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South By Southwest Film Conference and Festival (SXSW)

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    Meet the 2012 SXSW Filmmakers #13: Caveh Zahedi, 'The Sheik and I'

    Caveh Zahedi is bringing his latest film "The Sheik and I" to this year's South By Southwest Film Festival. The film is a personal documentary/fiction hybrid, says Zahedi. "I've been making self-reflexive autobiographical films for over twenty years, and this film is the latest chapter in an ongoing...

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    Meet the 2012 SXSW Filmmakers #12: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, 'Intruders'

    Juan Carlos Fresnadillo loves horror films, but he wanted his film "Intruders" to be based on more than just a desire to scare audiences. "I’ve always been a fan of horror movies, especially those that focus on psychological terror and dig into the human aspects of fears," he says, "but this film is...

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    Meet the 2012 SXSW Filmmakers #11: Silas Howard & Ernesto Foronda, 'Sunset Stories'

    "Sunset Stories" directors Silas Howard and Ernesto Foronda have an interesting take on filmmaking: "All film production feels like painting a picture on the railroad tracks with a train barreling down on you," says Howard. "You can paint up until the last minute pulling it off the tracks before the...

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    Meet the 2012 SXSW Filmmakers #10: Wu Tsang, 'Wildness'

    Director Tsang Wu's "Wildness" is a chronicle of the Silver Platter, an LGBT immigrant bar in Los Angeles. Wu had no filmmaking experience prior to directing "Wildness," so he had to teach himself how to write and edit. He says that money was a certainly a major issue in the production of the film, ...

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    Meet the 2012 SXSW Filmmakers #9: Debbie Lum, 'Seeking Asian Female'

    During her childhood in St. Louis, Debbie Lum lived behind one of the largest single screen movie theaters in town. She saw the blockbusters like "Star Wars" and "E.T.," but especially remembers the disappointment she felt after seeing "Sixteen Candles" with its foreign exchange student character Lo...

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    Meet the 2012 SXSW Filmmakers #8: Kahlil Hudson 'Low & Clear'

    Directors Kahlil Hudson and Tyler Hughen found an unexpected autobiographical element to their fly fishing documentary "Low & Clear." The film offered the directors an opportunity to work together after several years apart, much like the protagonists of the film, who reunite for a fishing trip. The ...

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    Meet the 2012 SXSW Filmmakers #7: Jay Bulger, 'Beware of Mr. Baker'

    Jay Bulger's biggest challenge making "Beware of Mr. Baker," his documentary about legendary drummer Ginger Baker? Ginger Baker himself. "Ginger Baker was so much bigger than an article and my words on paper," said Bulger. "The only way to give his story justice was to see and hear him play the drum...

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    Meet the 2012 SXSW Filmmakers #6: Matthew A. Cherry, 'The Last Fall'

    Football player turned filmmaker Matthew A. Cherry played in the NFL until retiring at age 25. He gained experience as a production assistant, opting to learn on set instead of going to film school. Now he is bringing his first feature "The Last Fall" to this year's South by Southwest Film Festival.

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    Meet the 2012 SXSW Filmmakers #5: Ya'Ke Smith, 'Wolf'

    "Wolf" director Ya’Ke Smith is the recipient of the DGA's Student Film Award, the HBO Short Film Award and a Black Reel Award; his films have played at over 80 film festivals. His latest short, "Katrina's Son" was eligible for the 2012 Oscar. Smith says he was a weird kid, "While others were watc...

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    Meet the 2012 SXSW Filmmakers #4: Annie Eastman, 'Bay of All Saints'

    "Bay of All Saints" director Annie Eastman was an associate producer on "They Killed Sister Dorothy" (SXSW 2008) and production coordinator and assistant editor on the Oscar-nominated "The Last Campaign of Governer Booth Gardner" (2010). While studying Biology in college, she discovered Capoeira, wh...

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