Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Leland Orser & Riley Stearns – Faults – SXSW 2014

For his debut feature film, director Riley Stearns didn’t have to look far to find his leading lady. As a starring vehicle for character actor Leland Orser and co-starring Stearns’ wife, actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead, “Faults” tells the story of a cult expert who, at a cost to her concerned parents, kidnaps a woman who […]

Nicolas Cage and David Gordon Green – Joe – SXSW 2014

  Premiering at SXSW this past week, “Joe” brings Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage back to his indie roots in the title role as the hard-living, hot-tempered, ex-con Joe Ransom, who is just trying to dodge his instincts for trouble – until he meets a hard-luck kid played by Tye Sheridan (“Mud”) who awakens in […]

SXSW 2014 Review – Animals

Starring: David Dastmalchian, Kim Shaw Directed by: Colin Schiffli (debut) Written by: David Dastmalchian (debut) Jude (David Dastmalchian) and Bobbie (Kim Shaw) are always chasing their next heroin fix in the indie drama “Animals.” Living in their decrepit 1980s sedan parked outside Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo, the couple fences stolen CDs, poses as wedding guests […]

SXSW 2014 Review – Sequoia

Starring: Aly Michalka, Dustin Milligan, Todd Lowe Directed by: Andy Landen (debut) Written by: Andrew Rothschild (debut) When Riley (Aly Michalka), a brash young woman from a broken home, is diagnosed with stage 3 oral cancer, she decides to forego chemotherapy and the indignity of having surgery to remove her jaw and instead chooses to […]

Virginia Madsen – The Wilderness of James – SXSW 2014

In “The Wilderness of James,” which had its world premiere at SXSW this week, Academy Award nominated actress Virginia Madsen plays the mother of a James, (Kodi Smit-McPhee) a boy who explores the city of Portland while dealing with the death of his father. With our phone interview taking place the night after the Oscars, […]

Jenny Slate – Obvious Child – SXSW 2014

Most people will know Jenny Slate for her smaller character roles on shows like “Kroll Show” or “Parks and Recreation.” Or perhaps even as the cast member who accidentally dropped an F-bomb during her very first SNL appearance a few years back. But after many years of guest roles and live performances, the very funny […]

Kodi Smit-McPhee – The Wilderness of James – SXSW 2014

Even though he is only 17 years old, Kodi Smit-McPhee could certainly be considered a seasoned actor. Breaking out in 2009’s “The Road,” Smit-McPhee has shown ability to act beyond his years in films like “Let Me In,” and the upcoming “A Birder’s Guide To Everything.” His latest indie venture, “The Wilderness of James,” which […]

SXSW 2014 Review – No No: A Dockumentary

Starring: Dock Ellis Directed by: Jeff Radice (debut) Perhaps best known for throwing a no hitter in 1970 while tripping on LSD, former Pittsburgh Pirate Dock Ellis participated in his fair share of substance abuse during his 11 year MLB career. In “No No: A Documentary,” director Jeff Radice chronicles the growth, prominence and struggles of Ellis’ […]