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SXSW Interview: Duplass Brothers Talk 'Jeff,' 'The Do-Deca-Pentathlon' and Career Plan (Video)

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 Red Flag Releasing, a small indie run by ex-Warner Independent execs Laura Kim and Paul Federbush, who are able to do day-and-date VOD in a way that the studio cannot without straining relationships with exhibitors. The Duplasses figure they are getting the best of both possible worlds.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 14, 2012 10:56 AM
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SXSW 2012 Winners: 'Gimme the Loot' and Ginger Baker Documentary

The 2012 South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival announced winners Tuesday night at the Vimeo Theater in Austin, Texas. Audiences sampled 132 features and 138 shorts this year, selected from more than 5,300 submissions.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 14, 2012 3:59 AM
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SXSW Video: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum and Filmmakers Talk Comedy Home Run '21 Jump Street'

Whatever question there might be about how well a smart horror parody like SXSW opener "Cabin the Woods" will do with mainstream audiences, there is none with updated buddy cop comedy "21 Jump Street," which also played well at the Paramount Theater here, and will prove a huge b.o. home run.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 13, 2012 7:20 PM
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SXSW: 'Re: Generation Music Project' Available Now on Hulu; Download the Tracks

Hulu will distribute the "Re: Generation Music Project" exclusively on its ad-supported site for free. The film became available Monday and is currently playing in SXSW's Special Events category.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 13, 2012 1:47 PM
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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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SXSW 2012: Oscilloscope Laboratories Picks Up Climate Change Doc 'Chasing Ice'

Submarine Entertainment has sold all US rights (minus TV) for Jeff Orlowski's feature documentary "Chasing Ice" to Oscilloscope Laboratories, following the film's screening at SXSW.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 9, 2012 10:36 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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