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Making their marks: Four UT women filmmakers who are impacting the film industry

Making their marks: Four UT women filmmakers who are impacting the film industry

March 30, 2021

From the steps of the UT tower to Hollywood film studios, the UT radio-television-program boasts an impressive roster of alumni that have gone on to excel in the film industry.  With Women’s History...

Q&A: Director Tomer Shushan talks Oscar-nominated short film “White Eye”

Q&A: Director Tomer Shushan talks Oscar-nominated short film “White Eye”

March 26, 2021

Director Tomer Shushan centers the narrative around immigrants living in Israel in his Oscar-nominated short film “White Eye.” The film, which is nominated for an Academy Award this year for Best...

UT-Austin students talk seeing loved ones after being fully vaccinated against COVID-19

UT-Austin students talk seeing loved ones after being fully vaccinated against COVID-19

March 26, 2021

As Bonnie Devany wrapped her grandmother in her arms for the first time in over a year, she said it felt like everything she dreamed it would be. “I know my world is not going to be entirely back...

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UT student filmmakers weigh the risks of continuing productions during pandemic

March 24, 2021

After only spending one and a half semesters on campus Max Goldstein’s academic career in film came to a halt last year when the world closed down due to COVID-19.   “I feel robbed of my...

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What to check out if you’re going to SXSW

March 23, 2021

Editor's Note: This story first appeared in The Daily Texan's March 10 print edition.   The Daily Texan’s team of South by Southwest Online reporters have created a list of must-sees for students...

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Director Wes Hurley talks SXSW premiere film ‘Potato Dreams of America’

March 20, 2021

Wes Hurley is a gay Russian-American filmmaker who’s autobiographical feature film “Potato Dreams of America” and subsequent virtual reality short “Potato Dreams” premiered...

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

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...

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

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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HBO showrunners talk LGBTQ+ representation in television

March 18, 2021

In one of the first panels of this year’s South by Southwest Film Festival, showrunners Russell T. Davies, creator of the HBO Max show “It’s a Sin,” and father/daughter duo Daniel...

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‘Potato Dreams of America’ is a campy, earnest coming-of-age story

March 16, 2021

A young gay boy named “Potato” moves to America with his mother to escape their oppressive lives in Russia in the film “Potato Dreams of America,” which premiered at South by Southwest...

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Q&A: ‘Made For Love’ showrunner Christina Lee talks movie premiere, cast members

March 15, 2021

“Made For Love” is a darkly comedic science fiction TV show premiering at South by Southwest on March 17 starting at 10 a.m. The show stars Cristin Milioti as she struggles to leave her controlling...

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‘Sasquatch’ director Joshua Rofé talks Sasquatch culture, inspiration behind the series

March 15, 2021

“Sasquatch” is a new docuseries about an investigative journalist who visits a cannabis farm that’s supposedly been attacked by Sasquatch. The docuseries from Duplass Brothers Productions...

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UT alumna’s timely film ‘At the Ready’ tackles complexity of law enforcement

February 8, 2021

UT alumna Maisie Crow documented the journeys of three high school students in a criminal justice club that prepares them to join the United States Border Patrol and El Paso Police Department in...

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UT student’s life trajectory changes after the release of award-winning film ‘Boys State’

January 29, 2021

Alone in his dorm room, Steven Garza enjoyed a box of tacos while scrolling on Twitter when he saw the tweet. The documentary film, “Boys State,” had just won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance...

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Phoebe Bridgers, Rob Moose team up, reimagine Punisher with Copycat Killer

November 23, 2020

If Punisher didn’t already tear your heart out, Phoebe Bridgers’ reworking of the album with critically acclaimed string composer Rob Moose sure will.  Bridgers collaborated with Moose...

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Rob Moose talks Copycat Killer, fatherhood, upcoming solo project

November 23, 2020

Even if you’re not familiar with the name Rob Moose, you’ve definitely heard his work. Moose is a Grammy Award-winning string composer and arranger that has worked with big name artists such...

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UT-Austin students feel uncomfortable going home due to concerns about political arguments with family

November 19, 2020

Kaitlin Porter usually looks forward to sitting next to her parents at the Thanksgiving table with a turkey in the center and side dishes all around. This year, she worries strong differing political opinions...

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‘Kindred’ is ‘Rosemary’s Baby,’ for babies

November 9, 2020

The creators of “Kindred” treat their audience like they are a bunch of idiots by presenting a meandering and lazy horror film.  “Kindred” is a horror movie about a pregnant...

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Best frightful video games to play for Halloween

October 30, 2020

This Halloween will be unlike any other. Due to social distancing, chances are you’ll find yourself at home either alone or with a few friends. Luckily, there are plenty of horror games out there...

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Netflix does its best to adapt Hitchcock film with ‘Rebecca’

October 23, 2020

Netflix’s steamy mystery film “Rebecca” modernizes a Hitchcock classic.  When newlywed Mrs. de Winter (Lily James) arrives at her aristocratic husband’s (Armie Hammer) estate,...

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UT-Austin comedy orgs still try to deliver laughs despite pandemic woes

October 16, 2020

Some say laughter is the best medicine, but delivering comic relief has proven to be difficult during a pandemic for student-led comedy organizations at UT. With the help of Zoom, Gigglepants Improv...

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Fantastic Fest’s ‘Bloodthirsty’ lacks personality, substantial horror elements

October 5, 2020

“Bloodthirsty” was the festival closer for this year’s Fantastic Fest, but it’s definitely not a showstopper.  “Bloodthirsty” follows indie singer Grey (Lauren...

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‘Enola Holmes’ review: Netflix’s crime-solving blockbuster is as feminist as it is fun

September 25, 2020

Netflix’s newest original film “Enola Holmes” has helped fill the pandemic-sized void among audiences with a whimsical take on the classic Sherlock Holmes narrative. In this new mystery...

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Theaters face economic losses, students weigh the risks of going to see recent films

September 10, 2020

Following their forced closure in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, movie theaters have struggled to stay afloat. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema reopened two Austin locations in August, but moviegoers are...