SXSW 2015 Interview: ‘Turbo Kid’ Directors Anouk Whissell, François Simard, and Yoann-Karl Whissell
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Turbo Kid is a post-apocalyptic, BMX-powered, blood-splattered love story that follows the epic journey of an orphaned outcast reluctant to be a hero in the wasteland of an alternate future.

The film is directed by The RKSS (Road Kill Super Stars), a collective of three filmmakers: Anouk Whissell, Fran̤ois Simard, and Yoann-Karl Whissel. They co-write and co-direct all their films Рover twenty shorts in the last ten years, many winning awards at various international festivals, including Le Bagman, Total Fury, and Demonitron: The Sixth Dimension.

The RKSS also wrote and directed the short film T is for Turbo, which was originally made as a submission to The ABCs of Death contest. Although the film was not chosen for the first anthology, it won the People’s Choice Award for the contest. Inspired by the characters of the short film, Turbo Kid is their first feature film.

The nostalgic action-splatter flick made its world premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and is part of the Midnighters program at this year’s South by Southwest Film Festival. I recently had a chance to sit down with Anouk Whissell, François Simard, and Yoann-Karl Whissell to talk about this insanely awesome ode to the “˜80s. Check out my interview below!

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SXSW 2015 Movie Review: GTFO: The Movie

GTFO: The Movie
Director: Shannon Sun-Higginson
Official Website
Release date: March 15, 2015 (SXSW)

Almost half of all gamers are women; yet, female gamers are disproportionately subject to harassment and abuse. GTFO: The Movie seeks to investigate misogyny in video game culture and questions the future of this 20 billion dollar industry.

Shannon Sun-Higginson‘s documentary is alarming, but it is far from alarmist. The film opens with a long clip of found footage from the now infamous Cross Assault incident of 2012. Sun-Higginson lingers with the footage and it’s painful to watch. A single female gamer, attempting to compete in a Tekken competition, is emotionally and psychologically destroyed by her male teammates and team captain. The main perpetrator of the abuse is her own team captain, but he is spurred on by an invisible and relentless online community spewing lewd and abusive suggestions. The female gamer loses focus and the game itself is forgotten, completely overshadowed by the mens’ harassing behavior. The message is clear.

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SXSW 2015 Review: Turbo Kid
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Turbo Kid
Directors: Anouk Whissell, François Simard, Yoann-Karl Whissell
Writers: Anouk Whissell, François Simard, Yoann-Karl Whissell
Cast: Munro Chambers, Laurence Leboeuf, Michael Ironside, Aaron Jeffery, Edwin Wright, Romano Orzari, Tyler Hall, Jason Eisener
Epic Pictures Group | Timpson Films
Unrated | 89 Minutes
Release Date: March 17, 2005 (SXSW)

This is the future. The world as we know it is gone. Acid rain has left the land barren and the water toxic. Scarred by endless wars, humanity struggles to survive in the ruins of the old world, frozen in an everlasting nuclear winter. This is the future. This is the year 1997.”

Turbo Kid is directed by The RKSS (Road Kill Super Stars), a collective of three filmmakers: Anouk Whissell, François Simard, and Yoann-Karl Whissel. In a post-apocalyptic future, The Kid (Munro Chambers), a young scavenger obsessed with comic books, must face his fears and become a hero when he meets a peculiar girl with cyan-colored hair named Apple (Laurence Leboeuf).

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SXSW 2015 Movie Review: Unfriended

Director: Leo Gabriadze
Screenwriter: Nelson Greaves
Cast: Shelley Hennig, Moses Jacob Storm, Renee Olstead, Will Peltz, Jacob Wysocki, Courtney Halverson, Heather Sossaman
Release date: March 13, 2015 (SXSW)

Unfriended is the story of a group of friends chatting online, told through the screen of Blair (Shelley Hennig, Teen Wolf) on the anniversary of their friend’s death. Soon Blair and the group realize they’re being stalked by a vengeful online presence and horror ensues.

The idea of a social media horror film is, at first, entirely hilarious. I Post What You Did Last Summer? Online no one can hear you scream? The Skype is coming from inside the house”¦

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SXSW 2015 Movie Review: The Final Girls

The Final Girls
Director: Todd Strauss-Schulson
Screenwriters: M. A. Fortin, Joshua John Miller
Cast: Taissa Farmiga, Malin Akerman, Adam DeVine, Thomas Middleditch, Alia Shawkat, Alexander Ludwig, Nina Dobrev
Release Date: March 13, 2014

Directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson (A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas) The Final Girls is the latest in a growing cannon of meta-horror films. Part horror, part comedy, and all meta, The Final Girls satirizes 70’s and 80’s summer camp slasher films. The story follows Max (Taissa Farmiga, American Horror Story), a young virgin who (through mysterious circumstances which shall not be spoiled here) lands inside the very film that defined her mother’s scream queen career. Once inside, Max and her reluctant friends must survive horny camp counselors, trippy flashbacks, sing-alongs, and the deranged psycho-killer Billy (a stoic, slow-walking homage to Jason Voorhees of Friday the 13th).

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