Because each section more than deserves its own close-up, here is a look at the SXSW 2006 Narrative Feature Competition:
NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION
Dir: Eric Byler; Cast: Chris Tashima, Allison Sie, Joan Chen, Kelly Hu, Ben Shenkman, Sab Shimono.
After a break-up, two adults find themselves locked between racial identity, meddling friends, and mismatched ideals. (WORLD PREMIERE)
Dir: Eric Allen Bell; Cast: Michael Angarano, Illeana Douglas, Griffin Dunne, Eric Lange, Evan Ellingson, Mae Whitman.
An Orange County youth escapes an abusive home only to find himself forced to survive a psychiatric ward. (WORLD PREMIERE)
Dance Party, USA
Dir: Aaron Katz; Cast: Anna Kavan, Cole Pensinger, Ryan White, Sarah Bing.
Two aimless teenagers connect with each other at a 4th of July party and go their separate ways when a dark secret is revealed. (WORLD PREMIERE)
The Great Ecstasy of Robert Carmichael
Dir: Thomas Clay; Cast: Danny Dyer, Lesley Manville, Dan Spencer, Ryan Winsley, Charles Mnene.
A group of English teenagers try to transcend the dull and bleak surroundings of a country at war, with some very disturbing activities. (NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE)
Inner Circle Line
Dir: Eunhee Cho; Cast: Eunyong Yongkun, Yumi Jung, Soyun Jang.
A woman and a man, who share the same name, lie at the center of a circle of young adults in Seoul whose intertwined relationships cause them to revolve through cycles of love, loss, and rebirth. (NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE)
The Last Romantic
Dir: Aaron & Adam Nee; Cast: Adam Nee, James Urbaniak, Shalom Harlow, Jane Bradbury.
Fancying himself a poet, Calvin Wizzig moves to New York, with aspirations of making his mark on the world. Unfortunately, the world is not particularly keen on having marks made on it. (WORLD PREMIERE)
Live Free or Die
Dir: Andy Robin & Gregg Kavet; Cast: Aaron Stanford, Paul Schneider, Zooey Deschanel, Michael Rapaport, Judah Friedlander, Kevin Dunn.
A would-be criminal finds himself in real trouble when he teams up with a dim-witted friend and attempts to prove his chops as a local outlaw. (WORLD PREMIERE)
Dir: Joe Swanberg; Cast: Kevin Bewersdorf, Joe Swanberg, C. Mason Wells, Tipper Newton, Brigid Reagan.
Alex, Tim, and Chris all view the women in their lives through the dimensions of a computer screen or the lens of a camera-phone, but they must learn to balance their online fantasies and addictions with the demands of real life. (WORLD PREMIERE)
See them all, at SXSW 2006, March 10-18