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Exclusive: Clip From SXSW Comedy 'Daylight Savings' The Sequel To 'Surrogate Valentine'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 7, 2012 11:20 AM
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Last year, a little, charming, black-and-white comedy called "Surrogate Valentine" played SXSW and became something of an arthouse hit, earning strong word-of-mouth buzz for both director Dave Boyle and star Goh Nakamura. We called the film "brisk and punchy" and admired its careful, observational study of the characters within. Well, the good news is a sequel is on the way and headed to SXSW.

Exclusive: Racy Poster For SXSW Film 'King Kelly' That Was Shot On iPhones

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 7, 2012 10:42 AM
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While director Andrew Neel may not yet be a household name, in Austin, he's been a regular fixture at SXSW over the past few years. His documentaries "Darkon" (about LARP-ing) and "New World Order" (focusing on conspiracy theorists) premiered at the fest in 2006 and 2009 respectively, with the former taking home the Audience Award that year. Well, once again Neel is back, this time with a narrative feature that again finds him exploring a fascinating subject.

15 Most Anticipated Films Of SXSW 2012: From Will Ferrell In Spanish To The Lost Duplass Bros. Movie & More

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 6, 2012 3:03 PM
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While Sundance still gets the headlines, the last few years have seen the film strand of South By Southwest, the Austin, Texas cultural conference, become just as vital to the movie world as Robert Redford's baby. The past few festivals alone witnessed some of the best movies of their respective years debut, from low-budget indies like "The Puffy Chair," "Beeswax," "Tiny Furniture" and "Cold Weather" to more mainstream fare like "I Love You Man," "Adventureland" and "Bridesmaids," to international genre hits like "Kill List," "Attack The Block" and "Monsters."

Exclusive: Clip From SXSW Drama 'In Our Nature' Starring Jena Malone, John Slattery & Gabrielle Union Plus Trailer For The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 6, 2012 2:05 PM
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The pleasure of a film festival is sitting in the dark and watching unexpected talent come together, in interesting ways, in films that buck the trends and templates coming out of Hollywood. Director Brian Savelson has made such a film, assembling an unlikely but promising bunch of players including "Mad Men" star John Slattery, indie darling Jena Malone, "Friday Night Lights" star Zach Gilford and Gabrielle Union for his debut, the drama "In Our Nature."

Exclusive: Poster For Omar Rodriguez Lopez's 'Los Chidos' Premiering at SXSW

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • March 1, 2012 4:58 PM
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Music and film worlds will be overlapping in more ways than one at this year's SXSW Film Festival, and we've got the exclusive poster debut of Mars Volta guitarist Omar Rodriguez Lopez's feature film "Los Chidos," which will be making its debut in the narrative feature competion. Surprise surprise, this is the fifth film he's directed, but only the second one to be seen on the fest circuit. His previous effort, "The Sentimental Engine Slayer" played numerous festivals around the world, and was financed by Red Hot Chili Peppers axeman John Frusciante.

Watch: Trailer For SXSW Pic 'Blue Like Jazz' Picked Up By Roadside Attractions

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 21, 2012 12:21 PM
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After going up the mountains at Sundance, and crossing the Atlantic for Berlin, buyers will be adding to their frequent flyer miles again soon as they head to Austin for SXSW, but some deals are already being inked.

SXSW Rounds Out Lineup With 'Safety Not Guaranteed,' 'Shut Up And Play The Hits,' 'Monsieur Lazhar' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 15, 2012 3:00 PM
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With the fest now just weeks away, the organizers at SXSW are putting the final touches on the festival schedule and have added a few more films for the movie fans flocking to Austin.

'[REC] 3 Génesis,' 'Intruders,' Jessica Biel's 'The Tall Man,' 'V/H/S' & Secret Film Join SXSW Midnight Lineup

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 8, 2012 3:00 PM
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We can smell the hickory smoke already....The SXSW Film Festival is right around the corner and this afternoon, organizers have unveiled the lineup for what is arguably the most fun section of the event -- the Midnighters. The screenings can often be raucous and often serve as the ground where future genre hits break out (last year, that honor was bestowed on "Attack the Block") and this year, these films will be hoping to get a similar kind of boost.

SXSW Adds '21 Jump Street,' 'Do-Deca-Pentathalon,' 'Killer Joe,' 'Casa De Mi Padre' & More To Lineup

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 1, 2012 3:00 PM
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Don't unpack that bag from Sundance too fast. SXSW in Austin, Texas is just around the corner and it has two things over Park City: spring heat and BBQ. With the film festival just over a month away, organizers have dropped their features lineup, and there will be some nice surprises for those making the trek.

Joss Whedon's 'Cabin In The Woods' The Opening Film For SXSW; Lena Dunham's 'Girls' Will Also Premiere

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 12, 2012 3:00 PM
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Sundance isn't even here yet and already we're smelling the BBQ of Austin. The SXSW Film Festival is just a couple of months away, and to get your appetite (for movies) stirring, organizers have announced the first batch of films making their way to Texas.

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