So I’m watching submissions right now. I’m watching a wonderful documentary about a wonderful band. We receive countless music documentaries, primarily because of the massive music festival that happens concurrently with our film festival. So, on occasion, people assume that if they have a music documentary, that they have a better chance of getting into our film festival. Not true.
Because of the enormous amount of music docs we get, the competition to get into the festival is much greater. Look at last year. Along with popular rock docs like DIG! and Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, we also helped break other great rock docs such as Jandek on Corwood. You have to be good. The one I’m watching right now will likely play our festival. It’s good.
Earlier today, I had a job interview. By that, I mean I was interviewed about my job, at SXSW. This was by Austin-based journalist Alison Macor, who is the middle of writing a book on the mythic, influential, and sprawling Austin film scene. Alison was great with her questions and I can’t wait to read the finished book. My part of the book is obviously small compared to a lot of the other “characters” and eras. But I was honored to be invited to be included. I hope Alison is able to use some of the stuff I gave her. And I hope I don’t sound like a moron.