10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2015: Katie Cokinos


Katie Cokinos returns to Austin, the scene of her ad-hoc film school in the red hot ’90s, for the world premiere of her directorial debut, I Dream Too Much, which puts her on our 10 to Watch for 2015. The Independent’s Steven Abrams caught up with her at SXSW to talk about the transition from script to screen and how in film, too, directors must kill their darlings.

Filmmakers and Their Global Lens: Ondi Timoner


“Oh, he was frustrated with me and I was frustrated with him through the process of making this film, but I’m a fan of the man,” says Ondi Timoner to The Independent’s Dana Knight. The pair talks shop about filming Russell Brand for Brand: The Second Coming, which premiered at SXSW 2015.

Zachary Canepari photo, Flint woman boxing

SXSW 2015: This Year Women Bring the Substance


From two boxing documentaries to the viewpoints of Afghan photojournalists, much of the buzz during this year’s SXSW surrounded films by or about women. Steven Abrams offers up his observations of this festival, growing each year in every direction, as it struggles to keep the margins front and center.

The DIY Distribution panel at SXSW 2015.

SXSW 2015: Film Conference Highlights


With more than 240 offerings, even seasoned SXSW attendees like Steven Abrams can feel overwhelmed. Abrams took a step back and gleaned the best nuggets from the film panels so that those of us who couldn’t attend can get a sense of what’s what.

Tales from the “Screenwriter’s Festival”


The Austin Film Festival and Conference was held this past month in sunny, hip, Austin, Texas. It was my first time at the festival, and it was a thrill. Thinking of going? I hope you like barbecue. First off, the festival had booked a phenomenal set of panelists. Quite often, there’d be up to a… Read more »

Linklater’s 12+ Year Gamble on “Boyhood” Pays Off


With Boyhood, “Richard Linklater, already one of America’s most persistently inventive independent filmmakers, has made movie history with the longest real-time dramatic memoir,” writes senior critic Kurt Brokaw. Read his mostly admiring review here.

Small child standing in water

SXSW 2013: Next Tech and Young Actors Rule


For many, what makes SXSW unique is the way the festival is a collision of technology, music, and film. For nine days, the sometimes disparate worlds of techies, filmmakers, and musicians warily rub elbows and in some cases combine into a potent stew of innovation and creativity. This isn’t a heavy handed gimmick of the… Read more »

SXSW 2013 Preview: The Familiar and the Unexpected


In the next few days, the eyes of much of the film world will be on Austin, Texas. Specifically, filmmakers, fans, producers, first-time directors, distributors, actors, industry insiders and film fest newbies will be focusing their attention on the more than 250 films screening at this year’s SXSW Film Festival. Over its 19 year history,… Read more »