There’s a nice tradition that’s been building over the last few years, where some of our SXSW filmmakers screen in Austin and then follow it up really quick with a screening in New York for the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s New Directors/New Films festival.
Since New Directors/New Films takes place a mere four days after SXSW concludes, the two events have (unofficially) seemed like companion pieces. Films in the last couple of years that have played at both events, include: Our Brand is Crisis, My Country, My Country, Things that Hang from Trees, Old Joy, and more.
Before this year’s ND/NF festival comes to a close, I wanted to highlight two films/filmmakers worth keeping an eye on. They are Craig Zobel and Michael Jacobs (pictured here in an indieWIRE pic by Brian Brooks from the ND/NF opening night), and their new films are The Great World of Sound and Audience of One, respectively. Great World is a funny and disturbing satire of the music business but also a wonderful comment on the world of salesmen as a whole. Audience is a funny and disturbing documentary look at the making (and unmaking) of a sci-fi movie production by a church in San Francisco. For some cool looks at the SXSW journey of these two films, check out these two dispatches from the Austin Chronicle‘s SXSW Blog, which highlighted both Great World and Audience of One (check out what happened at both wonderfully revelatory Q&As during SXSW).