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‘Tilden’, oil spill docu win top honors Kanye, Jay Z steal the show in SXSW performance

NEW YORK, March 13, (Agencies): “Fort Tilden,” a movie about hipster girls who take an expedition into “Deep Brooklyn,” won the grand jury award for Best Narrative Feature at the South by Southwest Film Festival Tuesday night. “Fort Tilden” competed against seven other films for the prize, which was handed out at a ceremony in Austin hosted by comedian Jerrod Carmichael. Self-obsessed young professionals in New York appear in several movies at this year’s festival, perhaps a reflection of the success Lena Dunham, whose “Girls” depicts that world, has had since bringing “Tiny Furniture” to Austin in 2010.
“Animals” writer David Dastmalchian won the “Courage in Storytelling” special jury award for his movie about a homeless couple who con people to make money.

On the documentary side, “The Great Invisible,” a tale of how the BP oil spill affected a range of characters, won the grand jury prize. While that film had its own political charges, the jury recognized “Vessel,” a film about a woman who provides abortions at sea, for “political courage.”
Audience Awards will be given out Saturday.

Here are the other winners:
* Feature Film Jury Awards Narrative Features Competition Grand Jury Winner: Fort Tilden
* Director: Sarah-Violet Bliss & Charles Rogers
* Special Jury Recognition for Courage in Storytelling Animals Actor & Screenwriter: David Dastmalchian
* Special Jury Recognition for Best Acting Duo: 10,000 km (Long Distance) Natalie Tena David Verdaguer
* Documentary Feature Competition Grand Jury Winner: The Great Invisible
*  Director: Margaret Brown
* Special Jury Recognition for Political Courage – Vessel Director: Diana Whitten
*  Special Jury Recognition for Editing & Storytelling – Print the Legend Directors: Luis Lopez & Clay Tweel

Short Film Jury Awards
* Narrative Shorts Winner: Quelqu’un d’extraordinaire Director: Monia Chokri
* Special Jury Recognition: Person to Person Director: Dustin Guy Defa
* Special Jury Recognition for Cinematography: Krisha Director: Trey Edward Shults
* Documentary Shorts Winner: Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace Director: Jeff Dupre
* Midnight Short Winner: Wawd Ahp Directors: Steve Girard & Josh Chertoff
* Animated Shorts Winner: Coda Director: Alan Holly
* Music Videos Winner: Joel Compass, “Back to Me” Director: Ian and Cooper
* Texas Shorts Winner — Some vacation. Director: Anne S. Lewis
* Texas High School Shorts Winner – Seawolf Director: Caila Pickett & Max Montoya
SXSW Film Design Awards
* Excellence in Poster Design Winner — Starry Eyes Designer: Jay Shaw
* Excellence in Title Design Winner – True Detective Designer: Patrick Clair for Elastic
* Special Jury Recognition – The Lego Movie Designer: Brian Mah for Alma Matter
* SXSW Special Awards SXSW Gamechanger Emergent Woman Director Award Winner – Jen McGowan, Kelly & Cal Special Mention: Kat Candler. Hellion
* Louis Black “Lone Star” award Winner – Boyhood Director: Richard Linklater
* Karen Schemeer Film Editing Fellowship Presented to: Colin Nusbaum
* Animated Shorts Winner: Coda, Director – Alan Holly, Special Jury Recognition: Eager, Director: Allison Schulnik

AUSTIN, Texas:
Samsung got its money’s worth from Jay Z and Kanye West.
Two of rap’s top stars combined for a powerful, hit-filled two-hour show Wednesday night and Thursday morning during South By Southwest, allowing Samsung to steal some of iTunes’ luster at the annual music conference and festival.
Samsung announced the Austin Music Hall show early this week and scheduled the pair at the same time as the iTunes Festival’s hip-hop night that featured Kendrick Lamar and ScHoolboy Q at the very nearby ACL Moody Theater. The performance came a few weeks after West called out Apple CEO Tim Cook at a New Jersey concert, telling him to “stop trying to get performers to play your festival for free, you are rich as (expletive).”
Chances are West and Jay Z didn’t play the show for free, but the return on investment wasn’t marginal. The show was one of the most anticipated surrounding the annual buzz-building gathering and fans with Samsung devices with the company’s new streaming music service, Milk Music, were granted free entry.

Neil Young loves quality sound and he’s willing to pay for it. Turns out a lot of others are, too.
Young easily doubled his goal when fans contributed nearly $2 million in 24 hours to a Kickstarter campaign to fund his high-quality service, PonoMusic. It was an auspicious start for a somewhat quixotic effort the singer has mostly funded himself so far. After initially targeting audiophiles who remember warm sound, Young hopes to eventually draw younger listeners as he tries to right what he considers wrong decisions made over the years when production moved from analog to digital.
“Life has been good to me, but this has drained me right to the nub,” Young said with a smile. “So it’s really good to see this happen because now all my guys are going to get paid. That’s my happiest moment. Now we can keep going.”
The 68-year-old rock ‘n’ roll pioneer gave a keynote address Tuesday during South By Southwest. Then he and PonoMusic CEO John Hamm met with reporters Wednesday, explaining why quality sound is important in the age of convenience and the MP3.
They’ve created a standalone multi-format player for the service, which won’t work on cellphones, and have made high-end digital masters of more than 2,000 albums available for purchase in an online store. The player, triangularly shaped like a Toblerone bar, will retail for $399.

Hamm said the service is aimed at people who remember what quality sound was like before compression and other changes meant for ease of use erased the depth listeners could hear on vinyl records. Hamm noted the popularity of turntables among hip 20-somethings and thinks they may too one day migrate to the Pono player.
“We’re really happy with this movement,” Hamm said. “It’s shocking how many people have been waiting for better music.”
Young, who says he will release two albums this year and tour both as a solo act and with Crazy Horse, has been working on the service for years. He has previewed it for friends every chance he gets at events like the Grammy Awards. He’s gotten not only celebrity endorsements, but now the support of the public.
“The digital age was fraught with errors, errors of judgment,” Young said. “What can people hear? What can people not hear? They forgot about what people can feel.”

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