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WATCH a Clip from SXSW Mumble-Noir 'Wild Canaries,' Starring Alia Shawkat and Jason Ritter

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! March 6, 2014 at 4:13PM

Here's a new South by Southwest clip for you. In Lawrence Michael Levine's "Wild Canaries," Barri (Sophie Takal) and Noah (Levine), a newly engaged Brooklyn couple, are bummed about the death of their elderly downstairs neighbor, Sylvia. Barri suspects foul play and sets out to investigate. Watch an enticing scene here.
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"Wild Canaries."
"Wild Canaries."

Here's a new South by Southwest clip for you. In Lawrence Michael Levine's "Wild Canaries," Barri (Sophie Takal) and Noah (Levine), a newly engaged Brooklyn couple, are bummed about the death of their elderly downstairs neighbor, Sylvia. Barri suspects foul play and sets out to investigate, enlisting her roommate Jean (Alia Shawkat) to join her on a reconnaissance mission to trail a possible suspect. Watch an enticing scene below.

This film fell high on our Ten Most Anticipated Films at SXSW list. Lawrence Michael Levine is a promising talent -- "Gabi on the Roof in July" (2010) was a perfectly zeitgeisty bit of urban aimlessness --and who doesn't love Alia Shawkat, aka Maeby "Marry Me" Funke on "Arrested Development"?

This article is related to: SXSW, South By Southwest Film Conference and Festival (SXSW), Festivals


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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.