Because each section more than deserves its own close-up, here is a look at the Lone Star States section at SXSW 2006:
LONE STAR STATES
Dir: Korey Coleman; Cast: Travis Ammons, Korey Coleman, Jeremy Denzlinger, Billy Brooks, Robert Henry. For five friends who are still awake when the bars close, the night is not over: some need to keep the party going, others need to fix whatever trouble they’ve started. (WORLD PREMIERE)
Jumping Off Bridges
Dir: Kat Candler; Cast: Bryan Chafin, Glen Powell Jr., Savannah Welch, Katie Lemon. Carefree and adventurous, three teen-age friends escape their everyday lives, until a tragic event divides their friendships and brings childhood secrets to light. (WORLD PREMIERE)
La Tragedia de Macario
Dir: Pablo Veliz; Cast: Rogelio Ramos, Milicent Figueroa, Tina Rodriguez . A peasant in Mexico struggles with thoughts of crossing the border into an unknown world.
Letters From the Other Side
Dir: Heather Courtney. Video letters carried across the US/Mexico border by the film’s director with the personal stories of women left behind in post-NAFTA Mexico.
Dir: Paul Gordon; Cast: Chris Pratt, Paula Resler, Brandi Perkins. Three people – a young man in search of a girlfriend, a young female bicycle messenger in search of enlightenment, and a teenage girl weary of small town life – find themselves riding the same motorcycle.
The Other Side
Dir: Bill Brown. A two thousand-mile roadtrip along the US-Mexico border, happening in an age of homeland insecurity. (WORLD PREMIERE)
Slam Planet: War of the Words
Dir: Mike Henry & Kyle Fuller. Film crews follow various slam poetry teams, as they become bound and determined to win the national competition. (WORLD PREMIERE)
State vs. Reed
Dir: Ryan Polomski, Frank Bustoz. A captivating look at one man’s battle with the legal system. (WORLD PREMIERE)
Dir: Michael Cain & Matt Radecki. A Texas-based “extreme sports” reporter records 3,000 hours of his dizzying and conflicted life, split between a happy family and troubling secret.
See them all, at SXSW 2006, March 10-18.