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SXSW 2016 INTERVIEW: ACCIDENTAL COURTESY: DARYL DAVIS, RACE & AMERICA DIRECTOR MATT ORNSTEIN
by Jason Whyte
""ACCIDENTAL COURTESY is a documentary about a black musician whose hobby is meeting guys in the KKK, many of whom he becomes friends with. It's sadly more relevant today than we ever dreamed it could be." Director Matt Ornstein on ACCIDENTAL COURTESY: DARYL DAVIS, RACE & AMERICA which screens at the 2016 edition of South By Southwest Film." (more)
SXSW 2016 INTERVIEW: LITTLE SISTER DIRECTOR ZACH CLARK
by Jason Whyte
""LITTLE SISTER is a schmaltz-free, pathos-drenched feel good movie for the little goth inside all of us. It stars Addison Timlin and Ally Sheedy." Director Zach Clark on LITTLE SISTER which screens at the 2016 South By Southwest Film Festival." (more)
SXSW 2016 INTERVIEW: CHICKEN PEOPLE DIRECTOR NICOLE LUCAS HAIMES
by Jason Whyte
""In a high stakes world where a single broken feather can mean a shattered dream, CHICKEN PEOPLE follows the trials and tribulations of those who competitively breed show poultry. CHICKEN PEOPLE is a charming and surprisingly uplifting look at passion and the drive for success." Director Nicole Lucas Haimes on CHICKEN PEOPLE which screens at the 2016 edition of South By Southwest Film." (more)
SXSW 2016 INTERVIEW: BEFORE THE SUN EXPLODES DIRECTOR DEBRA EISENSTADT
by Jason Whyte
""Someone described it as a feminist take on AFTER HOURS. I like that." Director Debra Eisenstadt on BEFORE THE SUN EXPLODES which screens at SxSW Film, 2016 edition. A bit more of a synopsis: Ken Cooper (Bill Dawes) was a successful comedian in the 1990's, but his single-guy jokes are irrelevant twenty years later. Now he's an anxiety ridden, stay-at-home dad, clinging to a TV show dream that his breadwinner wife (Christine Woods) doesn't believe in. Tonight could be a big break for Ken- a final shot at selling his pitch. But after an epic fight with his wife, Ken's no longer welcome home. Their clash alters everything- on stage and off. Ken is crushed, with nowhere to turn, until he meets Holly (Sarah Butler), a bright, charismatic comedienne, who lures him out of his shell and into her bizarre world. Their very real connection leads to a somewhat surreal, unforgettable and possibly unforgivable night." (more)
SXSW 2016 INTERVIEW: THE ALCHEMIST COOKBOOK DIRECTOR JOEL POTRYKUS
by Jason Whyte
""Young outcast Sean has isolated himself in a trailer in the woods, setting out on alchemic pursuits, with his cat Kaspar as his sole companion. Filled with disdain for authority, he’s fled the daily grind and holed up in the wilderness, escaping a society that has no place for him. But when he turns from chemistry to black magic to crack natures' secret, things go awry and he awakens something far more sinister and dangerous. [That is] the synopsis on the SXSW website, but if I were drop it direct, I'd call it a Folk Tale from the Crypt. We're telling the story of a hermit messing with alchemy but no old wizards with long white beards. None of that garbage." Director Joel Portrykus on THE ALCHEMIST COOKBOOK which screens at the 2016 edition of South By Southwest Film." (more)
SXSW 2016 INTERVIEW: AND PUNCHING THE CLOWN DIRECTOR GREGORI VIENS
by Jason Whyte
""Henry Phillips, a hapless comic songwriter, gets lured to L.A. when a powerful TV producer hears about his catastrophic career path and decides to make a show about a loser. But when a major network gets involved, Henry must decide whether his legacy will be to make jokes for a living, or become the butt of them. Sisyphus meets Charlie Brown." Director Gregori Viens on AND PUNCHING THE CLOWN which is screening at the 2016 edition of the South By Southwest Film Festival." (more)
A GUIDE TO THE 19TH ANNUAL EUROPEAN UNION FILM FESTIVAL: WEEK TWO
by Peter Sobczynski
"Now in its 19th year, Chicago’s Gene Siskel Film Center once again presents the European Union Film Festival, a month-long program designed to highlight the newest films coming out of the EU member nations by offering a canny mix of highly anticipated titles and lesser-known films that may never again be seen in these parts. This year’s iteration offers up 62 titles from all 28 EU nations that include the latest efforts from such acclaimed filmmakers as Alexandra Sokurov, Mattero Garrone, Terrence Davies, the Taviani Brothers and the late Chantal Akerman. Over the next four weeks, I will be presenting a brief highlight reel of some of the more notable titles that will be unspooling and the guests that are scheduled to appear. All screenings will be held at the Gene Siskel Film Center at 164 North State Street. For a full schedule of films and showtimes, you should log on to the Film Center website at siskelfilmcenter.org" (more)
SXSW 2016 INTERVIEW: FROM NOWHERE DIRECTOR MATTHEW NEWTON
by Jason Whyte
""FROM NOWHERE is about three undocumented Bronx teenagers as they finish high school and work with a lawyer to try to get their papers to stay in the US. It deals with the conflict these young people face, having to live in secret right at the time when they are finding their own voices and coping with their raging hormones. These are kids who are forced to be adults way before their time." Director Matthew Newton on FROM NOWHERE which screens at the 2016 South By Southwest Film Festival." (more)
SXSW 2016 INTERVIEW: SILICON COWBOYS DIRECTOR JASON COHEN
by Jason Whyte
""SILICON COWBOYS explores the remarkable David vs. Goliath story, and eventual demise, of Compaq Computer, an unlikely upstart who took on industry giant IBM and altered the future of computing and shaped the world as we know it today." Director Jason Cohen on SILICON COWBOYS which screens at the 2016 edition of South By Southwest Film." (more)
SXSW 2016 INTERVIEW: MEET THE TEAM BEHIND THE ARBALEST!
by Jason Whyte
"Alex Orr: Boy meets girl, girl hates boy, boy obsesses over girl in unhealthy and hilarious manner for years and years. Mike Brune: I'll let Adam take this one. Adam Pinney: It's about the inventor of the world's greatest toy, and his decade long obsession with a woman who hates him. Tallie Medel: Ooh I want to try! A shy toy inventor has a very intense night in a hotel and everything changes for him in a huge way. Then he won't leave a bad bitch alone." -- The team behind THE ARBALEST, screening at South By Southwest 2016. efilmcritic.com talks with director Adam Pinney, producer Alex Orr and stars Mike Brune and Tallie Medel." (more)

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