The second week of every March, the creative masses travel to Austin, TX, a blue Mecca in the big red state, to enjoy barbeque, beer, music and film. The South by Southwest festival, now in its 21st year, features over 1,500 bands and 240 films during its brief nine-day life. GO Brooklyn’s Laura McDonald caught up with some Brooklynites who showcased their work to find out why everyone wants in on the action down south.
|Nate Meyer, 31,Park Slope||Director,“Pretty in the Face”||When you are on the road, what do you miss most about Brooklyn?Brooklyn is unquestionably my favorite place on the planet. Not only is it stimulating in and of itself, it provides access to all the film and other arts that interest me in other boroughs and the quality of life fits me perfectly.|
|Michael Pace, 28,Greenpoint||Guitarist forOxford Collapse||What part of Austin would you like to see in Brooklyn?It would be interesting to see the Alamo Theater in NYC. I love their attitude: this close-knit small town “let’s put on a show and totally have fun with it” mentality. Maybe it’s better off in Austin — why taint its legacy?|
|Ashley Sabin, 24,Clinton Hill||Director,“Kamp Katrina”||When you are on the road, what do you miss most about Brooklyn?We travel quite a bit not only shooting our films but also doing screenings. As much as I enjoy traveling to the many parts of the world that our films take us to, I am always excited to return to Brooklyn.|
|Michael Tully, 32,Park Slope||Director,“Silver Jew”||How are Austin and Brooklyn similar or different?Austin and Brooklyn are very similar to me. There’s a sense of slower living in each place, yet there’s still an energy that makes both places feel vibrant and alive. It’s a very special, magical feeling.|