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SXSW Movie Review: The Arbalest

Posted by Karen Benardello On March - 21 - 2016 0 Comment
SXSW Movie Review: The Arbalest

Title: The Arbalest Director: Adam Pinney Cast: Mike Brune, Tallie Medel, Felice Monteith, Matt Stanton and Marc Farley Trying to decipher the complicated and puzzling nature of people’s complex emotions can be a bewildering experience, especially when their intentions are seemingly drastically different from your own. That’s certainly the case with both the main character and the story in first-time feature film director Adam Pinney’s new drama, ‘The Abalest.’ The movie, which the filmmaker also wrote the script for, chronicles a mystifying anti-hero’s baffling motivations as he unsuccessfully pursues the woman he proclaims to love, who doesn’t reciprocate his romantic feelings, for nearly a decade. The drama, which received the  [ Read More ]

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“Career Opportunities in Organized Crime,” the first ever feature-length film shot with 360-degree virtual reality cameras, is set to premiere at the VR/AR Experience Expo at SXSW in Austin, Texas. The film, by first-time filmmaker Alex Oshmyansky and Akibimi Productions, LLC, is a “mocku-mentary” that follows the filming of a recruitment video for the Russian mafia. According to Oshmyansky, “The film is a an experiment to see what kind of experience a feature-length virtual reality film would be. I’m obviously biased, but I think it turned out great. The film is a whole new kind of cinematic experience that hasn’t existed before. We are thrilled to be able to present  [ Read More ]

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Exclusive: The Arbalest Gets A New Movie Poster For SXSW

Posted by Rudie Obias On February - 18 - 2016 0 Comment

Foster Kalt, a famous toy inventor in the 1970s, reflects on his lifelong obsession with Sylvia Frank. From his first meeting with Sylvia in a New York Hotel Room in 1968, to years later when he is stalking her from a cabin in the woods, the puzzle pieces of Kalt’s obsession come together to form his latest, shocking invention. The film stars Mike Brune & Tallie Medel and was written, edited, and directed by Adam Pinney. “The Arbalest” is part of SXSW Film Festivals 2016 Narrative Feature Competition starting on March 11.

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SXSW 2014: Frank Movie Review

Posted by Perri Nemiroff On March - 11 - 2014 0 Comment

Title: Frank Directed By: Lenny Abrahamson Starring: Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Scoot McNairy, François Civil, Carla Azar Screened at SXSW 2014 Frank is essentially a character with one sole, lifeless facial expression yet his journey comes with more vivacity, passion and poignancy than the large majority of performances that don’t require the actor to have a gigantic fake head covering his face. “Frank” focuses on Domhnall Gleeson’s Jon, a cubical dwelling button pusher during the week and an aspiring musician in his free time. Jon’s passionate about his craft and does have ability; he just can’t seem to tap into it enough to produce a decent song. When  [ Read More ]


SXSW 2014: Joe Movie Review

Posted by Perri Nemiroff On March - 11 - 2014 0 Comment

Title: Joe Directed By: David Gordon Green Starring: Nicolas Cage, Tye Sheridan, Gary Poulter, Ronnie Gene Blevins, Adriene Mishler, Sue Rock Screened at SXSW 2014 “Joe” may not be a particularly pleasurable watch, but David Gordon Green certainly earns your time, attention and emotion by constructing a palpable reality with two thoughtful characters at its core. We begin with Gary (Tye Sheridan), a 15-year-old kid stuck living alongside his abusive drunk of a father, Wade (Gary Poulter). They’ve got a roof over their heads but only because they pulled the boards off a condemned house. Even though Gary seems to have a good head on his shoulders and the drive  [ Read More ]


SXSW 2014: Cesar Chavez Movie Review

Posted by Perri Nemiroff On March - 11 - 2014 0 Comment

Title: Cesar Chavez Directed By: Diego Luna Starring: Michael Pen?a, America Ferrera, Rosario Dawson, Jacob Vargas, Yancey Arias, Wes Bentley, John Ortiz, John Malkovich Screened at SXSW 2014 Diego Luna’s “Cesar Chavez” bears some weight courtesy of its true roots, but the abundance of information and lack of heart makes it feel more like a history lesson rather than a dynamic cinematic experience. Michael Peña leads as the title character, a man who decides it’s time to dedicate his life to pursuing farm workers’ rights. With the help of Dolores Huerta (Rosario Dawson), Chavez forms the United Farm Workers labor union, rouses thousands across the state of California and initiates  [ Read More ]


SXSW 2014: Kelly & Cal Movie Review

Posted by Perri Nemiroff On March - 8 - 2014 0 Comment
Kelly & Cal

Title: Kelly & Cal Directed By: Jen McGowan Starring: Juliette Lewis, Jonny Weston, Josh Hopkins, Cybil Shepherd Screened at SXSW 2014 “Kelly & Cal” marks solid feature debuts for both director Jen McGowan and screenwriter Amy Lowe Starbin. There are some hiccups here and there, but the title characters are so complex and well layered that the film is still undeniably absorbing. “Kelly & Cal” kicks off six weeks after Kelly (Juliette Lewis) has her first child. Even though she loves her husband (Josh Hopkins) and they both adore their newborn son, the birth causes a rift in their relationship. With Josh working well into the night, Kelly’s left desperately  [ Read More ]


