Saturday, March 07, 2020

Austin cancels SXSW out of coronavirus fears, devastating to some indie filmmakers


City and county officials in Austin, Texas cancelled the South by Southwest film festival (which also includes music festivals), and now the SXSW reports that insurance does not cover city cancellation because of communicable disease outbreak (or fear of one); it does cover other natural disasters and probably terrorism.

  
The Austin Chronicle reports in an article by Kevin Curtin 
  
CDC is probably more interested in seeing large events canceled than small things like protests, ordinary movie performances, and the like.  The Travel show in Washington DC was held as expected today. Outdoor events would not seem to raise the same level of concern.

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