Because each section more than deserves its own close-up, here is a look at the SXSW 2006 Emerging Visions section:
Apart From That
Dir: Jennifer Shainin & Randy Walker; Cast: Kathleen McNearney, Kyle Conyers, Toan Le, Tony Cladoosby, Alice Ellingson, Michelle Sheiman.
A Native American road striper, a student beautician, a Vietnamese banker, his adopted son and an elderly exhibitionist attempt to find their footing in a world of miscommunication and unmet expectations. (WORLD PREMIERE)
Bata-ville: We Are Not Afraid of the Future
Dir: Nina Pope & Karen Guthrie.
A bittersweet record of a road trip (with many former employees) to the origins of the Bata shoe empire in the Czech Republic. (NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE)
Bickford Shmeckler’s Cool Ideas
Dir: Scott Lew; Cast: Patrick Fugit, Olivia Wilde.
A college comedy about the misadventures of Bickford Shmeckler, a brilliant but troubled freshman whose prized journal full of “cool ideas” is stolen. (WORLD PREMIERE)
Dir: David Wike; Cast: Kevin Corrigan, Ebon Moss Bachrach, Clea DuVall, David Wike.
A comedy about three men who leave town to spend a weekend in the countryside at the house of an eccentric uncle. (WORLD PREMIERE)
Dir: Michael Tully; Cast: Damian Lahey, Kelly Forester, Brenda Benfield.
A charming young man, rendered weary by years of substance abuse, reaches the end of the line one unforgettable week in the harsh, suffocating climate of Jacksonville, Florida. (NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE)
Cruel and Unusual
Dir: Janet Baus, Dan Hunt, and Reid Williams.
An unflinching look at the lives of male-to-female transsexual women in men’s prisons in the United States. (WORLD PREMIERE)
Danny Roane: First Time Director
Dir: Andy Dick; Cast: Andy Dick, Sara Rue, Bob Odenkirk, Ben Stiller, Paul Henderson, James Van Der Beek, Anthony Rapp, Maura Tierney.
A bittersweet, yet comical look at new filmmaker, Danny Roane (Andy DIck), as he struggles with alcoholism while making his first feature film. (WORLD PREMIERE)
Dir: Jeremy Mack.
Although technology has left them behind, a group of die-hard gamers still struggles to set high scores on classic arcade games in this entertaining documentary. (WORLD PREMIERE)
The Last Western
Dir: Chris Deaux.
A documentary on the bygone era of the B-western and the colorful citizens of Pioneertown, a dusty outpost on the edge of the Mojave Desert in the shadow of Los Angeles. (WORLD PREMIERE)
Dir: Tally Abecassis.
A documentary look at the fascinating and increasingly-mainstream world of stuffing and mounting dead animals. (U.S. PREMIERE)
Dir: Chris Siverston; Cast: Marc Senter, Shay Astar, Alex Frost, Megan Henning, Robin Sydney.
Based on the novel by Jack Ketchum, this is the dark tale of a loner who faces arrest and destruction when the events of a murder come back to haunt him. (WORLD PREMIERE)
Dir: Tara Wray.
A first-person documentary feature told from the POV of a daughter coping with her mentally unstable mother. (WORLD PREMIERE)
Dir: Kieran Galvin; Cast: Nadia Townsend, Bernard Curry, Sally Bull.
A love story about a resourceful young woman, a seriously delusional man, and two dead dogs. (NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE)
Things that Hang from Trees
Dir: Ido Mizrahy; Cast: Deborah Kara Unger, Daniel von Bargen, Ray McKinnon, Peter Gerety.
An eight-year-old boy’s wish to see the fireworks from atop the city’s lighthouse is complicated by his odd neighbors, abusive peers, and hopeless parents. (WORLD PREMIERE)
See them all, at SXSW 2006, March 10-18