A Thursday in Austin

By Michael Lerman | "Lincoln Blogs" by Michael Lerman March 14, 2008 at 3:07AM

A Thursday in Austin

Knee deep in programming, I haven't had time to blog much about the more interesting films at SXSW. I will say this though, I loved almost everything I watched before the festival and have been greatly disappointed by what I've caught on sight - with the exception of yesterday when I finally saw Second Skin and Beautiful Losers. I think both are exceptionally strong documentaries with vibrant characters and entertainingly slick filmmaking. Make sure you catch either if you get the chance.

It should also be noted that in my pre-screening for SXSW, I realized that this might be the strongest year ever for narratives here. For the first time that I can remember in the years I've been doing this, I am able to say that a US festival has better narratives than docs. Way to go Matt and Jarod. I promise I will get to blogging more in detail about them as soon as I get back.

I also took some time out last night to go see the Alaskan rock band Portugal the Man. Mind blowing. Portugal is playing two free sets today and I would highly recommend discovering them for yourself.

Anyway, I can't wait to wrap up my last two days of SXSW 2008. It looks like we're going to go out with a bang . . . More on that soon.

Natural Causes screens one final time tomorrow morning at 11:00 AM at the Alamo Lamar South. I know it's hangover hour, but if you haven't had a chance to see it and you are still in Austin, we would love your presence in whatever state you see fit. Otherwise, we are hitting Sarasota and Boston soon, so get ready!

P.S.: Since I've been trying to juggle like eight things at once and haven't had a chance to see nearly as much as I would like here, if any SXSW filmmakers would like me to consider their movie for Woodstock and want to send me a screener, they can email me at lerman.michael at gmail. I'd love to catch up.