My review & pictures of Nikki Reed, Thomas Dekker “Snap” World Premiere Q&A at 2013 SXSW Film Festival

On Monday, March 11, 2013 I attended the gala World Premiere of Snap at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas. The sold-out screening was held at the legendary Alamo Ritz. The film was a selection in the Visions section.

It's incredibly challenging to write about this enigmatic film without giving anything away and virtually impossible to discuss the story without spoilers, which I try to avoid at any cost. So I'll just say that the plot is quite dark and deals with some very difficult subject matter. Snap is an intense psychological thriller that can be hard to watch at times and I strongly urge viewers to read a basic synopsis. I've also posted a teaser trailer below.

For its bold and brilliant execution, with an unflinching and risky approach to a hot button topic, I gave Snap five stars and a place on my 2013 SXSW Film Festival Top 8 Narratives.

Snap boasts some of the most intense and moving performances of the 2013 SXSW Film Festival, particularly from stars Jake Hoffman, Nikki Reed, and Thomas Dekker. The latter two are no strangers to this blog or the world of independent film. Reed wowed me in director Catherine Hardwicke's first two films, as Evie Zamora in 2003's Sundance hit Thirteen and as Kathy Alva in 2006's Lords of Dogtown, a modern-day classic documenting the birth of Southern California skateboard culture. Hardwicke worked with her again on Twilight, where her portrayal of Rosalie Hale led to a long-lasting life through all five Twilight Saga films.

I first met Dekker at the World Premiere of From Within, one of my Top Picks from the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival (see my review). We crossed paths again when I selected Gregg Araki's Kaboom as one of my Top 10 from the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival. With Snap, Dekker becomes one of few actors whose films have made my festival Top Picks three times. Ironically, lead actor Jake Hoffman was an Associate Producer on Henry's Crime, which also played Toronto in 2010. Scott Bakula, Jason Priestley, and Gina Rodriguez also shine in Snap.

Co-director/producer/editor Youssef Delara and co-director/producer/writer Victor Teran were brought onstage to introduce the film. After the screening, Delara and Teran returned to the stage, where they were joined by cast and crew including cinematographer Ben Kufrin and stars Nikki Reed, Thomas Dekker, and Ruby Wendell for an enlightening and provocative Q&A session.

Here are some pictures I shot during the intro and Q&A:

INTRO AND Q&A GALLERY (42 photos on 3 pages)



Larry Richman

Larry Richman

For 20 years I was a professional in the entertainment industry, from commercial broadcast radio in America's fourth largest market to band management to record production. But my passion is independent film, and I spend much of the year traveling to film festivals to see indies and meet the actors, directors, and others responsible for creating them. I'm a writer, photographer, and videographer, currently serving as Senior Vice President for Media & Technology and Public Relations at PROnetworks as well as Editor at

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