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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 Film: Schedule is Coming Together

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

While SXSW Film has not yet announced that the Film Schedule is up (and we’ve heard from some filmmakers that their screenings will be confirmed shortly) the Screenings Schedule is starting to form up.

One of film geek buddies, Jason Whyte, pointed out that some films will be showing on both screens at the Alamo Ritz at the same time to increase audience capacity. Great idea, but we wonder how Q&A’s will work.

So head on over and check out the screenings schedule, but keep in mind it is probably not complete as yet.

SXSW Film Announce Additional Festival Titles

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Those tricky folks over at SXSW Film had one up their sleeve. they’ve just announced even more films for this years festival.

From the Press Release:

An additional 15 features and 4 shorts have been announced, and descriptions follow below. With these additions, the 2012 SXSW Film Festival will host a total of 132 features, consisting of 74 World Premieres, 17 North American Premieres and 11 U.S. Premieres, with 58 films from first-time directors. 138 shorts will screen as part of 12 overall shorts programs. The nearly 275 films were selected from a record number of overall submissions, over 5,300, comprised of approximately 2,000 features and 3,300 shorts. This was a 7% increase over 2011 despite moving submission deadlines a month earlier than in previous years.

The additional films are:


Blue Like Jazz
Director: Steve Taylor, Screenwriters: Donald Miller, Steve Taylor, Ben Pearson
A Texas college student flees the hypocrisy of his religious upbringing for life in the Pacific Northwest at ‘the most godless campus in America.’ Based on the New York Times bestseller by Donald Miller.
Cast: Marshall Allman, Claire Holt, Tania Raymonde, Justin Welborn, Eric Lange (World Premiere)

Nature Calls
Director/Screenwriter: Todd Rohal
Polar-opposite brothers Randy (Oswalt) and Kirk (Knoxville) never saw eye-to-eye, but their rivalry is taken to a new level when Randy hijacks Kirk’s son’s sleepover, taking the boys on a Scout Trip to remember. Cast: Patton Oswalt, Johnny Knoxville, Rob Riggle, Maura Tierney, Patrice O’Neal, Darrell Hammond (World Premiere)


King Kelly
Director: Andrew Neel, Screenwriter: Mike Roberts
Made entirely from camera-phone footage, King Kelly is a sensational journey into hedonistic American youth culture and the YouTube generation.
Cast: Louisa Krause, Libby Woodbridge, Roderick Hill, Will Brill, Patrick Murney (World Premiere)

Directors: Kahlil Hudson, Tyler Hughen
Two formerly close friends reunite for a fly-fishing trip and struggle to understand how much they’ve each changed – and how these changes now threaten the friendship. (World Premiere)


Lost and Sound (UK)
Director: Lindsey Dryden
Music may be an essential part of being human – but what if you lost the ability to hear it? A dancer, a pianist and a music critic attempt to re-discover music after deafness, with astonishing results.
(World Premiere)

Searching for Sugar Man (Sweden/UK)
Director: Malik Bendjelloul
The true story of the greatest ‘70s US rock icon who never was, how he was rediscovered and finally became the legend he deserved to be. A story of hope, inspiration and the power of music.


Director: Eva Stotz
Director Eva Stotz visited interesting people all over the world whom she found through online-host-networks and emerged for a limited time in their every-day-life.
(World Premiere)

The Will
Director: Christian Sønderby Jepsen (Denmark)
Henrik dreams of a new beginning. But when Henrik’s grandfather dies, leaving behind a fortune of millions, old skeletons come to light. (North American Premiere)


Chasing Ice
Director: Jeff Orlowski
Photographer James Balog was once a skeptic about climate change, but he discovers undeniable evidence. Balog reveals hauntingly beautiful, time-lapse videos of vanishing glaciers, while delivering hope to our carbon-powered planet.

Monsieur Lazhar
Director/Screenwriter: Philippe Falardeau, Based on the Stage Play by: Evelyne de la Chenelière
The story of an Algerian immigrant substitute teacher who brings emotional stability to a Montreal middle school class shaken by the tragic death of their well-liked teacher. Cast: Mohamed Fellag, Sophie Nélisse, Emilien Néron, Danielle Proulx, Brigitte Poupart

Safety Not Guaranteed
Director: Colin Trevorrow, Screenwriter: Derek Connolly
A trio of magazine employees investigate a classified ad seeking a partner for time travel.
Cast: Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass, Jake Johnson, Karan Soni

Shut Up and Play the Hits (UK)
Directors: Will Lovelace, Dylan Southern
The final days of LCD Soundsystem.

