SXSW Quick Snaps: A 'Red White and Blue' Audience


Noah Taylor, Marc Senter and Nick Ashy Holden

On Sunday, cast and crew of Simon Rumley's latest film, Red White and Blue, slipped away from SXSW to another theater for a private screening before the official world premiere of the film. The events reunited the entire cast and crew for a special celebration and viewing of the final cut of the film. The theater was eerily quiet as everyone focused on the dark and gruesome sequence of events unfolding on the screen. Actors Noah Taylor, Marc Senter and Nick Ashy Holden (pictured above) were all sitting together. As a filming location for last summer's shoot, I enjoyed recognizing my house in several scenes. Just look for the Fantastic Fest poster in the film and you will understand why I have trouble leaving the curtains open at night.

Red White and Blue is reminiscent of Rumley's The Living and the Dead in that once again he is not afraid to expose raw nerves -- like a bad car crash, you can't help but look -- but stylistically it's the cinematography and direction takes on a different approach. Stay tuned for Jenn Brown's review of Red White and Blue.

Red White and Blue plays SXSW one more time: Friday, March 19 at 9 pm at Alamo South Lamar.

[Photo credit: Noah Taylor, Marc Senter, and Nick Ashy Holden, by Debbie Cerda for Slackerwood, on Flickr. More photos are available on our Flickr page.]

Red, White and Blue (I was gonna write "Blew" but that's dumb)

Let me first say that I usually dislike the very idea of criticizing art - but in the interest of saving potential viewers of this film some time - I will in this case. This movie is terrible. So terrible, in fact, that during the SXSW screening I went to - neither the director nor the cast could defend it. Granted, the director seemed incredibly drunk, so under different circumstances he may have been able to shine some light on a film that seemed to underestimate the audience enough to think we'd confuse violence and lack of character for "edginess."

Everything in this film is a high school student film cliche - girl spreading HIV on purpose, rock and roll band member whose mother is dying of cancer (who of course, he spreads the HIV to through blood donation), crazy murderer who kills everyone (including a scene where he stabs a child)...etc....

I kept thinking throughout the movie - that the guy who made it is probably really into Darren Aronofsky movies, and wanted to make a name for himself by going as dark and depressing as possible. Sure enough, during the Q and A - he mentioned Aronofsky.

I guess we can learn something from this movie - but it's more in the existence of the film, rather than the content itself.

Why do we want to make art? To share something with our community that will make it better and stronger? To reveal truths about ourselves that will show our audience that we are essentially the same?

Or are we just satisfying our own egos?

I agree with the above comment, a love story to Austin ????

Here's my gripe. This movie wasn't described as a slasher film or "slacker slasher" film as the filmmakers called it. (The founder of the theatre even called the film "a love story to Austin right before the showing). (?????)

If you knew it was going to be a slasher film, full of lengthy torture scenes (that are supposed to be ok because hey, they are justified, supposedly)... maybe you wouldn't mind, OR you'd really like this film. That's fine. I get it.

But to me, besides a misleading description, this film had a lot of other problems. It didn't know what it was. It had a great tone in the beginning with great acting by the lead actress but then it seemed like every dark topic possible was thrown in so we could get to the slashing. Molestation, AIDS, cancer, suicide, disconnection/lonliness and of course the forever murderous vet returning from Iraq who just has to keep killing. The idea is hurt leads to killing, so of course these characters have to pass their personal hell on and on and on. (in a sick "pass it forward" kind of thing).

But after a lot of blood and stabbing (and the requisite pleading and squealing) you starting thinking more about editing than the movie. A few people laughed it got so ridiculous.

I love this theatre and I loved that it was shot in Austin. But I felt it was really a bad film.