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Meet the 2012 SXSW Filmmakers

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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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    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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