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SXSW 2015 INTERVIEW: MADE IN JAPAN DIRECTOR JOSH BISHOP
by Jason Whyte
""MADE IN JAPAN is about Tomi Fujiyama, a female Japanese Country Western singer. She is 75 years old and has been singing American country music since she was 12 years old. She played the American military circuit in the 60s on bases throughout Japan, was signed to Columbia records where she released 21 singles and 7 albums, did a two year residency at The Mint Hotel in Las Vegas and was the first Japanese person ever to be on The Grand Ole Opry in 1964. She went on right after Johnny Cash and got the only standing ovation of the 5 hour show. Tomi has never stopped singing and her dream is to once again play the Grand Ole Opry. This is our 11 year journey in bringing this story to life." Director Josh Bishop on MADE IN JAPAN which screened at the 2015 South By Southwest Film Festival." (more)
SXSW 2015 INTERVIEW: T-REX DIRECTORS DREA COOPER AND ZACK CANEPARI
by Jason Whyte
""17-year old female boxer Claressa "T-Rex" Shields from Flint, Michigan dreams of making Olympic history. To succeed, she'll have to stand her ground inside and outside the ring." Directors Drea Cooper and Zack Canepari on T-REX which screened at the 2015 South By Southwest Film Festival." (more)
SXSW 2015 INTERVIEW: LANDFILL HARMONIC DIRECTOR BRAD ALLGOOD
by Jason Whyte
""The most entertaining and emotional documentary of the year, Landfill Harmonic is the unbelievable story of the Recycled Orchestra, a youth orchestra from Paraguay that plays instruments made entirely out of garbage. This modern-day fairy tale follows the orchestra on their rise to international stardom and shows how music can unite a community." Director Brad Allgood on LANDFILL HARMONIC which is screening at the 2015 South By Southwest Film Festival." (more)
DVD/BLU-RAY REVIEWS FOR 3/23: "I AM THE WRATH OF GOD! WHO ELSE IS WITH ME?"
by Peter Sobczynski
"Although there are a number of big names among the titles in this latest roundup of newly released DVDs and Blu-rays, there are some pretty interesting smaller films available as well, including offering from some of the most notable filmmakers around." (more)
FILMS I NEGLECTED TO REVIEW: IT MUST BE THE SHOES
by Peter Sobczynski
"Please enjoy short reviews of "Cinderella," "The Cobbler " and "Merchants of Doubt "" (more)
SXSW 2015 INTERVIEW: BRAND A SECOND COMING DIRECTOR ONDI TIMONER
by Jason Whyte
""BRAND: A SECOND COMING is the story of Russell Brand, a genius artist who really took everything he did to the hilt. He bought into all the major myths that we're sold of how drugs, sex, fame, money, and power is the way to happiness, attained them all - yet came up empty. So he started to look inward and wrote a transformative show called the Messiah Complex where he studied the difference between fleeting pop fame and the lasting relevance of his true heroes, Che Guevara, Gandhi, Jesus Christ, and Malcolm X. Through that work, Russell realized he needed to leave Hollywood and dedicate his life to debunking the lies we are all sold. Because he is a brilliant comedian, on and off stage, he is able to articulate what he feels is distracting all of us from engaging in a more active and present way in our lives, in our politics, in our culture. He goes on tour, moves back to England, starts a YouTube channel to expose the truth behind the news: the Trews, and writes a book REVOLUTION. It was a lot to encapsulate in a feature but it sure was an exciting ride!" Director Ondi Timoner on BRAND: A SECOND COMING which is screening as the Opening Night Headliner presentation of the 2015 South By Southwest Film Festival." (more)
SXSW 2015 INTERVIEW: THE INVITATION DIRECTOR KARYN KUSAMA
by Jason Whyte
""THE INVITATION is a 70s-style suspense drama. It's a grown-up take on a paranoid domestic thriller." Director Karyn Kusama on THE INVITATION which screens at the 2015 South By Southwest Film Festival." (more)
SXSW 2015 INTERVIEW: WESTERN DIRECTORS BILL & TURNER ROSS
by Jason Whyte
""We made a non-fiction western. In Eagle Pass, Texas, where the U.S. and Mexico meet along the Rio Grande, a cattleman and the mayor face the dawn of a new reality. In the matter of a few turbulent months, the specter of cartel violence begins to loom from upriver, leading to an indefinite border closure and its rippling consequences on the homefront." Directors Bill & Turner Ross on WESTERN which screens at the 2015 South By Southwest Film Festival." (more)
SXSW 2015 INTERVIEW: THE CORPSE OF ANNA FRITZ DIRECTOR HECTOR HERNANDEZ VICENS
by Jason Whyte
""Anyone can become a monster. The film shows the terrible struggle of human against himself: the human being against his basic and primitive instincts." Director Hector Hernandez Vicens on THE CORPSE OF ANNA FRITZ which screens in the Midnighters section of the 2015 South By Southwest Film Festival." (more)
SXSW 2015 INTERVIEW: UNCLE JOHN DIRECTOR STEVEN PIET
by Jason Whyte
""UNCLE JOHN is a thriller about John, a well liked small town man who commits a murder. We the audience knows that he did it, and everyone around town is talking about it, but nobody seems to suspect him. Simultaneously told but seemingly disconnected is a story that revolves around two young, hip co-workers at a Chicago graphic design studio, Ben and Kate. While John works to navigate the increasing tension of revenge from his victims brother, the young city couple decides to take an impromptu trip to visit him and the two worlds collide.” Director Steven Piet on UNCLE JOHN which screens at the 2015 South By Southwest Film Festival." (more)

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