It feels like only yesterday that CoS Film returned from Sundance, battle-tested and weary. Hell, as we’ve been preparing for this year’s South by Southwest, we still find ourselves calling it Sundance on occasion. But SXSW isn’t Sundance or any other film festival either. This is a place where truly independent productions can still find a home, where genre movies and comedies belong right next to the more serious fare, where that next sleeper indie you’ll be talking about all year is just waiting to be found.
In 2015, SXSW continues to expand its importance in the festival year with heavy hitters like Paul Feig, Alex Gibney, Judd Apatow, and Ryan Gosling showing their latest stuff, but what’s most fun about SXSW (aside from the drinking-as-networking atmosphere, perhaps) is the element of surprise, like seeing Attack the Block come out of nowhere in 2011 to become the talk of the festival. You never know which underappreciated gem is on your list until you get there, and neither do we. But our schedules are built, our bodies are as ready as they’re ever going to be, and starting this Friday, we’ll be bringing you our nonstop daily coverage of the 2015 South by Southwest Film Festival.
In the meantime, though, all that stuff we’re looking forward to seeing? Here’s a quick taste of what we have in store.
The Road Warrior
“And the Road Warrior? That was the last we ever saw of him. He lives now, only in my memories…”
Too bad, so sad, Road Warrior narrator. Fans of that film will have the chance to see it on the big screen at SXSW this year, as well as a Q&A with director George Miller. The Road Warrior is a post-apocalyptic action classic, boasting a silent-but-brutal performance by Mel Gibson as “Mad” Max Rockatansky, as well as car chases that haven’t been matched over the past 30+ years.
There is something else about the inclusion of this film in this year’s festival that has our attention. The movie isn’t celebrating a special anniversary, so why have it play? Maybe because the movie will end at midnight, which would be the perfect time for director George Miller to announce a special advanced screening of Mad Max: Fury Road. Fingers crossed. –Justin Gerber