War Witch is the reason we launched Stateside Independent; well, War Witch AND hundreds of other films like it that may not have otherwise found a home in Austin.
This is a film that rose above entries from around the world to nab one of five coveted Oscar nominations for Best Foreign Film, and yet most people in cities like Austin will have to settle for VOD or DVD, missing out on the opportunity to see it in a movie theater. As our fair city continues to improve its status in the filmmaking community, playing host to more film shoots and sending more movies to Sundance and other major festivals with each passing year, the filmgoing community deserves some love, too.
Kim Jones at the Austin Chronicle has already done a fine job of defining where Austin stands in the film release landscape. The only way we’re going to bring more films to Austin, and at the same time as larger cities like Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco, etc., is for our theaters to continue taking chances on these films, and, more importantly, for those of us who love movies in Austin to go out and support them when they do come to town.
So, this Monday April 1, you have a chance to show distributors everywhere that Austin deserves the chance to see films like War Witch on the big screen, and it’s certainly a film that earns every ounce of support it gets. Though the story of a 12 year old girl kidnapped by rebel soldiers and enslaved to a life of guerrilla warfare in the African jungle may sound brutal, as Matt Odam of the Austin American-Statesman wrote today, “writer-director Kim Nguyen shows a restrained and artful hand in rendering his heartbreaking tale.”
Take a look at the trailer below, and then buy your tickets here. You’ll not only be treating yourself to an eye-opening night at the movies, but you’ll be also be laying supportive groundwork for Stateside Independent and Austin’s moviegoing culture in general.