The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival announced today that legendary indie film producer Christine “Killer Films” Vachon will be its fourth and final keynote speaker (joining the RZA, Mark Duplass and Ava DuVarney) as well as the complete conference lineup including conversations with Sally Field, comedian Amy Schumer, Austin filmmaker Jeff Nichols and actor Michael Shannon (DeNiro to Shannon’s Scorsese), Henry Rollins and (wait for it) Ryan Gosling.
The latter will be sitting down to chat with Guillermo del Toro to discuss Gosling’s “Lost River,” which is playing at SXSW.
SXSW also announced a few new feature films including a special, director’s cut screening of the little-seen 1982 sci-fi comedy “Human Highway,” co-written and -directed by Dean Stockwell and someone named Neil Young (I wonder what happened to him?), a completely insane-sounding movie co-starring Russ Tamblyn, Dennis Hopper and the guys from Devo. (This will be packed.)
Also look for the world première of Antoine Bardou-Jacquet’s “Moonwalkers,” Betzabé García’s “Kings of Nowhere,” a live podcast recording of comedian Doug Benson’s “Doug Loves Movies,” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation,” the infamous shot-for-shot remake of the ” Raiders of the Lost Ark,” a project profiled in the documentary “Raiders!,” also screening at SXSW.
The fest is now up to 150 features, including 102 world premieres, 14 North American premieres (read: it could have been in Berlin or Cannes) and 11 U.S. premieres (read: it probably played Toronto) with 62 first-time directors. IN addition, look for 106 short films as part of 10 curated shorts programs. The 256 films were selected from a record number of overall submissions, nearly 7500, comprised of approximately 2426 features and 4935 shorts, an overall increase of 13 percent over 2014.