SXSW Films Recap

Here's one last post on some interesting SXSW films. I didn't get a chance to put together full reviews for these, so check out some snapshots after the jump. … [Read more...]

An Interview with A STRAY’S Musa Syeed, Barkhad Abdirahman, & Faysal Ahmed

This week at SXSW, I had the privilege of speaking with director Musa Syeed about his film, A Stray, which premiered at the festival. Two of his actors, Barkhad Abdirahman and Faysal Ahmed, joined us to talk about their experiences with and hopes for the film. … [Read more...]

At SXSW: AMERICAN FABLE

Writer/director Anne Hamilton interned with Terrence Malick. This relationship is abundantly clear in her debut feature, American Fable, which premiered in the Visions program at SXSW. It's a fitting category because Hamilton is a director of extraordinary vision. Once the storytelling matches her cinematography, she’ll skyrocket to prominence. … [Read more...]

At SXSW: FREE IN DEED

Writer/director Jake Mahaffy's Free in Deed is a fever pitch of prayer, praise, torment, and attempted healings. It's not an easy film to watch on a number of levels, but it's one that reaches a shocking climax for those that can endure it. The end credits rolled to an audibly stunned audience. … [Read more...]

At SXSW: DON’T THINK TWICE

A film about members of an improv group going through life’s struggles with a cast featuring the likes of Gillian Jacobs, Keegan-Michael Key, Chris Gethard, Kate Micucci, and Tami Sagher is sure to be a hilarious hit. Add writer/director Mike Birbiglia in the lead, then you’ve got something that transcends the merely comical and rises to authentic, emotional heights. Don’t Think Twice is one of the best films to premiere at SXSW this year. … [Read more...]

At SXSW: THE SEER

When I saw Wendell Berry's name in the subtitle of The Seer, a documentary that premiered at SXSW this week, I immediately put it on my schedule. I knew it would be, if at all reflective of his work, deeply thoughtful and provocative. I didn't expect it to be so beautiful and mesmerizing. … [Read more...]

At SXSW: TRANSPECOS

Given the vehemence with which the US/Mexico border is both physically and verbally contested, it's a wonder that it hasn't inspired more cinematic conversations about it than it has. Writer/director Greg Kwedar's debut feature, Transpecos, revels in the isolation that US border patrol agents endure, while revealing the gaps (both physical and moral) in the borders they defend. … [Read more...]

At SXSW: ACCIDENTAL COURTESY

Perhaps one of the more disturbing trends of advances in media technology is that while social media has the power to bring us together, we are using it in ways that drive us further apart. We retreat to the safety of our camps, never having to experience the face-to-face interactions with those folks that disagree with us or even hate us. Accidental Courtesy: Darryl Davis, Race, & America is a new documentary about a musician turned social activist that dares to meet his enemies … [Read more...]


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