May 19, 2008, 4:16 AM
Returning underdog and unofficial film expo, RxSM, blows into town March 6-13, 2014 bigger and better than ever in its fifth year, offering an alternative and companion guide to what’s happening now in truly, maddeningly indie film.
This year’s lineup features 130 unique, cutting-edge films from 21 countries, over 24 first-time filmmakers, and 18 films nominated for the Crossroads prize awarded at VTXIFF. The 18 nominees are selected by the Film ExChange, an international network of film festivals in Berlin, Brooklyn, New Orleans, Austin, Las Vegas, Victoria, and Corpus Christi.
Crossroads jurors Matt Johnson, director/co-writer of The Dirties (Slamdance Grand Jury prize), Clayton Patterson, legendary NYC street photographer, and award-winning short doc filmmaker, Lisa Martin, will award one finalist in each category (Feature, Short, and Documentary) to the filmmakers who show unique style, exceptional craft, and the power to communicate their vision.
The films are screened again and awards are presented at VTXIFF in April where they will split a $5000 purse. Over $20,000 in cash and services will be returned to the indie filmmaking community.
The event is free with Do512 RSVP. Screenings will be held at Spider House Ballroom and Chapel, Juju Foto Factory and legendary comedy club, The New Movement.
Receptions, opening night parties and award ceremony will be held at Juju Foto Factory. All Crossroads Award screenings and comedy showcases are sponsored by Film ExChange, The Naked Grape and Negra Modelo.
Festival Director and Executive Director of Film ExChange, Anthony Pedone, is especially excited to present returning filmmakers, the Miller Bros (Crossroads Award winners 2012), as they return this year as producers of The Discontent of Ed Telfair by Daniel Campbell.
Campbell is also a returning RxSM director (The Orderly, winner of best comedy at VTXIFF 2013). Documentaries in competition include Love Child, Everybody Street, and Little Hope Was Arson.
Dogfish Accelerator finalist, writer/producer/actor Naomi McDougall Jones presents a special screening of Imagine I’m Beautiful.
Other must-see screenings include Isip the Warrior by Kenny Riches and starring Rutger Hauer and Patrick Fugit, See You Next Tuesday by Drew Tobia, Craters of the Moon by Jesse Millward, and two by local Austin favorites, Elizabeth Spear’s feature comedy, Roundball, and Clay Liford’s short, Sash.