SXSW film 2013: Captured in Seconds

Monica Solis KTSW News Discover some of the best advice and analogies SXSW film 2013 had to offer in a few, short clips. “Prince Avalanche” actor Paul Rudd makes fun of the notion of character development “Mud” actor Matthew McConaughey says he is not doing anything outside of acting anymore because there’s three things only to focus on. “A Band Called Death” bandmembers of Death explain the importance of honoring the band’s name. “A Band Called Death” won the SXSW Film Audience award for the category : “24 beats per second.” “Sound City” director Dave Grohl says sharing the love … Continue reading SXSW film 2013: Captured in Seconds

SXSW film 2013: Cast and Crew of “Coldwater” talk roles and social stigmas

-Monica Solis KTSW reporter SXSW 2013 presented Jordan Gaas-Poore’ and I the chance to sit down with some cast and crew of drama/thriller “Coldwater,” which debuted at the film festival. (See “SXSW Film 2013 : ‘Coldwater’ Review” for thoughts on … Continue reading SXSW film 2013: Cast and Crew of “Coldwater” talk roles and social stigmas

SXSW film 2013 : Dave Grohl’s “Sound City” ignites the spirit of rock’n’roll

Dave Grohl’s “Sound City” ignites the spirit of rock’n’roll First time director Dave Grohl is someone whose name you may associate more clearly with the title of former drummer of 90s grunge band Nirvana and now front-man of the Foo … Continue reading SXSW film 2013 : Dave Grohl’s “Sound City” ignites the spirit of rock’n’roll

SXSW Film Festival 2013: Sean Gallagher’s “Good Night”

Austin-based writer/director Sean Gallagher’s feature-length directing debut “Good Night,” starring his long-time friend and fellow Austinite and co-producer Jonny Mars (who I randomly saw at Royal Blue Grocery in Austin, after we had technical difficulties during our previously scheduled phone interview), made me cry as I watched it on my laptop while sitting on the floor of Old Main. It’s the story about Leigh and Winston Rockwall, a couple who throws a dinner party to both celebrate Leigh’s 29th birthday and to tell their closest friends that her cancer has returned. Austinite Adriene Mishler’s performance is subtle and graceful, even … Continue reading SXSW Film Festival 2013: Sean Gallagher’s “Good Night”

SXSW Film 2013 – “Coldwater” review

by Monica Solis “Coldwater” dives deep into hearts, and leaves no holds barred What do you get when you cross Call of Duty Black Ops “The Sergeant,” with a protagonist who resembles a young Ryan Gosling,with a production company that gets the art of cinematography and a director who debuts with a message you just can’t ignore? You get the film Coldwater which premiered at SXSW 2013. Coldwater, written by Mark Penney and directed and written by Vincent Grashaw, consists of an up-and-coming, lead cast : aforementioned “young Gosling” PJ Boudousqué, and Call of Duty’s James C. Burns, co-starring with … Continue reading SXSW Film 2013 – “Coldwater” review

SXSW Film Festival 2013: “Broadway Idiot”

Despite Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day frontman) being a no-show on the world premiere red carpet of “Broadway Idiot,” which follows him during the making of his musical “American Idiot” on Broadway, Monica and I got to speak with director Doug Hamilton and “Cuatro” director Tim Wheeler. Monica stayed to catch the double feature, which also included the documentary “Cuatro,” a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Green Day’s album trilogy (“Uno,” “Dos,” and “Tre”). “Broadway Idiot” Trailer (Photos and information contained in this post may not be used without the author’s permission) (Photos by Jordan Gass-Poore’ and Monica Solis) Continue reading SXSW Film Festival 2013: “Broadway Idiot”

SXSW Film Festival 2013: “Sound City”

Dave Grohl’s “Sound City” looks at the history of the recording studio in Van Nuys, California, where he once travelled with Nirvana to record their album “Nevermind.” “Sound City” Trailer (Photos and information contained in this post may not be used without the author’s permission) (Photos by Jordan Gass-Poore’ and Monica Solis) Listen to Dave Grohl at The Paramount:  Continue reading SXSW Film Festival 2013: “Sound City”

SXSW Film Festival 2013: “The East”

So, I was completely nervous about getting to speak with actor Alexander Skarsgard, who I know better as True Blood’s Eric the Vampire. But when the time finally came to ask him my one very important question, I felt pretty cool, which might have had something to do with the wind chill after standing outside of the Paramount Theatre on the red carpet for more than an hour. I’d like to think I conducted myself with more grace and poise than the very cordial women from US Weekly. It is hard not to gush over Mr. Skarsgard. A big shout … Continue reading SXSW Film Festival 2013: “The East”

SXSW Film Festival 2013: Random Musings

(All photos by Jordan Gass-Poore’) Audio: -Writer/director John Sayles at the Stateside for the premiere of “Go for Sisters”:  -Director PJ Raval and the cast of “Before You Know It”:  -Writer/director/actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt and actors Tony Danza and Brie Larson (“United States of Tara”) at The Paramount for the world premiere of “Don Jon”:  *and another:  Continue reading SXSW Film Festival 2013: Random Musings

SXSW Film Festival 2013: Directors of “Big Joy”

Directors Steven Silha and Eric Slade’s documentary “Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton” had its world premiere at SXSW 2013. The film tells the story of pre-Beat filmmaker and poet James Broughton, whose experimental films explored and celebrated the human body and spirit. “Big Joy” Trailer (Photo of directors by Jordan Gass-Poore’, all others are courtesy) Listen to the interview with the film’s directors Steven Silha and Eric Slade:  Continue reading SXSW Film Festival 2013: Directors of “Big Joy”

SXSW Film Festival 2013: Cast and Crew of “Coldwater”

“Coldwater” SXSW Photos (Copyright Monica Solis) (Director Vincent Grashaw, actors P.J. Boudousque’ and James C. Burns, executive producer Joe Bilotta) (Photos and information contained in this post may not be used without the author’s permission) Listen to the interview with director Vincent Grashaw, actors P.J. Boudousque’ and James C. Burns, and executive producer Joe Bilotta:  Continue reading SXSW Film Festival 2013: Cast and Crew of “Coldwater”

SXSW Film Festival 2013: Chris Eska’s “The Retrieval”

By Jordan Gass-Poore’ Other Side Drive Segment Coordinator Austin-based filmmaker Chris Eska returns with the Civil War drama “The Retrieval.” The film follows 13-year-old Will, a fatherless boy who follows a bounty hunter gang and is sent by the gang’s leader on a risky mission to retrieve a wanted man. “The Retrieval” screens one last time during SXSW 2013 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Stateside Theatre. (Courtesy photos) “The Retrieval” Trailer Continue reading SXSW Film Festival 2013: Chris Eska’s “The Retrieval”