The Stars of Austin's Social Universe
Austin American Statesman | Thursday, May 10, 2007
Change is inevitable - and our third annual XL Fortunate 500 list is a study in just that. Like the social superstars it profiles, the list is in constant motion. Since the 500 debuted three years ago, Austin's social climate has changed, too, . . . emerging with a sparkling new vibrancy.
But one thing that hasn't changed is the criteria for making the list: You still have to be one of Austin's social dynamos. You have to be out on the town. Whatever it is you do to keep our town percolating. You don't have to be rich or famous - not that we mind - you just have to be dedicated to your cause. Whether it's politics, music, education or cuisine, you have to be one of its best cheerleaders. We're talking high-voltage, high-profile folks. Austin movers-and-shakers to the nth degree.
For those uninitiated with our XL Fortunate 500 list, it works like this: During the course of a year, we collect the names of Austin's top social citizens. The nominations come from a composite of resources, both inside and outside the newsroom. Because our town is so chock-full of eligible nominees, we're always left with the auspicious, yet arduous task of whittling it down to 500 social units. Once that's done, the roster is divided into a dozen distinguishing categories - sports, arts, business, et al - with each nominee slotted under the heading that best recognizes their area of influence.
It's an impressive club whose membership changes annually. Social tides ebb and flow. Andy Warhol once said, "They say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself." Well, these 500 folks are doing just that: changing Austin's social landscape with their dedication and drive. And when you look at it that way, what's really so wrong with a little change?
Fortunate 500 | Movies *
Paul Alvarado-Dykstra. Fantastic Fest, Villa Muse Studios
Elizabeth Avellan. 'Grindhouse,' Troublemaker Studios producer
Rebecca Campbell, Austin Film Society
Matt Dentler. South by Southwest
Marc English. Austin Film Society, Marc English Design
Mike Judge. 'King of the Hill,' 'Idiocracy'
Harry Knowles. Ain't It Cool News
Lee Daniel. Cinematographer
Richard Linklater. Austin Film Society, 'Fast Food Nation'
Suzanne and Tim Mccanlies. 'A Spell for Chameleon'
Chale Nafus. Austin Film Society
Janet and John Pierson. University of Texas, Austin Film Society
Brian Poyser. 'Dear Pillow,' 'The Cassidy Kids'
Robert Rodriguez. 'Grindhouse'
* partial list