You wouldn’t think it, but inside the new issue of Rolling Stone magazine, some SXSW Film Festival alumni get a little love. This month brings the annual “Hot Issue,” and among the Movies entries, is “Hot Genre: Mumblecore.” Included is a full-page spread, detailing the family tree between Joe Swanberg, Andrew Bujalski, Aaron Katz, and the Duplass Brothers. HOT. Besides plenty of background on the filmmakers and films (past, present, and future), journalist Melissa Maerz writes:
Imagine YouTube as a series of movies. That’s the raw vibe of mumblecore, a talky new genre where young people play out their most awkward moments on camera… Mumblecore directors have gotten by without Hollywood the way young bands have gotten by without record companies: by using inexpensive technology and relying on the Internet for publicity and distribution…
It doesn’t stop there. Two pages earlier in the magazine, Rolling Stone picks a “Hot Topic” for the Movies, and they choose Jeremy Saulnier’s SXSW 2007 selection Murder Party (which gets a DVD release later this month). Jon Steinberg writes:
If you’ve ever wished death – or worse – upon a hipster, Jeremy Saulnier’s got the movie for you. This month, the rookie horror director will release Murder Party, a slasher comedy about a clique of coke-snorting artists who plot to kill a random, innocent man on Halloween.
These entries in “The Hot Issue” are not available online, so go to your local newsstand and pick up a copy!