SXSW’s film awards were announced Tuesday night, but screenings continue through Saturday night, even as the music component of the festival takes over Austin, TX. As an addenda to indieWIRE‘s curation of Hulu’s Documentaries page last week, take a look at another round of great free docs that screened at SXSW in the past.
EDITOR’S NOTE: “indieWIRE @ Hulu Docs” is a regular column spotlighting the iW-curated selections on Hulu’s Documentaries page, a unique collaboration between the two sites. iW selections typically appear in the carousel at the top of the page and under “Featured Content” in the center. Be sure to check out the great non-fiction projects available to watch free of charge.
Two films about unique subcultures previously featured in this column had their start at SXSW, in 2006 and 2007, respectively: “Darkon” and “Confessions of a Superhero.” Directors Luke Meter and Andrew Neel SXSW Audience Award winner follows a group of fantasy role players who dress up in medieval outfits to escape from their ordinary lives in the alternate world of “Darkon.” Meanwhile in Matthew Ogens’ “Confessions of a Superhero,” aspiring actors playing Wonder Woman, Superman, Batman, and the Hulk on Hollywood Blvd open up about their hopes, dreams, and struggles.
Another subculture, that of the Southern Californian hot rod movement of the 1960s, is at the core of director Ron Mann’s 2006 SXSW entry, “Tales of the Rat Fink.” The film profiles Ed “Big Daddy” Roth, who’s titular cartoon rodent, monster T-shirts, and custom car designs made him an underground star.
The subject of Joseph Mealey and Michael Shoob’s 2004 SXSW doc, “Bush’s Brain,” Karl Rove, was instrumental in making another man a household name around the world. The film examines the political consultant’s behind-the-scenes influence on George W Bush’s political career and presidency.
The former President Bush is the focus of another SXSW film, the 2008 documentary “Crawford.” Director David Modigliani turns his camera on Bush’s ranch home in a small Texan town as a microcosm of American society, and the impact the politician’s residency had on the once nondescript place.
ABOUT THE WRITER: Basil Tsiokos is a Programming Associate, Documentary Features for Sundance, consults with documentary filmmakers and festivals, and recently co-produced Cameron Yates’ feature documentary “The Canal Street Madam.” Follow him on Twitter (@1basil1 and @CanalStMadamDoc) and visit his blog (what (not) to doc).