SXSW FILM FESTIVAL
Jeremy Heads Down to Cover the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, TX
by Jeremy Kirk
March 11, 2011
I love Austin, Texas. There, does that show my geek hand enough? It's such an energetic town without the abrasiveness of a Las Vegas. The people in Austin are easy-going but there's a shared kinetic vibe about everyone that makes you want to be a part of any group. The food is extraordinary. And none of that has to do with the film scene. If you ever heard of the Alamo Drafthouse, if you know of half the people who live here who are connected to film in a professional sense, you probably have a good idea what I'm getting at.
So when the South by Southwest Film Festival roles around every year down in sunny Austin, TX, I either make every attempt to be a part of it as well, or I skulk in a corner imagining all the amazing films that are being shown and the equally amazing people who are in attendance (here's the 2011 list of titles).
It's 2011. And I am here (in Austin)! And for the next 10 days, I'll be bringing you coverage of all the movies, parties, and random goings-on that are hitting this Magic Kingdom for the film fan. Did I say all? I should have said as much as one individual can endure. There are hundreds of films being shown at SXSW 2011, and to even get to a small sample of the whole will be a time-consuming test that anyone lover of motion pictures will want to undergo.
In the next week, I'll be bringing you reviews of some of the bigger movies here - films like Source Code, Paul and The Beaver. But there are also some unique smaller films that will be showing. Films from emerging filmmakers like Evan Glodell and his post-apocalyptic love story Bellflower or the 18-year-old Emily Hagins and her new film My Sucky Teen Romance. There are even some remarkable horror films showing in the midnight series and the Fantastic Fest leg of SXSW. Insidious, Ti West's The Innkeepers, Hobo With a Shotgun, and the British anthology Little Deaths are only just a few.
In addition to bringing you reviews of these fine films, I'll be conducting a couple of interviews with such filmmakers as Jason Eisener, Ti West, Sean Hogan & Simon Rumley, and living legend Takashi Miike. Interviews with Source Code stars Michelle Monaghan and Vera Farmiga are also in store. So sit back and buckle up. The energy of the festival will definitely keep me going and bringing you the best coverage I possibly can. Can upon can of Monster energy drink is sure to help. SXSW 2011 is underway, and I for one am ecstatic that I'll be able to bring you the best the festival has to offer right here on FS.
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