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SXSW Adds Closer Four Lions, Jonze Short, Doors and Star Wars Docs

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood February 19, 2010 at 11:19AM

The SXSW Film Festival has declared its closing night film for March 20: Chris Morris’s Sundance satire Four Lions, the story of British jihadists and their "abstract dreams of glory."
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The SXSW Film Festival has declared its closing night film for March 20: Chris Morris’s Sundance satire Four Lions, the story of British jihadists and their "abstract dreams of glory."

SXSW has added 18 titles to their lineup, including: the Spike Jonze short I'm Here; the Spotlight Premiere documentary feature American Grindhouse, which digs deep into the history of exploitation films; the Emerging Vision love story A NY Thing; When You're Strange, a Johnny Depp-narrated doc about the Doors; and doc short Star Wars: Retold, an animated retelling of the familiar trilogy from the point-of-view of a girl who’s never seen the films but recognizes their cultural impact.

[Photo: Four Lions]

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.