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First Round of Panels Announced for SXSW 2013; Introducing Startup Alley, Come & Capture Film Factory

SXSW has released the first round of panels for its 2013 edition. The festival will be celebrating 20 years this March 8-16 in Austin, Texas. Along with the panels, workshops and Digital Domain sessions, two new Conference tracks are launching:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 17, 2012 2:59 PM
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PDA Releasing Katie Dellamaggiore's Chess doc 'Brooklyn Castle,' SXSW Audience Award Winner

Producers Distribution Agency ("Senna," "The Way" and "Exit Through The Gift Shop") will release "Brooklyn Castle," the SXSW documentary from Katie Dellamaggiore which won the doc audience award, on October 19, followed by an awards season expansion.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 19, 2012 4:30 PM
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Gravitas Ventures Picks Up SXSW Raucous Rom-Com '3,2,1...Frankie Go Boom'

Gravitas Ventures has acquired Jordan Roberts' SXSW romantic comedy "3,2,1... Frankie Go Boom," starring up-and-comers Charlie Hunnam, Chris O'Dowd and Lizzie Caplan, plus Whitney Cummings, Chris Noth and Ron Perlman.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 21, 2012 2:57 PM
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Fox Searchlight and Red Flag Debut Busy Duplass Bros' 'The Do-Deca-Pentathlon' On VOD

Writer-directors Jay and Mark Duplass headed into SXSW with an unusual distribution deal for their long-in-the-works micro-budget brother comedy "The Do-Deca-Pentathlon." They set it up at both Fox Searchlight, which released "Cyrus," and indie Red Flag Releasing. The VOD release date is June 26, and a theatrical release follows July 6.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 14, 2012 7:21 PM
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Wolfe Takes US Rights to SXSW's 'Gayby'

"Gayby" has gone to Wolfe Releasing for US distribution. The comedy, written and directed by Jonathan Lisecki, premiered at SXSW and won audience and jury prizes at Ashland Independent Film Festival. The story, based on Lisecki's 2010 short film of the same name (that screened at over a hundred festivals), is about a gay man and a straight woman who decide to have a baby together. Wolfe's Maria Lynn says, “'Gayby' is the funniest movie I’ve seen in years." Wolfe will release the film theatrically later this year in collaboration with The Film Collaborative; a DVD/VOD release will follow in 2013. A full synopsis is below:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 24, 2012 3:38 PM
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'Girls' Q & A with Dunham & Apatow: Hilarious and Sexually Frank Comedy Series is 'Lena's Show'

Lena Dunham unveiled the first three episodes of her new HBO series "Girls" (April 15) at SXSW. Safe to say, it played as well for the guys in the room as the women. "It's Lena's show," declared executive producer Judd Apatow during the follow-up Q &A. "If she fucks it up it's her fault. Every choice is hers."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 6, 2012 12:42 PM
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First Watch: 'Cabin in the Woods' Covers Its Cliches in Horror Film Send-Up

"Cabin in the Woods" has a telling first clip: hilariously, the movie takes on horror cliches. See below.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • March 23, 2012 5:24 PM
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Adam Leon's SXSW Winner 'Gimme the Loot' Goes to Sundance Selects

"Gimme the Loot" goes to Sundance Selects for North and Latin American distribution. The Adam Leon film, which just won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Narrative Feature at SXSW, follows two teenagers in the Bronx who must raise $500 to exact revenge on a rival graffiti gang that destroyed their latest masterpiece...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 19, 2012 4:04 PM
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SXSW 2012 Remaining Audience Winners Include Matthew Lillard Short and Aneurin Barnard-Starrer 'Citadel'

The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival already announced jury award-winners for narrative ("Gimme the Loot") and documentary ("Beware of Mr. Baker") and audience award-winners for narrative ("Eden") and documentary ("Bay of All Saints").
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 17, 2012 1:34 PM
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Gravitas Expanding Release for Aaron Rottinghaus' 'Apart' via Tugg

Gravitas Ventures will use on-demand enabler Tugg to expand the current theatrical and VOD run of Aaron Rottinghaus' psychological thriller "Apart."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 15, 2012 5:29 PM
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