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    SXSW '07 DAILY DISPATCH: Buzz Bands Stir SXSW: British and Euro Acts in Spotlight Alongside Music Le

    A host of British and European acts seemed to stir the most buzz at the 2007 SXSW Music Festival, a leading music event attended by recording industry executives, thousands of locals, numerous journalists, and a number of film folks who stuck around to catch some shows. But tackling the music festival can be daunting, considering that it features some 1400 bands playing over four nights at 65 competing venues around downtown Austin. Thankfully, some acts also perform at one of the many day parties or private gatherings that flesh out an SXSW attendee's jammed schedule. Even before the essential music event begins, press, blogs and attendees b...

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    SXSW '07 DAILY DISPATCH: SXSW Boasts Film and Music Convergence

    Music and film tend to converge at festivals throughout the year at events such as the Woodstock Film Festival and even the Sundance Film Festival has become a destination for bands, with daily music sets on Main Street in Park City. Still other fests are also looking to grow a music component these days, but the place where film and music naturally co-exist is SXSW in Austin. Dubbed the live music capital of the world, the South by Southwest Film Festival & Conference launched along with an interactive event in 1994, emerged as an outgrowth of the famed SXSW music event that began seven years earlier. The Music Conference & Festival annually...

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    SXSW '07 CRITICS NOTEBOOK | Quiet, Personal Moments Make Biggest Impact at 2007 SXSW Fest

    With an incredibly varied program offeatures put together by event producer Matt Dentler and panels and production manager Jarod Neece, one can easily find something to enjoy at the SXSW Film Festival. Obvious choices (and big ticket sellers) are films like the Morgan Spurlock produced potshot at co...

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    SXSW '07 DAILY DISPATCH: Mumblecore Movie? Swanberg, Bujalski, Duplass and Others Unveil "Hannah Tak

    Two years ago, duing an interview for indieWIRE, acclaimed indie director Andrew Bujalski spoke of a mumblecore movement made up of a group of filmmakers whose films debuted at SXSW that year. In the Spring of '05, SXSW producer Matt Dentler programmed the Duplass Brothers' "The Puffy Chair," Susan ...

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    AAS: SXSW Interview: Stephen Kijak, "Scott Walker: 30 Century Man"

    Four years in the making, "Scott Walker: 30 Century Man" is and in-depth look at a man who turned his back on fame to follow a very singular and uncompromising artistic path, something all too rare in today's accelerated pop culture. In addition to a rare interview with the reclusive Walker himself, the film features interviews with an impressive roster of his famous fans and collaborators (Bowie, Radiohead, Jarvis Cocker, and legendary arranger Angela Morley, formerly known as Wally Stott) And the filmmakers were granted exclusive access to observe the recording of Walker's latest album "The Drift." Matthew Odam speaks with "Scott Walker" di...

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    iW Video | John Pierson on Michael Moore, "Roger & Me," and "Manufacturing Dissent"

    Among the films that have had people talking at SXSW this year is "Manufacturing Dissent," a new documentary critical of Michael Moore.

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    SXSW '07 DAILY DISPATCH: "Billy The Kid" and "Itty Bitty Titty Committee" Win Top Jury Prizes At SXS

    Films by women dominated the awards as the 2007 SXSW Film Festival hit its wet and rainy mid-point here in Austin, TX. Jamie Babbit's narrative feature "Itty Bitty Titty Committee" and Jennifer Venditti's documentary film "Billy The Kid" won the top jury prizes at the festival, while in the audience...

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    SXSW '07 DAILY DISPATCH: Docs and Journalism Stir Talk at SXSW with Morgan Spurlock, Michael Moore,

    "Did you find Osama bin Laden?," began a conversation with director Morgan Spurlock on Sunday at SXSW moderated by indieWIRE's Eugene Hernandez. indieWIRE's inquiry referred to Spurlock's secretive new film, tentatively titled "Where in the World...", which was recently acquired at the EFM in Berlin in a multi-million deal with The Weinstein Company. "We'll have to wait until the movie's finished to see," responded Spurlock who said that he would not reveal too much about his new documentary quite yet, but added, "It's about the state of the world right now. I hope that like 'Super Size Me' it will make people question the choices we make, an...

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    SXSW '07 DAILY DISPATCH: Linklater (Reluctantly) In Austin Spotlight; And, Scott Frank's "Lookout" O

    Austin's own Richard Linklater was an unlikely honoree at the Austin Film Society's 7th annual Texas Hall of Fame Awards on Friday night, not because anyone thought the honor was undeserved but the director has typically resisted stepping into the spotlight at the largest annual fundraiser for the o...

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    With SXSW Nearing, Variety Explores '07 Fest

    In Variety, Ian Mohr looks at the upcoming SXSW Film Festival, distinguishing it from other U.S. film fests. SXSW fest producer Matt Dentler tells Mohr, "Sundance, bar none, has the best programming of any festival in America. But it is hard to navigate. We have a degree of programming and organization where we want to include the filmmaker, the film industry and the film fan. That's the family tree we want to keep growing without an elitist vibe." Meanwhile, also in Variety, Peter DeBruge offers insights into the integration of the music, film and interactive sections of the upcoming SXSW. And Dentler explains, in a separate interview, "Toda...

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