SXSW in 60 Seconds

The Paramount Theatre hosted several notable screenings on the last day of the 2009 SXSW film festival, including the HD Premiere of Al Reinert's 1989 documentary For All Mankind. Audience members reported being thrilled that Gene Krantz, former NASA Flight Director, was on hand to answer questions after the screening of the film, which tells the story of the Apollo space missions.

Wavy Gravy was seen leading an anti-war march down Congress Avenue, reported Neil Miller of Film School Rejects, in advance of the final screening of Michelle Esrick's doc Saint Misbehavin': The Wavy Gravy Movie. Director Jonathan Demme was in town for the World Premiere of his music doc, Neil Young Trunk Show. Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt were expected to be in attendance for the local debut of Sundance hit 500 Days of Summer.

Volunteers Kill It! We noted well-deserved praise for SXSW Producer Janet Pierson yesterday, and that applies to the entirety of the festival staff, who work long hours to little reward or recognition, except for a job done extremely well. Many thanks are also due to the more than 250 hard-working volunteers and theater managers, who had to deal with long lines of sometimes-grumpy, sometimes-pushy attendees, yet remained unfailingly polite, courteous, and attentive. Everyone working behind the scenes deserves some serious love as well.

Cinematical Coverage. Gary Hustwit made the fascinating, well-received doc Helvetica, and so expectations were high for his latest, Objectified -- perhaps too high. Kevin Kelly wrote in his review: "If you're into industrial design, you'll probably enjoy Objectified as it is, but I was left wanting more."

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