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SXSW 2015 INTERVIEW: MAVIS! DIRECTOR JESSICA EDWARDS
by Jason Whyte
""MAVIS! is the first feature documentary on legendary singer Mavis Staples and her family group the Staple Singers. They were gospel music pioneers, at the forefront of the civil rights movement with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and booty shaking hit-makers with soul music hits like "I'll Take You There" and "Respect Yourself." And at 75 years old, Mavis is still out there touring and performing and making the most vital music of her career. And Bob Dylan wanted to marry her!" Director Jessica Edwards on MAVIS! which screens at the 2015 South By Southwest Film Festival." (more)
SXSW 2015 INTERVIEW: THE TEAM BEHIND EL PORVENIR
by Jason Whyte
""EL PORVENIR is a short film about cockfighting in Mexico. It tells the story of Abelardo Olguin, a third-generation cockfighter struggling to pass on his family’s traditions and life's passion to his children in the face of efforts across the country to ban the sport. The film is a glimpse into this unique and controversial culture." Director Josh Chertoff on EL PORVENIR which screens in the Short Film showcase at the 2015 South By Southwest Film Festival. Josh is also joined by co-director/cinematographer Alfredo Alcantara and producer Ben Altarescu." (more)
SXSW 2015 INTERVIEW: Y/OUR MUSIC DIRECTORS DAVID REEVE & WARALUCK HIRANSRETTAWAT EVERY
by Jason Whyte
""Y/OUR MUSIC is a chance for you to experience the real Thailand without flying there. Come listen to a free flow of rare music, hear untold stories and see the unusual lives of these independent-minded music makers." Directors David Reeve & Waraluck Hiransrettawat Every on Y/OUR MUSIC which screens at the 2015 South By Southwest Film Festival." (more)
SXSW 2015 INTERVIEW: THE GOOB DIRECTOR GUY MYHILL
by Jason Whyte
""This is English, proper English. FULL ENGLISH. Part Bowie, part stock car racing, part woozy coming of age." Director Guy Myhill on THE GOOB which screens at the 2015 South By Southwest Film Festival." (more)
SXSW 2015 INTERVIEW: THE JONES FAMILY WILL MAKE A WAY DIRECTOR ALAN BERG
by Jason Whyte
""The movie is about the oddest of allies, a Pentecostal priest and a jaded atheistic music critic, who bond over their shared love of old-school gospel music. As their relationship deepens the critic helps bring the Jones Family Singers into worlds they never thought they would ever enter, including SXSW." Director Alan Berg on THE JONES FAMILY WILL MAKE A WAY which screens at the 2015 South By Southwest Film Festival." (more)
SXSW 2015 INTERVIEW: GOOD THINGS AWAIT DIRECTOR PHIE AMBO
by Jason Whyte
""The film is about rediscovering how we used to farm according to mother natures' rhythms and not so much according to high efficiency and low costs. You will meet one of the founding fathers of the New Nordic kitchen who is insisting on farming in his own bio-dynamic style even though the authorities are trying to shut him down. It's really a story about this specific time that we live in when the old industrial values are being challenges by holistic and sustainable systems." Director Phie Ambo on GOOD THINGS AWAIT which screens at the 2015 South By Southwest Film Festival." (more)
SXSW 2015 INTERVIEW: ALL THINGS MUST PASS PRODUCER SEAN STUART
by Jason Whyte
""ALL THINGS MUST PASS is a documentary about a man and his dream to bring music to the masses and the merry band of misfits he employs along the way, who become family. The doc follows the trajectory of the music industry and its incredible demise, and you may think you know what happened to Tower Records, but there is a lot more to this story!" Producer Sean Stuart on the film ALL THINGS MUST PASS which is screening at the 2015 South By Southwest Film Festival. The movie was directed by Colin Hanks." (more)
SXSW 2015 INTERVIEW: MANSON FAMILY VACATION DIRECTOR J. DAVIS
by Jason Whyte
""MANSON FAMILY VACATION is the story of a guy who has a settled life in Los Angeles with his wife and young son. Then, out of the blue, his estranged brother shows up for a surprise visit and all the brother wants to do in town is go to the Manson Family murder sites. These are the infamous locations where the Manson Family committed multiple murders. So, the brothers end up doing this bizarre sightseeing tour that eventually leads them out to the desert and into the modern-day world of Charles Manson." Director J. Davis on MANSON FAMILY VACATION which is screening at the 2015 South By Southwest Film Festival." (more)
SXSW 2015 INTERVIEW: FOR THE RECORD DIRECTOR MARC GREENBERG
by Jason Whyte
""Who sits closest to the President of the United States during the State of the Union Address? The Vice President? The Speaker? Take a look...it's the court stenographer. A job so relevant, so integrated into our every day lives, yet it flies so low under the radar. In our courtrooms and captioning our television shows, providing the written word for the hard of hearing community, it's a silent profession that speaks volumes about the importance of capturing the spoken word." Director Marc Greenberg on FOR THE RECORD which screens at the 2015 South By Southwest Film Festival." (more)
SXSW 2015 INTERVIEW: DEATHGASM DIRECTOR JASON LEI HOWDEN
by Jason Whyte
""DEATHGASM is a blood-soaked tribute to Horror movies and Heavy Metal. A couple of teenage metal-heads inadvertently bring about the demonic apocalypse, then have to save the world...using THE POWER OF METAL. Which of course means heaps of brutal guitar shredding, corpse paint, and ramming crazy objects through skulls. If you took a baby, got it really stoned, made it listen to Cannibal Corpse on repeat while an endless stream of horror movies played on a shitty old VHS player, feeding it only pizza, coffee, and disapproval, then after a couple of decades it would end up making DEATHGASM...and please don't do that to an actual baby, you sick bastards." Director Jason Lei Howden on DEATHGASM which is screening as a part of the Midnighters section at the 2015 South By Southwest Film Festival." (more)

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