Hari Kondabolu Wants Answers for Apu

Will Hari Kondabolu get satisfaction? That’s the story behind The Problem with Apu, the comedian’s documentary that premieres Sunday on Tru TV. Kondabolu credits The Simpsons for helping him realize that comedy could be smart, subversive and funny, but he has a big problem with the show’s convenience store clerk Apu Nahasapeemapetilon.

Papa Grows Funk Doc at Film Fest Reveals Basic Band Truths

Josh Freund and Sam Radutzky inadvertently set a task for themselves when they decided to shoot a documentary on Papa Grows Funk. The New Orleans funk band was exactly what people thought it was—a very good, very funky band that loved to jam. It never had an obvious story though, and its members weren’t characters. Because of that, it wasn’t a natural hook for the movie, but Do U Want It? starts as a document of the love the band inspired in its fans.

A "Serenade" Plays New Orleans Film Fest

Documentary producer and director Owsley Brown was not looking for a movie when he arrived in Port-au-Prince. He found himself at the Sainte Trinité Music School and was immediately struck by it. Brown remembers an indescribably welcoming feeling that he couldn’t explain but knew immediately he had to capture on film. Here the roots of Serenade for Haiti began.

The Mekons: Still Punk Rock After All These Years

When opportunity knocked, The Mekons pretended they weren’t home. Actually, that’s not true. They just didn’t stop what they were doing to answer the door. The British punk band were art school mates with the Gang of Four and recorded their answer to The Clash’s “White Riot”—“Never Been in a Riot”—in 1978. At the time, primitive skills were badges of honor in the fight against the tyranny of technique as embodied by Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Eric Clapton, and any musician who intentionally played in 11/4 time.

Cream of the Crop

Screenings both large and small can go unnoticed in the cinematic boomtown of the Hollywood South. As Ferris Bueller once said, "life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." Here's our weekly roundup of the upcoming showings and festivals in independent film venues we don't want you to miss because you didn't know about them.

Edward Scissorhands

The Tim Burton classic is an alterna-tearjearker about being misunderstood.

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