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I am back on the mainland and blogging from Seattle with South Austin in the rearview mirror. Don't worry Virgin Island fans, I will most certainly be back in the Caribbean for visits if not full-time. And I'm sure St. Thomas will creep it's way into many future posts. For now, it's all about living in the Pacific Northwest!

March 26, 2011

SXSW Film Festival Continued...

I'm going back to Day 2 of the festival for this blog. After a brisk walk with Izee and about a pot of coffee, we head downtown to catch A Year in Mooring at the State Theatre. I admit that this movie did not catch my attention when I was looking through my SXSW Film Festival Pocket Guide, but with the word mooring in the title, why not? Also, my friend points out that the lead actor is Josh Lucas, who does have those blue and beautiful Bradley Cooper kindof eyes. There is a long line at the Paramount for Senna but we get in easily next door. Though the primary set of this movie is a docked (not moored) sailboat, there is no sailing involved. Josh's character has lost his family and spends a year on this boat dealing with his feelings of loss, guilt, and grief. The audience reaction to the film is good. The Q&A is short.  After this meditative experience, I need some more coffee. 

We sip cafe Americanos from the Driskill cafe and wait in line for the next film.  A Bag of Hammers at the Paramount

The director and cast of A Bag of Hammers

The theatre fills up completely for this one. The film opens with the main characters, Ben and Alan, dressed as valet service attendants. They are at a cemetery, stealing cars. I am instantly in love with them! I am more in love with them as they work their way through the movie. I'm LMAO and the audience is LTAO throughout. But at times, in between the laughter, these raw intimate moments are happening that form knots in my chest and throat. At each of these moments, something in me changes and I feel as though I know a little bit more about something in my own life that I didn't before. I want to hug everyone in this film. I want to have them all over for a barbecue. I can't say enough about this movie so I won't say anything else. I know that's not a very bloggy attitude. Whatever, go see this movie!

We finish the day with the NYT movie at a satellite venue. If I have one regret about this documentary, it is not with the film itself. It is only that I didn't see it at the Paramount and missed out on the Q&A with David Carr.

Film Count at the end of day two: 11 (so far so good)

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