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Leo Sopicki

Writer, photographer, graphic artist and technologist. I focus my creative efforts on celebrating the American virtues of self-reliance, individual initiative, volunteerism, tolerance and a healthy suspicion of power and authority.

SXSW Movie Review: ‘Brothers’ Nest’ – Memories Can Kill

Brothers Nest

'Brothers’ Nest', a world premiere at the SXSW Conference in Austin, provides a horrifying twist on getting together with the family. It is also a tour-de-force for director Clayton Jacobson, screenwriter Jaime Browne, and composer Richard Pleasance. This Australian team takes us to the outback and plays with our sense of right and wrong.

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SXSW 24 Beats Per Second: Making Friends with Lynyrd Skynyrd

SXSW Lynyrd Skynyrd

Lynyrd Skynyrd is the band credited with popularizing Southern Rock during the 1970s. Their hits such as "Sweet Home Alabama," "That Smell," and "Gimme Three Steps" are known to many people who probably couldn’t identify the band. 'If I Leave Here Tomorrow: A Film About Lynyrd Skynyrd' was a revealing and touching portrait of artists gone too soon.

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SXSW Movie Review: Wes Anderson’s ‘Isle of Dogs’ a Dog’s-Eye-View of the World

Isle of Dogs

In 'Isle of Dogs', Wes Anderson’s stop motion/animated film, he gives us the dog’s-eye-view of a corrupt city boss who exiles all the dogs of Megasaki City to a vast garbage-dump called Trash Island. The film premiered to a sold-out crowd in Austin’s classic Paramount Theatre at the SXSW Conference. After the film, Anderson and cast members Bill Murray and Jeff Goldblum answered questions.

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SXSW TV World Premiere: ‘Barry’ Gives Hitting Your Mark a Double Meaning

Barry

In Bill Hader’s new eight-part series, 'Barry', which premiered at the 2018 SXSW Conference in Austin. he stars as a depressed hitman who wants out of his profession. He works for a friend of his dad, and gets guilted and pressured into continuing. He’s sent from his midwestern home to Hollywood to conduct a hit on an actor. He unintentionally follows him into an acting class where he finds acceptance and support. Can he change his profession?

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SXSW TV World Premiere: ‘Condor’ Keeps You Guessing

Condor

The classic thriller 'Three Days of the Condor' has been re-imagined for TV. Set in the current world of terrorism and government surveillance, 'Condor' goes deeper into political, personal, and psychological motivations than the movie had time for.

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SXSW 2018 Film Keynote: Darren Aronofsky’s Ten Commandments of Indie

SXSW

Aronofsky shared stories about his early struggles in getting films made. Out of these, he said, he developed ten commandments for filmmaking. 'I present these in all humility,' he said, 'as I am kind of a hack writer compared to that Bible guy.'

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SXSW 2018 World Premiere: ‘¡Las Sandinistas!’ – Women Winning a War, Losing the Peace

Sandinistas

'Las Sandinistas', a documentary from filmmaker Jenny Murray, premiered at the SXSW Conference, Austin’s film, music and convergence festivals on March 12. It is rare when a documentary is so well done, it transcends the prejudices of both the filmmaker and the audience. 'Las Sandinistas' does exactly that. The film details the contributions made by women during the Nicaraguan Revolution.

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