Red Carpet Premieres at SXSW 2011

We make no secret of this, IFC loves SXSW. We’ve been throwing a week long party to prove just how much. If you’ve missed any of the performances or events so far, it’s easy to catch up.

When we weren’t hanging out at the IFC Crossroads House, we were catching all the premieres of the new films that will be released in 2011 at the SXSW Film Festival. Check out the gallery below for photos from the premieres of Duncan Jones’ “Source Code” starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Vera Farmiga and Michelle Monaghan, Gregg Mottola’s “Paul” starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Kristen Wiig, Sebastian Gutierrez’s “A Girl Walks Into a Bar” starring Carla Gugino, Rosario Dawson and Danny Devito, the new documentary “Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop” from director Rodman Flender, the James Gunn vigilante dark comedy “Super” starring Rainn Wilson and Ellen Page, and Jodie Foster’s new drama, “The Beaver” starring Mel Gibson.

And be sure to join us in Austin or online for all the events this weekend at The Crossroads.

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The What’s New & Next Photo Journey: A look back at the winners of the John Cassavetes Award

John Cassavetes, an accomplished actor, director and screenwriter, is considered by many to be the spiritual father of American independent filmmaking. At a time when Hollywood was pre-occupied with the notion of the impressionist director, Cassavetes went in the opposite direction and created films that felt closer to real life in both style and execution.

Cassavetes’ approach to performance, both his own and the actors under his direction gave the impression of improvisation due to its spontaneous appearance. When serving as the director, Cassavetes favored hand-held shooting and general lighting so that his actors could move more freely and perform on screen in a manner that was more genuine than something perfectly rehearsed. As a producer, Cassavetes went to great lengths to preserve the integrity of his original vision, even mortgaging his own home to finance his films rather than risk interference from any investors.

In 2000, 11 years after John Cassavetes passed away, Film Independent introduced an award named after the filmmaker which is given to a movie made for a budget under $500,000 and that mirrors the principals that Cassavetes’ work embodies.

The films that have won the John Cassavetes Award embrace new approaches to film making and at the same time elevate story telling to the next level. From the unconventional narrative built around “fictionally found” video camera footage in “The Blair Witch Project,” to the improvisational comedy of two straight men trying to make an amateur gay erotic film in “Humpday,” the core values of John Cassavetes’ approach to the medium remain alive and well.

As the Spirit Awards begins a new decade of honoring the filmmakers that continue to pioneer new avenues with limited resources, join us for a look back at the 11 films that have achieved this honor.

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Capes, Tights and Sights from NYCC 2010

It has been twenty months since the last time the New York Comic Con was held at the Jacob Javits Center, and this past weekend it returned with a vengeance. OK, not really a vengeance, but attendance for all three days was sold out and there was line up 34th Street to get in, so it was definitely epic.

Offering fans a pantheon of booths, books, collectibles, swag, gaming, signings, panels and screenings, there wasn’t too much you couldn’t find to entertain yourself over the three day event. There was even talk of Nerd Speed Dating in the basement, but we chickened out and chose to be forever alone.

While attending the event, we managed to get some great shots of the dedicated fans who braved the New York streets and subways dressed as their favorite fictional characters, which, for the record, is 75% of what makes going to comic conventions awesome.

Sad as I was to see it end while the leaving the final (and amazing) Bruce Campbell panel, I thought the closing was summed up best by one fan who said to his friend; “I don’t see this as the end of Comic Con, I see it as 365 days to get my Tron:Legacy suit right.” Amen, brother.

Enjoy the pics and we’ll see you and your spandex next October.

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Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning rock SXSW with “The Runaways”

With Rock and Roll coming from every direction in Austin, the 2010 SXSW festival seems like the perfect place to premiere “The Runaways”. As the evening approached twilight, the film’s stars Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning walked the red carpet for the event along with director Floria Sigismondi and Runaways’ lead singer Cherie Currie.

“The Runaways” follows guitarist Joan Jett (Stewart) and lead singer Cherie Currie (Fanning) from the formation of the Los Angeles based all-girl band in the late 1970’s, their signing with the manager who would take them on their roller coaster rise to international fame and then the eventual dissolution of the group. You can read’s review of “The Runaways” here.

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Patrick Wilson and Chloë Sevigny expose “Barry Munday” to SXSW

Considering that the protagonist in “Barry Munday” is castrated in a brutal attack while watching a movie, seeing the stars and director of that film head in to the Paramount Theater with smiles on their faces might carry a hint of irony. But that was exactly the tone of Patrick Wilson, Chloë Sevigny and director Chris D’Arienzo as they walked the red carpet for the SXSW 2010 premiere of their new comedy.

