What You Won't See on MTV

Music-related films at the SXSW Film Festival

It only makes sense that videos would become an increasing part of film festivals. Outside of commercials, videos are the other track to getting behind the camera for a feature film in Hollywood. Plus, seeing how neither VH1 nor MTV will play videos by anyone not named Britney, somebody has to provide an outlet for them.

Of the 20 or so videos at this year's fest, about half are humorous and half play it straight -- band shots, storyline, intelligible concept, whatever. There are a couple of Sub Pop bands, the Murder City Devils and the Yo-Yo's, who fall into the latter category. And strange that Alice Cooper would knock kids like Marilyn Manson for stealing his schtick, because with "Gimme," he's stolen a Trent Reznor video.

Samiam's video for "Mud Hill" is kind of pedestrian until they go over the top. Kissinger, Austin's band du jour, has a pretty cool vid for "Rock & Roll Asshole," marred by access-TV-quality production. The two real keepers here are Gluecifer for "I Got a War," where the band eschews the typical storyline approach in favor of showing ice hockey footage instead, and Austin's Hobble for "Double Wide," which is nothing more than zany, nerd roller-skating escapades.

Sunday, March 11, Dobie 2, 10pm

Wednesday, March 14, Dobie 2, 10:15pm

Friday, March 16, Dobie 2, 8:30pm

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