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The Secret Life of Lance Letscher
The Secret Life of Lance Letscher, directed, produced, and edited by Oscar-nominated® filmmaker Sandra Adair (BOYHOOD, The BEFORE Trilogy), with music by Graham Reynolds, will have its World Premiere in the Documentary Feature Competition of the 2017 SXSW Film Festival.
Now in its 24th year, SXSW will host nine days of screenings in Austin, Texas from March 10 – 18, 2017.
The Honor Farm
The Honor Farm, written/directed/edited by Karen Skloss, will have its 2017 SXSW premiere. For more information please visit this link.
About the film:
When Lucy’s prom night falls apart, she finds herself jumping into a hearse headed for a psychedelic party in the woods. Looking for a thrill, the party wanders deeper into the forest, to a haunted prison work farm. A secret wish and a summoning of the dead sends the group on a mind-bending trip that may be a dangerous trap.
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At The Fork
Filmmaker and omnivore John Papola, together with his vegetarian wife Lisa, offer up a timely and refreshingly unbiased look at how farm animals are raised for our consumption. With unprecedented access to large-scale conventional farms, Papola asks the tough questions behind every hamburger, glass of milk and baby-back rib. What he discovers are not heartless industrialists, but America’s farmers — real people who, along with him, are grappling with the moral dimensions of farming animals for food.
Learn more about the film here.
Day 5 is the first dramatic series from Rooster Teeth Productions, set in the immediate aftermath of a fatal sleep epidemic. After a fortuitous drug bender saves his life, addict Jake (Jesse C. Boyd) ventures out into the quiet streets… unaware that most of the world already died in their beds. Now, battling sleepless fatigue and encroaching delirium, Jake teams with a scrappy teenager (Walker Satterwhite), overnight doctor (Stephanie Drapeau) and red-eye pilot (Davi Jay) to search for answers… and just maybe find a way to sleep again. Set in a world of insomniacs, late-shift workers and roving psychotics, Day 5 presents a unique vision of the apocalypse that fuses serial drama and thriller around a human story of survival and redemption.
Read more about the compositional process here.
Starving the Beast
Starving the Beast is a film by Steve Mims and Bill Banowsky, was an official selection of the 2016 SXSW Film Festival, it examines the on-going power struggle on college campuses across the nation as political and market-oriented forces push to disrupt and reform America’s public universities. The film documents a philosophical shift that seeks to reframe public higher education as a ‘value proposition’ to be borne by the beneficiary of a college degree rather than as a ‘public good’ for society. Financial winners and losers emerge in a struggle poised to profoundly change public higher education. The film focuses on dramas playing out at the University of Wisconsin, University of Virginia, University of North Carolina, Louisiana State University, University of Texas and Texas A&M.
To learn more about the film, visit this link.
Bernie is a 2011 American black comedy film directed by Richard Linklater, and written by Linklater and Skip Hollandsworth. The film stars Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine and Matthew McConaughey. It is based on a 1998 Texas Monthly magazine article by Hollandsworth, “Midnight in the Garden of East Texas,” that chronicles the 1996 murder of 80-year-old millionaire Marjorie Nugent in Carthage, Texas by her 39-year-old companion, Bernhardt “Bernie” Tiede. Tiede proved so highly regarded in Carthage that, in spite of having confessed to the police, the district attorney was eventually forced to request a rare prosecutorial change of venue in order to secure a fair trial.
The film went on to receive critical acclaim for its direction, accuracy to the real-life event, “Town Gossips” element, and particular praise for Jack Black’s portrayal of Tiede, with many calling it his best performance to date.
Before Midnight Soundtrack
Soundtrack for Richard Linklater and the last film of the trio that shows the culmination of the years-long attraction between Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) that started with 1995’s Before Sunrise and famously only teased an answer in 2004’s Before Sunset.
Listen to tracks from the soundtrack compliments of Entertainment Weekly HERE.
All Is Bright
All Is Bright (“Almost Christmas” in the UK) is a 2013 comedy-drama film directed by Phil Morrison. It stars Paul Giamatti and Paul Rudd, with Sally Hawkins and Amy Landecker in supporting roles.
The film debuted at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, with a video on demand release following on September 10, 2013. It was released in theaters on October 4, 2013. The film was a direct-to-video movie screened theatrically, with a limited theatrical release of three days to generate buzz for the November 18, 2013 target DVD release.
5 Time Champion
From the department of wannabe George Washington rural lyricism comes Five Time Champion, a coming-of-age tale that, with every landscape cutaway and twinkling note from its xylophone-heavy score, begs to be taken as a dreamy slice of countryside profundity. In an unnamed Texas town, tween Julius (Ryan Akin) slices worms and then studies their regenerative powers, a science project that attracts an esteemed prep school’s attention and, more importantly, speaks to his own desire to heal deep-seated wounds—specifically, the abandonment of his daddy, whom everyone claims is gay. Such apparent slander leads Julius to fight others and to question his own sexuality when he fails to perform in bed with girlfriend Shiley (Noell Coet), whose friendship with another boy arouses jealousy in Julius and leads him to entertain thoughts of turning his affections toward a flirtatious classmate. Just as Julius’s desires are torn between two girls, so too are his mom’s (Dana Wheeler-Nicholson) between wealthy school administrator boyfriend Melvin (Jon Gries) and local hayseed Levi (Justin Arnold), as well as his grandfather’s between his wife (Betty Buckley) and the dying mistress whom he openly cares for, much to his spouse’s initial chagrin. It’s a veritable round-robin of romantic and carnal conflict, laid out by writer-director Berndt Mader with a schematism almost as pronounced as his young lead’s one-note woodenness.
