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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 11, 2012

The SXSW 2012 Film Festival is on!

2012 SXSW Film Pass... check! Free SXSW iPhone app to help me keep up with what's what and who's where... check!  I'm ready to GO! Well... almost.


Admittedly, I'm not as prepared as I have been in year's past. Even this blog is late (that unfortunately is par for the course). But I'm studying up and the free application helps a lot since the pocket guides are surprisingly hard to come by. The Chronicle always comes through with some nice schedules but newspaper doesn't mix with rain very well and rain is something we finally have a lot of.

Last year, I set a goal of 27 films. This year I hope to top that number (and yes, I'm still counting the shorts) even with a late start. I didn't get the jump on any of the Friday screenings. Instead, I was ushering the Austin Symphony with guest Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel. Not a bad trade off if you ask me. So my official film kick off began today at Alamo South with Narrative Shorts 1 & 2.

There were two highlight out of these sets of films for me. The first was called Little Dad, a 12 minute film that was so precise and targeted in dialogue, theme, and character that I find myself still thinking about it hours later and probably will be for days. It left me feeling inspired by both its insecurity and confidence.

The second stand out for me was A Chjana (The Plain).  I badly wanted this to be a full length feature. The good news... it will be. Follow the link above to find our about this talented director and see the trailer. Then we can all wait it out together.

Finally, I caught the premier of Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters.  If you don't know him already (and you probably do), check out any of the over 200 You Tube videos about the artist and his work. While Director Ben Shapiro stayed for the Q&A afterwards and talked about his experience with this project that started in 2000,  I snuck out to catch a peek at Johnny Knoxville!

Total Film Count: 18

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