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SXSW 2010: The Picks

March 13, 2010

It’s that time of year yall! and If you have been lucky enough to escaped the rainy NYC shit-storm these are the must-see events the Ballast would choose. Have fun in Austin and don’t come back without some free swag anda few extra LBs. Love, The Ballast Boys

First Up:

The Ride
Director: Meredith Danluck
A journey into the heart of America through the rough and tumble, rock and roll world of bull riding Cowboys. (World Premiere)

screening info HERE

The idea of the cowboy and the American West is set firmly in the American psyche. Countless films have portrayed the West as a place of freedom and danger, but, above all, a place of boundless possibility. Though we may think they are a thing of the past, cowboys still exist, and the professional bull riding circuit is the one place you’re guaranteed to find them. The cowboys’ earnest reflections on personal liberty, family struggle and the country’s changing identity paint a vivid portrait of an America both at odds and in love with itself. Through the film’s epic cinematography we come to understand that The Cowboy continues to embody the mythology of the American hero, though in an entirely modern way.

The Professional Bull Riders’ circuit is a tour of the top 45 bull riders in the world, consisting of roughly 32 stops a year around the US. The winner of the world title in Vegas also wins a million dollars, so it’s safe to say this is not some little backyard rodeo. Bull riding has entered the mainstream. Droves of fans flock to the sold out arenas toting signs and banners in frenzied support of their favorite riders, making this the fastest growing sport in America. All the while the cowboys are hustling, trying to stay on their bulls, trying to make ends meet and raising hell… good ‘ol boy style!

Beginning and ending with explosive event footage and packed with daredevil bull riding, pyrotechnics and big arena rock and roll fanfare, The Ride goes full circle as it takes through the complex lives of one compelling character to the next. The characters surprise with their gritty cowboy personas and genuine wit.

The Ride features professional bull riders JB Mauney, Amish hopeful Willy Ropp, PBR entertainer Flint Rassmussen, bull fighter Shorty Gorham, talented singer songwriter Leann Hart, millionaire bucking bull breeder Tom Teague and an original score by Brooklyn band The Weight.

The World’s Largest

You can view the Trailer HERE

Desperate for tourism, hundreds of small towns across the U.S.A. claim the “world’s largest” something from 15-foot fiberglass strawberries to 40-foot concrete pheasants. Odd, funny and sometimes beautiful, the statues stand as testaments to the uniqueness and importance – the largeness – that all people feel, and need to feel, about their communities and their own existence. World’s Largest, a feature documentary, visits 58 such sites and profiles Soap Lake, Washington’s four-year struggle to build the World’s Largest Lava Lamp. By documenting these roadside attractions, World’s Largest captures the changing landscape of small-town America.

Elizabeth Donius and Amy Elliott, friends since childhood, have been collaborating on film and video projects for years. Their work includes the film Headless, and numerous segments on IFCs Split Screen.
As a photographer, Elliott’s work has appeared in publications such as The New York Times and The Washington Post. Donius is the former Executive Director of the IFP/Chicago.

World’s Largest is screening Friday, March 12th at 9:15 PM at Alamo South Lamar 2. It is also playing Wednesday March 17 at 11:00 AM at the Alamo Ritz 2, and Saturday March 20 at 11:00 AM at Alamo Lamar 3. For the full schedule

FOR MUSIC…

Pitchfork

SUB POP

Brooklyn Vegan FREE Day Party!

SATURDAY DAY PARTY – March 20, 2010 @ Red 7

Indoor Stage
5:30 PM Black Milk
4:30 PM Buckshot
3:45 PM Trash Talk
3:00 PM Iron Age
2:15 PM Touche Amore
1:30 PM Torae
12:45 PM Alpha & Omega

Outdoor Stage
5:00 PM The Gates of Slumber
4:15 PM Priestess
3:30 PM Nebula
2:45 PM Bison BC
2:00 PM Howl
1:15 PM Liturgy
12:45 PM Naam
flyer by Zach Jaeger

Emo’s at noon on Wednesday, March 17th, 2010 (doors @ 11:30am) on two 100% FREE stages:

Outside/Main Stage
12:00 YellowFever
12:45 The Rural Alberta Advantage
01:30 The Morning Benders
02:15 Japandroids
03:00 Titus Andronicus
03:45 The Black Angels
04:30 GZA
05:15 Fucked Up

DJs: Finger on the Pulse

Inside/Metal Stage (Emo’s Jr)
12:00 – Kill The Client
12:35 – The Atlas Moth
01:20 – Javelina
02:05 – Dark Castle
02:50 – Salome
03:35 – Landmine Marathon
04:20 – Withered
05:05 – Torche

FREE DRINKS COURTESY OF: Magic Hat & Firefly Vodka & Vitamin Water (while supplies last)
FREE VEGAN BREAKFAST TACOS COURTESY OF: Mr. Natural
(starting @ noon. while supplies last)
MORE FREE FOOD COURTESY OF: Daily Juice (catering from 2-5)
MORE FREE FOOD COURTESY OF: Raw Revolution Bars
MORE FREE FOOD COURTESY OF: Hail Merry

More to come!

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