All About Tesla – The Research
Nikola Tesla (1856-1943) patented the Alternating Current (AC) system we still use today. Around 1900, his vision was to transmit energy without wires so that everybody could have energy for free. Tesla’s vision failed. Today, he is almost forgotten – so the director Michael Krause went to find out All About Tesla. He started his research in New York City… Michael Krause (Maxim Film) met with busy researchers and adamant fans of Nikola Tesla. What do people do with Tesla’s inventions, ideas and visions today?
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Newly initiated into her family’s criminal organization, a young woman struggles to make her father proud by unearthing disloyalty and betrayal within his trusted circle of men. Directed by Jason Brenizer, produced by Jason Brenizer and Stefan Fanthome. Starring: Fish Chaar, Stefan Fanthome, Laura Kee.
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HOLY HELL, an independent comedy feature produced in Austin, TX, premiered in its own unique features-loaded app in January 2012 exclusively to the iPad. Foregoing the crowded home video/ VOD market and shrinking theatrical distribution streams, the creators of HOLY HELL developed their own distribution model with a self-developed app that delivers the film in a serialized format complete with extras unique to each chapter.
The app was designed by the film’s director/writer Rafael Antonio Ruiz (QUIET GIRL’S GUIDE TO VIOLENCE – official selection Fantastic Fest 2012) and producer/writer Lowell Bartholomee (of the award winning Rude Mechs theater group). Application programming was done by Jeff Blagg (of BJH studios). Starring: Ken Edwards, Ellie McBride, Kenneth Wayne Bradley
A Scanner Darkly
A Scanner Darkly is a 2006 American animated science fiction thriller film directed by Richard Linklater based on the novel of the same name by Philip K. Dick. The film tells the story of identity and deception in a near-future dystopia constantly under intrusive high-tech police surveillance in the midst of a drug addiction epidemic. The film was shot digitally and then animated using interpolated rotoscope, an animation technique in which animators trace over the original footage frame by frame, for use in live-action and animated films, giving the finished result a distinctive animated look. It was distributed by Warner Independent Pictures.
The film was written and directed by Richard Linklater and stars Keanu Reeves, Robert Downey, Jr., Woody Harrelson, and Winona Ryder. Steven Soderbergh and George Clooney are among the executive producers. A Scanner Darkly had a limited release in July 2006, and then a wider release later that month. The film was screened at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival and the 2006 Seattle International Film Festival, and nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form in 2007.
Shepard & Dark
Director Treva Wurmfeld began filming the two friends in 2010 during a period of transition and reflection for Shepard. At the time, he had quietly ended his relationship with Lange and agreed to publish his correspondence with Dark. The task required them to meet and sift through years of their shared history, stirring memories both good and bad. Wurmfeld observes the two men over a period of eighteen months and captures an indelible portrait of a complex male friendship rarely depicted on screen.
Incendiary: The Willingham Case
A Documentary by Steve Mims and Joe Bailey, Jr.
Equal parts murder mystery, forensic investigation and political drama, INCENDIARY documents the haunted legacy of a prosecution built on “folklore.”
Writer and filmmaker Turk Pipkin is the director of the Nobelity Project’s documentaries about global problems and solutions. The latest film, Building Hope, tells the story of The Nobelity Project’s partnership with a rural Kenyan community to build the area’s first high school. His many film festival awards include: Best Directing (My Hero Fest) and The White Lotus Humanitarian Award (Macao). The Nobelity Project is commited to Turk’s vision that documentary films are powerful tools for change – presenting critical issues, raising important questions, and illustrating potential solutions.
To learn more about the film, visit this link.
Sometimes inspiration can be found in unexpected places. Choreographer Allison Orr finds beauty and grace in garbage trucks, and in the men and women who pick up our trash. Filmmaker Andrew Garrison follows Orr as she joins city sanitation workers on their daily routes to listen, learn, and ultimately to convince them to collaborate in a unique dance performance. Hard working, often carrying a second job, their lives are already full with work, family and dreams of their own. But some step forward, and after months of rehearsal, two dozen trash collectors and their trucks perform an extraordinary spectacle. On an abandoned airport runway, thousands of people show up to see how in the world a garbage truck can “dance.”
Director: Andrew Garrison
Producers: Andrew Garrison
Starring: Virginia Alexander, Don Anderson
I’ll Come Running (Film Science)
Director: Spencer Parsons
Producers: Lars Knudsen, Anish Savjan, Jay Van Hoy
Starring: Jon Lange, Kjartan Arngrim, Morten Holst
A young Danish man traveling through Texas hooks up with an Austin girl, and even though they’re not planning to see each other again, tragic circumstances lead her to his doorstep in Denmark.
To read the Hollywood Reporter Article, please click this link.
The Journeyman (written and directed by James Crowley) depicts the story of a man, who was orphaned since he and his brother were boys, trying to find and redeem the other who is now an outlaw in the Wild West.
A beautiful score to an emotionally charged tale steeped in realism that balances the grim and the gritty, emitting a perfect balance of influences from spaghetti western to Stravinsky to amorphic soundscape.
Learn more about the film here.
Moonlight by the Sea (SRS Cinema)
Moonlight by the Sea, SRS Cinema (directed by Justin Hennard, produced by Gonzalo Gonzalez) depicts a futuristic world where “The Corporation” reigns, and salesmen are the foot soldiers of mind-control and propaganda. When a turn of events causes him to lose contact with The Corporation, top salesman Albion Moonlight finds himself torn between his loyalty to The Corporation and his desire to find his estranged wife. Starring: Sean Allen, Mylinda Royer, Kingsly Martin.