SXSW in 60 Seconds

The day was overcast but the rain stayed away in Austin on Saturday, which was good timing for the first full day of screenings and panels. I bounced around from the Austin Convention Center to the Paramount Theater to the Alamo Ritz to the Alamo South Lamer, and the panels and films I sampled all had good to overflowing attendance.

News: B-Side Entertainment officially kicked off its new distribution division, first revealed at Sundance, and announced it has acquired Brett Gaylor's "open source documentary" RiP! A Remix Manifesto. indieWIREhas the details on the company's release strategy for the film, which "essentially explores the legal and artistic ramifications of the mash-up."

Reviews: As we noted yesterday, John Hamburg's I Love You, Man opened the film fest, and Eugene Novikov posted his review; he found it to be a "sweet, amusing, and perfectly acceptable comedy all around, but it's exciting because it marks the point where [Paul] Rudd finally begins to stake out his territory as a comedian and a leading man." Jason Segel, Rashida Jones, and Andy Samberg are also featured.

First Impressions: Andrew Bujalski's narrative feature Beeswax is a tasty slice-of-life comedy/drama, Jessica Oreck's "bug doc" Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo is an intriguing look at the Japanese fascination with insects, and Michael Paul Stephenson's doc Best Worst Movie is a very funny, warm and poignant in ways that are totally unexpected. And Pierre Laffargue's Black is completely, off-the-charts lunatic in its approach to action, an audacious collision of Shaft in Africa, Sssssss, and Cat People. More on that one later.