By: Isamar Terrazas
South by Southwest (SXSW), a film, music, and interactive festival, took place from March 8 to March 17 in Austin, Texas. The festival brought many people to the capital, filled with many music events, discussions by professionals, and movie premieres. One of the movie premieres that took place at SXSW was the movie directed by Harmony Korine, Spring Breakers, starting James Franco, Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson, Vanessa Hudgens, and Rachel Korine.
The cast and director of the film attended the premiere on Monday March 11 at the Paramount theatre. Many fans were lined up from early during the day to see the movie and catch a glimpse of their favorite celebrity. Stephania Ortega was one of these fans, “I waited for like 6 hours in line to be able to get a picture of James Franco,” she said. “We almost lost our space when they kept entering people for the previous movie premieres and others were taking advantage and cutting in line. It was not fair for everyone that waited.”
Franco, Gome, Benson, and the Korine couple walked the red carpet at the Paramount and took pictures with their fans. All were then seated amongst the audience that filled the Paramount. The 94-minute film was filed with laughs and moments of shock from the audience. James Franco’s character “Alien” was a favorite amongst the audience. Theresa Santos said, “I really liked how different Franco’s character was from the other ones that I have seen. I loved the dreads he wore and it’s a character that I would have never imagine he would do.”
After the movie, the cast and director did a Q&A, answering questions by the SXSW film director, but mostly from the audience. There were funny moments between Franco and director Korine. Haleigh Houde, a film student who attended the premiere, said, “I asked the director about how he got the footage from spring break parties for the movie and I really do like the way of how he responded to finding it.” Houde said, “Harmony Korine did know who to respond to the questions in a way that was appealing to his majority audience members.”
The next day the cast members held a cast panel where the actresses and the director spoke about what it was like working in a film. Gomez spoke about how this role was completely different from her previous roles working for Disney. At the end, the girls sang to Britney Spears’ debut song “Hit Me Baby One More Time.”