SXSW 07: The Insanity Begins….

plat.gifSo, I still have a whole bunch of films from Rotterdam and Berlin to write up, not to mention a review of Ken Loach’s supurb The Wind that Shakes the Barley and some pix to post, but damn it if I’m not already at another major event. Here I sit in Austin, Texas, waiting for my “Liberty Club” sandwich (at 3am…I know, I’m weak. South by Southwest (SXSW) kicks off tomorrow and I’m there for 10 days of film, music, panels and parties and there is an absurd amount of each one of those. Seriously: 1,600 bands, 110 films, and 9 days of film, music and interactive panels. Oh, and BBQ. Let’s not forget the BBQ. There will be pork loin, chicken, ribs and brisket eaten on this trip, don’t you worry!

We’re starting with film, right? Well, there’s Alan Cumming’s solo feature directorial debut, Suffering Man’s Charity, which stars David Boreanaz, Henry Thomas and Karen Black, not to mention Carrie Fisher, Jane Lynch and Anne Heche! Why am I psyched to see this film? Hint: I’m a pretty massive fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and I dig the Fox TV show Bones. You figure it out.
Then there’s Everything’s Gone Green, the feature debut from director Paul Fox and written by Generation X writer Douglas Coupland. And of course there’s Cat Dancers, Harris Fishman’s doc about exotic cat entertainers Ron and joy Holiday which has been described as Grizzly Man with big cats. Oh, my! To be honest, there’s so many films, panels, bands, parties and general lunacy to really do a preview, so I’ll end this little bit here and thus begins SXSW.
Stay tuned for podcasts (once I figure out how to do them), pix, interviews and more more more!
p.s. The club sandwich was pretty good!


Filmmaker Richard Linklater (Dazed and Confused, A Scanner Darkly) and producer’s rep John Sloss (Cinetic, Sloss Law Office), shortly before the latter introduced the former at Friday night’s Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards at which Linklater was inducted into said Hall.

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