South By South Lawn 2016

South By South Lawn 2016

October 3, 2016
October 3, 2016


South by South Lawn 2016 is a one day festival celebrating innovation on the White House's South Lawn. It was inspired by South by Southwest and focuses on idea, art and action.

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Barack Obama
American politician, 44th President of the United States
Leonardo DiCaprio
Actor, film producer
bornNovember 11, 1974
Hollywood, California, U.S.
The Lumineers
Anil Dash
American blogger
bornSeptember 5, 1975

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Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio[1] (/dˈkæpri./; born November 11, 1974) is an American actor and a film producer.

In the early 1990s, DiCaprio began his career by appearing in television commercials, after which he had recurring roles in various television series such as the soap opera, Santa Barbara, and the sitcom, Growing Pains. In 1993, he began his film career by starring as Josh in Critters 3 (1991). He starred in the film adaptation of the memoir, This Boy's Life (1993), and was praised for his supporting role in What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993). He gained public recognition with leading roles in The Basketball Diaries (1995), and the romantic drama Romeo + Juliet (1996), before achieving international fame with James Cameron's epic romance, Titanic (1997), which became the highest-grossing film to that point.

Since 2000, DiCaprio has received critical acclaim for his work in a wide range of film genres. DiCaprio's subsequent films include, The Man in the Iron Mask (1998), the biographical crime drama Catch Me If You Can (2002), and the epic historical drama Gangs of New York (2002), which marked his first of many collaborations with director, Martin Scorsese. He was acclaimed for his performances in the political war thriller Blood Diamond (2006), the neo-noir crime drama The Departed (2006), the espionage thriller Body of Lies (2008), the drama Revolutionary Road (2008), the psychological thriller Shutter Island (2010), the science fiction thriller Inception (2010), the biographical film J. Edgar (2011), the western Django Unchained (2012), and the period drama The Great Gatsby (2013).

DiCaprio's portrayals of Howard Hughes in The Aviator (2004) and Hugh Glass in The Revenant (2015) won him the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama, and his role as Jordan Belfort in The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) won him the award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. He won his first BAFTA award for Best Actor for The Revenant. He has been nominated for six Academy Awards—five for acting and one for producing—and in 2016, he won the Academy Award for Best Actor for The Revenant.

DiCaprio is the founder of his own production company, Appian Way Productions.

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Barack Hussein Obama II (US Listeni/bəˈrɑːk hˈsn ˈbɑːmə/;[2][3] born August 4, 1961) is an American politician serving as the 44th President of the United States. He is the first African American to hold the office, as well as the first president born outside of the continental United States. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Obama is a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, where he served as president of the Harvard Law Review. He was a community organizer in Chicago before earning his law degree. He worked as a civil rights attorney and taught constitutional law at University of Chicago Law School between 1992 and 2004. He served three terms representing the 13th District in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004, and ran unsuccessfully in the Democratic primary for the United States House of Representatives in 2000 against incumbent Bobby Rush.

In 2004, Obama received national attention during his campaign to represent Illinois in the United States Senate with his victory in the March Democratic Party primary, his keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in July, and his election to the Senate in November. He began his presidential campaign in 2007 and, after a close primary campaign against Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2008, he won sufficient delegates in the Democratic Party primaries to receive the presidential nomination. He then defeated Republican nominee John McCain in the general election, and was inaugurated as president on January 20, 2009. Nine months after his inauguration, Obama was named the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

During his first two years in office, Obama signed into law economic stimulus legislation in response to the Great Recession in the form of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010. Other major domestic initiatives in his first term included the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, often referred to as "Obamacare"; the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act; and the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010. In foreign policy, Obama ended U.S. military involvement in the Iraq War, increased U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan, signed the New START arms control treaty with Russia, ordered U.S. military involvement in Libya in opposition to Muammar Gaddafi, and ordered the military operation that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden. In January 2011, the Republicans regained control of the House of Representatives as the Democratic Party lost a total of 63 seats; and, after a lengthy debate over federal spending and whether or not to raise the nation's debt limit, Obama signed the Budget Control Act of 2011 and the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012.

Obama was reelected president in November 2012, defeating Republican nominee Mitt Romney, and was sworn in for a second term on January 20, 2013. During his second term, Obama has promoted domestic policies related to gun control in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, and has called for greater inclusiveness for LGBT Americans, while his administration has filed briefs which urged the Supreme Court to strike down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act and state level same-sex marriage bans as unconstitutional. In foreign policy, Obama ordered U.S. military intervention in Iraq in response to gains made by the Islamic State after the 2011 withdrawal from Iraq, continued the process of ending U.S. combat operations in Afghanistan, promoted discussions that led to the 2015 Paris Agreement on global climate change, brokered a nuclear deal with Iran, and normalized U.S. relations with Cuba.

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White House
The White House is the official residence and principal workplace of the President of the United States, located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Washington, D.C. It has been the residence of every U.S. president since John Adams in 1800. The house was designed by Irish-born James Hoban and built between 1792 and 1800 of white-painted Aquia Creek sandstone in the Neoclassical style. When Thomas Jefferson moved into the house in 1801, he (with architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe) added low colonnades on each wing that concealed stables and storage.


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News Articles7

On the White House Lawn, A Tech/Culture/Music Gathering to Rival SxSW
Yahoo GMA  –  October 3, 2016
ABC News' John Parkinson and Arlette Saenz are at the South by South Lawn festival at the White House, where musicians, entrepreneurs, and artists have gathered to showcase the latest in culture and technology.
White House Announces South by South Lawn Lineup
Austin Chronicle  –  September 26, 2016
Members of the show’s cast, such as Millie Bobby Brown (Elle) and Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas), will also make appearances during the screenings. Providing the soundtrack for the event will be musical acts the Lumineers, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings ...
South by South Lawn Features Obama and DiCaprio, and Amplifies Austin's SXSW  –  September 26, 2016
"President Obama’s keynote at SXSW 2016 put the importance of community-focused innovation ... to help the White House continue to spread this message via South by South Lawn on October 3. The festival will be streamed live on, Facebook ...
South by South Lawn announced: A White House festival of ideas, art, and action
LGBT Weekly  –  September 2, 2016
issued the following White House blog post announcing South By South Lawn. On Monday, October 3, we’re celebrating the spirit of innovation with the first-ever White House South by South Lawn. Earlier this year, President Obama traveled to South by ...
White House Announces South by South Lawn Festival  –  September 2, 2016
South by Southwest is coming to the White House. On Oct. 3, the White House will hold the first annual South by South Lawn Festival to celebrate the spirit of innovation. The festival will feature music, films and panel discussions designed to “challenge ...
South by South Lawn To Take Austin to DC
TIME WARNER CABLE NEWS  –  September 2, 2016
D.C. South By South Lawn will bring together people who constantly work to improve the lives of Americans and people around the world. The overarching theme is one of inspiration for the three portions of the one-day event — Interactive, film and music.
Announcing South by South Lawn: A White House Festival of Ideas, Art, and Action
The White House President Barack Obama  –  September 1, 2016
South by South Lawn, an event inspired by South by Southwest ... Interactive Festival at the Long Center for Performing Arts in Austin, Texas, March 11, 2016. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy) As the President said in Selma, “It is you ...

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