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South by Southwest Film Festival

RIGHT NEXT DOOR: Andrew Berends, Award-Winning Documentary Filmmaker

Ian Spanier | Posted 02.10.2015 | Los Angeles
Ian Spanier

Berends's work put him in great peril back in 2008, when he was detained by the Nigerian government while filming Delta Boys, a firsthand look at rebels in the river oil towns of that resource-rich yet vastly impoverished country -- Africa's most populous. Securing his freedom after 10 days of captivity required the intercession of New York Senators Charles Schumer and Hillary Clinton. He was never in fear for his life, he says -- but his status as a documentarian offered him no particular protection whatsoever, he realized. Delta Boys was released in 2012 having received financing and support from the Sundance Documentary Film Fund, the Gucci/Tribeca Documentary Film Fund and Cinereach. Berends's most recent film, Madina's Dream, provides an unflinching glimpse into a forgotten war as it tells the story of rebels and refugees fighting to survive in Sudan's Nuba Mountains. The film will have its world premiere next month at South By Southwest International Film Festival.

Lena Dunham Is Headed To SXSW

Posted 10.15.2013 | Entertainment

Lena Dunham's history with South By Southwest goes all the way back to 2009, when she screened her short film "Creative Nonfiction" at the festival. I...

Q&A with K. Lorrel Manning: Director of Happy New Year Takes Unflinching Look at Injured Soldiers

Joshua Kors | Posted 08.12.2012 | Entertainment
Joshua Kors

Don't let the name fool you. Happy New Year has nothing in common with vacuous holiday comedies like New Year's Eve. The film explores the lives of soldiers wounded in war, digging into the ugly internal war so many soldiers face upon returning home.

"Fame": A Playlist for the Premiere of $ellebrity at SXSW

David Wild | Posted 05.08.2012 | Entertainment
David Wild

$ellebrity explores the good, the bad and the ugly about our cultural obsession with fame -- and the way that technology has changed the tone and texture of celebrity.