Watch with us on Monday, April 27: Prime Video presents the SXSW 2020 Film Festival Collection
You’ve no doubt heard by now that the annual South by Southwest Conference and Festival was among the first major events to be canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In an effort to offer filmmakers some means to showcase their work in the wake of these unfortunate circumstances, SXSW announced earlier this month that it would partner with Amazon Prime Video to launch a streaming collection of films that were to screen at the festival. The Prime Video presents the SXSW 2020 Film Festival Collection is set to launch Monday, April 27, and will be available for free to anyone with an Amazon account (you don’t even need a paid Prime membership!) through May 6.
The virtual lineup consists of 39 titles, heavy on shorts, both narrative and documentary, seven features (also including both documentary and narrative), and three episodic selections. The programming also includes online panels and Q&As produced by both SXSW and an organization called Free the Work. Founded by filmmaker Alma Har’el (whose film Honey Boy screened as part of our own Movie Mondays at the Mayer series in Fall 2019), Free the Work is a nonprofit “dedicated to identifying systemic inequalities in film, television, advertising, and media, and finding actionable solutions to expand access for underrepresented creators.”
Here are a few of the titles I’m most excited about checking out from the collection:
Le Choc du Futur (Dir. Marc Collin): In the Paris of 1978, old formulas do not charm listeners anymore and new music must arise. In a male-dominated industry, Ana uses her electronic gadgets to make herself heard, creating a new sound that will mark the decades to come: the music of the future.
I’m Gonna Make You Love Me (Dir. Karen Bernstein): Fellini meets Motown in I’m Gonna Make You Love Me, the tragi-comedic tale of one man’s search for self-acceptance, a journey that included tabloid celebrity, Tupperware parties, and two coming-outs — first as a straight woman, then as the gay man he was born to be.
Reminiscences of the Green Revolution (Dir. Dean Colin Marcial): A ghost story about love and eco-terrorism in the Philippines.
PS – Arkansas, directed by SFTV Alum Clark Duke ‘06 and starring Liam Hemsworth, Vince Vaugn, Michael Kenneth Williams, John Malkovich, and Vivica A. Fox, was set to premiere at SXSW. It’s not streaming as part of the Prime Video collection, but it will be hitting select theaters on May 5, so keep your eyes peeled!
With regular SFTV programs and events suspended through the end of the year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our Movie Mondays program is moving from the Mayer Theater to the world wide web. Mondays from now through the end of the school year, SFTV’s Manager of Programs and Special Events Alice Royer will provide a film recommendation that you can stream at home, and highlight resources and platforms where you can find some of the best cinema the internet has to offer.