By Brian Brooks | Indiewire March 8, 2011 at 4:00AM
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 Annie J. Howell and Lisa Robinson's "Small, Beautifully Moving Parts" (Narrative Competition), "Better This World" by Katie Galloway and Kelly Duane de la Vega (Documentary Competition) and director R. Alverson's "New Jerusalem" (Emerging Visions).
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 Tuesday's three featured interviews:
Howell and Robinson's "Small, Beautifully Moving Parts" revolves around Sarah Sparks who is pregnant and feeling wholly ambivalent, despite her boyfriend's pure enthusiasm. A committed tech-geek, she fears she is more interested in ultrasound technology than in what's being ultra-sounded. When her sister lures her to L.A. for what ends up being a terrorizing baby shower, Sarah keeps her rental van and hits the road in search of the source of her anxiety.
"We were interested in how technology has become so dominant in our lives that many of us actually have an emotional relationship with it, complete with expectations, love and disappointment," the filmmakers told iW. "We took that idea and played with it [and] stretched it."
"New Jerusalem" centers on Sean, a vet returning from Afghanistan who is befriended by lke, a strong willed evangelical who endeavors to ensure the fragile Sean's salvation. Director R. Alverson told iW that what inspires him is personal turmoil in working a story.
I discovered that for me it's ridiculous to write about somebody who is comfortable...I wanted to deal with people who were unable to get comfortable, with themselves, with other people, even if a path is laid out for them that could be a breakthrough.
In Galloway and Duane de la Vega's "Better This World," two boyhood friends from Midland, Texas fall under the sway of a charismatic revolutionary ten years their senior. At the volatile 2008 Republican Convention the "Texas Two" cross a line that radically changes their lives.
"What ultimately led us to pursue making the film was meeting the characters in person and finding out how rich they were and how complex and interesting the story was in terms of human drama. One of the questions that intrigued me was: What causes someone to cross a line that most people wouldn't?" co-director Duane de la Vega noted to iW about the film, which will screen in SXSW's doc competition.
Tuesday's profiled SXSW Filmmaker Interviews:
"New Jerusalem" Director R. Alverson (Emerging Visions)
"Better This World" Directors Galloway and Duane de la Vega (Documentary Competition)
"Small, Beautifully Moving Parts" Co-directors Annie J. Howell and Lisa Robinson (Narrative Competition)
The full length-interviews follows for Monday (3/7):
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)