Tag Archives: SXSW

SXSW Interview: Sacha Jenkins talks hip hop and art for new Netflix series Rapture

Netflix has hooked up with Sacha Jenkins and several other directors to curate a new eight-part docuseries on hip hop. Premiering around the world at the end of March, Rapture will bring unique perspectives on the personal lives of various well-known and rising stars within the culture, from Nas and T.I to Dave East and Rapsody, with each episode focusing on one or two of these artists and really focusing on different aspects on their careers and stories.... Continue Reading

SXSW Interview: Aussie actress Courtney Eaton talks Perfect with Garrett Wareing, Tao Okamoto, Chris Santos & Matthias Koenigswieser

After the premiere of Eddie Alcazar‘s latest film Perfect at this year’s SXSW festival, we managed to sit down with the cast and crew, including cinematographer Matthias Koenigswieser, as well as cast members Garrett Wareing, Tao Okamoto, Chris Santos and fellow Australian Courtney Eaton,  to discuss the film itself, its experience and message, the attraction to working with such an experimental director, and in Eaton’s case, working with renowned actress Abbie Cornish, who also hails from Australia.... Continue Reading

SXSW Interview: Upgrade director Leigh Whannell, stars Betty Gabriel & Logan Marshall-Green discuss the acclaimed sci-fi horror film

With his new film Upgrade having its premiere at SXSW Film this past week (where it won a prestigious Audience Award), we caught up with Australian director and writer Leigh Whannell as well as cast members Logan Marshall-Green and Betty Gabriel to talk about the sci-fi horror and its wider implications.... Continue Reading

SXSW Interview: Ethan Hawke on directing Blaze Foley’s story in Blaze

Ethan Hawke‘s film about iconic country blues singer/songwriter Blaze Foley has been praised by critics since its premiere at Sundance in January, and last week it was Austin’s turn, with Blaze screening at SXSW. At that event, held in the city where Blaze lived for much of his life, we caught up with the Hawke to find out more about what drew him to this unique character and story.... Continue Reading

SXSW 2018: Here’s all the winners from SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards

The SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards is one of the biggest and most comprehensive awards nights of the entire festival. A moment in the spotlight for just about every facet of the tech and interactive side of the industry, this year’s awards were big on AI, smart tech and wearables. Hit the jump for the complete list of winners. Continue reading SXSW 2018: Here’s all the winners from SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards

First Impressions: The Last O.G is a triumphant return to form for Tracy Morgan

There’s something very sincere and heart-warming about Tray, the character played by Tracy Morgan in new TBS show The Last O.G. The forthcoming series, backed by John Carcieri and Jordan Peele, is a welcome return for the endearingly 30 Rock star, who still very much embodies the on-screen personality often attributed to him but grounds it in a very raw, very honest look at Brooklyn. Gentrification, isolation and displacement sit at the heart of the series and fuel both it’s timely (and often unpredictable) comedic hits and deeper meaning, giving Morgan plenty to work with as he plays an ex-con who is returns to Brooklyn after a 15-year stint in prison on drug charges.... Continue Reading

SXSW Film Review: ¡Las Sandinistas! (USA/Nicaragua, 2018) restores some important women to Nicaragua’s history books

The original Sandinistas (AKA the Sandinista National Liberation Front) were a group with the odds stacked against them. By their own admission, they were a bunch of “Poorly armed kids.” But they successfully overthrew the Nicaraguan president in 1979. A large number of the Sandinistas were women. Society had expected these women would marry and tend to domestic duties and some received no education or schooling whatsoever, but these girls had other plans. This group achieved some remarkable things but for too long the contributions of the women involved have been erased from the history books and the focus has instead been on the contributions of a few key men. The documentary film, ¡Las Sandinistas! attempts to redress this wrong by focusing squarely on these fearless women and their fight from the front lines.... Continue Reading