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February 16, 2019

HoloLens 2: Everything you need to know

The HoloLens 2 is ripe for an announcement. Here’s what Microsoft has revealed so far, what’s likely in store for the next generation HoloLens, and everything that we know about this mixed reality headset.

The post HoloLens 2: Everything you need to know appeared first on Digital Trends.

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February 15, 2019

The Academy Admits Its Mistake and will Air All 24 Categories at Upcoming Oscars


Victory is ours.


We were hoping that this would be the appropriate end to a long and hard week of debate, and indeed it is: the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS) has just announced that it will air all 24 Oscar categories during the Academy Awards telecast live on February 24th, 2019.



In what amounted to a bad decision made worse, the Academy had previously double-downed on its decision to host the Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Makeup & Hairstyling, and Best Live Action – Short competitive Oscar categories during commercial breaks of the ABC telecast, but when that didn’t fly with much of the industry, the Academy had to admit its wrongful decision. As is tradition, each Academy Award will now be presented live on air.



In a curt statement, the Academy acknowledged that it “has heard the feedback from its membership regarding the Oscar presentation of four awards – Cinematography, Film Editing, Live Action Short, and Makeup and Hairstyling. All Academy Awards will be presented without edits, in our traditional format. We look forward to Oscar Sunday, February 24.”

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February 15, 2019

Famous Movies that Even More Famous Actors Have Never Seen


Are you brave enough to admit you’ve never seen a classic?


We’ve all been there. You’re at a party or on a date, and someone asks you’ve if you’ve seen an insanely popular film. You’re smart. You’re put together, but this one slipped through the cracks. Maybe it was a genre you hate, or maybe you dislike the director, writer, or actors.



Whatever the case might be…you lie about seeing it.



Well, you’re not alone. Successful people in the industry do it too. It certainly doesn’t mean you don’t know great movies or great moviemaking.



The Hollywood Reporter recently sat down with some famous actors at the Sundance Film Festival and interviewed them about which famous movies they may have missed over the course of their career.



The results are encouraging.





There’s no time like the present to jump back into classic films and genres, like noir. Especially with over 30,000 of them available to stream for free! Classic movies can give you new plot ideas, like twists, and maybe help you craft that exciting ending.



So get watching!

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Source: NoFilmSchool

February 15, 2019

The ASC Blasts Academy's Decision to Not Air Cinematography Oscar


The ASC has wholly rejected Academy president John Bailey’s statement attempting to pacify the situation.


In a debate that, if it hadn’t reached a fever pitch before, has definitely hit a sweltering fever pitch now, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS) has stood its ground on the controversial decision to not air the handing out of the Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Makeup & Hairstyling, and Best Live Action – Short Academy Awards live on its ABC telecast on Sunday, February 24th.



Arguments have been made and open letters have been signed, but unfortunately, no compromise has been reached to give these craftsmen and women their due live on air.



The reason for not including these four awards on the live telecast next weekend? Time constraints, of course! Must get those advertising dollars in and focus on the essential star power apparent throughout the evening…nobody wants to watch a “boring” award being handed out for cinematography!

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Source: NoFilmSchool

February 15, 2019

David Lynch's 'Blue Velvet' is Headed to the Criterion Collection


She wore what?


David Lynch’s remarkable, transcendent Blue Velvet has long stood the test of time, and now, thanks to the good folks at the Criterion Collection, the film will hopefully receive another look from old and new audiences alike.



Announced this afternoon, Blue Velvet, a movie about a college student (played by the ever-boyish Kyle MacLachlan) who discovers a severed ear in a field and decides to investigate who that ear belongs to, will be making its Criterion DVD and Blu Ray debut on May 28th, 2019.



A masterpiece of perverse humor and the demarcating between virginal innocence and sexual fulfillment, the film will be released in a two-disc set complete with new special features and deleted scenes (51 minutes worth, to be exact).



Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director when it was released in 1986, Blue Velvet is often studied, like much of Lynch’s work, within an academic setting, and this new release will surely help massage those term paper impulses.

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Source: NoFilmSchool

February 15, 2019

Wooden Camera's New $399 Zip Box Pro is an Affordable and Functional Matte box


The new three-tray, lightweight and cost-effective matte box from Wooden Camera.


Matte boxes have always been a sticking point in any kit. They are usually so expensive that many people on a budget turn to using variable NDs and threaded filters instead. While variable NDs are handy and fast to use, the image quality is what suffers when you don’t use true 4.56 ND filters made by Tiffen or Schneider or other filter manufacturers.



It looks like Wooden Camera has finally solved this for filmmakers working with tight budgets, as the new Zip Box Pro improves upon their original Zip Box design to bring a lightweight, fully-featured 3-tray matte box to the market.

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Source: NoFilmSchool

February 15, 2019

The Art of Change: Art Focused Sessions at SXSW 2019

Infiniti Room by Refik Anadol - Photo by Merrick Ales

Art has a way of bringing out emotions, unleashing creativity, and shifting perspective outside of our own experience. The Design Track during the SXSW Conference will feature a series that looks at art’s ability to move us outside of ourselves and view the world in a new and profound way.

Come by the JW Marriott (Salon 6) on March 11 from 9:30am-4:30pm to immerse yourself in art-focused sessions led by artists and prominent figures in the art world.

Art Series Session Highlights

400 Years of Inequality

The first Africans were brought to Jamestown, VA in 1619 and in the 400 years since, the U.S. has built oppression into our laws, policies, and practices in order to perpetuate the inequality of those Africans and their descendants. Join board-certified psychiatrist Dr. Mindy Fullilove, Professor of Urban Policy and Health at New School, Shaun Leonardo, an Artist known for his work exploring masculinity, criminal justice, and race, and Jamie Bennett, Executive Director of ArtPlace America, as they examine the country’s history it’s impact on various communities across the U.S. so many decades later.

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Acts of Sharing: How Art Fosters Empathy

Making art is such a radical act of sharing that it can be a powerful tool for social change and empathetic connection. Art can push the artist and the viewer to imagine beyond their individual experiences and engage in the imaginative act of projecting themselves into a collective experience. This is how art promotes a deeper understanding of shared human experiences and existence and the wide range it encompasses: joy, pain, love, grief, loss, wonder, longing, etc. Hear from James Doty M.D., Director and Founder of Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (Ccare) at Stanford University, Shanthi Sonu, Member of Aravani Art Project, and Poornima Sukumar, Director and Founder of Aravani Art Project as they discuss, from the perspective of their own expertise, how artistic practices can bring people closer together.

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The Changing Role of Women in the Arts

The role of female-identified persons in the arts has changed dramatically and expanded in recent years, no doubt in relation to movements like #NotSurprised, #MeToo, and others that work to create safer spaces and stronger communities for women in the workforce. Suzanne Deal Booth, Founder and Director of Friends of Heritage Preservation (FOHP), Laurie Frick, Data Artist of Laurie Frick Data Artist, and Patton Hindle, Senior Director of Arts at Kickstarter PBC, will discuss the changing landscape in the art world from the perspective of female leaders: where it was, where it is, and where it needs to go.

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Humanizing Innovation With Artistic Collaborations

Artist residency programs seem to be rising in popularity, in which artists are embedded into technology and research enterprises to foster collaborations between the artists and engineers. This intersection between opposing thinking – divergent or creative vs. convergent or practical – can expand the scope of possibilities and produce surprising results. How do these programs work and what is the tangible benefit for both the companies and artists involved? Domhnaill Hernon, Head of Experiments in Arts & Technology (E.A.T.) at Nokia Bell Labs, Julia Kaganskiy, Curator at Julia Kaganskiy, Kenric McDowell, Director of Artists + Machine Intelligence Program at Google Research, and Sarah Newman, Creative Researcher and Principal of Metlab at Harvard University and a Fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, will look at historic examples and hear from top companies running artist residencies today to hear the challenges, benefits, and opportunities of the interdisciplinary approach.

