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South By Southwest Film Conference and Festival (SXSW)

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    SXSW Review: '12 O'Clock Boys' Captures the Danger and the Beauty of Baltimore's Urban Dirt Bikers

    The first time we see the group of mostly young adult dirt bikers cruising down the streets of lower class Baltimore neighborhoods in "12 O'Clock Boys," the speed and intensity of their risky, unauthorized stunt work has been translated into poetry: Pitching backwards in slo-mo as they point to the ...

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    SXSW Futures: Xan Cassevetes on 'Kiss of the Damned' and Why Making Movies is a "Way of Life" for Her and Her Family

    Xan Cassevetes, daughter to indie icons John Cassevetes and Gena Rowlands, follows in family's footsteps with her feature directorial-writing debut "Kiss of the Damned" (playing the SXSW's Midnight section). A feverish vampire story strictly aimed at the adult set (think more "True Blood" and less "...

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    SXSW Review: Delightful Relationship Comedy 'Drinking Buddies' Marks a Career High for Joe Swanberg

    In eight years of features, Joe Swanberg has developed a substantial body of minor works, but "Drinking Buddies" proves it had a direction. Swanberg's unabashedly scrappy profiles tend to focus on perpetually inelegant people in search of meaning in their lives as they often struggle to find romanti...

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    SXSW Review: Is Beatles Secretary Story 'Good Ol' Freda' Really a Tell-All?

    There are two main ingredients that make "Good Ol' Freda," a documentary about The Beatles secretary Freda Kelly, stand out from countless other takes on the rise of the world's most iconic band: First of all, having worked for the group during its initial decade of existence but remained largely in...

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    SXSW 2013: 'Bellflower' Producer Grashaw Talks Directorial Debut 'Coldwater'

    Vincent Grashaw produced, edited and acted in SXSW's 2010 hit "Bellflower," written, directed and starring his fellow Coatwolf Productions pal Evan Glodell. Now he's back in Austin with "Coldwater," his feature directorial debut, which he also co-wrote. The testosterone-fueled drama centers on a tee...

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    Twitter is Changing the Way We Talk About TV, But Is It Also Changing the Way TV Is Made?

    The first Saturday at the Austin-based conference started with two panels about how the people who make and promote television monitor and interact with their viewers via Twitter and other social media outlets.

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    SXSW Futures: 'A Teacher' Breakout Will Brittain Brings Racy Sundance Hit Home to Austin

    Why He's On Our Radar: "A Teacher," Hannah Fidell's acclaimed feature directorial debut, already made waves at Sundance earlier this year in the festival's NEXT section, culminating in a coveted Oscilloscope Laboratories buy. Although the film's SXSW bow won't mark its world premiere, it will mark a...

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    Director Fede Alvarez Says 'Evil Dead 2' Script Already Being Written; SXSW Reactions Mixed To New Remake

    People really seem to want more "Evil Dead." Fans flipped when creator/director Sam Raimi said (and then later recanted) that a "Evil Dead 4" was in the works, and the remake of the original just played SXSW last night. We'll have a review of our own later in the day, but reactions for SXSW see...

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    SXSW Review: Grotesque Social Satire 'Cheap Thrills' Suggests 'Jackass' Meets Michael Haneke

    Savagely assaulting the desperation of a blue collar family man, the comedic thriller "Cheap Thrills" establishes a ridiculous premise early on and takes it to various extremes, again and again, until you just have to accept the crazy venture on its own terms or simply give up. That's also the situa...

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    SXSW Opens with Raucous 'The Incredible Burt Wonderstone'

    The SXSW Film Festival's opening night has been the terrain of celebrity-infused audience-pleasers from "Kick-Ass" to "The Cabin In the Woods" and this year played to a seemingly winning formula. Friday evening, Jim Carrey, Steve Carell and Olivia Wilde took to the stage at the Paramount Theater in ...

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