11 Kickstarter-Funded Films to Watch at SXSW 2018
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Meet a pepperoni-loving Instagram celebrity in the throes of an identity crisis. Hear the stories of the women who fought for social reform during Nicaragua’s 1979 Sandinista Revolution. Learn about the man behind the papier-mâché mask of a beloved Manchester comedian.
This year, eleven Kickstarter-funded films will screen at SXSW, ranging from inventive narrative films like Nijla Mu’min’s Jinn and Charlene de Guzman’s Unlovable to powerful documentaries shedding light on social issues past and present like Nick Budabin’s Chi-Town and Jenny Murray’s ¡Las Sandinistas! — and much more.
Join us in congratulating the Kickstarter creators whose films will screen at this year’s festival, and read on to learn more about them.
All film descriptions below courtesy of SXSW.
Narrative Feature Competition
Jinn — World Premiere
Director/Screenwriter: Nijla Mu’min
A shape-shifting, pepperoni-loving teenage Instagram celebrity explores her identity and sexuality in the midst of her mother’s conversion to Islam.
Thunder Road — World Premiere
Director/Screenwriter: Jim Cummings
Officer Arnaud loved his Mom.
Documentary Feature Competition
Chi-Town — World Premiere
Director: Nick Budabin
An underdog basketball player from Chicago becomes one of the best college point guards in the nation. But his ascent is punctuated by personal loss, debilitating injury, and tragic violence.
Garry Winogrand: All Things Are Photographable — World Premiere
Director: Sasha Waters Freyer
Artist. Iconoclast. Man of his time. All Things Are Photographable is a revealing documentary portrait of the life and work of acclaimed photographer Garry Winogrand, the epic storyteller capturing pictures of America across three turbulent decades.
¡Las Sandinistas! — World Premiere
Director: Jenny Murray
¡Las Sandinistas! uncovers the disappearing stories of women who shattered barriers to lead combat and social reform during Nicaragua’s 1979 Sandinista Revolution, and who continue to lead Nicaragua’s current struggle for democracy and equality.
Unlovable — World Premiere
Director: Suzi Yoonessi
Screenwriters: Charlene deGuzman, Sarah Adina Smith, Mark Duplass
A sex and love-addicted woman learns what real intimacy is when she starts making music with a reclusive man.
Getting Over — World Premiere
Director/Screenwriter: Jason Charnick
A man discovers a box of interviews with his father, a lifelong heroin addict who died of AIDS in 1997. What he finds will uncover generations of family secrets, forcing him to redefine his own past, doubt his present, and question his future.
Prospect — World Premiere
Directors/Screenwriters: Zeek Earl, Chris Caldwell
A teenage girl and her father travel to a remote moon on the hunt for elusive riches. But there are others roving the moon’s toxic forest, and the job quickly devolves into a desperate fight for survival.
24 Beats Per Second
Milford Graves Full Mantis — World Premiere
Directors: Jake Meginsky, Neil Young
Milford Graves Full Mantis patiently draws the viewer through world-renowned jazz percussionist Milford Graves’ kaleidoscopic creative process. Graves tells stories of struggle and survival, ruminates on the essence of 'swing', and listens to the sound of his heart. The film weaves blistering performance footage from Europe, Japan, and the U.S. with an intimate glimpse into the artist’s singular voice and complex cosmology.
Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story — World Premiere
Director/Screenwriter: Steve Sullivan
The hilarious and bizarre story of Frank Sidebottom, the cult British comedian in a papier mâché head, and the secretive life of Chris Sievey, the artist trapped inside.
Director: Danny Madden
Screenwriters: Danny Madden, Will Madden
In a high school theater class, Krista uses her scene study as catharsis.
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