20 Must-See Movies to Catch at SXSW 2017

From Charlize Theron kicking ass to music docs, midnight movies and the making of 'The Room' – what to see at the Austin-based film fest

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'May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers'
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Jonathan Furmanski12/20

'May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers'

Granted an all-access pass to film the North Carolina folk-rock band the Avett Brothers as they recorded their Rick Rubin-produced album True Sadness, directors Michael Bonfiglio and Judd Apatow – yes, that Judd Apatow – figured they'd get a decent behind-the-scenes look at the group's creative process. They probably hadn't bargained on Seth and Scott Avett and their fellow band mates dealing with family-related health problems, the dissolution of a marriage, parenthood and how to negotiate an ever-changing music industry while your hitting your peak moment of fame while their cameras were rolling. But in the process, the duo ended up catching not just a making-of doc but also a look at the importance of having folks' backs during tough times and how to turn such ill-dealt hands into art. Kudos.


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