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"...Start your SXSW Film Festival planning now: the annual celebration of screens large and small has announced its first wave of movies and shows, with new films from Olivia Wilde, Robert Rodriguez, Christopher Morris, and more...."
"...Not everyone agrees. Public transit advocates Scott Morris and Lyndon Henry, who strongly oppose this particular plan, issued a press release in late June denouncing how the LPA had been "hastily bundled with hundreds of millions of dollars of highway projects to increase support and private funding for the rail's planned political campaign." They said they "oppose combining an urban rail decision with unrelated highway infrastructure that would be otherwise unneeded with a good rail plan."..."
"...Our Rail, which in the past has suggested petitioning a counter-option onto the ballot, recently declared (via Twitter), "We will OPPOSE a Project Connect ballot measure containing ANY investment that threatens the development of urban rail on Guad-North Lamar." To Our Rail Treasurer Scott Morris, "It doesn't matter what the phasing is, because the phasing is simply the menu for what will be served to the voters, and we want the real question addressed, which is: Is this train going to carry anybody?" Our Rail has also criticized the East Riverside corridor as inadequately "supported with appropriate data." (For more on the opposition, see "Dissenting Voices," p.23.)..."
"...The argument remains increasingly polarized, as reflected in the recent creation of a political action committee – "Our Rail" – formed to oppose any Highland rail route, and perhaps to place a charter amendment on the November ballot to require a Lamar/Guadalupe route. Scott Morris, listed as treasurer for the Our Rail PAC, said the group has made no certain decision on a charter petition, but that such an amendment would "direct the city build a minimum operable segment of light rail in the Guadalupe-North Lamar corridor before other corridors."..."
"...Not all transit advocates welcomed the decision. Scott Morris of the Central Austin Community Development Corporation said, "We're disappointed in the initial recommendation in that it really does not serve the residential densities in Austin north of the river..."
"...Finally, the Scott Morris-led “Our Rail” PAC was recently formed as well, and is an unofficial extension of the ongoing argument over the preliminary Central Corridor Advisory Group route recommendation to build a “Highland sub-corridor” rail line (running along the western side of the UT-Austin campus to the Highland neighborhood). According to its treasurer filing, “Our Rail” was specifically formed “to support a city charter amendment to designate the Guadalupe-North Lamar corridor to receive top priority for a light rail transit alignment” and “to oppose the 'Project Connect' Mass Transit Referendum,” or “A ballot measure authorizing a mass transit alignment serving the City Manager-recommended sub-corridors approved by Austin City Council on 12/12/13" (i.e., the Highland sub-corridor)...."
"...1 attended last week's Urban Transportation Commission meeting, to pitch a renewed vision for light rail. Scott Morris of the grandly named Central Austin Community Development Corporation and Nathan Brigmon of the Civic Analytics consultant firm presented their new draft proposal, running south from Rundberg along the Lamar/Guadalupe corridor, across Lady Bird Lake at First Street, and heading over to Pleasant Valley, with potential extensions to the southeast and southwest..."
"...Directed by: Ridley Scott. Starring: Demi Moore, Viggo Mortensen, Anne Bancroft, Jason Beghe, Daniel Von Bargen, Kevin Gage, David Vadim, Morris Chestnut and Josh Hopkins..."
"...In Martin's new film Big Kill (which he wrote, directed, and stars in), it's a messy West. Guns-for-hire Jake (Morris) and Travis (Clint Hummel) have been run out of Mexico, and take the first available job: Escorting genteel accountant Jim (Christoph Sanders) to the two-horse town of of Big Kill, Arizona..."
"...After apparently significant backstage pushback, the official panel suddenly included a wider range of viewpoints: rail opponents Jim Skaggs and Bill Oakey; Project Connect opponents Scott Morris (subbed Tuesday by Andrew Clements) and Lyndon Henry; and Project supporters Martha Smiley of the Chamber of Commerce, CM Bill Spelman, and Thomas Butler of the Downtown Austin Alliance and Let's Go Austin. The result was a lively discussion, and though it was hard to tell if any minds were changed, by the end it was least possible to imagine progress on Smiley's injunction: "Whether you vote it up or down, you will at least understand what you're voting on." Best and Worst..."
"...Of late, opponents have accused the planning team of lying and unethical behavior, and of "promoting" the project instead of just describing it neutrally, and even of failing to repeat the opponents' arguments for them. This week, a couple of those opponents, Scott Morris and Lyndon Henry – representing yet more fleeting groupuscules – charged, in a lengthy press release, that Project Connect had surreptitiously and deceptively withdrawn from the Federal Transportation Administration process for environmental review, and the entire process will now be subject to a wasteful "Do Over."..."
