A sweet comedy about a sad sack poet trying to open a “mostly vegetarian” food stand, writer/director/actor Paul Gordon says "The Happy Poet" is also about "kindness and generosity versus looking out for yourself and doing what you need to do to get by." In the film, Bill (Gordon) finds trying to stay true to his convictions and make ends meet to be tougher than he expected.
In 1957, Barbara Smith Conrad was studying music at the University of Texas in Austin. She was cast as Dido in a student production of Henry Purcell’s opera "Dido and Aeneas."
Two weeks before the curtain, Conrad learned that she would not be singing the role of Dido, because a state congressman had objected to an African-American woman being cast opposite a white leading man in a romantic role.
Director/Producer Geralyn Pezanoski spent three years following the stories of families that lost pets in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. After the storm hit, hundreds of pets were rescued and adopted by families across the country. Some of them were reunited with their families and owners, others were not. Pezanoski’s film, “Mine” won an audience award as Best Doucmentary at the 2009 South By Southwest film festival. Jesse Pullins is one of the film’s subjects.