South by Southwest 2020

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An Elephant In The Room (Country: Denmark; Year: 2020; Director: Katrine Philp)
In New Jersey, the Good Grief community focuses on a holistic way of dealing with grief, where children can give in to rage in the volcano room, and say goodbye to a dying teddy bear patient in the hospital room.
The Boy Who Sold The World (Country: Australia, US; Year: 2020; Director: Adam Barton; Stars: Ben Pasternak, John Maloney, Chris Smith, Anna Pasternak, Mark Pasternak, Mike Landsberger, Isaiah Turner)
Ben Pasternak created a viral game app while in middle school in Australia. By 15 he had secured funding from VC’s to build a new tech startup. So he dropped out of school and convinced his parents to let him live alone in NYC to lead his new company. But after running out of money, and confronting controversies that pushed him to the edge of sanity, Ben rebooted his career at 19, finding a new and unexpected purpose.
Bulletproof (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: Todd Chandler)
Bulletproof observes the age-old rituals that take place daily in American schools: homecoming parades, basketball practice, morning announcements, and maths class. Unfolding alongside these scenes are an array of newer traditions: lockdown drills, teacher firearm trainings, metal detector inspections, and school safety trade shows.
The Donut King (Country: Cambodia, US; Director: Alice Gu; Stars: Ted Ngoy, Christy Ngoy, Mayly Tao, Ning Yen, Chhay Bun Ngoy, Kom Chris Ngoy, Susan Wahid, Chet Ngoy, William Mimiaga, Savy Ngoy)
The rags to riches story of a refugee escaping Cambodia, arriving in America in 1975 and building an unlikely multi-million dollar empire baking America’s favourite pastry, the donut. Ted sponsored hundreds of visas for incoming refugees and taught them the ways of the donut business.
Finding Yingying (Country: China, US; Year: 2020; Director: Jiayan 'Jenny' Shi; Stars: Ronggao Zhang, Lifeng Ye, Xiaolin Hou, Xinyang Zhang, Liqin Ye)
The story of the search for a young Chinese student who disappeared whilst study sciences at a university in the US.
For Madmen Only (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: Heather Ross; Writer: Heather Ross, Adam Samuel Goldman; Stars: James Urbaniak, Patton Oswalt, Bob Odenkirk, Matt Walsh, Lennon Parham, Lauren Lapkus, Jason Mantzoukas, Adam McKay, Jason Sudeikis, George Wendt)
Comedy guru Del Close, mentor to everyone from Bill Murray to Tina Fey, sets out to write his autobiography for DC Comics. He leads us through sewers, mental wards, and his peculiar talent for making everyone famous but himself.
Kenny Scharf: When Worlds Collide (Country: Brazil, US; Year: 2020; Director: Malia Scharf, Max Basch; Writer: Malia Scharf, Max Basch; Stars: Kenny Scharf, Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Ed Ruscha, Yoko Ono, Kaws, Marilyn Minter, Jeffery Deitch, Robert Williams, Irving Blum)
A documentary about the art of fun, about living life out loud, despite setbacks, and about Kenny Scharf’s particular do-it- yourself, high-tone, technicolor artistic vision.
Once Upon A Time In Uganda (Country: Uganda; Year: 2020; Director: Cathryne Czubek, Hugo Perez; Stars: Isaac Nabwana, Alan Hofmanis, Harriet Nabwana, Bisaso Dauda)
In the slums of Kampala, two men from opposite sides of the world come together over a shared love for America’s greatest hero: Rambo. Against all odds, the two make their own action movies with no money — and bring joy to millions of people on the internet.
Red Heaven (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: Lauren DeFilippo, Katherine Gorringe; Stars: Tristan Bassingthwaighte, Sheyna Gifford, Christiane Heinicke, Carmel Johnston, Andrzej Stewart, Cyprien Verseux)
The story of six people living for a year on 'Mars' in a NASA experiment studying what happens to humans when they are isolated from Earth.
We Don't Deserve Dogs (Country: Chile, Finland, Italy, Nepal, Pakistan, Peru, Romania, Turkey, Uganda, UK, Vietnam; Year: 2020; Director: Matthew Salleh)
A contemplative odyssey across our planet, looking at the simple and extraordinary ways that dogs influence our daily lives. Former child soldiers in Uganda. The local pub in a Scottish town. A dog walker on the streets of Istanbul.

Filming sensations Mathieu Amalric on Pierre Léon, Jeanne Balibar and the sounds and colours of Barbara

Character arc Seth A Smith on filming with a two-year-old and bringing marbling to life in The Crescent

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A different space Kelly Macdonald on working with Marc Turtletaub on Puzzle

Out of the past Susanna Nicchiarelli on Trine Dyrholm and the costume design in Nico, 1988

The iconic man Jonathan Baker on Becoming Iconic and Inconceivable

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