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.
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 III, "Detention" is a teen horror-comedy where the students of Grizzly Lake must survive their final year of high school. Standing in their way is a slasher movie killer who has seemingly come to life, and reminds some of a "snuff film made by Lady Gaga." It becomes a race against time to stop the killer and save the world - if only they can get out of detention which occurs during promo -- but not worry, they didn't have dates anyways.
For other posts relating to the 2011 SXSW Film Festival, please see Part I and Part II for "Charlie Casanova" and "A Bag of Hammers."