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Monday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 7 Mar 2011 7:42 AM

Today in the roundup: A local movie trailer, Texans to watch at SXSW and how the Foote Festival came to be.


SNEAK PREVIEW: Wuss, the newest effort by director Clay Lifford, will debut at South by Southwest on Saturday. Lifford cut his teeth working in North Texas before recently moving to Austin; you might remember his film Earthling, which played last year’s Dallas International Film Festival. His new movie, which was shot at Garland High School, follows a teacher who’s bullied by his students. Wuss was produced by the guys who now run the Texas Theatre. Enjoy the trailer, above.

ONES TO WATCH: Speaking of SXSW, The New York Times (in the form of Austin-based writer and KGSR host Andy Langer) came out with a list of Texas artists to watch at the festival. Sarah Jaffe and Telegraph Canyon represent North Texas. I’ll report back on their sets as well as performances from lots of other locals beginning this weekend.

HONORING HORTON: On Thursday, the Horton Foote Festival begins its month-long run in the area. You would think organizing all the participating theater groups would be like herding cats, but to hear the participants tell it, it sounds like plans came together relatively easily. Lawson Taitte of dallasnews.com has the behind-the-scenes details.