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Meet the 2012 SXSW Filmmakers

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    Meet 28 SXSW Filmmakers: A Round-Up

    The SXSW Film Festival starts this week and we're giving you the opportunity to hear from 28 of the filmmakers showing their work this year.

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    Meet the SXSW Filmmakers #28: Amy Seimetz, 'Sun Don't Shine'

    Amy Seimetz is keeping mum on the plot of her film "Sun Don't Shine," which is making its world premiere at this year's SXSW Film Festival. "It's a film that demands way more honesty from myself than I am often willing to give," says Seimetz "Hence my retreating to secrecy in revealing too much abou...

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    Meet the SXSW Filmmakers #27: Matthew & Kevin McManus, 'Funeral Kings'

    Matthew and Kevin McManus are debuting their dark comedy "Funeral Kings" at this year's SXSW Film Festival. What do they want SXSW audiences to take away from their film? "Water guns..." say the directors. "Seriously, we're giving them away at the end of the screenings."

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    Meet the SXSW Filmmakers #26: Mark Kendall, 'La Camioneta'

    After riding a colorful camioneta across Guatemala in 2009, Mark Kendall was inspired to explore the origins of the retrofitted school bus. "I found myself thinking about the old school bus I used to ride to basketball games in high school," says Kendall. "Where was it now? Is it driving around some...

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    Meet the 2012 SXSW Filmmakers #25: Brian M. Cassidy & Melanie Shatzky, 'Francine'

    Directors Brian M. Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky are bringing their drama "Francine" starring Melissa Leo to this year's SXSW Festival. The directors think audiences will come out of their film with questions about what they have seen. They come to the festival hoping to get a U.S. distribution deal f...

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    Meet the 2012 SXSW Filmmakers #24: Jodi Wille & Maria Demopoulos, 'The Source'

    The Source Family was a tribe of young people who operated a restaurant and lived in a Beverly Hills mansion commune in the 1970s. Directors Jodi Wille and Maria Demopoulous are bringing their documentary about the Source Family to this year's SXSW Festival. Wille says she hopes audiences take away ...

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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 Mosj√łen, 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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