SXSW 2018: Shorts Roundup

A number of shorts premiered during the 2018 SXSW Film Festival.  What follows below is a recap of some of the films that I had a chance to watch during SXSW, including Men Don’t Whisper, which I previously saw during the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.  Emma Seligman’s Shiva Baby takes the honor for the best live-action short I so far during the festival. Shiva Baby Emma Seligman’s short film is one of the funniest films…

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SXSW 2018: Outside In (Dir. Lynn Shelton)

Featuring strong acting performances, Outside In is a character study exploring the struggles of a man upon his release from jail. With films like Your Sister’s Sister, director Lynn Shelton has set a reputation of being at her best when her films combine comedy and drama.  Outside In plays more to the dramatic side than comedy.  This isn’t to say it’s a bad film because it most assuredly is not but it’s a film that…

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SXSW 2018: Time Trial

Time Trial is a documentary film that follows cyclist David Millar’s career as it comes to an end in 2014. Director Finlay Pretsell and cinematographer Martin Radich get up close and personal with the cyclist during his final Tour de France run.  They were there in the support car where one can be comfortable and escape from the cold weather. The filmmakers were there as the cyclists go up and down hills that would be seemingly impossible…

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SXSW 2018: From All Corners

From All Corners comes from Japan and this documentary feature tells one of the most unique and interesting stories that exists when it comes to collecting cardboard. For Fuyuki Shimazu, someone else’s trash is another person’s wallet.  His own personal slogan is:  “From unnecessary to important.” This Japanese artist in particular will go through a lot of trouble if it means being able to collect the cardboard that he needs to design the wallets that will eventually…

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SXSW 2018: Pet Names

While Meredith Johnston may not be a household name, the actress delivers one heck of a performance in Pet Names. Leigh didn’t finish college and her mom is sick.  Having to take care of her, she’s in desperate need of an escape from reality.  A chance encounter with her ex-boyfriend Cam (Rene Cruz) soon leads Leigh to make a foolish mistake by going camping with her ex.  Even if Leigh had the best of intentions,…

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SXSW 2018: The World Before Your Feet

There’s been a lot of films that took place in New York City but The World Before Your Feet may just be the most unique as it follows Matt Green on his walk across every block of the city. Matt Green may be crazy.  He quit his job as a civil engineer to walk across America from Rockaway Beach, N.Y., to Rockaway Beach, Ore. in 2010.  A few years later, he’s at it again and walking…

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SXSW 2018: Operation Odessa

Operation Odessa is a documentary that goes behind the scenes of what happened when a mobster, playboy, and a Cuban spy sold a Soviet submarine to the Cali Cartel, a Columbian drug cartel.  The story is so crazy that it is completely insane. It was 1997 when a federal task force had uncovered a plot to sell a Soviet submarine to a Columbia drug cartel for a whopping $35 million.  The feds were under the…

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SXSW 2018: Social Animals

Social Animals is a documentary that explores the how and why people decide to use Instagram as a social media tool and what followers, likes, and comments mean. With over 700 million active users of the social media app, it would be practically impossible to make a documentary about every single person that uses Instagram.  Instead, it must be whittled down to just a few people in order to make even a decent documentary.  Wisely, Jonathan…

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SXSW 2013: The Rider

If writer-director Chloé Zhao isn’t a household name, it certainly will be after a docudrama, The Rider, reaches a wider audience. Brady Blackburn (Brady Jandreau) was going to be a star of the rodeo one day.  Unfortunately for him, he suffered from a riding accident while competing and ends up in a coma for a few days.  For Brady, it means that his days of competing are over.  For any rider, it’s a sad day to…

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SXSW 2018: Alt-Right: Age of Rage

Alt-Right: Age of Rage is perhaps the only documentary this year that one will watch and can’t help getting angry.  It’s not even the good anger but the WHY ARE THESE PEOPLE THINKING THEY’RE RIGHT ANGER!  Without a doubt, it’s a documentary that requires a trigger warning before going forward. Director Adam Bhala Lough manages to profile a lot of key players of the “alt-right,” which the AP would have you label as a multitude of…

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