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Daily | SXSW 2016 Lineup, Round 2

9 February 2016 1:13 PM, PST | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

Last week, we saw the full feature lineup for the 2016 edition, running from March 11 through 19. Today, SXSW announces the titles slated for the Midnight's, Festival Favorites and Shorts programs—plus Special Events, including Burt Reynolds introducing a screening of Smokey and the Bandit, a restoration of Eagle Pennell's Last Night at the Alamo, and festival favorites such as Athina Rachel Tsangari's Chevalier, Kirsten Johnson's Cameraperson, Taika Waititi's Hunt For The Wilderpeople, Chad Hartigan's Morris from America, Matt Johnson's Operation Avalanche, John Carney's Sing Street, plus a documentary on Richard Linklater—and much more. » - David Hudson »

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SXSW Film Festival 2016 Unveils Feature Film Slate

2 February 2016 1:36 PM, PST | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

There will be late additions, but the bulk of this year’s SXSW feature film slate has been unveiled. From the festival, here’s the rundown section by section. Obvious highlights: world premieres of Richard Linklater’s Everybody Wants Some and Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, Joel Potrykus’ follow-up to Buzzard, and a documentary about the making of Smokey and the Bandit from Jesse Moss (The Overnighters). Narrative Feature Competition Ten world premieres; ten unique ways to celebrate the art of storytelling. Selected from 1,443 narrative feature submissions in 2016. The Arbalest Director/Screenwriter: Adam Pinney The inventor of the world’s greatest toy reflects on his decade-long obsession with a woman […] »

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Wgn’s Outsiders Will Fill the Sons of Anarchy–Size Hole in Your Heart

26 January 2016 1:31 PM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

If you’re looking for a show to fill that Sons of Anarchy–size hole in your booze-and-nicotine-saturated heart, Wgn's Outsiders will do the trick. Poised somewhere between Quality TV pretentiousness and a 1970s drive-in picture that might have starred the pre–Smokey and the Bandit Burt Reynolds, it fits the template that fans of genre filmmaking have dubbed “whitesploitation,” recasting the lives of an insulated rural family as a macho melodrama about land and tradition.The Farrells, a clan of about 200 overseen by a matriarch called Lady Ray (Phyllis Somerville), have lived on the fictional Shay Mountain for two centuries, practicing a lifestyle that time forgot (bacchanals, knife skills). They live off the grid, are distrustful of money and guns, and have very little contact with the supposedly civilized world down below, except when they hop onto their all-terrain vehicles and rampage through nearby towns to get supplies they »

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