The IFC SXSW 2011 Film Festival Coverage Archive

The IFC SXSW 2011 Film Festival Coverage Archive (photo)

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I think I can safely say IFC covered the crap out of South by Southwest 2011. Stephen Saito and I reviewed over fifteen films and interviewed over forty filmmakers during our ten days in Austin. That’s way more films covered than hours either of us slept. Here now is a complete archive of everything we did: reviews, video interviews, and print interviews. At the bottom, you’ll also find mine and Stephen’s picks for the five best films at this year’s SXSW. Enjoy. I know we did.

“Attack the Block,” directed by Joe Cornish
“The Beaver,” directed by Jodie Foster
“Bellflower,” directed by Evan Glodell
“Bridesmaids,” directed by Paul Feig
“Convento,” directed by Jarred Alterman
“The FP,” directed by The Brothers Trost
“The Greatest Movie Ever Sold,” directed by Morgan Spurlock
“Insidious,” directed by James Wan
“Last Days Here,” directed by Don Argott and Demian Fenton
“The Other F Word,” directed by Andrea Blaugrund Nevins
“Paul,” directed by Greg Mottola
“Senna,” directed by Asif Kapadia
“Small, Beautifully Moving Parts,” directed by Annie J. Howell and Lisa Robinson
“Sound It Out,” directed by Jeanie Finlay
“Source Code,” directed by Duncan Jones
“Square Grouper: The Godfathers of Ganja,” directed by Billy Corben
“Turkey Bowl,” directed by Kyle Smith
“Win Win,” directed by Thomas McCarthy

Video Interviews
“96 Minutes” – Aimée Lagos, Brittany Snow, Christian Serratos, and Evan Ross
“Attack the Block” – Joe Cornish and Nick Frost
“A Bag of Hammers” – Brian Crano, Jake Sandvig, Rebecca Hall, Jason Ritter, and Chandler Canterbury
“Beginners” – Mike Mills
“Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey” – Constance Marks, Kevin Clash, and Elmo
“Blacktino” – Aaron Burns, Austin Marshall, Tiger Sheu, and Denise Williamson
“Buck” – Cindy Meehl and Buck Brannaman
“Charlie Casanova” – Terry McMahon
“The City Dark” and Rooftop Films – Mark Elijah Rosenberg, Dan Nuxoll, and Ian Cheney
“Detention” – Joseph Kahn, Josh Hutcherson, and cast
Facebook Live With Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore
Facebook Live With Conan O’Brien
Facebook Live With Eliza Dushku
Facebook Live With Jason Ritter
Facebook Live With Mike Tyson
Facebook Live With Pee-wee Herman
Facebook Live With Soleil Moon Frye
“Fubar: Balls to the Wall” – Michael Dowse and David “Terry” Lawrence
“Girl Walks Into a Bar” – Sebastian Gutiérrez, Carla Gugino, Rosario Dawson, and Danny DeVito
“The Greatest Movie Ever Sold” – Morgan Spurlock and Jeremy Chilnick
“Happy New Year” – K. Lorrel Manning and Michael Cuomo
“The Innkeepers” – Ti West
“Insidious” – James Wan and Leigh Whannell
“The King of Luck” – Billy Bob Thornton
“Kumaré” – Vikram Gandhi and Bryan Carmel
“The Other F Word” – Andrea Blaugrund Nevins, Cristin Reilly, Jim Lindberg, and Morgan Spurlock
“Outside Industry: The Story of SXSW” – Alan Berg
“Paul” – Greg Mottola, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost
“Septien” – Michael Tully
“Small, Beautifully Moving Parts” – Annie J. Howell, Lisa Robinson, and Anna Margaret Hollyman
“Source Code” – Duncan Jones and Vera Farmiga
“Super” – James Gunn and Rainn Wilson
“Win Win” – Thomas McCarthy, Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan, and Alex Shaffer
“A Year in Mooring” – Josh Lucas

