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“Must-See” Film at SXSW 2014: “Big in Japan”

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Big in Japan Still PhotoSXSW Music is in full force, but there’s still time to catch some of the great films that premiered earlier this week during SXSW Film. One of the film that stands out the most and represents the frustrations and challenges experienced by musicians is Big in Japan from writer/director John Jeffcoat, playing tonight at 9:30 pm at Alamo Ritz.

This quirky fictionalized story about real life Seattle-based band Tennis Pro is humorous and engaging. The band’s experiences as they attempt to find success abroad are both magical and realistic.

Like his previous film “Outsourced” which was based in India, Jeffcoat embraces and respects the local culture as he reveals its nuances. Tennis Pro members and non-actors Phillip Peterson, David Drury, and Sean Lowry effectively embrace their characters that engages and entertains.

The guerilla-style cinematography is well-suited for the intimacy of the seedy hotel and basement nightclubs that the band frequents on this road trip tale of three musicians just trying to prove to themselves and others that they can find success with their music.

I guarantee that after watching Big in Japan, you will be humming a Tennis Pro tune, thirsting for sake, or wanting to book a trip to Japan — Ramen Tatsu-ya, anyone?

Get a free download of Tennis Pro’s “Rock Over Tokyo” on Gridtrax here.

 

Things To Do Today at SXSW: Thursday March 13th

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

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

Music Panels

•  Heavy Metal Entrepenuership: A PhD Study
5:00pm ACC Room 13AB

Film

• Doc of the Dead
11:15am  Ritz 2

• For No good Reason
7:00pm  Stateside

Music

 •  Ruby Jane
8:00pm Creekside at Hilton Gardens

 •  Adam Arcuragi
1:00am Valhalla

Things To Do Today at SXSW: Wednesday March 12th

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

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

Music Panels

•  Thank You For letting Us Take Your Money
12:30pm ACC Room 12AB

Film

• JIMI: All Is By My Side
9:00pm  Paramount

Music

 •  Streets of Laredo
8:30pm Rowds Saloon

 •  The Crookes
1:00am Parish Underground

Other

 •  Trade Show
11:00am-4:00pm Austin Convention Center, Exhibit Halls 3 & 4

Things To Do Today at SXSW: Tuesday March 11th

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

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

Interactive

•  Why Fanfic is Taking Over the World
10:00am ACC Ballroom G

Gaming

•  Worst Technology Ever, the Wrong Side of History
12:30pm Sheraton Austin, Creekside

Film

• Premature,
4:45pm  Ritz 1

Music

 •  The Mighty Oaks
6:00pm Embassy Suites

Party

•  SXSW V2V Backyard BBQ
3:00pm East Tent, Brush Square Park

 Other

 •  Trade Show
11:00am-6:00pm Austin Convention Center, Exhibit Halls 3 & 4

Things ToDo Today at SXSW: Monday March 10th

Monday, March 10th, 2014

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

Interactive

•  Why Didn’t a Tech Journalist Break PRISM
11:00am ACC Room 18ABCD

Gaming

•  DPS and You, Building a Digital Magazine
9:30am AT&T Conf Center, Classroom 202

Film

• Silicon Valley
1:30pm Vimeo

• We’ll Never Have Paris
4:30pm Topfer

Party

•  12th Annual Nuclear Tacos, East Tent Brush Square
6:00pm East Tent, Brush Square Park

•  A Taste of Scotland 
5:00pm, West Tent, Brush Square Park

Other

 •  Book Signing: Cory Doctorow
12:20pm ACC Ballroom D Foyer

 •  Trade Show
11:00am-6:00pm Austin Convention Center, Exhibit Halls 3 & 4

Things To Do Today at SXSW: Sunday March 9th

Sunday, March 9th, 2014

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

Interactive

•  Instagramming the News
5:00pm ACC Room 18ABCD

Gaming

•  The Secrets Behind Addictive Storytelling
3:30pm ACC Next Stage, EH 3/4

Film

Jeffrey Tambor’s Acting Workshop
3:30pm ACC Room 18ABCD

Surviving Cliffside
9:30pm Violet Crown

Party

•  StageTwo@SXSW
1:00 – 5:00pm Long Center – Pincer Terrace

•  Fray Cafe 
7:00 – 10:00pm, The Red Eyed Fly

 Other

 •  Trade Show
11:00am-6:00pm Austin Convention Center, Exhibit Halls 3 & 4

Two Wonderful Films at SXSW

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

So I normally do not take time during SXSW week to post about films I’ve seen. I usually use Twitter and word of mouth to pass along recommendations.

Last night I saw two films that made me feel I HAD to write about them.


The first was “That Guy Dick Miller” a documentary about the life and career of the eponymous character actor. The guy has been in everything. I remember him mostly from Gremlins, but his career started back in the ’50s and the man knows how to pack everything into the shortest of scenes. He’s a true treasure.

The second was “Premature” a John Hughes-esque masterpiece that combines the John Hughes comedic “this event is too ridiculous to be real” with a sprinkling of “Groundhog Day”. Reminded me a lot of “Better Off Dead”.

The entire cast shines and the film will certainly become this generations “Ferris Bueller”.


Additional screenings are:

“That Guy Dick Miller”
March 8, 4:30pm Alamo Slaughter
March 11, 8:30pm Ritz 2
March 13, 9:30pm Marchesa

Premature
March 8, 9:30pm Alamo Village
March 11, 4:45pm Ritz 1
March 15, 4:00pm Ritz 2