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SXSW Baby!

Yahoo! BarTab: Monday, March 12, 6:30–9:30 pm at Light Bar. The big ‘hoo! and what seems like every little company they ever acquired are throwing a bash at the fresh newish club at Congress and Fourth, featuring an open bar, munchies and music by The Little Ones. “After we reach capacity,” they say, “admittance will be determined by Feats of Strength.” We’re pretty sure that’s the name of Andy Baio’s band. Why you’ll wanna go: Ask anyone who was at last year’s Yahoo! party that busted the seams of Iron Cactus. This’ll be the talk of Tuesday. Also, if you’ve written something that uses tags, you might leave with a check.

from SXSW Baby!.

SXSW day parties

Do you want the inside track on parties at SXSW.  “Corky” has the scoop in the following link followed by a brief blurb:

Corcoran in Austin 360

WED: Day | Night THU: Day | Night FRI: Day | Night SAT: Day | Night

It used to be the mantra of the first morning at South by Southwest: “Where are all the cool parties?” Everybody would hit town knowing of one or two soirees where the free booze flowed and the gratis chow was spread out on tables, but they’d have to ask around to get a more complete picture.

Nowadays, the party scene is revealed more than a month before the first Shiner Bock is cracked — and then overrated — by an out-of-towner. Internet sites such as showlistaustin.com, donewaiting.com and austinist.com collect party info and spread the news, giving readers weeks to get in good with the party hosts, to get that all-important invite.

Here are some of the things we’ve culled from those sites and brooklynvegan.com. Many are free and open to the public:

SXSW day parties.

More SXSW

Grammys 49

This years love fest of pop culture had the usual ups and downs, highs and lows.  I watching this years show from my palatial estate in Cedar Creek on TiVo.

Here are some impressions I jotted down on my craplet sitting in the rocking chair.

The Police are back and they belted out Roxanne, then it was mostly downhill except for the Dixie Chicks and the “who died last year segment”.

The once shameful Chicks have gone from being scorned as unpatriot to singing their anti-war song in prime time on the big show.

What’s with Justin Timberlake and the “Blair Witch” camera that he did a youtube video with during his performance of “What Goes Around Comes Around”?  Nice nose.

Dylan edged out Neil Young for best solo performance in the night’s most tragic snub.

Shakira shook those hips.

“Gnarls Barkley” dresses as an airline pilot during his rendition of “Crazy”

Ludacris gives special thanks to Oprah and Bill O’Reilly?

Natalie Maines quotes the Simpsons bully upon winning best country album “ha ha!”  Maines, “a lot of people just turned their tvs off right now.  Continuing in the tradition of blurting out whatever’s on her mind, good for her!  Good for Austin!

I didn’t like seeing Ray Benson take a back seat to Carrie Underwood in the Bob Wills.  One blogger said she should get the award for “pretend artist doing something classic to try and prove you’re legit . . . this would be a great time for Jesus to take the wheel and steer her out of here.”

Ornette Coleman is still living.

And finally there was James Brown dancing in the folks who died last year montage. 

   

Leighton Hodges Halloween party video

Every Halloween Leighton Hodges hosts the ultimate Halloween party.  Video by yours truly.  – ptw

Texas Book Festival podcast and videos

In the coming weeks I’m going to be recapping my experiences at the Texas Book Festival. If you want a sneak preview, here are all my podcasts from that event. A note of warning, I haven’t compressed the videos yet and haven’t added intros to the podcasts. So they’re pretty raw. But I’m guessing you’ll still have fun listening and watching these. The numbers are the sizes in kilobytes (kb.)

podcasts:
Barak Obama podcast 4,629,699 Senator Obama discusses his book The Audacity of Hope Oct 28, 2006 10 – 11:30 am
Chinese economy podcast 742,784 In China’s Shadow: The Crisis of American Entrepreneurship with Reed Hundt Oct 28, 2006 11 – 11:45 am
Evan Smith award podcast 3,092,257 Bookend Award Ceremony honoring Louis Sachar & Texas Monthly Magazine  Oct 28, 2006 10 – 11:30 am
John Burnett NPR podcast 2,551,240 Uncivilized Beasts & Shameless Hellions: Travels with an NPR Correspondent Oct 29, 2006 3 – 4 pm
Matthew Dowd – the lesser known Architect podcast 7,473,022 Raging Moderates: Political Complexity in America with Rod Dreher, Matthew J. Dowd, and Ronald B. Rapoport Oct 29, 2006
Maureen Dowd podcast 9,067,400 State of the Union: Politics in America Matthew J. Dowd, Maureen Dowd, Nicholas Lemann, Victor Navansky Oct 28, 2006 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Maureen Dowd and Gore Vidal podcast 1,643,213 Gore Vidal in Conversation with Maureen Dowd, Moderator: Evan Smith of the Texas Monthly. Oct 29 2 – 3 pm at the Paramount Theater on Congress Ave in Austin, TX
Texas Beat generation podcast 1,894,607 The Ransom Center & TBF present: The Beats. Rob Johnson, Bill Morgan.  Moderator: Lee Moore
Texas Book Fair podcast 2,029,474
Texas Monthly 1 podcast 10,772,897
Texas Monthly 2 podcast 10,763,075
Texas Monthly 4 podcast 2,036,137
The Architect Karl Rove podcast 5,686,857 Advice and Consent: Presidential Advisors Sidney Blumenthal, Clark Kent Ervin, Bill Minutaglio, James Moore, Wayne Slater (Bush’s Brain) Moderator: Paul Stekler.  Oct 28, 2006 3:30 – 4 pm
waiting in line for Barak tickets podcast 8,259,485

