NYU Filmmakers, Musicians and Interactive Designers Show and Tell at the Annual Austin-Based Festival, March 7-16

SXSW, the Austin-based festival, will showcase the latest in film, music and interactive March 7-16.
SXSW, the Austin-based festival, will showcase the latest in film, music and interactive March 7-16.

NYU students, faculty and alumni will fan out next week at various concerts, panels, screenings and events at Austin’s annual SXSW festival in Austin, Texas. The festival, which showcases the latest in music, film and interactive, will feature work representing a wide range of departments a various schools at NYU, including Tisch graduate and undergraduate film programs, the Steinhardt Music Business program, the Steinhardt Music Technology Program and the Tisch Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP).


Tisch student and alumni filmmakers will have a particularly strong showing at this year’s SXSW Film Festival, with six feature length films being selected for screening, five of which are thesis films from existing students at the graduate film department.

  • Fort Tilden, by SV Bliss (MFA, ’14), and Charles Rogers, (MFA, ’14), and I Believe In Unicorns by Leah Meyerhoff (MFA, ’14) were two of eight movies selected in the narrative feature competition out of 1,324 submitted.
  • She's Lost Control by Anja Marquardt (MFA, ’13) is 1 of 15 in the narrative Spotlight category.
  • Big Significant Things by Bryan Reisberg (BFA, ‘09) and produced by Andrew Corkin (BFA, ’08) is one of 21 films in the narrative Visions category.
  • Evolution of a Criminal by Darius Monroe (MFA, ’14) and Surviving Cliffside by Jon Matthews (MFA, ’14) are both in the feature documentary Visions category, which includes a total of seven feature-length documentary films.

“I couldn't be prouder of the filmmakers at the NYU Graduate Film Program and I am particularly proud of the group of five filmmakers premiering their feature-length thesis films as SXSW this year," said John Tintori, Chair of the NYU Tisch Grauduate Film Program. "These filmmakers demonstrate the unique creativity, professional training, confidence of voice and strong sense of community that enables NYU Graduate Film students to make an immediate impact in the independent film world.  It is really exciting for me to have witnessed these students' growth through the program and especially thrilling to now see their thesis work celebrated in a major film festival."

Alumni and students from the NYU Steinhardt Music Technology program are also represented at the film festival, including:

  • Gene Y. Park, (’09), who mixed sound for Wild Canaries in the narrative feature competition, Person To Person in the narrative shorts competition, and Creep, a narrative feature in the Visions category.
  • Scot Hirsch, (’10), who did sound editing on Wild Canaries ad post-production re-recording mix on the narrative shorts program, Krisha.
  • David Forshee, (’14), sound designer and mixer for narrative feature competitor Fort Tilden, written and directed by two Tisch MFA students Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers.

SXSW Interactive

The NYU Tisch Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) will have 10 members of faculty and alumni at SXSW, participating in interactive competitions and showcases, book signings and panel discussions, listed below.

  • Calli Higgins, (’11) (http://throwback-app.com/), and Luisa Pereira Hors, (’13), (http://www.thewellsequencedsynthesizer.com/) are among 75 finalists in the Interactive Awards category.
  • Matt Richardson, (’13), will take part in the MAKE team for SXSW Create.
  • Gilad Lotan, (’07), will co-host a panel entitled “Algorithms, Journalism & Democracy,”
  • Josh Klein, (’07), will host both a book signing and a book reading for his book, “Reputational Economics.”
  • Ian Cleary, ’11, will be participating in the Oculus Rift Game of Thrones Exhibit.
  • Adam Harvey, (’10), Kyle McDonald (ITP adjunct) and Heather Dewey-Hagborg, (’07), will collaborate on a panel discussion entitled Hacking Surveillance Culture.
  • Mouna Andreos, (’06), will participate in the panel discussion Public Space is More Important than Social Media.

SXSW Music

The NYU Steinhardt Music Business program will have various alumni participating in a wide range of music events at SXSW, on both the creative and the business sides.

“We always have a great presence at SXSW. It's now such a crowded event that it's harder than ever for artists to get noticed,” said Catherine Moore, Clinical Associate Professor and director of the Music Business Program at NYU Steinhardt. “Our alumni have the connections and showcase savvy to make it work, and their acts are always worth watching.

Music business alumni participants include:

  • Tegan Delap, (’08), on behalf of Harry Fox Agency, showcasing the bands Speedy Ortiz, Majestico, and Mean Creek.
  • Dana John, (’10), on behalf of Mom+Pop Music, will be showcasing the bands Lucius, Wild Cub, Cloud Nothings, Jagwar Ma, Polica, Sleigh Bells & Tokyo Police Club.
  • Michelle McDevitt (’04) and Gavin Rhodes, (’04), on behalf of Audible Treats will be showcasing the bands Souls of Mischief, Black Milk, League of Extraordinary Gz, Tanya Morgan, Sir Michael Rocks, HBK Gang (including Iamsu! and Sage the Gemini), and Caleb James.
  • Jason Rezvan, (’12), on behalf of Spirit Music Group, will be showcasing Garland Jeffreys, Kid Karate, and Soft Swells.
  • Kelly Ross, (’11), on behalf of Zync Music, representing the bands Teen, Reuben and the Dark, Gary Numan, Black Pistol Fire, Team Me, Roman Remains, Band of Skulls, Banks, Black Lips, Breton, Caught A Ghost, Chappo, Cloud Nothings, Lucius, the Family Crest, GRMLN, Kelis, NO, Warpaint, Wild Cub and Young Magic.
  • Brad Desmond, (’12), will be showcasing the bands Real Magic, Swear and Shake, and the Tumbleweed Wanderers.
  • Professor Judy Tint will be appearing as part of the SXSW Mentor Sessions, a series of one-on-one sessions between attendees and industry professionals.

Also appearing in the SXSW Music Festival are Music Technology alumni Amar Lal (’14) , Carlos Salguero (’11), Brendan Finn (’11) and Joe Galarraga (’11), who make up the showcasing band Big Ups.

For more information about the SXSW music, film and interactive festivals, visit http://sxsw.com.

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