A confession: nothing against Sundance or any of our other regulars, but SXSW is probably our favorite film festival to attend. The warm weather is a nice respite from late-winter NYC, there’s a relaxed and chatty vibe in the lines, and Tex-Mex and BBQ are always within reach. Oh, and the movies are great. If you’re headed down to Austin, we’ve got plenty of cool events for you to check out. And for those of you who plan to spend your days shotgunning as many movies as possible (as your film editor will), here are a few of the flicks we’re eager to take in.
Some filmmakers would take a nice long break after making a movie on the scale and budget of The Avengers. Joss Whedon, on the other hand, went off and made another movie. He and his wife decided to forgo their planned vacation to make an adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic comedy, casting their friends and shooting in their home. “It was not necessarily the best idea for a vacation,” he said at SXSW last year, “except I had a better time than I’ve ever had on any vacation or possibly in my life.”