Austin, Film, Pop Culture

What to Check Out at SXSW Film

So, I lied. I only have a film badge.
However, that makes me really happy because now I don’t feel all this pressure to attend the music-related events. That’s the part that is really stressful, right? RIGHT?!?!

I was lucky enough to be a SXSW film screener this year. I screened the documentary features, but unfortunately none of the films I screened made it to the line-up. 🙁 I screened a lot of wonderful films but I’m sure the films chosen are great too!

I’m putting together my film schedule and the films this year look pretty awesome. Take a look!
P.S. I’m kind of partial to documentaries…

The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye 8:30PM Alamo Ritz- This documentary follows the story of performance artist Genesis P-Orridge and his wife Lady Jaye as they try to create one “Pandrogynous” being. Yeah, I had no idea what that meant either, but it looks like the couple is trying to become “one” with each other.

Becoming Santa Alamo Lamar 12:00PM- This doc is about a dude who becomes Santa Claus and all the cray-cray that goes into becoming the old man. After hearing an NPR segment on Santa Claus unions, this movie sounds really intriguing.

Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey 1:45PM Vimeo Theatre- F yeah! A doc about an awesome dude who idolized Jim Henson, so he was like, “Hey! I want to work with you and your puppets!” and he got a job on Sesame Street as Elmo.

Pee-Wee Herman Show on Broadway 4:00PM State Theater- This is the closest I will get to ever seeing the stage revival of the Pee-Wee Herman Show. The secret word of the day is, “LAUREN IS GOING TO LOSE HER SHIT AT THIS SCREENING!”

Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop 1:45PM Paramount- This doc follows Conan O’Brien on his 32- city tour after NBC dumped his ass in 2009. Conan’s poop is gold so I’m sure this film is fantastic.

Paul 10:00PM Paramount- Check out this line-up: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Blythe Danner, John Carroll Lynch, Sigourney Weaver, and Seth Rogen. I have no idea what this movie is even about. I’m just going off of the line-up. Anything with Bateman is a win-win-win-win!

Fubar: Balls to the Wall 9:30 Alamo Lamar- My buddy over at I Luv Video said that the first Fubar is kind of awesome, so I’m sure this sequel is…pretty awesome too (I’m short on words today, ok?). These guys seem like a modern-day Bob and Doug McKenzie and we need a little more drunken Canadians in our lives, don’t we?

Hobo with a Shotgun 11:59PM Alamo Ritz- Well, with a title like this, can you really go wrong? This narrative feature stars Rutger Hauer as a hobo with a shotgun trying to survive in an “urban hell”. The trailer is great, the poster is great, and Roy Batty is great.

The Beaver 7:00PM Paramount- Mel Gibson. Beaver puppet. One man’s attempt at keeping his sanity and attempting redemption through said puppet. Directed by Jodie Foster. Mel Gibson’s first film since he went ape shit. Can’t wait!

Famous People Who Might Be At SXSW That I Want to Be Weird Around:
Jason Bateman, Jeffrey Tambor, Paul Reubens, Ewan McGregor, Billy Bob Thornton.

If you see any of the people above, let me know at

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  • Reply Kimberly Kaye March 11, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    The pandandro couple piece has been on my radar for a minute, but I had NO idea about this beaverGibsonFoster mashup. Spill details. I want. Envying your access like crazy, loving you regardless.

  • Reply laurenne March 11, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    I want to see PeeeeWeeeeeeeeee.

  • Reply Randall March 11, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    "Paul" is about two guys who find an Alien and help him escape from Area 51. Think "Superbad" guys trying to do a "Shaun of the Dead"/"Hott Fuzz" for Americans.

    And "Hobo with a Shotgun" is a "Grindhouse" spin-off. I think.

    And that's all I can add. Other than the Elmo movie is supposed to be heartwarming.

  • Reply Anonymous March 11, 2011 at 8:11 pm


  • Reply Big Mark 243 March 11, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    If Billy Bob was pre-Jolie, that would have made for an interesting meet up!

    Enjoy yourself and have a great time..!

  • Reply Jessica March 11, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    Kevin Clash wrote a great little book called "My Life as a Furry Red Monster". Highly recommend it.

  • Reply Hipstercrite March 11, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    @Kimberly- You must come down to Austin! Please?

    @Laurenne- ME TOOOOOOO!

    @Randall- Damn, Randall. You should be in Austin right now.

    @Anonymous- Yep. With her fanny pack.

    @Big Mark- Thanks, Mark!!!

    @Jessica- Good to know. I will check out. Thanks!

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