Tag Archives: SXSW Film

SXSW Interview: Hao Wu on his award-winning documentary People’s Republic of Desire

After winning the Documentary Feature category at the South by Southwest Film Awards earlier this week, People’s Republic of Desire from filmmaker Hao Wu is poised to become one of the most important watches of 2018. For his third documentary on different layers of Chinese culture, Wu takes a very close and unnerving look at the almost pathological culture of live-streaming and the multitude of effects it can have on both the streamer and the audience. We’re talking about life engineered through a digital lens with the end-goal of money and status, and with social media such a hot topic at this year’s SXSW film (Generation Wealth and Social Animals, both part of the program, also tackled similar subjects), it was only right that we catch up with Wu to chat about his fascinating new documentary.... Continue Reading

SXSW Film Review: The Light of the Moon (USA, 2017) is more than a victim’s story, but a tale of human complexity

Bonnie is young and worldly, holds a job as an architect and lives in NYC. She has good friends, a pretty good social life and is in a stable relationship with a man who is equally as upwardly mobile, enjoying the same perks as anyone with a career in a city able to hold the young and ambitious.... Continue Reading

James Franco’s The Disaster Artist set to premiere at SXSW; 20 other features added to program

Another 21 features have been added to the SXSW Film Festival program for 2017, with James Franco’s The Disaster Artist topping the list, with the Austin event set to hold the anticipated film’s world premiere. The film is about the making of the cult classic The Room – often referred to as the Citizen Kane of bad movies – and the book The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside the Room.... Continue Reading

A look at the Australian & New Zealand films set to premiere at SXSW Film Festival 2017

The SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas has fast become one of the world’s most anticipated and influential events, with film projects big and small making their debut here. Among them in 2017 – at least from the program announced yesterday, will be three Australian films, one from New Zealand, and an American film about an  Australia’s most unassuming cinema icons.... Continue Reading

Creators of Unfriended invites artists to participate in the Open Source Screenshare Workshop at SXSW

Filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov and his production company Bazelevs, known for hit thriller Unfriended, a film that introduced “screenshare” storytelling, a verité storytelling set entirely on screens of digital devices, is inviting new artists to participate in a Open Source Screenshare Workshop at SXSW Film Festival.... Continue Reading

SXSW Film Interview: Samantha Futerman, Ryan Miyamoto, and Anais Bordier on Twinsters

“Family is what you make of it”. This sentiment, by Twinsters co-director Ryan Miyamoto, is somewhat of a mantra for reunited twins Anias Bordier and Samantha Futerman. The two women were both born in South Korea and adopted to two different families on two different continents. They found each other over social media, and have documented their relationship with each other and their newly extended family via video blogging and their new feature-length documentary.... Continue Reading