SXSW

Movie Interviews
2:39 pm
Wed March 17, 2010

SXSW 2010: "Citizen Architect" Documents Rural Design Program

L to R: Sara Ann Mockbee, Jack “Jay” Sanders, and Sam Wainwright Douglas, the filmmakers behind Citizen Architect.
Nathan Cone

   

In the mid-1990s, Samuel “Sambo” Mockbee, founded the Rural Studio, a radical educational design/build program in poverty-stricken Hale County, Alabama. 

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SXSW
1:06 pm
Wed March 17, 2010

SXSW 2010: Paul Gordon, "The Happy Poet"

Bill (Paul Gordon) frets over the prices of healthy ingredients.
St. Chris Productions/Cinema Libre Studio

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.  

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SXSW
12:06 pm
Wed March 17, 2010

Opera Singer Who Faced Discrimination at UT-Austin in 1957 Profiled in Documentary, "When I Rise"

L to R: Rochelle Small, a student of Ms. Conrad’s, Barbara Smith Conrad, Michelle Thomas of AT&T. AT&T helped finance the production of "When I Rise."
Nathan Cone

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.  

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SXSW
11:18 am
Fri March 20, 2009

SXSW 2009: Looking For Pets Lost After Katrina In "Mine"

Director/Producer Geralyn Pezanoski, Jesse Pullins
Nathan Cone

 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.

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