As department head of UT-Austin's Radio-Television-Film program, documentarian Paul Stekler has taught a few lessons. Midway through his new online series of election shorts for PBS, he's learning one too. He said, "Anyone that tells you that short films are easier to do than longer films, tell them they don't know what they're talking about."
How big a deal is Rooster Teeth's anime-influenced series RWBY? Friday's panel at this weekend's RTX festival filled the massive Austin Convention Center Exhibit Hall 1, then filled it again Saturday for a repeat. With a whole slate of programming all weekend, there's a pile of details about the future of RT's massive hit.
WebFest, a digital/web series festival, is coming back to Austin for a third year. Boasted as the only festival of its kind in Texas, this year the festival joins forces with Austin Creative Alliance to be considered for ACA’s sponsorship. This will allow the festival to apply for grants to bring WebFest to the next level.
UT has many beloved spokespersons, like the late Bill Livingston, who wished us aging UT alums “goodbye and good luck” on the old TEX registration system, sports announcer Craig Way, and probably some deans. But it’s time to open our hearts to one more: local comedian and new host of The Hook, Andrew Rosas.
Stuart Shapiro doesn't seem the kind of guy that turned TV on its ear. Tall, graying, soft-spoken, he looks more like the IT innovator that he's become than the man that brought underground culture to cable TV. But that's exactly what he did for nearly a decade with USA Network's Night Flight.
What defines The New Yorker? A handful of characteristics come to mind, mostly built around its commitment to long-form journalism. Editor-in-chief David Remnick adds another constant. "A magazine that doesn't have anything funny in it in a given week is a failed magazine." Now he hopes that humor is present in its new excursion into radio.
There are few more surreal figures on the cultural landscape than Mike Tyson. Boxing hall of famer. Convicted felon. Two-time Olympic gold medal winner. Self-satirist. Cartoon character. Austin will get a chance to see the modern icon when he headlines this year's Wizard World Austin across Halloween weekend.