SXSW 2013: THE OTHER SHORE Review

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One of the great joys of the documentary form is the unpredictability of the narrative.  Fictional narratives can indulge us, but a documentary must be rooted in some perception of a hard fact.  It’s up to the documentary filmmaker to craft that perception, and more importantly, adjust his or her perception when the facts no longer fit pre-conceived notions.  Director Timothy Wheeler sets out to create an inspirational tale of success with his film The Other Shore, but reality didn’t go the way he or his subject, marathon swimmer Diana Nyad, expected.  Rather than find a new theme for his movie, Wheeler remains committed to an approach that no longer works and the result is a vapid, unfulfilling ending to his picture.  [Warning: Spoilers follow after the jump.]

SXSW 2013 Line-Up Announced; Includes MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, BEFORE MIDNIGHT, THE ACT OF KILLING, and More

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Earlier this month, we reported on the first wave of SXSW 2013 films, which includes The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and Evil Dead.  Today, the full line-up has been announced, and it feels like Sundance all over again when it comes to plenty of unknown films.  The chance of discovering a gem is high, and I look forward to hearing the buzz that arises from some these movies.  There’s also a second chance at festival films I missed like The Act of Killing (from TIFF) and Pit Stop (from Sundance).  I thought Toy’s House would make it in to SXSW, but I’ll see it eventually since it picked up distribution.

Hit the jump for the full line-up.  The 2013 SXSW Film Festival runs from March 8 – 17th.

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