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iPOP at the SXSW Film Festival, Vol. 2

Indiewire By Indiewire | Indiewire March 22, 2005 at 2:0AM

iPOP at the SXSW Film Festival, Vol. 2
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iPOP at the SXSW Film Festival, Vol. 2

by Brian Brooks/indieWIRE

The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival definitely had a very good year, at least from what we heard and experienced. The line up was fab, the fest well organized, and what's not to like in a friendly (and liberal) town that can throw a good party, has terrific food, great weather (at least most of the time), and cheap prices? Heavily represented in this final SXSW iPOP are some of the many filmmakers and industry (and a celeb or two) that attended the event this year. A filmmaker and composer from a film (who shall remain nameless) seemed a bit shaken when iPOP asked them to pose - one of them insisted that they were both heterosexual, even assuring us that his wife was tucked away in a hotel room (We suppose two guys can't take a picture together without being gay -- Oh, God Bless America!) Anyway, not everyone was that paranoid as you'll see with the following straight but not narrow duos (and group shots) below....




The 'Cowboy del amor' himself showed up at SXSW for the screenings of the film of the same title. The doc, directed by Michele Ohayo (right), follows Ivan Thompson as he hooks up single American men with Mexican women. The film may not win any P.C. contests, but it sure was a favorite at the fest, winning both the audience and the jury prizes.


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Magnolia CEO and Landmark president Bill Banowsky (right) hosted an afternoon cocktail party at his phat pad in the Hill Country just outside of Austin. Food was brought in from Guero's, an oh so Deee-lish local Mexican restaurant that became a favorite with the indieWIRE crew (all two of us).


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Producer/rep/author and 'indie' guru John Pierson flashes a grin out on the porch at Banowsky's house during the cocktail party, chatting with Sony Pictures Classics co-president Michael Barker, who is a Texas native (who knew?). Pierson and his family were the subjects of "Reel Paradise," which screened at the festival.


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"Cavité" co-director and star Ian Gamazon (left) and co-director Neill Dela Llana reflect the setting Texas sun out on the porch at the Banowsky house, which took place in the middle of the SXSW Film Festival. Their innovative film won a special mention at the fest.


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"Enron: The Smartest Guy in the Room" director Alex Gibney showed off his Enron stock certificate, while some joker gave his two cents with a $1 bill (actually, that was a good little addition). Gibney tore up one of his Enron certificates after a screening of the film at the fest and gave it to two viewers. The film is a Magnolia release.


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Actor Elijah Wood provided the tunes for the "Hooligans" party one fine evening during the fest. At the point iW snapped this picture, it seemed few in the crowd had noticed the celeb DJ, but it was definitely noticed by the end of the night as everyone crowded up to the stage. Elijah played an eclectic mix of music (Lou Reed's "Walk on the Wild Side" was among our personal favorites). He also starred in the film, directed by Lexi Alexander, which took both the audience and jury prizes at the fest.


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SXSW Film Festival producer and iPOP regular Matt Dentler (right) with SXSW co-founder and senior director Louis Black at the main venue for the fest prior to the awards ceremony. The ceremony itself was a mellow event, with presenters cracking jokes, and one director who accepted her prize told Hollywood to "Fuck off!"


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Killer Films' Christine Vachon, in Austin filming their latest project, "Every Word is True," about the period in author Truman Capote's life when he wrote "In Cold Blood," did a Q & A moderated by indieWIRE editor-in-chief Eugene Hernandez. Vachon was animated during the one-hour discussion, providing insights into the biz to the large crowd that attended.


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Film Sales Company's Jared Moshe took a brief time out from his busy schedule to buy his little piece of Americana in the form of a new pair of cowboy boots at Allen's Boots, near downtown Austin (after some tacos at nearby Guero's). Moshe was at SXSW repping "Cowboy del Amor." Note to future shoppers: Sending the boots out of state via UPS is cheaper then actually walking away with them since sales tax isn't charged. Also of note, some of the sales staff Allen's Boots are totally Hot and friendly.


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"Our Brand is Crisis" director Rachel Boynton was a bit shy about having her picture taken at first, but then gave a cute smile at a SXSW evening party. Next up for Boynton is New Directors/New Films in New York, which will be screening her film.


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"The Boys of Baraka" co-directors Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady give a quick pose prior to their screening at the festival. Their film, which follows a group of Baltimore inner-city children as they spend a year at a school in Tanzania, was very emotional, receiving a great response from the audience.


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The crew from "Stagedoor" took in some BBQ at local restaurant Iron Works. Vegetarians beware! Iron Works is definitely a celebration of the flesh! Director Alexandra Shiva (right) world premiered her doc at SXSW about a theater camp in the Catskill Mountains in Upstate New York. She is pictured here next to some crazy plant outside the restaurant with the film's subjects Randi Kleiner (left), Taylor Rabow, and Nicole Doring.


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Now for a little nepotism... Co-directors James and Jeff Israel attended SXSW with their short, "The Tourist," which screened with "Four Eyed Monsters" by Arin Crumley and Susan Buice. James is also an indieWIRE staffer, but donned his filmmaker hat during the festival.


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