Louis Black

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This week we’re sitting down with Louis Black, co-founder and director of the SXSW Festival, and co-founder and editor of The Austin Chronicle.

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Louis Black is a journalist, editor and film producer. He has written extensively on film, music, and politics.

He co-founded The Austin Chronicle in 1981 and has been the newspaper’s editor since its inception, having written easily 1000 columns for the paper. He is a director of South by Southwest, the iconic festival he co-founded in 1985.

Louis is working on several documentary and narrative films, plus reissues of classic Texas independent films. He was one of the founding board members, and past president of the Austin Film Society. Working with AFS, Louis and Evan Smith established the Texas Film Hall of Fame.

Louis was a producer on the Peabody Award winning film, The Order of Myths. He was executive producer of Be Here to Love Me, A Film About Townes Van Zandt. He founded the independent film consultation company, Production For Use in 2015, focusing on scripts, documentaries, and film distribution and marketing.

He also has Louis Black Productions, a company involved in the restoration, preservation, and conservation of Texas independent films. Projects completed include Eagle Pennell’s Whole Shootin’ Match (1978) and Last Night at the Alamo (1984); 1981’s Jonathan Demme Presents: Made in Texas, six short films from Austin; and Tobe Hooper’s 1969 film Eggshells.  Louis Black Productions also performs in-depth book projects and curates retrospectives of Austin filmmakers, as well as those who have made important Texas independent films.

Louis received an MFA from the University of Texas with a concentration in film studies in 1980. He is currently working on his doctorate in Media Studies from the department of Radio, Television, Film at the University of Texas.

For more information, please see Louis Black Productions or Production For Use. You’ll also find plenty of his articles on The Austin Chronicle website, and you can keep up with him on Twitter and Facebook.