Print Interviews
“Attack the Block” – Joe Cornish and Edgar Wright
“Bob and the Monster” – Bob Forrest and Keirda Bahruth
“Girl Walks Into a Bar” – Sebastian Gutiérrez and Carla Gugino
“Red Riding Hood” – Catherine Hardwicke
“Sound of My Voice” – Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij
“Surrogate Valentine” – Dave Boyle, Goh Nakamura and Lynn Chen

Matt Singer’s Top 5 Films at SXSW 2011
“Sound of My Voice,” directed by Zal Batmanglij
“Win Win,” directed by Thomas McCarthy
“Attack the Block,” directed by Joe Cornish
“Bellflower,” directed by Evan Glodell
“Super,” directed by James Gunn

Stephen Saito’s Top 5 Films at SXSW 2011
“Sound of My Voice,” directed by Zal Batmanglij
“Undefeated,” directed by Dan Lindsay and T.J. Martin
“Attack the Block,” directed by Joe Cornish
“Becoming Santa,” directed by Jeff Myers
“Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop,” directed by Rodman Flender

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Bro and Tell

BFFs And Night Court For Sports

Bromance and Comeuppance On Two New Comedy Crib Series

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“Silicon Valley meets Girls meets black male educators with lots of unrealized potential.”

That’s how Carl Foreman Jr. and Anthony Gaskins categorize their new series Frank and Lamar which joins Joe Schiappa’s Sport Court in the latest wave of new series available now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. To better acquaint you with the newbies, we went right to the creators for their candid POVs. And they did not disappoint. Here are snippets of their interviews:

Frank and Lamar


IFC: How would you describe Frank and Lamar to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?
Carl: Best bros from college live and work together teaching at a fancy Manhattan private school, valiantly trying to transition into a more mature phase of personal and professional life while clinging to their boyish ways.

IFC: And to a friend of a friend you met in a bar?
Carl: The same way, slightly less coherent.

Anthony: I’d probably speak about it with much louder volume, due to the bar which would probably be playing the new Kendrick Lamar album. I might also include additional jokes about Carl, or unrelated political tangents.

Carl: He really delights in randomly slandering me for no reason. I get him back though. Our rapport on the page, screen, and in real life, comes out of a lot of that back and forth.

IFC: In what way is Frank and Lamar a poignant series for this moment in time?
Carl: It tells a story I feel most people aren’t familiar with, having young black males teach in a very affluent white world, while never making it expressly about that either. Then in tackling their personal lives, we see these three-dimensional guys navigate a pivotal moment in time from a perspective I feel mainstream audiences tend not to see portrayed.

Anthony: I feel like Frank and Lamar continues to push the envelope within the genre by presenting interesting and non stereotypical content about people of color. The fact that this show brought together so many talented creative people, from the cast and crew to the producers, who believe in the project, makes the work that much more intentional and truthful. I also think it’s pretty incredible that we got to employ many of our friends!

Sport Court

Sport Court gavel

IFC: How would you describe Sport Court to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?
Joe: SPORT COURT follows Judge David Linda, a circuit court judge assigned to handle an ad hoc courtroom put together to prosecute rowdy fan behavior in the basement of the Hartford Ultradome. Think an updated Night Court.

IFC: How would you describe Sport Court to drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?
Joe: Remember when you put those firecrackers down that guy’s pants at the baseball game? It’s about a judge who works in a court in the stadium that puts you in jail right then and there. I know, you actually did spend the night in jail, but imagine you went to court right that second and didn’t have to get your brother to take off work from GameStop to take you to your hearing.

IFC: Is there a method to your madness when coming up with sports fan faux pas?
Joe: I just think of the worst things that would ruin a sporting event for everyone. Peeing in the slushy machine in open view of a crowd seemed like a good one.

IFC: Honestly now, how many of the fan transgressions are things you’ve done or thought about doing?
Joe: I’ve thought about ripping out a whole row of chairs at a theater or stadium, so I would have my own private space. I like to think of that really whenever I have to sit crammed next to lots of people. Imagine the leg room!

Check out the full seasons of Frank and Lamar and Sport Court now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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