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The Great SXSW 2010 Preview Dump: Lone Star States

March 11, 2010

Texas has been a movie hotbed ever since Clyde Barrow howled from his mother’s womb back in 1909. Unlike some other film festivals that will remain nameless, SXSW makes a point of highlighting both the homegrown talent and films with a local connection. This year’s array includes a profile of architect Samuel Mockbee (who is actually from Mississippi, but it’s close enough), a legendary Houston folk venue, and the incredibly true story of the funkiest high school music program around. Click on the titles to watch trailers and more.

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.
Read our SXSW Narrative Features Competition preview.
Read our SXSW Documentary Features Competition preview.
Read the first part our SXSW Emerging Visions preview.
Read the second part our SXSW Emerging Visions preview.

Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of the Rural Studio

While most architects content themselves with abstract monuments to genitalia, Samuel Mockbee conceived of an artistic practice that honored rural ways and materials. In West Alabama, he founded the Rural Studio program and educated students in socially responsible erections. Sam Wainwright Douglas interviews the master and watches a promising student put ideas into action for his down ‘n’ out client.

For the Sake of the Song: The Story of Anderson Fair

The Anderson Fair Retail Restaurant first opened its doors in Houston’s Montrose neighborhood in 1970. We can’t speak for the quality of their “Killer Nachos,” but folk-buddies know it as a legendary venue that has hosted names like Townes Van Zandt, Nanci Griffith, and Lucinda Williams. Bruce Bryant’s homespun documentary will make music lovers hungry for Tex Mex with a side of murder ballad.

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