Cameron Cutshall | Managing Editor

Canadian singer-songwriter enchants SXSW

When one thinks of country music, the first things that come to mind are cowboy hats and Southern twangs, but not necessarily Canadians.

Lucette, whose real name is Lauren Gillis, is as Canadian musician in the Country/Americana genre making her South by Southwest Music Festival debut. The singer-songwriter wore a black cowboy hat paired with a chic black outfit and jet black hair to the press day at the HandleBar March 18 in downtown Austin. The ensemble fit well with the title of her debut album, "Black Is the Color."

The Edmonton-based artist landed in Austin at 1 a.m. Wednesday morning and hit the ground running.

“I’ve some barbeque, I’ve had some good weather—it’s great so far,” Lucette said.

The 2015 South by Southwest Film Awards

The 2015 South by Southwest Film Awards were announced Tuesday at The Paramount Theatre. The ceremony was hosted Vanessa Bayer, Saturday Night Live cast member. 

“Krisha,” directed by Trey Edward Shults took home the grand jury prize in the narrative feature competition. 

“Peace Officer,” directed by Scott Christopherson and Brad Barber, was awards the grand jury prize in the documentary feature competition. 

Visit the SXSW awards announcement page for the full list of winners.


FX's 'The Comedians' in on it's own joke

A new sketch comedy show staring your grandmother's favorite comedian, Billy Crystal, and the voice of your daughter's favorite animated snowman, Josh Gad, will debut this fall on FX.

“The Billy and Josh Show” is the name of the fake sketch comedy show that is the central premise behind the actual FX series debuting this fall, "The Comedians." The new show is formatted as a behind-the-scenes “documentary” about the making of this fake TV show that have critics and audiences paying attention. 

Close your eyes and imagine something for a second. Take FX’s “Louie," and combine it with the structure and general outline of shows like "The Office" and "30 Rock." Put that together and you get "The Comedians.” 

SXSW Film recap blog: Sunday edition

My second day at the South by Southwest festival was a long waiting game.

I arrived at The Paramount Theatre for the premiere of Judd Apatow’s film “Trainwreck (Work In Progress).” 

It was a good two and half hours before the scheduled start of the film, but this was another big premiere that was slated to have only one screening throughout the festival. I felt it was necessary to attend.

When I arrived, I was the third person in the wristband line, but it didn’t take long for the queue to grow.

The line wrapped around both corners of the street very quickly, and it was certain this showing was going to be a packed house even with two hours remaining before the start. 

SXSW Film recap: documentaries, comedies and Sally Field

I came a day late to the festival, but the party was just getting started.

It was my first time attending South by Southwest, and I didn’t know what to expect. You can attempt to make plans ahead of time, but there is so much to do and see - there doesn’t seem to be a point.

There was no time to waste, so I jumped right into the action. I picked up my film wristband and headed straight to The Paramount Theater for the world premiere of "A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story." Velasquez’s story documents her journey to fight for the first federal law to ban bullying on school campus’ across the nation.

Humanitarian drones and evolving tech at SXSW

Drones were a hot topic at the second day of the South by Southwest Interactive festival Saturday.

The panel 'Humanitarian Drones: locating Vietnam era bombs’ was one of four sessions that focused on the topic of drones and the technology related to them. At the panel put on in the Austin Convention Center, Adam Rabinowitz, associate professor at the University of Texas at Austin, and Ryan Baker, CEO and founder of Arch Aerial LLC, presented and took audience questions.

The panelists began by explain so industry acronyms for the audience. A drone can be called an “unmanned aerial system” or UAS. A bomb is often referred to as a UXO or “unexploded ordinance.”

Steve Carell's new series premieres at SXSW Film

She’s tough as nails with a tragic back story and does the job that needs to be done to ensure justice is served.

Her name is Angie Tribeca, and she’s the genius creation of the comedic minds of Steve and Nancy Walls Carell. 

The "Angie Tribeca" series premiered Saturday at the Vimeo Theater as during the South by Southwest Film festival's episodic series portion.

The show takes a satirical look at the stereotypical cop genre that has plagued television viewers for years. It gives new life to the art form. The show is wacky, crazy and is downright entertaining the watch. 

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