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SXSW World Premiere: ‘The Director and the Jedi,’ Making ‘The Last Jedi’

The Last Jedi, The Director and the Jedi, Mark Hamill, Rian Johnson, SXSW FF, Disney, Lucasfilm

The World Premiere documentary The Director and the Jedi by Anthony Wonke screened with great buzz as a “Spotlight” film at SXSW Film Festival. Mark Hamill appeared on the Red Carpet and stayed for the screening and the Q and A afterward with Rian Johnson. Naturally, fans crushed my feet …

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SXSW Film World Premiere: ‘Weed the People’ Abby Epstein, Ricki Lake

Weed the People, Abby Epstein, Ricki Lake, SXSW FF screening & Q and A

Opioids jeopardize the immune system and addict the patient. Cannabis alleviates pain and inflammation and promotes healing. Why can't citizens choose life and healing with a nontoxic herbal over chemical toxins which addict the user and destroy the liver and kidneys? This becomes one of the film's main themes. The desperate parents profiled in it chose life for their children. Cannabis oil was there for them. What if it wasn't?

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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 World/US Premieres: ‘Take Your Pills,’ ‘Half the Picture,’ ‘Ali & Cavett, The Tale of the Tapes’

SXSW Film Festival, Generation Wealth

The SXSW Film Festival 2018 included 136 feature films: 89 World Premieres, 13 North American Premieres, 6 U.S. Premieres, and 49 feature films from first-time filmmakers.

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SXSW Documentary Review: ‘Generation Wealth’ by Lauren Greenfield

Lauren Greenfield, Generation Wealth, SXSW Film Festival

Until the 'bust' of the boom-and-bust cycle, pleasure seekers are blind to their condition. They don't recognize that their material lasciviousness bleeds the soul and psyche. With guided, well-crafted commentary Greenfield describes how the materialism that consumerism perpetuates insidiously destroys.

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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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Movie Review: ‘Breaking Point’ Makes the Struggle for Freedom Personal

Breaking Point

'Breaking Point', a new documentary from Academy Award winning director Mark Jonathan Harris, makes you appreciate the struggle people go through to break free from the chains of oppressive regimes and establish democracy. Those of you who used to fall asleep in history class, don’t worry. You won’t fall asleep during this film.

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