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25 Years of SXSW Film Festival – Benny Safdie and Bradley Beesley

To commemorate the 25th version of the SXSW Movie Competition, we proceed our weekly alumni highlight on careers introduced, artists came upon, robust performances, and extra with filmmakers Benny Safdie and Bradley Beesley.

Benny Safdie

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Benny Safdie collaborates along with his brother Joshua Safdie. In combination they’ve had 4 motion pictures display screen on the SXSW Movie Competition, The Excitement of Being Robbed in 2008 (which went on to turn on the Cannes Fortnight after its SXSW international premiere,) John’s Long gone (U.S. Premiere, 2011), The Black Balloon (2012), and Heaven Is aware of What (2015). Their most up-to-date collaboration was once the critically-acclaimed crime drama, Just right Time, which Benny additionally starred in. Their subsequent movie, Uncut Gem stones is recently in pre-production.

“I like SXSW for its guts and ideas. SXSW confirmed a few of our motion pictures that will have in a different way now not been noticed.”

Bradley Beesley

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Beesley has had 13 motion pictures display screen on the SXSW Movie Competition from 1999-2015, 8 of which have been international premieres. His paintings levels from track movies, to shorts, and documentary options. His directorial function debut, Hill Stomp Hollar international premiered on the pageant in 1999 and was once selected because the Runner-Up for Highest Documentary Function. Together with Wayne Coyne, the pair have directed quite a lot of track movies for the The Flaming Lips, like “Yoshimi Battles the Crimson Robots,” and “Sponge Bob and Patrick Confront the Psychic Wall of Power” which screened within the SXSW Movie Competition’s Song Movies phase. Different SXSW standouts come with Okie Noodling (International Premiere, 2001), The Fearless Freaks (International Premiere, 2005), Sweethearts of the Jail Rodeo (2009, International Premiere), and Calls to Okies: The Park Grubbs Tale (International Premiere, 2015) to call a couple of.

“I like SXSW as a result of each and every movie premiere is met with unbridled enthusiasm — extra like a live performance than a movie pageant. I moved to Austin on account of the SXSW enjoy and the neighborhood of movie junkies. Greater than another pageant SXSW has formed my profession as a filmmaker — No shit!! The place else are you going to hang around with D. A. Pennebaker, Jim Jarmusch and a International Champion Arm Wrestler all at the similar weekend? I will be able to by no means fail to remember riding round in a 1974 Winnebago with Ben Steinbauer and 80 of our closest pageant buddies, who all wanted a experience to The Zellner Bros. after celebration — a few of whom could have thrown-up at the means. Or showcasing The Fearless Freaks along fellow rocumentarians Margaret Brown, Keven McAlester and Jeff Feuerzeig — 2005 was once a badass 12 months for track medical doctors. I’ll additionally by no means fail to remember riding to our Sweethearts of the Jail Rodeo premiere and questioning if transporting not too long ago launched inmates throughout state strains was once prison.”

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Benny Safdie – Photograph courtesy of Benny Safdie
Bradely Bessley – Photograph by way of Jose Gonzalez

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