Asian picks at SXSW

Austin’s annual mega music, film and interactive conference South by Southwest (SXSW) takes place March 8-16, 2013 and attracts almost 25,000 attendees. This year’s event includes features, shorts, narratives, docs, cult classics….you name it, they’ll have it.  Here are our Asian picks from the bunch:

  • Filipino American director PJ Raval’s new feature (world premiere) in the Documentary Spotlight programme about LGBTQ seniors called Before You Know It. Reel Asian screened Raval’s Lead Role: Father in 2006.
  • Japanese-born, LA-based filmmaker Junya Sakino has a world premiere in the Visions programme called Sake-Bomb
  • Directors Omar Mullick & Bassam Tariq present a Pakistani film called These Birds Walk in the Visions programme; Reel Asian’s 2012 So You Think You Can Pitch? winner Sonejuhi Sinha edited the film – she’ll be in Austin for the world premiere
  • German director Andrea Thile has the North American premiere of her doc feature And Who Taught You To Drive? in the SXGlobal programme.  It follows three people – a German moving to India, an American moving to Japan, and a South Korean living in Germany – as they go through retaking their driver’s license tests in a foreign country

And of course, while you’re down there you better be stuffing your bellies with all the delicious bbq in sight…don’t know where to start?  SXSW offers a bbq crash course on the first day.  More info about SXSW here.