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


New Nasty

Whips, Chains and Hand Sanitizer

Turn On The Full Season Of Neurotica At IFC's Comedy Crib

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Jenny Jaffe has a lot going on: She’s writing for Disney’s upcoming Big Hero 6: The Series, developing comedy projects with pals at Devastator Press, and she’s straddling the line between S&M and OCD as the creator and star of the sexyish new series Neurotica, which has just made its debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib. Jenny gave us some extremely intimate insight into what makes Neurotica (safely) sizzle…


IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon.

IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. You’re great. We should get coffee sometime. I’m not just saying that. I know other people just say that sometimes but I really feel like we’re going to be friends, you know? Here, what’s your number, I’ll call you so you can have my number!

IFC: What’s your comedy origin story?

Jenny: Since I was a kid I’ve dealt with severe OCD and anxiety. Comedy has always been one of the ways I’ve dealt with that. I honestly just want to help make people feel happy for a few minutes at a time.

IFC: What was the genesis of Neurotica?

Jenny: I’m pretty sure it was a title-first situation. I was coming up with ideas to pitch to a production company a million years ago (this isn’t hyperbole; I am VERY old) and just wrote down “Neurotica”; then it just sort of appeared fully formed. “Neurotica? Oh it’s an over-the-top romantic comedy about a Dominatrix with OCD, of course.” And that just happened to hit the buttons of everything I’m fascinated by.


IFC: How would you describe Ivy?

Jenny: Ivy is everything I love in a comedy character – she’s tenacious, she’s confident, she’s sweet, she’s a big wonderful weirdo.

IFC: How would Ivy’s clientele describe her?

Jenny:  Open-minded, caring, excellent aim.

IFC: Why don’t more small towns have local dungeons?

Jenny: How do you know they don’t?

IFC: What are the pros and cons of joining a chain mega dungeon?

Jenny: You can use any of their locations but you’ll always forget you have a membership and in a year you’ll be like “jeez why won’t they let me just cancel?”

IFC: Mouths are gross! Why is that?

Jenny: If you had never seen a mouth before and I was like “it’s a wet flesh cave with sharp parts that lives in your face”, it would sound like Cronenberg-ian body horror. All body parts are horrifying. I’m kind of rooting for the singularity, I’d feel way better if I was just a consciousness in a cloud.

See the whole season of Neurotica right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.


The ’90s Are Back

The '90s live again during IFC's weekend marathon.

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Photo Credit: Everett Digital, Columbia Pictures

We know what you’re thinking: “Why on Earth would anyone want to reanimate the decade that gave us Haddaway, Los Del Rio, and Smash Mouth, not to mention Crystal Pepsi?”


Thoughts like those are normal. After all, we tend to remember lasting psychological trauma more vividly than fleeting joy. But if you dig deep, you’ll rediscover that the ’90s gave us so much to fondly revisit. Consider the four pillars of true ’90s culture.

Boy Bands

We all pretended to hate them, but watch us come alive at a karaoke bar when “I Want It That Way” comes on. Arguably more influential than Brit Pop and Grunge put together, because hello – Justin Timberlake. He’s a legitimate cultural gem.

Man-Child Movies

Adam Sandler is just behind The Simpsons in terms of his influence on humor. Somehow his man-child schtick didn’t get old until the aughts, and his success in that arena ushered in a wave of other man-child movies from fellow ’90s comedians. RIP Chris Farley (and WTF Rob Schneider).



Teen Angst

In horror, dramas, comedies, and everything in between: Troubled teens! Getting into trouble! Who couldn’t relate to their First World problems, plaid flannels, and lose grasp of the internet?

Mainstream Nihilism

From the Coen Bros to Fincher to Tarantino, filmmakers on the verge of explosive popularity seemed interested in one thing: mind f*cking their audiences by putting characters in situations (and plot lines) beyond anyone’s control.

Feeling better about that walk down memory lane? Good. Enjoy the revival.


And revisit some important ’90s classics all this weekend during IFC’s ’90s Marathon. Check out the full schedule here.


Get Physical

DVDs are the new Vinyl

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available On Disc.

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In this crazy digital age, sometimes all we really want is to reach out and touch something. Maybe that’s why so many of us are still gung-ho about owning stuff on DVD. It’s tangible. It’s real. It’s tech from a bygone era that still feels relevant, yet also kitschy and retro. It’s basically vinyl for people born after 1990.


Inevitably we all have that friend whose love of the disc is so absolutely repellent that he makes the technology less appealing. “The resolution, man. The colors. You can’t get latitude like that on a download.” Go to hell, Tim.

Yes, Tim sucks, and you don’t want to be like Tim, but maybe he’s onto something and DVD is still the future. Here are some benefits that go beyond touch.

It’s Decor and Decorum

With DVDs and a handsome bookshelf you can show off your great taste in film and television without showing off your search history. Good for first dates, dinner parties, family reunions, etc.


Forget Public Wifi

Warm up that optical drive. No more awkwardly streaming episodes on shady free wifi!



Internet service goes down. It happens all the time. It could happen right now. Then what? Without a DVD on hand you’ll be forced to make eye contact with your friends and family. Or worse – conversation.


Self Defense

You can’t throw a download like a ninja star. Think about it.


If you’d like to experience the benefits DVD ownership yourself, Portlandia Season 7 is now available on DVD and Blue-Ray.