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New Plays And Playwrights At IU & A Place For Film At SXSW

This week we discuss the new MFA in Playwriting at Indiana University, and we get a recap of the South by Southwest Festival from the hosts of A Place for Film.

Inside IU's Lee Norvelle Theatre and Drama Center

This week on Artworks, MFA Playwriting students Kelly Lusk and Nathan Allen Davis, and their professor Ken Weitzman join WFIU’s George Walker to discuss current showcase of new plays At First Sight presented by the IU Department of Theatre and Drama.

And every March, fans of independent film and music gather in Austin, Texas for the South By Southwest music festival.  What started as a music festival for underground bands has now grown to a film, music and new technology gathering that attracts everyone from celebrities to spring breakers. At this year’s festival, the hosts of the IU Cinema podcast A Place For Film, Andy Hunsucker and Jason Thompson, watched a total of 23 films in 3 days.

One of their favorites was A Teacher, directed by IU alumnus Hannah Fidell, about a teacher whose affair with her student quickly unravels.

Andy and Jason also liked the documentary Sound City, made by Foo Fighters front man and Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl, about the life and death of an analog recording studio.

And it wouldn’t be a film festival without some quirky indie comedies. Mumblecore director Joe Swanberg showed the film Drinking Buddies, which has big stars like Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis. And director David Gordon Green, who made 2008’s Pineapple Express, screened Prince Avalanche, an offbeat road movie starring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch.

A Teacher trailer:

Sound City trailer:

Jason and Andy will be doing a full festival wrap-up on their podcast A Place For Film.

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