Movie News After Dark: The SXSW 2011 Prep Course Edition

What is Movie News After Dark? This is a question that I am almost never asked, but I will answer it for you anyway. Movie News After Dark is FSR’s newest late-night secretion, a column dedicated to all of the news stories that slip past our daytime editorial staff and make it into my curiously chubby RSS ‘flagged’ box. It will (but is not guaranteed to) include relevant movie news, links to insightful commentary and other film-related shenanigans. I may also throw in a link to something TV-related here or there. It will also serve as my place of record for being both charming and sharp-witted, but most likely I will be neither of the two. I write this stuff late at night, what do you expect?

As you can tell from the image and title of tonight’s entry, I’ve got South by Southwest (SXSW) 2011 on the brain. In fact, as a programming not, I’d like to mention that starting tomorrow night Cole Abaius and Nathan Adams will be filling in for me as authors of News After Dark. While I’m off drinking away in downtown Austin, you’ll still get the news. So rest easy, all three of you.

Which brings me to tonight’s entry — an all SXSW, all the time affair that will give you a few need-to-knows for the upcoming week of coverage.

1. The coverage will be brought to you by a fine group of writers, including myself, Rob Hunter, Brian Salisbury, Luke Mullen, Adam Charles and our intrepid interviewer Jack Giroux. We’ll be delivering reviews, interviews, articles, photos, shenanigans and even the occasional video update, chock full of beards (except for Jack).

2. To follow all of our coverage, check out the site’s SXSW Homepage, which also includes coverage from years past.

And now, some fine SXSW-related articles from around the web.

UGO’s Jordan Hoffman has put together a list of the must-see panels for the SXSW film conference. It’s a solid list, save for one glaring problem: it does not include You’re Not a Publicist! Film Criticism vs. Advertising, moderated by yours truly. I’m very disappointed in you, Mr. Hoffman. I thought we were friends.

io9’s Meredith Woerner postulates upon the following question: which film will be the next big indie hit to come out of SXSW? My hope is riding with Joe Cornish’s Attack the Block.

If you’re attending the festival and you still haven’t put together your schedule, the Festival Genius app from Slated is going to be your best friend. You might want to get on that right now though, as the fest starts Friday.

Badass Digest talks with Adrian Garcia Bogliano, who has directed the very interesting — as in, “nubile women covered in explosive nitroglycerin” interesting — SXFantastic title Cold Sweat.

Tyler Stout is getting in the SXSW game with this very cool poster for The FP, yet another SXFantastic title (you’ll be hearing a lot about those around these parts, what with our love of Fantastic Fest and all).

The SXSW Title Design competition nominees have been announced. This is perhaps the only awards show willing to recognize the quality of Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore and Blue Valentine in the same breath.

If you are attending SXSW and you need an in-depth guide to filmgoing tips for locals and passholders written by some of Austin’s foremost filmgoing experts, then Slackerwood is the place to be. Their yearly guides to the fest and its venues are must-reads.

Movieline lists (in mostly annoying gallery form) the 10 SXSW films with the most to prove. Among them, Source Code. Let me tell you based on my insider information (aka I’ve seen the flick), it will do plenty of proving.

The list parade continues with Cinematical’s list of 10 SXSW ’11 films we’ve seen and highly recommend. Hell yes, 13 Assassins.

The Sweat Leaf Tea van will be roaming around Austin during SXSW, allowing you the opportunity to get some swag and (one can only hope) some of that delicious tea.

There will be a Tron: Legacy lounge at SXSW for badge holders. This wouldn’t normally be news, but they are going to be previewing the Daft Punk remix album Tron: Legacy Reconfigured. I’ll go for that, and the swag.

We close tonight with a series of informational videos from the SXSW team. Stuff like how to line up for films and where the hell all of the theaters are. Enjoy and be informed.

I was kidding. That’s not the end of the article. Here’s another video. This time, it’s a trailer for a movie called Fubar: Balls to the Wall. It’s like Anvil! The Story of Anvil but slightly more ridiculous and clearly more Canadian. I can’t wait.

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. As of yet, no one has stopped him.

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