video podcasts:
Barak crowd 1 video 209,698,816
Barak crowd 2 video 111,747,072
Barak crowd 3 video 8,026,112
Barak crowd 4 video 25,217,024
Barak crowd 5 video 9,746,432
Barak crowd 6 video 80,220,160
Barak crowd 7 video 27,512,832
Barak crowd 8 video 26,361,856
Barak crowd 9 video 12,605,440
Barak Obama intro video 245,194,752
Barak Obama speaks video 12,611,584
CSPAN video 64,761,856 – Paul Terry Walhus gets interviewed by CSPANN. 
Matthew Dowd video 94,126,080
Texas Book Awards video 50,999,296
Texas Book Awards crowd video 10,323,968
Texas Book Awards crowd video 19,486,720
Texas Book Awards crowd video 25,800,704
Texas Book Awards crowd video 5,736,448
Texas Book Awards crowd video 29,224,960
Texas Monthly Awards video 144,375,808

South by Southwest Presents – Schedule

The Last Days of the San Jose

Last days of the San Jose Dir: Liz Lambert

October 10, 2006 · 9:00pm – 10:30pm

A loving portrait of the residents in an Austin motel, as it undergoes changes reflecting an American trend.

reviews of the Last Days of the San Jose

Sergio Padilla in http://austinist.com :

“Some of you who are new to Austin may not know of SoCo’s previous life as a drug and crime infested sector of the city. The Last Days of the San Jose chronicles the transformation of the little motel from prostitute and junkie hangout to chic and trendy boutique hotel. The renovation of the San Jose helped spark the revival of South Congress into the fashionable neighborhood it has become today.

The movie will be showing tonight at the Alamo downtown. Afterwards we recommend heading over to the San Jose and having some drinks in their enjoyable outdoor patio.”

From the Original Alamo website:

LAST DAYS OF THE SAN JOSE
Theater: Alamo Downtown

LAST DAYS OF THE SAN JOSE
(D. Liz Lambert, 2005)
LAST DAYS OF THE SAN JOSE is a documentary about the San Jose Motel, a notoriously seedy joint on S. Congress Ave. in Austin, which Liz Lambert bought with the idea of tearing it down to build a cool boutique hotel. But it took her two years to get a bank to loan her the money, and in the meantime she decided to manage the old motel in order to make ends meet. She used a digital video camera to document many of the colorful characters and odd experiences she encountered during that time, which were cut into this documentary. If you have lived in Austin for many years, Last Days of the San Jose is a kind of loopy Valentine to the days when S. Congress was more disreputable, before anyone ever thought about using the abominably pretentious term “SoCo” to describe the area. (Jette, Celluloid Eyes)

Read the full Celluloid Eyes review here.

Austin City Limits Festival 2006

The Austin City Limits Festival had near perfect weather for the 3 days of concerts by over 150 bands in Zilker Park.  Watch my pictures and even some mini-movies of Tom Petty’s closing act on day 3. I think you’ll enjoy these slide shows of the event.

ACL Festival photo album 9/15/2006
ACL Festival day 2 – 9/16 – coming
ACL Festival day 3 9/17/2006

The “Flaming Lips” were pretty outrageous and rolled a band member out to the audience in a giant balloon. 

 

Open Letter to Mark Cuban

Mark,

My idea for the movie biz challenge.

Take the best of the Alamo Draft House concept of having food and drink served on counters at your seat and merge it with a low key touchscreen at each seat for ordering food and products, and roll in a perpetual “film festival” ambience and theme.

I can elaborate on all these in detail if you’re interested.

I have a friend in Austin who owns the old Aquarius movie theater in South Austin and he’s looking for a revival of it.  This would be an ideal test bed.

You’ve covered the kids and rowdy cell phone users.  This would be for the rest of us.  The SXSWers, the boomers, the quiet crowd.

I think I’ve got your answer.

Ok, blog reader if you’re scratching your head I need to fill you in on a little background.  Over the last few days, Mark Cuban has issued a “movie business challenge”.  It’s … well, here it is:

This is an open challenge. You come up with a solution, you get a job. Seriously.

This is the problem that consumes me more than what Free Agent we are going to sign. How to get the NBA to get their act together. Which 7-11 Im going to run by to get a sandwich. Its that important.

