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FILMS I NEGLECTED TO REVIEW: BRIMSTONE & TASSELS
by Peter Sobczynski
"Please enjoy short reviews of ''Brimstone'' and ''Burlesque: Heart of the Glitter Tribe.''" (more)
A GUIDE TO THE 20TH EUROPEAN UNION FILM FESTIVAL: WEEK TWO
by Peter Sobczynski
"A brief look at some of the more notable titles playing during the second week of Chicago's European Union Film Festival at the Gene Siskel Film Center." (more)
SXSW 2017 INTERVIEW: SATAN SAID DANCE DIRECTOR KASIA ROSLANIEC
by Jason Whyte
""SATAN SAID DANCE is an Instagram film in times of the selfie. A kaleidoscope of moments from Karolina; a scandalous writer obsessed with parties, drugs, sexuality and complex relationships, on her way to self-destruction. Karolina, 27, has three boyfriends, a sister who wants to be like her, and emotional ties to her parents. Yet her story is about egotism and loneliness. A film about how easy it is to focus on one's own ego and why egotists have such a need to see their reflection in the eyes of others? Is it a mistake to demand more freedom and strive for independence, when in fact we have too much freedom, and what we really need is a feeling of belonging?" Director Kasia Roslaniec on SATAN SAID DANCE which screens at the 2017 South By Southwest Conference." (more)
SXSW 2017 INTERVIEW: GOING TO BRAZIL DIRECTOR PATRICK MILLE
by Jason Whyte
""GOING TO BRAZIL tells the crazy adventure of three friends invited to the wedding of their best friend. Upon their arrival, they end up in a party and accidentally kill a man who has pushed one of them too far with his rude manners. From then, it all goes wild. GOING TO BRAZIL is a sexy comedy with a feminist message in a country ruled by men." Director Patrick Mille on GOING TO BRAZIL which screens at the 2017 South By Southwest Conference." (more)
SXSW 2017 INTERVIEW: MEET THE TEAM BEHIND LANE 1974!
by Jason Whyte
""Lane 1974 is a coming of age story set in the wilds of Northern California in 1974. 13 year old Lane navigates her mother's unpredictability and her devotion to independence at all costs, while trying to create a life on the road, sleeping under the stars, for herself and younger siblings, until it becomes too much. The film is based on the memoir by Clane Hayward and informed by my own childhood experiences." Director SJ Chiro on LANE 1974 which screens at the 2017 South By Southwest Conference." (more)
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)

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