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SXSW 2012: A Final Round-Up of Indiewire’s Coverage

SXSW 2012: A Final Round-Up of Indiewire's Coverage

This weekend marks the end of this year’s SXSW and the Indiewire network was on the scene for the whole thing.  Earlier in the week we provided you with a mid-festival round-up of all our coverage up until that point and now we have a final roundup to help you easily sort through what happened during the rest of the week.

Click through below for all the news, reviews, and features out of SXSW from the Indiewire network:


The 8 Film Startups You Should Know From SXSW
If you’re a film person on the SXSW Interactive trade show floor, it’s easy to leave with a complex. Film, to put it mildly, is not a priority for tech people — and these people, easily identified by the orange lanyards attached to the all-important badges, are everywhere.

Meet 28 SXSW Filmmakers

SXSW ’12 | Joss Whedon: ‘I want to make things that are small, pure and odd.’
Joss Whedon looks tired, really tired, when I meet him at the Four Seasons in Austin for a quick one-on-one. Can you blame him?

SXSW ’12 | Mars Volta Guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez: Chauvinism and Capitalism Inspired His Exploitation Movie ‘Los Chidos’
In addition to his rock-star duties as the guitarist for The Mars Volta, Omar Rodríguez-López has technically made seven movies, but he won’t let you see most of them.

SXSW FUTURES: Welsh Actor Aneurin Barnard Sings in ‘Hunky Dory,’ Runs for His Life in ‘CITADEL’
If there was an acting award for versatility at this year’s SXSW film festival, Welsh performer Aneurin Barnard would be the one to beat.

Indiewire’s 12 Favorite Moments from SXSW 2012

22 Reviews From SXSW 2012

SXSW ’12 | Jonas Akerlund Talks His Busy 2011, Making Bizarro New Feature ‘Small Apartments’ Along with 34 Commercials and 5 Music Videos

Swedish director Jonas Akerlund, best known for his innovative videos for the likes of Prodigy (“Smack My Bitch Up”), Lady Gaga (“Telephone” and “Paparazzi”) and Madonna (“Ray of Light”) came to SXSW for the world premiere his third feature “Small Apartments.”

Critical Consensus: Ben Kenigsberg and Matt Singer Discuss SXSW 2012
Critical Consensus is a biweekly feature in which two critics from Indiewire’s Criticwire network discuss new releases with Indiewire’s chief film critic, Eric Kohn.

SXSW ’12 | Deepak Chopra and His Son, Gotham, Talk About Father/Son Doc ‘Decoding Deepak’
Deepak Chopra is that strange hybrid of celebrity and spiritual icon, known for his followers (Michael Jackson was a loyal fan) and diamond-bedazzled eyewear. But to his son Gotham, he’s just Dad.

‘Gimme the Loot’ and ‘Beware Mr. Baker’ Top 2012 SXSW Film Awards Winners
“Gimme the Loot” and “Beware Mr. Baker” topped the SXSW Film Awards, winning the two Grand Jury Prizes.

SXSW ’12 | In Which Rob Riggle and Todd Rohal Crash IW’s Johnny Knoxville Interview
When you book Johnny Knoxville for a one-on-one, it’s a safe bet to expect the unexpected.

Critic’s Notebook: SXSW is Where the Crazy Movies Call Home
A lot of major festivals showcase bold and provocative work. But SXSW has the rare ability to put a spotlight on wildly subversive creativity for an approving crowd.

The Top 10 Grossing Films That Premiered at SXSW 2011
As the 2012 edition of SXSW gets underway in Austin, Texas, it seemed appropriate to look back at the films of last year’s edition and how well they did at the theatrical box office.


SXSW Review Capsule: ‘The Aggression Scale’
Most films that have to do with a home invasion will somehow conjure images of a wily youngster thwarting two would-be robbers at Christmas.

SXSW Review Capsule: ‘The Tall Man’
In director Pascal Laugier’s follow-up to his better-received 2008 film “Martyrs,” “The Tall Man” stars Jessica Biel as Julia Denning, a nurse in a rural Washington town where children are systematically disappearing.

SXSW Review Capsule: ‘Somebody Up There Likes Me’
For a screenwriter, dealing with the aging process in any nonlinear fashion is always a risk. Toying with the natural progression of youth into old age has the potential to come off as manipulative or cheap. Yet that’s the task that writer/director Bob Byington assumes with “Somebody Up There Likes Me.”

SXSW Review Capsule: ‘The Do-Deca Pentathlon’
A known quantity in the world of independent film, Jay and Mark Duplass have been hard to ignore since their 2008 film “Baghead,” if not since their feature-length debut “The Puffy Chair” in 2005.

SXSW Review Capsule: ‘King Kelly’
Odds are good that, by now, you’re probably tired of the phrase “found footage.” In the wake of a bevy of horror franchises built under the same conceit, the genre’s grown exponentially over the last half-decade. While it remains to be seen whether “King Kelly” will be the last frontier in this particular cinematic realm, the production style that produced it is garnering some significant attention.

SXSW Review Capsule: ‘Starlet’
Unlikely relationships often make for a compelling narrative. When two or more people with no seeming overlap in interests or backgrounds come together, it often illuminates an intriguing part of the characters of those involved. “Starlet” features one such relationship

Thompson on Hollywood

SXSW Review Roundup and Clips for Winners ‘Gimme the Loot’ and ‘Beware Mr. Baker’
The 2012 SXSW FIlm Festival bestowed jury awards to Adam Leon’s New York City-based “Gimme the Loot” and Jay Bulger’s rock biopic “Beware Mr. Baker.”  Review roundup and clips for both winners show what to expect from these two naturalistic, unexpected films.  

