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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 20, 2012

My SXSW Adjustment

I woke up and decided to adjust my SX ambitions in an effort to limit my frustration. It's a new day and almost instantly my mojo starts to return (albeit slowly). Let me explain... as I walk into the Ritz downtown for Dreams of a Life, I'm feeling pretty good. This doc was highly recommended by new friends met while waiting unsuccessfully to see a film at Violet Crown.

I get in, no problem. My waiter drops chips & queso with xtra jalapenos and a beer in front of me! So far, so good.  The film begins.  I'm expecting an in depth, revealing mystery based on the synopsis: 

"Dreams of a Life" is an imaginative and multilayered quest to go beyond the newspaper reports and solve the mystery of who thirty-eight year old Joyce Vincent was and why she lay undiscovered for three years after her death in one of the busiest parts of London. 

This is not what I get. What I do get is a lot of talking heads who knew her but hadn't spoken to her in years. I don't get a multi layered quest and certainly don't leave knowing why she lay undiscovered for so long. This is probably because I don't stay. I leave somewhere after all of my xtra jalapenos are eaten but before all the queso and chips are gone. Then again, I'm not sure that those who stayed until the end got all the answers either. 

Well... at least I got in right? I'm feeling pretty good but still a bit timid so I choose to spend the rest of my day at work and test the waters again tomorrow which also happens to be the last day that my schedule includes film time.  My final day ends on a high note. I was able to see three more films. A feature and two docs (all at my local '04 theater) and the last was by far the best of these. 

Bay of All Saints - Audience Choice, Best Documentary 

Final film count: 22 and 1/2 

The transition to music is apparent across the city. Over 2000 bands in every corner of Austin. With my mojo back and in tact... I'm ready!

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