Digital SXSW Lineup

Earlier this month, Amazon put out the word that they were interested in hosting a digital SXSW film festival, giving filmmakers a chance to debut titles they were unable to premiere at the now-canceled fest. The overall reaction to the idea was mixed – some were into the idea, but others felt that filmmakers wouldn’t want to debut their features on a digital platform. As a result, most filmmakers passed on the idea. But some got in on the action, and now Amazon has revealed its digital SXSW film lineup, which consists primarily of short films.

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sxsw online

SXSW was canceled this year – a move that was entirely unprecedented and left the future of the festival in some question. However, SXSW may be down, but it’s not out yet. Amazon Prime Video is teaming with SXSW for Prime Video presents the SXSW 2020 Film Festival Collection, a one-time online film festival showcasing films from the SXSW 2020 lineup. And oh yeah, it’s free.

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Most SXSW Short Films Are Now Streaming For Free

SXSW short films

SXSW was cancelled due to coronavirus fears, but thanks to the fine folks at Oscilloscope and Mailchimp, you can now enjoy some SXSW programming from your own home. Around 75 SXSW short films are going to be released online, for free, with many available right now. The lineup includes four festival winners and seven special recognition films, and since you’re likely stuck inside, you have plenty of time to watch everything.

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SXSW 2020 award winners

Amid growing concerns about the coronavirus, the city of Austin, Texas ended up cancelling this year’s SXSW Film Festival. But the event wasn’t a complete loss. Many films were sent out to reviewers virtually, so even though the surge of coverage was nowhere near what it would have been under normal circumstances, you’ve probably seen sites like /Film posting reviews of the movies we managed to cover from afar.

And even though the festival couldn’t happen in person, juries still gathered remotely to bestow awards on some of the movies that were accepted into this year’s competition. Check out the full list of winners below. Read More »

SXSW Film Awards

SXSW may be canceled due to coronavirus fears, but some vestige of the fest will live on this year in the form of the film awards. The SXSW Film Festival will be handing out awards to films set to premiere at the fest. While this might seem a little odd, it’s also bound to be helpful to filmmakers who have been broadsided by the cancelation. All films will still be eligible for the Independent Spirit Awards, and the shorts will be eligible for Academy Awards nominations.

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SXSW Cancellations

The entertainment industry is starting to take a hit as large gatherings of people for major events create concerns about spreading coronavirus to more of the population. The global release of No Time to Die was pushed back from April to November, but it’s the indie world of cinema that might be hurting the most after the cancellation of the South by Southwest music, film, tech and media festival was announced just before last weekend, less than one week before it would have began on March 13.

Chief Executive Roland Swenson says the cancellation of SXSW by the city of Austin could end up costing festival organizers tens of millions of dollars due to the fact that their insurance doesn’t cover disease-related cancellations. Swenson says that kind of cost could make it extremely difficult for SXSW to come back in 2021. Read More »

SXSW Day 4 Recap

Welcome to The SXSW Diaries, where we will be chronicling every single movie we see at the Austin-based film festival.)

Welcome to SXSW 2019 day four. In this edition: Extra Ordinary humorously explores the mundanity of the supernatural, NOS4A2 brings Joe Hill‘s novel to chilling life, and Good Boys is a perfectly innocent but somehow totally filthy comedy.

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Girl on the Third Floor review

When grandma stitched you that decorative “Home Is Where The Heart Is” pillow, she didn’t mean it literally (a physical, beating organ), but Travis StevensGirl On The Third Floor is architectural horror that ponders otherwise. If these walls could talk, what secrets they’d spill – or better yet, imprison. Stevens’ haunting deconstruction splits no hairs between sins of the past and sins of today, as some desecrated buildings have endured too much tragedy worth keeping quiet. It’s a homeowner’s worst reality, temptress’ playground, and spooky-scary ghost story isolated inside a barren, yet active, fixer-upper.

It’s not The Witch In The Windowtier “latched souls” terrorization, but Stevens’ directorial debut is nonetheless a hair-raising plea for atonement once momentum snowballs. Read More »

Snatchers review

Which is more terrifying: keeping up your high school status, or childbirth? Directors/writers Stephen Cedars and Benji Kleiman honor both painstaking enterprises in their furiously entertaining hor(ror)monal romp, Snatchers. Initial parallels to 2007’s Teeth fade quickly as the film splices Mean Girls DNA with Critters or Gremlins, or most appropriately, Slither. This is the kind of maternal midnighter that uproariously decapitates a gynecologist and coins the phrase “vag-cannon” while doomsday rages onward. It deals with single parenthood, safe sexual practices, and feisty gender “free pass” commentaries, all while nasty uterine buggers spatter Madre Vista bloody red. Read More »

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Jordan Peele's Us Super Bowl Trailer

At the SXSW Premiere of US, director/writer/producer Jordan Peele reflected on going beyond the standard horror beats. “I love horror” he mused about the conventions of the genre and what inspires him. “At the same time, who cares?” he said to laughs.

This perfectly captures what US does: it’s a carelessness to how Peele approaches the story, but not in a lazy or disrespectful way. But rather, a lack of care to stick to what audiences expect from horror – and that makes for a sharp, funny and terrifying film.  

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