This is a remarkable year for RTF alum and friends at SXSW.
CHECK OUT THE FILMS BELOW and rememeber you can buy a FILM PASS CHEAP!
Also, note that Kim Hall (our TA!) will be showing her film UPRUSH in the TEXAS SHORTS at the Alamo Lamar three times (4:30 PM, Tuesday March 17th; 7:30 PM, Wednesday March 18th; 11:00 AM, Friday March 20th)
6 DOCUMENTARIES WITH LOCAL CONNECTIONS, NOT TO MISS
Listed in order of their SXSW premiers (and check the websites at each film for their other screening dates and times during the week)
SATURDAY, MARCH 14TH
11 AM, Paramount Theater (713 Congress Ave. - over 1000 seats, so you'll get in for sure)
Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo
Director: Bradley Beesley, Editor: Lucy Kreutz (RTF grad)
In Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo, filmmaker Bradley Beesley ("Okie Noodling") visits and explores an oddball American phenomenon: that of the prison rodeo. He journeys with his cameras to Oklahoma State Prison - the only remaining U.S. prison rodeo that is actually located on penitentiary grounds - and watches, cameras rolling, as ill-prepared male and female convicts risk their lives for the promise of cash and a brief spotlight.
3 PM, Alamo Ritz Theater (320 E. 6th St.)
Director: Karen Skloss (RTF grad), Cinematography: Lee Daniel
It all starts with getting knocked up. An unplanned pregnancy for an unplanned girl sets off SUNSHINE, a playful, yet ultimately stirring self-portrait of an adopted woman driven to search for answers through reconnection with her biological mother.
7 PM, Alamo Lamar (1120 South Lamar Blvd - lots of parking!)
Director: Ben Steinbauer (RTF grad), Edited by Malcolm Pullinger, Cinematography: Bradley Beesley & Berndt Mader (RTF grad)
Jack Rebney is the most famous man you've never heard of -- after cursing his way through a Winnebago sales video, Rebney's outrageously funny outtakes became an underground sensation and made him an internet superstar.
SUNDAY, MARCH 15TH
4:30 PM, Sunday March 15th - Alamo Lamar
Chronicles of a Professional Eulogist
Director: Sarah Jane Lapp
Okay, it's not a documentary, but based on interviews with eulogists galore, including the aforementioned Rabbi, this beautifully hand-drawn animation, scored by Mark Dresser, follows a eulogist-in-training and his encounter with the interstitial spaces our communal memories create between mortality and immortality. A decade in the making, this world premier is part of the SXSW Experimental film program at 4:30, Sunday the 15th.
TUESDAY, MARCH 17TH
11 AM, Paramount Theater
Over the Hills and Far Away
Director: Michel Orion Scott (RTF grad)
Over the Hills and Far Away, which premiered at Sundance this tear, is a film about one family's struggle to find answers to their son's autism. Shot over the course of two years, this film follows the Isaacson family as they journey on horseback across Mongolia from healer to healer, and the amazing healings they found for their son, and for themselves.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18TH
7:15 PM, Alamo Lamar
The Eyes of Me
Director: Keith Maitland
An extraordinary look at 4 blind teens. The parallel stories of 2 freshmen and 2 seniors unfold over the course of one dynamic year at the Texas School for the Blind in Austin. EYES offers a fresh perspective on growing up and fitting in. Distilled from over 250 hours of footage, this experiential doc captures a textured portrait of its characters.
THURSDAY, MARCH 19TH
7:30 PM, Paramount Theater
Along Came Kinky...Texas Jewboy for Governor
Director: David Hartstein (RTF grad), Editor: Sam Douglas, Music: Kinky Friedman
For all of you political junkies, "Along Came Kinky..." chronicles singing Jewish cowboy Kinky Friedman's 2006 independent gubernatorial campaign in Texas.