Filmmakers in Focus - Beyond Clueless, Buzzard & Evaporating Borders

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Written by Jim Kolmar | February 4, 2014
Visions filmmakers Charlie Lyne, Joel Potrykus and Iva Radivojevic

The Visions category at SXSW is all about audacity, innovation; new ways of viewing the world. The three visionary filmmakers in today's Filmmakers in Focus are behind a timely look at the 90s Teen Movie, a darkly comic satire of corporate America, and an artful portrait of the ebb and flow of the migrant experience. To view all Filmmakers in Focus so far, head to this page.

Charlie Lyne on Beyond Clueless

Tell us a little about your film.

Beyond Clueless is a feature-length essay film about teen movies, narrated by Fairuza Balk. Like a lot of people, my own teen years were in thrall to the likes of American Pie, She's All That and EuroTrip, so the film is my attempt to figure out what I learned (and what I would've been wise not to learn) from them all.

Beyond Clueless was funded by 505 people on Kickstarter and constructed entirely from the confines of my bedroom, using a library of over 200 teen movies and an original score by the amazing pop duo Summer Camp. I'm so excited for people to see it.

Why did you start making films?

I also work as a film critic in the UK, and for me, one of the most fascinating things about moving into filmmaking has been realising how little the two disciplines actually differ. I think all films are essentially comments on the films that preceded them, and that's a fantastic and exciting tradition to be a part of.

Have you been to SXSW before? What are you most looking forward to?

No! I've always wanted to, though. Since the very beginning of production, SXSW was always in the back of my mind as Beyond Clueless's spiritual home, even though screening it there seemed like an impossible pipe dream at the time. I still can't quite believe it's really happening.

I also can't wait to explore the rest of the lineup. I've always wanted to come to SXSW as a critic, so I'll be pretending that's what I'm there for as often as possible.

Tell us a random fact (or two!) that would help our attendees get a better idea of who you are.

The best way to get to know me is probably to set aside five hours and listen to me read Miley Cyrus's searing 2009 memoir "Miles to Go" in its entirety: http://charlielyne.com/milestogo/

Joel Potrykus on Buzzard

Tell us a little about your film.

Buzzard is about an angry slacker, dead set on passing off some bogus checks he swiped from his crummy temp job. He gets distracted along the way by Sega Genesis and goofing around with lightsabers. No genres here. Anything goes.

Why did you start making films?

For the money.

Have you been to SXSW before? What are you most looking forward to?

I have never been to the festival. Super psyched. Looking forward to slamming some Mountain Dew on 6th St.

Tell us a random fact (or two!) that would help our attendees get a better idea of who you are.

All about epic fail selfies.

Iva Radivojevic on Evaporating Borders

Tell us a little about your film.

Ooooooh it's a beautiful film! The sounds carry the images, the images carry the words, the words carry some themes...themes of tolerance, identity, belonging.

It's not told in a traditional way...it's reads like a letter to a friend, a visual letter. The friend is taken on a trip and experiences the island of Cyprus, experiences some twisted things that happen there, but also some lovely things.

The friend, perhaps, also finds her/himself on the way as well.

Why did you start making films?

Because it's the best way I know how to communicate.

Have you been to SXSW before? What are you most looking forward to?

Nope! Films, films, films, music, music, music…and some (a lot) of Austin goodness.

Tell us a random fact (or two!) that would help our attendees get a better idea of who you are.

I love talking with strangers, especially if they are alone and/or lonely…or lost…getting lost is pretty brilliant as well.