Interviews are a tricky thing to process, especially in a festival atmosphere like this. My day kicked off yesterday with a pair of them: first with people from Two Step, then a roundtable with Richard Linklater and Ellar Salmon from Boyhood. No screenings, just talking to people about their movies.
Those were the only scheduled interviews, anyways. As I’ve been walking around SXSW, standing in line, meeting people in bars, walking around with folks, I’ve been having plenty of informal interviews. There’s nothing especially newsworthy (yet) to share with you about these conversations, but they’ve been thrilling nonetheless. I learned about a comic documentary exploring stigma towards redheads in Scotland (that we’ll be bringing you coverage on soon). I learned about several independent feature projects that filmmakers are trying to be able to make. I talked to fans about which movies were their favorites at the festival.
The tricky part is figuring out how best to present this info to you. We may transcribe the Boyhood interview if that’s something y’all are interested in (sound off in the comments if it is) but most of the content I’ve been folding into the other coverage. And that’s the other tricky bit, especially for something like Boyhood. Like I’ve been talking about the every time I’ve written about that movie, at least half of the enjoyment is in the uniqueness of its making. It’s a principle that holds true in most movies. People like to tell stories. It’s what making movies is all about, after all.