Posts Tagged ‘Mike Dolan’

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: Dance With the One

February 19, 2010

Enough movies have been made about the perils of trying for that “last big score,” that you’d think people would know better. Pot dealer Nate (Gabriel Luna) is looking to get out of his Texas hellhole, so he agrees to help mule a million bucks worth of drugs. Problem is, he’s surrounded by a bunch of unreliable people, including his own smuggler daddy. Things quickly get infernal in Mike Dolan‘s sunbright noir film, due to screen in the Narrative Feature Competition at this year’s SXSW Film Festival.