Today @ SXSW: Modern Love is Automatic, Sons of a Gun and RIP: A Remix Manifesto


Back again on this wonderful Sunday with another round of SXSW films that are on my watch list. And no, I’m not just talking about tonight’s showing of the awesomely gritty Sin Nombre, the world premiere of Women in Trouble or that very special secret screening of Drag Me to Hell.  These three films are interesting features that have caught my eye — one narrative feature with some whips and chains involved, a doc about a uniquely unconventional family unit and another that intends to rock us with knowledge and insight in the information age. Check out the trailers and additional info below. For more of the best damn coverage from the streets of Austin, keep it locked to our SXSW ’09 homepage.

Modern Love is Automattic (7:30p @ Alamo Ritz 2)

Lorraine Schultz works as a nurse in a doctor’s office. Every day she rides the bus to work, listens to her co-workers gossip, comes home. None of it really matters. After finding an issue of Shackled Monthly on the bus, Lorraine is drawn into a secret, seedy world of lonely men, cheap motel rooms, and whips and chains.

Sons of a Gun (4p @ Alamo Lamar 2)

Lance, Craig, and Ubaldo live with schizophrenia. They also live with Larry, their alcoholic caretaker “dad”. And even though they aren’t related by blood, they’ve lived together as a family for 20 years. Through intimate access to this unique family, the documentary Sons of a Gun follows them as they get evicted, move into a cramped motel room, joke around, and scramble to find a new home before their family self-destructs.

RIP: A Remix Manifesto (9:30p @ Austin Convention Center)

In RiP: A remix manifesto, Web activist and filmmaker Brett Gaylor explores issues of copyright in the information age, mashing up the media landscape of the 20th century and shattering the wall between users and producers. The film’s central protagonist is Girl Talk, a mash-up musician topping the charts with his sample-based songs. But is Girl Talk a paragon of people power or the Pied Piper of piracy?

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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