Austin: Industry News 3/13/17


♦ Now in its 30th year, SXSW is heading back to Austin for more than a week filled of music, screenings, BBQ and tacos — and this year, television has a major presence at the Texas fest. Historically a celebration of film, music and interactive events, SXSW started introducing TV to its lineup with panel, screenings and stunts over the past few years, as part of the “episodic” programming… READ MORE

♦ At this time in 2015, the local film industry was still basking in the success of Boyhood, shot largely in the Austin area. Back then, the Lone Star State was the backdrop for several feature films and scripted TV shows. Two years later, it’s a different story… READ MORE

♦ Last spring, the future of the film industry in San Antonio looked bleak. Two key city staff positions, including film commissioner, were vacant. The previously robust Texas film incentive program—offering rebates to filmmakers for projects produced in-state—had been cut by nearly 70 percent by the Texas Legislature. Film professionals were leaving San Antonio to look for work in neighboring cities and states in order to make ends meet… READ MORE

♦ Houston may not have had a starring role in Tinseltown’s biggest night, but it has in years past. Armageddon, Terms of Endearment, Apollo 13 — they’re all Oscar nominated films that were shot in Houston. Still, with all that Houston and Texas have to offer, many say we could play a bigger role, one that would also bring a big bump to the local economy… READ MORE

Richard Linklater

♦ On the eve of SXSW’s opening night, the Austin Film Society will present its 17th annual Texas Film Awards, which spotlights the org’s programs and honors a group of stalwart Texan filmmakers. But this year’s event will also look forward to the completion of an initiative first announced at last year’s ceremony, as the Austin Film Society prepares to open its own dedicated, full-time two-screen cinema later in the spring… READ MORE

♦ The South by Southwest Film Festival has a long history of spotlighting native and adopted Texan filmmakers. Yet one particularly noteworthy filmmaker with Texas roots has been long outstanding, and the festival’s 24th iteration will finally see an appearance from one of arthouse cinema’s biggest names, as Terrence Malick brings his Austin-set “Song to Song” to the festival’s March 10 opening night. Thematic appropriateness aside, it represents something of a coup for the once-scrappy fest to feature the auteur, whose last films bowed at Toronto, Berlin, and Cannes… READ MORE

Eli Wallach

♦ South by Southwest, once known as an intimate stomping ground for tiny films, has turned into the Comic-Con of the spring. Starting today, thousands will descend in Austin for the splashy red-carpet movie and TV premieres, as well as concerts (hello, Solange), panels and keynotes speeches ranging from Joe Biden to Lee Daniels. In keeping up with the political climate… READ MORE

♦ Part of the estate of Eli Wallach and his wife Anne Jackson has been acquired by The University of Texas at Austin for its Harry Ransom Center. Specifically 40 boxes of their papers have been sold to the University; Wallach was a 1936 graduate of the University of Texas… READ MORE


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