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South By Southwest Film Conference and Festival (SXSW)

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    SXSW 2012 Trailer - "Uprising: Hip Hop & The LA Riots"

    Here's the trailer for the documentary feature Uprising: Hip Hop & The LA Riots, directed by Mark Ford and produced by Wesley Jones, which is making its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival currently underway in Austin, TX where I am.

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    SXSW '12 Review: 'The Cabin In The Woods' Is A Smart, Witty Blast For Genre Fans

    Almost no genre (bar perhaps the romantic-comedy) revolves around formula as heavily as the horror film. Obviously there are sub-categories: the haunted-house film, the zombie flick, the vampire movie. But a disproportionate amount of the involves a group of horny teens going to a remote location, t...

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    SXSW '12 Review: 'Electrick Children' An Offbeat Indie With A Trio Of Charming Young Leads

    Opening the Generation section of the 2012 Berlinale, which is designed to promote films for, by and/or about young people, we honestly weren't sure what to expect from "Electrick Children," the debut film from writer/director Rebecca Thomas. Colour us pleasantly surprised then to discover that the ...

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    Exclusive SXSW Clip: 'Charles Bradley: Soul Of America' Promises An Engrossing Tale Of A Late-Life Music Career

    If you haven't heard the name Charles Bradley, chances are, by the end of SXSW you will. If you're looking for a moving documentary that will also have you tapping your toes, "Charles Bradley: Soul Of America" might just fit the bill.

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    Exclusive SXSW Clip: Lukas Haas Has A Gift For Madeline Zima In 'Crazy Eyes'

    Things are rolling and underway in Austin as the SXSW Film Festival kicks off. Cinephiles, press and everyone else are faced with a plethora of films over the next week, all hoping to snag their attention, and director Adam Sherman will be in town with his sophomore effort "Crazy Eyes."

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    The Top 10 Critics To Follow During SXSW (For Now)

    Over the next week and a half, dozens of critics will report on the quality of films at this year's SXSW Film Festival, and so we've assembled this guide to a few of the reliable critical voices at this year's festival as a starting point.

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    WATCH SXSW CLIP: Buzzed Music Doc 'Marley'

    One of the films with great advance word at SXSW, which opens Friday, is Kevin Macdonald's "Marley," which screens at SXSW on Sunday. It debuted well in Berlin, where Magnolia Pictures scooped it up. (I skipped the advance vimeo link in favor of a live audience at the Paramount.) Magno...

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    10 SXSW Soundtracks To Look Out For Including Scores By Members Of Pearl Jam, Vampire Weekend, Menomena, Tortoise & More

    SXSW is barely 24 hours away from starting (catch up with part one and part two of our preview pieces here), and at this point, it's important to be reminded that one of the things that makes it unique is a particular focus on the crossover between music and film, something that's been a particular ...

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    Gravitas and Variance Team for Theatrical & VOD Releasing; Hunting Titles at SXSW

    Gravitas Ventures and Variance Films announce their partnership to acquire and co-release seven to eight films per year with day and date theatrical and VOD releases throughout North America. Starting at SXSW, Gravitas and Variance will search for the best indies...

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    SXSW '12 Preview: Doc "Wildness" Portrait of Historic L.A. Bar of Latin/LGBT Immigrant Communities

    Directed by L.A. performer and filmmaker Wu Tsang, the documentary Wildness will premiere this weekend at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin. Wildness revolves around the nightly performers and entertainment of Silver Bar in L.A., patronized by the Latin/LGBT communities since 1963. The 75-min doc scr...

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