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SXSW Film Announces Additional 2012 Audience Award Winners ("Brooklyn Castle, Under African Skies Win)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • March 17, 2012 1:08 PM
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More awards handed out last night at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival in Austin, TX; this time the Audience Award winners, which include titles we've covered on S&A like:

SXSW 2012 Review - "21 Jump Street" (Wake Me Up When It's Over)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • March 15, 2012 3:37 PM
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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 Film Fest Announces 2012 Award Winners ("Gimme The Loot," "Bay Of All Saints" Take Top Honors)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • March 14, 2012 8:36 AM
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Jury and Audience Award-winners of the 2012 South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival were announced last night at the Festival’s Awards Ceremony; although only Narrative and Documentary Feature Audience Awards were handed out.

SXSW 2012 Review - Ya'Ke Smith's "Wolf" (What Spike Lee's "Red Hook Summer" Should Have Been)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • March 13, 2012 8:30 AM
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The cinematic punch in the gut I so desperately needed before leaving SXSW and Austin, TX tomorrow morning, Ya’ke Smith’s feature film directorial debut Wolf is an audacious, potent drama that will likely elicit extreme reactions from viewers when it’s eventually in general release – reactions that will undoubtedly lead to fiery discussion centered around the central themes the film tackles.

SXSW '12 Doc Review: Teens Aimlessly Wonder Through The Night In "Tchoupitoulas"

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • March 13, 2012 1:33 AM
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There seems to have been mostly documentaries featured this year at SXSW for the films pertaining to our site. One of them, Tchoupitoulas, helmed by brothers Bill and Turner Ross, began promisingly. The beginning sequences instantly hooks the viewer; the film introduces our teen protagonists in their New Orleans home, as they partake in domestic sibling rivalry, showcasing a palpably real, amusing and bittersweet dynamic between the youngest and one of the oldest brothers.

SXSW 2012 Review - "Dreams Of A Life" (A Harrowing Reconstruction Of A Life From Collected Fragments)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • March 12, 2012 12:19 PM
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By now I’m sure we’re all familiar with the story, even if it’s just the broad details of it – young woman dies in her apartment and her body isn’t discovered for a good 3 years, as it lay there putrefying – which actually sounds like it could be a pitch for a fictional narrative, but actually is very real.

SXSW 2012 Review - "The Raid: Redemption" (Indonesian Actioner Delivers Relentless Bloody Brutality)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • March 12, 2012 12:17 PM
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A film that's already developing a cult following, even though it's only commercial exhibits have been on the film festival circuit, starting with a 2011 Toronto Film Festival debut (it's now a Sony Pictures property, scheduled for a US and Indonesia release in March of this year), The Raid: Redemption turned out to be exactly as others who'd already seen it, universally described it: a relentless, bloody, brutal action movie, with successive scene after scene of balls-to-the-wall-style choreographed violence that made even this writer flinch in a few instances.

SXSW 2012 Review - "Brooklyn Castle" (A Moving Look At The Trials & Triumphs Of A Junior High School's Chess Team)

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  • March 11, 2012 7:42 PM
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An absolutely wonderfully-produced feature documentary filled with touching, inspirational stories of hope, ambition and perseverance.

SXSW '12 Review: "Gimme The Loot" Charismatic Duo Goes For Mischievous Ride, But It Runs Out Of Steam

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • March 11, 2012 7:25 PM
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Gimme The Loot Premiered at the SXSW Film Festival last night, when I was able to catch the screening.

SXSW '12 Review: "The Last Fall" Delivers An Earnest Look At Life After Football

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • March 11, 2012 1:07 PM
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Matthew Cherry’s directorial debut effort The Last Fall is one that we have followed from its inception on this site via our S&A Filmmaker’s Diary.  It’s almost surreal that almost a year later the film is screening at SXSW Film Festival!