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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)
SXSW 2016 INTERVIEW: I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER DIRECTOR BILLY O'BRIEN
by Jason Whyte
""Small town weirdness in the snow, strange kid, family drama, murder most foul, nerve shredding tension, black humour and the unbelievably good performance of 17 year old Max Records in a witty supernatural thriller." Director Billy O'Brien on I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER which screens at the 2016 South By Southwest Film." (more)
SXSW 2016 INTERVIEW: THE OTHER HALF PRODUCER NICOLE HILLIARD-FORDE
by Jason Whyte
""THE OTHER HALF is a contemporary, Romeo and Juliet love story about two damaged people, Nickie and Emily. Nickie is in mourning and burying all emotion while Emily is mentally ill and struggles with feeling too much. They fall in love at first sight and try to fit into society and find balance amidst the normal rules of relationship. The performances are incredibly truthful. And the film subverts genre expectations. The film is incredibly astute about what intimacy is like in the 21st century." Producer Nicole Hilliard-Forde on THE OTHER HALF which screens at the 2016 edition of South By Southwest Film." (more)
SXSW 2016 INTERVIEW: THE SPACE IN BETWEEN: MARINA ABRAMOVIC & BRAZIL DIRECTOR MARCO DEL FIOL
by Jason Whyte
""THE SPACE IN BETWEEN: MARINA ABRAMOVIC & BRAZIL is much more an experience than the usual documentary about an artist. I was told that if a person doesn't react to this movie he or she must be brain-dead. It is a very intense journey of one of the most important artists of our times, seeking for inner healing and new ideas for her work in a country where everything is possible." Director Marco Del Fio on THE SPACE IN BETWEEN which screens at the 2016 edition of South By Southwest Film." (more)
SXSW 2016 INTERVIEW: THE SLIPPERS DIRECTOR MORGAN WHITE
by Jason Whyte
""THE SLIPPERS follows the unbelievable story of Hollywood's most famous shoes, The Ruby Slippers. They have been bought, stolen, and coveted by many. They are the catalyst to a now multi-million dollar a year industry of movie memorabilia collecting, are worth upwards of two million dollars, and one pair has been missing since 2005 after being stolen from the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, Minnesota." Director Morgan White on THE SLIPPERS which screens at the 2016 edition of South By Southwest Film." (more)

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