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Add Art Series sessions to your SXSW Schedule and check out our Art Program to take an even deeper dive into the art world.

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See you in March!

Attend SXSW 2019

Get your SXSW Badge and reserve your hotel today to attend SXSW 2019 and experience these Conference sessions along with 10 days of screenings, showcases, exhibitions, networking, and more this March 8-17 in Austin, TX.

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February 15, 2019

The Daily Chord Weekly Recap – Friday, February 15

SXSW 2019 Daily Chord

Algorithms have nothing to do with how the links are chosen for the Daily Chord, which is entirely formulated by a human being. Your opportunity to partake in this handmade aggregation of stories happens each weekday. This week we checked out Grammy winners, followed developments in the 21 Savage case, and shared news from touring to streaming to corporate intrigue. Enhance your email inbox with our newsletter.


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Friday, February 15

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February 14, 2019

Mobility and Urban Planning Session Highlights at SXSW 2019

Cities Summit Startup Spotlight - Photo by Nicly Lockman

In the Cities, Government & Politics Track we’re taking a dive into mobility and urban planning with our new session format, Focus15s! Within one hour, four solo speakers will give presentations on a similar theme, topic, or trend.

Join us in the Hilton Austin Downtown (Rooms 400-402) on Saturday, March 9 at 3:30pm during the SXSW Conference to see how the future of mobility and urban planning are being shaped by the intersection of emerging technology and passion.

Cities, Government & Politics Focus15 Sessions

Redesigning Cities Through Young Urbans

Stella Hiroki, Founder of Smart City Talks, found that simply through blending education and media, it is possible to inspire Brazilian Youth to create projects that can improve their cities. From the research Hiroki conducted during her PhD in Singapore and Dublin, Hiroki was able to gather enough content to start a YouTube channel – Smart City Talks – with interviewees ranging from MIT Professors to Brazilian Housing Activists. Her aim with her channel is to connect young urban kids to their cities. She will use local examples to demonstrate how Brazil can be a hub of urban innovation and will show how youths can leverage technology to integrate tech projects for social innovation.

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Kids Before Cars: Safe, Sustainable Urbanization

In an increasingly urbanized and motorized world, safe and healthy cities start with safe streets. Cities that are safe for children are safe for everyone – but at this point in time, road traffic injuries are the leading killer of adolescents worldwide. Unsafe roads prevent access to education, healthcare, and economic opportunities that can lift families out of poverty. The health, economic, and social consequences speak for themselves – roads are the veins through which the health of our society flows, but we are clogging them up with accidents and traffic jams. Join Natalie Draisin, Director of the North American Office & UN Representative of the FIA Foundation to hear how we can achieve a world with zero road fatalities, creating a safe and healthy journey for all children through data-driven, cost-effective choices.

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The Next Harvey: Predictive Flood Warning System

In 2017 when Hurricane Harvey devastated the Texas Gulf Coast, the public turned to mobile devices for information, updates, pleas for help, and stories of success. Flooding is a constant in Houston due to urban development and a changing climate. As a region, we have come together to better prepare, predict, and respond. The Regional Flood Warning System incorporates live traffic and road conditions, rain, stream gages, and weather data to put safety alerting on phones, email, and websites that are customized to individual users needs. Francisco Sanchez, Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator for Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management will discuss this feat of government cooperation that produces a system that continues to grow with participation from local municipalities, gage and camera developments, and sharing of critical information amongst response partners.

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Building Bridges to Connect Communities

Though it may not be obvious on first glance, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) represents a new era of values and the future of transportation. Under the leadership of its first female Secretary, Leslie S. Richards, PennDOT prioritizes pedestrians and communities. Since DOT’s are no longer held responsible for the transportation system, but for the quality of life they help to create, PennDOT brings communities and businesses into the first stages of infrastructure planning and its plans for autonomous vehicles.

