Returning underdog and unofficial film expo, RxSM, blows into Austin March 6-13, 2014 bigger and better than ever in its fifth year, offering an alternative and companion guide to what’s happening now in [truly, maddeningly] indie film. This year’s lineup features 130 unique, cutting-edge films from 21 countries, and 25 first-time filmmakers, 12 student filmmakers and 18 films that are nominated for the Crossroads Award. The 18 nominees come from Film ExChange Network, an international network of film festivals with festivals in Berlin, Brooklyn, New Orleans, Austin, Las Vegas, Victoria and Corpus Christi.
Crossroads Jurors Matt Johnson, director/co-writer of The Dirties (Slamdance Grand Jury prize), Clayton Patterson, legendary NYC street photographer, and award-winning short doc filmmaker, Lisa Martin, will award 1 finalist in each category (Feature, Short and Doc) to a filmmakers who show unique style, exceptional craft, and the power to communicate their vision and to be given screened at The Victoria TX Independent Film Festival in April. The finalists in each category will split a $5000 purse. Over $20,000 in cash and services will find its way back into the independent filmmaking community.
The event is free with Do512 RSVP. Screenings will be held at Spider House Ballroom and Chapel, Juju Foto Factory and legendary comedy club, The New Movement. Receptions, opening night parties and award ceremony will held at Juju Foto Factory. All Crossroads Award, comedy showcases sponsored by Film ExChange, The Naked Grape and Negra Modela.
Festival Director and Executive Director of Film ExChange, Anthony Pedone, says to look for, returning filmmakers, The Miller Bros (Crossroads Award Winners 2012), return as producers of The Discontent of Ed Telfair by Daniel Campbell. Campbell is also a returning RxSM director (The Orderly, winner of best Comedy at VTXIFF 2013). Documentaries in competition include, Love Child, Everybody Street and Little Hope Was Arson
Dogfish Accelerator finalist, writer/producer/actor Naomi McDougall Jones presents a special screening of Imagine I’m Beautiful. Other must-see screenings include Isip the Warrior by Kenny Riches and starring Rutger Hauer and Patrick Fugit, See You Next Tuesday by Drew Tobia, Craters of the Moon by Jesse Millward, and two by local Austin favorites, Elizabeth Spear’s feature comedy, Roundball, and Clay Liford’s short, S\ash.
Check out www.rxsm.org for the full week’s schedule.