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Page Two: Love and Badges
The last 'Page Two' on SXSW 09 (probably)
"...the perception of it in the world beyond, the Festival is well-loved, earning mostly enthusiastic praise. National and international..."

April 3, 2009 Column by Louis Black

Middle Americana
Boardroom song-craft? The Austin Songwriters Group Songwriters Symposium gets down to business.
"...musicians workshop their songs, guitar picking rings out in contrast to the sterile confines, white walls and fluorescent lights..."

Jan. 16, 2009 Music Feature by Doug Freeman

Off the Record
Ben Kweller saddles up in Austin, Willie Nelson and company share one last night in the Backyard, and Bavu Blakes and others gear up for election night
"...Airport on their way to New Orleans' Voodoo Music Festival last weekend. Guitarist Paul Leary introduced himself to the..."

Oct. 31, 2008 Music Column by Austin Powell

aGLIFF: Like a Virgin on the Runway in Trinidad
Onward through aGLIFF, night 2!
"...candy store this year. There are so many tremendous films – and very few of the typical gay cinema..."

Sept. 6, 2008 Qmmunity Post by Andy Campbell

Can the Bands Play On?
The Live Music Task Force tunes up to protect Austin's claim to fame
"...hold.) The fun-time allure of our musicians, clubs, and festivals like SXSW and Austin City Limits helps to attract..."

July 18, 2008 News Feature by Katherine Gregor

My Morning Jacket
"...At last year's Austin City Limits Music Festival, My Morning Jacket bent bizarre and epic, frontman Jim..."

June 20, 2008 Music Review by Doug Freeman

I See Dead People
The Black Angels conjure Austin's psychedelic renaissance
"...wall is laced with a white curtain for late-night film screenings. Resting beside the archaic projection system are stacks..."

May 9, 2008 Music Feature by Austin Powell

Daniel Lanois and the Improbabilities of Sound
"...SXSW for his first time since keynoting the music festival in 2003, Lanois comes bearing both a new album..."

March 20, 2008 Music Post by Doug Freeman

In Her Own Time
Haunting the dark corners of Karen Dalton
"...Digging for the story of Karen Dalton's life, by contrast, takes on the specter of chasing ghosts...."

Feb. 8, 2008 Music Feature by Jim Caligiuri

Chet Baker in Black and White, but Still Blurry
Bruce Weber reminisces on Let's Get Lost
"...and trumpet great Chet Baker, to South by Southwest Film for a retrospective earlier this year. The film will..."

April 27, 2007 Screens Feature by Anne S. Lewis

Looking More Closely When Others Look Away
On directors examining structure, storytelling, and how pictures can move us
"...two criteria you have to meet to land your film in SXSW's Emerging Visions showcase. First of all, you..."

March 9, 2007 Screens Feature by Nora Ankrum

God Bless This Mess
The AFS Texas Documentary Tour: Doug Block's '51 Birch Street'

Oct. 6, 2006 Screens Feature by Anne S. Lewis

Page Two: Return of the Independents
'SXSW Presents,' season three
"...nothing. The show is run by Matt Dentler, SXSW Film honcho on the short-list power chart of American independent..."

Sept. 29, 2006 Column by Louis Black

Cowboy del Amor
Ivan Thompson, the "Cowboy Cupid" who brokers marriages between American men and Mexican women, is a truly fascinating documentary character that is expertly revealed through rock-solid storytelling.
"...please turn on some music?"), but he turns out midfilm to have a soft side. Maybe. I've seen a..."

March 24, 2006 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Heaven up Here
27 reason to further investigate the UK roster of bands at SXSW 2006
"...South by Southwest and the Austin City Limits Music Festival last year, they managed mammoth inroads into these selfsame..."

Feb. 24, 2006 Music Feature by Marc Savlov

Race to Innovation
With $1,000 each and eight weeks, five teams compete to take theatre to a new level
"...spark. The first annual ArtSpark Theater & Game Development Festival, which opens Sept. 8, appears to be going for..."

Sept. 9, 2005 Arts Feature by Elizabeth Cobbe

Our readers talk back.
"...even hosting bands. A number of things about this festival were unfair. The fact that 34 out of 52..."

March 25, 2005 Column

Friday Picks
SXSW picks & sleepers
"...just help the BBC narrate a documentary about the Festival, they proved bands get signed here. Warner Bros. offered..."

March 18, 2005 Music Feature

I Live My Broken Dreams
This year's rock docs examine the 'outsider myth' and more among the likes of Daniel Johnston, Townes Van Zandt, and Wild Man Fischer
"...David Olney, in Be Here to Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt..."

March 11, 2005 Screens Feature by Will Robinson Sheff

Spike & Mike's Sick & Twisted Festival of Animation 2005
Spike & Mike has always been a hit-or-miss program, and this year is no different, with a few genuinely brilliant pieces surrounded by examples of puerile fun and juvenile humor.
"...the Future," which parodies Fifties-era sci-fi and Red Scare films and clocks in at a brief 90 seconds, is..."

Jan. 28, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Me Talk Dirty One Day
Bryan Poyser and Jacob Vaughan come clean on their 'Dear Pillow'
"...Times change. Making an independent film that stands apart never really gets any easier. Adjusted..."

Sept. 3, 2004 Screens Feature by John Pierson

Our readers talk back.
"...the Grand Jury Prize for Documentaries at the Sundance Film Festival and the People's Choice Award in Denver. Did..."

April 11, 2003 Column

Our readers talk back.
"...Problems in Orchestral Film Scoring..."

Oct. 25, 2002 Column

"...on TV. I highlight classic (and not so classic) films for a news station in Seattle and I often..."

Aug. 9, 2002 Column

Our readers talk back.
" care facilities subsidized by city tax dollars. In contrast, a city resident who pays real property taxes to..."

June 14, 2002 Column

Our readers talk back.
"...with a group that was included in the SXSW festival. I will never forget my initial impressions of this..."

May 10, 2002 Column

The Sights and Sounds of Art in Sync
Ron Mann's jazz avant-garde exploration Imagine the Sound provides the perfect counterpoint to Austin Eye+Ear (which will screen Mann's film this Sunday in an E+E benefit): Both are bent on the blurring of artistic lines.
"...and clamoring for space. And then, when Ron Mann's film Imagine the Sound finally shows Taylor doing what he's..."

May 3, 2002 Screens Feature by Will Robinson Sheff

Short Cuts
Buy local! Go see Guillermo del Toro's Blade 2! While you're at it, check out his other film in theatres, The Devil's Backbone!
"...Guillermo del Toro's Blade 2, which closed out SXSW Film 2002 last Saturday night at the Paramount Theatre, is..."

March 22, 2002 Screens Column by Marc Savlov

Of Church and State
British director Stephen Frears discusses his new film, Liam
"...Or I guess you could just look at his filmography. Either way, you get the idea. To call Frears..."

Oct. 19, 2001 Screens Feature by Shawn Badgley

Universal Talent
From 1961 to 1992, Julioeloy Mesa worked in the Cuban Institute of Cinematic Industry and Art, making movie posters that earned international awards, exhibitions in museums, and even a permanent collection in the Library of Congress. Though he now lives comfortably in Austin, Texas, Mesa's artistic struggle continues.
"...disciples, no art spoke more to the people. Mesa's film posters won awards in international competitions, including the Cannes..."

July 13, 2001 Arts Feature by Rob Curran

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