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March 10, 2006 | From the Associated Press
With Robert Altman's star-studded "A Prairie Home Companion" making its North American premiere on opening night, and celebrities including Charlize Theron, Ray Romano, Brad Garrett and Erykah Badu appearing throughout the week, the South by Southwest film festival only looks like it's gone Hollywood. Organizers say the festival will maintain the same laid-back, small-town atmosphere for which Austin, Texas, is known.
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February 12, 2011 | By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
Family dramas are a dime a dozen in the low-budget independent film world. But family dramas combined with the conventions of a film noir ? set in present-day Oregon, no less ? are few and far between. That's the unusual mix of "Cold Weather," a microbudget feature (it cost about $100,000 to produce) from 29-year-old writer-director Aaron Katz. If it sounds like a surprising blend, it may help to know that the man who created it was taken aback too. "I don't know, I didn't mean to write something like this," said Katz, sitting outdoors at a Los Feliz restaurant on a recent publicity stop in Los Angeles.
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February 12, 2011 | By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
Family dramas are a dime a dozen in the low-budget independent film world. But family dramas combined with the conventions of a film noir ? set in present-day Oregon, no less ? are few and far between. That's the unusual mix of "Cold Weather," a microbudget feature (it cost about $100,000 to produce) from 29-year-old writer-director Aaron Katz. If it sounds like a surprising blend, it may help to know that the man who created it was taken aback too. "I don't know, I didn't mean to write something like this," said Katz, sitting outdoors at a Los Feliz restaurant on a recent publicity stop in Los Angeles.
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March 10, 2006 | From the Associated Press
With Robert Altman's star-studded "A Prairie Home Companion" making its North American premiere on opening night, and celebrities including Charlize Theron, Ray Romano, Brad Garrett and Erykah Badu appearing throughout the week, the South by Southwest film festival only looks like it's gone Hollywood. Organizers say the festival will maintain the same laid-back, small-town atmosphere for which Austin, Texas, is known.
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March 14, 2003 | From Associated Press
Midnight screenings of two tiny horror flicks drew some of the biggest buzz at an otherwise low-key South by Southwest film festival in Austin, Texas. One was "Cabin Fever," the subject of a bidding war at last year's Toronto International Film Festival that eventually went to Lions Gate Films for $3.5 million. The other was "The Eye," a Hong Kong film that Tom Cruise's production company already plans to remake.
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January 3, 2008
Adventure: In an interview in the February issue of Vanity Fair, Steven Spielberg promises that "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," the fourth film in his action adventure franchise, will have more of a sci-fi bent but will retain the spirit of its predecessors. Due out this summer, the film sees Harrison Ford reprise his role as the world-weary archaeologist, while actors Shia LaBeouf and Cate Blanchett join the ensemble. -- Film festival: Director Robert Luketic's Vegas-set drama "21" will open the 15th annual edition of South by Southwest's Film Conference & Festival on March 7. Based on a book by Ben Mezrich, the film stars Jim Sturgess, Kate Bosworth, Kevin Spacey and Laurence Fishburne and recounts how six college students became expert card counters.
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July 29, 2011 | By Kevin Thomas
With "The Myth of the American Sleepover," first-time writer-director David Robert Mitchell tells a coming-of-age tale with such freshness and such bemused insight it's as if it has never been told before. Its setting, in the present, is an idyllic Michigan suburb on the last night of summer — just before a new school year starts. Mitchell may focus on several young people but deftly characterizes three to four times that number, and not surprisingly the film won the acting ensemble prize at the South by Southwest Film Festival last year.
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February 15, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
“The Canyons,” a collaboration between screenwriter and author Bret Easton Ellis and filmmaker Paul Schrader billed as “American Psycho” meets “American Gigolo,” has been picked up for distribution by IFC Films. Starring troubled starlet Lindsay Lohan and porn star James Deen in his first major non-adult film role, the picture has already lived a vibrant life in the media as a flashpoint of controversy and something of a contemporary elaboration of the old adage that there is no such thing as bad publicity.
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March 16, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
The South by Southwest Film Festival and Conference, which wraps up later Saturday, announced its audience award winners. “Short Term 12,” written and directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, won the audience prize for the Narrative Feature Competition. The film also won the festival's grand jury prize. The story concerns a young woman whose job as a supervisor at a foster-care group home forces her to confront her own long-repressed issues. PHOTOS: The scene at SXSW 2013 “The Short Game,” directed by Josh Greenbaum, won the audience award for the Documentary Feature competition.
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June 29, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
The film "Some Girl(s)" opened in theaters in New York and Los Angeles on Friday, but it is also the first feature to launch day and date using the Vimeo On Demand platform, available all around the world. Daisy von Scherler Mayer directed the film, which Neil LaBute adapted from his own play. The story involves a man (Adam Brody) who, ahead of his impending marriage, visits a series of women from his past (played by Kristen Bell, Zoe Kazan, Emily Watson, Jennifer Morrison and Mia Maestro)
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March 13, 2009 | Mark Sachs
From TV shows including "Arrested Development" and "The Larry Sanders Show" and movies such as "There's Something About Mary," you all know Jeffrey Tambor, the actor. Now meet Jeffrey Tambor, motivational speaker. "I'm doing a seminar on Saturday, March 21 at AFI [American Film Institute], and the title is, 'What's Keeping You?' " he said. "It's a workshop for professional and personal success, but it's really about learning what's keeping you from your dreams. I've taught this at the South by Southwest Film Festival for three years, and it's something that's really close to my heart.
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September 20, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
Two films from the Toronto International Film Festival -- Kelly Reichardt's "Night Moves" and Mike Myers' "Supermensch" -- have landed distribution deals. Distributor Cinedigm announced Friday that it had picked up North American rights to the environmental thriller "Night Moves," while Radius-TWC has acquired rights to the documentary "Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon," a portrait of a talent manager that marks Myers' directing debut. Cinedigm plans to release "Night Moves" theatrically in spring 2014, and Radius will bring "Supermensch"  to theaters in the first quarter of '14. PHOTOS: Billion-dollar movie club Starring Dakota Fanning, Jesse Eisenberg and Peter Sarsgaard, "Night Moves" follows three radical environmentalists in the Pacific Northwest as they plot to blow up a hydroelectric dam. After its recent world premiere at the Venice Film Festival and North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, "Night Moves" picked up the grand prize at the Deauville Film Festival.
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