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A girl awaits her train on a Tokyo subway platform in Patrick Shen's documentary, "In Pursuit of Silence" (courtesy SXSW).

SXSW 2016: Film Highlights

Veteran SXSW-goer Steven Abrams takes in what has become a monolithic, all-things cultural experience. Here he offers the film highlights from 2016, including documentaries about silence, disabilities, and going from YouTuber to star.


Ellen Page and Ian Daniel. (Photo by Viceland)

SXSW 2016: Female Filmmakers See Indie Film as Site for Change

Last year Steven Abrams said that women “brought the substance” to SXSW. This year, in keynotes and panels, they continued to call for equality and change, citing independent storytelling as fertile ground for that change.


A still from Nicolas Steiner's doc Above and Below.

Beyond 10 to Watch, 2016

In addition to our 10 filmmakers to watch, we want to put a handful of others on your radar with work coming out in 2016 and later. We have Khalik Allah, Hunter Baker and Jordan Fein, Julie Bayer and Josh Salzman, and Nicolas Steiner.


A still from The Faithful

10 Filmmakers to Watch: Annie Berman

Director/Producer Annie Berman makes The Independent’s 10 to Watch list for her feature-length essay film, The Faithful, a fifteen-year journey through the world of images and representations of three global icons: Elvis Presley, Pope John Paul II, and Princess Diana.


Devon Slack, the lead actress and stuntwoman of Yankee, in action. Photo by Yan Lecomte.

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2016: Sophie-Anne Beaudry & Stéphan Beaudoin

Collaborators in life and work, the husband/wife team of Stéphan Beaudoin and Sophie-Anne Beaudry join The Independent’s 10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2016 for their upcoming feature Yankee, which explores the idea of a woman entering traditionally male-dominated domains of violence. Here, they talk about Yankee, self-financing a film, and shooting on location.