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Explore all the Focus15s being offered across the 25 tracks of Conference programming. Whether your interests lie in changing the future of your city or elsewhere, we hope to see you in March!

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Attend SXSW 2019

Get your SXSW Badge and reserve your hotel today to attend SXSW 2019 and experience these Conference sessions along with 10 days of screenings, showcases, exhibitions, networking, and more this March 8-17 in Austin, TX.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and SXSW News to stay current with all things SXSW.

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February 14, 2019

SXSW Music Weekly Roundup: Adam Horovitz and Michael Diamond of Beastie Boys, T Bone Burnett, Zola Jesus, The Amazons, Cautious Clay, and More

With this week’s addition of over 100 acts, we’ve now announced 1300+ Showcasing Artists for the SXSW Music Festival. New artists include former keyboardist of Cherry Glazerr turned indie solo act SASAMI, experimental goth-pop artist Zola Jesus, indie emo pop-punks The Get Up Kids, drummer/DJ/producer Questlove, UK-based arena-rockers The Amazons, and Japanese salaryman turned Jimmy Page impersonator Mr. Jimmy, the subject of the documentary Mr. Jimmy that is world-premiering at SXSW in the music-focused 24 Beats Per Second screening section.

Also newly announced are Downtown Records singer-songwriter Lola Kirke, Dallas rap collective The Outfit, TX, Philly-based shoegaze group Nothing, hardcore rap-punks Ho99o9, Australian Aboriginal/Filipino soul/pop singer singer Mojo Juju, and Brooklyn-based r&b singer/producer Cautious Clay.

The SXSW Conference also shared big news this week. Among the great list of inclusions across the board, we announced a Keynote Conversation with Adam Horovitz and Michael Diamond of Beastie Boys with Amazon Music’s Nathan Brackett, as well as a Keynote Session with T Bone Burnett, acclaimed songwriter and composer of the soundtracks for True Detective, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, The Big Lebowski, Cold Mountain, and more.

This week we announced great showcase lineups as well, including the 12th annual British Music Embassy, AFS and Holodeck Present Ra: Path of the Sun God Rescored, Damnably Records, and The Spacebomb Revue, which will feature a lineup of Spacebomb artists all backed by the Spacebomb House Band including label co-founder Matthew E. White.

Discover Showcasing Artists

  • Stream SXSWfm’s specialty show highlighting artists from today’s Weekly Round-up
  • Follow the official SXSW 2019 Music Festival playlists on Apple Music and Spotify
  • Watch our SXSW 2019 Showcasing Artists Music Videos playlist on YouTube
  • Immerse yourself in the Showcasing Artist lineup on the SXSW Schedule, where you can find everything going on in March and favorite the artists you are most interested in seeing at SXSW 2019

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SXSW will be here before you know it! Register to attend SXSW 2019 by the February 15 deadline to save $100 on the walk-up rate. Book your accommodations through SXSW Housing & Travel and you’ll save between 35%-50% using SXSW Housing’s contracted hotel rates compared to direct bookings and online travel agencies.

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2019 SXSW Showcasing Artists

Everything subject to change.

