SXSW Film Review: Sweaty Betty

A dog, two single dads, and a 1,000-pound pig

SXSW Film Review: Sweaty Betty

Your giant star-filled headliners and big-name Hollywood premieres are all well and good, but the heart and soul of any film festival are the little movies off to the side of the action, the ones with actors and writers and directors you’ve never heard of taking you inside a world you may never have even known was there.

Shot on what seems to be an old camcorder in the lower-middle-class Prince George’s suburbs just outside Washington, D.C., Joseph Frank and Zachary Reed's Sweaty Betty is the definition of the modest festival hopeful, a semi-improvised snapshot of life, taking as its actors the untrained members of the community and finding narrative in the simple beats of the everyday and the common (as common, anyway, as a story about a dog, two single fathers, and a 1,000-pound pig can be). The results blur the lines between narrative, documentary, and home movies and give the film its own idiosyncratic rhythm. What it lacks in technique or know-how, Sweaty Betty makes up for in heart and unfiltered artistic optimism.


Sweaty Betty

Narrative Competition, World Premiere
Monday, March 16, 7:15pm, Rollins
Thursday, March 19, 10:30pm, Alamo Slaughter


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