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SXSW Short and Sweet: “Love is Only Just a Death Away”
Welcome to Short and Sweet, our look at short films playing at SXSW. Today's pick is "Love is Only Just a Death Away" - Bára Anna Stejskalová's stop motion story of loneliness and longing in a garbage pile.

2:00PM Fri. Mar. 19, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

SXSW Film Review: I'm Fine (Thanks for Asking)
Masks abound in Kelley Kali and Angelica Molina’s written and directorial feature film collaboration, I’m Fine (Thanks For Asking). Funded by stimulus checks, it’s a COVID-era creation, through and through, but its complete avoidance of directly addressing the pandemic offers a breath of fresh air.

1:54PM Fri. Mar. 19, Laiken Neumann Read More | Comment »

SXSW Film Review: Inbetween Girl
“I don’t find brown water to be aesthetically pleasing,” says 16-year-old artist Angie Chen. Oh, to come of age surrounded by the beautiful beaches of Galveston. Inbetween Girl, made by a crew full of UT Austin alumni led by writer-director Mei Makino, is a witty and wonderfully Texan piece of art.

1:23PM Fri. Mar. 19, Selome Hailu Read More | Comment »

SXSW Film Review: Ayar
SXSW's Visions category represents a selection of “audacious, risk-taking artists in the new cinema landscape.” Only five disparate films fall under this category in the 2021 festival and Ayar, a feature about a first generation American Latina trying to reunite with her estranged daughter, is top billed.

12:54PM Fri. Mar. 19, Shane Pfender Read More | Comment »

SXSW Film Review: The Feast
Humanity digs into the earth in search of buried treasure. Who knows what horrible secrets we may unearth along the way? So suggests The Feast, Lee Haven Jones’s Welsh ecological horror film that shows what happens to one wealthy family when a very special dinner goes very much awry.

12:15PM Fri. Mar. 19, Matthew Monagle Read More | Comment »

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SXSW Film Review: Delia Derbyshire: The Myths and Legendary Tapes
It starts with a cascading series of fragmented sounds and images, a visual representation of synth blips, tape hiss and warped voice recordings. Fittingly, SXSW selection Delia Derbyshire: The Myths and Legendary Tapes is more about the audio than the visual.

11:53AM Fri. Mar. 19, Lina Fisher Read More | Comment »

SXSW Film Review: Alien On Stage
In Dorset, England no one can hear you scream. In London’s famed West End Theater district, however, audiences can and did — enthusiastically and with sold-out box-office to boot — for the little amateur theatrical troupe that could.

11:26AM Fri. Mar. 19, Marc Savlov Read More | Comment »

SXSW Film Jury Awards Announced
The award ceremony may have to be virtual, but the prizes are as meaningful as ever. The SXSW Film Festival just announced its 2021 Grand Jury prize winners, with The Fallout and Lily Topples the World taking top honors in the narrative and documentary feature competitions.

11:01AM Fri. Mar. 19, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

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