Yesterday, we profiled the eight films in the documentary competition at this year's SXSW Film Festival. The Austin train continues today with nonfiction films screening in the Spotlight Premieres and Emerging Visions sections - and lots of notes, trailers and assorted trivia.
First up, this year's Spotlight Premieres:
FOR THE LOVE OF MOVIES: THE STORY OF AMERICAN FILM CRITICISM
Directed by Gerald Peary
The first documentary to dramatize the rich, fascinating history of American film criticism.
THE LAST BEEKEEPER
Directed by Jeremy Simmons
This documentary follows the lives of three commercial beekeepers over the course of one year as they struggle with Colony Collapse Disorder. As they all take their bees to California's enormous annual almond pollination, they are forced to ask the question "If all the bees die, what do you have to live for?"
Note - Simmons is a longtime collaborator of filmmakers Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, serving as editor on INSIDE DEEP THROAT and the narrative version of PARTY MONSTER, as well as directing several episodes of the Sundance series "One Punk Under God".
MONSTERS FROM THE ID
Directed by David Gargani
The untold story of 1950’s American Sci-Fi Cinema and the role of the Modern Scientist.
Note - Had a screening in December as part of a preview for this year's Connecticut film festival. Trailer and stills available at the CFF website.
NEW WORLD ORDER
Directed by Andrew Neel and Luke Meyer
Impassioned conspiracy theorists travel the globe trying to expose the group that they claim rules the world.
Note - The new film from the directors of SXSW's 2006 Audience Award-winning hit, DARKON.
Directed by Gary Hustwit
A glimpse into our relationship to manufactured objects and, by extension, the people who design them.
Note - The sophomore film from the Independent Spirit Award nominated director of HELVETICA.
Directed by Spike Lee
A musical documentary about the international exploits of a young man from Los Angeles who leaves home to find himself and 'the real'. A theatrical stage production of the original Tony-Award winning book by Stew.
Note - After its premiere at Sundance, Hot Docs programmer Sean Farnel is not entirely sure what to call the film:
Directed by Ben Steinbauer
Jack Rebney's outrageously funny outtakes from a Winnebago sales video became an underground phenomenon and made him an internet superstar. Filmmaker Ben Steinbauer sets out to find him.
Note - Here's the video that started it all: