The rains washed away the glamor of the red carpet at the SXSW Film conference screening of "Nature Calls," Todd Rohal's film starring Patton Oswalt. (Photo: Phil Gallo)
Heavy rains continued Saturday as the SXSW Film Festival slogged through its second day with packed theater lobbies and an abundance of screenings packed to capacity.
One screening packed to gills was Hans Fjellestad's "Sunset Strip," a chronicle of the history of the fabled mile and half stretch of Sunset Boulevard in Southern California that counts Matt Sorum and Donovan Leitch among its producers. Lance McDaniel and his crew from the DeadCenter Film Festival in Oklahoma City, Okla., were among the viewers impressed with the documentary and expressed an interest in bringing the film to the Oklahoma festival.
Despite the gray skies, McDaniel was in a bit of a giddy mood, having just received the score for his next film from Steven Drozd of the Flaming Lips. McDaniel's' film, "Just Crazy Enough," stars Chris Kattan and will likely premiere at DeadCenter. It is Drozd's third film score having previously penned music for " The Heart is a Drum Machine" (2009) and "I Love Your Work" (2003).
Rebecca Thomas' "Electrick Children," about a 15-year-old Mormon girl whose first exposure to rock music winds up with a mysterious pregnancy, sparked an interest in its music selections. The film end credits song, which received an enthusiastic response during a Q&A, is the Conduit's "Top of the Hill."
Signed to Conor Oberst and Nate Krenkel's Team Love label, the Conduits' album will be released March 20, two days before they go on an extensive tour with Cursive and Cymbals Eat Guitars. Krenkel consulted on the music for the film, landing "Top of the Hill" on the trailer as well.
The film's other musical highlight is a cover of the Nerves' "Hanging on the Telephone" by Tilly and the Wall's Derek Presnall.
Goh Nakamura entertains the crowd at Lomography, a gallery and store that specializes in the Lomo Kompakt Automatic, a unique Russian camera. (Photo: Phil Gallo)
Goh Nakamura slid a short performance between screenings of the two films he has made with Dave Boyle. Boyle's "Surrogate Valentine" was screened at Lomography, a gallery and store for the Russian camera Lomo Kompakt Automatic and art produced by the camera. Nakamura performed a three-song set and showed the short -- very short actually -- films he had made with a Lomo movie camera. Following the afternoon performance, the second Boyle-Nakamura film, "Daylight Savings," had its world premiere at the festival.