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Rodolfo Madero and Juliana Penaranda-Loftus at the SXSW World Premiere of Landfill Harmonic

Wednesday, March 18, saw the world premiere of a documentary we're sure you'll be hearing more about in the next year. Why so sure? As news has spread about the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, their story has deepened and expanded, making the film itself into an ever-evolving and unquestionably inspiring project. 

 

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The CW Network Premieres iZombie at SXSW

A young, blonde, female detective solving mysteries in a television series created by Rob Thomas? This is not a flashback to 2004. We repeat, this is not a flashback to 2004. That became evident the moment we saw iZombie's heroine, Olive "Liv" Moore, using brains in a very different way than Veronica Mars ever did. 

 

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BBC Introducing and PRS for Music Foundation Present Little Simz, Spring King, Soak, Gengahr, Blossoms at the SXSW British Music Embassy

On Wednesday, March 17, at the Latitude 30 Lounge, we caught the scent of new talent all the way across the Atlantic. The night was hosted by a branch of the BBC dedicated to promoting up-and-coming performers and bands, BBC Introducing and  PRS for Music Foundation.

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Taissa Farmiga, Nina Dobrev, Alia Shawkat, Angela Trimbur at the SXSW Premiere of Todd Strauss-Schulson's "The Final Girls"

 

The union of horror and comedy is a blessed one, bringing us years and years of entertainment from as early as the Evil Dead series to What We Do in the Shadows, a vampire mockumentary currently playing at a movie theater near you. But what happens when one more ingredient, a healthy dose of heartfelt sentimentality, gets added to that winning combination? In the case of the Final Girls, wherein a daughter is reunited with her deceased mother after being sucked into a slasher-film-set made reality, you get movie gold.

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USA Network Premieres Mr. Robot at SXSW

When a network chooses to first premiere a television pilot at South by Southwest rather than on their channel, you know it's a show that'll build buzz fast.  Mr. Robot is the USA Network's newest series, starring Christian Slater in the title role of the puppet master behind a global hacker network. Cyber security specialist Elliot (Rami Malek) is recruited by Mr. Robot to infiltrate his own workplace…and his own anti-social disorder if he wants to take part in a movement that he hopes is for the greater good.  

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Mar
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Sally Field, Natasha Lyonne, Max Greenfield, Stephen Root, and Michael Showalter at the SXSW Premiere of "Hello My Name is Doris"

When Michael Showalter directs and co-writes a film, you can be sure the laughter will fall fast as an old lady off her rocker. Add the inimitable Sally Field in the lead role of Doris, a sixty-something woman aiming to seduce her much-younger boss, and you're guaranteed not only humor but humility in Hello, My Name is Doris.

 

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28
Feb
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2015 ASC Awards

It's only been a week since it wrapped, but we're already viewing the 2015 awards season through the gauzy filigree of memory. The cinematographers who bring the year's most visionary films to life could pull that effect off in their sleep. Without the artistry and expertise of the men and women behind the cameras, so many of the stories we love would look entirely different. Imagine Birdman without the rapturous long takes of Emmanuel Lubezki, who took home the Academy Award for Best Cinematography for the second straight year. You can't do it, can you? Neither can Lubezki's professional peers in the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) who assuredly know excellent work when they see it and also awarded him for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography for Theatrical Release for the second consecutive year.
 
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2015 WGA Awards Feature Screenplay Award Nominees and Winners

The 2015 Writers Guild Awards (WGA) for the West Coast were held on February 14, making it a day for romancing last year's best writers with accolades and honors. In lieu of roses, we think taking home a WGA award expressed the WGA members' love for their fellow writers quite well enough.  

The WGA Awards run the gamut of media platforms, choosing their sweethearts from among writers for television, video gaming, radio, and Internet-based shows. Being held so close to the Academy Awards, the categories of Best Original, Adapted, and Documentary Feature Screenplay generate high levels of interest, of course. And as the theatrical screenplay nominees and winners expressed again and again during our interviews, being recognized by their peers within the professional union makes the WGA awards that much more meaningful. 

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2015 WGA Awards Television Screenplay Award Nominees and Winners

2015 WGA Television Screenplay Award Nominees and Winners
 
The nominees for best television screenplays at the Writers Guild of America West (WGA) Awards were a vast and varied group—so vast and varied that it'll take more than one column to cover them all!
 
When taken together, however, the dramatic and comedic contenders all share one trait: excellence. That held true whether the nominees dealt with the many shades of grief, found the humor in personal growth, animated plastic building blocks, or depicted dragons we're afraid to call animated. But can these talented writers wield a microphone as well as a keyboard during their Indiezone.TV interviews? Read on to find out.
 
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Feb
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2015 Writers' Guild of America West Beyond Words Panel

2015 Writers' Guild of America West Beyond Words Panel
 
Beyond Words is an annual event held by the Writers' Guild of America West (WGA) to give the year's best screenwriters a chance to speak through more than the pages of a script. Its panelists are all writers whose screenplays have been nominated for either a WGA or an Academy award for their work in the previous calendar year. Beyond Words gives the nominees the chance to talk about the films that earned them their accolades and to share what wisdom they've accumulated about the craft—among lots of laughter, of course.
 
 
 

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