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    Review: Chris Eska's Meditative, Slow-Burn Civil War Drama 'The Retrieval'

    Chris Eska’s beautifully made Civil War drama “The Retrieval,” which opens at Film Forum April 2, is a quietly stirring journey into America’s ravaged heartland of 1864. It follows three black men, two fully grown and one barely on the cusp of adolescence, as they walk North and navigate the complex...

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    The Indiewire Springboard: Joel Potrykus Makes Weird Little Movies In Michigan. Now He’s Fielding Offers From Hollywood. What’s Next?

    Every Friday, Indiewire's new Springboard column will profile an up-and-comer in the indie world who made a mark that deserves your attention. Select profiles will include photography by Daniel Bergeron, exclusive to Indiewire. Today we look at writer-director Joel Potrykus.

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    The Indiewire Springboard: Peter Vack Owned SXSW With Three Projects. He's Just Getting Started.

    Before Peter Vack came to SXSW Film Festival, he was best known for the now-defunct MTV comedy-drama "I Just Want My Pants Back." By the time he left, he'd seen the premiere of his first short film "Send," which he wrote, directed (it stars indie 'it girl' Julia Garner); starred in the coming-of-age...

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    REVIEW: Why 'Unicorns' Fest Discovery Leah Meyerhoff Is One to Watch

    One of the finds at this year's SXSW Film Festival was Leah Meyerhoff's directorial debut "I Believe in Unicorns," now simply titled "Unicorns," about the aftermath of a 16-year-old girl's first sexual experience, and the velocity of teenage love. Fresh off its Austin premiere, the film played the S...

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    Here Are the Biggest Breakouts of the 2014 SXSW Film Festival

    Every year, the SXSW Film Festival serves as a calling card for folks hoping to break out in the film world. Last year's Grand Jury Prize winner "Short Term 12" made a sensation out of Brie Larson, and just a few years prior, Lena Dunham came to the festival as a complete unknown with her directo...

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    SXSW Review: Wildly Creative & Unforgettable Romantic Time Travel Comedy 'The Infinite Man'

    For some reason South by Southwest was full of time travel movies this year, with the abysmal Ethan Hawke thriller "Predestination" (read our review here), a supposedly horrendous comedy "Premature" and a low-wattage Australian romantic comedy "The Infinite Man," which, coming out of the festival, m...

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    Exclusive: Here's the Stunning SXSW Award-Winning Poster for 'Big Significant Things'

    Over the weekend, the stunning poster for the SXSW drama "Big Significant Things" won the Audience Award for Excellence in Poster Design. Below, check out the poster and as a bonus, take a look at an alternate poster for the film (an Indiewire exclusive), designed by Polish artist Gabz.

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    'Before I Disappear' and 'Vessel' Top SXSW Audience Award Winners

    Days after revealing their juried award winners, the SXSW Film Festival announced the Audience Award-winners over the weekend. Topping the Narrative Feature Competition was Shawn Christensen's "Before I Disappear," and nabbing the most votes in the Documentary Feature Competition was Diana Whitten's...

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    SXSW Review: Documentary 'Above All Else' Obscured By Narrow Focus

    In the interest of full disclosure, I'm firmly against the Keystone XL pipeline that will start in Canada and cut through the United States to the Gulf Coast. If it goes through, I think it's an environmental disaster waiting to happen, with an economic boost that would temporarily benefit the avera...

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