I’ve asked the filmmakers from the SXSW 2007 “Emerging Visions” section to give us all an update on their projects. Keep an eye out for more updates to come. Next up, we have Lanre Olabisi, writer/director of family drama August the First (which just won the top prize at the Milwaukee Film Festival this weekend):
August the First has been called “smart and engaging” by Indiewire; Variety said: “Olabisi exhibits a sure hand with ensemble and story…emotional fireworks ring true.” and Ain’t it Cool News wrote: “naturalistic acting works extremely well because of acutely observed details.” These are just a few of the wonderful reviews that the film has received since leaving Austin.
After SXSW, things started moving quickly for August the First. The film went off to AFI Dallas, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Boston, Minneapolis, and about 15 more cities. To date, August the First has won the Audience Award at the Urbanworld Vibe Film Festival and the jury award for “Best Film” at the San Francisco Black Film Festival. Perhaps one of the best moments since leaving was during the international premiere at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. The festival is held in the gorgeous spa town of Karlovy Vary which is nestled in the mountains a couple hours outside of Prague in the Czech Republic. It was not long before we learned that the Czechs like to party almost as much as the people of Austin do.
Thus far, the festival run has been great and we are looking forward to some more – but we will always remember that it all started at in the beautiful city of Austin.