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Leo Sopicki

Writer, photographer, graphic artist and technologist. I focus my creative efforts on celebrating the American virtues of self-reliance, individual initiative, volunteerism, tolerance and a healthy suspicion of power and authority.

SXSW Film Keynote: Gareth Edwards – Becoming a Filmmaker

Director Gareth Edwards promised attendees at his SXSW keynote address that he would answer the question, “How the heck do you become a filmmaker?” It all started, he explained, when his parents took him to “an obscure art film” called 'Star Wars'. He immediately wanted to grow up to join the rebel alliance and destroy the death star. He shared the disappointment he felt when he was told he couldn’t do this because it was “only a movie”.

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SXSW 2017 Preview: Movies, and Music, and Beers, Oh My!

SXSW began as a music festival in 1987 and is now the world’s largest. In addition, it has grown into a festival of festivals, including film, technology, ecology, medicine, and education. The festivals feature educational, networking and promotional activities as well as relevant trade shows. If that sounds kind of serious, don’t worry, there are parties, gaming, COSPLAY, and things that cannot be categorized.

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Theater Review (LA): ‘Game of Thrones: The Musical’ – All Men Must Laugh

There is balance in the universe. All the tears, disappointment, and tragedy you experience watching HBO’s 'Game of Thrones' can be offset by enjoying the MACHA Theater production of 'Game of Thrones - the Musical.' Not only did I laugh, but for the two hours of this musical romp, a happy smile never left my face.

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