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8 items from 2011


Cheap shots: Microbudget film-makers

23 September 2011 1:39 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

In 1991 two films changed the landscape of indie cinema by making the frugality of the budget a selling point. Where are the microbudget film directors now?

Hollywood has always operated on the principle that more is more: each time the most expensive film ever made arrives in cinemas, budgetary extravagance becomes a major selling point. But 20 years ago, the Us independent sector stumbled upon its own marketing equivalent: the microbudget. Suddenly it became apparent that a film's financial shortcomings could be exploited to its advantage.

In 1991, two films changed the landscape of indie cinema and the way in which it was sold. Richard Linklater's Slacker, which drops in on around 100 misfits and eccentrics during 24 hours in Austin, Texas, and Matty Rich's Straight Out of Brooklyn, a tale of young no-hopers in New York's housing projects, marked the start of a phenomenon – frugality as a marketing hook

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- Ryan Gilbey

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SXSW 2011 Secret Screening: ‘Another Earth’

15 March 2011 12:01 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Another Earth

Directed by Mike Cahill

2011, USA

“Does anybody have any idea what they’re about to see?” The question from Janet Pierson, producer of the SXSW Film Festival, elicits a rumbling of shouts from the audience at the Paramount Theater. So many films are being yelled out at the same time that Pierson can’t understand a single one. Each year SXSW screens a secret film and during the days leading up to it, participants fill each other’s ears with rumors about what it’s going to be. That morning while standing in line for my press passes, I heard a rumor that the secret screening was going to be Cowboys and Aliens.

There were no aliens on screen that afternoon, but there was a parallel world looming large overhead. The secret film was Another Earth, which premiered at Sundance this year and won both the Special Jury Prize for the U. »

- Alice Gray

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“Hobo With a Shotgun” part of SXSW “Midnighters” programming

10 February 2011 12:24 PM, PST | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

By Sean O’Connell

Hollywoodnews.com: Jason Eisener’s bum-sploitation film “Hobo With a Shotgun,” which stars Rutger Hauer as a hobo wielding a shotgun, is one of many intriguing features announced as part of SXSW’s “Midnighters” schedule. This year’s Festival runs March 11-19 in Austin, Texas.

”Our midnight programs are the bloody, beating heart of SXSW,” said SXSW Film Conference & Festival Producer Janet Pierson. “Since the beginning, midnight films have been an essential ingredient to what makes SXSW so exciting and fun, and this year’s selections are no exception.”

Pierson isn’t exaggerating. In addition to “Hobo,” SXSW has programmed 150 short films, five “Midnighters” and five films screening as part of the “SXFantastic” program.

From the release:

Midnighters

Scary, funny, sexy, controversial – provocative after-dark features for night owls and the terminally curious.

Films screening in Midnighters are:

Attack The Block (UK-England)

Director & Writer: Joe Cornish

A funny, »

- Sean O'Connell

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SXSW Film Lineup Includes Screenings Of 'Red Riding Hood' And 'Greatest Movie Ever Sold'

3 February 2011 8:52 AM, PST | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

It's time to pack your bags for Austin once again, movie buffs.

The film lineup for the 2011 South By Southwest Festival has been announced and with it comes some highly anticipated flicks. While music still dominates the SXSW scene, the film screenings at the fest have become an intricate part of the week (this year's SXSW goes from March 11-20.) In fact, according to The Hollywood Reporter, overall submissions for films to be featured at the fest were up 23% this year.

Sixteen films (eight features and eight documentaries) will compete in the 2011 fest, including features "96 Minutes" (starring Brittany Snow and Christian Serratos) and "A Year in Mooring" (starring Josh Lucas and James Cromwell).

A few films that made their debut at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival will make the leap from snowy Park City to Austin, including Morgan Spurlock's latest doc, "Pom Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold," and »

- Aly Semigran

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SXSW 2011. Features Lineup

2 February 2011 1:04 PM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

"It's Here!" tweets SXSW. "It" being, of course, the features lineup for this year's South by Southwest Film Festival, running March 11 through 19. Michael Cieply's already scanned the titles for the New York Times and has decided that the keyword here is "minimalist." IndieWIRE's Anne Thompson has spoken with festival director Janet Pierson, noting that she "goes out of her way to distinguish SXSW as a different kind of discovery fest from Sundance… Pierson doesn't consider SXSW, whose submissions were up 23% this year, to function as a market at all (although some sales are made there). 'We live in a more raw, Diy, emerging place,' she says, pointing out that SXSW alums Joe Swanberg and Mike Tully showed their films at Sundance this year. 'We're a creative collaborative petri dish of new emerging voices, risk-taking films where people are learning and trying new things. If we have a personality, we skew toward a naturalistic style, »

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SXSW's Pierson Talks 2011 Features Program; Will Sundance Buying Spree Continue?

2 February 2011 11:58 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The South by Southwest Film Festival has never historically been a market. Set in March in Austin's vibrant film community, nourished by the concurrent SXSW Interactive Fest and the wildly popular Music Fest to follow, SXSW Film Fest has continued under the canny direction of Janet Pierson to nourish indie newcomers, launch male-driven commercial comedies (Simon Pegg sci-fi comedy Paul would be this year's example) and pull a young hip moviegoing demo. One hot ticket this March will be Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke's Red Riding Hood. Last year's SXSW breakouts include Lena Dunham's Tiny Furniture, Aaron Katz's Cold Weather, Gareth Edwards' Monsters and the doc Marwencol. (Full 2011 line-up is posted below.) Pierson goes out of her way to distinguish SXSW as a different kind »

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‘The Beaver’ Starring Mel Gibson To Premiere At SXSW

13 January 2011 10:13 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

After months of controversy regarding his personal life, Mel Gibson received the chance to focus the spotlight on his acting when SXSW Film Conference and Festival Producer Janet Pierson announced that his highly anticipated drama The Beaver would make its premiere at the Austin, Texas festival in March. According to The Los Angeles Times, Pierson also confirmed that Jodie Foster, the director of The Beaver, would attend the festival. “We didn’t want to become involved with a film that would hijack our festival with tabloid noise,” Pierson said. “But we were completely moved by the film itself. It’s a tough topic and incredibly well realized.” »

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‘The Beaver’ Starring Mel Gibson To Premiere At SXSW

13 January 2011 10:13 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

After months of controversy regarding his personal life, Mel Gibson received the chance to focus the spotlight on his acting when SXSW Film Conference and Festival Producer Janet Pierson announced that his highly anticipated drama The Beaver would make its premiere at the Austin, Texas festival in March. According to The Los Angeles Times, Pierson also confirmed that Jodie Foster, the director of The Beaver, would attend the festival. “We didn’t want to become involved with a film that would hijack our festival with tabloid noise,” Pierson said. “But we were completely moved by the film itself. It’s a tough topic and incredibly well realized.” »

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