Austin: Industry News 2/19/17


♦ Just a week after the election, 50 team members from the South By Southwest (SXSW) Programming Group gathered in Austin, Texas. Attendees included members from SXSW Interactive, SXSW Music, SXSW Film, SXSW Eco and SXSWedu. For the members, the election results hung in the air. Hugh Forrest, the Director at the Interactive Festival, described the meeting this way… READ MORE

♦ Keep up to date with Budget Bills that will directly effect film production in Texas: The Texas Film Commission and the Texas Production Incentives (TMIIIP) are contained within General Government Article I where it will be further revised, along with Articles IV & V, by a workgroup of 5 members chaired by Joan Huffman, District 17… READ MORE

♦ Before working as the Broadcast Advisor for Texas Student Television, UT alumnus Robert Zimmer made films. Despite wanting to shoot in Texas, he was unable to do so because of the lack of state incentives. The Texas Moving Image Industry Incentive Program is offered by the state to entice film and television productions teams to come to Texas. Zimmer said the less generous Texas program has forced him to turn to California for his productions… READ MORE

♦ SAN ANTONIO – Bringing Hollywood to San Antonio, a new film production studio just opened up downtown and the goal is to give up-and-coming talent a unique space to create. Alamo City Studios is all about new opportunities, but its old reputation proceeds it… READ MORE

♦ “We thought we could just live from song to song, kiss to kiss,” Rooney Mara murmurs in the voiceover for the new trailer for Song to Song, Terrence Malick’s upcoming film focusing on the Austin music scene. At the same time, Del Shannon’s “Runaway” blasts over images of Mara dancing with Ryan Gosling, who seems to be a musician–among other things, he plays the piano… READ MORE

Compiled and submitted by Ellen Lloyd



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