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SXSW 2011: Day 5 Wrap Up

March 16, 2011
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I am happy to say that my last day of seeing films was a productive and gratifying one – the screening library was an excellent resource and I was able to catch Caught Inside (which I wasn’t crazy about) and several narrative and documentary shorts. The High Level Bridge (directed by Trever Anderson) was a notable stand-out – a darkly humorous doc about Edmunton’s High Level Bridge in which he drops his camera from it to commemorate the lives of those who have jumped to their deaths. Weeeeee! Moving on, I was able to see The Hot As Shits later that evening (post to follow, the show was so good I think it may have gotten me pregnant) and meet Matt Timms of Bacon Takedown fame!

Oh Austin, I like-like you. LOADS.

Last Days Here (directed by Don Argott and Demian Fenton) is a doc about Bobby Liebling, lead singer of Pentagram, in which his struggle with drug addiction is covered in heart-breaking detail. I was unfamiliar with his music – which has a large cult following –  initially I was  interested because I follow his wife Hallie Liebling’s blog (which I love) and the film was one of the best things I saw at the festival.

Animated Shorts Program was fun this year, featuring a gorgeous (though a little heavy handed) piece called Paths of Hate by Damian Nenow and a charming, stop-motion piece called Denmark by Daniel Fickle. I was particularly excited to see The Eagleman Stag by Michael Please, after seeing the stunning trailer six months ago. This short appears to have been made entirely from Styrofoam and cut paper – fairly innocuous materials – and the resulting images are remarkable. This funny, beautiful film took the top of my head off.

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