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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

3 Animated Shorts to Consider

Friday, February 14th, 2014

If you are a Shorts person, like I am, you do not need me to convince you to go. Even though I have been watching Shorts seriously for possibly a decade, I am a child of Hanna-Barbera, so it still boggles my mind what animation can do and be. If you are new to watching Animated Shorts-keep your mind open and you won’t be disappointed.

THE Construction of ANSTALT3000

Director: Helmut Munz

While I am not sure of ANSTALT3000’s true purpose, I am very charmed by the creatures who are trying to explain it to me.


Director Alan Holly

I hope this is what Death is like-benevolent, tolerant, strong.

Through the Hawthorn 

Directors:  Anna Benner, Pia Borg, Gemma Burditt

A triptych presentation of mental illness as perceived by a mother, her son and his doctor.

Animated Shorts Screen:

Saturday, March 8
Rollins Theatre at The Long Center

Sunday, March 9
2:00PM – 3:21PM
SXSatellite: Marchesa

Wednesday, March 12
7:00PM – 8:21PM
Vimeo Theater

Thursday, March 13
11:00AM – 12:21PM
SXSatellite: Marchesa

2014 Schedule is Live!

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Hey Babies! The master SXSW Schedule is Live.

This is actually the link for film screenings, but you can expand your search for more, such as parties and panels, once you get on the site. Check it out here.

Additional Films


May the Best Man Win

Director: Andrew O’Connor, Screenwriters: Matthew Robinson, Lee Hupfield, Andrew O’Connor
Two pranksters compete against each other in a series of increasingly outrageous stunts to win the affections of the girl they’ve both fallen for.
Cast: Whit Thomas, Drew Tarver, Rosa Salazar (World Premiere)


Directors: Anlo Sepulveda & Paul Collins
A river’s dreams and memories told from the perspective of the water that runs through it – a visual journey from prehistoric times to the modern era along what is now known as the San Marcos River. (World Premiere)


*Note Title Change: Previously announced as Sheffield: Sex City, the Florian Habicht documentary is now entitled PULP: a film about life, death and supermarkets…

Big in Japan

Director/Screenwriter: John Jeffcoat
Big in Japan is a comedic rock-and-roll road movie about struggling Seattle rock band, Tennis Pro, who decide to sell their tour-van and head to Tokyo for one last shot at acceptance.
Cast: David Drury, Philip A Peterson, Sean Lowry, Alex Vincent, Adam Powers (World Premiere)

For Those About to Rock. The story of Rodrigo y Gabriela

Director: Alejandro Franco Fernández
The amazing and inspiring journey of Mexican guitarists ‘Rodrigo y Gabriela’ who at a very young age decided to do only what they loved the most: music. (World Premiere)


Last Hijack
Directors: Tommy Pallotta & Femke Wolting
A true tale of survival in Somalia told from the pirate’s perspective. Combining animation with documentary storytelling.


What We Do In the Shadows
Directors/Screenwriters: Taika Waititi & Jermaine Clement
From Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement who shared writing, directing and acting duties— What We Do In the Shadows is a hilarious comedy chock full of one-liners that showcases whether you’re immortal or human—life is better with friends.
Cast: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Rhys Darby, Jonathan Brugh, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer


The Doug Benson Movie Interruption
Comedian Doug Benson and a few funny friends take over the theater’s front row, providing a live comedy soundtrack to the classic film onscreen.

Hannibal Buress Live From Chicago
Director: Marcus Raboy
Hannibal Buress’ newest stand-up hour, Live From Chicago, is premiering at SXSW before it’s on Comedy Central, March 29th! (World Premiere)

Start making your plans, Babies, while you still have a little bit of time!

SXSW Narrative Shorts: The Kármán Line

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Director Oscar Sharp brings us The Kármán Line, a wonderful short film. Here is the synopsis from the SXSW site:

A mother is hit by an unusual condition and begins to rise gradually into the air.

An ambitious short starring double-BAFTA winner Olivia Colman (Tyrannosaur, Iron Lady, Hot Fuzz, Peep Show) and Shaun Dooley (The Woman in Black, Misfits, Eden Lake), shot by Robbie Ryan (Fish Tank, Philomena) and directed by Oscar Sharp, currently a Fulbright & BAFTA scholar at NYU’s Graduate Film programme.

This film is witty, tender, and funny all at once. It explores the wonders of life experience, the loneliness of illness, and how families of those afflicted cope with change.

It is a beautiful entry into this year’s festival and one that’s not to be missed.

Narrative Shorts: VERBATIM

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

In the Narrative Shorts category of SXSW Film you’ll find VERBATIM, a clever tongue-in-cheek narrative based on true events that is painfully funny and pokes a very sharp stick at the legal profession in general.

I brings to my a certain public figure that once said “It depends on what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is…”

Make time in your schedule to catch this very funny short. You’ll thank us!

Film Review: Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter

Sunday, February 9th, 2014

People get in to ruts in their lives. Get up, go to work/school, go home, go to bed. Repeat in an endless cycle. It is enough to drive you insane.

Occasionally, if we are lucky, we can find something to knock us out of that rut. If we are very lucky, it changes our lives for the better and we live happily ever after.

But what happens when the thing that brings us joy becomes so consuming that it leads us to make…questionable decisions? How far would you go to fulfill your dream?

From the Zellner brothers, Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter (English and Japanese with English subtitles, DCP, 2014, 105 minutes) is a film about a woman determined to succeed in her quest. A very quiet film that is visually stunning, it isn’t difficult at all to see why this film is burning up the Festival circuit.

Screening in the Festival Favorites category, it is 105 minutes well spent.

Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter


Kumiko lives in a cluttered, cramped apartment in Tokyo with her pet rabbit, Bunzo. She works as an office lady, robotically preparing tea and fetching dry cleaning for her nitpicky boss. But on her own time, she obsessively watches a well-known American film on a weathered VHS tape. Rewinding and fast-forwarding repeatedly, she meticulously maps out where a briefcase of castaway loot is buried within the fictional film. After hours of intense research—convinced that her destiny depends on finding the money—Kumiko heads to the United States and into the harsh Minnesota winter to search for it.