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Tomorrow morning, I begin my third (technically fourth or fifth but third as press) year covering SXSW for this website. I apologize for the lack of content on this website for the beginning of this year, but to make up for that I have some pretty cool shit lined up for you guys at this year’s SXSW. There’s a lot of really great films that I’ll be seeing this year, along with seeing some really great panels and interviewing some really fascinating people involved with some of the films I’ll be covering this year. It’ll be a really exciting year, and I hope you stay tuned to this website for the next week or so for my reporting.
While there aren’t as many big Hollywood premieres this year (Baby Driver, Neighbors, Sausage Party to name a few of the big world premieres), but that doesn’t mean that there are a lack of films at this year’s SXSW. We have films by Stanley Tucci (FINAL PORTRAIT), Ethan Hawke (BLAZE), Melanie Laurent (GALVESTON), as well as some exciting new faces like Jim Cummings and his film THUNDER ROAD, a feature length adaptation of his incredible short film of the same name. That film is among one of the films I’m definitely looking forward to at this year’s festival. And to end this year’s festival, Wes Anderson will be coming into town for the North American premiere of his new film ISLE OF DOGS, which is very exciting.
As always, there’s some incredible documentaries to be found. Thom Zimmy (a frequent collaborator of Bruce Springsteen’s) directed a two-part HBO documentary on Elvis Presley that looks incredible. There are documentaries about Mister Rogers (WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?), Lynyrd Skynyrd (IF I LEAVE HERE TOMORROW), the Meow Wolf art instillation in Santa Fe, New Mexico (MEOW WOLF: ORIGIN STORY), and so on. One that’s a standout for me this year is ALI AND CAVETT: THE TALE OF THE TAPES, a documentary by Robert Bader about Dick Cavett’s friendship with Muhammed Ali. For that film, I’ll be interviewing both Mr. Bader and Dick Cavett himself.
A brief write-up, but I wanted to get something out to you guys before I dive straight into the festival tomorrow morning. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates (follow my personal Twitter account for quicker updates on what I’m doing), and I’ll do my best to make sure I get the reviews for each and everyone of these films as soon as I can to you. And Thank you for reading this website for all these years. This wouldn’t have been possible if you folks didn’t read these things, and I’m grateful to you for doing so.