By: Virginia Schneider
Austin, TX (The Hollywood Times) 03/13/2023 – Bottoms, a YA comedy about being a teenage queer in the angst of high school, premiered to audiences over the weekend. Directed by Emma Seligman with a script by Seligman and Rachel Sennot, the film is driven by powerful performances from Sennot and Ayo Edebiri. The movie packed powerful gut punches of laughter and hard-hitting high school antics.
Jake Johnson had his directorial debut with Self-Reliance. The feature follows a lonely man, afraid to confront much in life and thus leads a rather dull existence, when a sudden opportunity to win in a reality show falls his way—except he has to survive being hunted for 30 days.
Billy Luther’s memoir Frybread Face and Me about an Indigenous American boy, is a thoughtful exploration into childhood and family themes, touching on sexual awakening with warmth and humor. Executive produced by Taika Waititi, the film’s hero is a young boy sent to the Navajo Reservation in Arizona to live with his grandmother.
SXSW Studio with Wajahat Ali features interviews with creatives and storytellers from the SXSW Festival including Film, TV, Music and Comedy guests such as Eric André, Villano Antillano, Joan Baez, Stephanie Hsu, NASA experts, Bob Odenkirk, Elizabeth Olsen, Robert Rodriguez, Kerry Washington, The Zombies, and many others.