Posts Tagged ‘Helena from the Wedding’

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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Trailerama: Helena from the Wedding

March 2, 2010

Cabin holidays usually portend no good. Cabin holidays that are also New Year’s Eve parties should also be a no-go area. In Joseph Infantolino’s adult get-together, there are the expected uncomfortable hugs, verbal slip-ups, afternoon quickies, social pitfalls, secrets, lies, misogynist talk among sensitive men, alluring ingenue, silly hats and the general air that there’s probably more to life but nobody has worked out what it is yet. Screening at this year’s SXSW Film Festival. With Lee Tergeson and Melanie Lynskey.