March 9 – 18, 2018

UT at SXSW

Sessions
Faculty, Staff, Students, & Alumni

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Startup & Tech Sectors

Mar 9

ATX Startup Crawl at SXSW 2018

The ATX Startup Crawl 2018 is one of the biggest startup party of SXSW. This is a fantastic opportunity to get visibility in the Austin startup community, launch your product, practice your pitch, and recruit talent. The ATX Startup Crawl 2018 is a celebration of technology and entrepreneurship in Austin! UT Student Alex Shahrestani's company, Lawtomation, will have a table.
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Startup & Tech Sectors

Mar 9

ATX Startup Crawl at SXSW 2018

The ATX Startup Crawl 2018 is one of the biggest startup party of SXSW. This is a fantastic opportunity to get visibility in the Austin startup community, launch your product, practice your pitch, and recruit talent. The ATX Startup Crawl 2018 is a celebration of technology and entrepreneurship in Austin!
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Startup & Tech Sectors

Mar 9

The Power of Vertical AI in a Monolithic AI World

We rely on horizontal AI platforms like Amazon for a wide variety of small decisions like grocery purchases, but big challenges like buying a car, planning a vacation or preventing a cyber security attack need a specialized approach: vertical AI. Vertical AI expertise and datasets make the complex, simple. Hear three companies with vertical AI expertise discuss their approach to tackling society's key decisions. Amazon can sweat the small stuff, leave the big stuff to the experts. #PowerofVerticalAI
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Sports

Mar 9

Scouting 2.0: How AI Can Predict Player Success

Sports franchises have built an entire industry on accurate player scouting and analysis so they can find the best players to help them win. However, many of the practices in sports scouting are archaic in nature. Using artificial intelligence is a much more efficient way to predict the future success of a prospect. Because of AI’s ability to consider multiple facets of data and how they correlate, it can provide a more complete perspective on the future capabilities of any prospect.
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Startup & Tech Sectors

Mar 9

The Case for Innovation in U.S. Housing

Safe, quality and affordable housing is essential. Yet, the current housing ecosystem is ill-suited to adequately address consumers’ growing preferences for rentals and the financial realities of those most likely to purchase housing over the next 15 years. Our mission should be to devote our collective energy, brainpower, technology and resources to develop innovative solutions that allow the U.S. housing ecosystem to evolve and meet the needs of consumers once again. #AmherstAtSXSW
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Startup & Tech Sectors

Mar 9

Giving Back Rocks: How Austin Brands Do It

What do a bandleader, jewelry designer, hair care billionaire, and hospital have in common? Successful businesses that give back to the community, and it’s all on brand. This session highlights how an unconventional collection of panelists: Ray Benson, frontman for Asleep at the Wheel, Kendra Scott, John Paul DeJoria, Austin’s St. David’s HealthCare - leverage their individual talents and brands for serious philanthropy. How they do it that is as different as all of them. #givingbackrocks
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Workplace

Mar 10

Transitioning Vets: From Battlefield to Tech Career

The biggest gap in the cloud technology space is a supply of talent. Meanwhile, thousands of U.S. soldiers return to civilian life and find themselves underemployed or unemployed because of a lack of training and opportunities. In partnership with Salesforce and veteran service organizations, we’ll discuss careers in this ecosystem of growing technology. Learn about the challenges faced, the resources available and the job opportunities for veterans transitioning to cloud careers. #MerivisTX
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Health

Mar 10

When Health Care Goes High-Tech

As a global business leader, Michael Dell transformed the way people buy and use computers. Now, as a philanthropist, he is seeking to transform the way institutions help people get and stay healthy. In this session, Dell will talk with Dr. Clay Johnston, inaugural dean of UT Austin’s Dell Medical School, about the wide variety of health projects he is supporting through the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, from grassroots-level care teams to new hospitals and academic institutions that are reshaping a city. And he will share what 30 years of tech industry lessons show about conquering the massive challenges facing health care in the US. #dellmed
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Health

Mar 10

Wait, What?! Bias is Killing Me?

Unconscious (implicit) bias refers to attitudes and stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner. A large body of compelling research has demonstrated the impact of unconscious bias on health and health disparities especially among individuals from diverse communities. This session will highlight the impact of provider and patient bias on health and healthcare. Panelists will provide proven strategies to address bias for both patients and providers.
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Intelligent Future

Mar 10

Quantum Computing: Science Fiction to Science Fact

Startups and established players have sold 2000 Qubit systems, made freely available cloud access to quantum computer processors, and created large scale open source initiatives, all taking quantum computing from science fiction to science fact. Government labs and others like IBM, Microsoft, Google are developing software for quantum computers. What problems will be solved with this quantum leap in computing power that cannot be solved today with the world’s most powerful supercomputers? #quantumcomputing
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Making Film & Episodics

Mar 10

CELLULOID: Planning, Capturing and Posting With Film!

