Cameron Cutshall

Texas State alumna advocates anti-bullying in SXSW documentary

She was born under the oddest of circumstances.

Most of her childhood was spent in seclusion from other kids of the same age. All she wanted was to be understood, but her journey didn’t begin until she had to understand herself. 

Elizabeth “Lizzie" Velasquez, Texas State alumna, is the subject of A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story.

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.

 

"Get Hard" walks line between satire, racism

The premiere of “Get Hard” at the South by Southwest Film Festival Monday began with an energizing pump up session by the two stars of the film, Kevin Hart and Will Ferrell. 

It was peculiar and entertaining but seemed to do the trick for the audience. Ferrell entered the stage with a boom box on his shoulder while Hart did what he does best—yell. 

 

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.” 

Apatow's 'Trainwreck (Work in Progress)' might be just that

Judd Apatow’s new film has two titles: "Trainwreck (Work in Progress)." Unfortunately, both are fitting for this film.

I’m not going to go as far and say the film is a total "trainwreck," but it most definitely is a work in progress. 

Judd Apatow’s film premiered at The Paramount Theatre Sunday at the South by Southwest Film Festival to an eager crowd ready for the next raunchy R-rated comedy in the Apatow canon. 

While I see where this film can take its place in that canon, it doesn’t compete with some of Apatow’s previous work. 

Apatow gave a disclaimer to the crowd before the premiere saying the film was not yet finished and the audience what was shown was not the final cut.

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.

'Hello, My Name is Doris' premieres to receptive audience

Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?

The character of Doris Miller is an "old dog" who's ready to learn. She is the subject of one of the funniest coming of age tales at South by Southwest. "Hello, My Name is Doris" made its world premiere to packed house at The Paramount Theatre. It was one of the headlining films at South by Southwest Saturday. 

Sally Field stars as the isolated 60-year-old Doris Miller, whose life takes a turn when her mother dies leaving Miller all alone with a house full of hoarded materials. Miller is left to pick up the pieces of her life and attempt to move on.

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. 

The Final Cut(shall)

3/9/15

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