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This interview was originally published as part of indieWIRE's coverage of the 2010 SXSW Film Festival. "Pelada" is now available on cable VOD, courtesy of FilmBuff. Made with three other directors, Ryan White's "Pelada" was a truly collaborative project that took him to some of the most far-flung corners of the world. "Away from the bright lights and manicured fields, there's another side of soccer. From prisoners in Bolivia to moonshine »
Deals. Score another one for SXSW. Pelada, a documentary that had its world premiere at the Austin festival last month, has made a distribution deal with FilmBuff and will be released in June. Pelada follows Gwendolyn Oxenham and Ryan White, two former college soccer stars, as they travel the world filming pick-up games, an activity known in Brazil as "pelada," or, literally, "naked," the game stripped to its core, according to the official site.
"It is the personal aspect of the film that is its greatest strength and emotional center," wrote Landon Palmer at Film School Rejects, "a grounding that engages even a viewer as uninformed as me with the subject through its universal themes and engrossing narrative." Timed to coincide with the World Cup, look for Pelada on demand via cable systems, »
- Peter Martin
Soccer (football) doc "Pelada" by Luke Boughen, Rebekah Fergusson, Gwendolyn Oxenham and Ryan White, will make its debut on VOD in an agreement with FilmBuff, the digital distribtuion label of Cinetic Rights Management. The film will be released in June to coincide with the World Cup in South Africa. "Pelada," which is the Brazilian word for 'naked,' is a is a documentary following Luke and Gwendolyn, two former college soccer stars »
Directors: Luke Boughen, Rebekah Fergusson, Gwendolyn Oxenham, Ryan White Co-directors Luke Boughen and Gwendolyn Oxenham were once U.S. collegiate soccer stars with dreams of going professional. When they realized that their dreams were not going to be recognized, they found themselves forced to transfer their love for soccer to other possible careers – a compromise that wore very heavily upon each of them. Rather than sulking about their new career paths, they start applying for research grants. Eventually they receive one, and Boughen and Oxenham commence a worldwide journey in search of pick-up soccer matches – known in Brazil (the first country they visit) as pelada (which means "naked" in Portuguese). They travel to 25 countries in all, playing pick-up soccer matches with locals in alleys, side streets, dirt fields, concrete courts and a prison yard. Yes, I said a prison yard – that would be in Bolivia – which was one of the »
- Don Simpson
Made with three other directors, Ryan White's "Pelada" was a truly collaborative project that took him to some of the most far-flung corners of the world. "Away from the bright lights and manicured fields, there's another side of soccer. From prisoners in Bolivia to moonshine brewers in Kenya, from freestylers in China to women who play in hijab in Iran, 'Pelada' is the story of the people who play." [Synopsis courtesy »
Not all of the great film festivals are outside of the U.S. Even if you can’t book a ticket to Cannes or Berlin, you should be able to afford a flight out to Austin, Texas for SXSW, which is a festival for not only movies, but music and video games as well. Like the years before, the line-up for the 2010 SXSW Film Festival is the goods. Matthew Vaughn’s Kick-Ass will open up the fest and then there will be other great-looking films throughout including The Duplass Brothers’ Cyrus, SNL’s hard-r adaptation of MacGruber, Tim Blake Nelson’s Leaves of Grass, and Floria Sigismondi’s The Runaways, just to name a few. If you’re going to this year’s SXSW, let me know so I can steal your identity and go in your place.
The 2010 SXSW Film Festival will run from March 12-20. Check out the »
- Matt Goldberg
Less than a week worth of recovering from the Sundance Film Festival, and we are already looking forward to our next, big film fest coverage. That would be the South by Southwest Film Festival held annually in Austin, Texas. Last year, Scott and I brought you all kinds of coverage from the Lone Star State, and this year doesn’t look to be much different.
With that, the announcement came last night of the feature films that will be playing at the SXSW Film Festival. Previous announcement were already made about films like Cold Weather, Electra Luxx, Hubble 3D, Lemmy, Saturday Night, and The White Stripes: Under Great White Northern Lights making their debut. Kick-ass was recently announced as the opening night film, as well.
Among the other films being presented this year are some Sundance darlings, a few, highly anticipated premieres, and MacGruber.
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Late yesterday the SXSW Fim Festival, which runs from March 12-20 in Austin, TX, announced the full lineup of films that will be screening at this year’s event. And baby, it’s quite a list. Mixing big name films with intimate indie gems, the sheer number of films and the vast array of talented filmmakers is sure to be a hit with attendees and critics alike.
This lineup includes premieres of studio films such as Universal’s MacGruber, Lionsgate’s teen superhero actioneer Kick-Ass and smaller films like Tim Blake Nelson’s Leaves of Grass, Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Micmacs, Michel Gondry’s The Thorn in the Heart and Steven Soderbergh’s And Everything Is Going Fine. With so many films to watch, it will be very difficult to find time to seem them all during the events nine days. But hell, we’re going to try.
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- Chris Ullrich
4 February 2010 4:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
The South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival unveiled its feature film program Wednesday night, highlighted by the world premieres of action spoof "MacGruber" and "Mr. Nice," a real-life tale of an infamous British drug smuggler starring Rhys Ifans.
Features from the Duplass brothers ("Cyrus"), Steven Soderbergh ("And Everything Is Going Fine"), Michel Gondry ("The Thorn in the Heart") and Tim Blake Nelson ("Leaves of Grass") also have spots on the program.
The March 12-20 festival will showcase 119 features and 55 world premieres, including pervasively announced opening-night film "Kick-Ass." Selections were chosen from 1,572 submissions (1,206 U.S., 366 international).
"We want discovery," said conference and fest producer Janet Pierson, now in her second year. "We want a real range of films across the board."
Eight narrative and eight documentary features comprise the main competition categories.
- By Jay A. Fernandez
9 items from 2010
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