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Justine Bateman’s ‘Violet’ plays with visuals, sound, creating an anxiety-inducing, ultimately satisfying film

Grace Barnes March 19, 2021

Writer-director Justine Bateman’s new film “Violet,” which premiered at South by Southwest Online on Thursday, is anxiety-inducing, infuriating and ultimately freeing. It is experimental...

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Tuba player Theon Cross talks African influences, new album

Fiza Kuzhiyil March 19, 2021

Emerging British jazz musicians performed at Abbey Road Studios in London on Tuesday, March 16 for the Jazz re:freshed Outernational showcase at the 2021 South by Southwest Music Festival. British...

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‘Broadcast Signal Intrusion’ TV terror, throwback mystery

Noah Levine March 19, 2021

Finding the remote won’t save you now Inspired by the real-life (and unsolved) broadcast interruptions that struck Chicago in the late 1980s, horror film “Broadcast Signal Intrusion”...

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US Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg talks climate change, equity

Grace Barnes March 19, 2021

Newly appointed United States Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg spoke with MSNBC’s Jonathan Capehart on Thursday as part of South By Southwest Online’s keynote speaker sessions....

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Band Ley Line talks multilingual music, sisterhood

Fiza Kuzhiyil March 19, 2021

In front of an ethereal galaxy backdrop of the Black Fret showcase stage, the four members of Ley Line embrace in a huddle as they do before every show. “This is this four-piece sisterhood, and...

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Charli XCX documentary directors talk ‘Alone Together’ premiere, filmmaking during quarantine

Lauren Castro March 19, 2021

From asking fans for songwriting help on Instagram Live to wearing green screen bodysuits for at-home music videos, pop sensation Charli XCX stars in “Alone Together” as she created her quarantine...

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‘Alone Together’ presents new style of filmmaking, explores intimate fan-artist relationship

Lauren Castro March 19, 2021

“Alone Together,” a documentary shot entirely during the pandemic, premiered on the closing night of South by Southwest 2021. The one-of-a-kind documentary follows experimental pop icon Charli...

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Matthew McConaughey and MLS Commissioner Don Garber discuss North American soccer’s future

Lauren Castro March 18, 2021

With the goal of bringing soccer to the forefront of sports in North America, Don Garber, the commissioner of Major League Soccer, and Matthew McConaughey, the UT minister of culture and co-owner of Austin...

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Indie filmmaker extraordinaire Mark Duplass talks creating art during COVID-19 pandemic

Thomas Casler March 18, 2021

Mark Duplass is a man of many hats. He has either executive produced, written and/or acted in multiple projects at this year’s South by Southwest. The indie filmmaker and UT radio-television-film...


Finneas talks scoring his first film at SXSW

Morgan-Taylor Thomas March 18, 2021

Even while working on a documentary exploring life on tour with his sister (“Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry”), Finneas O'Connell still made time for his future and lifelong...

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Bill Hader, Alexi Pappas talk experiences with mental health at SXSW panel

Thomas Casler March 18, 2021

Trigger warning: discussions of mental health, depression, anxiety and suicide. Olympian, actor and author Alexi Pappas talked to comedian and filmmaker Bill Hader at their 2021 South by Southwest panel...

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‘Inbetween Girl’ director, writer Mei Makino talks balancing different cultures growing up

Jennifer Errico March 18, 2021

“Inbetween Girl’ premiered at South by Southwest 2021 on Thursday as UT alumna Mei Makino’s feature film debut. The film is a coming-of-age story about Chinese-American teen Angie Chen....