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SXSW Day 3: 'Licks': The hard-knock life in California

Posted 7:08pm on Sunday, Mar. 10, 2013

The joy of any film festival is discovering something new and vital. That happened Sunday at the SXSW Film Festival with the screening of Licks, a coming-into-manhood story set on the rough streets of Oakland, Calif.

Director Jonathan Singer-Vine's tale of a young man coming back home after a two-year stint in prison doesn't go where it might be expected to go, either in where it takes its characters or even in its use of music (it's not wall-to-wall hip-hop). Though some of the acting is rough around the edges (it was the first film for most involved), it has a sense of place that feels authentic and lived in.

Too bad Singer-Vine couldn't really explain himself in the Q&A after the screening. There's definitely some raw talent there.

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