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SXSW 2017 INTERVIEW: EASY LIVING DIRECTOR ADAM KELEMAN
by Jason Whyte
""EASY LIVING is the portrait of a makeup saleswoman having a bit of a thirtysomething crisis, and trying to pick her life up in the most disastrous of ways. I would also say it is about this American idea of achieving success at any cost and the delusion of being successful and having a fulfilled life. It's a mix of comedy and drama, and a few thrills in there as well." Director Adam Keleman on EASY LIVING which screens at the 2017 South By Southwest Conference." (more)
SXSW 2017 INTERVIEW: SERVED LIKE A GIRL DIRECTOR LYS HESLOV
by Jason Whyte
""SERVED LIKE A GIRL is a about a group of female veterans who vie for the title of Ms.Veterans America and the struggles and obstacles they face as they re-enter civilian life. It's a film about facing adversity and coming out stronger on the other side." Director Lys Heslov on SERVED LIKE A GIRL which screens at the 2017 South By Southwest Conference." (more)
SXSW 2017 INTERVIEW: MAINELAND DIRECTOR MIAO WANG
by Jason Whyte
""MAINELAND is a coming of age film that follows a boy and a girl from China's wealthy elite as they settle into a boarding school in a small town in Maine. They are part of the enormous wave of "parachute students" who are sent alone to a boarding school in a foreign country. The film weaves between verite scenes and lyrical cinematic sequences. While told through personal stories and anchored in the universal theme of growing up as awkward teenagers in high school, the film illuminates many larger timely and relevant contexts such as China-slash-U.S. relations, education, and immigration." Miao Wang on MAINELAND which screens at the 2017 South By Southwest Conference." (more)
SXSW 2017 INTERVIEW: MADRE DIRECTOR AARON BURNS
by Jason Whyte
""In MADRE, the main character Diana is at her wits end. She is pregnant and her first born son, Martin, is 10 years old and severely autistic. Her husband works in Asia for most of the year, and every child development specialist they've hired to help with Martin has deemed him a lost cause. Diana is all alone, with a pregnancy which is limiting her mobility by the day and a son who is growing more uncontrollable at the same rate. In a last ditch effort to regain some sanity, Diana places her trust into Luz, a gifted nanny from the Philippines. Even though Martin quickly begins communicating and improving under Luz's tutelage, Diana becomes jealous of their relationship. Diana has convinced herself that Luz is trying to turn Martin against her, and potentially into something far more sinister." Director Aaron Burns on MADRE which screens at the 2017 South By Southwest Conference." (more)
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)

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