Yes, the South By Southwest (SXSW) film festival is nearly upon us. It's the next prominent American film festival on the annual festival calendar, right after the granddaddy of them all, the Sundance Film Festival.
And just as I did with Sundance, I've scrubbed the list of films accepted into SXSW, in search of any black faces in front of and/or behind the film cameras. But unlike Sundance this year, SXSW doesn't have much to offer in that regard, compared to last year's edition of the Austin, TX-based festival, where Barry Jenkins' Medicine For Melancholy made its debut, on its way to an eventual IFC distribution pick-up!
One film that fits the bill from this year's selection, is the "Mumblecore" produced Sorry, Thanks, a film I first heard about almost a year ago, but didn't pay much attention to. I recall stumbling across the film's website then; however there was little info for me to swallow at the time.
The film stars newcomer, Kenya Miles, and Willey Wiggins, both pictured in the image above.
The synopsis is as follows:
"Sorry, Thanks" is an un-romantic comedy about two people who are glad they met, sorry they slept together, and self-destructive enough to “keep in touch." Upon visiting her ex-boyfriend's apartment to collect her belongings, Kira (Kenya Miles) launches into the dating scene for the first time in years and fixates immediately on the disheveled Max (Wiley Wiggins). Disaster looms when Max (who already has a girlfriend) decides to dabble in two new pursuits: an obsessive-tending interest in Kira, and the mystery of whether he may in fact be an ass. Kira, meanwhile, continues bewildered: fighting to win a job she's far too smart for, then sabotaging her only meaningful romantic prospect when her best friend lays it on the line.
By the way, like Medicine For Melancholy, Sorry, Thanks was shot entirely in San Francisco.
From the looks of the trailer, it looks like yet another indie romantic comedy, full of stock quirky characters, in their 20s/early 30s, naturalistic dialogue, seemingly mostly improvised, and, of course, likely shot with a hand-held prosumer digital camcorder.
Kudos to the filmmakers for their accomplishment; but, I can't say that I'll be rushing to see this one, if it ever reaches a theatre near me.
I'm calling for a moratorium on the indie romantic comedy/relationship movie! They all start to look the same after awhile.
The film's website: http://www.sorrythanksfilm.com/
Here's its trailer:
For the full list of films scheduled to screen at SXSW next month, go to http://www.sxsw.com/.
The film festival runs from March 13th to the 21st.