Lisa LeBlanc's musical idols are from the world of classic rock and metal. They're big rock stars with charisma, many of them men. Her approach to folk music is bold and confrontational, a style that she has deemed "folk trash."
With so many music groups in Austin for SXSW it is easy for any of them to get drowned out by all the noise, but luckily for World Music artists, their foreign musical stylings give them a uniqueness that audiences tend to stop and pay attention to.
The language barrier doesn't seem to matter
Many world groups sing in English in order to tap into the English-speaking market, but there is still a healthy demand for music sung in foreign languages.
Repeat visits are in store this year for two San Antonio high schools at the South By Southwest Film Festival. You'll have an opportunity to show your support at a public screening of these and other Texas High School Shorts on Saturday, March 16, 6 p.m. at Austin's Carver Museum Boyd Vance Theater.
The quietly moving rural drama “This Is Where We Live,” follows the friendship that develops between August Sutton, a young man with cerebral palsy, and Noah, a local handyman hired to help August’s family around the house. Their relationship eventually changes the family dynamic and lessens the burden on the matriarch, Diane, who’s been carrying the family on her shoulders for years.
What would you do if you were told by one of your oldest friends that you might not see her alive again? That’s the premise of Austin-based director (and high school teacher) Sean Gallagher’s debut feature, “Good Night,” co-produced by Gallagher and one of the film’s stars, fellow Austinite Jonny Mars (“The Happy Poet,” “A Teacher”).
In the movie, Leigh (Adriene Mishler) and Winston (Mars) play a reasonably happy married couple, even though Leigh’s terminal illness is putting tremendous stress on the marriage and their finances.
Chris Eska’s film “The Retrieval” is about a young boy sent to turn in a wanted man to a dangerous gang of bounty hunters. Filmed in rural Texas, the movie stars young Ashton Sanders as Will, and Tishuan Scott as Nate, the wanted man. The two form a close bond in the film, yet Will’s knowledge that he may have to betray that friendship casts a shadow over their relationship and adds tension to the narrative.
“When I came into the process of shooting this film I was much more terrified of guns than I am now,” says actress Trieste Kelly Dunn. Dunn stars as ‘Allie’ in the new film “Loves Her Gun” from Austin-based director Geoff Marslett. The movie follows a broken Brooklynite as she leaves her New York home after getting mugged, to tag along with a group of ragtag musicians. Eventually she settles in Austin, but “her paranoia follows her,” Dunn says.
Toyko, Japan's Shugo Tokumaru is a rapidly rising star in his own country, and with his anticipated showcase at South By Southwest (SXSW) next month, perhaps worldwide. Tokumaru started playing the piano at age five, and has been immersed in the music world since then. His ardent fans await his releases with unbridled enthusiasm.
Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 11:03 am
It's SXSW season, folks.
The South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival has announced part of the line up of films to premiere at the 20th edition of the festival.
The film festival will open with the world premiere of the Steve Carell comedy, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. Carell, as Burt Wonderstone, partners with Steve Buscemi, to play superstar Las Vegas magicians whose careers face jeopardy when rival street-magician, Jim Carrey, begins outperforming the duo. Festival goers can catch the film one week before the theatrical release, March 15.