SXSW Q & A: Dunham and Apatow Debut Three Episodes of HBO’s Hilarious and Sexually Frank Comedy Series ‘Girls’
“I love you Janet,” said Lena Dunham, wearing a sleek black mini-dress and high wedges at the Paramount Theatre Monday before unveiling the first three episodes of her new HBO series with producer Judd Apatow, “Girls,” which debuts on HBO April 15.

SXSW Interview: Duplass Brothers Talk ‘Jeff,’ ‘The Do-Deca-Pentathlon’ and Career Plan (Video)
Writer-directors Jay and Mark Duplass headed into SXSW with an unusual distribution deal for their long-in-the-works micro-budget brother comedy “The Do-Deca-Pentathlon.”

SXSW Video: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum and Filmmakers Talk Comedy Home Run ’21 Jump Street’
Whatever question there might be about how well a smart horror parody like SXSW opener “Cabin the Woods” will do with mainstream audiences, there is none with updated buddy cop comedy “21 Jump Street” (March 16), which also played well at the Paramount Theater here, and will prove a huge b.o. home run.

SXSW Trailer, Reviews, Q & A: ‘Paul Williams Still Alive’ is ‘Remarkable,’ ‘Very Funny’ & ‘Unlike Any Documentary’

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The Playlist

SXSW ’12 Review: Richard Linklater’s ‘Bernie’ Starring Jack Black Is A Harmless, But Charming & Funny Effort
Employing a laid-back, jovial and amiable mien, Richard Linklater‘s latest effort, the East Texas-set black comedy “Bernie,” is not unlike the Austin-based filmmaker himself: affable, eager to please without pandering, and highly likeable.

SXSW ’12 Review: ‘Paul Williams: Still Alive’ Is A Wonderfully Weird, Surprisingly Moving Tribute To A Forgotten Musical Icon
Does the name Paul Williams mean anything to you? Does it ring a bell? No? How about these songs: “Rainbow Connection,” “Evergreen,” “We’ve Only Just Begun,” “Old Fashioned Love Song“?

SXSW ’12 Review: ‘Bad Brains: A Band In DC’ A Kinetic, Frenetic & Long Overdue Tribute To The Legendary Hardcore Band
Despite it’s overachieving attempts, the film is kinetic, frenetic (how could it not be, with video of H.R. performing in his heyday; The man is the definition of electically charged), and well paced with lots to love for any Bad Brains, punk or music fans.

SXSW ’12 Review: ‘Somebody Up There Likes Me’ A Surprisingly Ambitious Deadpan Charmer
Bob Byington’s “Somebody Up There Likes Me” is about a guy who doesn’t grow up. In fact, he doesn’t even age over the film’s span of about three decades in his life.

SXSW ’12 Interview: ‘Frankie Go Boom’ Director Jordan Roberts On The Inspiration Behind Putting Ron Perlman In A Dress
We weren’t sure what to expect of “Frankie Go Boom,” the sophomore directorial feature from director Jordan Roberts.

SXSW ’12 Interview: Matthew McConaughey & Tracy Letts Talk Working With William Friedkin & NC-17 Rating For ‘Killer Joe’
Killer Joe” is a film primed to mark a comeback for its director and star. Not only has William Friedkin made his best movie in decades with the sordid Texan crime tale, but Matthew McConaughey continues to add to his recent renaissance of fascinating work that has seen him team with with filmmakers like Richard Linklater, Steven Soderbergh and Jeff Nichols.

SXSW ’12 Review: Weird & Sometimes Confusing ‘John Dies At The End’ Is Still An Odd & Engaging Genre Treat
It involves axe handles, zombies, mutant leeches, axe heads, hardware store trips and answering a dead man as to whether or not the axe in question is the same that killed him. Confused? If you are, then you don’t want to stick around. If you’re too overjoyed that the spiritual successor to Sam Raimi has appeared, you’re in luck.

SXSW ’12 Review: The Duplass Brothers’ ‘Do-Deca Pentathlon’ Is A Minor Effort That Should Have Remained Buried
The concept is too weak to hang a full feature on, and the dramatic movements within the story are not compelling, surprising or meaningful in any way.

SXSW ’12 Review: HBO Series ‘Girls’ Solidifies Lena Dunham’s Place As A Bold New Voice in American Comedy
The series is beautiful and brilliant and, in a few weeks, all of American will join in the Lena Dunham discussion, only this time, it will be hard to argue her faults.

Shadow and Act

SXSW 2012 Review – “21 Jump Street” (Wake Me Up When It’s Over)
I’ll just keep this short and sweet and say that the movie just wasn’t for me; others in the audience seemed to really love it though, laughing at every little joke – and not just laughing, but laughing accompanied by screaming, fist pounding, feet kicking, cackling and much more.

SXSW ’12 Review: “Bay Of All Saints” Is Poignantly Revelatory and Inspirational
There’s plenty to keep you engaged throughout; the filmmakers affectively showcase the humanity and heart of these subjects, their bittersweet familial ties, their incredible resilience, along with their hopes and dreams.

SXSW 2012 Review – Ya’Ke Smith’s “Wolf” (What Spike Lee’s “Red Hook Summer” Should Have Been)
Essentially, you will be challenged after spending close to 2 hours with this close-knit group of characters who simply can’t be reductively categorized as “good” or “bad”; there are shades here, and Smith doesn’t make it easy for the viewer, which is a very good thing in my opinion.

SXSW ’12 Doc Review: Teens Aimlessly Wonder Through The Night In “Tchoupitoulas”
I went in expecting an exhilarating experience, or some other meaningful occurrence, but I left the theater feeling underwhelmed. Overall, the documentary’s strenghts lie in its photography, art direction, sound mixing and editing. Other than that, there’s not much substance.

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