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SXSW 2017 INTERVIEW: BAD LUCKY GOAT DIRECTOR SAMIR OLIVEROS
by Jason Whyte
""BAD LUCKY GOAT is about two incompatible siblings in their teenage years, who accidentally kill a bearded goat with their father's pick-up truck and get into a lot of trouble. The family owns a small hostel in the island and they're a few days away from spring break, the most important week for the business. The truck is essential to stock the kitchen and transport tourists. Throughout the film we follow Corn and Rita as they struggle to find the means necessary to conceal the accident. The siblings will visit a butcher, rastafari drum makers, a pawn shop and even a witch doctor, in a 24-hour adventure around the island." Director Samir Oliveros on BAD LUCKY GOAT which screens at the 2017 South By Southwest Conference." (more)
SXSW 2017 INTERVIEW: THE HERO DIRECTOR BRETT HALEY
by Jason Whyte
""Lee Hayden is an aging Western icon with a golden voice, but his best performances are decades behind him. He spends his days reliving old glories and smoking too much weed with his former-co-star-turned-dealer until a surprise cancer diagnosis brings his priorities into sharp focus. He soon strikes up an exciting, contentious relationship with stand-up comic and he attempts to reconnect with his estranged daughter all while searching for one final role to cement his legacy." Director and writer Brett Haley on THE HERO which screens at the 2017 South By Southwest Conference." (more)
SXSW 2017 INTERVIEW: SMALL TOWN CRIME ACTOR JAMES LAFFERTY
by Jason Whyte
"THE PITCH: Ex-cop Mike Kendall (John Hawkes) 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 sister (Octavia Spencer) and best friend (Anthony Anderson) in danger. I spoke to one of the actors in the movie, James Lafferty, who plays Tony Lama in the film." (more)
SXSW 2017 INTERVIEW: CALIFORNIA DREAMS DIRECTOR MIKE OTT
by Jason Whyte
"THE PITCH: From acclaimed director Mike Ott comes the new documentary feature CALIFORNIA DREAMS presenting five unique individuals in pursuit of a big life change. Through auditions set up in small towns across Southern California, the film shows genuine characters with big Hollywood aspirations who, for various reasons, have never had the opportunity to pursue it. No matter what the end game is, whether it's fame, love, or a fleeting shot at immortality, this bitingly funny film reveals the strange and entrancingly hypnotic grip that Hollywood has, in some way or form, on everyone. I spoke with Mike prior to SxSW about the film which plays at the 2017 Conference." (more)
SXSW 2017 INTERVIEW: RAMBLIN' FREAK DIRECTOR PARKER SMITH
by Jason Whyte
""The story goes, I was trying to make a movie about driving around the country so I bought an older camcorder on eBay. It came in the mail and inside of it was a tape from the previous owner, the man with the world's biggest biceps, Gregg Valentino. So then, instead of driving around with nowhere to go, I packed up my minivan and took off from Austin, Texas to upstate New York to find him. I also brought my cat along for the ride. The film then focuses on the common ground I am forced to find between Gregg and I in order to understand why I of all people would be the one to buy his camera." Director, cinematographer, editor and SUBJECT Parker Smith on RAMBLIN' FREAK which screens at the 2017 South By Southwest Conference." (more)
SXSW 2017 INTERVIEW: THE ARCHER DIRECTOR VALERIE WEISS
by Jason Whyte
""THE ARCHER is a coming-of-age action film kind of like THELMA AND LOUISE meets FIRST BLOOD. High school archery champion Lauren Pierce has just landed in Paradise Trails, a brutal juvenile correctional facility in the wilderness, after hospitalizing a boy in self-defense. But when Lauren learns how deep corruption runs at Paradise Trails under the pernicious rule of warden and bow-hunter Bob Patrice, she makes her escape, traversing the wilderness with rebellious inmate Rebecca Rolinski, with the warden's stolen bow enough and evidence to close the doors at Paradise Trails for good." Director Valerie Weiss on THE ARCHER which screens at the 2017 South By Southwest Film Conference." (more)
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)

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