Tim Basham, 2005, SXSW
In one week filmmakers and film fans from around the world will descend into the heart of Texas for the SXSW Film Festival. With over 170 titles and more than 40 world and U.S. premieres, the twelfth year of the fest is looking to be its strongest yet. (And Moviehole will do its darndest to screen every film and show up at every party—just for you, our loyal readers.)
“The quality out there is among the highest we’ve ever seen, and I think it’s reflected in our program,” said Festival Producer Matt Dentler.
Included in this year’s lineup:
– The World Premiere of “The Wendell Baker Story” starring Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson and Eva Mendes
– Todd Solondz’s “Palindormes” with Ellen Barkin and Jennifer Jason Leigh
– “Unleashed” starring Jet Li
– “The Ring Two” with Naomi Watts
– The World Premiere of “Hooligans” starring Elijah Wood
– “Max & Grace” with “David Krumholtz, Tim Blake Nelson, Lorraine Bracco, Rosanna Arquette and Karen Black
– “All We Are Saying” directed by Rosanna Arquette
– “Dead Sexy” starring Jason Lee and Crispin Glover
Oscar-nominated short films “Everything In This Country Must”, “Guard Dog”, and “7:35 In The Morning” are included in the festival.
“Short films aren’t easily accessible in the mainstream,” explained Dentler. “And for that reason, it’s incredibly vital to find them at festivals like SXSW.”
Jim Taylor, who just received an Oscar for co-writing “Sideways”, will include his film “Lost Cause” in the Reel Shorts competition. Also, Oscar nominee Richard Linklater will take part in one of the many panels during the festival’s conference.
Among the themes represented at the festival this year is “Discoveries from Down Under” in which four films are featured: “Giving It All Away”, the story of philanthropist Sir Roy McKenzie; Pip Mushin’s “Josh Jarman”; “Somersault” and “Thunderstruck”. (More about these in later reports.)
– TIM BASHAM
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Against the Current - the band, not adventures in dangerous swimming 101
Zedd - If our love is tragedy, why are you my remedy? (Well, answer my question!)
Arrow (Okay, Felicity from Arrow!)
Chrissy Costanza (cat eyes and buttery lyrics!)
Girls (TV) (Okay, Allison Williams!)
Movies - especially when they play in the dark.
Twin Peaks (TV)
Friends (TV) (It had me at "No way are you cool enough to pull Clint"; damn straight, Chandler!)
Traveling - preferably where water is, so I can splash someone!
Star Wars trilogy - no, the other one, fella!
Alex G - far more talented than her younger brother Alex H
Cameron Crowe movies - Say Anything..., Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous
The sign 'Free Wi-Fi'.
Reenacting dance/song scenes from "Grease" with my little girl (hey! Wait till you see my 'Summer Lovin'! - don't judge)
Die Hard - 40 stories of Sheer Adventure!
Alex Goot & Friends (his enemies aren't half as talented!)
Cooking up a nice dish and sitting in the entertainment area, on a cool night, basking in it's greatness.
Inflatable kids pools full of Vodka Lime Crush.
Acidic Email from angry, over passionate teenagers after I trash something "Twilight"-related on the site. Sparkle elsewhere.
My baby girl's big, caring heart.