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    SXSW Day One: Early Buzz, Opener Source Code Plays Well

    People keep telling me to see Ti West's horror flick The Innkeepers. So I'll check it out Saturday night. That's what film festivals do. They start buzz on a movie that few have seen or know anything about, and suddenly a career is born--or not.

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    SXSW 2011: Billy Bob Thornton's Willie Nelson Doc King of Luck To Close Fest, New Titles

    The SXSW Film Fest closer on March 19 is Billy Bob Thornton’s The King of Luck (pictured), a documentary about country actor/singer/activist Willie Nelson.

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    SXSW 2011: Conference Film Panels on Super, Source Code, Todd Phillips, More

    SXSW will hold over 100 film conference sessions between March 11-19. SXSW chose the panels with the help of the SXSW PanelPicker™ interface, which allows the online SXSW community to exercise their voice in programming selections through submitting proposals and/or voting. Votes and feedback from t...

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    SXSW 2011 Adds Midnighters, Fest's "Bloody Beating Heart"

    We have the SXSW Midnighters and SXFantastic sections, plus the complete short films lineup for the Austin fest, which runs March 11 – 19. The Midnighters program includes two two midnight feature programs of five films each. Fest producer Janet Pierson calls the programs:“the bloody, beating heart...

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    Cold Weather's Katz & McFadden Talk Characters, Genre, Free Collaboration

    TOH's Sophia Savage flip-cammed Cold Weather writer-director Aaron Katz and writer-producer Brendan McFadden. Here's her report; video is below):Cold Weather opens in Los Angeles February 11 at Laemmle's Sunset 5. This genre-bender is a meditation on human relationships dressed as a mystery-thriller. The film plays by its own rules, refusing to be rushed by short attention spans or pressured by mainstream expectations. The 2010 SXSW hit reminds us that any budget when combined with the will to get a great film made is better than a big budget and the will to fit in. Plus, collaboration is not only free -- it's a recipe for indie success. Here...

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    Jamie Foxx Presents: Thunder Soul, A Tribute To Kashmere's Funk Powerhouse

    Music doc Thunder Soul is a heartfelt celebration of Funk and the transformative powers of a great teacher. Mark Landsman's doc, which won an audience award at SXSW and Los Angeles Film Fest, among other fests last year, also earned an Indie Spirit nomination. It's about how in the 1970s one teacher...

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    SXSW's Pierson Talks 2011 Features Program; Will Sundance Buying Spree Continue?

    The South by Southwest Film Festival has never historically been a market. Set in March in Austin's vibrant film community, nourished by the concurrent SXSW Interactive Fest and the wildly popular Music Fest to follow, SXSW Film Fest has continued under the canny direction of Janet Pierson to nourish indie newcomers, launch male-driven commercial comedies (Simon Pegg sci-fi comedy Paul would be this year's example) and pull a young hip moviegoing demo. One hot ticket this March will be Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke's Red Riding Hood. Last year's SXSW breakouts include Lena Dunham's Tiny Furniture, Aaron Katz's Cold Weather, Gareth Edw...

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