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SXSW 2017 INTERVIEW: SMALL TOWN CRIME DIRECTORS IAN & ESHOM NELMS
by Jason Whyte
""SMALL TOWN CRIME is about ex-cop, Mike Kendall, who discovers the body of a young woman and, in an act of self-redemption, becomes hellbent on finding the killer. While his un-couth and quirky detective style helps break open the case, his dogged determination unwittingly puts his family in danger. The film stars John Hawkes, Anthony Anderson,Octavia Spencer, Robert Forster, Clifton Collins Jr, Michael Vartan, Daniel Sunjata, Don Harvey, James Lafferty, Jeremy Ratchford, Caity Lotz and Dale Dickey." Directors Ian and Eshom Nelms on SMALL TOWN CRIME which screens at the 2017 South By Southwest Conference." (more)
SXSW 2017 INTERVIEW: G-FUNK DIRECTOR KARAM GILL
by Jason Whyte
""G-FUNK is the story of the movement that commercialized hip-hop. It all started with Warren G, Snoop Dogg, and Nate Dogg, three childhood friends from the Eastside of the LBC, also known as Long Beach. The trio formed the group 213 and were eventually discovered by Deathrow Records and Dr. Dre, also Warren G's step brother. Deathrow went on to support only Nate and Snoop, and while the two rose to international stardom, Warren moved back to Long Beach with hopes of making it on his own. The film follows his rise and how G Funk changed hip-hop forever." Director Karam Gill on G-FUNK which screens at the 2017 South By Southwest Conference." (more)
SXSW 2017 INTERVIEW: TORMENTERO DIRECTOR RUBEN IMAZ
by Jason Whyte
""This is a dream like film about the last days in the life of a forgotten local hero who feels he was betrayed decades ago when he discovered a great oil field which ended fishing on his island; but he also feels that the time to fix his life may have come. The main character Romero Kantun was inspired by the story of Prospero, the magician from Shakespeare's THE TEMPEST, therefore the film deals with the possibility of magic as a way of overcoming sadness and loneliness. The main role is played by Jose Carlos Ruiz whom I think is the best Mexican actor of his generation, he has acting credits in more than 60 films, he lives trapped by the film camera and so is our main character, and he is in fact trapped by his own past." Director Ruben Imaz on TORMENTERO which screens at the 2017 South By Southwest Conference." (more)
SXSW 2017 INTERVIEW: THE CLOUD FOREST DIRECTOR MONICA ALVAREZ FRANCO
by Jason Whyte
""THE CLOUD FOREST portrays the life of a community dedicated to defend and take care of one of the most scarce ecosystems in the world. Beside caring for the environment, this community proposes to break with the established system, trying to redesign its life, culture, education and the way they interact in order to live a more simple and equal life." Director Monica Alvarez Franco on THE CLOUD FOREST which screens at the 2017 South By Southwest Conference." (more)
SXSW 2017 INTERVIEW: WIN BY FALL DIRECTOR ANNA KOCH
by Jason Whyte
""WIN BY FALL follows the four teenage wrestlers Janny, Debby, Lisa and Michelle from the moment they leave home at the age of 12 over a period of four years. They enter an elite sports school, a place away from home ruled by discipline and strict guidelines, in which they each struggle to find their place. Wrestling becomes a metaphor for every girls path through this important time of their lives." Director Anna Koch on WIN BY FALL which screens at the 2017 South By Southwest Conference." (more)
SXSW 2017 INTERVIEW: RAT FILM DIRECTOR THEO ANTHONY
by Jason Whyte
""RAT FILM is a film about rats but not but also sort of. It uses the rat as a way to cut across different ideas, histories, and people to tell the story of Baltimore and beyond." Director Theo Anthony on RAT FILM which screens at the 2017 South By Southwest Conference." (more)
SXSW 2017 INTERVIEW: SPETTACOLO'S JEFF MALMBERG AND CHRIS SHELLEN
by Jason Whyte
""The film is about a tiny hill town in Tuscany that has turned their lives into a play for the past 50 years. Everyone in town takes part, playing themselves on stage." "They all lead normal lives but every summer they discuss those lives together on stage. It's a tradition that has kept this little community united." Jeff Malmberg and Chris Shellen, directors respectively, on SPETTACOLO which screens at the 2017 South By Southwest Conference." (more)
SXSW 2017 INTERVIEW: PORNOCRACY DIRECTOR OVIDIE
by Jason Whyte
""Never before have we watched as much porn as we do today, yet the traditional porn industry is dying. The arrival of Tube sites showing amateur or pirated clips has transformed the way porn is made and consumed. Studios are closing and actresses are forced to shoot increasingly hardcore scenes for less and less money and protections. Behind this transformation lies one opaque multinational. My film reveals how a group of "geeks" with no experience in pornography have hijacked the adult industry and are slowly killing it with their business model and their controversial financial structures." Director Ovidie on PORNOCRACY which screens at the 2017 South By Southwest Conference." (more)
SXSW 2017 INTERVIEW: GAME OF DEATH'S LAURENCE BAZ MORAIS AND SEBASTIEN LANDRY
by Jason Whyte
""GAME OF DEATH is the first feature of two Montreal based directors. We, Seb and Baz, have been working as a duo for almost 10 years now! Our movie is about a group of friends that finds a game and discover they need to kill 24 people or their heads will explode. Think JUMANJI meets NATURAL BORN KILLERS. We wanted to create a fun and gory movie that still makes you think and questions something in you. Not just pure entertainment but with something more added to it. We call this hide the broccoli in the grilled cheese here. We come from the music video industry so this movie is also very music driven!" Directors Laurence Baz Morais and Sebastien Landry on GAME OF DEATH which screens at the 2017 South By Southwest Conference." (more)
SXSW 2017 INTERVIEW: PAA JOE AND THE LION DIRECTOR BENJAMIN WIGLEY
by Jason Whyte
""This is a film about life, love and death told through a coming of age story of Jacob and his father, the greatest living Ghanaian coffin maker, Paa Joe." Director Benjamin Wigley on PAA JOE AND THE LION which screens at the 2017 South By Southwest Conference." (more)

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