Louis Black is a co-founder of The Austin Chronicle, a weekly newspaper published in Austin, Texas, and has been the newspaper's editor since its inception, as well as one of the co-founders of the SXSW and a founding partner in Toronto's North by Northeast music and film festival.
Black was an original board member of the Austin Film Society and is a past president of that organization. In 2000, Texas Monthly Editor Evan Smith and Black working with AFS established the Texas Film Hall of Fame.
He was executive producer of a documentary on Texan songwriter Townes Van Zandt. In addition to serving as executive producer, he also directed a documentary about Austin director Richard Linklater which premiered on PBS's American Masters. He appeared in the film The Devil and Daniel Johnston as Black was an early supporter of the Texan singer.