FILM THREAT’S 2008 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL WRAP-UP (PART 4)

We’ve got quite a few reviews still pending (we saw way more than we had time to write up so far), but here’s what to expect from our final 2008 SXSW Film Festival coverage. If you follow a link and the review doesn’t appear, don’t worry, it will within the next day or two. If it’s not listed at this point, we didn’t see it. But before we get there, I’d like to take this time to say thank you to all the Film Threat writers who covered the festival this year. We couldn’t have done any of this without you:

Merle Bertrand – Always a pleasure seeing you in Austin, and it was a blast talking Film Threat and SXSW with you and Nathan Zellner on your radio program.

Chris Gore – I’m sorry, were you at this festival? Kidding, thanks for showing everyone the correct way to rock the Rock Ban mic at our party.

Don R. Lewis – Where you found the energy to see all those films, write all those reviews and still manage to get out in the evenings and have fun, I’ll never know. Great work, again!

Pete Vonder Haar – Thank you for putting in all those hours in the cinema, and for not suffocating me with your pillows when I was snoring (even though we both know you wanted to).

FILM REVIEWS
All the films we’ve seen so far are linked below.

Spotlight Premieres
“American Teen”
“Assassination of a High School President”
“Baghead”
“Beautiful Losers”
“Crawford”
“Dreams With Sharp Teeth”
“Forgetting Sarah Marshall”
“Mister Lonely”
“New Orleans Mon Amour”
“Nights and Weekends”
“The Order of Myths”
“Run Fatboy Run”
“Second Skin”
“Super High Me”
“Where In The World is Osama Bin Laden?”
“Young@Heart”

Documentary Feature Competition
“FrontRunners”
“They Killed Sister Dorothy”
“We Are Wizards”

Narrative Feature Competition
“Explicit Ills”
“The Lost Coast”
“My Effortless Brilliance”
“Paper Covers Rock”
“Yeast”

Emerging Visions
“A Necessary Death”
“Humboldt County”
“Present Company”
“Woodpecker”

24 Beats per Second
“Heavy Load”
“Heavy Metal in Baghdad”
“Nerdcore Rising”
“Of All The Things”
“Rainbow Around the Sun”
“The Upsetter: The Life & Music of Lee “Scratch” Perry”
“Wesley Willis’s Joyrides”

Lone Star States
“Cook County”
“Intimidad”

Special Screenings
“Bi The Way”
“The Black List”
“Body of War”
“Goliath”
“Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson”
“Here Is What Is”
“The Visitor”
“Triage: Dr. James Orbinski’s Humanitarian Dilemma”

Shorts
“Madame Tutli-Putli”
“Spider”
“The Rambler”
“The Temerity of Zim”

CHRIS GORE’S COVERAGE FOR G4
Chris Gore was in town covering the festival for G4’s “Attack of the Show.” Here’s links to his in-town DVDuesday, Interactive and Festival Overview segments:

2008 SXSW Film Festival Flyby
DVDuesday with Chris Gore (03/11/08)
2008 SXSW Film / Interactive Festival

BLOG ENTRIES
Alongside the coverage provided by the live webcam strapped to my shoulder, I also tried to write at least one blog entry per day I was in Austin for the festival. Those entries are linked below:

Getting ready for Austin…
“Super High Me” and Me…
Day Two, How Do You Do?
Of rants and ravings…
A recap of Sunday night…
Well, Hello Mr. Cranky Pants!

ADDITIONAL COVERAGE
The fun never stopped, and we’ve still got video and text interviews with the following filmmakers. If you follow the link and it’s not up, it will be in a day or two:

Interview with Lynn Shelton for “My Efforless Brilliance”
Interview with Edward Anderson for “Shuttle”
Interview with Josephine Decker and Brittany Blockman for “Bi the Way”
Interview with Anson Mount and David Pomes for “Cook County”
Interview with Doug Benson for “Super High Me”
Interview with Michael Blieden for “Super High Me”
Interview with Jerry Rothwell and Paul Richards for “Heavy Load”

That’s all we got for the 2008 SXSW Film Festival. If you weren’t able to follow along with us as the fest rolled out, this should catch you up. Until next year!

Mark Bell, Editor with no shirt on




Posted on March 18, 2008 in Features by
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