Filmmakers in Focus - Que caramba es la vida, Rubber Soul & The Winding Stream

Written by Jim Kolmar | March 6, 2014
Clockwise from Top Left - Que caramba es la vida; Doris Doerrie; Rubber Soul; Jon Lefkovitz; The Winding Stream; Beth Harrington

SXSW is truly upon us, and with it over 130 feature films, including a number of films with a music connection. The three films in today's Filmmakers in Focus all form part of the 24 Beats per Second section.

Doris Doerrie's Que caramba es la vida is an intimate portrait of some of the talented women Mariachis of Mexico City, told with great cinematic artisty. Jon Lefkovitz's Rubber Soul is a bold new interpretation of the mythos of John Lennon, deftly straddling documentary and fiction. Beth Harrington's The Winding Stream is the definitive story of one of music history's most important dynasty - The Carters and the Cashes.

Browse the 24 Beats per Second lineup here, and read more Filmmakers in Focus on our archive page,

Doris Doerrie on Que caramba es la vida

Que caramba es la vida

Tell us a little about your film.

Que caramba es la vida a doc about the first women mariachi band of Mexico and a womens´ band now. All shot in Mexico City.

Why did you start making films?

Because I wanted to tell other stories of Mexico than stories of the drug war. I was and am interested in the every day life of people, especially women. And then I encountered a fantastic womens´band that not only struggles to enter the macho domain of mariachi music but is also juggling household chores, little children.- and life in Mexico City.

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

I have four regular jobs ( : I am a writer, movie director, opera director and professor of creative writing ) and two irregular ones: watching and listening. .

Jon Lefkovitz on RUBBER SOUL

Rubber Soul

Tell us a little about your film.

In December 1970, John Lennon and Yoko Ono were interviewed by Rolling Stone's Jann S. Wenner prior to the release of their "Plastic Ono Band" albums. Ten years later, in September 1980, the couple granted their first in-depth interview in five years to Playboy while they were in the process of recording "Double Fantasy". Rubber Soul reconstructs portions of these two historical interviews based on available transcripts and audio, juxtaposing them in order to explore the dynamic nature of Lennon's identity over time.

Why did you start making films?

I fell in love with Hitchcock in elementary school. I got my first camcorder at age 12 (after much begging and bargaining), and have been making movies ever since.

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

This is my first time at SXSW. I'm most looking forward to connecting with a vibrant community of film and music people.

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

I'm a Chicago native and Los Angeles transplant. My love of music rivals my love of cinema.

I keep a running list of every film I've seen (4,000 and counting!). "

Beth Harrington on The Winding Stream

The Winding Stream

Tell us a little about your film.

It's the story of the family at the very foundation of American roots music - The Carters and the Cashes.

Why did you start making films?

I've been making films for three decades. Almost can't remember. (Kidding). I love storytelling.

Have you been to SXSW before? Any tips?

Three times, twice to screen other films of mine. I love Austin and I love her people. Always happy to be mixing it up with the folks in the community.

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

I'm a filmmaker and a musician. I was a member of Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers. I'm still in bands today. My love of music informs my filmmaking.