SXSW 2019 Wrap Up

Binge All 17 SXSW 2019 Podcasts! Filmmaker Interviews, Reviews and More

Bring Me An Avocado

F.U.B.A.R.

The Rapture

Dead Ant

Carmine Street Guitars

Tread

Nice Talking To You

Sakawa

SXSW 2019 Wrap Up

Our team traveled to Austin, Texas for the SXSW Film Festival and ate a lot of BBQ, drank some Lone Star and saw a few movies. Well, a lot of movies. So if you weren’t like most people (or filmmakers and publicists) who checked the Film Threat website 50 times a day, we thought we’d … Continued

Binge All 17 SXSW 2019 Podcasts! Filmmaker Interviews, Reviews and More

The 2019 SXSW Film Festival had an incredible line-up of films from a documentary about dog grooming to a music doc about a Japanese guitarist obsessed with Led Zeppelin to a horror film about an evil spirit released from an old can of film. During SXSW, we were fortunate enough to talk to so many … Continued

Bring Me An Avocado

Grief is a subject addressed countless times in film and television, but what about the coma? Now that I’ve read that sentence out loud, it sounds pretty bad. Sorry! In Maria Mealla’s feature film Bring Me An Avocado, she tells the story of a family rocked by the mother’s months-long coma.  Robin (Sarah Burkhalter) and George (Bernardo Peña) are the … Continued

F.U.B.A.R.

There’s no shortage of raunchy comedies focusing on bachelor party shenanigans gone awry. In films like Todd Phillips’ box office smash, The Hangover, man-children must ceremonially transition from a carefree existence to the somewhat less exciting but, potentially, more fulfilling realm of the domestic, through a series of sexual and substance-related trials. Typically, the male … Continued

The Rapture

Not to be even remotely confused with the excellent 1991 Michael Tolkin film, starring Mimi Rogers and David Duchovny; Apostoly Peter Karoumalis or “Toly Ak”’s The Rapture is…uhhhh certainly something. I’m not going to lie to you and say that it’s the worst film ever made because there are others far more deserving of the title. It’s just possibly … Continued

Dead Ant

Science fiction films of the 1950s were usually low budget affairs where rubber masks and cheap monster suits reigned supreme. Of course, classics that highlight the political or societal themes of the time would emerge; Rocketship X-M and The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms are looked on now in a more positive light than when they … Continued

Carmine Street Guitars

Carmine Street Guitars follows five average days in a place that is anything but ordinary. Hidden away in Greenwich Village is a guitar shop where the instruments are cut and created by hand; usually with reclaimed lumber from demolished buildings around NYC. After opening one shop in the 1970s, founder of Carmine Street Custom Guitars … Continued

Tread

Docudramas are documentaries that reenact, as historically as possible, real events that the movie, or show, is about. The much-loved film Three Identical Strangers is one very recent example of this style of filmmaking. They are sometimes referred to as “recreation docs,” though I feel this term is a misnomer, as there is typically new … Continued

Nice Talking To You

The short film, Nice Talking To You, opens in a New York art studio where a poetry reading takes place at an American Sign Language (ASL) event. As the guests are mingling, the room is quiet as the party-goers are signing with one another. A young woman, Zaib (Bane Fakih), is at the party hoping … Continued

Sakawa

Internet scams steal billions of dollars from the unsuspecting every year. A plethora of docs and news reports highlight the victims of these scams, but what about the scammers? Would it change your opinion, if you could see the world from the eyes of the scammer? Would you care? Ben Asamoah’s Sakawa takes us to … Continued