When we announced the line-up a few weeks ago, indieWIRE quoted me as saying “What struck me most was how so many of the narrative features depict very regional American stories. Even the East Coast or West Coast stories, are very specific to a neighborhood or subculture. I think this is a result of more filmmakers writing what they know.” I meant it. This is especially reflected by a series of articles that have recently popped up online, profiling some of our SXSW 2008 premieres. They include:
Steven Rea, for the Philadelphia Inquirer, profiles three of our films that all have a Philly connection. They are: Jeremiah Zagar’s documentary In A Dream, Tom Quinn’s family drama The New Year Parade, and Mark Webber’s inner-city ensemble Explicit Ills.
Dana Oland at the Idaho Statesman, profiles Boise native Russell Friedenberg and his SXSW 2008 world premiere feature, IBID.
Bay Area writer Michael Guillen previews the very San Franscisco qualities of Barry Jenkins’ Medicine For Melancholy. An added note from me: two other SXSW 2008 features (The Lost Coast and Humboldt County) also prominently showcase nearby areas in that region of the country.