TLFF opening night film, Blood Brother, was an emotional look into the bold life that Rocky Braat lives. The young Pittsburgh native traveled to India to find himself and ended up falling for group of children infected with HIV. Rocky’s best friend Steve Hoover decided to chronicle the journey and 3 years later with 9 terabytes of footage they would have much more on their hands. Blood Brother’s Producer Danny Yourd and Writer/Editor Tyson VanSkiver were in Denton, Tx for the Thin Line Film Festival and chatted with me about that incredible journey. Click thru for our interview with Danny and Tyson and also photos from the opening weekend of Thin Line Film Festival.
Sara Masetti is a Master’s Film Student at the University of North Texas and a former Dallas VideoFest Texas Program entry. Sara chatted with me about her documentary work, her days in Austin, and what keeps her tied to North Texas. Click through to find out more from the Italian filmmaker.
From The Colurs website:
“The Colurs combine contemporary pop production with the songwriting aesthetics of Brian Wilson, Todd Rundgren, and The Beatles, and lush orchestral arrangements reminiscent of scores by Frank Churchill and Oliver Wallace (from Disney’s Alice In Wonderland, Bambi, etc.), to create a fresh new sound.”
I was able to chat with Max Townsley and Drew Erickson aka The Colurs. They also played an “acoustic” version of their song Washed Away. Click thru already!
We came. We saw. We fested.
35 Denton came and went way to fast. Year after year, those dudes program a great festival (conferette?) in one of my favorite cities ever. Check out some video highlights and pictures of all the action (including a little afterparty action). And if you didn’t make it out this year, that’s on you bro. Hit the jump for some exclusive pics and vids.
(Bethan: Come and play with us)
The outdoor main stages open for day two of #35D. They worked out great last year, so let’s hope the weather holds up this year.
(Final Club is, ah, real comfortable with each other)
Ah yes, it’s my favorite time of year: festival season. And it all starts with the four day walkable conferette in Denton America, 35 Denton. Here’s a real quick rundown of where you should be on Thursday. But above all, go see tons of bands you’ve never heard of. Trust me.
Houston Artist Natalie Irish has garnered a lot of attention for her unique painting style. But she’s a lot more then just a pair of pretty lips. Natalie Irish is a survivor, a complete artist, an inspiration and a cyborg…well sorta. Here is our Q & A with Natalie about her Pearland upbringing, UNT ties, and much much more.
What to do this weekend? Take part in the unique and bold production that is The Birthday Boys at the Texas Theatre and stick around for blood, guts, and rampage that is Hobo with a Shotgun. The team behind The Birthday Boys and two of the fearless foursome that is the Texas Theatre took part in a rountable discussion about the production.