The percentage of Features captured on celluloid is relatively small, yet the percentage of Features that earn and receive recognition at distinguished Film Festivals is quite high. What is it about celluloid that continues to attract filmmakers to this craft and way of capturing moving images both within the camera and now more recently projecting onto the screen. Is it the art of filmmaking? Is it a fad? Or is it a Renaissance? What is the attraction of FILM?
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Startup & Tech Sectors

Mar 10

SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event

The tenth annual SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event will take place during Startup & Tech Sectors on Saturday, March 10, Sunday, March 11, and Monday, March 12. A live audience, as well as a panel of expert judges, will discover advancements in various sectors of emerging technology.
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Workplace

Mar 10

How to Get What You Want Out of Side Gigs

We live in an era of side gigs. More people are taking up "side hustles" and balancing different jobs and careers. Our expectations for work and employment are changing, and the results are both inspiring and worrisome: it's never been easier to launch a side project, while at the same time, work has become precarious for many. We'll discuss the benefits of taking on multiple jobs, the risks, and how to get what you want from all of your gigs, whether it's money, community, or purpose. #sidegigs
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News & Journalism

Mar 10

Making Politics Go Viral (Like Puppies)

Donald Trump and other politicians are using social media to bypass the media and get their message straight to the public. So what can news organizations do to get their political content noticed? In this interactive session, panelists will share their experiences and research on what makes news content – specifically political content – go viral. Attendees will leave with new, creative ideas for how to better reach their social media audience ahead of the 2018 election. We'll be tweeting from @EngagingNews We'll also release a report on this at the same time, where we will share our findings about news organizations sharing political news on Facebook.
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News & Journalism

Mar 11

Journalism in the Age of Terrorism

In the era of ISIS the danger of reporting from conflict zones increases as reliable news decreases. Misinformation begins when journalists are threatened and prevented from doing their work; without reporting, alternate facts fester. As terrorism and propaganda increase worldwide we experience the consequences of diminished investigative reporting from war-torn regions. What is the impact on society when social media fills the void and facts are hard to verify? #CONFLICTJOURNALISM
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Social Impact

Mar 11

Ending Political Football with Veteran Voices

President Trump says he cares about veterans, but what do veterans care about? Not satisfied to be political props, many veterans are raising their voices to drive change, positioning themselves as a civilizing voice in contentions political times. But they also face unique challenges to organizing. The panel draws on the experience of veterans campaigning for refugees and against Islamophobia to face tough questions for traditional and digital community organizing & advocacy in the Trump era.
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Style

Mar 11

An Illustrated History of Fashion Workshop

My Illustrated History of Fashion Workshop takes you through a visual journey of the hottest fashion of the ‘60’s and its relationship to the social and cultural happenings of the era. Practice along with my live sketching demonstrations to master new silhouettes and styles. Lastly, with new confidence, skills and historic inspiration, students will design, sketch and color their own 60’s inspired fashion illustration.
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Sports

Mar 11

The Power of the Global Sports Mentoring Program

Learn about the Global Sports Mentoring Program, created by the U.S. Department of State, espnW, and University of Tennessee to empower women and girls from around the world! The GSMP pairs international emerging leaders with American female executives in the sports sector and beyond to make opportunities for a new generation of girls through sport. The panel will highlight how amazing women from grassroots activists to Olympians and Paralympians are working to change the world. #empowerwomen #GoSpursGo
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Startup & Tech Sectors

Mar 11

IP to IPO-Integrating IP into Your Strategy

Starting a business is both thrilling and overwhelming. Identifying and protecting your intellectual property assets early is often the key to later success. In this session, led by representatives from the United States Patent and Trademark Office in collaboration with the Licensing Executives Society and other IP-related organizations, learn how to integrate an IP strategy into your overall business plan and have the opportunity to ask questions one-on-one with these subject matter experts. #IPinBiz
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Health

Mar 11

The Here & Wow! Contemplative Healthcare Practice

Connection is the foundation of health and well-being. Physicians and patients are beginning to discover the benefits of contemplative practices to support and improve health and well-being. There is a growing body of compelling scientific evidence showing how practice-based solutions such as meditation and mindfulness can transform the way we address health and care. We’ll explore technology solutions that connect patients and healthcare professionals with these practices.
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Health

Mar 11

Making Healthcare Price Transparency Actionable

93% of Americans are “personally worried” about healthcare affordability. The physician-led non-profit Costs of Care, and Amino, a company combining big data and design thinking, are working to bring price transparency from late night Google searches into doctor’s offices. This session will describe a very near future where clinicians and patients view transparent prices and have cost conversations about medical decisions.
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Health

Mar 11

Fighting the Cesarean Epidemic with Phones & Data

Let’s use different tools to address a dangerous trend in childbirth that has defied traditional public health strategies: Four innovators explain how we can use big data, design thinking, and mobile technology to tackle the cesarean epidemic.
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Film Screening

Mar 11

UT Radio-Television-Film Longhorn Denius Student Showcase

The UT RTF Longhorn Denius Film Showcase will screen as part of the SXSW Film Festival. Taking place at 9 pm the evening of Sunday, March 11 at the AFS Cinema, the showcase highlights a rich diversity of recent fiction and documentary student films from The University of Texas at Austin's Department of Radio-Television-Film. The screening will be free and open to the public. More details about the films can be found http://rtf.utexas.edu
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Design

Mar 11

James Rauhut (IBM): Mentor Session

This session requires RSVP, and access will only be available to badge types listed under "Primary Access." More information coming soon. Areas of Expertise: writing career and case study articles, Performance UX, Open-sourcing web apps for hands-on learning James is a front-end developer and UX designer on design systems for IBM. His responsibilities include making sure that dev teams can implement a designer’s intent and scaling the design system to 350,000 IBMers. James graduated from the McCombs School of Business at UT in 2015, majoring in Management Information Systems. https://www.seejamescode.com/
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Making Film & Episodics

