Talking to director Sebastián Gutiérrez and actress Carla Gugino at South by Southwest is getting to be a yearly habit for me. This is the pair’s third trip to SXSW (and third SXSW interview with yours truly) in a row after 2009’s “Women in Trouble” and 2010’s “Elektra Luxx.” This year they’ve returned with “Girl Walks Into a Bar:” ten interconnected narratives set in ten different (and mostly real) Los Angeles bars. Gugino stars as Francine Driver, a fast-talking detective whose search for something very valuable propels us from one boozy location to the next. As usual, Gutiérrez and Gugino have surrounded themselves with an amazing supporting cast including Zachary Quinto, Josh Hartnett, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Alexis Bledel, Rosario Dawson and Danny DeVito.
Though Gutiérrez and Gugino are seasoned SXSW veterans by now, they come to Austin this year with a twist: “Girl Walks Into a Bar” is premiering simultaneously here at South By and on the Internet. In fact, you can watch the entire movie for free right now on YouTube. Well not right now: first you need to watch our great conversation with Gutiérrez, Gugino, Dawson, and DeVito. As you’ll see, they were basically cracking me up the entire time.