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SXSW: And the Winners Are …

March 17, 2010

The SXSW Film Festival still has a few days to run, but the awards have already gone. Lena Dunham’s Tiny Furniture, where the filmmaker herself stars as a college grad at a loose end in New York, won the Narrative Feature competition. Look for it to turn up in a 2 AM slot on IFC sometime in the next five years. The best documentary feature was Marwencol, Jeff Malmberg’s portrait of a man who recovers from a beating by building a town in his backyard.

In the acting race, Brian Hasenfus’ incarnation of an aging party animal in Garth Donovan’s Phillip the Fossil boogied off with the Best Individual Performance award. David Robert Mitchell’s Myth of the American Sleepover received a best ensemble award for its cast of youngsters adrift in Detroit. A party will be held to celebrate David’s victory as soon as his parents leave town.

The audience had different preferences. They named Jim Bigham and Mark Moormann’s look at a band of mentally and physically challenged musicians, For Once in My Life, best documentary feature. You can fill in your own Tropic Thunder-inspired quip here before going away to be thoroughly ashamed of yourself. It was also popcorn containers in the air for Brotherhood. Will Canon’s thriller about a fraternity hazing that goes very wrong was named best narrative feature. Makes us feel better about those Greek letters branded on our butt.

The full list of winners is after the jump. Click on the titles for trailers where available.

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The Great SXSW 2010 Preview Dump: Narrative Features Competition

March 10, 2010

What’s a film festival without a few gongs? Last year, the winner of the SXSW Narrative Features Competition was Made in China, directed by Judi Krant. You’re probably thinking, “When is that coming to my local multiplex, then?” Judi is probably thinking, “When is my agent going to return my calls?” But for a few weeks in March, she and her movie were the future of film. Among those hoping to bask in similar white-hot glory are the tipped David Robert Mitchell and a drama starring indie darlings Carrie Brownstein and James Mercer. Click on the titles to watch trailers.

Read our SXSW Headliners Preview.
Read the first part of our SXSW Spotlight Premieres preview.
Read the second part of our SXSW Spotlight Premieres preview.

Brotherhood

For his first feature, Texas director Will Canon decided to play with the notion of a fraternity initiation that gets way out of hand. Jon Foster is the pledge coerced into robbing a convenience store to prove his loyalty to the Delta Phi Nitwit. Nerves and coincidence work to thoroughly f*ck up the rest of the poor guy’s evening, leaving one to believe this wasn’t exactly the smartest idea these keg-lovers ever came up with.

Dance With the One

Squally has always wanted to use the line “Dance with the one that brought ya,” but the situation has never really presented itself. The closest we’re going to get is appraising this Texas-set thriller, where a young teenager must protect his family from a homicidal drug-runner. The line “no country for young folks,” also springs to mind. Mike Dolan helms a script by Smith Henderson and Jon Marc Smith.

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