SXSW Preview: American: The Bill Hicks Story

SXSW Film 2010

We are currently one week from the opening of the 2010 SXSW film festival. Are you excited? You certainly should be. In regards to our preview, we’ve got a long way to go in a week. Next week we will be previewing all of the SX Fantastic selections, as programmed by Fantastic Fest director Tim League. We will also be unleashing our list of must-see movies, some of which I’ve already previewed, some of which are still to come. One film that will probably make that list is American: The Bill Hicks Story. It is the tale of great American comedian Bill Hicks — his life, his comedy and his untimely passing. Directed by Matt Harlock and Paul Thomas, American mixes animation and archived footage to bring Bill Hicks’ story to the big screen. If you know me, you know that I’m all for innovation — and this project screams innovation. Find out more below and at the film’s website:


Much more than a comedian, Bill Hicks was and still is an inspiration to millions. His timeless comedy tackled the contradictions of America and modern life head on, as he skewered organized religion, railed against the hypocrisies of his government and exposed the collusion of the mainstream media, earning him censorship in the USA, but whose messages continue to resonate with subsequent generations. He also had some excellent dick jokes. Pushing documentary storytelling in a new direction, American uses a stunning new animation technique to bring the tale of one of modern culture’s most iconic heroes to the big screen.


Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet.

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