New York Television Festival Crowns Independent Pilot Competition Winners

New York Television Festival Crowns Independent Pilot Competition Winners
The New York Television Festival announced the winners of its Independent Pilot Competition on Saturday night.

Top honors went to comedy pilot “New Partner” and drama pilot “Riftworld.” See a complete list of winners below.

“It’s an exciting time to love TV, create TV and develop TV – across all platforms – and this year’s Festival harnessed this excitement as fans, executives and independent artists celebrated this art form,” said Nytvf Founder and Executive Director Terence Gray. “We saw a real uptick across the board in the quality of submissions this year, resulting in strong engagement by industry decision-makers, and a record number of meetings taking place throughout the week between these partners and our Official Artists.”

Best Comedy Pilot: “New Partner

Created by Quinn Beswick and Josh Margolin (Los Angeles, CA)

Welcome to the the cursed existence of Ron Robinson, a cop who can’t stop getting his partners killed.
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SXSW 2011 – The King of Luck, Closing Night World Premiere & Added Titles

Austin, TX - Billy Bob Thorton’s, The King of Luck, documentary on Willie Nelson, will screen Saturday, March 19 for the Closing Night at the SXSW Film Festival.

The World Premiere film explores Willie Nelson “the man, the songwriter, the friend, the father, legendary performer and champion of the family farmer.”

Also announced today, a work-in-progress version of the Judd Apatow produced ‘Bridesmaids,’ will screen. The film is directed by Paul Feig, and stars Kristin Wig and Annie Mumolo.

Rainn Wilson’s short film, The Blitzen Trapper Massacre, will be having it’s World Premiere as well, Umshini Wam, a short film from Harmony Korine featuring South African act Die Antwoord, and Hit So Hard, P. David Ebersole’s documentary on Hole drummer Patty Schemel, among others will screen.

Read more announced titles below.

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SXSW Film Announces 2011 Closing Night & Additional Titles

Thornton’s The King of Luck, Work
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SXSW 2011 Closing Night Film and Additional Titles Announced

SXSW is pleased to report that this year’s Closing Night film will beThe King of Luck, Billy Bob Thornton’s affectionate portrait of music icon Willie Nelson.

Also announced, director Paul Feig brings a work-in-progress screening of Bridesmaids, the hilarious new film starring and co-written by Kristen Wiig, and produced by Judd Apatow; and a screening of the upcoming HBO special broadcast of The Pee-wee Herman Show on Broadway.

Other exciting additions include Harmony Korine‘s new short film featuring gonzo rap-ravers Die Antwoord, Umshini Wam (pictured), andNight Fishing, a short film shot entirely on an iPhone 4 by PARKing CHANce (Park Chan-wook and Park Chan-kyong).

Joining the 24 Beats Per Second section, P. David Ebersole delivers Hit So Hard, a revealing documentary on Hole drummer Patty Schemel. Take a look below for the rest of the additional titles, and browse the full schedule here.


The King of Luck

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SXSW closing with Billy Bob Thornton, adds “Bridesmaids” and Pee Wee Herman

By Sean O’Connell The South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival announced that Billy Bob Thornton’s “The King of Luck,” a documentary about Willie Nelson, will be thus year’s Closing Night Film, screening on Saturday, March 19.

In addition, SXSW announced more features and shorts for the 2011 event, including a work-in-progress screening of Paul Feig’s “Bridesmaids,” starring (and co-written by) Kristen Wiig and produced by Judd Apatow; “Umshini Wam,” a short film from Harmony Korine featuring South African act Die Antwoord; and “Hit So Hard,” P. David Ebersole’s documentary on Hole drummer Patty Schemel, among others. will be reporting from this year’s SXSW, which runs March 11-19, in Austin, Texas. For details on the complete film and conference lineup, visit

Additional Films in the 2011 SXSW Film Festival include:


“The King of Luck”

Director: Billy Bob Thornton
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Billy Bob Thorton's Willie Nelson Doc Will Close SXSW 2011

