SXSW Online 2021 Review: “Kid Candidate”

Year: 2021Duration: 1h 7mDirector: Jasmine Stodel By Caz Armstrong Hayden Pedigo is a 24 year old experimental musician running for city council in Amarillo, Texas, a city with a population of 200,000 people. He’s keen, inexperienced and passionate, the youngest person ever to run for council in Amarillo. This documentary by filmmaker Jasmine Stodel is a character study that makes you not only root for … Continue reading SXSW Online 2021 Review: “Kid Candidate”

SXSW Online 2021 Review: “Fucking With Nobody”

Year: 2021Duration: 1h 42mDirector: Hannaleena HauruWriters: Hannaleena Hauru, Lasse PoserStarring: Hannaleena Hauru, Lasse Poser, Samuel Kujala By Caz Armstrong This meta-narrative film-of-a-film centres around feminist ideals in heterosexual relationships and the unreal impressions we give on social media. While the intentions are noble, momentum falls quickly and the layers of narrative creates confusion. Hanna (writer and director Hannaleena Hauru) is failing in her career as a film director … Continue reading SXSW Online 2021 Review: “Fucking With Nobody”

SXSW Online 2021 Review: “Hysterical”

Year: 2021 Runtime: 1 hour 27 minutes Director: Andrea Blaugrund Nevins Starring: Iliza Shlesinger, Fortune Feimster, Sherri Shepherd, Nikki Glaser, Kelly Bachman, Margaret Cho, Kathy Griffin, Rachel Feinstein, Judy Gold, Lisa Lampanelli, Marina Franklin, Bonnie MacFarlane By Joan Amenn After three seasons of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” we now have the documentary “Hysterical” to show us real women comedians in their natural habitat: poorly lit … Continue reading SXSW Online 2021 Review: “Hysterical”

SXSW Online 2021 Review: “The Hunt for Planet B”

Year: 2021 Runtime: 93 minutes Director: Nathaniel Kahn Stars: Janet Arenberg, Jon Arenberg, Natalie Batalha, Natasha Batalha, Jill Tarter By Joan Amenn Exoplanets are planets that orbit suns outside our solar system. For years, scientists debated their existence, and then the scientific community highly doubted that they would ever be found even if they did exist. “The Hunt for Planet B” proves the truth of … Continue reading SXSW Online 2021 Review: “The Hunt for Planet B”

SXSW Online 2021 Review: “Sophie and the Baron”

Year: 2021 Runtime: 30 minutes Director: Alexandria Jackson Stars: Sophie Kipner, Baron Wolman By Joan Amenn Baron Wolman lived quite a full life. As a photojournalist for Rolling Stone Magazine, he shot some of the most iconic pictures of the twentieth century. Sophie Kipner is a uniquely talented artist who creates stunning portraits. Can this odd couple from different creative mediums collaborate without driving each … Continue reading SXSW Online 2021 Review: “Sophie and the Baron”

SXSW ONLINE 2021 REVIEW: “WOMEN IS LOSERS”

Year: 2021 Runtime: 1 hour 24 minutes Director: Lissette Feliciano Stars: Lorenza Isso, Steven Bauer, Alejandra Miranda, Chrissie Fit, Bryan Craig, Liza Weil, Simu Liu, Alessandra Torresani By Peggy Marie It’s the early 1960’s in San Francisco, California, and the social rules of the time, laws, cultural norms, and obstacles are set to keep women “in their place,” which, as the old saying goes, is … Continue reading SXSW ONLINE 2021 REVIEW: “WOMEN IS LOSERS”

SXSW ONLINE 2021 Review: “Introducing, Selma Blair”

Year: 2021 Runtime: 90 minutes Director: Rachel Fleit Star: Selma Blair By Joan Amenn “Introducing, Selma Blair,” the SXSW Jury Awards Winner of Special Jury Recognition for Exceptional Intimacy in Storytelling, is a deeply engrossing, courageously revealing journey of one woman’s struggle with a debilitating disease. Selma Blair (TV’s “Anger Management,” “American Crime Story”) is by turns hilarious and heartbreaking as she faces being a single … Continue reading SXSW ONLINE 2021 Review: “Introducing, Selma Blair”

SXSW ONLINE 2021 Review: “Not Going Quietly”

Year: 2021 Runtime: 96 minutes Director: Nicholas Bruckman Writers: Nicholas Bruckman, Amanda Roddy Stars: Ady Barkan, Rachael King, Tracey Corder, Elizabeth Jaff By Joan Amenn “Not Going Quietly, ”the SXSW Jury Awards Winner of Special Jury Recognition for Humanity in Social Action, is a uniquely stirring story of emotional strength in the face of the impossible. More than a documentary of political activism, it is … Continue reading SXSW ONLINE 2021 Review: “Not Going Quietly”

SXSW Online 2021 REVIEW: “THE LOST SONS”

Year: 2021 Runtime: 98 minutes Director: Ursula Macfarlane Stars: Paul Joseph Fronczak, Dora Fronczak, Chester Fronczak By Peggy Marie What if one day you woke up and realized you really didn’t know who you were? You didn’t know your real name, your birthday, or how old you just might be — how would you feel? Would you want answers to these questions and more? Well, … Continue reading SXSW Online 2021 REVIEW: “THE LOST SONS”

SXSW Online 2021 review: “Luchadoras”

Year: 2021 Runtime: 1 hour 33 minutes Directors: Paola Calvo, Patrick Jasim Stars: Baby Star, Little Star, Mini Sirenita, Lady Candy, Miss Kath By Valerie Kalfrin Death and danger surround Lady Candy. At night, the female wrestler from Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, takes to the ring, earning scrapes and bruises, title belts, and adoring fans. By day, the young mom cleans and delivers caskets, a job … Continue reading SXSW Online 2021 review: “Luchadoras”