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SXSW should benefit the homeless

SXSW should benefit the homeless

Carrington Tatum

March 21, 2018


Filed under Opinions, SXSW

SXSW is a worldwide showcase of innovation in art, technology, business, and social justice. Along the streets of Austin, homeless residents sat, slept, and surveyed as convention goers filed into endless lines and celebrities shuffled to their keynotes. Americans, Texans, sons, brothers and mothers...

SXSW film review: “Isle of Dogs”

SXSW film review: “Isle of Dogs”

Zach Ienatsch

March 18, 2018


Filed under Film Reviews, Opinions, Reviews, SXSW

The closing feature for the SXSW film festival this year was Wes Anderson’s stop-motion film “Isle of Dogs." After an impressive, crowd-pleasing line-up for the festival, there could not have been a better movie to finish on a high note. Anderson outdoes himself yet again by delivering a unique,...

Best Lil Big Fest at SXSW sheds lights on up and coming artists

Best Lil Big Fest at SXSW sheds lights on up and coming artists

LeeAnn Cardwell

March 17, 2018


Filed under Life and Arts, Music, SXSW

The Tiniest Bar in Texas hosted the first day of their free music showcase, Best Lil Big Fest in Texas, on March 16 at their intimate outdoor patio. Festival goers and band members alike cracked open beers and mingled on the picnic tables between sets. Throughout the day up-and-coming artists took ...

SXSW panel: Decentralized networks may be the future, prize set for contributors

SXSW panel: Decentralized networks may be the future, prize set for contributors

Tyler Hernandez

March 16, 2018


Filed under News, SXSW

SXSW panel "Singularity is here: Future of Data Mining" discussed ideas of virtual reality and the future of data mining March 15 at the JW Marriott salon. The panel ended with a call to action in which Samantha Mathew, CEO, and co-founder of Venn.Agency in Los Angeles put $10 million up as a prize...

SXSW #LostInMusic showcase combines music and virtual reality

SXSW #LostInMusic showcase combines music and virtual reality

LeeAnn Cardwell

March 16, 2018


Filed under Featured, Latest, Life and Arts, Music, SXSW

Sony Music hosted the first night of their #LostInMusic showcase for South By Southwest on March 15 at the Trinity Warehouse. Before entering the venue, concert goers are taken through a display of Sony’s latest virtual reality project, the AVO576. It uses spatial audio technology to take users...

SXSW panel: mixed reality competes with VR

SXSW panel: mixed reality competes with VR

Tyler Hernandez

March 16, 2018


Filed under News, SXSW

An SXSW panel "The Next Phase of VR: Moving to MR"discussed the evolution of virtual reality and the integration of mixed reality into future tech and entertainment. The panel took place at the JW Marriott March 15. While virtual reality has been increasingly normal as headset devices become more...

SXSW film festival analysis: the benefits of representing urban communities

SXSW film festival analysis: the benefits of representing urban communities

Zach Ienatsch

March 16, 2018


Filed under Film Reviews, Opinions, Reviews, SXSW

An important quality of a diverse collection of stories is the inclusion of underrepresented communities. Not an abstract conception of a group of people with similar qualities but quite literally a physical community in which the residents live, work and produce culture. In this case at SXSW, it’s...

SXSW showcases up-and-coming artists

SXSW showcases up-and-coming artists

LeeAnn Cardwell

March 15, 2018


Filed under Featured, Fine Arts, Life and Arts, SXSW

NPR Music hosted a music showcase March 14 at Stubbs in Austin, Texas to promote Slingshot, their spotlight channel for up-and-coming musicians. SXSW festival-goers crowded the indoor stage while onlookers observed from the balcony above as the venue reached maximum capacity before the first band...

SXSW panel recap: DACA recipients, activists share their stories

SXSW panel recap: DACA recipients, activists share their stories

Katie Burrell

March 15, 2018


Filed under Featured, News, SXSW

Immigration activists and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients met during a SXSW panel in an effort to share their immigration stories and push for reform. The panel, Defending Dreamers: Resisting with Art & Activism, was moderated March 14 by Jessica Reeves, chief operating officer at ...

SXSW panel recap: Technology takes fault in two of the biggest issues facing media

SXSW panel recap: Technology takes fault in two of the biggest issues facing media

Katie Burrell

March 14, 2018


Filed under News, SXSW

South by Southwest hosted two panels, back to back discussing issues on misleading news and censorship in media, sparking concern and debate for the future of news and technology. The panels Infocalypse: The Future of Misinformation and How We Stop It, and The Many Faces of Modern Media Censorship...

SXSW film festival analysis: the unexpected power of comedy

SXSW film festival analysis: the unexpected power of comedy

Zach Ienatsch

March 14, 2018


Filed under Film Reviews, Opinions, Reviews, SXSW

Comedy is not just about making an audience laugh. The art of comedy allows artists to cross lines and provoke questions which cannot be done in a serious context. It allows audiences to contend with their own emotions and awkward situations in a relaxed yet stimulating approach. In film, two hours of...

Marvel’s “Cloak and Dagger” episode one spoiler-free review

Marvel’s “Cloak and Dagger” episode one spoiler-free review

Carrington Tatum

March 12, 2018


Filed under Film Reviews, Opinions, Reviews, SXSW

After each experiencing their own traumatizing experience, two previously unconnected teenagers are bestowed with the ability to manipulate light and dark energies that will bind them together for the rest of their lives. "Cloak and Dagger" marks the newest addition to Marvel's lineup of episodic...

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