Sleepwalk With Me
Director/Screenwriter: Mike Birbiglia, Screenwriter: Ira Glass, Joe Birbiglia, Seth Barrish
An aspiring comedian reluctant to confront his fears of love, honesty, and growing up; a budding standup comedian has both a hilarious and intense struggle with sleepwalking.
Cast: Mike Birbiglia, Lauren Ambrose, James Rebhorn, Carol Kane, Cristin Milioti


Coffin Joe’s “This Night I Will Possess Your Corpse” with live score by Gary Lucas (Brazil)
Director/Screenwriter: Jose Mojica Marins, Screenwriter: Aldenora De Sa Porto
Gary Lucas’ live original solo guitar soundtrack accompanying the legendary 1967 Brazilian cult horror film classic directed by and starring Jose Mojica Marins a/k/a Coffin Joe.
Cast: Jose Mojica Marins a/k/a Coffin Joe, Tina Wohlers, Nadia Freitas, Antonio Fracari, Jose Lobo

Yellow Submarine (1968) Newly Restored (UK)
Director: George Dunning
Once upon a time in an unearthly paradise called Pepperland, the Blue Meanies threaten to destroy all that is good. Enter John, Paul, George and Ringo to save the day! Armed with their humour, songs, and yellow submarine, the Fab Four tackle the rough seas in an effort to bring down evil.
Cast: The Beatles, Paul Angelis, John Clive


Inquire Within
Director: Jay Rosenblatt
A hypnotic, apocalyptic film about false choices and faith.


going to the store
Director: David Lewandowski
A normal man walks to a place.


The Little Team (Spain)
Directors: Roger Gómez, Daniel Resines
Fourteen little kids go over an unsolved football mystery, and they end up teaching an unexpected life lesson to grown-ups.

The Perfect Fit (Scotland, UK)
Director: Tali Yankelevich
Ballet shoes may be worn by delicate girls, but they’re crafted by burly men…

Oh, and did I mention that there will be a Conversation with Seth McFarlane I didn’t? My bad.

A Conversation with Seth MacFarlane

As the creator of Family Guy and one of the co-creators of American Dad!, Seth MacFarlane has brought his boundary-pushing brand of humor to millions each week. Join Seth for a no-holds-barred discussion about his groundbreaking work in TV, his recent foray into the music world with his debut album and his transition to Hollywood with his upcoming directorial debut Ted, a live-action/CG-animated comedy starring Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis.
(Sunday, March 11, 11:00am, Vimeo Theater, Austin Convention Center)

Yeah, that’s a lot of new stuff to look through. Good thing you hadn’t started planning already, huh?

SXSW Film Seating Strategy: Location, Location, Location

Friday, February 10th, 2012

So now you have you SXSW Film lineup in hand, you’ve got your “must see” list working, and you’re anxiously waiting on the Film Grid to be published. All you need to finish your master plan to dominate SXSW Film is one small detail: Can you get a seat?

SXSW Film is spread over 10 Venues and 14 screens this year, and getting from one venue to the next will be made easier by using the Film Fest Flyer, but you have to consider that as some smaller venues will fill up fast, it may require that you to get in line early to secure a seat.

To help you out, below is a list of the seating capacity of each screen, along with notes from the Baby!’s experiences in the past.

Alamo Lamar – Great Venue that serves Food at your seat, due to this, the theater is loaded as soon as it is clean and ready, sometimes as much as 45 -60 minutes prior, rather than the typical 30 minutes prior to show time.
Lamar A – 225 seats
Lamar B – 118 seats
Lamar C – 118 seats

Alamo Ritz (186 seats) Same as the Alamo Lamar, however notes that Ritz 2 is only 90 seats. If you are going to a screening here, make sure to get there about an hour to an hour and a half ahead of time if you must see the film at this location.
Ritz 1 – 186 seats
Ritz 2 – 90 seats

SXsatellite Venues: Alamo Village (150 seats)

SXsatellite Venues: Alamo Slaughter Lane (150 seats)

Canon Screening Room @ the Long Center (210 seats)

Carver Museum (210 seats)

Paramount Theatre* (1200 seats, 700 if the balcony is not opened) Some premiere events may ask that the balcony not be opened, but this is rare. Last year we saw lines circling the block but everyone got in.

Stateside (298 seats)

Vimeo Theater at the Austin Convention Center (ACC) (600 seats)

Violet Crown Cinema Note very small seating capacities. Get there early.
Screen A – 50 seats
Screen B – 39 seats

At most venues last year we saw volunteers marking the end of each line. They also kept good control on headcounts of those in line, so as you walk up, they will have a good idea of your ability to get in. that being said, ALWAYS have a backup plan, another time to see that movie, another movie to see at that time.

Remember the Rule of the Five “P’s”: Proper Planning Prevents Piss-poor Performance.

SXSW Film Announces Venues

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

SXSW Film has expanded yet again. They are:

1.Alamo Lamar
2.Alamo Ritz
3.Canon Theater
4.Carver Center
5.Paramount Theatre
7.SXsatellite Venue: Alamo Slaughter
8.SXsatellite Venue: Alamo Village
9.Vimeo Theater @ ACC
10.Violet Crown Cinema

Of this list, the new kid on the block is the Violet Crown Cinema, a locally owned and operated cinema with four screens devoted to independent, documentary and international films. It is located on the second floor at the corner of San Antonio and 2nd Streets on the west end of the 2nd Street District, above Malaga Tapas and Bar and next to La Contessa.

The film Fest Flyer (previously the SXShuttle) will go to each of these location with the exception of the SXsatellite locations.

Their announcement, along with an interactive map, can be found here.