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”

Dancing with the Stars reveals all-star cast for S31

Today, Disney+ announced the Dancing with the Stars season 31 celebrity cast and their professional dancing partners, while live in studio on ABC’s Good Morning America. The series, hosted by supermodel and businesswoman Tyra Banks and new co-host, actor and television personality Alfonso Ribeiro, returns to the ballroom with a lineup of celebrities including a … Continue reading “Dancing with the Stars reveals all-star cast for S31”

Avocados and Coconuts’ Matthew Palmer directs doc

Matthew Palmer, who is repped by Avocados and Coconuts for commercials and branded content, is set to debut his latest feature documentary, This Land. A film exploring seven groups of Americans as they experience Election Day across the U.S., the politically-skewed documentary feature premiered In Competition at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. Executive produced … Continue reading “Avocados and Coconuts’ Matthew Palmer directs doc”

Vinnie Hobbs Joins Union as Staff Editor

Vinnie Hobbs exploded onto the scene in 2015, cutting the now-legendary video for Kendrick Lamar’s Alright, directed by The Little Homies & Colin Tilley. Fruitful collaborations with an array of brands, artists, and directors have followed in a steady stream. Now, Hobbs has joined bicoastal Union Editorial as a Staff Editor. A three-time Best Editing … Continue reading “Vinnie Hobbs Joins Union as Staff Editor”

Miles Teller makes new bear bestie in Long Drink ad

Agency Technology, Humans And Taste (THAT) and production company Honor Society directing duo Cary & Jon and even actor Miles Teller, come together for a new hilarious and provocative campaign for The Finnish Long Drink.  In one of the seven spots, Top Gun: Maverick actor Teller–also an investor in The Long Drink–makes fast friends with … Continue reading “Miles Teller makes new bear bestie in Long Drink ad”

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”