Born To Fly: Extreme Action Heroes (#SXSW)

By: Friday March 28, 2014 10:30 am

What comes to mind when you think of dancers? Elegant, graceful ballet? An experimental, intellectual modern dance routine? Swing and other forms of big band dance?

Then there’s the Streb Extreme Action Company, led by Elizabeth Streb, a uniquely talented and passionate choreographer. Using Streb’s “Pop Action Technique,” her “action heroes” defy death by climbing, spinning, dancing with swinging steel I-beams and hurling themselves through the air.


Vessel: Former Greenpeace Doctor Offers Worldwide Abortion Access (#SXSW)

By: Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:50 pm

Every 10 minutes, a woman dies from a botched abortion. That’s 47,000 women every year. But what if there were an extremely safe way women could self-administer abortion, without needing the permission of the medical establishment or the state?

Vessel – the first documentary from filmmaker Diana Whitten — studies one woman’s efforts to get the abortion pill and the information needed to use it to women worldwide.

Twitter Blocked in Turkey, But #OccupyGezi’s Social Spirit Keeps Turks Tweeting

By: Thursday March 20, 2014 7:00 pm

With almost nightly leaks of new corruption files making his administration look worse than ever, Turkish Prime MinisterRecep Tayyip Erdoğan’s vowed to wage war on social media. The battle took a new turn today — as Turkey blocked Twitter on all its major ISPs. But a panel on the #OccupyGezi movement at SXSW revealed that Turkey is a population simultaneously in love with social media’s liberating potential while also uniquely well educated in how to circumvent digital road blocks.

FDL Movie Night: #SXSW Film and New Movies

By: Monday March 17, 2014 4:59 pm

SXSW in Austin, Texas began as a local music festival. Since then it’s grown into a massive, corporate-sponsored behemoth with multiple arms including an interactive conference and a film festival in addition to the original music. Tonight, we’ll talk on FDL Movie Night about film.

Sally Kohn Goes to Jail: Another Way to Take On SXSW

By: Saturday March 15, 2014 7:45 am

Why do folks go to SXSW?

Film, music, interactive– the festival is broken up into different portions so you can select when to show up based on what you want to spend your time doing. No matter when you go, there are parties aplenty and there’s even a real life Mario Kart!

But not Sally Kohn.

Tragic Car Crash Overnight at #SXSW (UPDATE 12:50pm Central)

By: Thursday March 13, 2014 11:15 am

Two people are dead and eight people remain hospitalized this morning after an attempted drunk-driving stop turned into a horrific three-block long crash on one of the busiest streets in Austin, Texas during the SXSW music festival.

The crash occurred along Red River Street beginning at about 12:30am. The driver of the stolen vehicle, whose name has not yet been released, will face capital murder charges.

Song From The Forest: A Visit to Jungle & City (#SXSW)

By: Wednesday March 12, 2014 3:45 pm

How many of us have dreamed of leaving the modern world behind? Of course, globalization makes total escape impossible and few go even so far as to buy that fantasy homestead in the country. Song From the Forest is a documentary about a man who went much further, and a journey he takes back to the urban environment after years away.

Edward Snowden Speaks to #SXSW (#SXSnowden)

By: Monday March 10, 2014 2:13 pm

Edward Snowden, the NSA whistleblower in exile, spoke to the SXSW Interactive conference in Austin, Texas today. He appeared via a choppy videostream which was said to be routed through seven proxy servers. Joining the conversation in person were the ACLU’s Ben Wizner and Christopher Soghoian.

Above All Else: The Beauty & Tragedy of Tar Sands Blockade (#SXSW)

By: Friday March 7, 2014 5:00 pm

The most emotionally devastating and artistically gifted scene in Above All Else, John Fiege’s new climate change documentary, comes late in the film. Deep in the night, East Texas landowner David Daniel hikes through the darkness to an environmental activist encampment where he has to deliver bad news. The scene is lit only by the head lamps that Daniel and the others wear, highlighting or obscuring their grief-stricken faces. Around them is the hush and murmur of the forest. It’s a scene that may have occurred millions of times through history — a half dozen humans, alone among untouched wildness, sharing their pain.

SXSW 2014 Film Highlights

By: Friday March 7, 2014 2:24 pm

While I plan to drop in on a number of other movies if the opportunity arises, here are a few highlights — with a focus on documentary.

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