At this year’s SXSW, Indiewire partnered with photographer Daniel Bergeron to produce a series of portraits with talent representing films — and the best in TV — screened at the festival. From Alejandro Jodorowsky to Spandau Ballet to Elijah Wood, this year’s lineup brought together a cross-section of filmmakers, actors and musicians, all of whom were obsessed with the conceptualization of identity and memory.
In Shawn Christensen’s “Before I Disappear” — an expressive drama about the relationship between a suicidal young man and his niece — we are asked to explore the different dimensions of ourselves; who we are here and now. Whereas Jodorosky’s “The Dance of Reality,” and “Spandau Ballet,” meditate on how we are remembered.
Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” is perhaps cinema’s most in-depth examination of what it means to create a sense of self, while Showtime’s “Halt and Catch Fire” takes on an entire industry and with it the creation of the computer-centric sense of self.
And finally: These are some really incredible portraits. In addition to Daniel, a big shout-out goes to Tim League, who allowed us to use his Alamo Drafthouse headquarters on Austin’s 6th Street for our home base.
Alejandro Jodorowsky, Director, “The Dance of Reality”
John Ridley, Writer, “Jimi: All Is By My Side”
America Ferrera, Actor, “Cesar Chavez”
Florian Habicht, Director, “Pulp”
Richard Linklater, Director, “Boyhood”
Ron Perlman, Actor, “Before I Disappear”
Elijah Wood, Actor and Producer, “Open Windows”
Frayser Boy, Subject, “Take Me To The River”
Spandau Ballet, “Soul Boys of the Western World”
Jenny Slate, Actor, “Obvious Child”
Scoot McNairy, Actor, “Halt & Catch Fire”