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“Taste Of SXSW” Reprise Screenings at the Ritz!

sxsw2010-thumb-230xauto-14261An estimated 184,000 films play during the juggernaut that is SXSW (that's just a guess, we haven't finished counting yet) and it's damn near impossible to catch them all.  And for those of you out there who don't have a film badge, we can say with complete confidence it is in fact impossible to catch them all, or quite possibly any.  And that's a crying shame, because the SXSW Official Selections are among the best in the world- each film chosen on merits that guarantee an unforgettable experience at the theater.

To offer up a second-chance for badge-holders who missed something great and/or to show the badgeless why they need to get a badge next year, the Alamo programming team has hand-picked a few of their favorites from SXSW 2010 for a mini-series at the Alamo Ritz we're calling Taste Of SXSW.

Taste of SXSW: REJOICE & SHOUT Sunday, March 21, 1:30p

Packed with evocative photos, rare audio recordings, stirring film appearances and TV performances, REJOICE AND SHOUT covers the 200 year musical history of African-American Christianity. Culled from hundreds of hours of music REJOICE AND SHOUT features the creme de la creme of Gospel music.

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Taste of SXSW: MONSTERS Sunday, March 21, 9:35pmonsters-web

Six years ago NASA discovered the possibility of alien life within our solar system. A probe was launched to collect samples, but crashed upon re-entry over Central America. Soon after new life forms began to appear there and half of Mexico was quarantined as an INFECTED ZONE. Today, the American and Mexican military still struggle to contain "the creatures."

Our story begins when a US journalist agrees to escort a shaken tourist through the infected zone in Mexico to the safety of the US border.

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outcast-webTaste of SXSW: OUTCAST Monday, March 22, 10:00p

Mary and her son Fergal live their lives on the run, hiding from someone or something. When they move to yet another new home, Fergal finds himself caught between the affections of his beautiful and feisty neighbour and his fiercely protective mother who will stop at nothing to protect her precious son. Their hunter is Cathal, a dangerous and terrifying man, intent on tracking down and killing them using a dark form of magic to find them. Mary's only defense is to use the same ancient form of magic in order to protect her son. When local residents are brutally murdered by an unknown life force, the sense of fear escalates. Is Cathal the beast responsible for the killings? Or is it the beast that he is trying to destroy?

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Taste of SXSW: RED, WHITE & BLUE Tuesday, March 23, 7:20pred-white-blue-web

Erica (Amanda Fuller) spends her nights trawling the bars and beds of Austin. Emotionally withdrawn, sleeping with multiple men is just what she does... until she meets the older and mysterious Nate (Noah Taylor), who claims to have an "honorable discharge" from Iraq. Despite his air of danger, Nate's the only guy who doesn't just seem to want to get her into bed, and the two form a hesitant bond. But one of Erica's casual sexual encounters, Franki (Marc Senter) - a young, hot-headed wannabe rock star trying to make it big - is about to return dramatically into her life... Franki "shared" Erica with his buddies one drunken evening. A cruel twist of fate is all it takes to throw his already crazy world into a spin, and in Franki's eyes there is only one person to blame.

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All these screenings are open to the general public.  Collect 'em all!

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