Mar 11

Megan Gilbride: Producers/Production Mentor

Film production runs the gamut from pre to post. Learn from industry professionals who have experience in the wide range of experiences film production entails. This Mentor Session requires advance online sign up and is available to all Film, Gold, and Platinum badgeholders on a first-come, first-served basis. Online sign ups will open in February. Registrants who sign up online must check-in 30 minutes before their mentor time slot to guarantee their spot. Limited on-site sign up is also available for a small number of Mentor Sessions spots and will begin 30 minutes before the first time slot of each session.
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Film & TV Industry

Mar 11

Female Filmmaker Meet up

A gathering of female-identifying filmmakers and all those interested in furthering their voice in the industry, to spark conversations and build connections. Members of Film Fatales with films premiering at SXSW will be present, along with other SXSW alumni and female filmmakers from around the globe. We will talk about the importance of community and how female directors can get involved with Film Fatales.
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Health

Mar 11

Healthcare Innovation Meet Up

Success of healthcare innovation depends on user acceptance, product features and workflow integration. Using agile development and enlisting end users as testers will reveal issues, improvements and additional features during test sessions. Iterating through the development process towards a viable product is essential to success. Join fellow entrepreneurs, developers, designers and clinicians as we explore the why, who and how of engaging clinical end users in healthcare innovation.
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Code & Programming

Mar 11

When Programmers are Asked to do the Unethical

The world relies on software programmers, whose work can drive company behavior that’s unethical or illegal – whether helping VW cheat on emissions or assisting companies in unfair or illegal business practices. What can be done about correcting a culture that too often encourages such behavior – or is content to just look away? What recourse and protection do employees have when blowing the whistle? Does the government need to get involved, like how it regulates the financial industry?
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Film & TV Industry

Mar 11

Based on a True Story

Some of the best movies every year are based on real life people and events. This workshop will explore the challenges of turning true stories into stories for the screen. We will discuss research methods, acquiring life rights, and how to balance fact versus fiction when developing a true story into a screenplay. Relevant to writers and producers interested in telling stories based on actual events. #TrueStory
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Making Film & Episodics

Mar 11

Andrew Logan: Screenwriting Mentor

Every film begins with an idea. But what do you do next? Learn all about the writing process from fellow screenwriters. If you need advice on how to get your ideas on the page, then this new mentor session is the one for you. This Mentor Session requires advance online sign up and is available to all Film, Gold, and Platinum badgeholders on a first-come, first-served basis. Online sign ups will open in February. Registrants who sign up online must check-in 30 minutes before their mentor time slot to guarantee their spot. Limited on-site sign up is also available for a small number of Mentor Sessions spots and will begin 30 minutes before the first time slot of each session.
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Making Film & Episodics

Mar 12

Round Tables: Producers/Production

An extension of our popular Mentor Sessions, our Round Table Sessions not only allow attendees to learn from the industry experts that sit at each of the three tables in this session but they also allow attendees to learn from the questions and experiences of their peers as well. This Round Table Session will bring together industry experts and SXSW attendees for an enlightening discussion on production. Sign up via the online schedule or the SXSW GO app to guarantee yourself a seat at the table. Online signups for these popular sessions will open in mid-February. Registrants who sign up online must check-in 30 minutes before the session to guarantee their spot. Walk ups will be allowed onsite if there are any drop outs.
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Code & Programming

Mar 12

Mentor Session: Julie Shannan

Julie Shannan has created, launched and managed some of the most innovative and effective informal education programs for girls, parents and teachers. Ms. Shannan is a recipient of the prestigious “Austin Under 40” Award for leadership in Youth and Education. She currently serves on the Texas Girls Collaborative Project Leadership Council, a member of NASA Human Health and Performance Center, and is an advisory board member for SciGirls, a PBS show for girls and science. She is also a graduate of Leadership Austin (’05) and Leadership Texas (’13). Ms. Shannan graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelors in Biology and has developed nationally recognized science and technology programs that have been funded by Oprah’s Angel Network, the Texas Education Agency and the National Science Foundation. Ms. Shannan has presented at the Texas Conference for Women, The Conference for Science Teachers Association, Society of Women Engineers, Women in Technology International, and the National Science Teachers Association promoting opportunities for girls in math, science, engineering, and technology. Areas of expertise: Engaging girls in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math; Branding and marketing that works to engage girls in STEM; Meaningful corporate/nonprofit partnerships (employee engagement, volunteering, and giving programs)
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Film & TV Industry

Mar 12

An Asian American Lens on Diversity in Film

A panel of top independent Asian American film professionals will discuss the shifting landscape of Asian American cinema, unique challenges faced by underrepresented filmmakers from idea to distribution, and the winding path towards true inclusion in the film industry.
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Food

Mar 12

The Future of Food Delivery

The global food supply chain is rapidly changing, adding new players, challenging the existing structure. The consumer demand for more local and fresh food are drivers that will shape who will produce our food, how they will source ingredients, and the distance between your plate and our future farms. All the points along the supply chain are moving to new ground. Food will be coming from labs, fabs, organic farms, and genetically designed farms. Will this new complexity affect how food moves?
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Government

