I just got back from SXSW, one of the most enjoyable festivals on the circuit, in no small part due to its location in Austin, Texas (one of my favorite cities in the world). While I had a short trip this year, I still managed to squeeze in 23 films, often at the various Alamo Drafthouse’s, quite possibly the best theatre chain in the country.
SXSW had an incredibly strong slate of documentaries this year, many of which were music-related and we’re proud to be including in the upcoming XPN Music Film Festival (April 26-29) we’re producing. Among my favorites were CHARLES BRADLEY: SOUL OF AMERICA, GIRL WALK / / ALL DAY, THE IMPOSTER, PAUL WILLIAMS STILL ALIVE, WE ARE LEGION: THE STORY OF THE HACKTIVISTS, UNDER AFRICAN SKIES, and UPRISING: HIP HOP & THE LA RIOTS.
There were also some really entertaining narrative premieres, including DAYLIGHT SAVINGS (co-written and produced by our own Artistic Director Michael Lerman), THE DO-DECA PENTATHLON (from PFF-alums The Duplass Brothers), FAT KID RULES THE WORLD, along with some incredibly powerful but disturbing films like COMPLIANCE and KING KELLY.
Just a few Festivals into the circuit, I’m already very excited for our programming this year, both in next month’s XPN Music Film Festival and this October’s Philadelphia Film Festival (October 18-28).
See you at the movies!
J. Andrew Greenblatt, Executive Director
Philadelphia Film Society
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