SXSW Films That Speak to the Western Fan in Many of Us

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With less than one month to go before the annual SXSW Film Festival in Austin, you might be interested to know that there are some great movies from the western genre, and some great Texans making appearances in them.

The movie “Paradox,” for example, directed by Daryl Hannah and starring Neil Young, also boasts appearances by Willie Nelson, his sons Lukas and Micah, as well as members of Promise of the Real – Lukas’ band. The gist of this unconventional neo-western reads: “Time is fluid in this far-fetched, whimsical western tale of music and love. Somewhere in the future past, The Man in the Black Hat hides out between heists at an old stagecoach stop with Jail Time, the Particle Kid, and an odd band of outlaws. Mining the detritus of past civilizations, they wait… for the Silver Eagle, for the womenfolk, and for the full moon’s magic to give rise to the music and make the spirits fly.”

SXSW Films That Speak to the Western Fan in Many of Us

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Next up, is the movie “The Rider.” Since it premiered at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, this movie has been turning heads. Director Chloé Zhao appears to have daringly blended a docu-drama of sorts in which the actors and actresses depict marginally fictionalized versions of their characters in a western format that garnered four Film Independent Spirit Award nominations. According to the SXSW catalog write-up, the movie is defined as follows: “After a tragic riding accident, young cowboy Brady (Brady Jandreau), once a rising star of the rodeo circuit, is warned that his competition days are over. Back home, Brady finds himself wondering what he has to live for when he can no longer do what gives him a sense of purpose: to ride and compete. In an attempt to regain control of his fate, Brady undertakes a search for new identity and tries to redefine his idea of what it means to be a man in the heartland of America.”

SXSW Films That Speak to the Western Fan in Many of Us
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