SXSW Preview: American Grindhouse

As we get closer to this year’s SXSW Film Festival, it becomes time to pull out all the stops. In fact, don’t be surprised if by the end of this week I’m previewing more than one film per day. Less than two weeks remain until the start of the festival, and we’ve still got a lot of ground to cover. Today we’re treading heavily into the world of American Grindhouse, the spotlight premiere documentary from director Elijah Drenner. At a brisk 81 minutes, this doc takes a stab at the hidden history of the American Exploitation Film, and the infamous venues that played it. Considering the essence of Austin, and the large segment of its movie-loving population that really gets into this kind of film — we see them every week at the Alamo Drafthouse on Terror Tuesday and Weird Wednesday — this seems like the perfect doc for SXSW. And that’s an assumption made on premise alone. Wait until you see the images and trailer I’ve assembled below…


The feature-length documentary “American Grindhouse” explores the hidden history of the American Exploitation Film. The movie digs deep into this often overlooked category of U.S. cinema and unearths the shameless and occasionally shocking origins of this popular entertainment. Exploitation Cinema has left an indelible mark on American culture, and this informative and amusing documentary proves that its principles and popularity endure to this day.


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