Marvel Makes the Ultimate Television

So it's not often that hardcore gamers get told to turn their machines off. But when there's an unexpected screening of Marvel Comics' latest animated show Ultimate Spider-Man on offer, it's no surprise that the crowd at SXSW Screenburn was prepared to go unplugged for a few piracy-free minutes. Read More | Comment »

Interactive 8:00AM Sat. Mar. 31, 2012, Richard Whittaker

SXSW Finale: Lessons Learned

As March comes to a close, so does the last strains of South by Southwest recovery and wrap-up. As I was writing my final “lessons learned” on SXSW, I realized that my friends could say it better than me. What follows is a collection of advice from some notable people in the Austin music industry. Here’s what they learned during SX. Read More | Comment »

Music 2:08PM Fri. Mar. 30, 2012, Zoe Cordes Selbin

SXSW: Creating a Scene in 2012

So South by Southwest is over and we’re all recovering. I went to my fair share of parties, but I also took full advantage of the business panels and learned a lot. On the first full day of the music festival, Wednesday, I attended “Creating A Scene in 2012,” which featured venue owners national and local, including our own James Moody of Mohawk. Read More | Comment »

Music 9:07AM Fri. Mar. 23, 2012, Zoe Cordes Selbin

SXSW Encore: A Phone-Less Festival?

It was only a matter of seconds that it was out of sight and then gone. There it was, sitting on the back of a toilet in the bathroom of a crowded bar. I stepped out, leaving it behind for one second, and by the time the next person exited it had disappeared. How was I going to do South by Southwest without my phone? Read More | Comment »

Music 1:55PM Thu. Mar. 22, 2012, Abby Johnston

SXSW Encore: Charli XCX

“I do hope I see a few cowboys” admitted a bubbly Charli XCX on the eve of South by Southwest. “I know it’s a stereotype, but it’s Texas!” There’s not a scrap of irony in that, just a 19-year-old girl from Hertfordshire, England, who’s suddenly found a lot of internet momentum. Read More | Comment »

Music 9:07AM Thu. Mar. 22, 2012, Luke Winkie

SXSW Encore: Donovan

The name Donovan suddenly appeared among the acts playing South By Southwest just before the music part of the festival began. When I contacted his publicist wondering if it was really the psychedelic Sixties folk-poet, they assured me it was and asked if I’d like an interview. Hell yes I told them. Read More | Comment »

Music 4:44PM Wed. Mar. 21, 2012, Jim Caligiuri

SXSW Encore: A.Dd+

The new face of Texas hip-hop sounds nothing like your big brother's brand of rap, which A.Dd+ proved last week at South by Southwest. Read More | Comment »

Music 5:58PM Tue. Mar. 20, 2012, Chase Hoffberger

Plastic-Free Payment

You wake up unsure of what room you’re in. All you can smell in your half-drunken stupor is old beer and the stale cigarette smoke in your hair. The worst part of your fraternizing – your credit card is MIA. Maybe you didn’t drink too much the night before; instead you just wanted to leave the club without waiting in a long line to close your tab. Read More | Comment »

Interactive 10:14PM Mon. Mar. 19, 2012, Meghan Ruth Speakerman

TBAs No More

Wondering what all those slots reading "Audience Award Winner" on today's Film schedule indicate? The winners have just been announced, so we can now fill in the blanks. The winners are listed below, along with their Saturday screening times. Congratulations to one and all. Read More | Comment »

Film 11:56AM Sat. Mar. 17, 2012, Marjorie Baumgarten

Eating Alabama

On Thursday morning, theater C at the Alamo Drafthouse Lamar was packed for the 11:30am screening of Eating Alabama, filmmaker Andy Grace's documentary about this year-long efforts to eat only local food in his home state. Read More | Comment »

Film 11:22PM Fri. Mar. 16, 2012, Virginia B. Wood

The 'V-H-S' Rewind

The Q&A for last weekend's first SXSW screening of horror anthology V/H/S may have meant the most crowded stage the Alamo South Lamar has ever seen. Read More | Comment »

Film 8:05PM Fri. Mar. 16, 2012, Richard Whittaker

sxswf: 'Uprising'

Not for the squeamish or the faint of heart, Uprising: Hip-Hop & the LA Riots is a very close-up look back at one of the darker chapters in late-20th century American history: the 1991 police beating of Rodney King and the 1992 riots in inner-city Los Angeles. Read More | Comment »

Film 8:40PM Thu. Mar. 15, 2012, Josh Rosenblatt

Scenes From the Circus

Everything's typically bigger in Texas. This guy's Speedo? Not so much. After the jump, snapshots from Austin at overcapacity. Read More | Comment »

Film 7:34PM Thu. Mar. 15, 2012, Joe O'Connell

Home Movies

Brooklyn-based director Dustin Guy Defa says he’s not a documentarian, but his short ”Family Nightmare,” culled from 40 hours of VHS home movies from his home in Salt Lake City, is a visceral and disturbing masterpiece. He wants you to know – this is not found footage.  Read More | Comment »

Film 7:02PM Thu. Mar. 15, 2012, Leah Churner

'Black Pond' Directors Kingsley and Sharpe Speak!

What's up with contemporary British cinema of late? Alongside with the likes of Simon Rumley, Ben Wheatley, and Nick Whitfield, you can add Tom Kingsley and Will Sharpe to growing a list of indie UK filmmakers devising a whole new form of cinematic storytelling. Call it the nouvelle weird. Read More | Comment »

Film 5:24PM Thu. Mar. 15, 2012, Marc Savlov

Morley Dreams of a Life

A review? Read More | Comment »

Film 2:46PM Thu. Mar. 15, 2012, Wayne Alan Brenner

The 'Lot' of the Working-Class NFL Fan

Around the world, state-of-the-art sporting arenas are being built, replacing treasured stadiums and displacing working-class fans who can no longer afford ticket prices. Austin filmmaker Jonny Mars documents that painful shift in America's Parking Lot. Read More | Comment »

Film 9:57AM Thu. Mar. 15, 2012, Mark Fagan

Girl Talk

Ah, the sweet smell of success. Lena Dunham could probably bottle the pheromones she was emitting – Le Succès? – in her triumphal return to SXSW, two years after her first feature-length film, Tiny Furniture, snagged the jury award for Best Narrative Feature. Read More | Comment »

Film 1:49PM Wed. Mar. 14, 2012, Anne S. Lewis

SXSWi Panel Recap: Pinterest Explained, a Q&A with co-founder Ben Silbermann

On Tuesday morning, blogger/entrepreneur Christopher Dixon sat down with Ben Silbermann, the co-founder of the insanely popular social networking/online collection organizer website Pinterest. Read More | Comment »

Interactive 1:09PM Wed. Mar. 14, 2012, Melanie Haupt

Before Sunset (Stories)

Tonight is the last night to catch Silas Howard and Ernesto M. Foronda's Sunset Stories, an ensemble-character-driven one-night-in-L.A. romp in the vein of (NYC-) treks like Afterhours and Desperately Seeking Susan. The Gay Place says: Do not miss. Wed., Mar. 14, 9:30pm at the Canon Screening Room (badges, film passes, and tickets at the box office). Read More | Comment »

Film 12:43PM Wed. Mar. 14, 2012, Kate X Messer

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