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“Reality Show” will have its world premiere on opening night of SXSW, March 8, 2013. View a trailer here. This film is going to catch you by surprise as the narrative builds. What if you were the star of a reality TV show but you didn’t know it? For producer Mickey Wagner, ratings are everything. He will sink to the lowest depths to get what he wants. Too bad for a mild-mannered family that gets caught in his crosshairs. Because Mickey is going to take it to the limit to make this family, being secretly filmed, act like he wants them to act. They are going to be stars, despite their lukewarm personalities. He will throw chaos into their lives: sex, drugs, whatever, to make them interesting. What results is a truly dark and quirky film. It brings to mind David Lynch and it will inspire filmmakers in pursuit of telling a compelling story because this one sure is.


Adma Rifkin was kind enough to share some thoughts on “Reality Show” and filmmaking in general for this interview. He has been making films since he was a kid and has never looked back. With an impressive resume, Adam is his own best friend when it comes to making movies. He is the catalyst behind “Reality Show,” as writer, director, and, yes, star. If you were to casually see it, you would naturally accept Adam’s performance as that of another smart and capable actor. Then to find out that he wrote and directed the thing, well, you have to respect the guy. Just his role as the producer from hell, Mickey Wagner, is worth applause.

Here is the Comics Grinder podcast interview with Adam Rifkin. Enjoy:

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SXSW is March 8 thru 17. To get your SXSW pop culture fix started up, consider this offering: Adam Rifkin’s “Reality Show.” He has taken his successful Showtime series, about the underbelly of reality TV, and turned it into a feature film. Enjoy.

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If you’re at SXSW, check out the Canon Screening Room today, at 4:45 pm, for “KID-THING,” which did well at Sundance this year.


In the outskirts of Austin, the days of 10 year-old Annie (newcomer Sydney Aguirre) are filled with solitary mischief. Annie has no friends her age; her father (Nathan Zellner), a goat farmer-cum-demolition derby driver, does little parenting. Playing in the woods one day, she hears a plaintive call for help from a woman (Oscar-nominated actress Susan Tyrell) in an abandoned well. Though Annie feels driven to visit the well daily, she is unsure about how to deal with the woman’s plight.

Brothers David and Nathan Zellner have made an exciting discovery in Sydney Aguirre, an extraordinary child actor who gives Annie a rich inner life. The Zellners return to the festival for the seventh time, most recently with the acclaimed 2008 feature Goliath and last year’s irreverent short Sasquatch Birth Journal 2, with this carefully observed film that is both harsh and poignant, but one that retains their idiosyncratic humor.  Atmospheric and visually striking, KID-THING is a haunting fable that explores the choices an isolated child might make when left to her own morality-free devices.

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