In this first preview of the St Kilda Film Festival which is held in St Kilda, Melbourne in May, I'm going to highlight the four SXSW sidebars that have been incorporated into the broader program this year. Known by its abbreviation SXSW, the South by Southwest Film Festival is a massive cross-platform event that takes place in Austin, Texas around March each year, and which coincides with the monster musical festival of the same name.
This year St Kilda will also bring out SXSW Short Film Programmer Claudette Godfrey to introduce the SXSW sessions, participate in the filmmaker workshops and party into the wee hours - possibly breaking out her renowned karaoke version of Notorious B.I.G.'s 'Hypnotize'.
Some SXSW shorts program selections I'm looking forward to are:
Best of SXSW 1 & 2
Ellen is Leaving
On the eve of departing overseas, Ellen makes the fateful decision to gift her boyfriend a new girlfriend.
Narrative Short Jury Winner 2013
2013 / 15:00 mins
Director Michelle Savill
Producer Desray Armstrong, Michelle Savill
Forced to play the role of "the hero" at his homecoming party, a traumatized teenage Marine forms an unlikely bond with a rebellious young girl.
2010 / 13:00 mins
Director Lauren Wolkstein
Producer Brigitte Liebowitz
The story of one boy's reaction to an outbreak of poisonous mold in his small town.
2012 / 12:00 mins
Director Grainger David
Producer Spencer Kiernan, Caroline Oliveira
A short explanation of what would happen in horror situations if smart characters made good decisions.
Midnight Shorts 2013
2013 / 3mins
Director Joe Nicolosi
Producer Stephanie Noone
Mr. Lee is an adopted stray cat who routinely disappears from his North Carolina home. Where does he go? An engineer straps a camera to the cat and inadvertently creates a media sensation.
2012 / 15mins
Director Seth Keal
Producer Seth Keal, Charles Miller
I Am Your Grandma
I Am Your Grandma is an autobiographical video diary log (vlog) that Jillian Mayer records for her unborn grandchildren.
Midnight Shorts 2012
2012 / 1:00 mins
Director Jillian Mayer
Producer Lucas Leyva
Best of Texas
A young woman has an affair that leaves a hideous mark. Her attempts to remove it only make it worse.
Texas Shorts 2013
2013 / 12:15 mins
Director Caleb Johnson
Producer Caleb Johnson, Heather Johnson
Noc na Tane ku (Night at the Dance)
A profile of the last days of a Czech dance hall in rural Texas--and the old-timers who come there to polka.
Documentary Shorts 2012
2011 / 12mins
Director Annie Silverstein
Producer Annie Silverstein
All hell breaks loose when seven-year-old Petey is left with his hell-raising brothers. Things go from bad to really, really bad when dad gets home...
Texas Shorts 2012
2012 / 6mins
Director Kat Candler
Producer Kelly Williams
Also, as a compliment to the already brilliant array of Australian music videos selected for the SoundKILDA sidebar at the festival, SXSW is also presenting a whole program of music videos to be projected in all their glory on the big screen at the Astor. For the full list visit the site here
The St Kilda Film Festival is produced and presented by The City of Port Phillip and runs from Thursday 23 May - Saturday 1 June 2013 St Kilda's Palais and Astor Theatre.
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