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SXSW 2015 snapshots – RZA, Trainwreck, Sneakerheadz

The Wu-Tang Clan chief kicks the truth about his love affair with film, Amy Schumer’s work in progress and the art of sneaker collecting

The word according to RZA

Tue, Mar 17, 2015, 15:01


RZA’s film festival keynote

Note for the hip-hop promoters in the audience: Robert Diggs stepped onstage bang on time at 11am sharp. He then proceeded to talk with great conviction and enthusiasm about why he pays allegiance to the silver screen. It’s a story which began with an uncle taking him to see Star Wars at an early informative age and the fever for film never left. RZA outlines his story via Michael Caine’s The Swarm, grindhouse movies, kung-fu films, the seedy fleapits of New York’s Times Square, Jim Jarmusch, Quentin Tarantino and the great John Woo. To RZA, film is about creating powerful alternative realities which allow for an escape from the world around you. More pertinently, the inspirations and influnces he took from movies subconsciously come out in his music.


It’s going to be a few months until Trainwreck appears on your screens – the version which screened for a whooping and hollering SXSW film audience was a work-in-progress – but you can probably expect it to be a big ol’ hit. It’s directed by Judd Apatow (Bridesmaids, This Is 40, Girls, Freaks and Geeks), but the real attention-grabber is Amy Schumer in her screenwriting debut and first major film role. She plays a magazine writer out to have a good time every time who finds herself, much to her surprise, falling for a nice guy doctor played by Bill Hader who she is sent to profile. Fantastic performances all round – the real scene-stealer is LeBron James who plays Hader’s penny-pinching wingman – great zingers and on-point cheeky hat-tips and references.


Welcome to the world of sneaker collecting, an activity which involves purchasing and never wearing limited edition or hard-to-find sneakers produced by such footwear companies as Nike, Adidas, Reebok, New Balance and others. David Friendly and Mick Partridge’s documentary traces the story of how kicks became so valuable – so much so that riots break out at some shops when limited edition kicks like the Nike Supreme Air Foamposite 1 go on sale – and especially how they became such an important and collectible art-form for many. From New York to Japan, the documentary talks to sneakerheads with impressive (read scary) collections and finds out how they got in the game and why they’re still in. Bonus points: the documentary also comes with one bad-ass soundtrack.