Saturday, March 07, 2009

Films for Book Lovers

This is a posting of an email I received from the Texas Book Festival. Those of you living in the Austin area or visiting for South by Southwest might find it interesting:

Book-Friendly Films at this Year's SXSW Film Festival

Hello Book Lovers! The SXSW Film Festival (March 13-21 in Austin) wants to let you know about a few book-friendly feature films that will screen at this year's 16th annual event. Below you can find films, schedules, and their descriptions. We hope to see you at SXSW! For more information on SXSW, visit: You can find the schedule for these and other films at: These literary films include:

Director: Pat Holden. Writer: Kevin Sampson

A blade-sharp rites-of-passage that buzzes with the post-punk energy of its late-70s Liverpool setting. Based on the classic novel by Kevin Sampson. Cast: Nicky Bell, Liam Boyle, Stephen Graham, Oliver Lee (North American Premiere)

3/13/2009, Alamo Ritz 2, 6:45 PM
3/18/2009, Alamo Lamar 2, 11:45 AM
3/20/2009, Alamo Lamar 2, 4:00 PM

For the Love of Movies
Director: Gerald Peary

The first documentary to dramatize the rich, fascinating history of American film criticism. (World Premiere)

3/16/2009, Alamo Ritz 2, 8:00 PM
3/18/2009, Alamo Ritz 2, 12:00 PM
3/21/2009, Alamo Lamar 3, 4:00 PM

Monsters from the Id
Director: David Gargani

The untold story of 1950’s American Sci-Fi Cinema and the role of the Modern Scientist.
The 1950's was an idealistic time in American history. It was also the Atomic Age where new technology promised to both save humanity as well as destroy it. All of these factors gave birth to the most prolific genres in film history, 1950's Sci-Fi Cinema. Features interviews with Patrick Luciano and Gary Coville, the authors of Smokin' Rockets: The Romance of Technology in American Film, Radio and Television, 1945-1962.

3/13/2009, Alamo Lamar 3, 9:45 PM
3/18/2009, ACC, 11:30 AM
3/21/2009, Alamo Lamar 2, 2:00 PM

Over the Hills and Far Away
Director: Michel Orion Scott

This documentary chronicles the journey of the Isaacson family as they travel through Mongolia in search of a mysterious shaman they believe can heal their autistic son. The book about the Isaacsons’ journey, The Horse Boy, is being published by Little, Brown in April.

3/17/2009, Paramount, 11:00 AM
3/19/2009, Alamo Lamar 2, 1:30 PM
3/20/2009, ACC, 7:00 PM

Blood Trail
Director: Richard Parry

At times war photographer Robert King resembles a heroic misfit straight out of the pages of Scoop, thrown into the heart of battle, struggling to adapt to the brutal environment he finds himself in. Occasionally comic, often touching, more often dark, the documentary Blood Trail, the tale of Robert King, is a unique and personal journey, a film which follows him over 15 years and through three wars.

3/13/2009, ACC, 9:30 PM
3/16/2009, Alamo Ritz 2, 12:00 PM
3/18/2009, ACC, 4:30 PM

Drunken Angel: The Legend of Blaze Foley
Director: Kevin Triplett

Born in a tree house, killed in a friend's living room, 86'ed from his own funeral, Blaze Foley is now a bona fide country music legend. His heartfelt songs are covered by Merle Haggard, John Prine, Willie Nelson and Lyle Lovett. Drunken Angel reveals the secret of failing in the music business while succeeding as a legend. Sybil Rosen’s memoir of Foley, Living in the Woods in a Tree: Remembering Blaze Foley, was published last year.

3/18/2009, ACC, 7 PM



  1. Sounds like interesting fun! Wish I COULD be there.

  2. Come down if you ever get the chance, Marvin. SXSW is HUGE here. Thousands converge on Austin for this film festival. Hundreds of Austinites volunteer to work just so when they're not working, they can go to films.


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