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Nordling's Daily SXSW Preview Day 5! GAYBY! EXTRACTED! BOOSTER!

Nordling here.

Yeah, I know I missed a day, for those of you following my South By Southwest previews.  Sorry about that - just got swamped with other things.  Let's move past that in this point in our relationship and go straight to the cuddling, shall we?  For this installment, I wanted to look at the little films, movies that may have not gotten the exposure of CABIN IN THE WOODS or THE RAID, but important pieces of art nonetheless.


Director: Jonathan Lisecki

GAYBY is about two best friends, one a gay man, the other a straight woman, who decide to have a baby together, but instead of donating sperm, they decide to go about it the "natural" way, which causes havoc in their own lives and relationships.  Director Jonathan Lisecki's first feature film is a comedy about friendship, sex, and navigating the waters between the two.  I think the trailer's quite funny and charming, and hopefully the movie will be as well.  GAYBY is in Narrative Competition for this year's SXSW Festival.

PLAY TIMES: Monday, March 12th,  1:15 PM, Stateside Theatre; Tuesday, March 13th, 1:45 PM, Alamo Lamar A; Thursday, March 15th, 5:00 PM, Stateside Theatre



Director: Nir Paniry

Really wish there was a trailer for this one, because the synopsis sounds fascinating: when a man invents a way to experience other people's memories, he offers to search inside a heroin-addicted criminal's memory to determine whether or not he committed a crime.  But something happens and the man is trapped inside the criminal's mind for years, inside his memories, unable to escape.  This debut feature film from Nir Paniry (he was a storyboard artist on the animated HELLBOY movies before making this film) sounds amazing, like BEING JOHN MALKOVICH meets DRUGSTORE COWBOY, although I hate to be reductive like that.  I haven't seen any footage, but I bet it's visually stunning, even on its low-budget.

PLAY TIMES: Saturday, March 10th, 10:00 PM, Alamo Lamar C; Sunday, March 11th, 10:00 PM, Violet Crown; Tuesday, March 13th, 4:30 PM, Alamo Ritz; Thursday, March 15th, 9:45 PM, Violet Crown



Director: Matt Ruskin

Simon is a young man trying to keep straight, but when his brother is arrested for armed robbery, Simon is asked to commit more armed robberies using the same M.O. to create reasonable doubt in the jury's mind for Simon's brother's acquittal.  Simon is conflicted between entering a world of crime, and being loyal to his family.  The great Seymour Cassel is in this movie, and he's one of my all-time favrotie character actors.  The movie's full of great moral quandries and the trailer, by documentary filmmaker Matt Ruskin, reminds me a little bit of Scorsese's MEAN STREETS.  There's a nice tension to the trailer that I hope carries over into the film, which is playing in Narrative Competition at this year's SXSW Festival.

PLAY TIMES: Monday, March 12th, 7:00 PM, Stateside Theatre; Tuesday, March 13th, 11:30 AM, Alamo Lamar A; Thursday, March 15th, 9:45 PM, Stateside Theatre

And that's it for today's preview!  Thanks for reading.

Nordling, out.  Follow me on Twitter!

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  • Feb. 25, 2012, 1:45 p.m. CST

    Extracted sounds intriguing.

    by scrote

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 2:43 p.m. CST

    Thought that was Hayden Christensen in Extracted at first.

    by Skraggo

    Thank the Maker it's not, and is therefore potentially watchable.

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 3:24 p.m. CST

    You ever get the feeling that...

    by TheMachinist

    as soon as you come up with a semi-viable concept for a movie, another person with the talent and equipment to carry it out has the exact same idea?

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 4:48 p.m. CST


    by Skraggo

    Ha! Good point, sir. Actually, I threw it out there with the Star Wars connection in mind, but totally forgot that Anakin turned out to be The Maker. Which, I guess is actually good news for me if I was able to forget that.

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 4:59 p.m. CST


    by Skraggo

    Had an idea for an animated movie about a fish named Oscar that gets caught up in some trouble with an undersea mob boss before eventually being captured by human child and winding up in a fish tank with a crazy cast of characters and struggling to find his way back to the sea. I began working on my little script and was chugging along happily on it until Finding Nemo and A Shark Tale were announced. I uttered several thousand profanities, shoved my unfinished script into the deepest drawer I could find, and guzzled a couple gallons of whiskey before resigning myself to a future of sitting in a cubicle from 9 to 5. I also once got the bright idea that a good way to freshen the zombie genre up might be to make them FAST.

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 11:15 p.m. CST


    by lv_426

    I came up with some movie concepts that were the same as or nearly the same as those of The Matrix, 30 Days of Night, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Daybreakers, the TV show Alcatraz, and one that was very similar to Avatar... all many years before those films were ever announced. I should have gotten off my lazy ass, lifted a pen, and done something with those ideas but alas, I was a dufus and wasted that time. Now, I am not saying I am some brilliant cinematic mastermind for coming up with similar ideas to any of these successful films. Thing is, ideas are a dime a dozen. Sure it isn't necessarily easy to come up with an idea worth slaving over on a spec script or going out and actually making into a film, but it isn't exactly rocket science either. In the end, it is the execution that really counts. Sure something like The Matrix or Harry Potter are neat ideas for a book or film, but if the execution is shit, no one cares then anyways.

  • He also guest starred in the high school reunion episodes of It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia. I think he is on that show Grimm nowadays. Sasha something. I can't think of his last name.

  • Gayby is the one that is similar to your movie idea. If so... you can do much better. If not... relish the thought that a movie about a gay dude making a baby with a straight woman not only got made, it got into a pretty major film festival and is getting pimped on this very site.