SXSW Film Festival Alumni Stories – Sebastian Gutierrez

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At SXSW 2018 we celebrated the 25th Edition of the SXSW Film Festival and had the excitement of sharing tales, recollections, and reflections from our prominent alumni. We had a blast telling those stories and need to stay the birthday celebration going! Today we highlight Sebastian Gutierrez.

Gutierrez has international premiered four narrative options at SXSW, all of which characteristic actress Carla Gugino as part of the ensemble casts. In 2009, the pageant premiered Women In Trouble, which highlighted ladies in ten other roles starting from a psychiatrist to a flight attendant with a mild thread of bother tying all of them in combination. Elektra Luxx (2010) is a observe up and specializes in simply two of the characters. The pageant additionally premiered the experimental movie Girl Walks Into a Bar (2011) and maximum just lately Elizabeth Harvest premiered within the Visions class at SXSW 2018. Read his recollections with us underneath!

“I were running in Hollywood writing motion pictures for flats and looking ahead to lengthy sessions of time to make the films I sought after to make as a director. I used to be coming off a specifically standard Hollywood revel in the place a film I used to be running on didn’t end up the way in which I envisioned it, due to the standard deadly mixture of studio interference and, um, what’s referred to as ‘inventive variations’ after I had the next epiphany: I will simply cross make a bit character-driven film with little or no cash and actually excellent actors, in between their day jobs doing giant motion pictures or TV displays. That film become Women In Trouble. When I pitched it to the actors, I actually advised them, ‘let’s cross make a fab little film we will have a laugh doing, shoot it in ten days for no cash, and take a look at and get it into an excellent cool pageant like SXSW, cross down there all in combination, drink margaritas and hang around with different cool filmmakers. And that’s precisely what ended up going down. The film used to be just about designed to head display at that pageant, to that target market, to be a part of that vibe.

After premiering Women In Trouble at SXSW, I accumulated the tribes and made a spouse piece, Elektra Luxx. This film used to be additionally authorized at SXSW, as used to be our web characteristic movie experiment, Girl Walks Into a Bar. Suddenly, Austin and SXSW become the vacation spot all of us sought after to be at on account of its unrivaled mixture of pleasant audiences and film-savvy film goers…individuals who understand how tricky it’s to make one thing private in these days’s setting.

The night time of Elektra Luxx’s premiere, the projector on the theater broke down. Now, I’ve heard many tales of this going down to different filmmakers at other gala’s, so I ran as much as the sales space and attempted to handle the placement. While the projectionist used to be coping with looking to repair the issue, I witnessed the mass exodus of target market participants leaving the theaters. I needed to run towards the tide of other folks and bounce on degree to to mention one thing, the rest, to take a look at and stay them within the theater till the issue used to be fastened. I used to be up there for who is aware of how lengthy, doing my absolute best to faucet dance my means in the course of the disaster. To these days I do not know what I mentioned precisely, however the target market stayed, and listened to my delirious, determined and impromptu strive at entertaining them with stories from the set. Eventually Janet [Pierson] got here up on degree and whispered in my ear that, sadly, the issue used to be now not going to be fastened, the screening would now not resume. I used to be gut-punched, she used to be gracious, however the results of the fiasco used to be that the target market used to be gained over and Sony ended up purchasing the film. So despite the fact that I don’t want the placement on any person, the personable surroundings at SXSW allowed for the filmmaker to hook up with the target market immediately and get his level throughout. It used to be an out-of-body revel in I gained’t omit.

When I made Elizabeth Harvest there used to be most effective one pageant within the U.S. I used to be involved in taking it to. And that’s the place it premiered.”

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Sebastian Gutierrez at Elektra Luxx Film Premiere – Photo by way of Patrick McMullan

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