While the multitudes in the tens of thousands flock to Austin every March, and the event is a big hit amongst the digerati, social networkers and musicians and fans - this gathering is known more for its focus on interactive technology and music and less for its film festival. Even though in 2009, the Academy Award winning film, "The Hurt Locker" premiered at SXSW.
Part of SXSW's appeal is due to this film festival showcasing the kind of respectable Indie fare you might find at Sundance or the Toronto Film Festival. Out of a total of 120 features playing at this year's festival, half of them are making their world premieres.
So in this series, we will focus on one film in each post that we think might be one of the break-out hits to go mainstream in 2011.
In Part 1, we feature "Charlie Casanova," whose lead character Charlie Barnum is an erudite egotist and sociopath who refuses to be bound by the restrictions of morality and law. In some respects, it reminds me of Christian Bale's character in "American Psycho." In this tralier, you will get a glimpse of newcomer Emmett Scanlan's manic departure from reality.
For other posts relating to the 2011 SXSW Film Festival, please see Part II and Part III for "A Bag of Hammers" and "Detention."