SXSW Film: Planning for Monday, docs


Editor’s note: This article was originally published March 9, 2014

If you’re making plans for Monday while standing in line for a movie, here’s a look at the Monday documentaries.

“Seeds of Time”: Director Sandy McLeod follows agriculture pioneer Cary Fowler and his travels across the world to help save a key resource that we can’t live without: our seeds. 11 a.m., Violet Crown; 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Rollins; 11:30 a.m. March 14, Rollins.

“Above All Else”: A man leads a group of land owners in East Texas to block the Keystone XL oil pipeline. Noon Monday, Paramount; 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Alamo Village; 2 p.m. March 15, Topfer.

“Mateo”: This is a very odd documentary, probably because it focuses on a very odd character, Matthew Stoneman — a ex-convict who learned Spanish in prison and has decided to reinvent himself as East L.A.’s El Gringo Mariachi. He lives amid a trash heap at his home. And he’s clearly a hoarder. He might or might not be delusional. But he ends up going to Cuba and having plenty of misadventures. 2 p.m., Stateside; 11 a.m. Tuesday, Violet Crown; 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Violet Crown.

“DamNation”: The pride that we feel in the engineering feats of damming America’s rivers might be misplaced, directors Ben Knight and Travis Rummel contend. In fact, these dams may be threatening our future. 4 p.m., Vimeo. Also: 11 a.m. Tuesday, Alamo Village; 11 a.m. Thursday, Alamo Slaughter; 7 p.m. March 14, Vimeo.

“The Dance of Reality”: This autobiographical film looks at the wild life of director Alejandro Jodorowsky. It’s part narrative feature, dealing with his unhappy childhood growing up in Chile. Most people know of Jodorowsky for his famed — and failed — efforts to film “Dune.” 5:30 p.m., Alamo Ritz; 4:45 p.m. March 14, Ritz.

“Beyond Clueless”: Narrator Fairuza Balk helps us dissect the teen movie by looking at more than 200 coming-of-age tales. 7 p.m., Topfer; 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Alamo Slaughter; 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Topfer.

“For No Good Reason”: This fascinating documentary looks at the work of cartoonist/artist Ralph Steadman, who teamed up with gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson to illustrate such famous books as “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.” Johnny Depp visits the artist in his English home and watches him work. Director Charlie Paul weaves archival footage of Steadman and Thompson throughout. One of the top documentaries at the festival. 7 p.m., Stateside; 7 p.m. Thursday, Alamo Village.

“Doc of the Dead”: This one looks fun. It examines zombie culture and its rise in U.S. pop culture. From Alexandre O. Philippe and the makers of “The People vs. George Lucas.” 9:30 p.m. Vimeo. Also: 9:45 p.m. Tuesday, Alamo Slaughter; 11:15 a.m. Thursday, Alamo Ritz.



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