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Simply put, the SXSW Film, Music and Interactive Festival is one of the biggest, most prestigious events in the media calendar. Taking place annually in Austin, Texas, it is beloved by film fans and filmmakers from all over the world, and has reached such heights by building a reputation for showcasing excellent content. This results in a high level of competition, with the Narrative Feature category alone having received 1442 submissions this year, and the documentary feature category having received 1,013.
The 2016 event looks to be particularly exciting, with many world premieres and feature debuts already announced. The Narrative Feature category will include Julia Hart’s Miss Stevens, Debra Eisenstadt’s Before The Sun Explodes, Joey Klein’s The Other Half, and Musa Syeed’s A Stray, among others, while the Headliner category will feature Richard Linklater’s Everybody Wants Some.
- Sarah Myles
The Tall Man's sphere is aiming its blades at Austin, as Bad Robot's 4K restoration of Don Coscarelli's Phantasm will screen at South by Southwest 2016 as part of the film festival's recently revealed Midnighters lineup:
From SXSW: "Scary, funny, sexy, controversial – provocative after-dark features for night owls and the terminally curious.
Director/Screenwriter: Mickey Keating
The year is 1978. A team of wannabe crooks botch a small-town bank heist and flee with their hostage deep into the California desert, where they find themselves in a harrowing fight for survival against a psychotic ex-military sniper. Cast: Ashley Bell, Pat Healy, Alan Ruck, Darby Stanchfield, Larry Fessenden, Graham Skipper, James Landry Hebert, Michael Villar
- Derek Anderson
SXSW announced Tuesday its Midnighters, Festival Favorites, Shorts Programs and Special Events for its 23rd edition, running March 11-19, 2016 in Austin, Texas. The festival opens with the previously announced Richard Linklater comedy-drama “Everybody Wants Some.”
Bell stars in “Carnage Park” from Mickey Keating in which a team of wannabe crooks botch a small-town bank heist and flee with their hostage deep into the California desert. Pat Healy, Alan Ruck, Darby Stanchfield, Larry Fessenden, Graham Skipper, James Landry Hebert and Michael Villar also star.
Rory Culkin stars in the world premiere of “Jack Goes Home” from Thomas Dekker. After his father is killed in a car crash, his character travels home to Colorado to help nurse his mother (who was injured in the crash) back to health. »
- Dave McNary
In “Carnage Park,” the surviving perpetrator and the kidnapping victim of a botched bank robbery become the prey of a crazed Vietnam vet who has a built a giant prison out of an uninhabited expanse of California desert. Viewers may relate to the feeling of being trapped during this strained and tedious throwback, which the writer-director Mickey Keating has framed as a hat tip to the 1970s work of Sam Peckinpah and Peter Watkins, but which lands well south of John Waters in its try-anything-for-a-reaction pretensions. Box office-wise, the movie has the potential to lure only the least suspecting of viewers.
So committed is the film to its vintage aesthetic that it includes a Roman-numeral copyright for 1978, the year in which the story is set. The plot recounts what the opening titles call “perhaps the most bizarre episode in the annals of American crime.” As if the crazy credits and »
- Ben Kenigsberg
Carnage Park (2016) Film Review from the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, a movie directed by Mickey Keating, starring Ashley Bell, Pat Healy, Alan Ruck, Darby Stanchfield, James Landry Hebert, and Larry Fessenden. Opening dubiously with the claim that what is contained within the film is “…the most bizarre episode in the annals of American crime”, director Mickey Keating over-promises what is about to be delivered. What is delivered, however, is […] »
- Drew Stelter
Exclusive: The company has come on board to handle international sales in Berlin on the Sundance Midnight selection.
CAA represents North American rights on Mickey Keating’s 1970s-set thriller about a pair of hapless robbers that flees into a stretch of wilderness occupied by a psychotic ex-military sniper.
“Carnage Park is everything you could hope for in an ultra-cool elevated genre film – full of tension, stylish as hell »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Like a speeding bullet through the dry, desert air comes Mickey Keating’s Carnage Park, a masterfully horrific true crime story about a loner psycho (Pat Healy) and the unfortunate woman by the name of Vivian (Ashley Bell), who ends up crossing his path one ill-fated day.
Taut, frenetic and pulsing with a ripened tension from beginning to end, Carnage Park is easily the best work from emerging filmmaker Mickey Keating and features sensational performances from its entire cast. With a sense of swagger and an unflinching pace, Carnage Park is truly a cinematic triumph from top to bottom.
Carnage Park opens with a bank robbery masterminded by the dangerous Scorpion Joe (James Landry Hébert), who decides to hold up a small financial institution in Mackin County with the help of his hapless pal, Lenny (Michael Villar). Things go awry and Joe ends up taking a hostage, Bell’s character Vivian, »
- Heather Wixson
Don’t let the title of Fox’s newest comedy fool you: Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life has little to no idea how to survive much of anything — at least not yet.
The oddball sitcom, which premiered Sunday, follows a trio of twentysomethings in the uncertain decade following college, and the hijinks that ensue as they attempt to strike out on their own.
8 items from 2016
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