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Meet the 2011 SXSW Filmmakers | “Happy New Year,” “Matter of Taste” & “The Dish”

Meet the 2011 SXSW Filmmakers | "Happy New Year," "Matter of Taste" & "The Dish"

With the 2011 SXSW Film Conference and Festival kicking off today in Austin, indieWIRE is releasing more of its slate of SXSW filmmaker interviews, as part of the “Meet the 2011 SXSW Filmmakers” series, that spotlights directors with films in this year’s Narrative Competition, Documentary Competition and Emerging Visions lineups.

Today’s last crop include K. Lorrel Manning’s “Happy New Year” (Dramatic Competition), Sally Rowe’s “A Matter of Taste” (Documentary Competition) and Alison Bagnall’s “The Dish & The Spoon” (Emerging Visions).

Soon after the SXSW unveiled its 2011 lineup, indieWIRE invited directors with films in the Narrative, Documentary and Emerging Visions sections to submit responses in their own words about their films.

A snapshot of Friday’s three featured interviews:

K. Lorrel Manning’s “Happy New Year” takes place in the psychiatric ward at a remote Veterans Hospital where Sgt. Cole Lewis, scarred by his time serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, comes to befriend a group of similarly afflicted veterans. Manning told indieWIRE that his interest in the war all started with one book. “In 2004, I was perusing a bookstore and came across Nina Berman’s “Purple Hearts,”” he said. “It consisted of portraits and interviews of U.S. soldiers wounded in Iraq. The images were quite shocking and raw, yet painfully beautiful. I’ll be honest; I was not really following the war at that time. It wasn’t really on my radar. This book changed all of that. I purchased it immediately, canceled my plans for the night, stayed home and read it cover to cover. The next day I hopped onto the internet and started to educate myself as much as I could about what was going on overseas.”

The food documentary “A Matter of Taste,” from filmmaker Sally Rowe, goes behind the scenes to peek into the life of lauded chef Paul Liebrandt, the youngest cook to ever be awarded 3 stars from the New York Times. “In 2000 I ate at Atlas in New York when Paul Liebrandt was the chef,” Rowe told indieWIRE, in discussing how she came onto the project. “I had not eaten anything like it before. I ended up befriending Paul and soon realized how kitchens were run and what goes on behind the scenes. It occurred to me that many people probably didn’t know the extent of what went on in a high-end kitchen – the amount of hard work, long hours and artistry is staggering.”

“Buffalo ’66” writer Alison Bagnall both penned and directed the comedy “The Dish & the Spoon,” starring indie ‘it girl’ Greta Gerwig. In the film Gerwig plays Rose, a woman going through an emotional roller-coaster after finding out her husband’s been cheating on her. “I was interested to explore how crazy people can get after a betrayal,” Bagnall said of what lead her to write the script for “The Dish.” “Most movies focus on the affair itself, but fewer on the aftermath, and the stages of emotions that people go through. I thought that it could be funny and compelling to watch Greta playing a woman in this position. And that she could make it comedic, but also poignant.”

The full-length interviews follow for Friday (3/11)

“Happy New Year” Director K. Lorrel Manning

“A Matter of Taste” Director Sally Rowe

“The Dish & The Spoon” Director Alison Bagnall

The full-length interviews follow for Thursday (3/10)

“Dragonslayer” Director Tristan Patterson

“Last Days Here” Directors Don Argott and Demian Fenton

“The Key Man” Director Peter Himmelstein

The full-length interviews follow for Wednesday (3/9):

“Fightville” Directors Michael Tucker and Petra Epperlein

“Convento” Director Jarred Alterman

“American Animal” Director Matt D’Elia

The full-length interviews follow for Tuesday (3/8):

“New Jerusalem” Director R. Alverson (Emerging Visions)

“Better This World” Directors Galloway and Duane de la Vega (Documentary Competition)

“Small, Beautifully Moving Parts” Co-directors Annie J. Howell and Lisa Robinson (Narrative Competition)

The full length-interviews follow for Monday (3/7):

“Charlie Casanova” Director Terry McMahon

“The Catechism Cataclysm” Director Todd Rohal

“The City Dark” Director Ian Cheney

The full length-interviews follow for Friday (3/4):

Meet the 2011 SXSW Filmmakers | “Natural Selection” Director Robbie Pickering (Narrative Competition)

Meet the 2011 SXSW Filmmakers | “Weekend” Director Andrew Haigh (Emerging Visions)

Meet the 2011 SXSW Filmmakers | “Where Soldiers Come From” Director Heather Courtney (Documentary Competition)

The full-length interviews follow for Thursday (3/3):

Meet the 2011 SXSW Filmmakers | “Fly Away” Director Janet Grillo (Narrative Feature Competition)

Meet the 2011 SXSW Filmmakers | “Kumaré” Director Vikram Gandhi (Documentary Competition)

Meet the 2011 SXSW Filmmakers | “Bad Fever” Director Dustin Guy Defa (Emerging Visions)

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