Steven Abrams explains new film apps in language you can actually understand plus his favorite films from SXSW 2013.March 20th, 2013 | Steven Abrams
Tugg.com, Seed&Spark, The Smalls, Online Film App. You've heard of, maybe, but how exactly will you use? Steven Abrams has a knack for plain tech talk in his summary of "next tech" according to SXSW. Plus, his favorite films and another great performance by Quvenzhané Wallis.
For many, what makes SXSW unique is the way the festival is a collision of technology, music, and film. For nine days, the sometimes disparate worlds of techies, filmmakers, and musicians warily rub elbows and in some cases combine into a potent stew of innovation and creativity.
Steven Abrams anticipates a few changes at this year's SXSW Film Festival.March 7th, 2013 | Steven Abrams
In anticipation of the SXSW Film Festival, which runs March 8th to March 16th, in Austin, Texas, Steven Abrams scours the schedule to decide what to see, what to skip, what deserves a mention in his preview. More reporting from the ground on the way!
In the next few days, the eyes of much of the film world will be on Austin, Texas. Specifically, filmmakers, fans, producers, first-time directors, distributors, actors, industry insiders and film fest newbies will be focusing their attention on the more than 250 films screening at this year’s SXSW Film Festival.
Founder and artistic director Bart Weiss sees the future in his 25 years of bringing experimental film and video to Big Oil Texas.September 5th, 2012 | Steven Abrams
Who would have thought to suggest having a video and visual arts festival focusing on independent and experimental work, in 1987? In Dallas? Home of Big Oil, bigger hair, and "Who Shot J.R.?" None other than Bart Weiss, artistic director and co-founder of Dallas VideoFest, now in its 25th year.
Roller derby expert Steven LaFond (aka “Pelvis Costello”) recommends five documentaries that chart the rise of the modern roller derby revival.June 17th, 2010 | Steven LaFond
According to Steven LaFond, err...Pelvis Costello, roller derby is back. With a vengeance. Get to know the real story behind its reemergence with five must-see documentaries, from the classic Blood on the Flat Track to the most recent Hugs and Bruises.
Steven Abrams wonders if SXSW 2010 premiered Oscar's best picture, as it did in 2009.March 27th, 2010 | Steven Abrams
This year's SXSW did not disappoint The Independent's Steven Abrams. Just in case you couldn't make it to Austin this year, he gives the low-down on which films grabbed coveted audience buzz, and which took home awards.
The fact that Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker made its US premiere one year ago at SXSW upped the intrigue this year, prompting me to wonder if one of 2010's 134 features or 126 shorts would achieve that rarefied status.
An interview with filmmaker Toddy Burton reveals the inner-workings of film funding in Texas.October 23rd, 2008 | Jericho Parms
The state of Texas doesn't exactly bring to mind a thriving artistic community, but The Independent sits down with filmmaker Toddy Burton, the Austin-based director of The Aviatrix, who gives us an inside look on what it's like to produce and fund a film in the Lone Star state.
“Making a movie is like moving a mountain,” says Toddy Burton, the Austin-based filmmaker behind The Aviatrix, a film about a girl struggling with cancer who finds an escape from her troubles by becoming The Aviatrix, a superhero who rockets through outerspace.
The highs and lows of directing a cheap thrillerSeptember 1st, 2005 | Kyle Henry
Im the director of the low-budget psychological thriller Room (2005), which premiered at Sundance and had its international debut in the Directors Fortnight at Cannes in May. Room was produced by The 7th Floor along with Jim McKay and Michael Stipes C-Hundred Film Corp.
Austin’s SXSW Fest is like no otherMay 1st, 2004 | Laura Nathan
Long gone are the days when Austin, Texas was merely a breeding-ground for progressive types, presidential hopefuls, and music junkies. As home to the South-by-Southwest Film Festival (SXSW), Austin has become the independent filmmakers Eden. As first time filmmaker Allison Berg explains it, "I thought [SXSW] was one of the best festivals for my film to get into . . .
The University of Texas’s progressive film programApril 1st, 2004 | John Pavlus
The so-called Film Brat generation of the middle to late 1970s has been blamed for, or credited with, many things regarding independent filmmakingfrom sparking off a studio-sanctioned Golden Age (Scorsese, Coppola) to ushering in a studio-sanctioned Dark Age (Lucas, Spielberg).
Microcinemas come of ageSeptember 1st, 2002 | Angela Alston
While the Lumiere brothers originally screened their films in a Paris café, the term microcinema was not coined until 1991 with the naming of Rebecca Barten and David Shermans Total Mobile Home Microcinema.