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SXSW 2018 Interview: Ethan Hawke On BLAZE

Blaze Foley was never a star. Like many an unsung hero in the great tradition of truth-telling, the idea of careerism or professionalizing his craft ran so counter to Blaze’s aesthetic drive, he’d sooner drink himself to death before playing...

SXSW 2018 Interview: Nick Offerman and Brett Haley on HEARTS BEAT LOUD

In Brett Haley's Hearts Beat Loud, Nick Offerman plays Frank Fisher, a record store proprietor coming to terms with an end of days. Professionally he's reckoning with the growth, or perhaps decline, of an industry that isn't leaving much room...

SXSW 2018 Interview: Dick Cavett on ALI & CAVETT: THE TALE OF THE TAPES

What can be said about a career as full as talk show host, Dick Cavett's? A start would be to describe what it was not. Unlike the Carsons turned Lenos turned Fallons who held respective reigns over the late night...

SXSW 2017 Interview: Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon Relive THE BIG SICK

Every couple has their meeting anecdote to tell at dinner parties and hopefully to their grandchildren years down the line, but few, if any, will top screenwriters, Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon's. It is often asked of married people,...

SXSW 2016: PEE WEE'S BIG HOLIDAY Interviews With Paul Reubens, Paul Rust, Alia Shawkat, And Jessica Pohly

You can search the wide world over, but you’ll never find a man like Pee Wee Herman. He’s sweet, innocent, lively, potentially insane, but chock full of heart. It’s difficult to speculate how Herman was able to construct such an...

SXSW 2015 Video Interview: Henry Rollins and Jason Krawczyk Talk HE NEVER DIED

When Henry Rollins agrees to do something, he isn't one to half-ass the job. Whether it's writing his LA Weekly column, appearing in films and TV, reigniting one of the many potential incarnations of Black Flag, or "buying you dinner",...

SXSW 2015 Interview: Julien Temple On Life, Death, And THE ECSTACY OF WILKO JOHNSON

Julien Temple, with his numerous music documentaries behind him - many involving his pals, The Sex Pistols - may be no stranger to the rock documentary, but there is nothing quite like his new film, The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson....

Interview: Co-Director Juliano Salgado Talks Trials And Tribulations Of Making THE SALT OF THE EARTH

Making The Salt of the Earth was a labor of love for co-director Juliano Salgado. If you've seen the film, then you know the subject, SebastiĆ£o Salgado, is his father. Interviewing Juliano was one of the most surreal experiences I've had as a...

SXSW 2015 Interview: On The Offspring Of Monsters, Morgan Krantz Talks BABYSITTER

There is a scene very early in Morgan Krantz's Babysitter that made me shut my eyes. Sitting there, eyes closed, I was no longer hearing the young mother, played by Valerie Azlynn, frantically telling her ex-husband it's time to play...

SXSW 2015 Interview: The Implicit Politics of Jay Dockendorf's NAZ & MAALIK

The two kids pictured above, the leads in Jay Dockendorf's Naz & Maalik, are Muslim, gay, and black -- in Bed-Stuy, no less. As an audience member you fear for them. Only to realize that they are one step ahead...

SXSW 2015 Interview: Karyn Kusama Invites You To Accept THE INVITATION

Karyn Kusama is a director I want to see more of. I saw her first film Girlfight when I was 17. I kept renting it at Blockbuster -- this was right when DVD started to phase out VHS -- because I...

SXSW 2015 Interview: Craig Roberts Talks Writing, Directing, And Starring In JUST JIM

You need to remember this for the rest of your life: Craig Roberts is a real badass. Far away from home, Roberts was recently at SXSW promoting his directorial feature, Just Jim. He is interviewed by the writer of this article...

SXSW 2015 Interview: Director Andrew Palermo Talks His Ambitious And Amazing First Narrative Feature, ONE & TWO

Andrew Droz Palermo's One & Two is my favorite film to come out of SXSW 2015. I watched it cold, was floored by the end, and urged other colleagues to see it, and to see it blind. Our very...

SXSW 2015 Interview: WILD HORSES, Robert Duvall Talks His Hatred For BONNIE AND CLYDE And THE SEARCHERS, With Co-Star Josh Hartnett

Robert Duvall wants you to know that he hates Bonnie and Clyde and The Searchers. But hang tight, we'll get to that.He was in town for the world premiere of Wild Horses, a movie he wrote, directed, and stars in....

SXSW 2015 Interview: David Gordon Green Talks MANGLEHORN And Casting Polar Opposites Al Pacino And Harmony Korine

If you are reading TwitchFilm, hopefully King David Gordon Green's career isn't unfamiliar territory. If it's your first stop here, I'll catch you up to speed: He first burst on the film scene in 2000 with George Washington, which is...

SXSW 2015 Interview: THE FINAL GIRLS, Director Todd Strauss-Schulson Talks About His Killer New Film

SXSW really kicked ass this year. We're still rolling out a lot more coverage and lucky for us (and you, I think), most of the films we are writing about we loved and believe you will too.This brings me to Todd...

SXSW 2015 Interview: Eugene Kotlyarenko Is The Cool Kid At The Heart of A WONDERFUL CLOUD

From the first shot of Eugene Kotlyarenko's wonderful SXSW feature, A Wonderful Cloud, you see that he's a man with few boundaries. Utilizing IRL footage from his 2010 relationship with co-star Kate Lyn Sheil, he starts his narrative from a...

SXSW 2015 Interview: Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart Teach Us How To GET HARD

Getting hard is not an easy process. There are many painstaking steps one must go through to achieve this deity-like way of life. Luckily for me and whoever reads this article, Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart tell us the...

SXSW 2015 Interview: Michael Showalter Talks HELLO, MY NAME IS DORIS

Anyone familiar with Michael Showalter's work - be it his groundbreaking comedy troupes, The State and Stella, or his widely cherished cult films which he co-wrote with David Wain - is well aware that Showalter is a comedic mastermind; a...

Interview: THE BATTERY's Jeremy Gardner And Adam Cronheim Talk Zombies, Indie Filmmaking Challenges, And Brawling With WALKING DEAD's Rick Grimes

Have you seen The Battery yet? Surely you've heard of it. It's that one anti-zombie zombie movie everyone's talking about on the Information Superhighway (fancy way of saying "Internet."). No hyperbole here -- it's the coolest and most unconventional...