There were a couple of “most discussed” movies at South by Southwest this year. “Attack the Block,” the horror comedy from Edgar Wright’s writing partner Joe Cornish, just because the buzz about the film was so good. “Kumaré,” the audience award winner and potentially controversial hybrid of “Borat”-style prank movie and documentary about a phony spiritual guru who spiritual students make him reevaluate his own cynical beliefs. And “The FP,” from Brandon and Jason Trost, which had a really positive first screening (see this review from Cinematical) and then a fairly disastrous second screening where the filmmakers and their crew heckled their own film (see this report from Movieline or my own piece, complete with video). The vibe at that second screening was so toxic that Jason Trost even tweeted an apology the following morning.
That second screening may have fouled up some of their reviews but it certainly got the word out about the film; after people read my piece, that was all they wanted to talk about. And the third screening, sans special guests, went well again. I dug the beginning and end of the movie enough that I’d be curious to see the movie again under, let’s say, quieter circumstances. And if you’re curious, here is the film’s first trailer via Ain’t It Cool News. There’s some salty language in there, though it’s just the tip of the “FP” iceberg in terms of what’s in the actual movie. At the moment, “The FP” does not have a distributor.