Mar 12

Prototyping the Future With Science Fiction

Join three bestselling science fiction authors as they discuss how sci-fi is increasingly being used—in corporate boardrooms, research labs, think tanks and even the halls of government—as a tool for innovation, strategic foresight, and generating positive future visions. Writers Madeline Ashby, Ramez Naam, and a surprise special guest—an Austin-native sci-fi author and cyberpunk visionary—will talk about their latest work in this area, including XPRIZE's new Science Fiction Advisory Council.
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Health

Mar 12

Reprogramming the Brain with Upper Body Robotics

Robotics are the future of physical rehabilitation. Harmony is the world’s first two-armed, upper-body, robotic-assisted exoskeleton suitable for rehabilitation and neuro-reprogramming for individuals with many types of brain injuries. The UT Austin ReNeu Laboratory, St. David’s HealthCare, and Harmonic Bionics will discuss the challenges and opportunities for robotics in the clinical and home rehabilitation setting, as well as the promise of robotic exoskeletons to improve patient outcomes. #robots4stroke
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Health

Mar 12

Mobility Beyond Wheelchairs: Robotic Exoskeletons

The future of mobility and ambulation for individuals in wheelchairs will be optimized through advanced robotics and related assistive technologies. Robotic exoskeletons can facilitate standing and walking in individuals with neurological conditions, thereby maximizing quality of life and minimizing risks associated with prolonged wheelchair use. This panel will present an overview of the engineering of robotics for healthcare and how these technologies will shape the future of medicine. #Robots4SCI
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Health

Mar 12

Returning Health Care to its Purpose

The existential purpose of health care is health. Yet, the omnipresent pressures of payment and bureaucracy make it increasingly difficult for clinicians to offer, or for individuals to find, services that offer integrated, appropriate solutions supporting health and wellness. Beyond fitness for those enjoying good health, care can be designed to improve meaningful health outcomes across a wide array of health challenges. Let's make health care reform about health and care -- not just payment.
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Health

Mar 12

Childhood Trauma’s Footprint on Health

Can a traumatic event that happened in your childhood affect your health as an adult? Research is showing us that adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) can lead to negative health outcomes, like addiction and heart disease, later in life. James Redford, director of the groundbreaking documentary Resilience, will lead a panel of experts who will dive into childhood adversity’s impact on adult health outcomes, and the efforts to bring this research into public consciousness and medical practice. #footprintonhealth
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Health

Mar 12

Principles of Sense Augmentation

How do we design responsibly, as technology moves closer to the body and even gets fully integrated into the body? In this session, the speakers will introduce design principles inspired by the body hacking community - informed by social science research. They will discuss enhancing existing healthcare products, as well as designing new products for fostering empathy in healthcare.
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Startup & Tech Sectors

Mar 12

Love the Problem, Not Your Solution

Most products fail, simply because we build something nobody wants. This begs the obvious question: Why does this happen and how do you build what customers do want? Traditional approaches like surveys, focus groups, and even directly asking customers don't work because customers themselves often don't know what they want. In this talk, you'll learn a systematic approach for uncovering problems worth solving and turning them into solutions your customers cannot refuse.
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Startup & Tech Sectors

Mar 12

Rethink VC: The Value of Women Investing in Women

Men are estimated to constitute 99% of investment decision making partners at VC firms. Welcome to the VC boys club. Solution? Get more women investing in early stage companies and VC funds who will invest in more women entrepreneurs. It is estimated that by 2030, women will control as much as two-thirds of the nation's wealth. Therefore, it is critical to our innovation economy that we have more women early stage investors. Let’s change the VC dynamics, move markets and get gender smart! #WomenInvestinWomen
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Startup & Tech Sectors

Mar 12

Texas Fight! How Businesses Battled Bathroom Bills

From selfies to senate testimonials, this session will teach you how to create and optimize corporate public policy and advocacy efforts. Specifically, leadership from GSD&M, IBM, Salesforce, Silicon Labs, and the Texas Association of Business will share how they banned together to battle the Texas “bathroom bills,” discriminatory legislation that put the transgender population, state economy, and business-friendly "Texas Miracle" reputation at risk. #YallMeansAll
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Startup & Tech Sectors

Mar 12

Minority Report: Engaging Kids of Color in Tech

Getting more diversity, inclusion, and innovation in the tech industry must first start with getting more youth of color interested in tech, but it takes more than just an hour of code. Latinitas, Black Girls Code, Border Kids Code, and Google Fiber have learned that it requires high-touch programs to really engage minority youth in the tech world and inspire them to go from becoming tech consumers to tech creators. They’ll discuss what they’ve learned working with kids of color over the years. #minorityreport
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Workplace

Mar 12

Take No BS: Tame Critics, Take Credit & Influence

This women’s leadership session focuses on how to handle challenging, gender-charged workplace situations. This session addresses taming your inner critic to create a more positive mindset. Tapping into greater confidence is an essential step to doubt-proof your ideas, so you can back them up when questioned. We will cover strategies to equip you to interrupt when you can’t otherwise get a word in, disagree with influence, take credit for your ideas and avoid apologizing unnecessarily. #speakupnow
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Cities Summit

Mar 12

Herstory part of UNESCO Media Arts Exhibition

Yuliya Lanina’s Herstory, a motion-activated sculpture featuring a miniaturized and distorted replica of the artist, embodies humor, compassion, and silent sorrow— an examination of the human condition. An accompanying fiddler bunny in a golden dress plays original music by Yevgeniy Sharlat. March 12 - 13
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Experiential Storytelling