According to Collider, the 2011 South by Southwest Film Festival will feature three highly-anticipated films among its list of screenings–Paul, Conan O’Brien and The Beaver–however each one are anticipated for very different reasons. The anticipation for the sci-fi comedy Paul has already given the movie a bit of a cult status, partially due to the cast, which includes Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Seth Rogen. The story, also written by Frost and Pegg, involves two buddies traveling across America who happen to find an alien trying to escape from the top-secret base at Area 51. Conan O’Brien: Can’t Stop is a continuation of the fantastic year the television host has  [ Read More ]

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SXSW 2016 Interview: Simon Rumley Talks Johnny Frank Garrett's Last Word (Exclusive)

Wittily crafting a stunningly unique representation of a way of life that doesn’t feel redundant or unnecessary is often a difficult challenge that unfortunately not everyone can succeed at in their careers and personal lives. But Simon Rumley, who has made a name for himself as one of the UK’s leading independent genre directors over the past decade, is proving that it is possible to craft a rare portrayal of a seemingly commonplace lifestyle that’s unparalleled by other films. In his new horror movie, ‘Johnny Frank Garrett’s Last Word,’ the filmmaker is breathing new life into the seeking revenge from the grave supernatural subgenre. The movie, which was written by  [ Read More ]

SXSW 2016 Interview: Matthew Jones Talks Artist & Repertoire (Exclusive)

Striving to achieve noteworthy success and fame in such an at-times indulgent lifestyle as music is a seemingly fulfilling goal that a multitude of people aspire to achieve as they set out to define themselves in the world. But when they take a radically aggressive approach to pursuing their dreams, and nonchalantly overlook others in their relentless quest in accomplishing those goals, they can harrowingly discover that life at the peak of their prosperity isn’t as glamours as they imagined. That struggle to finding a selfless balance between obtaining tremendous triumphs and appreciating rewarding relationships is powerfully showcased in the new musical documentary, ‘Artist & Repertoire.’ The film, which explores  [ Read More ]

SXSW 2016 Interview: Chadd Harbold Talks Long Nights Short Mornings (Exclusive)

In a modern culture where over over-sharing every intimate detail of your personal life has become the standard norm for most people, as they determinedly strive to prove their worth, others choose to remain protective of their background. The need for some people to remain mysterious to the outside world not only means it’s possible to remain control over how others view them, but also protects them from having to form meaningful relationships. The new romantic drama, ‘Long Nights Short Mornings,’ follows an alluring protagonist as he strives to remain emotionally unattached from the multiple women he dates. The film’s writer-director, Chadd Harbold, powerfully created a cryptic main character, for  [ Read More ]


SXSW 2016 Interview: Indie Rock Singer Daniel Eyes (Exclusive)

Posted by Karen Benardello On April - 6 - 2016 0 Comment
SXSW 2016 Interview: Indie Rock Singer Daniel Eyes (Exclusive)

Nostalgically embracing the creative innovations of the past while also contemplatively anticipating the progressive changes of the future is often a powerful key element in crafting enthralling music and inventive performances. The captivating members of the Austin, Texas-based indie-rock band, Daniel Eyes & The Vibes, naturally embody that captivating ability to honor the iconic musicians who have influenced them, while also highlighting cutting-edge and contemporary elements, in their cutting-edge music. The band’s primary vocalist, songwriter and guitar player, Daniel Eyes, has grippingly been able to celebrate his influences in the rock genre, while also proving his natural ability to infuse his personal exploration into the struggles of contemporary society. The  [ Read More ]

SXSW 2016 Interview: Johnny Galecki and Kyle Gallner Talk The Master Cleanse (Exclusive)

The gripping and distinct encounters and connections people experience throughout their lives often times form and shape their ideals, self-perception and interactions. People often hold deeply onto the personal baggage that has informed their current personalities as a comfortable and familiar security measure. But allowing those increasingly unconventional feelings linger prevents anyone from forming, and maintaining, meaningful relationships and personal growth. That essential idea is presented in the new comedy-drama-thriller, ‘The Master Cleanse,’ which was written and directed by first-time feature filmmaker, Bobby Miller. ‘The Master Cleanse’ follows Paul (Johnny Galecki), who was recently left at the alter, and seems destined and content to now wander through life without a  [ Read More ]

SXSW Q&A Jack Goes Home

Mustering the courage to emotionally contend with both new and long-buried physical injuries and obstacles can be a mentally daunting task. Struggling to overcome those wounds can be even more challenging when you painfully discover that they were caused and/or kept hidden by the people who are supposed to love and take care of you. The new horror film ‘Jack Goes Home’ is a gripping and enthralling exploration into the disastrous consequences that occur when a victim determinedly sets out to uncover and mend the situation that caused them pain in the first place. ‘Jack Goes Home’ follows the title character (Rory Culkin), who is an educated and well-versed magazine  [ Read More ]

SXSW 2016 Interview Operation Avalanche's Matt Johnson (Exclusive)

Fearlessly and continuously reinventing yourself in an effort to powerfully uncover and explore society’s most significant issues in recent and modern times is a stance that not many people have the courage to take on. But filmmaker Matt Johnson intriguingly did just that in his new thriller, ‘Operation Avalanche,’ the compelling follow-up to his acclaimed and award-winning feature film debut that focuses on school bullying, the 2013 crime drama, ‘The Dirties.’ In his latest movie, the director and actor, who also worked on the story outline with his co-star, Josh Boles, effortlessly created a compelling faux-documentary about one of the greatest conspiracy theories in American history: whether Apollo 11 was  [ Read More ]

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