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SXSW 08: Opening Night Parties

On opening night, after the Texas Film Hall of Fame soiree, we headed back downtown for the SXSW Film Festival’s opening night party at Buffalo Billiards. It’s always a great night regardless of where it’s help because like the opening of any other event where everyone’s psyched to be there. Like the first night at summer camp, only with lots of booze.
See if you can spot the indieWIRE and SXSW staffers in this pic:
It’s a great place to meet up with old friends as well as meet new ones, the ones you’re going to be seeing at parties and screenings over the next 5 days. One of the films I really wanted to see but missed do to the influenza was Bi the Way, by Brittany Blockman and Josephine Decker, the latter of which I met at the party, along with her mom who was in town to support the film (and her daughter, natch). Maybe if I’m nice, they’ll sent me a screener!
After Buffalo Billiards it was off to the PureVolume Ranch, one of the many non-official week-long parties that turn downtown Austin into an artistic, booze-addled pub crawl. Not that there’s anything wrong with that…
More from opening night after the jump….

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SXSW 08: A Brief Film Festival Preview

So the knock down, drag out, most boozingest fun 10 days in all of festivaldom kicks off in a scant two months from now and I will be on hand to provide coverage of as much of the tomfoolery as possible, not to mention pix and reports and footage of the films, bands and other goings on in West Texas. Look out, BBQ, here I come! This year I plan on making it out to the Salt Lick. Me need brisket. Another restaurant on my list? Hudson’s on the Bend. I mean, how can you argue with Wild Boar three ways: Masa crusted wild boar scaloppini, wild boar sausage and wild boar taquito with ancho Shiner Bock potatoes and chile d’arbol cilantro beurre blanc? Or how about Espresso-Chocolate-Chili smoked Elk Back Strap topped with Gulf Coast Crab and a Lime-Chipotle Beer Blanc? And for dessert? Rosemary Olive Oil Cake layered with lemon curd and butter cream icing on a prickly pear sauce. Oh, lord!
SXSW Film recently announced that Robert Luketic’s eagerly anticipated film 21 will open the 2008 South by Southwest Festival and Conference. Advance word on the film is positive and I’m really looking forward to seeing it.
One of the other films announced has me doing a serious geek dance and that’s Erik Nelson’s Dreams With Sharp Teeth, a documentary about legendary science fiction author Harlan Ellison. SXSW Film Festival producer Matt Dentler has just informed me that Ellison will be in attendance. I’ve seen the trailer and all I can say is…Yikes! I am geeking out, big time. This guy is a serious legend. He wrote for the original Star Trek (“City on the Edge of Forever”) and The Outer Limits (Demon With a Glass Hand”), although he apparently is less than pleased with the final result of the former.
Also screening is Michael Radford’s upcoming heist thriller Flawless (Magnolia Pictures), starring Michael Caine and Demi Moore. I saw this film at the European Film Market in Berlin last year and while I wasn’t blown away, you can (and probably have) do a lot worse for a heist film. The robbery sequences are brilliantly filmed and will have you perched on the edge of your seat and Caine’s a joy to watch.
Rounding out the preview are two docs, including one that is causing a bit of a stir in the doc community and was written up in indieWIRE in November, Celia Maysles’ Wild Blue Yonder, about her father, David Maysles. The other, At the Death House Door from Hoop Dreams director Steve James and Peter Gilbert (prod. Hoop Dreams) deals with the wrongful execution of Texas inmate Carlos DeLuna. The death penalty is one of my hot-button issues so this is one of my most anticipated films @ the fest.
Of course this is just a sampling and I know for a fact there’s some more big news coming out of the SXSW Film camp before the fest, so stay tuned to SXSW Film, Matt Dentler’s blog and of course, The Rabbi Report!
Remember, Matt Dentler is watching.

SXSW 07: Finally, Some Pix Uploaded

As I mentioned on Tuesday, I have finally entered 2006 and am now up on Flickr.com. In the past few days I have uploaded 54 pix from SXSW, with about 100 more to go. Then it’s on to Sarasota. Are you included in my SXSW pix? I can tell you right now, if your names are Mike Tully, Aaron Katz, Annie Sundberg, Eugene Hernandez, John Pierson, David Boreanaz, Matt Dentler, Ann-Margaret, Todd Rohal, Evil Todd Rohal, Jenny Chikes and many others, the answer is yes!
Recent SXSW pix include some of you out there in Rabbi Report Land, as well as The Smoking Popes, Lily Allen, Amy Winehouse and Voxtrot.
Upcoming pix include Bloc Party (in one of the best live shows I’ve ever seen), Buzzcocks, Bob Mould, Steve Earle, The Pipettes, Oreskaband, The Dears, Pete Townshend and my favorite new band, The Wombats.
Y’all come back now, ya hear?
A few pix after the jump…..

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SXSW 07: It’s Raining Again….

The weather here at “South by,” as the locals and regulars call it, has been pretty hit or miss, with 2 dreary days in amongst 4 pretty nice ones. During one of the particularly monsoonish nights (the night of the 15+ margaritas) we were attempting to go from the very fine IFC party at Light Bar to the after party for Joe Swanberg’s excellent Hannah Takes the Stairs and a cab was in order. It’s not easy to get a cab in the rain, of course, so festival producer Matt Dentler decided to take it upon himself to act as a sort of a beacon. As this was prior to the “lightsabre episode,” he had to make do with what was on-hand. At least it’s still blue:


“Taxi!!!” I tell ya, this here SXSW is a seriously full-service event!

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SXSW 07: What’s A Party Without A Lightsabre?


SXSW Film Festival producer Matt Dentler gettin’ Jedi wid it at the excellent party for the equally excellent film Hannah Takes the Stairs.
“The force is with you young Skywalker, but you are not a Jedi yet.”