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After a day of meetings and running around like crazy, I only had the chance to watch two films today. One was Rewind This!, a documentary that explored the rise, fall, and the current resurgence of the VHS tape. I would really like to write a longer review/commentary of this movie AFTER the festival and when I have had more than two hours of sleep. Nonetheless, I will put in my brief two cents about it. The documentary may seem like a ridiculous argument for the VHS tape being a lost art, but if you watch it and take into consideration what the VHS tape has accomplished since it was invented, you’ll be looking at it in a totally different way — and you just might become a collector.

The other movie I watched was Upstream Color. It involved pigs, plants, a man, woman…and…well…I don’t know.

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In other news, the 2013 SXSW Film Festival Jury & Special Award Winners were announced last night! And haven’t seen any of them yet! I guess I have to add them to my list and subtract sleep from my schedule. The winners are as follows:

Feature Film Jury Awards

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE COMPETITION

Grand Jury Winner: WILLIAM AND THE WINDMILL
Director: Ben Nabors

Special Jury Recognition for Cinematography: Touba
Director of Photography: Scott Duncan

Special Jury Recognition for Directing: We Always Lie To Strangers
Directors: AJ Schnack & David Wilson

NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION

Grand Jury Winner: Short Term 12
Director: Destin Daniel Cretton

Special Jury Recognition for Ensemble Cast: Burma
Christopher Abbott
Gaby Hoffmann
Christopher McCann
Dan Bittner
Emily Fleischer
Jacinta Puga
Matt McCarthy
Kelly Aucoin

Special Jury Recognition for Acting: Tishuan Scott, The Retrieval

Short Film Jury Awards

NARRATIVE SHORTS
Winner: Ellen is Leaving
Director: Michelle Savill

Honorable Mention: Sequin Raze
Director: Sarah Gertrude Shapiro

Honorable Mention: SKIN
Director: Jordana Spiro

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS
Winner: SLOMO
Director: Josh Izenberg

MIDNIGHT SHORTS
Winner: The Apocalypse
Directors: Andrew Zuchero

ANIMATED SHORTS
Winner: Oh Willy…
Director: Emma De Swaef & Marc James Roels

MUSIC VIDEOS
Winner: Vitalic, “Stamina”
Director: Saman Keshavarz

TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL SHORTS
Winner: The Benfactress
Director: Alina Vega

SXSW Film Design Awards

EXCELLENCE IN POSTER DESIGN
Winner: Kiss of the Damned
Designer: Akiko Stehrenberger, Gravillis Inc

Special Jury Recognition: We Always Lie To Strangers
Designer: Erik Buckham, PALACEWORKS

EXCELLENCE IN TITLE DESIGN
Winner: Joven & Alocada
Designer: Pablo González, Fabula

Special Jury Recognition: Crave
Designer: Raleigh Stewart, Iron Helmet

SXSW Special Awards

SXSW CHICKEN & EGG EMERGENT NARRATIVE WOMAN DIRECTOR AWARD
Winner: Hannah Fidell, A Teacher

Special Mention: Katie Graham. Zero Charisma

LOUIS BLACK “LONE STAR” AWARD
Winner: Loves Her Gun
Director: Geoff Marslett

KAREN SCHMEER FILM EDITING FELLOWSHIP
Presented to: Jim Hession

Congrats to all the winners!

For more of my SXSW adventures, click here.