INFESTATION: SXSW 2021 – THE SECOND ROUND
Chris and Bob return to talk free Wisconsin cheese, and then four more movies they found worthy of attention that played at this year’s festival. We get into the story of a world where Witchcraft is constitutionally illegal in “Witch Hunt”, Andrea Riseborough as a mother who is starting to think the next door neighbor’s young daughter actually somehow IS her own dead child in “Here Before”, a woman returning to the island community her mother grew up after her death only to discover some super-dark and Lovecrafty truths in “Offseason”, and a comedy about a woman and her younger self spending the last day on Earth before it’s destroyed walking around L.A. tying up personal loose ends in “How it Ends”.
Christopher Lawrence Cox (Founder, Da Boss)
Born in the wilds of northern Virginia, in 1992 Chris managed to put all of his survival skills to use and barely escaped with his life to Austin Texas, where ever since he’s dabbled in everything from plumber’s assistant to sandwich maker, from band to bar management. An opportunity to see theatrical release films for free by becoming a critic on a local public access show called “The Reel Deal” turned into a full-time job when Chris and his friends decided to take it to the internet. They built the site Spill.com, adding multiple podcasts and animated features, to no small amount of success. During this time, a fortuitous friendship sprung up between Chris and young Brian Salisbury, who was also a local film critic, and they merged their forces of will, and their laundry list of ideas for shows, to eventually build this paradise you see before you. Follow Chris on Twitter and Facebook and check out his Amazon Wish List.
Robert Garza (Screener Squad)
If it weren’t for sad music and scary stories I wouldn’t be as well-adjusted and cheerful as I am today. Moonlighting as a musician off and on since adolescence, I am as big a fan of scores and needle drops as I am of slow zooms, production design, and third act exposition. Just about all of my screen time is spent on international horror, drama, and hour long episodic. Big fan of genre, and the biggest fan of supernatural horror and dark sci-fi with meaningful representation and narratives that use trauma, grief, and grace as more than surface-level content. Also, I read a ton of modern horror novels/comics and stan Matt Berry. In the before times I worked music and film festivals across the US and will hopefully return to that sometime in the future.
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