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Three SXSW Features

March 13th, 2009 by Rebecca Harper Editor

Austin’s South by Southwest music, film and interactive festival kicked off today, and so we couldn’t think of a better time to launch three new titles — all part of last year’s festival — from Cinetic, one of our content partners specializing in independent films. The titles, Yeast, The Lost Coast and We Are Wizards, range from a close look at female relationships gone wrong, to the story of two high school friends who meet up for Halloween in San Francisco, to a study of the creative subculture of Harry Potter fans.

We asked the director of We Are Wizards, Josh Koury, a few questions about his documentary, which covers this fringe group with humor and respect. It’s not just about fanatics — in fact, animator Brad Neely wasn’t a fan when he conjured up an alternate Potter-verse that started a controversy — but about creative people (writers, musicians, artists and parents) who use Harry Potter as an outlet, with some coverage of the so-called “Potter War” that began when film studios stepped in. “We always say the film is about Harry Potter, but it’s not really about Harry Potter,” Koury says. “It’s about creativity and doing creative things and being inspired.”

Personally, I loved the coverage of the Wizard Rock bands, from Harry and the Potters to the Hungarian Horntails (led by a 7-year-old guitar player and his 4-year-old brother, no less). You can read our interview with Koury from the discussions tab on the We Are Wizards video page, or just follow this link and share your reviews or comments with the rest of the Hulu crowd.

Rebecca (),
Editor/proud Harry Potter fan

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