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iPOP at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival

Indiewire By Indiewire | Indiewire March 14, 2005 at 2:0AM

iPOP at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival
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iPOP at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival

by Brian Brooks/indieWIRE

The American film axis shifted south late last week and over the weekend, with the opening of the 2005 South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival and Conference in Austin, TX. Also bringing out the stars, and their admirers, was the annual Texas Hall of Fame ceremony, hosted by the Austin Film Society. Lauren Bacall, Richard Linklater, Robert Rodriguez, Marcia Gay Harden, the Coen brothers, Billy Bob Thornton, former Texas governor Anne Richards were among the many celebs who showed up. Also turning up were cast members from the latest installment of the MTV series, "The Real World" -- currently being taped here in Austin. We weren't allowed to photograph them though...




Every once-in-a-while, iPOP gets what we call "the money shot" (that doesn't mean we sell the pics, it's just a shot we see the opportunity to get, and stress out until we finally get it). Texas Hall of Fame inductee, legendary actress Lauren Bacall was one such photo. Bacall chatted outside the Austin Studios with filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen -- who are themselves also a rare pic. Bacall joked during the ceremony that she was scared people wouln't like her because she isn't from Texas. Of course she received a rousing welcome.


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Director Richard Linklater (right), founder of the Austin Film Society, at the Texas Hall of Fame evening held at the Austin Studios, a sprawling facility built out of former airport. Linklater chatted with University of Texas professor Paul Stekler during the cocktail hour as celebs, and fellow Texans arrived prior to the ceremony.


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Robert Rodriguez was feted (right) during the event, and attendees were shown the trailer to his latest film, "Sin City," which will be in theaters soon. Rodriguez sported a cool cowboy hat with flames during the party, seen here as he chatted with comedian George Lopez who presented the award to him.


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Texas-born actress Marcia Gay Harden (right) was also inducted into the Texas Hall of Fame during the ceremony, which is a fundraiser for the Austin Film Socity. Harden turned the special evening into a family affair, bringing her relatives along for the evening, and later thanked them on stage during her presentation. Pictured with her is Leslie Harden (left), mother Beverly Harden, and Sheryl Peyton.


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Former Texas governor Anne Richards hosted the evening and gave a hilarious opening monologue during the Texas Hall of Fame ceremony, and was even greeted with a standing ovation. These days, Richards appears on the talk circuit, using her deadpan folksy deliveries for some laughs. Not long ago on Larry King Live, she joked about the Texas Republican party's creative redistricting in the state in order to shore up the G.O.P's party delegation in Congress, saying, "Well Larry, I could drive down Interstate 35 with both my car doors open and be in three different congressional districts at one time."


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Filmmakers John and Janet Pierson stopped for a pose outside the ceremony before leaving home (and they also gave us a lift back to town). The Piersons are screening their film, "Reel Paradise," in which they're the subjects, while living with their children in Fiji. The film is directed by Steve James, and is a Spotlight at SXSW. Janet also serves on the board of directors at the Austin Film Society.


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South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival producer Matt Dentler (right) at the opening night party in downtown Austin with "The Wendell Baker Story" director/screenwriter/star Luke Wilson, which opened the fest Thursday night. The film had its world premiere at the festival.


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Documentary competition film, "Cowboy Del Amor," got a very warm response after its world premiere screening Saturday evening. The film is a portrait of Ivan Thompson, who works as a matchmaker for single American men and women in Mexico. Basically, the film could be described as a "date doc," with very lovable "characters," including Thompson, seen here after the screening, with the film's director/producer, Michele Ohayo.


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Hanging out at the festival, as he termed it "as a civilian," "Tarnation" director and Texas native Jonathan Caouette poses for a pic at the opening night party with his friend, actress Lizmar Tissot.


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"Dear Pillow" director Bryan Poyser inside the Austin Convention Center with "Kissing on the Mouth" director/star Joe Swanberg, whose film is a U.S. premiere at SXSW in the Emerging Visions section. Swanberg indicated pretty much everyone, including himself, "got naked" for this film. Oh yeah, sounds goood to us...!


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Actor Elijah Wood put another of his talents to work during the SXSW "Hooligans" party, held at Maggie Mae's in party-central downtown Austin. Lexi Alexander's "Hooligans," which is a world premiere at SXSW, stars Wood, who brought on an eclectic mix of tunes until the bar closed at 2am, and crowds spilled into the packed streets -- not before a few rounds of applause for Elijah though, and a few snaps from people's mobile phone cameras.


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