SXSW First Look: A Necessary Death
by Alex Billington
February 27, 2008
The SXSW Film Festival in Austin, TX is just a few weeks away and we're looking at a few of the films that will be premiering there. Today it's the feature film A Necessary Death directed by newcomer Daniel Stamm. This may be a very morbid trailer to start your day with, but it's one of the most interesting films I've ever come across. "Documentary Filmmaker looking for suicidal individual to follow from first preparation to final act." Cut from 142 video tapes, this film sheds light on the tragedy following the infamous internet ad. I'm not sure whether this is actually a documentary or completely fictitious, but either way the trailer is very eerie.
The SXSW website lists this as a "narrative feature", although I'm certain that it's a documentary, but I'm not sure. At first I didn't really want to watch the trailer and wasn't interested, but about 30 seconds into it, I couldn't turn away. My jaw dropped and I was stunned by what I was watching. You need to check out this trailer and if you're in Austin for SXSW add this to your list of films to see.
Watch the trailer for A Necessary Death:
If you're curious to know more, check out the official MySpace for A Necessary Death here: myspace.com/anecessarydeathfilm.
A Necessary Death is directed by first-time filmmaker Daniel Stamm. The film will premiere at the SXSW Film Festival with the first showing on Saturday, March 8th at 2:30PM. This doesn't have a US distributor yet, but I'm sure if it's good, someone will pick it up. I am worried that it will be too emotional or morbid for anyone to actually think it's even distributable, but only time will tell - good luck in Austin!
You can be certain that we'll be seeing this at SXSW and will be one of the first to report back on our thoughts. Check out the full-line up of films showing at SXSW this year.