Spout’s blogger Karina Longworth has continued interviewing various SXSW feature filmmakers in advance of the festival. The new ones include:
“I see a tremendous amount of honesty in Dallas and Wayne’s story, and it raises so many questions in my mind. My connection to the story stems largely from its ability to capture the contemporary state of the American Dream in old Appalachian steel towns like Portsmouth, Ohio. Although the economies there face some real challenges, people like Dallas and Wayne find a way to hold onto their dreams and keep hope and faith alive.”
– Jay Delaney, from Not Your Typical Bigfoot Movie [pictured right]
“During the years it took to make A Necessary Death I had all kinds of glamorous jobs. I drove boxes around L.A. in my 1982 pick up truck, was an extra on TV shows and a production assistant on an instructional yoga video. I gave one German lesson before quitting my teaching career and putting up posters advertising my dog-walking skills. Convinced the Guns ‘n Roses concert in Los Angeles would sell out within minutes and ticket sales on the black market would make me rich over night I bought as many as they would let me. Unfortunately the demand was indeed so high that they just kept adding dates until everybody who wanted a ticket could get one the legal way. I had to sell mine half price and sublet my room that month in order to pay rent. Konima, one of the girls in A Necessary Death, took me in.”
– Daniel Stamm, from A Necessary Death
“Never been to Austin. Never spent time in Texas. Extremely excited about screening the film before a public audience. American independent cinema is at a strange juncture. While it seems everyone and their cousin is making feature films, the numbers are still quite low and the filmmakers are spread across the country. Gathering filmmakers from all over in one place for the sake of celebrating cinema without the pretensions of supposed high art is what stands out to me about SXSW. The notion that, aesthetically, everything is valid. I’m excited to be apart of it. There’s also the barbecue.”
– Barry Jenkins, from Medicine For Melancholy
Stay tuned to Spout, for more upcoming SXSW previews. And, thanks to Karina for helping spread the word.