The Blanton Museum of Art
"...Part teen crush drama, part psychedelic psycho thriller: Director Karen Skloss' debut narrative feature The Honor Farm has a little of everything. Now it wants to add some crowdfunded support...."
"...SXSW Midnighters aren't just about horror or wild antics. In this year's witching hour screenings, The Honor Farm bends the rules and reality among films that highlight gore and craziness..."
"...And a little update about another project recently featured in the One in a Crowd column: Karen Skloss' upcoming prom-horror fusion The Honor Farm made its $50,000 target with two days to go. Now it's a contender to become Indiewire's project of the week..."
"...• and The Honor Farm, the debut narrative feature from Austin editor and documentarian Karen Skloss (Sunshine). Neece described the Austin-shot horror as "a different take on a road trip..."
"...The movie starts with the birth of PK, our central character, born three weeks after his father was trampled to death by an elephant. As we're told in his treacly voiceover, we witness his mother's breakdown and eventual death as the family farm fails, PK's banishment to boarding school where he's tortured as the only Brit amongst the hate-mongering, Afrikaner schoolboys (they viciously spit in his face and urinate on his little body), his courage and self-confidence are located during a jarring witch doctor's ritual -- all this, and we're not 15 minutes into the movie..."
"...[Editor's Note: Chronicle Editor Louis Black is a producer on both Karen Skloss' The Honor Farm and Clay Liford's Slash.]..."
"...Her column, Food-O-File, chronicled the latest in chef changes, restaurant openings, shuttered food businesses, and up-and-coming artisan foodmakers, from 1995 until 2014. Widely regarded as one of the first journalists to cover the burgeoning farm-to-table movement, Wood’s column also acted as a bulletin board announcing businesses and food industry folks that needed, and deserved, attention..."
"...The show also allowed Stekler to highlight the filmmaking skills of multiple UT RTF alums, including Alvarez, director Heather Courtney (Where Soldiers Come From), editors Lucy Kreutz (61 Bullets) and Karen Skloss (the upcoming The Honor Farm), and cinematographer Deb Lewis (Independent Lens). Stekler said, "It makes you really proud to see this stuff."..."
"...Regular shoppers at Austin area farmers' markets are bound to know the friendly Carlson family of Swede Farm Dairy – if not by individual names, certainly by their excellent line of goat milk products. Those exemplary products are in danger of disappearing from the markets, but there is a way to help...."
"...7-14) offers a weeklong extravaganza in honor of the city's sustainable, cultural, and culinary wonders. Austin has quickly ascended as one of the nation's hot spots for locally sourced ingredients, farm-to-table restaurants, agricultural sustainability, and organics; Austin's evolving profile has inspired the Edible Austin team to implement a few changes this year in hopes of encouraging even higher levels of support for the Central Texas farms and dining scene..."
"...First it was the Texas cheese renaissance led by Dallasite Paula Lambert and the late Sara Bolton of Dripping Springs; then myriad salsas inspired by The Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival; then artisan chocolates from Austin’s Cocoa Puro, Wiseman House in Hico, Chocolat in Fredericksburg, and Dude, Sweet Chocolate in Dallas; and most recently, the resurgence of artisan charcuterie and bacon at restaurants and farmers’ markets statewide...."
"...Speaking of nature, Kimberley Warren-Rhodes ("Farm to Face," Feb. 28) of Farm to Girl natural skincare and baby-care products, has good news to report: The Limited recently featured Farm to Girl as a favorite women-run business for the holidays..."
"...The Peached Tortilla and Quickie Pickie grows, Texas French Bread honors Boggy Creek Farm, and more in your morning food news...."
"...The first Freedom Day was held in 1866 as the newly freed, taking cues from the myriad celebration ceremonies they witnessed among the planter class, congregated in acknowledgement of the anniversary of their liberty. They arrived on farm vehicles and horseback and dressed in their finest clothes..."
"...I wait by the gate to Straus Family Creamery; there's no sign identifying this California institution, famous for milk and a multigenerational commitment to sustainability and land stewardship. Bill Straus began farming here in 1941 with 23 cows..."
"...The chef and restaurateur (Hillside Farmacy, Eden East at Springdale Farm, and Coté Catering) already has a lot on her plate, but that didn’t stop her from taking on a year long residency as part of the “Drawing Lines: Explorations of Place” exhibition commissioned to honor the diversity of Austin’s communities at the anniversary of 10-1. Coté was one of 10 artists selected to build site-specific public art tied to one of the new council districts...."
"...In keeping with the farm-to-table aesthetic, chef Hall's winter menu featured Apis honey in both the complementary sparkling cava cocktail and the glaze on a duck breast. He also offered a young feral hog ragu over torn chestnut pasta utilizing meat harvested on a family ranch..."
"...Honorable Mention: "Retirement Day" Brantley Ross Pringle Jr. grew up on a farm in Northwest Texas..."
"...A sober, healthy-looking Aaron Freeman (aka Gene Ween), who required an alcohol-free backstage, played a memorable unplugged set that took off when he busted out a wealth of Ween gems including “I Don’t Want to Leave You on the Farm,” “Object,” and “Pork Roll, Egg, and Cheese.”..."
"...• The strike became a national cause, eventually involving United Farm Workers founder Cesar Chavez – and transforming local politics. The More Things Change ......"