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Attention Austin-ites: some last minute additions were just announced for the South by Southwest 2011 Film Festival lineup. They include the Closing Night Film, "The King of Luck," a documentary about musician Willie Nelson and, judging from the publicity photo, old timey Western streets, directed by actor (and musician) Billy Bob Thornton. SXSW also added a bunch of cool special events, including a work-in-progress screening of the upcoming comedy "Bridesmaids," which has an insane creative pedigree. It's directed by "Freaks and Geeks" creator Paul Feig, produced by Judd Apatow, co-written and starring Kristen Wiig, with a cast that also includes Maya Rudolph and Rose Byrne. No word on who will be in attendance on that yet, but it should be a fun event (two years ago, Sam Raimi brought his "Drag Me to Hell" while it was still a work-in-progress for a raucous screening that's become the stuff of Internet legend
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Meet The Comedians Of “The Awkward Comedy Show”

Meet the comedians of The Awkward Comedy Show – a documentary film about black comedians proud to refer to themselves as black nerd comics.

I profiled it on this blog yesterday (read that post Here).

At the Apple Store in SoHo, NYC, tomorrow, May 7th, from 7pm to 8pm, they’ll all be there – Marina Franklin, Victor Varnado, Hannibal Buress, Eric André and Baron Vaughn.

The film was said to have been made with the ultimate goal of “changing how audiences view not only black comedians but also black comedy as a whole.”
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New On DVD – “The Awkward Comedy Show” (Black Nerd Comedians Unite!)

The story goes… The Awkward Comedy Show is a new stand-up performance documentary spotlighting 4 African American comics who proudly consider themselves “black nerd comedians.”

Awkward comedians Victor Varnado, Hannibal Buress, Eric André and Baron Vaughn “bring to their routines the arrogant street-wise swagger of computer programming, Shakespearean drama, and playing the tuba,” with the ultimate goal of changing how audiences view not only black comedians but also black comedy as a whole.

Comedian Marina Franklin serves as interviewer, peering into the minds of the performers.

The film is said to “offer an off-stage look at the Awkward Comedy Show comedians as well, with behind the scenes footage and interviews, blended with personal vignettes illustrated by underground comic book artists.”

The 80-minute film aired on Comedy Central on April 9th, and I had no idea! Didn’t see any ads for it that I recall, so I didn’t watch it.
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[DVD Review] The Awkward Comedy Show

The Awkward Comedy Show has lofty goal in mind – it hopes to change how you view not only black comedians but also black comedy as a whole. In a scant 80 minutes, it doesn’t quite reach these heights. It does act as a calling card for five stand-up comedians of varied cultural origins but equal skill on the mike. These are funny people, make no mistake about it, and the best decision director Victor Varnado (who appears as one of the comics) makes is to focus more on their sets than conversational pieces and a few animated sequences that seem to exist more to pad out the running time than to personify the five comics.

Marina Franklin, Victor Varnado, Hannibal Buress, Eric Andre and Baron Vaughn are what the back cover of this calls “alternative comedians.” That’s another way of saying you don’t of them very often. The
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Comedy Central's New Special "Awkward Comedy Show" Premieres April 9

Comedy Central is heading in a new, nerdy direction for the channel's latest comedy special. "The Awkward Comedy Show" will bring a unique category of black comedy to the stage with five distinctive comedians that are sure to bring side-splitting laughs.

Fans can join Hannibal Buress, Eric Andre, Baron Vaughn, Marina Franklin and Victor Varnado as they give their own quirky and eclectic views of the world.

Buress, an asthmatic who almost chose a career in break dancing as opposed to stand-up, spoke with Ahn about his career choice, telling fans, "I would just like them to know that I was a couple of inhalers away from me being a break dancer."

The special, which was also directed, produced and created by Varnado, will premiere on Comedy Central on April 9 at Midnight. Fans that miss the special can download an uncensored and unedited digital album of the show on April
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The city of Final Tokyo needs Roboto Supremo!

Victor Varnado wants to know something. You like robots? I like robots.

We like robots a lot Victor which is why we’re more than happy to share the teaser for your short film, Roboto Supremo, with the Twitch faithful. It doesn’t hurt that you also managed to get Michel Gondry, yes, the director Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind as the Japanese speaking mayor of Final Tokyo. Now how did you manage that you sly dog?

Thanks to Ray for bringing this to our attention!
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