Mar 12

Clickable Storytelling: Dig Into Your Online World

With the development of conventional storytelling, people have discovered profound ways of interacting with audience and taking them beyond the limits of a single image screen. This development has led to the introduction of interactive content that lets the audience delve deeply into characters’ lives and view their stories from different perspectives. This panel will explore the endless possibilities of creating interactive clickable content that permits you to choose how you perceive a story.
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Making Film & Episodics

Mar 12

Cut Through the Crap: Picking the Right NLE

Since the death of Final Cut 7, many editors find themselves lost, searching for the new standard, and finding none. With so many options, it's difficult for editors to understand the merits of the various NLEs. They now worry about their tools rather than their creativity. Often this leads to improper workflows, difficulty editing, missed deadlines, lower quality of life, and potential disaster. Attendees will walk away with clear knowledge of the pros and cons of the various NLEs. #cutthecrap
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Making Film & Episodics

Mar 12

David Hartstein: Producers/Production Mentor

Film production runs the gamut from pre to post. Learn from industry professionals who have experience in the wide range of experiences film production entails. This Mentor Session requires advance online sign up and is available to all Film, Gold, and Platinum badgeholders on a first-come, first-served basis. Online sign ups will open in February. Registrants who sign up online must check-in 30 minutes before their mentor time slot to guarantee their spot. Limited on-site sign up is also available for a small number of Mentor Sessions spots and will begin 30 minutes before the first time slot of each session.
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Social Impact

Mar 13

Mentor Session: Shilpa Bakre

Skilled in all facets of nonprofit marketing communications and prides herself on continually working to further develop both her intelligence quotient (IQ), and emotional intelligence (EQ). Her career in marketing communications spans two decades. This tenure has afforded her exceptional opportunities: cultivating marketing and public relations endeavors for a prominent downtown contemporary arts museum; managing elaborate communications efforts for four consecutive Olympic Games (the culmination of these efforts was winning an Emmy for my role as an associate producer/writer for NBC); working as the Director of Media & Public Relations for a top-five U.S. Olympic sport at the young age of 23; orchestrating a celebrity product endorsement for international soccer player Pele; developing a complex public relations and marketing platform for a large downtown development project; and negotiating and securing multi-million dollar partnership contracts; and enhancing economic impact for the City of Austin through tourism & hospitality. Recently joined the President of the University of Texas’ Communications Team and serve as the Communications Strategist. This includes managing his social media accounts; writing, coordination, and preparation of his campus speaking engagements and elevation and support of his external messaging, brand, and communications efforts. After a rigorous selection process, I was chosen as a 2017 McBee Fellow for the Austin Area Research Organization.
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VR/AR

Mar 13

Women of Color in VR & AR Meet Up

VR/AR is projected to generate $150 billion dollars in revenue by 2020. As companies forge forward and experiment with emerging technologies in this space, it leaves an opportunity for women of color (WOC) who hold a meer 1-3% of tech jobs. The advertising, learning, and storytelling potential in VR/AR are limitless; the industry will require multidisciplinary expertise to transform how we emotionally engage with content in the future. Come to this Meet Up to learn more about the field to explore career and business opportunities.
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Making Film & Episodics

Mar 13

Hollywood to Broadway: Adapting Films for Stage

From Hollywood blockbusters to independent documentaries, film-to-stage is the hottest trend on Broadway as studios & indie filmmakers seek to build franchises. Panelists from MEAN GIRLS, LEGALLY BLONDE, WAITRESS & HALF TIME/GOTTA DANCE discuss what makes a successful film-to-stage transfer & how to build global franchises. Films can find new audiences on Broadway & generate ancillary revenue from sit down & touring productions, cast albums, & merchandise, which generate upside for decades.
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Health

Mar 13

The Head and the Heart: Fixing America’s Health

Moderated by CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, this panel health care leaders including former Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy, and leaders from a large health plan and provider organization will discuss the national epidemic of mental health diagnosis’ and how addressing core components of mental well-being may be the answer to positively impacting health care costs. #itsmental
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Design

Mar 13

Musicians as Designers Meet Up

Songwriters and designers are most effective when they are compelling storytellers. Many of the skills that songwriters have can be applied to the world of design. Come meet fellow musicians in the design field and discuss challenges, success, and any interesting anecdotes you've experienced during your transition into the field of design. #musiciandesigner
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Workplace

Mar 13

Mentor Session: Amira Pollock

Amira is a versatile educator with communication training expertise coupled with a strong theater arts background. She specializes in creating interactive programming for educational purposes and is a popular instructor based on making her trainings engaging, practical, and interactive. Amira is a leadership coach and frequent presenter for the UT Texas MBA+ Leadership Program within the McCombs School of Business. She created and teaches an undergraduate course, ""Improvisation Foundations for the Science Student,"" offered as an Honors Program Seminar within the UT College of Natural Sciences. She is also a communication and leadership course instructor for the UT Center for Professional Education. Amira has performed professionally as an actress and improviser. 3 Areas of Expertise: Improv: Think On Your Feet & Connect Meaningfully in Meetings, Presentations and Networking; Self-Promotion: Brag With Enthusiasm & Clarity; Women's Leadership: Confidence, Presence & Assertiveness #speakupnow
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Startup & Tech Sectors

