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”

Union: Klevin, Doga edit Netflix’s Sisters on Track

Sisters on Track – the extraordinary coming of age documentary about three determined track star sisters racing against all odds on a journey toward hope and a brighter future – premiered this week on Netflix. Union Partner/Editor Sloane Klevin served as Supervising Editor on the film, with Andrew Doga on board as co-editor. Partner/Managing Director … Continue reading “Union: Klevin, Doga edit Netflix’s Sisters on Track”

Director Matt Ogens Joins m ss ng p eces

Today bicoastal production studio m ss ng p eces announced that award-winning filmmaker Matt Ogens has joined the company’s directorial roster. He is known for his evocative visual storytelling across various media, including documentary, narrative, commercials, and branded content. Ogens’ breakthrough documentary Confessions of a Superhero premiered at SXSW to critical acclaim, and he subsequently … Continue reading “Director Matt Ogens Joins m ss ng p eces”

Director Paul Trillo joins ArtClass

Bicoastal production company ArtClass has signed director Paul Trillo to their roster for U.S. commercial and branded content representation. Trillo is an LA-based director who challenges both curiosity and illusion. His varied interests in technology, comedy, and visual design permeate throughout his work as he is in constant pursuit of new filmmaking techniques – from … Continue reading “Director Paul Trillo joins ArtClass”

Rakish signs production Duo TWIN

Production boutique Rakish has signed creative duo TWIN for U.S. representation. Comprised of brothers Jonathan and Josh Baker, the technically adept directorial team is known for bringing to life ideas that are wildly imaginative yet rooted in real-world emotion.  “Rakish aligns with everything we love about commercial production,” comments Josh. “They put the creative first, have a strong level … Continue reading “Rakish signs production Duo TWIN”

Groove Guild signs Empire composer Fil Eisler

Creative music agency Groove Guild is expanding its talent roster, signing lauded film and television composer Fil Eisler for commercial representation. His inventive scores and signature themes have enlivened some of television’s most popular series and notable films, including crafting the tension-filled orchestral cues for Fox’s Golden Globe-nominated drama series, Empire and Sony’s action thriller … Continue reading “Groove Guild signs Empire composer Fil Eisler”

LALIFF announces full lineup for 20th 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 2 – 6. Celebrating the 20th anniversary, LALIFF 2021 will be a hybrid festival with both in-person and virtual screenings, including the previously … Continue reading “LALIFF announces full lineup for 20th edition”