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South By Southwest Film Conference and Festival (SXSW)

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    Meet the 2012 SXSW Filmmakers #23: Andrew Beck Grace, 'Eating Alabama'

    "Eating Alabama" director Andrew Grace has always been drawn to nonfiction - while in graduate school he write for magazines and freelanced for NPR. But after realizing he wash't going to be the next John McPhee, he was drawn back to an earlier love - photography. From there, "Documentary film just ...

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    Meet the 2012 SXSW Filmmakers #22: Andrew Neel, 'King Kelly'

    "King Kelly" director Andrew Neel wrote, directed and shot four documentaries, including "Darkon," before venturing into fiction (though "King Kelly" was written "with several central cultural discussions in mind," says Neel; and shot with iPhones). Beginning with "Darkon," he believes his films are...

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    Meet the 2012 SXSW Filmmakers #21: Aleksander L. Nordaas, 'Thale'

    Aleksander L. Nordaas' "Thale" is his second feature as writer-director. Nordaas, who hails from Mosjøen, Norway, believes film offers a unique way of telling stories, saying; "The content is one thing, the wrapping another." His experience as a photographer has made him focus on color, composition ...

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    Meet the 2012 SXSW Filmmakers #20: Matt Ruskin, 'Booster'

    Matt Ruskin, like many filmmakers, discovered the films of the 1970s and became obsessed. As a Boston teenager, Ruskin says, "These films seemed so much more authentic than other movies I had seen. It was the first time I became conscious of the filmmakers who were behind them, and I started to quie...

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    Meet the 2012 SXSW Filmmakers #19: Stephen Kessler, 'Paul Williams Still Alive'

    Stephen Kessler knows the secret to a successful career in film; "I grew up in NYC before there were personal computers, when moms liked to just take diet pills and lock you in your room with the TV as your friend and babysitter. As it turns out, it was the only thing I really needed." That, and the...

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    Meet the 2012 SXSW Filmmakers #18: Joko Anwar, 'Modus Anomali'

    Joko Anwar says the slums of Indonesia's North Sumatera are "really not a good place to grow up," but so it was. He began watching movies at a local theater, usually through a ventilation window, when he was very young. It was there that he saw there were other paces in the world, and different kind...

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    Meet the 2012 SXSW Filmmakers #17: Bill and Turner Ross, ''Tchoupitoulas'

    Bill and Turner Ross, whose doc "45365" premiered at SXSW in 2009, return with "Tchoupitoulas." The brothers were raised in Sidney, Ohio and are current residents of New Mexico and New Orleans, respectively. Bill says his experience is in "Jordans and a gold chain was living it up," while Turner adm...

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    Meet the 2012 SXSW Filmmakers #16: Adam Leon, 'Gimme The Loot'

    The most important thing for writer-director Adam Leon's feature debut, "Gimme The Loot," was finding the right cast. He had a sign on his door that read "Find Kids. Shoot Movie." Born and raised in New York, Leon has been working on film projects since he was "four or five years old." He says he al...

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    Meet the 2012 SXSW Filmmakers #15: Johanna Goldstein, Producer of 'Just Like Being There'

    "Just Like Being There" producer Johanna Goldstein says, "Like most filmmakers, I make films because I love watching films. For me movies have always been the ultimate tree house -- I could hide away someplace for a couple of hours, and come back with an entirely new perspective, a sense of security...

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    Meet the 2012 SXSW Filmmakers #14: Nir Paniry, 'Extracted'

    "Extracted" director Nir Paniry says, "When we love [films], we love them with all our heart. They seep into our hard-wiring like an old friend." Paniry has been working as a storyboard and comic artist for seven years, while moonlighting as a short filmmaker and screenwriter when time allowed. "Ext...

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