The North Door
"...Over nine days of SXSW Film, we churned out so many reviews and interviews and photo galleries, it’s hard to keep track. Here’s a handy rundown of all our SXSW Film 2015 coverage...."
"...SXSW Film attendees, time to finesse your calendars. The conference just announced its final list of speakers, with author/filmmaker Nelson George, legendary producer Gale Anne Hurd, and indie icon Joe Swanberg all delivering keynotes..."
"...Booking a film festival is about whittling. This year, the SXSW Film Festival staff received about 1,500 narrative features and 1,000 documentaries, and narrowed that down to about 150 titles..."
"...Following January’s tease of six titles, SXSW Film has unloosed its 145-film strong slate for the 2015 festival...."
"...After January's sneak peek of a half-dozen titles, SXSW Film has finally drawn back the curtain on its 2016 lineup...."
"...Janet Pierson has the coolest job – and the toughest job. As the SXSW Film Festival director, she leads the team that selected the 110 features announced today..."
"...January has very little to recommend it – it heralds the season of dogs at the moviehouse (literally and figuratively) – but at least from SXSW Film we get the beginning of what I like to call The Long Tease, a deliciously slow reveal of all the goodies it’ll be showing come March...."
"...The SXSW Film Festival continues through Saturday with lots of screenings still to unspool. Of the three films opening for theatrical runs in Austin this weekend, two – Neil Young: Heart of Gold and V for Vendetta – have had sneak peeks at SXSW and are highly recommended by our reviewers..."
"...March may seem like an awfully long ways away, but if you want to get a handle on the gajillion-strong programming choices at the 2013 SXSW Film Conference, it’s wise to start prepping now...."
"...SXSW Film’s first programming announcement of the new year should get legions of genre fans aflutter: Joss Whedon, the man behind TV’s much-loved Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly, will participate in a Conversation panel at the Film Conference, in addition to bringing a new movie to town...."
"...The 2012 SXSW Film Festival Award winners were announced tonight at a ceremony at the Vimeo Theater, emceed by Doug Benson. The goods after the jump...."
"...SXSW Film has announced the first six films (well, technically five films and one TV show) for its 2016 lineup. Four of them are world premieres, and two have an Austin connection...."
"...Directed by: Various. The SXSW Film Festival 2002 has arrived..."
"...Directed by: Various. The SXSW Film Festival 2002 has arrived..."
"...Eugene Mirman hosted the SXSW Film Awards tonight. After the jump, find out who went home happy ..."
"...Ava DuVernay, the acclaimed director of this season’s Selma, has been announced today as one of the keynote speakers at next March’s South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival. Joining her for separate kickoff speeches will be RZA, as well as Mark Duplass, who was previously announced...."
"...SXSW Film announced the winners for Jury and Special Award competitions this evening at a ceremony hosted by Saturday Night Live’s Vanessa Bayer at the Paramount Theatre. The top feature competition prizes went to Texas filmmakers: Trey Edward Shults for KRISHA, and Scott Christopherson and Brad Barber for Peace Officer...."
"...SXSW Film released the Audience Awards for this year’s Fest this afternoon. There is still some time to catch a few screenings of some of the winners (they have been scheduling them all day; see below)..."
"...Knowledge is power, and the only way to survive the circus of SXSW is with some serious know-how. We’ve got the Austin insider’s guide to film venues, the queue system, and tips to get you from here to there to your best fest ever...."
"...Let’s start with some math: SXSW throws more than 150 feature films at you over 10 days’ time. You’re never gonna get to them all..."
"...SXSW is undeniably chaotic, but there is order to be found in this universe. Keep reading for our Austin insider’s guide to film venues, the line system, and tips on how to get fed and when you'll need to pack a sweater...."
"...The big story coming out of this year’s Sundance Film Festival was the wealth of standout films made by Austin directors. Today, the South by Southwest Film Festival unveils its 2013 lineup, and guess what: A whole new batch of Austinites’ films will make their world premiere come March...."
"...On the tails of yesterday's South by Southwest Interactive announcement, the Film arm of the March fest announced its first wave this morning...."
"...SXSW Film has confirmed its first round of panels and featured sessions for next year's Fest. Highlights include the return of the creator of this summer's breakout hit, Mr..."
"...The South by Southwest Film Festival continues through Saturday, and there are still tons of movies to see. Look for our coverage and reviews in the Screens section of this issue, as well as in last week's issue, online, and in the print dailies which come out during the companion Music Conference..."
"...The SXSW Film Conference complete lineup has clicked into place, with more than 240 sessions to choose from, including the just-announced final Film Keynote speaker, the legendary producer Christine Vachon of Killer Films...."
"...For this year's opening night film, South by Southwest serves up Chef, an indie homecoming by Hollywood bigshot Jon Favreau, who wrote, directed, and stars in a visual dish that’s more a passable gumbo than a four-star entrée...."