"...McKenna commanded the stage until the entrance of Seth Morris (best known to podcast devotees as the perennially ill Bob Ducca) as a semi-official city employee tasked with “keeping Austin weird.” With a caterpillar mustache and long limbs, it takes little for Morris to play a hipster creep that requires all homemade kombucha “to have that little loogie thing at the top.” But when Morris got a classic improv scene going which found him measuring several Austinite couples’ weirdness quotients, Esther’s became cacophonous with familiar, lightly drunken hooting...."
"...A few days later (June 5), the Central Austin Community Development Corporation, a community organizing nonprofit, issued a press release announcing a “powerful grassroots coalition” to oppose the Project Connect plan, arguing instead for the Guadalupe-North Lamar corridor. Issued by CDC Director Scott Morris, the release was co-signed by representatives of the Crestview, Highland, Hyde Park, and Northfield neighborhood associations, and UT-Austin student government, collectively self-described as “serving over 100,000 Austinites.” The release argues against Project Connect’s current plan: “Our groups strongly support light rail, but Project Connect's East Riverside to Highland Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) would result in a broken system, an ineffective transportation investment for our city and region, and a politically non-viable ballot measure.” (Morris is also treasurer of “Our Rail,” a PAC organized to support only a Guadalupe-Lamar alignment and to oppose any Project Connect plan for the Highland corridor.)..."
"...The 2015 SXSW Film Festival Juries consisted of: Narrative Feature Competition: Kyle Buchanan, Wesley Morris, Krista Smith Documentary Feature Competition: Tabitha Jackson, Jason Spingarn-Koff, Alison Willmore Shorts Program: Jeffrey Bowers, Eric Allen Hatch, Lisa Ogdie Documentary Shorts: Gina Duncan, Charlie Phillips, Sara Rüster Animated Shorts: Bernardo Britto, Katie Krentz, Mark Shapiro Midnight Shorts: Kristen Bell, Roxanne Benjamin, Mette-Marie Katz Music Videos: John T. Kunz, Maria Reinup, Kelsey Wilson Texas Shorts: Katy Daiger Dial, Chris Ohlson, Kelly Williams Texas High School Shorts: Bob Ray, Emily Hagins, Bart Weiss Louis Black “Lone Star”: Victor Diaz, Marcy Garriott, Joe Leydon Title Sequence Design: Simon Clowes, Karin Fong, Ben Radatz Poster Design: Sean Carnegie, Tim League, Kevin Tong..."
"...Live capital magic happens daily, but music festivals facilitate the miraculous. Like a fusion soundcheck by Thundercat at 11:30am on a hillside an hour outside of town in a medieval city; a 4-6pm back-to-back at BookPeople with Keith Morris and Waterloo Records with Alejandro Escovedo; all crowned by Adele herself on Red River..."
"...Aida Barrera, Jim Morris, Dick J. Reavis, Joni Rodgers, Moderator: Marion Winik..."
"...Morris from America Director/Screenwriter: Chad Hartigan Morris From America is an endearing, heartfelt coming-of-age comedy about Morris, a 13-year-old African-American boy who has just moved to Heidelberg, Germany with his caring but troubled single father. Cast: Markees Christmas, Craig Robinson, Carla Juri..."
"...Willie Morris, the South's leading man of letters, doesn't disappoint in his latest book, a Mississippi moviemaking missive called The Ghosts of Medgar Evers (Random House, $23 hard). There isn't much Morris hasn't encountered in his years as a journalist and writer (he was editor of The Daily Texan and Texas Observer as well as Harper's), but the film industry is new territory for him...."
"...Although it routinely finishes in the top five stations among listeners 25-54 the key target demographic for most stations KGSR, for all the adoration, rarely cracks the top 10 in overall listeners, trailing such ratings monsters as country station KASE-FM and the "soft rock" of KKMJ-FM, Majic 95.5. "KGSR's strength as a station is that it targets people in higher-end ZIP codes," said Ben Morris, partner in MQ&C Advertising...."
"...Boogie Nights Say it loud and say it proud: In these here parts, we like it Fast, Cheap & Out of Control. Errol Morris' unique documentary essay about the glory and folly of human endeavor (among other subjects) grabbed the number-one spot in the Austin Chronicle's cumulative tally of the Top Ten Films of 1997...."