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March 22, 2013
SXSW: Movies Coming Soon to a Theater (or Format) Near You
— Posted by Kenny Miles
The three movies I saw on my last day will be seen by a wider audience than most of what I’ve seen the previous few days.
The VH1 music doc Downloaded chronicles Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker rise and fall with Napster which caught on with music fans and started a revolution. In full disclosure, audiences will take away how the music industry was clueless and dumbfounded by the transfer of online music file sharing sites. The interviews with the various “talking heads” was informative and revelatory. From my perspective, you learn a lot. Music fans have been bitter at the industry ever since. Downloaded is an indepth look at how everything went down. It started with a college kid, files were being shared online, Metallica got upset, the record industry got involved, and the rest is history. Since this is a music documentary produced by VH1, it seems likely to air on that channel. Better an insightful documentary like Downloaded than a stale and lame reality series. Stick to the music, VH1! This would follow a similar trend like the new distribution deal CNN has begun showing documentaries on their network. This is required viewing for diehard music fans as well as casual listeners. Downloaded was the perfect documentary to play at a festival both showing music and movies.
Fox Searchlight decided to bring their Sundance thriller The East to SXSW as well as fly the principal cast with the director to the Closing Night screening. It has played well for other auidences. This one had enthusiastic and sustained applause way beyond the typical “let’s respect the filmmaker who’s here” type of reception. The cast including Brit Marling (who serves as screenwriter, too), Ellen Page, and Alexander Skarsgard took the stage with director Batmanglij to answer questions from an eager audience. People have been buzzing about it since Sundance as did this crowd. As they all should since The East is smart and well done bigger budget feature for the filmmaking duo of Batmanglij and Marling. Slated for a summer release, it should appeal to high minded younger adults as well as a sophisticated older crowd searching for an intelligent viewing option during a season where there are few and far between. I interviewed the cast and crew and will feature this in a seperate post very soon!
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Whether something is overlooked by Hollywood or whatever business trend has captured the Entertainment Industry’s attention, Kenny Miles loves to talk about movies (especially the cultural impact of a film). He covers various aspects of movies including specialty genre films, limited release, independent, foreign language, documentary features, and THE much infamous "awards season." Also, he likes to offer his opinion on the business of film, marketing strategy, and branding. He currently resides in Denver, Colorado and is a member of the Denver Film Critics Society critics group. When he isn’t writing, Kenny channels his passion for interacting with moviegoers (something most movie pundits lack) as a pollster for the market research company CinemaScore and working as floor staff/special events coordinator in the film community. You can follow him on Twitter @kmiles723.
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