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SXSW Baby Interview: I Am Not Your Guru

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

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Ewan talks to Director Joe Berlinger, and subject Tony Robbins from ‘I Am Not Your Guru’.

Joe Berlinger’s twelfth feature documentary, captures internationally renowned life and business strategist and best-selling author, Tony Robbins, in a revelatory cinéma vérité film that goes behind the scenes of his mega once-a-year seminar “Date With Destiny,” attended by over 2,500 people, to give an insider look at how one man can affect millions. Granted never before seen access, this film is an emotional tour de force, pulling back the curtain on Tony Robbins and unveiling the inner-workings of this life-altering and controversial event, the zealous participants and the man himself.

More on ‘I Am Not Your Guru’ at SXSW.com.

SXSW Baby Interview: Silicon Cowboys

Monday, March 14th, 2016

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Ewan talks to Producer Ross Dinerstein, Director Jason Cohen, and Compaq Co-Founder Rod Canion from the documentary film ‘Silicon Cowboys’.

Launched in 1982 by three friends in a Houston diner, Compaq Computer set out to build a portable PC to take on IBM, the world’s most powerful tech company. Many had tried cloning the industry leader’s code, only to be trounced by IBM and its high-priced lawyers. Silicon Cowboys explores the remarkable David vs. Goliath story, and eventual demise, of Compaq, an unlikely upstart who altered the future of computing and helped shape the world as we know it today. Directed by Oscar-nominated director Jason Cohen, the film offers a fresh look at the explosive rise of the 1980′s PC industry and is a refreshing alternative to the familiar narratives of Jobs, Gates, and Zuckerberg.

More on Silicon Cowboys at SXSW.com.

SXSW Baby Interview: Yarn

Sunday, March 13th, 2016

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Ewan talks to Producer and co-directors Heather Millard and Thordur Jonsson from the documentary film ‘Yarn’.

The traditional crafts of crochet and knitting have become one of the hottest movements in modern art. We follow a few International artists and knitters as they bring yarn to the streets and into our lives in new ways. Starting in Iceland, this quirky and thought-provoking film takes us on a colourful and global journey as we discover how yarn connects us all.

More on Yarn at SXSW.com.

SXSW Baby Interview: Cassie Hay, ‘The Liberators’

Friday, March 11th, 2016

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Ewan talks to Cassie Hay, director of the documentary film ‘The Liberators’.

Medieval art treasures seized by the Nazis go missing at the end of World War II. Were they destroyed in the chaos of the final battles? Or were these thousand-year-old masterpieces stolen by advancing American troops? For over forty years, the mystery remained unsolved. A true detective story, The Liberators follows a dogged German art detective through the New York art world and military archives to the unlikeliest of destinations: a small town on the Texas prairie. The film raises intriguing questions as to the motivations of the art thief and the whereabouts of the items that, to this day, remain waiting to be discovered.

More on The Liberators at SXSW.com.

All the film details you could need (if all you need are the start-times)

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

Just over three weeks to go before the start of SXSW, and its time to start sorting out your diary as the times of all the events start to come through. First up is SXSW Film, and the keynotes, sessions, and screenings are all in the system for you to work through and build up your daily schedule (which you’ll probably ignore once you get to Austin, but hey, that’s just how Southby’ers roll).

Back in my day you had to use pencil and paper, or a chunky marker in the big book (to be honest I still do both, but I’m stubborn). Most people will be using their SXsocial login to select their favourites, and then syncing the results to their smartphones so they can look at them on the move.

I’m told it’s progress…

SXSW Film Announces Opening Night Film

Sunday, January 11th, 2015

Well the wait is over, dust off your scheduling tools and get ready, the SXSW Film crew has started releasing this years film listing!

This years opening night film is BRAND: A Second Coming. The lively film dives deep into the eye of the celebrity storm, with Russel Brand at its center as he grapples with fame, influence and where we are as a 21st century society.

In addition they’ve announced the following six films as well:

A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story (World Premiere)
Director: Sara Hirsh Bordo
From the producers of the most viewed TEDWomen event of 2013 comes A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story, a documentary following the inspiring journey of 25-year-old, 58-pound Lizzie from cyber-bullying victim to anti-bullying activist.

Ex Machina (North American Premiere)
Director/Screenwriter: Alex Garland
Alex Garland, writer of 28 Days Later and Sunshine, makes his directorial debut with the stylish and cerebral thriller Ex Machina, starring Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac and Alicia Vikander.
Cast: Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, Alicia Vikander

Hello, My Name is Doris (World Premiere)
Director: Michael Showalter, Screenwriters: Michael Showalter, Laura Terruso
An isolated 60-year-old woman is motivated by a self-help seminar to romantically pursue a younger coworker, causing her to stumble into the spotlight of the Brooklyn hipster social scene.
Cast: Sally Field, Max Greenfield, Beth Behrs, Wendi Mclendon-Covey, Stephen Root, Elizabeth Reaser, Jack Antonoff, Natasha Lyonne, Tyne Daly

The Invitation (World Premiere)
Director: Karyn Kusama, Screenwriters: Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi
A reunion of old friends turns into a nightmare when one guest, a haunted man whose ex-wife is among the hosts, begins to fear that the night is part of a terrifying agenda.
Cast: Logan Marshall-Green, Tammy Blanchard, Michiel Huisman, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Lindsay Burdge

Mavis! (World Premiere)
Director: Jessica Edwards
Her family group, the Staple Singers, inspired millions and helped propel the civil rights movement with their music. After 60 years of performing, legendary singer Mavis Staples’ message of love and equality is needed now more than ever.

Son of the Congo (World Premiere)
Director/Screenwriter: Adam Hootnick
Serge Ibaka’s improbable journey has taken him from the violence of Congo to the top of the NBA. In Son of the Congo, Ibaka returns home, hoping his basketball success can help rebuild a country and inspire a new generation to dream of a better life.

This is just the beginning! Get ready and register today!

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

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