In 2008, a little-known filmmaker named Barry Jenkins premiered his first film, Medicine for Melancholy, at SXSW. A decade later, and with an Oscar for Moonlight on his shelf, he returns as the first announced keynote speaker for SXSW 2018.
James Bryan was behind the lens, on set, and in the editing room for low budget movies' most impactful transition. From sexploitation reels to drive-in horrors and video ninjas, he survived the sleaze cinema revolution from 16mm grindhouses to omnipresent VHS.
Brett Whitcomb dabbles with keyboards, but Suzanne Ciani, subject of A Life in Waves, understands them. For most musicians, he said, "You plug stuff in and you make a sound, and you're like, that's cool. She approaches it as, I want to make this kind of sound, and then she physically programs the modular to make it. She truly engineers her sound."
Ever had too much time on your hands? That's what fantastical horror comedy Dave Made a Maze is about. So what's the craziest thing that producer John Charles Meyer ever built when killing time? "This movie."
Mechas, Atlanteans, and vampires: While last weekend's RTX festival was under the banner of local online studio Rooster Teeth, there were big announcements there for local animation outfits Powerhouse and Mighty Coconut as well.
Because incest, patricide, and Melisandre’s witchy ways are best enjoyed in the company of fellow Game of Thrones fanatics, you’ll want to get to one of the many Austin watch parties scheduled for HBO's season 7 premiere on July 16.
Quick note: Do not confuse improv dramedy Don’t Think Twice with supernatural shocker Don't Knock Twice. That said, the indie horror's gorgeous, flame-wrapped credit sequence makes it clear that, rather than eliciting laughs, it takes an established horror trope and throws it into a cold-flamed inferno.
The Austin Film Festival announced today that Oscar winner Kenneth Lonergan will be honored at this year’s festival and writers conference with the 2017 Distinguished Screenwriter Award. The mission of AFF? To celebrate exceptional screenwriting and the writers who do it. So, Lonergan's a bull’s-eye.