“Barry Munday” tells the story of a womanizer (Wilson) who loses his family jewels by way of assault with a trumpet from the irate father of one of his conquests. Barry’s life becomes even more complex when he is then sued for paternity by a woman he doesn’t recall being intimate with.

Earlier in the day, Patrick Wilson and Chris D’Arenzio stopped by the IFC Crossroads house in Austin to speak with IFC News Host Matt Singer about the film on a live webcast and took the opportunity to have some fun with our photo booth. You can watch the video of the interview here.

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Carla Gugino and Malin Akerman heat up SXSW with “Elektra Luxx”

They say the stars shine bright in Texas, but nothing was shining quite as brilliantly as the stars of “Elektra Luxx” at the film’s SXSW premiere. Carla Gugino, Malin Akerman and Emmanuelle Chriqui joined director Sebastian Gutierrez for the event at 2010 SXSW Film Festival.

“Elektra Luxx” is the sequel to Gutierrez’s 2009 film, “Women In Trouble.” The plot of this film continues the story of the titular porn star (Gugino) who discovers she is pregnant and how her life becomes intertwined with other individuals who are in a state of personal crisis.

Earlier in the day, the director and cast of “Elektra Luxx” stopped by the IFC Crossroads House to enjoy the amenities, play with the photo booth and chat with IFC News host Matt Singer in a live webcast from our studio.

Click here to read the review of “Elektra Luxx.”

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“MacGruber” explodes on to SXSW

For a week night in Austin, it looked a little more like a Saturday from New York as Will Forte, Kristen Wiig and director Jorma Taccone (of the Lonely Island) walked the red carpet at the 2010 SXSW premiere of their new action comedy, “MacGruber.” Joining them for the event were co-stars Ryan Phillipe, Val Kilmer and fellow SNL collaborators John Solomon, Akiva Schaffer and Seth Meyers.

“MacGruber” began as a popular “Saturday Night Live” sketch that involved an “MacGyver”-inspired adventurer trying to disarm a bomb using repulsive elements with only seconds to spare, ultimately distracted by his own personal problems and shortcomings. The feature film pits MacGruber (Forte) against the villainous Dieter Von Cunth (Kilmer) in a race to stop a doomsday device.

“MacGruber” opens in theaters May 21st. To learn more about the film, you read IFC’s review here.

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John C. Reilly and Jonah Hill bring “Cyrus” to SXSW

Austin may not be the city of brotherly love, but brothers Mark and Jay Duplass were all smiles at the SXSW premiere of their new comedy, “Cyrus”. Joining them for the screening at the Paramount Theater were the film’s stars; John C. Reilly, Jonah Hill and Katie Aselton.

The awkward dynamic in “Cyrus” revolves around a man recovering from a heart-breaking divorce (Reilly), the woman who teaches him to love again (Marisa Tomei) and her overly-attached grown son who refuses to leave the nest (Hill).

On Saturday, Jonah Hill and the Duplass Brothers all came by the IFC Crossroads House to talk with host Matt Singer , touching on topics that varied from the proper mindset for indie film-making to the haven Austin provides for the counter-cultural in the Lone Star State.

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“Kick-Ass” Hits SXSW

Fans eagerly awaiting the SXSW premiere of “Kick-Ass” might have psyched for an evening of mayhem, rubber and spandex, but stars Aaron Johnson and Christopher Mintz-Plasse arrived in style for the opening of their new film in Austin, TX. Joining them on the red carpet was the film’s director Matthew Vaughn and the creators of the original comic book series, writer Mark Millar and artist John Romita Jr.

Earlier in the day, Mintz-Plasse and Johnson stopped by the IFC Crossroads House to chat with IFC News Host Matt Singer about the movie, “Kick-Ass” sneakers and fighting about source materials with fans on the Internet.

“Kick-Ass” tells the story of Dave Lizewski (Johnson), an average New York teen who takes his love of comic books to a new level when he decides to become a real-life crime fighter. As Lizewski descends in to a world of violence and danger, he is joined in his crusade by Red Mist (Mintz-Plasse), Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage) and his assassin daughter Hit Girl (Chloë Moretz). “Kick-Ass” opens in theaters April 16th.

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2010 Spirit Awards Red Carpet

For their 25th anniversary, the Spirit Awards moved to downtown Los Angeles and an evening setting, the night of Friday, March 5th. The ceremony has grown into one of the most anticipated indie film events of the year.

The 2010 Spirit Awards were hosted by comedian Eddie Izzard and aired live and uncensored on IFC. Here’s are some photos from the red carpet, with this year’s honorees Gabourey Sidibe, Jeff Bridges, Mo’Nique, Lee Daniels, the members of Anvil and all the celebrity guests who were in attendance for this momentous evening.

See all the winners here.

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