Obama welcomes Austin Mayor, teen in D.C. for South by South Lawn

President Barack Obama is greeted by Austin, Texas Mayor Steve Adler on the tarmac upon his arrival on Air Force One, Friday, March 11, 2016, at Austin Bergstrom International Airport in Austin, Texas. Obama traveled to Austin, to speak at South by Southwest Festival (SXSW) and attend 2 Democratic National Committee fundraisers. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

WASHINGTON D.C. (KXAN) — Austin Mayor Steve Adler is at the White House for the film festival, South by South Lawn, which will feature a short movie by an Austin teen.

A man was shot and killed by police in New York over the summer and a local teen on vacation with his family pulled out his camera and started rolling on what happened next. Quinn Holmes witnesses a Black Lives Matter Protest in Central Park. One man shared his story with him and the teen turned it into a short film called The World I Want To Live In.

“Learn to respect one another no matter what race, what religion or by what name we call God,” said Frank the subject of the film.

“His experience with being an African American and his life was really what became the story,” said Quinn.

The Austin teen will be at the White House for the film festival to meet President Obama. The festival is called South by South Lawn, which is a take on Austin’s South by South West.

President Obama was in Austin for this year’s SXSW to challenge creative thinkers and entrepreneurs. On Monday, Obama is celebrating the spirit of innovation with South by South Lawn.

“The President came to South By in Austin a year ago and he’s a really big fan of that program and a big fan of Austin, there was an energy associated with innovation, and he wanted to recreate it in D.C.,” said Mayor Adler. “It’s kind of an abbreviated format of South By bringing a little music, film, but also the interactive innovation to try and solve the challenges.”

The event will have three parts:

  • INTERACTIVE: Panel discussions throughout the day will explore topics like how to make change stick with organizers who are having an impact, as well as a discussion with influencers who are using their platforms to bring about positive change. Interactive booths will encourage attendees to engage with and learn about new technologies and innovations.
  • FILM: The film portion features the 3rd Annual White House Student Film Festival in association with its founding partner, the American Film Institute. Students in grades K-12 submitted more than 700 short films round this year’s theme, The World I Want to Live In. The submissions are inspiring and we’re excited to share official selections and honor young filmmakers as part of this event.
  • MUSIC: Musical performances will include well-known and emerging artists who are using their music to inspire audiences.

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