At SXSW2017: WALK WITH ME

Walk With Me, the documentary with unprecedented access to Thich Nhat Hanh and his Zen Buddhist community in France, premiered at SXSW yesterday. It recalls another great religious documentary, Into Great Silence, about Carthusian monks in France. Both are quiet and meditative and give credence to the concept of film-watching as spiritual practice. … [Read more...]

At SXSW 2017: G-FUNK

Premiering at SXSW, G-Funk is a documentary chronicling the creation of the West Coast hip-hop style known for its smooth melodies, heavy bass, and party vibes. Told from the perspective of the genre’s innovators, including film co-writer and rap legend Warren G, it is an intimate look into the creation of a style that captivated the whole country and defined a decade. I got the chance to meet with Warren G and director Karam Gill to talk about the film and the lasting legacy of G-Funk – here are … [Read more...]

At SXSW2017: FLESH AND BLOOD

Docudrama in the most pure and challenging sense of the word, Mark Webber’s Flesh and Blood is one of the standout films at SXSW this year. Blending family members with actors and real experiences with scripted events, Webber turns his attention to broken families and communities, made especially more vulnerable with events of the last few months. … [Read more...]

At SXSW 2017: THE HONOR FARM

Lucy (Olivia Applegate) and her best friend Annie (Katie Folger) are set for the…best…night…ever. It’s prom night, they look great, and, Lucy at least, has a hot date. Prom quickly falls apart. Lucy’s date gets hammered and Annie’s keeps trying to hook her up with random guys. They leave prom alone and frustrated. This is where the familiarity of writer/director Karen Sloss’ thriller, The Honor Farm, wears off and the craziness begins. … [Read more...]

At SXSW2017: LUCKY

Lucky's titular character is the perfect vehicle for Harry Dean Stanton, giving him ample opportunity to gruffly philosophize through the proceedings. The film boasts a great supporting cast, which includes David Lynch, Ed Begley Jr., Beth Grant, and Tom Skerritt. … [Read more...]

At SXSW2017: LET THERE BE LIGHT

Science! That's got to be the immediate reaction to Let There Be Light, the new documentary about scientists who are, essentially, attempting to create a star in order to solve our energy crisis.Directed by Mila Aung-Thwin and Van Royko, the film primarily centers on the work of ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor), "one of the most ambitious energy projects in the world today." Based in southern France, engineers and scientists from 35 nations are working to build the w … [Read more...]

At SXSW2017: 2 PIGEONS

It's only day two here at SXSW, but 2 Pigeons will likely be not only my favorite Midnighter, but one of my favorite films overall. It's a truly unique narrative that's wickedly funny and grotesque and a perfect example of the effectiveness of single-location filmmaking.   … [Read more...]