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How Mondo Posters Get Made
If you're a fan of movies, you've probably heard of Mondo, the Austin, Texas-based shop that creates incredibly artistic posters for movies that make typical one-sheets look like child's play. Mondo's Chief Operating Officer, Jessica Olsen, told mental_floss how these posters get made.... READ ON
8 SXSwag Items from the Film and Interactive Conferences
A huge part of the festival is waiting in line, roaming the exhibit halls, and going to parties where people hand out swag creatively designed to get your attention. Here, the superlatives of the stuff that made it back to NYC in my suitcase.... READ ON
Q&A: The Filmmakers of Lunarcy!
It's been 40 years since we've sent anyone to the Moon, but that doesn't mean people have stopped dreaming about going there—and Lunarcy!, which played the SXSW film festival this week, explores how these lunar dreamers plan to make the trip.... READ ON
These Days, Libraries Are About More Than Just Books
When I arrived for Libraries: The Ultimate Playground, it was immediately clear that this session would not unfold like your typical SXSW panel.... READ ON
SXSW Q&A: Penny Lane, Director, Our Nixon
Super 8 footage filmed by Nixon aides H.R. Haldeman, John Erlighman, and Dwight Chapin was seized during the Watergate investigation and forgotten for almost 40 years. Now, in the documentary Our Nixon—which played at the SXSW Film Festival—audiences will get a chance to see that footage for the first time. We sat down with director Penny Lane to chat about finding the tapes, using an all-archival format, and why this footage turn preconceived notions about the people behind Watergate on their heads.... READ ON
The Myth of the Lone Inventor
When we imagine the creation of an object, be it a light bulb or an iPad, we typically imagine a sole inventor, toiling away in a room to build it. But it's never that simple.... READ ON
Q&A: Emily Hagins and AJ Bowen, director and star of Grow Up, Tony Phillips
Emily Hagins is just 20 years old, but she’s already written and directed four feature films. Her latest, Grow Up, Tony Phillips, had its world premiere tonight at the SXSW film festival.... READ ON
11 Beautiful and Creative SXSW Film Posters
These 11 film posters from the 2013 SXSW Film Festival creatively and beautifully capture the essence of their films—and would look great on anyone’s wall.... READ ON
Everything You Need to Know about Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing
Most filmmakers would opt for a vacation after wrapping a big budget blockbuster, but not Joss Whedon. After he finished 2012’s The Avengers, the director decided to turn his attention to a modern retelling of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. Here's what you need to know about the film.... READ ON
The Challenges of Building the Hubble Telescope’s Replacement
In the SXSW panel “Beyond Hubble: Building NASA’s Next Great Telescope,” scientists and engineers discussed what the Webb telescope will look for and all the engineering challenges that go into actually building the instrument.... READ ON
Awesome and Weird Tech Displays at the Interactive Kickoff Party
I’ve seen weird stuff at SXSW, but something I saw on Friday night took the cake for the weirdest, most uncomfortable thing I’ve seen anywhere, ever.... READ ON
The Making of Shane Carruth's Upstream Color
Shane Carruth hasn’t made a movie since his debut, 2004’s critically acclaimed time-bending Primer, but it wasn't for lack of trying. Producer Casey Goodman walked audiences through Carruth's second film, Upstream Color, at the SXSW film festival.... READ ON
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Q&A: Josh Johnson, Rewind This!
The 2013 South by Southwest (SXSW) festival began today—and mental_floss is there! To kick it off, a filmmaker looks at the impact of videotapes.... READ ON
11 Fun Facts about SXSW
Tomorrow, the 2013 South by Southwest (SXSW) festival kicks off—and mental_floss will be there! Here are a few facts about the Austin, Texas-based celebration of all things music, film, and interactive.... READ ON

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