SXSW Day 2 Wrap Up
Better late than never, right? I ‘m finally home at my own writing desk, and will start cranking out reviews for you, but first, this recap of my second day at the festival. I started off with some interviews that I can’t wait to share with you.
First up was Zal Batmanglij, director and co-writer of a fantastic little flick about a cult. Sound of my Voice tells the story of a woman who claims she is from the future. She quickly amasses a small but loyal following of people who raise food for her and cater to her every whim, in exchange for her “knowledge”. It’s a fascinating film-is she a hoax, or is she the real deal? A young couple decides to infiltrate the cult in order to expose them, but things become complicated when one of them starts buying into her teachings.
The film was co-written by best friends Zal Batmanglij and Brit Marling (who also stars as the cult leader). Zal was refreshingly modest and was genuinely humbled by the great buzz surrounding his film. Full interview forthcoming. After our chat, I ran into Brit in the hallway, and told her how blown away I was by her performance. Again, humble to a fault. I can’t wait to see what these two filmmakers are up to next.
Next up I had interviews with a few people from the crew of Insidious, the new thriller from James Wan (Saw). I got to speak with producer Oren Peli (Paranormal Activity) and Star/writer Leigh Whannell.
Rounded out my fab day with screenings of The Innkeepers and the heartwarming Being Elmo. Look for full reviews and interviews in the next few day.