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Exclusive SXSW Clip: Black Comedy 'Black Pond' Marks Smart Debut of Two Brit Talents

Sunday at SXSW sees the North American debut of "Black Pond," a very strange and very British dark comedy from two emerging filmmakers. Actor-writer Will Sharpe and commercials director Tom Kingsley, 25 and 26, are a few years out of Cambridge.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 11, 2012 6:53 PM
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SXSW Day Two: 'The Imposter,' Seimetz Talks 'Sun Don't Shine,' 'Hunky Dory' (Video)

I started another rainy day at SXSW with Sundance holdover "The Imposter," which luckily I had not read too much about. The less you know going in the better on this truth-is-stranger-than-fiction doc, which leads you through the filmmakers' own discovery process, which they call a "slightly bewildering journey."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 11, 2012 3:21 PM
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Texas Hall of Fame and SXSW Opening Day, from 'Rio Bravo' to 'Cabin in the Woods'

I flew into Austin Thursday on Southwest and sat in the first row right next to Angie Dickinson, who was accepting a Texas Hall of Fame award that night for the cast and crew of Howard Hawks' 1959 western "Rio Bravo."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 10, 2012 7:15 PM
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WATCH SXSW CLIP: Buzzed Music Doc 'Marley'

One of the films with great advance word at SXSW, which opens Friday, is Kevin Macdonald's "Marley," which screens at SXSW on Sunday. It debuted well in Berlin, where Magnolia Pictures scooped it up. (I skipped the advance vimeo link in favor of a live audience at the Paramount.) Magnolia will release "Marley" in theaters and on VOD April 20, 2012.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 8, 2012 4:40 PM
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Gravitas and Variance Team for Theatrical & VOD Releasing; Hunting Titles at SXSW

Gravitas Ventures and Variance Films announce their partnership to acquire and co-release seven to eight films per year with day and date theatrical and VOD releases throughout North America. Starting at SXSW, Gravitas and Variance will search for the best indies...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 8, 2012 2:29 PM
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SXSW FIRST LOOK: 'Prince of Broadway' Director Sean Baker Debuts Poster for 'Starlet'

Sean Baker's "Prince of Broadway" was a fine second feature and an honest indie gem. Check out our interview with Baker and "Price of Broadway" presenter Lee Daniels below. His third film, "Starlet," is set to debut at SXSW on March 11 and stars Dree Hemingway. Check out the full poster and synopsis below:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 23, 2012 3:07 PM
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SXSW Full Line-Up: From Centerpiece '21 Jump Street' to Closer 'Big Easy Express'; Pierson Talks

Austin's South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival 2012 has selected its full-lineup (March 9-17), unspooling 130 features over nine days (see below).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 1, 2012 3:09 PM
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