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5 Questions with…Jerome Thélia, director of BOUNCE: HOW THE BALL TAUGHT THE WORLD TO PLAY

Sunday, March 15th, 2015

In a festival as big as SXSW, it is easy to miss out on films. Here at the Baby, we like to shine a light on movies that we think you should try and see. Bounce: How the Ball Taught the World to Play is a small gem that both charms and informs.

We were fortunate enough to get a few minutes with Jerome Thélia, the director of Bounce, so this is what we asked him.

What movie inspired you, as a child, to become a filmmaker?
In 1979, I was 9 and in the same year I saw APOCALYPSE NOW, Francois Truffaut’s POCKET CHANGE and acted in a USC film school short where I played an angel, really badly. There were oceans separating those films but I started to connect the dots.

What, if any, unexpected challenges did you face during filming?

Well, we filmed all over the world and in some pretty unusual situations, here are some snapshots:

- we froze our asses off on Christmas day on a small Scottish island filming an ancient football game played on the streets by brawny men.

- we bribed Indian officials on the streets of Mumbai after they confiscated our camera for ‘unpermitted filming of street cricket games’.

- we were very nearly assaulted by a group of drunk football fans in Congo after we were caught surreptitiously filming a voodoo ritual they were performing against the opposing team.

How did you choose this particular subject?

My friend and colleague, writer and anthropologist John Fox, wrote the book that inspired the film called “The Ball: Discovering the Object of the Game.”

What message would you like your audiences to take away from the movie?

That ball games carry profound meaning wherever and whenever they have been played, which is everywhere and as far back as we can see and as far into the future as we can predict.

Finally, other than your screenings, what are you looking forward to doing at SXSW?

I actually make a version of Trudy’s Mexican Martini at home in New York, so I’m looking forward to more research.

Sounds yummy!  Screening in the Documentary Spotlight category, catch the film at one of these spots:

Saturday, March 14 -11:00AM – 12:11PM
Alamo Lamar A

Sunday, March 15-8:45PM – 9:56PM
Satellite Venue: Marchesa
6226 Middle Fiskville Road

Wednesday, March 18-4:15PM – 5:26PM
Rollins Theatre at The Long Center

Saturday, March 21-2:00PM – 3:11PM
Topfer Theatre at ZACH

Things To Do Today at SXSW: Sunday March 15th

Sunday, March 15th, 2015

Here are more highlights from the SXSW schedule, as chosen by the SXSW Baby! team:

Interactive

•  New Journalism: Black and White and Reddit All Over
12:30pm Hyatt Regency

Film

• Love and Mercy
2:15pm Paramount

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Why did we choose these events? Listen to the morning podcast to find out, which is supported by HipChat.com.

Things To Do Today at SXSW: Saturday March 14th

Saturday, March 14th, 2015

Here are more highlights from the SXSW schedule, as chosen by the SXSW Baby! team:

Interactive

•  Help! I Have Customers in Europe! What Do I Do?
5:00pm Hilton Downtown

Film

• Being Evel
9:30pm Vimeo

 

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Now listen to why we chose these as our picks of the day on the SXSW Baby! podcast, supported by HipChat.

Things To Do Today at SXSW: Friday March 13th

Friday, March 13th, 2015

Here are more highlights from the SXSW schedule, as chosen by the SXSW Baby! team:

Interactive

•  Women in Tech Can’t Be Our Next Endangered Species
3:30pm Marriot (rm 407)

Film

• The Last Man on the Moon
7:45pm Vimeo

Party

•  Interactive Opening Party
8:00pm J.W. Marriott

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And now you can listen to our picks of the day on the SXSW Baby! podcast, supported by HipChat.

2015 Must See Films: Narrative Shorts

Friday, March 13th, 2015

With so many astounding Shorts programs, it can be tough to choose which one(s) to go to. Or, like me, you could just see them all-which is what I recommend!  In the event you would like some guidance, here are some outstanding shorts that are really not to be missed.

Primrose – Screening in Shorts 1. Starring the director, Clara Aranovich, and Nick Thurston-who is craze-amazing!!! This short is one of the best things I have seen this year. Seriously. Clara’s great, but Nick’s performance is sublime. Go watch this!!!

Saturday, March 14
11:00AM – 12:35PM Topfer Theatre at ZACH

Sunday, March 15
2:00PM – 3:35PM  Rollins Theatre at The Long Center

Saturday, March 21
7:00PM – 8:35PM  Stateside Theatre

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Followers- Screening in Shorts 2

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Saturday, March 14  1:45PM – 3:14PM  Topfer Theatre at ZACH

Sunday, March 15  11:30AM – 12:59PM  Rollins Theatre at The Long Center

Saturday, March 21  5:30PM – 6:59PM  Alamo Lamar B

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Room 55- Screening in Shorts 3

Alice Lawson is strictly self- disciplined wife, mother and celebrated television cook. In the 1950′s, these responsibilities can really weigh on a girl. Sometimes, a little visit to Room 55 can help relieve her stress.

Saturday, March 14   4:45PM – 5:58PM
Rollins Theatre at The Long Center

Monday, March 16  11:45AM – 12:58PM
Rollins Theatre at The Long Center

Saturday, March 21  2:15PM – 3:28PM
Alamo Lamar C

SXSW 2015 Announces Midnighters and Shorts

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Okay Babies, the list of Shorts and Midnighters are here!!!!

For me, it is difficult to even recommend individual films in this category, because as far as I am concerned, if you have made a Midnight film-I am there! To be included in this category puts you automatically on my to be seen list.  With that being said, I confess to being a little extra giddy about:

The Corpse of Anna Fritz (Spain) Director: Hèctor Hernández Vicens

  • Because necrophilia is ALWAYS interesting!

He Never Died Director/Screenwriter: Jason Krawczyk

  • Because I really like Henry Rollins and also, cannibilism!

The Nightmare Director: Rodney Ascher

  • Billed as a horror documentary, I am too curious as to how this plays out. By the Director of Room 237.

Check out the full list, here:

SXSW 2015 Midnighters & Short Films

Okay sweet Babies, that is it, for the moment. Keep checking back for updates on all things SXSW, whether it is film, music, interactive or any of the new/newer additions to this monster conference, including food, SXsports, gaming, etc. etc. etc., one of us will be giving you the news you need to know. Hang in there, Babies, March is closing in!

The rush of Kickstarter to SXSW Film

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Variety’s Dave McNary has some nice numbers on the rise of Kickstarter funded films at SXSW this year.  Six of the twenty feature films ‘in competition’ have used Kickstarter to raise funds, while the full slate of 145 films includes  twenty-four films using the crowd funding site to raise a budget.

This follows in the trailblazing path of last year’s ‘Veronica Mars’ feature, which was a keystone of SXSW coverage for much of the mainstream press.

And to go alongside the kick-started films, there are two sessions to hear more about best practices and real-world examples… Science of Social Funding: 247 Campaign Patterns on Tuesday 17th, and the quirky story of How Potato Salad Killed/Saved Crowdfunding on Monday 16th.