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February 22, 2008

Howdy, Flyover

Ashley Lindstrom

I'm Ashley Lindstrom, associate editor at San Antonio's alt-weekly newspaper The Current, and newly recruited Flyover blogger. I'm totally psyched to be "holding down the southern front," to quote Mr. Nickell, the person kind enough to invite me to join the ranks after we met at this year's NEA Arts Journalism Institute in Theater and Musical Theater.

A little about me: I've been criticizing theater and film at The Current for just over two years (and other things for, I don't know, ages). Although SA is the seventh-largest city in the US -- with an incredible basketball team, ahem -- it's got a small-town attitude. This characteristic has its pros and cons: Folks are plenty warm and friendly, but we're still working on becoming a hotspot for creative-types. I cover about four to five theaters regularly, and film is another beast entirely: We're always the last market to get those limited releases. And press junkets? Fughetaboutit.

Once a year, though, Central Texas crawls with filmmakers of a slightly more national reputation. (Yes, even more national than SA-born Robert Rodriguez.) And flyover folks like myself finally get to talk to them about their work. That time is rolling around: The South by Southwest Film Festival begins on March 7. OK, so I'll have to drive to Austin for it ... and my inbox will be crammed with messages from promoters ... and I'll be virtually begging for passes for contributors. But is it worth it? In a word: Yes.

More on the wonderful world of Central Texas arts to come ... I've got a screening to catch ...

Posted by Ashley Lindstrom at February 22, 2008 4:22 PM


Welcome aboard, Ashley! I'm truly excited about what you and the rest of the crop of new Flyover bloggers (more about that, I suspect, in an upcoming post) will bring to the blog.

Posted by: Joe Nickell at February 22, 2008 5:38 PM

Hey Ashley,
Glad I'm not the first newbie to post (c'mon, Joe -- or Doug -- introduce us to each other!), but a big alt-weekly hurray for you. (Hm, perhaps this means I'll actually know someone if I go to AAN again. ;-) )
Can't wait to correspond and trade posts from a much smaller, er, town. I look forward to your SXSW coverage!

Posted by: Suzi Steffen at February 25, 2008 4:31 PM