is for Ashley Eakin, the writer-director of the award-winning short, "Single,” which is the relatable anti-rom-com we all need right now.
Pictured to left: "Single" / Courtesy of SXSW
Is for basic—the Internet slang that inspired Chelsea Devantez to write and direct her dark comedy, “Basic,” which explores “the insecure lil’ ho in all of us.”
Pictured to right: "Basic" / Courtesy of SXSW
Is for community, the heart of Paul Hairston’s “Lions in the Corner,” a short film about a club called Streetbeefs that aims to decrease gun and knife violence in a small Virginia town.
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Is for dogs, the stars of Travis Wood's satirical short, "Affurmative Action."
Pictured to right: "Affurmative Action" / Courtesy of SXSW
Is for our global film community. Features Le Choc du Futur and Gunpowder Heart, and short films “Reminiscences of the Green Revolution,” “Summer Hit,” and “Call Center Blues” portray perspectives from many different countries. They remind us that no matter what, we are all connected by our shared human experiences.
Pictured to left: Gunpowder Heart / Courtesy of SXSW
Is for intergenerational healing. Carol Nguyen’s “No Crying at the Dinner Table” features intimate, cathartic interviews with Carol's own family as they discuss all the things they left previously unsaid.
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Is for justice, something that Abigail Goldman, the protagonist of Kevin Staake’s “Dieorama,” fights for as a criminal investigator. By day, at least. By night, Abigail dreams up events inspired by her work and models them into miniature dioramas.
Pictured to right: "Dieorama" / Courtesy of SXSW
Is for kindness. Check out Charlie Tyrell’s “Broken Orchestra” and witness a community’s efforts to provide music students with instruments amidst budget cuts.
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Is for orchestration. We’d like to shout out a few of the underrepped composers that crafted the music behind a few of our favorite films: Midori Hirano (“Mizuko”), Devon C. Johnson (“Face to Face Time”), Ariel Marx (“Blocks”), and Sonal Aggarwal (“A Period Piece”).
Pictured to left: "A Period Piece" / Courtesy of SXSW
Is for quilting, the competitive sport that attracts tens of thousands of people to one small Kentucky town every year. Join the festivities in Olivia Loomis Merrion’s “Quilt Fever.”
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Is for reality. Escape and step into a virtual reality in Kate Cox’s “Vert,” where a couple married for 20 years transforms into their “ideal selves." If you’re still hungry for more sci-fi, watch Tales From the Loop and head to a small town that exists above a mysterious reality-bending machine.
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Is for uprising and uniting with others—powerful themes that spark the action of Dean Colin Marcial’s historical romantic drama, “Reminiscences of the Green Revolution.”
Pictured to left: "Reminiscences of the Green Revolution" / Courtesy of SXSW
Is for vibrant visuals. In film, we have colorists to thank for the dazzling color palettes we see on screen. Hats off to the colorists behind the Amazon x SXSW films, like Roslyn di Sisto and Kassi Bellamy (who worked on “Modern Whore”) and Lindsey Mazur (who worked on “Hiplet: Because We Can”).
Pictured to right: "Modern Whore" / Courtesy of SXSW
Is for wedding. Watch the best man struggle to keep face under pressure at his brother's wedding in Rhys Marc Jones’ "Father of the Bride."
Pictured to left: "Father of the Bride" / Courtesy of SXSW
Is for xenophobia, which is what Geeta Gandbhir’s “Call Center Blues” combats through its portrayal of United States deportees who struggle to rebuild their lives in Tijuana, Mexico.
Pictured to right: "Call Center Blues" / Courtesy of SXSW
Is for young love. Berthold Wahjudi’s "Summer Hit" reminds us of all the butterflies we felt when we fell in love—and confessed our love—for the very first time.
Pictured to left: "Summer Hit" / Courtesy of SXSW
is for Zoya To, Joyce Zhao, and Melissa Garvin, the additional animators of Katelyn Rebelo and Kira Dane's gorgeously animated short, "Mizuko.”