Tim Basham at SXSW
The independent spirit has always been strong in the Lone Star State. When it gained its independence from Mexico 169 years ago Texas immediately began to establish international relationships throughout the world.
Now independence returns to Texas in the form of an impressive list of films from America and abroad that celebrate the independent spirit.
“Light From The East” chronicles American filmmaker Amy Grappell who went to Kiev in 1991 as part of the first group of American actors to perform in the Ukraine since the Cold War. They were there to perform a docu-drama on Les Kurbas whose theater company, during the birth of communism in the 1920’s, defiantly ignored communist leader Joseph Stalin’s censorship orders and performed “radical productions of independent vision,” which resulted in his numerous arrests until he was eventually assassinated. Ironically, as Grappell’s production began, Mikhail Gorbechev was kidnapped and the walls of Communism literally began to collapse.
The documentary “Emmanuel’s Gift” is the story of a disabled man from Ghana who overcomes great obstacles in a country where ten percent of the country’s population is disabled and considered to be second hand citizens.
“The Grace Lee Project” looks at the life of Grace Lee. And Grace Lee and more Grace Lee. Filmmaker Grace Lee explores the lives of other Asian American women growing up in America as Grace Lee, revealing their personal experiences.
“Murderball,” the surprise hit of Sundance, is the story of quadraplegic Mark Zupan and his teammates who play a hard-hitting form of rugby from armored wheelchairs. The documentary follows Austin resident Zupan as he and his U.S. team make their journey to the Paralympic games in Athens.
The SXSW Film Festival begins March 11th and will feature over 170 films. Stay tuned for reviews, interviews, photos and (of course) the parties.
– TIM BASHAM
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- Trailer : Maggie - March 26, 2015
- Ben Mendelsohn may star in a Star Wars movie - March 26, 2015
- B v S : Luthor picture; story details - March 26, 2015
- Star Trek 3 : Elba to play villain; Pegg talks scripting - March 26, 2015
- Peter Craig aboard Lawrence’s Addario biopic - March 26, 2015
- Spielberg directing Ernie Cline’s Ready Player One - March 26, 2015
- Jason Segel directing a Lego movie!? - March 26, 2015
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.