Mar 13

Mentor Session: Ed Valdez

Ed is CEO of 3 Chords Strategic/Marketing Consultancy. He has 20+ yrs. of high-tech executive expertise in product development, marketing, sales & operations from the Fortune 500 to new ventures. Highlights: Chief Innovation Officer for Momentus Software (acquired by Softvision); VP of Solutions Marketing for SUN (acquired by Oracle); President of Parrot, a French innovator of drones & smartphone accessories (IPO) and the Global Marketing Director at Motorola for the first generation RAZR. Ed holds a BSEE (MIT) and an MBA (UT Austin). He co-authored Samsung 3.0 (translated in Mandarin & Thai) and often speaks at conferences (SXSW, CES, etc.) worldwide. #DigitalTransformation
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Startup & Tech Sectors

Mar 14

UT Austin’s Best Undergrad Startups

In 60 minutes you'll learn about five of UT Austin's Best Undergrad Startups in a fun and fast-paced pitch session. Each entrepreneur will get 5 minutes to demo their solution and then they will get grilled by a panel of Alumni CEO's and Investors. These startups are all part of the Longhorn Startup Lab at the University of Texas at Austin.
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Workplace

Mar 14

It’s Time: Find Alignment & Abandon Work-Life Balance

Time is not a problem to be solved: It is a relationship (among ourselves, our work, and others) to cultivate. Nurturing the relationship among these deeply interdependent parts, and the collective rhythm they impart to our lives, supports our healthy alignment. This offers us greater resilience and an economy of action that comes with “good form.” Moving beyond balance or simple productivity, this session focuses on finding alignment—even amidst great personal and professional upheaval. Drawing from recent research in chronemics, the study of time in communication, our alignment relies upon three equally important activities described in this session: 1) Pacing: Find it. 2) Recovery: Don’t fake it. 3) Practice: Keep at it (but gently and with great humor). #timetoalign
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Workplace

Mar 14

Graduating Problem Solvers to Fix the Workplace

After 20 years leading frog design, I saw the workplace evolve to require new skills. While proficient in their craft, recent grads lacked problem-solving and collaboration skills necessary to succeed. The modern work environment has too few trained designers despite the many benefits a multi-disciplinary team of design thinkers can bring. Design has become a buzz-word, but it means more than creating products. The human-centric approach has the power to affect real societal change.
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VR/AR

Mar 14

Sizzle: VR/AR for Cuisine, Content, and Commerce

Hear experts from culinary, media, and tech discuss VR’s impact on food and business. Gabriele Corcos, TV chef on “Extra Virgin” (with actress Debi Mazar), discusses his restaurant’s VR experience and in-VR cookbook sales. Gordon Meyer showcases AR & VR’s possibilities with real world examples. Cathy Hackl, influential Latina VR voice and thought leader, explores the future of VR.
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Music

Mar 14

Invoke

Described by one pretty important radio guy as “not classical...but not not classical”, bowed and fretted acoustic quartet invoke continues to successfully dodge even the most valiant attempts at genre classification. The multi-instrumental band’s other not-nots encompass traditions from across America, including bluegrass, Appalachian fiddle tunes, jazz, and minimalism. invoke weaves all of these traditions together to create truly unique contemporary repertoire, written by and for the group. Equally at home in a collaborative setting, invoke has performed with musicians from widely varying genres, from the Enso Quartet, to chamber rock powerhouse San Fermin, to beatboxer/rapper/spoons virtuoso Christylez Bacon. invoke’s 2015 debut release “Souls in the Mud” features original works composed by and for the group, and the group’s recording credits appear on bassist/composer Ethan Foote’s “Fields Burning”, singer/songwriter Marian McLaughlin’s “Spirit House”, jazz/soul singer Rochelle Rice’s EP “Wonder”, and more.
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Brands & Marketing

Mar 14

An Insider’s View into Healthcare Innovation

Our world is experiencing the most rapid evolution in care ever experienced. Whether it is the sequencing of our genome or new ways to combat dengue fever or how to improve the efficiency, delivery and cost of healthcare in your hometown, big change is occurring. In this panel, three of the world’s experts will explore what’s next and why it matters to each of us. #W2OSXSW
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Startup & Tech Sectors

Mar 14

PitchTX

The University of Texas McCombs School of Business, Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship, and Texas MSTC proudly invite you to compete in the 5th annual SXSW Startup Pitch Competition! The best Graduate startups from across the US will compete against each other for bragging rights and up to $10K in prizes. On the day of the competition, teams will pitch their startup and field questions from investors and entrepreneurs from the Austin community.
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Startup & Tech Sectors

Mar 14

PitchTexas: Graduate Start-Up Pitch Competition

In an opportunity of a lifetime, best-in-class student-led startups from across the United States will compete live on stage to win over entrepreneur & venture capitalist judges for cash prizes, bragging rights, and a chance to impress and inspire the SXSW crowd. Each team will pitch in front of the audience, field tough questions from the judges, and do their best to win PitchTexas 2018.
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VR/AR

Mar 15

Falling Flat: Can VR be Funny?

