The 2012 SXSW Film Festival opened with the world premiere of THE CABIN IN THE WOODS, a film that outwardly appears like a new spin on the classic teenage slasher movie but is ultimately about — and I supposed this is a little bit of a SPOILER, if a film’s themes can be spoiled — movies and their audiences: why they’re made, why they’re watched, and the lengths filmmakers go to please their viewers, even if their viewers are bloodthirsty bastards. THE CABIN IN THE WOODS’ central metaphor, brilliantly developed by director/co-writer Drew Goddard and producer/co-writer Joss Whedon over the course of a film that is funny, scary, and very smart, is specifically about horror movies. But it applies equally well to films of all genres, and particularly to the sort of stuff that premieres at film festivals, where directors often spend years of their lives and every dollar they have for the opportunity to present their vision of the world to an audience.
Every week there are dozens of film news stories. Every week, we read them all and bring you the five most important ones in the single most important blog post you’ll ever read (today [at this moment]). This week: SXSW hands out some awards, Kevin Smith tries releasing other filmmakers’ movies via SModified distribution, and David Cronenberg tries TV.
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Our movie, SMALL, BEAUTIFULLY MOVING PARTS is going to Austin, Texas this week, and we are in the middle of getting it ready. Our hard work is paying off – we feel like we took the micro-budget bull by the horns and are excited to feel the fruits of that labor, in the form of SXSW audiences – some of the most film savvy, fun-loving audiences in the nation. SXSW is an interesting event – it’s massive, and it’s certainly not only about film. In fact, mention it to a passer-by on the street and most likely they will know about it for the music, first and foremost. Truth is, however, Interaction, Film, Comedy – all parts of this extravaganza are extremely important to their own industries. It’s a massive intersection of some of the most creative people around … all in search of some good barbeque, and an experience that is relaxing, surprising, friendly, and filled with discovery.
Here are some of the films we are excited about:
Lena Dunham’s TINY FURNITURE premiered at SXSW this year, and I was lucky enough to be in the audience at the Alamo Draft House for the premiere screening. It’s an understatement to say that I’m pleased to be reporting on a young woman director’s launch with a beautifully crafted coming-of-age piece, terrain usually reserved for the boys — the ones who annoyed me all through film school with their sense of aw-I-just-threw-it-together-it-was-nothing entitlement. Bravo, Lena!
Hours before this performance at Antone’s, we met with Jack Barnett and his New Puritans on Red River St. in Austin. Video camera on, mic in hand, we asked about TNP’s first trip to the States. Actually they didn’t give the impression it was going all that well, or maybe they just weren’t impressed by…