Today @ SXSW: Sorry, Thanks, Objectified and Calling E.T.


As part of my ongoing series of spotlighting some of the lesser known films from this year’s SXSW film line-up, I have selected another three films today that will provide some great alternative programming should you decide that Moon, Alexander the Last or Troll 2 aren’t for you. Yet again, I think we’ve struck gold with a very diverse, interesting selection of films — it’s two cool looking documentaries and a comedy featuring Wiley Wiggins, chalk that up as a win. 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.

Sorry, Thanks (12p @ Alamo Ritz 1)

Upon visiting her ex’s to collect her belongings, Kira returns anxiously to dating and immediately collides with the disheveled Max. Disaster looms when Max (already taken) decides to dabble in two new pursuits: an obsessive-tending interest in Kira, and the mystery of whether he may in fact be an ass. Kira, meanwhile, fights to win a job she’s far too smart for, then sabotages her only meaningful romantic prospect when a friend lays it on the line.

Objectified (5p @ Paramount)

Objectified is a feature-length independent documentary about industrial design. It’s a look at the creativity at work behind everything from toothbrushes to tech gadgets. It’s about the people who re-examine, re-evaluate and re-invent our manufactured environment on a daily basis. It’s about personal expression, identity, consumerism, and sustainability. It’s about our relationship to mass-produced objects and, by extension, the people who design them.

Calling E.T. (6p @ The Hideout)

Just imagine that we were to get in touch with extraterrestrial intelligence. Now, in our lifetime! There is a small group of people who are seriously taking this unlikely scenario into account. Their daily life is spent looking for signals from extraterrestrial civilizations and wondering how we, earthlings, should present ourselves if we were to make real contact.

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