Because of its immersive nature, the VR industry has put a huge focus on empathy. We've seen countless examples of how VR can stir up our emotions and make us feel. But can it make us laugh? In this panel, we'll take a look at immersive experiences that tickle our funny bone, discuss what hurdles VR content faces when it comes to conjuring up laughter, and explore what the future of comedy in VR could look like. In short, we'll discuss whether VR has the power to truly make us laugh out loud. #VRforLaughs
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CLE

Mar 15

To Get or Not To Get: Life Rights & Non-Fiction Films

Writers and producers often draw inspiration for their projects from real-life events and people. Some storytellers stop themselves from telling a story because they believe they need certain rights and believe those rights are not obtainable. This panel will explore the legal and practical ramifications of obtaining (or not obtaining) life rights. The panelists will discuss how filmmakers should determine whether or not they need to secure permission to craft their stories and the advantages and disadvantages of making those decisions.
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World Fusion

Mar 15

Sangat!

Sangat! is a musical collaboration between Pakistani faculty and students from Karachi’s National Academy for the Performing Art and the members from Butler School of Music: Dr. Sonia Tamar Seeman, Associate Professor for Center for Middle Eastern Studies is the Director: Ethnomusicology (Lee Redfield; MM; Laura Jorgensen MM; Eddie Hsu; Phd candidate); Composition (Franklin Piland, MM; Chris Ozley Phd candidate) and Performance (Julia Dixon, BA, cello). The project also included compositions commissioned from Professors Russell Pinkston (composition), and Stephen Slawek (ethnomusicology).
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Startup & Tech Sectors

Mar 15

Social Maps and the Future of Location-Based

Mobile users are becoming increasingly comfortable with sharing their location. This, along with advances in location-based tech and the mainstream adoption of social mapping platforms (Snapchat Maps, Waze) is opening doors to how we use mobile apps to connect with our surroundings. It's changing the way cities, events and brands engage with local users. This session will cover the latest in location-based technology and what it means for developers, users, cities, events and advertisers. #socialmaps
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Music Culture & Stories

Mar 16

In Plain Sight-Tejano Music’s Fight for Visibility

This panel will examine the challenges Tejano music faces in terms of visibility and inclusion in various music media (even those specializing in Texas music) and the Austin music scene. While many other genres also struggle in the “Live Music Capital of the World,” they differ from Tejano in that they are not music forms born in Texas. Further discussion will include how the internet and social media has saved the genre from disappearing into obscurity and potential solutions. #TejanoInPlainSight
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Music Culture & Stories

Mar 16

From CBGB to the World: A Downtown Diaspora

Was it the sizzle or the steak—the fashions or the music, the images or the sounds—that made a tiny dive bar’s influence expand and persist in such an outsized way, even today? Was the abrupt shift in rock music styles in the late seventies and early eighties merely an idea whose time had come? Or was it, instead, individual, unique creative efforts—by members of the likes of Television, Talking Heads, Patti Smith, and the Ramones—that made all the difference?
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Film Screening

Mar 17

Isle of Dogs (Closing Night Film)

Director/Producer/Screenwriter: Wes Anderson (UT Alumnus) ISLE OF DOGS tells the story of ATARI KOBAYASHI, 12-year-old ward to corrupt Mayor Kobayashi. When, by Executive Decree, all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast garbage-dump called Trash Island, Atari sets off alone in a miniature Junior-Turbo Prop and flies across the river in search of his bodyguard-dog, Spots. There, with the assistance of a pack of newly-found mongrel friends, he begins an epic journey that will decide the fate and future of the entire Prefecture.
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Singer-songwriter

Mar 17

William Harries Graham Showcase

With a regular Wednesday night residency at the world renowned Continental Club, William Harries Graham's music defies the contemporary labels. He music is independent in spirit, American, gorgeous and layered piece of work, which combines intelligent lyrics and powerful poetic imagery with a dreamlike wash of guitars and vocals, running down everything from glorious anthems to the most delicate weepers. UK music critic David Crowley wrote of his debut "this record positions him towards the experimental end of Americana with copious nods towards the music that was called indie-rock before indie became a meaningless term. He has an aesthetic built around loud guitars, an ear for melody, a fondness for messing with time signatures, and if this record is any indication, a massive future. There’s a reflective quality to the songs, something more nuanced and thoughtful than might be expected; there’s space for the songs to breathe, no urgency even if the guitars are always poised to push on." William studies in the prestigious Plan II Honors Program at the University of Texas at Austin.
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Film Screening

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Come & Take It (Texas Short - World Premiere)

Directors: Ellen Spiro (Professor), PJ Raval (Assistant Professor) Associate Producer: Neha Aziz (Alumna) Come & Take It captures Jessica Jin's transformation into one of America's most inspired anti-gun violence leaders creating what some people are calling The Great Texas Dildo Revolt.
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Film Screening

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Roadside Attraction (Documentary Short)

Directors: Patrick Bresnan, Ivete Lucas (Alumna, Lecturer) Palm Beach International Airport's newest snowbird has become one of the fastest growing roadside attractions in the United States.
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Film Screening

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An Uncertain Future (Texas Short)

Directors: Iliana Sosa, Chelsea Sonnen-Hernandez (Alumna) In Austin, Texas, two expectant mothers-one undocumented and one US citizen-must contend with increased ICE raids and mounting hostility towards immigrants under President Trump.
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Film Screening

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Don't Be a Hero (Texas Short)

Director: Pete Lee Executive Producer: Jonathan Duffy, Kelly Williams, Colin Shane Hakes Lizzy Jo, who still lives with mom at age 45, battles her loneliness and boredom by robbing banks in the guise of a cowboy on her lunch break. Inspired by a true story. Starring Missi Pyle.
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Film Screening

