South by Southwest is known for its crowd pleasing movies. It has also been home to some great documentaries. This year is no different as it offers a varied slate that deals with topical issues, iconic musicians, and fan favorite movies that still resonate today. With SXSW only a few days away we decided to talk about some of the documentaries we are looking forward to.
Bad Axe follows an Asian-American filmmaker as he returns to his hometown at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. As they deal with their Trump-centric town, the Black Lives Matter Movement, and everything else that 2020 entailed, they also unpack their own generational trauma. While 2020 was a year that not many people would want to relieve, I’m interested to see the perspectives of others and how this family pulls through.
Kids in the Hall: Comedy Punks
The Kids in the Hall are one of the funniest and most underrated comedy troupes of all time. The group are responsible for “The Daves I Know”, Mr. Tyzik (the Headcrusher), and Buddy’s Lounge to name just a few of their classic sketches. Though the show only lasted five seasons, it left a number of lifelong memories. Ahead of their Prime Video reboot, they discuss their careers.
Still Working 9 to 5
9 to 5 has taken its place in American history as a beloved comedy with serious subject matter. Multiple generations know every lyric to the iconic theme song that has become an anthem for working women everywhere who seek fairness, equality and dignity from their male counterparts. The feature documentary Still Working 9 to 5 celebrates the iconic film, while chronicling the important impact it had on the women’s movement of the time and one that continues today.
This Much I Know to be True
Making its U.S. Premiere, this documentary follows Nick Cave and Warren Ellis and shows their collaborative journey on the album Ghosteen and Carnage. Shot over five days, this film shows the first performances of this album’s songs with a special appearance by Marianne Faithful.
SXSW takes place from March 11-March 20. Tickets can be purchased here.
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