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SXSW Watch: 'Big Ass Spider!' No, Seriously: 'Big Ass Spider!' [VIDEO]

Not gonna lie: I was kinda-sorta traumatized during my misspent youth when I witnessed a humongous arachnid attack rock-'n-rollin' teens in "Earth vs. The Spider."
  • By Joe Leydon
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  • March 5, 2013 12:08 PM
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Exclusive Clip: SXSW Documentary 'And Who Taught You to Drive' Follows Three Quests for Foreign Drivers Licenses

Check out this exclusive clip from SXSW documentary "And Who Taught You to Drive?" The film, directed by Andrea Thiele, follows three different individuals as they jump through hoops to attain drivers licenses in foreign countries -- German Mirela in India, American Jake in Japan, and South Korean Hye-Won in Germany.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 1, 2013 3:27 PM
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Exclusive Clip: SXSW Documentary 'Maidentrip' Chronicles Teen Laura Dekker's Record-Breaking Sail Around the World

Check out this exclusive clip from Jillian Schlesinger's SXSW documentary "Maidentrip," following Dutch 14-year-old Laura Dekker's seabound excursion to become the youngest person to sail around the globe solo.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 27, 2013 3:05 PM
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Mondo Announces New 'Game of Thrones' Poster Series and Gallery Event to Coincide with SXSW

The Alamo Drafthouse's boutique collectible artwork division Mondo has announced a "Game of Thrones" poster series and gallery event to coincide with the SXSW Film Festival (March 8-17) in Austin.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 25, 2013 12:40 PM
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SXSW 2013: 'The East' to Close Festival; Plus New Titles, Panels and Film Conference Lineup

Zal Batmanglij's "The East" will close the 2013 SXSW Film Festival. Fifteen new titles and additional panels are also announced, including conversations with Danny Boyle and Rob Zombie, Joss Whedon and his "Much Ado About Nothing" cast...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 13, 2013 3:17 PM
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SXSW 2013 Announces Shorts and Midnight Program, Including 'Lords of Salem,' 'V/H/S/2,' 'Cheap Thrills,' 'Haunter' and "Kiss of the Damned'

SXSW announces the lineup for its Midnight and Shorts sections, including Rob Zombie's "Lords of Salem," "V/H/S/2," E. L. Katz's "Cheap Thrills," Vincenzo Natali's "Haunter" and Xan Cassavetes' "Kiss of the Damned." The festival runs March 8-16 in Austin, Texas. The rest of the announced lineup is here. The Midnight section celebrates genre film: dark, sexy, funny and weird. SXSW's Jarod Neece states:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 6, 2013 2:58 PM
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SXSW 2013 Announces Lineup: World Premieres of 'Short Term 12,' 'We Always Lie to Strangers'; Fest Favorites 'Upstream Color,' 'Before Midnight' and 'Don Jon's Addiction'

The SXSW Film Festival, March 8-16, is celebrating 20 years with a slew of films honoring the meeting point of culture and creativity--among them 109 features announced below. Among the features playing the Austin, Texas fest are 69 world premieres, 14 North American premieres and five US premieres. Additional titles in the Midnighters and Short Film program will be announced February 6, along with the complete panel lineup
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 31, 2013 3:00 PM
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SXSW 2013 Will Open With World Premiere of 'Incredible Burt Wonderstone,' Plus First Titles Announced

The South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival will open with the world premiere of “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone,” starring funnymen Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi and Jim Carrey. The festival is celebrating its 20th anniversary March 8-16 in Austin, Texas.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 15, 2013 3:00 PM
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Oscar Watch: Hear 'Paul Williams Still Alive' Original Song (TRAILER)

Paul Williams' original song "Still Alive" from Stephen Kessler's new documentary "Paul Williams Still Alive" will touch any artist, especially someone past their prime. The movie and the song address Williams' past glories, which are gone, and the fantasy of chasing your dreams vs. the reality of living with day-to-day happiness.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 19, 2012 1:25 PM
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EXCLUSIVE CLIP & Interview with 'Starlet' Director Sean Baker on Keeping it Vérité with Dree Hemingway

Sean Baker's second feature, "Prince of Broadway," a micro-budget vérité film shot in New York City's wholesale fashion district, won a slew of festival awards after its debut at the Los Angeles Film Festival in 2008 (winning Best Narrative Feature) and landed on many Best of 2010 lists...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 9, 2012 2:04 PM
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