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Meet the 2011 SXSW Filmmakers | “Charlie Casanova,” “Catechism Cataclysm,” “The City Dark”

Meet the 2011 SXSW Filmmakers | "Charlie Casanova," "Catechism Cataclysm," "The City Dark"

indieWIRE is again profiling filmmakers taking part in the SXSW Film Festival’s Narrative and Documentary Competitions and Emerging Visions sections with nearly two dozen filmmakers providing responses. Today’s three profiles include Terry McMahon’s “Charlie Casanova” (Narrative Competition), Todd Rohal’s “Catechism Cataclysm” (Emerging Visions) and Ian Cheney’s “The City Dark” (Documentary Competition).

Soon after the SXSW unveiled its 2011 SXSW lineup, indieWIRE invited directors with films in the Narrative, Documentary and Emerging Visions sections to submit responses in their own words about their films.

A snapshot of Monday’s three featured interviews:

In McMahon’s competition feature “Charlie Casanova, a privileged sociopath kills a working class girl in a hit-and-run. He the uses a deck of playing cards to determine his fate in this satrically dark feature. McMahon told indieWIRE that two killings in his native Ireland by upper crust assailants against working class victims gave him the idea for the film and he used a famous social networking site to get the project started.

“I typed into my Facebook status: ‘Intend shooting no budget feature, ‘Charlie Casanova’ a provocatively dark satire, in the first couple of weeks of January,” said McMahon. “Need cast, equipment, locations, and a lot of balls. Any takers? This is sincere so bullshitters fuck off in advance.'”

Todd Rohal’s Emerging Visions film, “Catechism Cataclysm” centers on a young priest who is forced to take a sabbatical by his superiors when he is discovered telling inappropriate parables to his flock. Billy tracks down his high-school idol Robbie, who begrudgingly agrees to a canoe trip. On the water, the two men reminisce about Billy’s days as the keyboardist in a Christian band and Robbie’s as a guitarist for a metal band.

Said Rohal to iW about developing the film: “Due to my own unfortunate luck, I spent a lot of 2010 in and out of hospitals. In atmospheres like that, and despite the grim outlooks for a lot of people, there’s a lot of discussions about keeping faith in God. People love to talk about God in the hospital. No one argues religion in a hospital room…Was this all happening because I strayed from my calling? Should I be doing something else with my life? Was this punishment? Was God fucking with me? I basically took that, ran with it and turned it into a comedy.”

“The City Dark” by Ian Cheney chronicles the disappearance of darkness. After Cheney moved to New York City and discovered skies almost completely devoid of stars, a simple question is posed, “what do we lose, when we lost the night?” “‘The City Dark’ engages the relatively new field of the ecology of the night in an attempt to understand how our loss of darkness is affecting humans and wildlife,” noted Cheney.

Monday’s three new SXSW Film Festival filmmaker profiles:

“Charlie Casanova” Director Terry McMahon (Narrative Competition)

“The Catechism Cataclysm” Director Todd Rohal (Emerging Visions)

“The City Dark” Director Ian Cheney (Documentary Competition)

The full length-interviews follows for Friday (3/4):

Meet the 2011 SXSW Filmmakers | “Natural Selection” Director Robbie Pickering (Narrative Competition)

Meet the 2011 SXSW Filmmakers | “Weekend” Director Andrew Haigh (Emerging Visions)

Meet the 2011 SXSW Filmmakers | “Where Soldiers Come From” Director Heather Courtney (Documentary Competition)

The full-length interviews follow for Thursday (3/3):

Meet the 2011 SXSW Filmmakers | “Fly Away” Director Janet Grillo (Narrative Feature Competition)

Meet the 2011 SXSW Filmmakers | “Kumaré” Director Vikram Gandhi (Documentary Competition)

Meet the 2011 SXSW Filmmakers | “Bad Fever” Director Dustin Guy Defa (Emerging Visions)

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