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‘Honor Farm’ delightfully subverts horror genre at SXSW

4:24 pm Mar. 13, 2017

What a cool idea for a movie: Tell a story that subverts every aspect of the horror genre, not in a satirical way but in a sweet and very mushroom-trippy way.

That’s the essence of Austin director Karen Skloss’ “The Honor Farm,” which is part of the Midnighters section at South by Southwest.

This is Skloss’ first narrative feature, after a documentary feature about being an unwed mother called “Sunshine,” but you

‘Dear White People’ delivers some blunt conversations

3:50 pm Mar. 13, 2017

“Dear White People,” the new Netflix TV series created by Justin Simien, premiered Monday at South by Southwest to thunderous applause. The screening featured episodes 1 and 2, and it became quickly clear that Simien is looking at the same events through different perspectives.

Episode 1 is told from the perspective of Samantha White, played by Logan Browning, who has a radio show titled “Dear White People.” She’s upset that the

‘Empire’ creator Lee Daniels gets emotional at SXSW keynote

7:51 pm Mar. 12, 2017

Director/producer Lee Daniels gave an emotional keynote address to SXSW on Sunday, detailing how he grew up in a rough neighborhood in Philadelphia, how he learned to fend for himself, how he eventually attended college, only to leave early because he wanted to head to Hollywood.

He talked of living in the back of a church, staging plays and finally getting a full-time job at a nursing agency, where he worked

‘Divine Divas’ salutes groundbreaking Brazilian artists

6:03 pm Mar. 12, 2017

With all of the bathroom debate going on at the state Capitol in Austin, SXSW has decided to highlight a new documentary about Brazilian performers who were born male and pursued a life of dressing up as women and singing — and “acting!”

“Divine Divas” tracks the lives of the first generation of Brazilian transvestite and drag artists of the 1960s. And yes, there’s a difference between transvestites and drag artists,

‘Pornocracy’ follows the changes in porn world

5:35 pm Mar. 12, 2017

“Pornocracy” takes a look at the porn industry from a self-described feminist perspective, so you might think it would be anti-porn. Not so fast.

The director is France’s one-name phenomenon and so-called “porn-star intellectual” Ovidie.

In a Q&A from the press kit, Ovidie describes how she Googled herself one day and found “certain pirated videos featuring me in them” and that they were on “Tube” sites, and that “it was impssible to get

The meth doc at SXSW raises a lot of questions

7:44 pm Mar. 11, 2017

“Meth Storm: Arkansas USA” has a weird vibe. It’s undeniably groundbreaking. But it’s also undeniably troubling, from an ethical standpoint.

Before we get into that, let’s just lay out the facts.

Veronica Converse, a resident of Faulkner