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20th annual Austin Film Festival nears conclusion

Celebrating its 20th year, the Austin Film Festival began screening noteworthy films Thursday at various locations around the state capital.

The festival, also known as AFF, brought people from different parts of the film industry together. Conference panels and Q-and-A sessions aimed to complement the screenings and please moviegoers and film buffs citywide. In addition to showing dozens of films spanning a variety of genres, the star-studded festival featured sponsored parties and opportunities to speak with cinema heavyweights.

Filmmaker Ron Judkins premiered his latest movie “Finding Neighbors,” marking a return to the craft for the first time in more than 10 years since his 1999 AFF Audience Award Winner “The Hi-Line.”

Farmers market continues Texas vendor traditions

Farm-to-market roads traditionally served to connect rural areas to towns where farmers and ranchers could transport their products for sale, and vendors in Central Texas look to keep the tradition alive today.

Since about 1979, vendors in Central Texas have crossed similar rural roads to reach their final destination of The Square. The non-profit San Marcos/New Braunfels Farmers Market Association now operates farmers markets on campus at Texas State. The San Marcos Farmers Market takes place every Tuesday and Saturday year-round, providing locally grown and fresh produce to the town’s residents.

Granola is what brought Susan Warren, secretary/treasurer of the San Marcos Farmers Market, to the weekly event.

Texas State becomes common ground for two sisters

As Chloe Scarborough, waited at the base of the Laurel Hall staircase, she recounted the times her sister, alumna Alix Scarborough, had been in the same position when she was a student.

For Chloe, an anthropology freshman, following in her sister’s footsteps and adding to her family’s Texas State legacy is something she greatly cherishes and values.

Elisa DeFord, annual giving coordinator for Alumni Relations and Family Association liaison, said parents of Texas State students can become more connected with the university by becoming a member of its Family Association.
“It’s a way to become a part of our Bobcat family,” DeFord said.

Austin festival brings together television stars, creators

Fans and industry insiders tuned in June 6-9 for the second season of the ATX Television Festival in Austin.

In celebration of the medium, the four-day event looked back at its history, where it is now, and where it is headed through screenings and panels.

Executive producer David Hudgins and writer Sarah Watson discussed their involvement with the NBC comedy-drama “Parenthood” during a highly-attended panel in the ballroom of the InterContinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel.  Mae Whitman, who plays Amber Holt on the show, Miles Heizer (Drew Holt), Sarah Ramos (Haddie Braverman) and Matt Lauria (Ryan York) spoke at the event as well.

Valentine’s dance raises abuse, violence awareness

In an effort to end sexual violence and harassment, Caitlin Miller, biology freshman, took a stand through her Valentine’s Day awareness event under the slogan, “One Billion Rising.”

Established as a worldwide movement against rape, molestation and silence through the art of dance, “One Billion Rising,” made its way to Lantana Hall at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday.

“I want everyone to know we’re not just dancing,” Miller said. “This event is really serious.”
Miller, dressed in hot pink tights, blue jean shorts and a flower print top, was ready to dance, but the others in her dorm were apprehensive.

Q&A with Sharon Reynolds-Enriquez, Hollywood script supervisor

Near the end of 2006’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest,” the Kraken, about to eat Jack Sparrow, is completely wet and slimy in one scene and dry in the next. The fictional sea monster’s showdown with Sparrow is one of hundreds of continuity mistakes that can occur in movies.

Don’t blame Sharron Reynolds-Enriquez. The Texas State theatre alumna worked as a script supervisor on the Disney sequel, a job that required her to observe every shot of the film closely and take detailed notes to provide the director and editor with a reference to prevent flubs from happening. She said mistakes can occur during post-production of a film and aren’t always the result of the script supervisor.

Balancing sport gains popularity around San Marcos

Clad in rolled-up blue jeans, a tank top and FiveFingers shoes, San Marcos resident Nicholas Gordon tested his balance on a two-inch Gibbon Jibline, characterized by the company as a slackline for the more adventurous type, on a sunny day in Sewell Park. 

Left foot.

Right foot. 

Feet off the ground. 

Gordon, hands loosely raised beside his head, swayed to the Reggae music that played softly from his speakers as he walked on the nylon webbing that was tied between two trees. 

Slacklining has become a relaxing weekly workout for him since, about three months ago, a friend invited him to participate in the sport. 

Reggae singer Matisyahu performs in San Marcos

Long lines and the perpetual smell of marijuana rounded the corners of East San Antonio Street in anticipation of “An Acoustic Evening with Matisyahu” Tuesday night at Texas Music Theater. 

Despite the wait and 45-minute drive, San Antonio resident Sara Pardo was excited to get inside the venue to see what critics have called the world’s first Hasidic reggae star. 

Pardo, in anticipation of her first acoustic Matisyahu show, viewed the photo she took with him at a meet-and-greet in San Antonio. The photo showed a beaming Pardo with a recently clean-shaven Matisyahu, who has been known in the past for his beard.

“I was so nervous,” she said. “I didn’t know what to say. I had never met anyone famous like that before.”

Community unites to help restore university employee’s vision

After battling Texas State student lunch line-jumpers and rescuing those without swipes from hunger, Susie Mullen, known by some as the Viking Goddess of Jones Dining Hall, has now found her own heroes in the 139 people who have contributed funds toward her cataract surgery.

Cataracts have affected Mullen’s right eye for years, but for the last few months, the vision in her left eye has waned significantly. It has become more difficult for her to walk to work and operate the cash register at Jones Dining Hall where she has worked for eight years.

“For the last few months, I kind of worried that I’d wake up one morning and not be able to see at all,” said Mullen, Texas State alumna.

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