4GAuto (Jersey City NJ)
6Blocc (Los Angeles CA)
Ace Tee (Hamburg GERMANY)
AdELA (Atlanta GA)
Ali Awan (Philadelphia PA)
The Amazons (Reading UK-ENGLAND)
Antonio Roberts (Birmingham UK-ENGLAND)
Azia Toussaint (Brooklyn NY)
Bad Decisions (Sydney AUSTRALIA)
BeauDamian (Utrecht NETHERLANDS)
Bill Small (Wimberley TX)
Boketto the Wolf (Boston MA)
Boogarins (Goiânia BRAZIL)
Borzoi (Melbourne AUSTRALIA)
Byrke Lou (Berlin GERMANY)
Cautious Clay (Brooklyn NY)
Cha Wa (New Orleans LA)
Chester Watson (St. Petersburg FL)
Dean Lewis (Sydney AUSTRALIA)
Dear Boy (Los Angeles CA)
DEATHCHANT (Los Angeles CA)
Die Group (Los Angeles CA)
DJ Blass (San Juan PUERTO RICO)
DJ Bongz (Durban SOUTH AFRICA)
DJ TopDonn (Chicago IL)
DJ TradeMark (Austin TX)
DJ Wonder (New York NY)
Dos Santos (Chicago IL)
DRAKULAS (Austin TX)
Duhrdy (Austin TX)
El Indio – World Hood (Sacramento CA)
FLAVIA (Los Angeles CA)
Found Sound China Artists (Brooklyn NY)
FR333 (Oakland CA)
The Get Up Kids (Kansas City MO)
Ginger Root (Los Angeles CA)
Ho99o9 (Newark NJ)
Holly (Lisbon PORTUGAL)
House of Wolves (Los Angeles CA)
Hunni (New Britain CT)
The Iguanas (New Orleans LA)
Jammer (London UK-ENGLAND)
Jessie Frye (Dallas TX)
Jim-E-O (Austin TX)
Juliana Hale (Nashville TN)
Kathy Murray and the Kilowatts (Austin TX)
Katrina Fairlee (Austin TX)
Kent Loon (St. Petersburg FL)
Kerosene Shores (Houston TX)
King Nun (London UK-ENGLAND)
Laura Jean Anderson (Los Angeles CA)
LIEN (Amsterdam NETHERLANDS)
Liza (Toronto CANADA)
Loki (Austin TX)
Lola Kirke (Los Angeles CA)
Majeure (Pittsburgh PA)
Matt Maltese (London UK-ENGLAND)
mluna (Austin TX)
Mojo Juju (Melbourne AUSTRALIA)
Mr. Jimmy (Tokyo JAPAN)
Nick Leng (Los Angeles CA)
Nothing (Philadelphia PA)
Oh Pep! (Melbourne AUSTRALIA)
Oliver Rajamani (Austin TX)
Olmeca (Los Angeles CA)
The Outfit, TX (Dallas TX)
pecas (Brooklyn NY)
The Philharmonik (Sacramento CA)
PLS&TY (Miami FL)
The Prescriptions (Nashville TN)
Questlove (Philadelphia PA)
Romen Jewels (Union City CA)
Ronnie Coleman Jr. & Merlot Music (Houston TX)
Royal Thunder (Atlanta GA)
Ruby Jane (Austin TX)
SASAMI (Los Angeles CA)
Scorpion Mouse (Brooklyn NY)
Shorty (London UK-ENGLAND)
Shy Beast (Austin TX)
Sixteen Deluxe (Austin TX)
SLEEPWALKERS (Richmond VA)
Sophie Meiers (Durango CO)
Spacebomb House Band (Richmond VA)
SPIRITUAL & The Oufah Band (Kingston JAMAICA)
Stallion’s Stud (Amsterdam NETHERLANDS)
Stove (Brooklyn NY)
Stylo G (London UK-ENGLAND)
Think No Think (Austin TX)
Toke (Cape Fear NC)
Trampoline Team (New Orleans LA)
Vince Ash (Hammond IN)
VIXEVERSA (Detroit MI)
Volition Immanent (Amsterdam NETHERLANDS)
Wahh World Fusion Band (Tampa FL)
Waylon Payne (Nashville TN)
Yvette Landry with Marcia Ball and Friends (Breaux Bridge LA)
Zola Jesus (Merrill WI)

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Photo credits, clockwise from top left:
Zola Jesus – Photo by Tim Saccenti
Stylo G – Photo courtesy of the artist
SASAMI – Photo by Alice Baxley
Nothing – Photo courtesy of the artist
Ace Tee – Photo by Janick Zebroski
Cautious Clay – Photo by Dean Luis

(Teaser photo) Nothing – Photo courtesy of the artist

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