SXSW: Kristian Mercado wins Best Animated Short

A new animated short film from Kristian Mercado Figueroa, Nuevo Rico has won the award for Best Animated Short at this year’s SXSW film festival. The film’s title refers to a dystopian future Puerto Rico, now called Nuevo Rico, where a struggling brother and sister stumble onto a celestial secret that propels them to fame. … Continue reading “SXSW: Kristian Mercado wins Best Animated Short”

SXSW: Demi Lovato doc premieres on YouTube

Having just shaken the audiences of SXSW, the tell all docu-series Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil releases exclusively on YouTube today on March 23. You may have already caught the trailer that packs quite a punch. The new effort, directed by Michael D. Ratner,  is a 2021 documentary series about the life and career of American singer, songwriter, … Continue reading “SXSW: Demi Lovato doc premieres on YouTube”

SXSW: Stage 13 brings 3 panels online

Stage 13, the award-winning and Emmy-nominated original content studio, brings three panels focused on its original series and feature to the WarnerMedia Rise venue at the SXSW Online 2021 festival starting Tuesday, March 16 through Thursday, March 18.  The two panels are “Family Style: Surviving Production During the Pandemic,” and “Two Sentence Horror Stories: Using Horror to Address … Continue reading “SXSW: Stage 13 brings 3 panels online”

SXSW: Hannah Bang’s ‘Soak’ makes debut

Hannah Bang’s film debut Soak is only the beginning of her exploration of female characters who carry an inner conflict that torments them. This MFA thesis live action short film touches on the turmoil of a broken family, and its affects between a mother and daughter. The female centric film has been selected to premiere … Continue reading “SXSW: Hannah Bang’s ‘Soak’ makes debut”

SXSW: A reunion for ‘Introducing Selma Blair’

Enjoying its World Premiere at South by Southwest 2021 in the Documentary Feature Competition is Introducing, Selma Blair, a deeply intimate and raw portrait of the actress after she is diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and makes a valiant, risky effort to try to slow the progression of her disease. The film marks the feature doc … Continue reading “SXSW: A reunion for ‘Introducing Selma Blair’”

Sai Selvarajan’s Unlikely Fan to world premiere At SXSW

Sri Lankan born, Dallas-based, retired teacher….and hoops nut. Meet The Unlikely Fan, a basketball enthusiast who definitely doesn’t fit any preconceived image. Sai Selvarajan’s multimedia documentary, one of his most personal projects, will enjoy its World Premiere at SXSW 21 (March 16th at 4pm). Directed by Selvarajan and Jeff Bednarz, The Unlikely Fan is an … Continue reading “Sai Selvarajan’s Unlikely Fan to world premiere At SXSW”

SXSW announces Pitch Competition finalists

South by Southwest Conference and Festivals announced the finalists for the 13th annual SXSW Pitch event, taking place virtually on March 17-18 as part of the SXSW Online digital experience. This competition takes place during South by Southwest Online 2021, with 40 startups chosen to compete based on the technological innovation brought to their fields. One winner … Continue reading “SXSW announces Pitch Competition finalists”

2020 SXSW Fest films stream on Amazon Prime

Amazon Prime Video and SXSW are joining forces to launch “Prime Video presents the SXSW 2020 Film Festival Collection,” following the unprecedented cancellation of the Conference and Festivals by the City of Austin due to concerns surrounding the Coronavirus. “Prime Video presents the SXSW 2020 Film Festival Collection” offers filmmakers in the 2020 SXSW Film Festival … Continue reading “2020 SXSW Fest films stream on Amazon Prime”

Chapeau Studios helps bring SXSW winner to life

Chapeau Studios is proud to have contributed design and post to the feature documentary The Donut King, selected for world premiere in competition at SXSW 2020 and awarded Special Jury Recognition for Achievement in Documentary Storytelling and Special Jury Recognition Poster Design (illustrated by Andrew Hem with design by Charlie Le). Written & directed by Alice Gu, The Donut King’s story is one of fate, … Continue reading “Chapeau Studios helps bring SXSW winner to life”

2020 SXSW announces Jury and Special Awards

There may not have been a SXSW Film Festival this year due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, but that did not stop awards. The 2020 Jury and Special Award winners of the 27th SXSW Film Festival, announced the winners of the film festival, which includes Chicago-based filmmaker Jiayan “Jenny” Shi’s documentary, Finding Yingying, distributed by Kartemquin. … Continue reading “2020 SXSW announces Jury and Special Awards”