Only HDNet takes more time out my day than trying to solve this problem. Its the holy grail of the movie business. How do you get people out of the house to see your movie without spending a fortune. How can you convince 5 million people to give up their weekend and go to a theater to see a specific movie without spending 60mm dollars.

For those of you doing the math. You are right. Its not unusual to spend 8, 10 , 12 dollars PER PERSON that goes to a movie in the opening weekend. Shoot, its not unusual for studios to spend that much per person to get people to go to the theater through a movies entire run !

How crazy is it to spend more on marketing than the revenue recieved when they go to the movie ? Its double crazy because that revenue is split with the theater. So if a studio spends 12 bucks to get someone to go to the theater, they might only be getting 4 dollars back in return.

You would think that there has to be a better way than spending 1x, 2x, 3x or more times the initial revenue received opening weekend or week  ? Right ?

For all of you thinking that there are other downstream revenues such as PPV, DVD, TV, whatever….no shit. Yes, those revenue streams will benefit from the initial spend, but they dont make the economics of getting people into theaters any less frightening.

We are looking at affiliate programs. So people with lots of myspace or other social network friends  could get a buck or 2 or 3 if someone goes from their myspace page directly to fandago, moviefone, movietickets.com etc and buys a ticket to a film of ours prior to its release. Get 100 friends to buy tickets to a movie, get a 100 bucks from us.

We are looking at other similar ideas.

We already do movie marketing 101. We do buzz marketing. We put up videos all over the net. We set up websites, myspace accounts for the movies and its characters, we work with movie forums, we buy ads, etc, etc, etc. If its been done before, we are doing it.

So if you want a job, and have a great idea on how to market movies in a completely different way. If your idea works for any and all kinds of movies. If it changes the dynamics and the economics of promoting movies, email it or post it. If its new and unique, i want to hear about it. If its a different way of doing the same thing you have seen before, it probably wont get you a job, but feel free to try.

So go for it. Come up with a great idea that i want to use and I will come up with a job for you to make that idea happen.

for real.

source http://www.blogmaverick.com/

Open Letter to Mark Cuban

Mark,

My idea for the movie biz challenge.

Take the best of the Alamo Draft House concept of having food and drink served on counters at your seat and merge it with a low key touchscreen at each seat for ordering food and products, and roll in a perpetual “film festival” ambience and theme.

I can elaborate on all these in detail if you’re interested.

I have a friend in Austin who owns the old Aquarius movie theater in South Austin and he’s looking for a revival of it.  This would be an ideal test bed.

You’ve covered the kids and rowdy cell phone users.  This would be for the rest of us.  The SXSWers, the boomers, the quiet crowd.

I think I’ve got your answer.

Ok, blog reader if you’re scratching your head I need to fill you in on a little background.  Over the last few days, Mark Cuban has issued a “movie business challenge”.  It’s … well, here it is:

This is an open challenge. You come up with a solution, you get a job. Seriously.

This is the problem that consumes me more than what Free Agent we are going to sign. How to get the NBA to get their act together. Which 7-11 Im going to run by to get a sandwich. Its that important.

Only HDNet takes more time out my day than trying to solve this problem. Its the holy grail of the movie business. How do you get people out of the house to see your movie without spending a fortune. How can you convince 5 million people to give up their weekend and go to a theater to see a specific movie without spending 60mm dollars.

For those of you doing the math. You are right. Its not unusual to spend 8, 10 , 12 dollars PER PERSON that goes to a movie in the opening weekend. Shoot, its not unusual for studios to spend that much per person to get people to go to the theater through a movies entire run !

How crazy is it to spend more on marketing than the revenue recieved when they go to the movie ? Its double crazy because that revenue is split with the theater. So if a studio spends 12 bucks to get someone to go to the theater, they might only be getting 4 dollars back in return.

You would think that there has to be a better way than spending 1x, 2x, 3x or more times the initial revenue received opening weekend or week  ? Right ?

For all of you thinking that there are other downstream revenues such as PPV, DVD, TV, whatever….no shit. Yes, those revenue streams will benefit from the initial spend, but they dont make the economics of getting people into theaters any less frightening.

We are looking at affiliate programs. So people with lots of myspace or other social network friends  could get a buck or 2 or 3 if someone goes from their myspace page directly to fandago, moviefone, movietickets.com etc and buys a ticket to a film of ours prior to its release. Get 100 friends to buy tickets to a movie, get a 100 bucks from us.

We are looking at other similar ideas.

We already do movie marketing 101. We do buzz marketing. We put up videos all over the net. We set up websites, myspace accounts for the movies and its characters, we work with movie forums, we buy ads, etc, etc, etc. If its been done before, we are doing it.

So if you want a job, and have a great idea on how to market movies in a completely different way. If your idea works for any and all kinds of movies. If it changes the dynamics and the economics of promoting movies, email it or post it. If its new and unique, i want to hear about it. If its a different way of doing the same thing you have seen before, it probably wont get you a job, but feel free to try.

So go for it. Come up with a great idea that i want to use and I will come up with a job for you to make that idea happen.

for real.

source http://www.blogmaverick.com/