"...In recent years, SXSW Film has tilted toward comedies on opening night – MacGruber, I Love You, Man – but there doesn't appear to be anything funny about Source Code, a thriller about a military op that involves soldier Jake Gyllenhaal reliving in a loop the last eight minutes of another man's life before a terrorist bomb took out the train he was riding. (At least we think that's what it's about..."
"...We're now nearly a week into the film festival, which continues through Saturday, March 17. During that time a wide selection of narrative features, documentaries, short films, music videos, and numerous sidebars will screen..."
"...While watching Alex Sichel and Elizabeth Giamatti’s A Woman Like Me, you’ll find yourself wishing that the film might never end. More than the conclusion of an intriguing movie, the ending in this case heralds the passing of a human life...."
"...Siegfried and Roy, meet Steve and Steve – Carell and Buscemi, that is. They’ll be starring as two Vegas strip illusionists in spring comedy The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, just announced as the 2013 South by Southwest Film Festival’s Opening Night Film..."
"...SXSW Film has announced 20 confirmed panels for next year's conference, including local hero Henri Mazza on interactive screenings and Razorfish's Rachel Lovinger on the rise of geek documentaries...."
"...KRISHA is a powerful, moving film that delves deeply into tough subject matter to create an unforgettable depiction of a family at its best and at its worst...."
"...Mark Duplass, the prolific actor and filmmaker, is the first of the four keynote speakers to be announced by SXSW Film. Beginning last year, the festival moved to a format of daily keynote speakers..."
"...Another film festival, another Mickey Keating film. The only working director to give Sion Sono a run for his money on both quality and quantity of titles, the enfant terrible of American genre cinema has gone back to the desert for his fourth feature, Carnage Park...."
"...To say that Guy Reid's film takes the long view of our world and humankind's relationship to it is to put it mildly. Planetary begins by taking us into space and gives us ample time to view Earth from a distance that erases borders and encourages us to see the planet as a single, living organism...."
"...A more fitting header would be Portrait of the Serial Killer as a Young Boy. It is the first film in a planned trilogy about the growth of a mass murderer...."
"...Writer/director Alison Bagdall has been experimenting with tone in indie film since her screenplay for Buffalo ‘66 in 1998; her most recent feature, The Dish & the Spoon, premiered at SXSW in 2011. She's back in 2015 with Funny Bunny...."
"...SXSW really likes her. Sally Field took Austin by storm this weekend with her title role in the movie Hello, My Name Is Doris, which premiered at the Fest, and followed up the next day with an onstage conversation with the film’s director Michael Showalter...."
"...In addition to announcing its after-dark Midnighters slate, today SXSW Film Festival released its short films lineup. From a record 3,597 submissions, a lucky 106 made the cut for the March festival...."
"...There’s no precise word in the music biz for what Danny Fields does – or did (as the film concludes its look at his amazing career in 1978). Having great taste is a huge part of what made Fields so successful, but pinpointing his activities with a simple job description is no easy task...."
"...This is the companion film to Joshua Oppenheimer’s Oscar-nominated The Act of Killing, which focused, unconventionally, on the unrepentant perpetrators of the mid-Sixties Indonesian genocide where, following a military takeover of the government, a million Indonesians were brutally murdered in a Communist purge by uniformed thugs...."
"...When their mother abruptly drives off one morning, five children – ranging from age 1 to 13 – must fend for themselves, uncertain whether she will return. The film follows them through the day, and while that premise might sound a bit bleak, God Bless the Child is really a heartfelt and candid ode to the lazy summer days of childhood...."
"...In Micah Magee’s feature-film debut, a high school graduate must make some adult decisions when life throws her a succession of curve balls that threaten to narrow her choices and upend her already tenuous circumstances...."
"...With the clock ticking down on South by Southwest Film, it's getting harder to make sure you're filling your dance card in right. So for any of you documentary lovers out there, we're got a day of them right here in the Trailer Park...."
"...Congrats to all the winners. SXSW Film 2014 Audience Award Winners..."
"...The votes are tallied; the film fest is almost over, but there's one more night of movies to see, and now it's now time to fill in those TBAs on tonight's schedule, which SXSW left blank for today's announcement of reprise screenings of the Audience Award winning films, which were announced earlier today. We present the screening info here...."
"...They're just wrapping things up at the SXSW Film Awards Ceremony, which means the embargo's lifted and it's time for us to drop some knowledge. See winners after the jump..."
"...The audience and the juries are in total agreement about the best Narrative Feature and Documentary Feature Competition films at SXSW 2015. In both tallies, KRISHA took the Narrative award and Peace Officer took the Documentary..."
"...So many choices and so little time, right? We've been poring over the SXSW Film schedule for weeks now, and we're still torn on what to go see. For the duration of the Fest, we'll post a few trailers for the day's films to help you make some of those tough decisions...."