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SXSW Film: Special Events

Every year the folks over at SXSW Film offer up special screenings for the true film geek, and this year I think they’ve gone above and beyond.

This years Special Event screenings include:
All American High: Revisited
Director: Keva Rosenfeld

All American High: Revisited is a time capsule of teen life in the 1980s, a long-lost documentary that captures an unforgettable era through the eyes of those who lived it.

Double Play: James Benning and Richard Linklater (France / Portugal / US)
Director: Gabe Klinger

A documentary portrait of the friendship between the renowned filmmakers James Benning and Richard Linklater. (U.S. Premiere)

The Grand Budapest Hotel – Extended Q&A with Wes Anderson

Director/Screenwriter: Wes Anderson

The Grand Budapest Hotel recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars; and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting; a raging battle for an enormous family fortune; a desperate chase on motorcycles, trains, sleds, and skis; and the sweetest confection of a love affair – all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent.
Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan, Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson, Owen Wilson

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre – 40th Anniversary Screening Director/Screenwriter: Tobe Hooper, Screenwriter: Kim Henkel

An idyllic summer afternoon becomes a terrifying nightmare for five young friends after they stumble upon the home of a depraved Texas clan.
Cast: Marilyn Burns, Paul A. Partain, Edwin Neal, Jim Siedow, Gunnar Hansen

But, to me, the most epic, not-to-be-missed event is a lovingly restored masterpiece thatand gave birth to the modern movie. that’s right. the granddaddy of them all:


As a kid I spent hours glued to my television watching every monster movie on the local affiliate on Sunday afternoons. You name it, it wouldn’t have existed if not for the Big Man (or Lizard): Ultraman, Rhodan, Gamera, Mothra, Ghidorah, etc., etc.

While others (King Kong) may predate him, Godzilla has them all beat.
Here are the deets:

Director: Ishiro Honda, Screenwriters: Takeo Murata, Ishiro Honda

The 1954 classic that inspired the modern monster movie (national re-release from Rialto Pictures in April). Q&A with Gareth Edwards, director of the summer 2014 film Godzilla, from Warner Bros Pictures and Legendary Pictures.
Cast: Takashi Shimura, Akira Takarada, Momoko Kochi

Oh and there’s a lovely teaser on the SXSW website for it too!
Godzilla teaser

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