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Louis Black
Louis Black is a co-founder of The Austin Chronicle, an alternative weekly newspaper published in Austin, Texas. Black is also one of the co-founders of SXSW [3] Black was born in Teaneck, New Jersey where he was childhood friends with film critic Leonard Maltin and singer Phoebe Snow.[4] Maltin and Black regularly prowled the rep cinemas of Manhattan as teens. He moved to Austin to study film at The University of Texas where he received a BFA in 1980,[5] and became knowledgeable about B-movies, including the work of Russ Meyer. Black helped run film nights at the university before starting the Chronicle with film friend Nick Barbaro. Black was an original board member of the Austin Film Society and is a past president of that organization. In 2000, Texas Monthly Editor Evan Smith and Black working with AFS established the Texas Film Hall of Fame.[6] Louis was an Executive Producer on documentaries about Texas musicians Townes Van Zandt and Doug Sahm. He also co-directed a documentary about Austin director Richard Linklater, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival before being acquired by PBS American Masters.
Alan Berg
Co-Founder and Board President
Alan is the president and co-owner of Arts+Labor, which has produced 31 independent films, seven of which premiered at Sundance. He’s directed three feature-length documentaries, the most recent being The Jones Family Will Make a Way, which premiered at SXSW in 2015. He also served as the Managing Producer on Richard Linklater: Dream is Destiny, which premiered at the Sundance film festival in 2016. Prior to his work as a filmmaker, Alan was the Austin Bureau Chief for the ABC Affiliate in Dallas, WFAA-TV. Alan won more than 20 awards during his 15-year career as a journalist, and was twice named by the Associated Press as the Best Reporter in Texas. Alan also serves on the Northwestern University Documentary MFA Mentorship Board.
Bill Bentley
Board Member
Bill is an American music industry executive, particularly notable for having produced tribute albums of the music of significant cult artists Roky Erickson (1990), Skip Spence (1999), Doug Sahm (2009) and Lou Reed (2013). Bentley attended Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas and later the University of Texas at Austin, where he joined a band of English majors called The Bizarros. The band was notable for including Velvet Underground founding member Sterling Morrison. Entering the record business, Bentley became the Director of Publicity at Slash Records and rose to become a Senior Vice President of media relations at Warner Bros. Records. In his role as a publicist, he has worked with such artists as Los Lobos, Elvis Costello, The Blasters, Green Day, X, Lou Reed, The Red Hot Chili Peppers and R.E.M.. As a record company executive, he has provided guidance to the careers of such artists as Doug Sahm, ZZ Top and Wilco.[1] In addition, throughout a career in music that spans over forty years, he has been a writer of liner notes to numerous record releases.[8][9]Bentley is also notable for his efforts to enhance public appreciation of the contributions of particular artists. For example, he is the executive producer of a retrospective Roky Erickson compilation, I Have Always Been Here Before: The Roky Erickson Anthology (Shout! Factory, 2005)[11] and a tribute album to Doug Sahm, Keep Your Soul: A Tribute to Doug Sahm (Vanguard, 2009), recorded and released nearly ten years after Sahm's death. Similarly, Bentley was associated with the 1992 compilation of O.V. Wright material, Soul of O.V. Wright, released twelve years after Wright's untimely death, at the age of forty-one.[12] Bentley was with Warner Bros. Records from 1986 to 2006, at which point he became the personal public relations representative of Neil Young,[13] He also became the A & R Director at Vanguard Records, where his first signing was Merle Haggard.[3] He joined Concord Records's A&R department in 2015, and was A&R director for Alejandro Escovedo's Burn Something Beautiful release. He also co-produced the 6-CD set Otis Redding Live at the Whisky a Go Go: The Complete Recordings. Bentley remains a longtime contributor of music reviews and music articles to the Austin Chronicle.