SXSW Film Awards

The SXSW Film Festival is kicking off on Friday and concluding March 20th, Here are a few of the entries. Incidentally, all of these projects were cut on Adobe Premiere Pro.

Adobe is once again offering its Adobe Editing Award as part of the SXSW Film Awards on Tuesday, March 15th. Last year, Lam T Nguyen was honored for his editorial work on R#J. Additional info on Adobe’s activities at SXSW are available here: https://blog.adobe.com/en/publish/2022/03/09/creativity-comes-to-life-at-2022-sxsw-film-festival.

Hypochondriac (Midnighters – Narrative Feature)

Editor: Mike Hugo
Synopsis: Will, a young Hispanic gay potter, is one gregarious guy. His boss is terrible, but he’s got a great boyfriend and a great job. Unfortunately, behind that veneer is a dark past of violence and mental illness that he is desperate to keep hidden. When his bipolar mother comes out of the woodwork after ten years of silence, he begins exhibiting unexplainable symptoms. After an injury at work, he starts losing functioning of his arms, and something sinister lurks in the corner of his vision: a silent and ominous man in a wolf costume. Will spirals into an obsession, determined to solve this mystery of his own. What is going on with his arms? Can he trust his boyfriend? Is he becoming his mother?

Self-Portrait (Visions – Documentary Feature)
Director and Editor: Joële Walinga
Synopsis: A tapestry of footage collected from surveillance cameras over the last four years, Self-Portrait moves from moment to moment around the world, beginning with the frozen storminess of winter, to the melt of spring, the lush heat of summer, and finally the decay and cooling of autumn: the dawn of winter. The film shows a candid peek at humanity as it has chosen to document itself – all of these cameras set up for primarily capitalistic, “property”-protecting purposes, but yielding a beauty and a truth – an incidental portrait.

The Last Movie Stars (Episodic Premieres – Docuseries)
Distributor: CNN/HBO
Editor: Barry Poltermann
Synopsis: Chapter 1: Cosmic Orphans – Our journey begins as young Paul Newman and an even younger Joanne Woodward set out for stardom in 1950s NYC. Joanne finds early success as Paul, a married father of three, struggles to find his way, until the pair fatefully cross paths backstage during a production of “Picnic.” Through long lost transcriptions of interviews with Paul, Joanne and those close to them, brought to life by director Ethan Hawke and other contemporary actors, we’re given an intimate front row seat to the early lives and careers of the couple that would go on to forge an unmatched cultural legacy. This is the first chapter in Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman becoming The Last Movie Stars.

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