Live From SXSW's Screening Room


D: Chris Bradley and Kyle La Brache.

Documentary Feature Competition

Jon E. Edwards is a mediocre singer, a so-so dancer, and an iffy lyricist, but he's in possession of a smooth postmodern wit, a wad of charisma, and some damn well-cut suits. Jon E. Edwards rates himself the world's "No. 3 soul man" and rocks with a Groove Holmes vibe, but he compares himself to Iggy Pop and Johnny Rotten. Jon E. Edwards puts his NYC soul-rocker career on hold to attend to his ailing mom in L.A., works as a P.A. on a television series, and misplaces the occasional joint in his Sentra; he threatens to "beat the ass" of O-Town and instructs a producer to make him sound like he's "from space a little," à la Alladin Sane-era Bowie. Jon E. Edwards writes many anthems with his name in the title; "Jon E. Edwards Is in Love" is, in theory, the last of those songs. Jon E. Edwards is not crazy or wacky or even really deluded. Jon E. Edwards is, in fact, a passionate and strangely affecting figure; when a friend characterizes him as "pure fiction come to life," we're thinking that's some wicked-good fiction. Add to that Jon E. Edwards Is in Love's artful cinematography (black-and-white DV that looks like a biography of Chet Baker or something), his complicated affection for his family, and Edwards' many, many bons mots, and you've got something much more than your standard obsessive-weirdo doc: a compelling and funny portrait of star power, one that might leave you convinced that Jon E. Edwards really is the world's No. 3 soul rocker. (Jon E. Edwards Is in Love won the Special Jury Award for Documentary.) (CC, 3/14, 4:15pm)

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

SXSW Film Releases Full Feature Lineup
SXSW Film Releases Full Feature Lineup
Slate includes everyone from Wes Anderson to the Zellners

Monica Riese, Jan. 30, 2014

Mindy Kaling Comes to SXSW
Mindy Kaling Comes to SXSW
The comedian and showrunner will speak March 9

Monica Riese, Jan. 21, 2014

More by Cindy Widner
The Cartography of Home: Austin's Atlas
The Cartography of Home: Austin's Atlas
The Chronicle talks to Ann Armstrong of map project Austin's Atlas about the local preservation tool

July 24, 2015

Protect and Preserve
Protect and Preserve
Now that we've freaked out about Austin's unrelenting boom, can we figure out how to keep what's best about the city alive?

July 24, 2015

One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

New recipes and food news delivered Mondays

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle