesa

Operation Every Band’s SXSW Baby! Music Picks – 4 Weeks To Go

Sunday, February 9th, 2014

We are a month away from SXSW. It snuck up this year, right? As expected the past few years, Operation Every Band is teaming with SXSW Baby! to share the cream of the crop of emerging SXSW artists. Operation Every Band’s yearly mission is to review every band showcasing on the SXSW roster. This ends up being about 2,300 artists over the course a few months, a passion project demanding dedication and hopefully a relatively object set of ears. I do the bulk of the reviewing along with Nate Headden on hip hop/R&B, Lucas Holl helping out with EDM and Alison McStravick keeping us all in check.

The payoff comes from discovering countless bands of every genre imaginable in the purest sense – simply listening, feeling, and frankly, judging to give the artists we need to tell the world about an outlet. Primarily, Operation Every Band feeds through Tumblr (~34,000 followers), but check us out on Twitter, Facebook or the ole’ world wide web.

If you’re falling in love already, check out our OEB SXSW 2014 Donator Packages for the real deal, including a series of guides to the best parties, showcases and one-offs going down in Austin.

For SXSW Baby!, I’ll be sharing the top picks on the list, a taste of what is to come down on 6th Street and beyond next month. Today’s pick cover the beginning of the alphabet and features the inventive folk rock of Ages and Ages, London’s melancholy rock band Arthur Beatrice, the expansive Boy and Bear, down-tempo electro-R&B outfit DEMS and anthemic indie pop band Eliza and the Bear.

Read on for the videos and our thoughts….

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SXSW Film: Special Events

Friday, February 7th, 2014

Every year the folks over at SXSW Film offer up special screenings for the true film geek, and this year I think they’ve gone above and beyond.

This years Special Event screenings include:
All American High: Revisited
Director: Keva Rosenfeld

All American High: Revisited is a time capsule of teen life in the 1980s, a long-lost documentary that captures an unforgettable era through the eyes of those who lived it.

Double Play: James Benning and Richard Linklater (France / Portugal / US)
Director: Gabe Klinger

A documentary portrait of the friendship between the renowned filmmakers James Benning and Richard Linklater. (U.S. Premiere)

The Grand Budapest Hotel – Extended Q&A with Wes Anderson

Director/Screenwriter: Wes Anderson

The Grand Budapest Hotel recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars; and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting; a raging battle for an enormous family fortune; a desperate chase on motorcycles, trains, sleds, and skis; and the sweetest confection of a love affair – all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent.
Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan, Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson, Owen Wilson

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre – 40th Anniversary Screening Director/Screenwriter: Tobe Hooper, Screenwriter: Kim Henkel

An idyllic summer afternoon becomes a terrifying nightmare for five young friends after they stumble upon the home of a depraved Texas clan.
Cast: Marilyn Burns, Paul A. Partain, Edwin Neal, Jim Siedow, Gunnar Hansen

But, to me, the most epic, not-to-be-missed event is a lovingly restored masterpiece thatand gave birth to the modern movie. that’s right. the granddaddy of them all:

GODZILLA

As a kid I spent hours glued to my television watching every monster movie on the local affiliate on Sunday afternoons. You name it, it wouldn’t have existed if not for the Big Man (or Lizard): Ultraman, Rhodan, Gamera, Mothra, Ghidorah, etc., etc.

While others (King Kong) may predate him, Godzilla has them all beat.
Here are the deets:

GODZILLA: THE JAPANESE ORIGINAL (Japan)
Director: Ishiro Honda, Screenwriters: Takeo Murata, Ishiro Honda

The 1954 classic that inspired the modern monster movie (national re-release from Rialto Pictures in April). Q&A with Gareth Edwards, director of the summer 2014 film Godzilla, from Warner Bros Pictures and Legendary Pictures.
Cast: Takashi Shimura, Akira Takarada, Momoko Kochi

Oh and there’s a lovely teaser on the SXSW website for it too!
Godzilla teaser

SXSW Interactive Meetup Attendees Huddle to Stay Warm

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Huddled under the tent at Easy Tiger bake Shop makes breaking the ice easy!

We are meeting serial entrepreneurs, Meetup leaders (there will be a Toy Meetup!), start ups and folks looking for the next big thing!

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The 2014 Films Are Here! The 2014 Films Are Here!

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Huzzah,Babies! The headline says it all. If you are like me (and I have to assume you are if you are reading this) then you have been chomping at the bit for Thursday’s announcement.

Here’s the skinny on just some of the 115 films announced:
* 76 World Premieres
* 10 North American Premieres
* 7 U.S. Premieres
* 68 films from first time directors

So many films to choose from! Here is but a fast and furious look at a few early frontrunners of awesomeness.

Impossible Light (Documentary Competition)
If you are a fan of Christo and Jeanne-Claude, you might enjoy watching the Bay Bridge in San Francisco be wrapped with 25,000 LED lights. You know it’s going to be pretty. Find out what it took to achieve this feat.

Cesar Chavez (Narrative Spotlight)
If you have ever eaten a grape, you might want to check out Directer Diego Luna’s fictive work about the acclaimed civil rights leader and labor organizer.

Wicker Kittens (Documentary Spotlight)
Honestly, I wanted to see this based on the title alone. After reading the synopsis, this film has moved to the top of my “must-see.” Documentarian Amy C. Elliott introduces us to a world of competitive jigsaw puzzling. Did you know there was such a thing? Me either. Thanks Amy-I am so there!

The Dance of Reality (Visions)
This is Alejandro Jodorowsky. Part biopic, part mythology and surrealism, it doesn’t seem like it has been 23 years since he last made a film. What is reality? Jodorowsky has spent his entire career searching for that answer. Has he found it? Have you?

Stay tuned my Babies! There is so much more to come.

The top festivals to change your life include a little slice of Texas

Saturday, January 25th, 2014

Down under in Australia (actually, it’s Down Under in the UK, what do you say in the US? A bit to the side under our feet?)… anyway the point is the Sydney Morning Herald have decided to rattle through ten festival experiences from around the world – all you need is an open mind to attend them.

And what do we find at the top of this list? Good old Southby:

This Texas music festival began in 1987 but the mainstream groundswell of the past interactive decade has seen it expand rapidly.

Choose from a music, interactive or film festival or the offshoot SXSW Edu for education, SXSW Eco for environmental issues and the SXSW V2V conference for innovative start-ups.

Put simply, anyone who is anyone (or might be) has attended, spoken or performed at a SXSW festival – from Mark Zuckerberg to Al Gore, Bob Geldof, Quincy Jones, Robert Plant and Lou Reed.

Good to see the breadth of SXSW included, but the focus is clearly on the music side of things. Clearly the Herald staff haven’t done a midnight movie at the Alamo with some zombie sheep…