With the 2011 SXSW Film Festival right around the corner (opening night is March 11th in Austin, Texas), some early favorites are beginning to emerge based on the marketing materials they've sent out into the world. We fully admit that this trailer (via Slashfilm) for a film called 'blacktino' hits all the right nerd-coming-of-age chords (complete with quirky high-school characters and hip indie soundtrack), but we totally dig its unique vibe, and willingness to think outside the box by creating a main character who, according to the synopsis, is an "overweight, half-black, half-latino nerd."
We'd have to do some research, but off the top of our heads this may be the first film to ever feature a half-black, half-latino nerd as its main character, and that right there is more than enough reason to give it a couple hours of your time when it premieres in Austin on March 11th at the Paramount Theater. Featuring the directorial debut of Aaron Burns, here's the film's full synopsis:
"blacktino" is a dark teen comedy about an overweight half-black, half-latino nerd named Stefan Daily. He was raised by his black grandmother in a medium sized suburb of Austin, TX. Struggling to find his place in a mostly white high school, Stefan finds sanctuary among the eclectic mix of social outcasts in the school's Theatre Department. In the tradition of the great teen comedies of the last thirty years "blacktino" will ensure that the torch of teen angst continues to burn bright.
Check out the trailer after the jump, as well as Burns' short film, 'Now or Never,' about a dude who's in love (and obsessed) with his best friend.