SocDoc has a strong showing at South By Southwest this year. So if you're in Austin in March, check out these alumni-directed films:
Alum Lindsay Lindenbaum (2012) is premiering her first feature film about four female drummers. Shot over a five-year period, the film captures the intoxicating atmosphere on stage and goes beyond to chart each artist's personal journey that converges in a unique celebration of the female experience. Tomboy was directed, produced and filmed by Lindenbaum, edited by Sandra Itäinen (2017) and associate produced by Sarah Wainio (2016) and Megan Blackburn (2012).
Bao Nguyen (2011) direct and produces this layered and intimate portrait of Bruce Lee. His crew includes director of photography Caleb Heller (2011) and sound recordist Ben Nimkin (2011). The film previously premiered in competition at Sundance and will be distributed by ESPN.
And elsewhere in the festival:
Hannah Olson's film about a fertility doctor who used his own sperm to covertly inseminate his patients without their knowledge of consent and the fallout for his newly discovered children was edited by faculty Toby Shimin.
70s No Wave Icon Lydia Lunch takes centre stage in Beth B's riotous doc. Additional editing and camera by Aom Prapaporn Pinyopusarek (2016), additional camera Nottapon Boonprakob (2017) and Megan Orr (2016), and the film's kickstarted manager is Sarah Rachael Wainio (2016).
Lauren DeFilippo and Katherine Gorringe's film chronicles the journies of six people participating in a NASA experiment that simulates the experience of living on Mars. Bella Randle Racklin (2018) is a researcher on the film.
Us Kids, directed by Kim A Snyder, premiered in competition at Sundance and follows the teenage activists of Stoneman Douglas High School as they set out across the country to reinvigorate the debate on gun reform. The film was produced by faculty Lori Cheatle and the crew included alumni cinematographer Jenni Morello (2011) and assistant editor Caroline Berler (2017).