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The South by South West or SXSW festivals of film, music and interactive conference is a feast for eyes, ears and spirit. Dating back to 1987, when the first South by Southwest Music Conference and Festival kicked, following with SXSW Film festival starting in 1994, the festival has since become one of major music and film festivals in America. The SXSW® Film Conference and Festival is both an audience and an industry festival, with dozens of documentaries screened, as well as features. There are two competition categories of which all films are world premieres; Narrative Feature Competition with eight nominated films and Documentary Feature Competition also with eight films. There are various other sections at the festival, although a noncompetition ones like Headliners, Documentary Spotlight and Emerging Visions to name a few. It´s difficult to hand-pick few out of dozens of interesting documentaries but here are some:
Bay of All Saints -in Documentary Feature Competition (dir. Annie Eastman, 2012). Three single mother living in shacks above the water in Bahia, Brazil face homelessness when the government threatens to wipe out the whole slum.
Seeking Asian Female -in Documentary Feature Competition (dir. Debbie Lum). Steven is an aging white man who has “yellow fever”. After some search for a bride online, he gets to know his future wife Sandy, a young Chinese. The documentary is about Steven´s search and the first year in his relationship with Sandy.
The Source -in Documentary Feature Competition (dir. Jodi Wille, Maria Demopoulos). The Source Family could be called a cult. With a spiritual leader ‘Father Yod’ a former restaurant owner turned spiritual leader who has 14 wifes and a psychedelic rock band, the Source Family was a 1970´s commune. Despite opposition from authorities because of their lifestyle, the Yod´s spirit has lived on.
Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines -in Documentary Spotlight section (dir. Kristy Guevara-Flanagan). The film, as the title suggests, is about the comic book superheroines in the 1940s and the blockbusters of today. The film will be a world premiered at SXSW.
Rock ‘N Roll Exposed: Photography of Bob Gruen -in 24 Beats per Second section (dir. Don Letts). Ever wondered about life as a rock photographer? Bob Gruen is THE rock photographer, having photographer bands like Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, Madonna, Blondie, Iggy Pop and many more. Gruen´s list of subjects is filled with great musicians and bands. In this documentary, we get to hear the stories behind some of the world´s most famous rock ‘n roll photographs. 24 beats per Second section focuses on music and it´s influence on culture and there are many other interesting docs in this section.
The SXSW Film Festival is from the 9th-17th of March in Austin Texas. The SXSW interactive festival is from 9th-13th and The SXSW Music festival is from the 13th-18th. Everyone going there is greatly envied by Docs & Film Festivals! Following is the trailer for Seeking Asian Female. The photo with this post is a still frame from the trailer for Rock ‘N Roll Exposed: Photography of Bob Gruen.