Coronavirus forces cancellation of SXSW

Amid growing concern in Austin, Texas over the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the city has decided to cancel South By Southwest. The major annual tech, music, and film meetup held in downtown Austin, is the latest major conference to be cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak, and just one week before it was slated to start. … Continue reading “Coronavirus forces cancellation of SXSW”

Citing Coronavirus, Facebook pulls out of SXSW

Add social media giant Facebook to the growing list of companies pulling out of this year’s South by Southwest (SXSW) festival due to Coronavirus-related concerns. Monday, the company joined tech companies Twitter and Intel. Some Facebook employees were scheduled to appear on panels at the event. The company’s withdrawal from the festival comes after Facebook already canceled … Continue reading “Citing Coronavirus, Facebook pulls out of SXSW”

Coronavirus risk causes Twitter to pull out of SXSW

With the Coronavirus spreading – CNN claims two dozen reported cases, this weekend, brands and event organizers are being forced to rethink their participation in upcoming events. One major event affected is South By Southwest which takes place in Austin next week beginning March 13. Twitter has now announced it will not attend the event … Continue reading “Coronavirus risk causes Twitter to pull out of SXSW”

Selvarajan animated film to world premiere at SXSW

Coup d’état Math, the animated short film written and directed by Sai Selvarajan, will enjoy its world premiere at SXSW 2020. Created after the Trump Muslim ban, the film depicts four immigrant stories — a fight to be born, a fight to survive, a fight to find your place, and the fight to maintain. In … Continue reading “Selvarajan animated film to world premiere at SXSW”

LALIFF announces lineup for 2022 edition

Academy Award-nominated actor Edward James Olmos, founder of the Latino Film Institute, announced today the full lineup for this year’s Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) that will take place June 1 – 5 at the iconic TCL Chinese Theatre and TCL Chinese 6 in Hollywood, CA. This year’s edition will open with Disney … Continue reading “LALIFF announces lineup for 2022 edition”

TBD Post Welcomes Post Veteran Ron Rendon

Austin-based TBD Post is making plans for expansion by adding two industry veterans and sales representation to its team. TBD Post Founders Brandon Thomas, Partner/Colorist, and Ted Griffis, Partner/Editor, are making these announcements as they enter their 10th year in the Austin market. Griffis and Thomas have been steadfast in creating a cutting-edge studio with … Continue reading “TBD Post Welcomes Post Veteran Ron Rendon”

Bola Ogun signs with Believe Media Commercial

Award-winning director, actress and writer Bola Ogun has signed with Believe Media for US commercial representation. Believe will be the first company to represent Ogun for commercial work. A first-generation Nigerian-American filmmaker, Bola Ogun landed her television directorial debut on Ava DuVernay’s Queen Sugar after DuVernay saw Bola’s short Are We Good Parents? at SXSW in 2018. The film, … Continue reading “Bola Ogun signs with Believe Media Commercial”

Mandalorian, Avengers: Endgame colorist Charles Bunnag joins Light Iron

Our friends a  Light Iron have announced that renowned colorist Charles Bunnag has assembled with the company’s artist roster. Bunnag will work out of Light Iron’s Los Angeles facility, with the ability to collaborate with clients globally thanks to the company’s class-leading remote offerings. Bunnag’s recent, notable work includes the series The Book of Boba Fett, the … Continue reading “Mandalorian, Avengers: Endgame colorist Charles Bunnag joins Light Iron”

Colorist Jennifer Gaida moves west to Apache

Former Colonie Colorist Jennifer Gaida, has made her new creative home at Los Angeles-based Apache. At the industry-renowned coloring & finishing company, Gaida will undoubtedly continue to break barriers in film.  “There is a lot of gender imbalance in the film industry, in the role of color grading specifically,” shares Apache’s Managing Partner/EP, LaRue Anderson. … Continue reading “Colorist Jennifer Gaida moves west to Apache”

REEL WOMEN: GSD&M Creative Director Leigh Browne

Leigh Browne is a Creative Director at GSD&M in Austin, Texas, and also teaches Copywriting at The University of Texas.  In 2019, she and her partner were named to AdWeek’s Creative 100. And in 2021, they were part of the team that won the Grand Effie for helping Popeye’s Chicken Sandwich break the internet. Their … Continue reading “REEL WOMEN: GSD&M Creative Director Leigh Browne”