EXCLUSIVE: Mike Ott and Cory Zacharia Discuss ‘California Dreams’ – See it at SXSW!

2017 Berlin Critics’ Week: The ambitious docufiction, “California Dreams,” which is already garnering critical praise, debuted in Berlin. I had a chance to interview director Mike Ott and the film’s star, Cory Zacharia, who, essentially, played himself in the film. We discussed where the documentary ended and the fiction began, Ott’s influence for this idea, […]

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SXSW Announces ‘Life’ With Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds as Closing Night Film

South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference and Festivals announced the World Premiere of “Life,” directed by Daniel Espinosa, as its Closing Night Film on March 18. Columbia Pictures and Skydance’s “Life” is a terrifying sci-fi thriller about a team of scientists aboard the International Space Station whose mission of discovery turns to one of primal fear when […]

Lee Daniels, SXSW 2017

Lee Daniels, Cheryl Boone Isaacs Headed to SXSW 2017

South by Southwest (SXSW) announced its second wave of speakers and keynotes today. The festival revealed that Academy Award-nominated director Lee Daniels as well as AMPAS president Cheryl Boone Isaacs will speak at the fest. Daniels is best known for “Precious: Based on the Novel by Sapphire” and the hit TV series “Empire.” He is also known for the 2013 critical […]

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama to Speak at SXSW Festival

AUSTIN, TEXAS (March 2, 2016) — South by Southwest® (SXSW®) is honored to announce President Barack Obama will appear as part of a Keynote Conversation at SXSW Interactive on Friday, March 11 and First Lady Michelle Obama will be the opening Keynote at SXSW Music on Wednesday, March 16. This marks the first time in […]

WATCH: First Trailer for ‘Hardcore Henry’, Premiering at SXSW

STX Entertainment unveils the brand new trailer for HARDCORE HENRY – a groundbreaking, visceral ride that puts YOU the audience in the role of Henry, experiencing the action from a first-person perspective. HARDCORE HENRY is a Headliner at the 2016 SXSW Film Festival and will open in theaters nationwide on April 8. Synopsis: Strap in. […]

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SXSW Announces New Films for 2016 Lineup including New Pee Wee Herman Film and Seth Rogen Directed Feature

South by Southwest (SXSW) has announced six more films that will have their premiere at its film fest in March, including: Paul Reubens’ “Pee-wee’s Big Holiday,” “Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru,” “Beware the Slenderman” and the Seth Rogen-directed “Preacher.” Jeff Nichols’ sci-fi drama “Midnight Special,” which stars Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton and Kirsten […]

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SXSW: ‘Hello My Name is Doris’ Wins Audience Award

SXSW doesn’t always yield a strong pathway to the contenders for the Oscars but this year presented a very unique crop of films that should at the very least build excitement. Yesterday the Audience awards were handed out where “Hello, My Name is Doris” starring Best Actress hopeful Sally Field was among the winners.  Field […]

SXSW: Sally Field Enters the Best Actress Race for ‘Hello, My Name is Doris’

Two-time Academy Award winner Sally Field came back into Oscar’s good graces in 2012 with Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln.”  A likely runner-up to Anne Hathaway’s winning performance in “Les Miserables,” we’ve waited patiently to see her next movie and that has seemed to come in the form of “Hello, My Name is Doris” which premiered at […]

SXSW: Amy Schumer and Judd Apatow Have a Hit with ‘Trainwreck’

There are few 2015 releases that I’m looking forward to more than Judd Apatow‘s upcoming romantic comedy Trainwreck. As such, I was delighted last night to see that the first social media reactions and buzz out of South By Southwest for a work in progress screening suggest that Apatow has made one of his most satisfying films yet. […]

Frank (★★★½)

LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL 2014: Sometimes there are films you walk in to that appear to be one thing but then evolve into something totally unexpected, often for the worse but occasionally for the better. Thank goodness the latter case prevailed in Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank, a black comedy that gives you plenty of room to […]

Sake-Bomb (★★)

Like all great adventures and road trips, this is a journey of self discovery and finding yourself. ‘Sake-Bomb‘ features Gaku Hamada as Naoto and Eugene Kim as Sebastian. Written by Jeff Mizushima and directed by Junya Sakino, two well-known filmmakers of many talents from Japan. Naoto is from Japan and preparing for the rest of […]

SXSW Announces First Wave of Programming: Dunham, Blum keynotes, SXSW Sports conference

South by Southwest, one of the preeminent festivals being held in the country has announced their first wave of programming for the festival next March. The fest has tapped Girls creator Lena Dunham and indie horror director Jason Blum as two of the keynote speakers for the film conference. Each keynote session will be held at […]

Short Term 12 (***)

Right off the bat, I was pulled out of ‘Short Term 12‘ due to the shaky camera movement. I can understand why the film makers wanted to use it, but I did not appreciate it, nor did I feel it was necessary. However, as the movie progressed, I fell in love with the characters confined […]

SXSW: The East (**½)

How can a movie with such fantastic performances and interesting subject matter feel so drawn out and boring? It’s a quagmire of a situation. On one hand you have an in-depth exploration of eco-terrorism and cultist behavior that’s given time to grow and enrapture you. On the other hand, it takes it’s sweet time to get there […]

SXSW: A Teacher (**½)

A Teacher, much like other films deal that with taboo subject matter, has the unenviable task of balancing the melodramatic aspects of the story as well as a need to justify every character’s motivations. And try though it may, it never seems to elevate itself from the basics of the story and the script moves […]

SXSW: Interview with ‘Snap’ composer Reza Safinia

One of the best things about attending SXSW is getting to meet awesome people like Reza Safinia. A former record producer, Safinia used his experience to craft the score for Snap, combining industrial and atmospheric sounds with dubstep, a genre that has become massively popular in the last few years. In our brief chat, we […]

SXSW: Much Ado About Nothing (***½)

Much Ado About Nothing is like much like the libations consumed in the film, a plentiful, seemingly endless pool of delight. Joss Whedon’s bold exercise in filmmaking revels in its fun loving, free flowing nature of misplaced affections, lover’s spats, hilarious villainy and quick wit. In assembling a cavalcade of his favorite actors (or meat puppets […]

Circuit Round-Up (Week Ending 3/10)

Hello again, Awards Circuit readers! Like most weeks here, we had news aplenty. We began with a brand new episode of Power Hour, where the staff discussed their thoughts on the Oscar ceremony — notably Seth MacFarlane’s hosting duties — and previewed the coming movie year. Also included is an exclusive interview with American Idol […]

SXSW: Evil Dead (***½)

In the immortal words of my Twitter account post-screening: “Evil Dead HOLY SHIT…I mean HOLY MOTHER FUCKING SHIT that was a fantastic movie.” Apologies to those who are offended by such language, but you are probably not the target audience this sadistically gory horror flick is going for anyway. Instead this blood soaked film is catering […]

Top 10 Most Anticipated Films of SXSW

SXSW is right around the corner so I’ve decided to give you all a Tuesday Top 10 treat from Terence (oh the alliteration!). Unlike Sundance, this film festival contains way more known properties and “bigger” indie films, but more than makes up for it with interesting programming choices. You can see my full schedule at this link […]