Day 3 of SXSW included a lot of running around town trying to make appointments, interviews and screenings. First up on the schedule was a Don Jon (formerly Don Jon’s Addiction press day with with writer/director/actor of the film Joseph Gordon Levitt and Tony Danza. (You’ll get to read more on that later). I immediately left that and had to hustle to make it for a chat with king of all that is Bravo TV Andy Cohen for What What Happens Live. (Again, you’ll get to read more on that later).
After all that madness, I rushed to make it for my first screening of the day for When Angels Sing. The only reason why I watched this movie was because it starred Connie Britton. It is my civic duty and obligation to do so. After about 30 minutes, I realized that this is more for that ABC Family Christmas Special demographic…and I am not in that demographic. Essentially, it’s one of those “holiday special” movies that featured Willie Nelson playing some sort of angel entity and Harry Connick Jr. playing a light-hearted Grinch that refuses to put up Christmas lights. In turn, the world around him suffers. Again, not in my demographic.
After scarfing down two slices of greasy pizza and chatting with the editor of Rewind This! about my collection of VHS tapes, I fell in line for the Napster documentary, Downloaded directed by Alex Winter (a.k.a. Bill S. Preston Esq. of Wyld Stallyns and Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure fame. While waiting in line, I befriended an ASCAP lawyer who schooled me on copyrighting laws and how I could possibly sue YouTube for taking some of my videos down. I listened to her in awe. No, seriously. I love that shit. Media law was one of my favorite subjects during college. In any case, while she was giving me a lesson on the Fair Use Act, we overheard a group of people in front of us having a grand ol’ time. They were laughing jovially and telling some really good bad jokes. They noticed our interest and then proceeded to perform a mini-vaudeville show for us. Turns out these charming people were the filmmakers responsible for the film, Some Girl(s) — a movie that was also on my list! I wish they were standing next to me in line all the time. One of the people ended up being a comedic performer and gave me this clever business card:
He told me that the card has actually worked at random restaurants before…mostly Subways. Go figure. Nonetheless, Downloaded was a VERY detailed and well-composed account of all of that Napster jazz that went down back in the late ’90s and early ’00s. It puts it into a very pronounced perspective that draws a bold line between piracy and sharing. I quite enjoyed it…and I believe you will too. But you don’t have to take my word for it! (cue Reading Rainbow musical tag) Here’s a pic of Alex Winter and Napster founders Sean Parker & Shawn Fanning doing a Q&A after the world premiere screening.
After the screening, I saw the rush line for Harmony Korine‘s “good girl gone REALLY bad” romp Spring Breakers. 75 percent of the line were young suburban teenage girls with daddy issues, the need for attention and lots of lip gloss. I felt sorry for their mothers.
Finally, I ended my day loitering in a hotel lobby before I had to meet friends for a deep fried calorie dinner. Guess who I ran into? No. Not Justin Timberlake. I ran into Rami Malek who I just interviewed a couple of weeks ago for the Blu-ray release of Breaking Dawn Part 2. Being the friendly guy I am, I said hi and he recognized me. We chatted and smiled. Then there was an awkward silence. Mostly from my end.
I can’t wait for day 4.