Austin: Industry News 1/8/17

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♦ Terrence Malick’s Song to Song has been selected to open this year’s South by Southwest Conference and Festivals, which is set to run March 10-19 in Austin, Texas. It will mark the film’s world premiere. Song to Song is set amid the Austin music scene and stars Rooney Mara, Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender and Natalie Portman. READ FULL ARTICLE

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♦ The Lone Star State is a really great place to call home, but it can sometimes be a bit confusing to outsiders. From our slang, to our slower-paced walk, to the vast history of the state, there are sometimes things about Texas that can only be understood through a really great film. READ FULL ARTICLE

♦ Viewing Parties! Join the Texas media community and fans as we celebrate excellence in television and film at the 2017 SAG Awards, with proceeds benefitting TXMPA! GET MORE INFORMATION

♦ SXSW will show Terrence Malick’s new film Song To Song on opening night in March. It’s a movie shot in Austin starring Rooney Mara, Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender and Natalie Portman. But people in the Texas film industry are worried that filmmakers might not choose Texas as a location after this next legislative session. READ FULL ARTICLE

♦ Top executives of the Dallas and North Texas Film Festivals have announced their selections for the Top Ten Films of 2016. I was thrilled to see they also picked my #1 film, Damien Chazelle’s LA LA LAND, as their top choice. This musical valentine to Los Angeles is contemporary but also a joyous return to those glorious old movies starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Barry Jenkins’ MOONLIGHT and Park Chan-wook’s THE HANDMAIDEN were their picks for the second and third place spots among films released in 2016… READ FULL ARTICLE

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