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Nice Ass (Texas Shorts - World Premiere)

Director: Carlyn Hudson (Alumna) Executive Producer: Matt Muir, Chris Ohlson (Lecturer) Cinematographer: Mike Simpson (Alumnus) Editor: Andy Young (Alumnus) After a failed date, Jake maintains a friendly connection with a part of Brooke no one saw coming.
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Film Screening

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Thunder Road (Narrative Feature - Competition)

Director: Jim Cummings Executive Producer: Matt Miller, William Pisciotta, Zack Parker (Alumnus), John Cummings Producer: Zack Parker (Alumnus), Natalie Metzger, Ben Wiessner Officer Arnaud raises his daughter as a love letter to his late Mom. Based on the 2016 short film
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Film Screening

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Maude (Texas Short)

Director: Anna Margaret Hollyman Cinematographer: Yuta Yamaguchi (Alumnus) Editor: Don Swaynos (Alumnus) Teeny thought it was just another routine babysitting job - until she's shocked to meet the client. As the day goes on, Teeny decides to be the woman she had no idea she always wanted to be…until she gets caught.
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Film Screening

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Damsel (Festival Favorite)

Directors: David Zellner (Alumnus), Nathan Zellner Producer: Nathan Zellner, Chris Ohlson (Lecturer), David Zellner (Alumnus) Screenwriter: David Zellner (Alumnus), Nathan Zellner It's the age of The Wild West, circa 1870. An affluent pioneer, Samuel Alabaster (Robert Pattinson) ventures deep into the American wilderness to reunite with and marry the love of his life, Penelope (Mia Wasikowska). For his journey he brings Butterscotch, a miniature horse intended as a wedding present for his bride, and enlists drunkard Parson Henry (David Zellner) to conduct the ceremony. As they traverse the lawless frontier their once simple journey grows treacherous, and the lines between hero, villain, and damsel are blurred.
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Film Screening

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Sorry To Bother You (Festival Favorite)

Director: Boots Riley Producers: Jonathan Duffy (Alumnus), Kelly Williams (Alumnus/Lecturer) In an alternate present-day version of Oakland, telemarketer Cassius Green discovers a magical key to professional success - which propels him into a macabre universe.
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Film Screening

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Outside In (Narrative Spotlight)

Director: Lynn Shelton Executive Producer: Jay Duplass (Alumnus), Mark Duplass (Alumnus) Principal Cast: Jay Duplass (Alumnus), Edie Falco, Kaitlyn Dever, Ben Schwartz After serving 20 years for the crime of essentially being in the wrong place at the wrong time, 38-year-old Chris (Jay Duplass) is granted early parole thanks largely to the tireless advocacy of Carol (Edie Falco), his former high-school teacher. As he struggles with the challenges of navigating the modern world as an ex-con, and with a fraught relationship with his brother Ted (Ben Schwartz), Chris ends up confessing his romantic love for Carol - a love that, given her marital status, Carol cannot reciprocate. Or can she? Carol longs for something her husband no longer provides. Meanwhile, Carol's daughter Hildy befriends Chris, finding a kindred spirit in this awkward, tormented older guy.
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Support the Girls (Narrative Spotlight)

Director: Andrew Bujalski (Lecturer) Screenwriter: Andrew Bujalski (Lecturer) Editor: Karen Skloss (Alumna) Lisa Conroy is the last person you'd expect to find in a highway-side "sports bar with curves,"--but as general manager at Double Whammies, she's come to love the place and its customers. An incurable den mother, she nurtures and protects her girls fiercely--but over the course of one trying day, her optimism is battered from every direction...Double Whammies sells a big, weird American fantasy, but what happens when reality pokes a bunch of holes in it?
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Film Screening

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1985 (Visions)

Director: Yen Tan Associate Producers: Jonathan Duffy, Kelly Williams Inspired by the award-winning short film of the same name, "1985" follows Adrian (Cory Michael Smith, "Gotham"), a closeted young man returning to his Texas hometown for Christmas during the first wave of the AIDS crisis. Burdened with an unspeakable tragedy in New York, Adrian reconnects with his brother (Aidan Langford) and estranged childhood friend (Jamie Chung), as he struggles to divulge his dire circumstances to his religious parents (Virginia Madsen and Michael Chiklis).
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Film Screening

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They Live Here, Now (Documentary Spotlight - World Premiere)

Director/Screenwriter/Editor: Jason Outenreath (Alumnus) Cinematographer: Jim Hickcox, Jason Outenreath (Alumnus) Sound Designer: Korey Pereira (Lecturer, Alumnus) Austin based refugee house, Casa Marianella, is one of the most prominent refugee houses in the United States, providing life-saving services for thousands of immigrants each year. Meet the people who live here now.
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Film Screening

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Daughters of the Sexual Revolution: The Untold Story of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders

Director: Dana Adam Shapiro Cinematographer: Doug Emmett, Drew Xanthopoulis (Alumnus, Lecturer) Ths is the never-before-told story of Suzanne Mitchell, the fiercely-loyal den mother of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. Seen by many as regressive and exploitative, this diverse sisterhood of small-town "girls next door" became a controversial pop culture phenomenon at the height of the Sexual Revolution, changing the game of football -- and America -- forever.
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