The South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival announced Thursday a handful of titles set to screen at the 2016 event.
The flicks include:
John Lee’s “Pee-wee’s Big Holiday” starring Paul Reubens as your boy Pee-Wee. Netflix is distributing.
Austin filmmaker Jeff Nichols’ has “sci-fi chase” movie “Midnight Special” starring Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, and Kirsten Dunst.
“Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru,” Joe Berlinger’s doc on the self-help titan.
Irene Taylor Brodsky’s “Beware the Slenderman,” a look at murder, internet memes and the deadly intersection therein.
Athina Rachel Tsangari’s festival favorite “Chevalier.”
Over in TV, SXSW has Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s adaptation of the fan-fave Vertigo comic book “Preacher” for AMC. Here is the trailer.
These films join the previously announced opening night film, Richard Linklater’s “Everybody Wants Some.”
Feature films (except Midnighters) will be announced Feb. 2.
Midnighters, all short films, and music videos will be announced Feb. 9. SXSW is an official qualifying festival for the Academy Awards Short Film competition. The Best Narrative Short, Best Documentary Short and Best Animated Short winners become eligible for the Academy Awards.
SXSW 2016 takes place March 11 to 20 in Austin.
Here are some details on the above:
“Beware the Slenderman” (World Premiere)
Director: Irene Taylor Brodsky
In this horrifyingly modern fairytale lurks an online Boogeyman and two 12-year-old girls who would kill for him. The entrance to the internet quickly leads to its darkest basement. How responsible are our children for what they find there?
Director: Athina Rachel Tsangari, Screenwriters: Efthimis Filippou, Athina Rachel Tsangari
Six men on a fishing trip on a luxury yacht decide to play a game to compete. Things will be compared. Things will be measured. Songs will be butchered, blood will be tested. Friends will become rivals and rivals will become hungry. (Greece)
Cast: Yorgos Kentros, Panos Koronis, Vangelis Mourikis, Makis Papadimitriou, Yorgos Pirpassopoulos, Sakis Rouvas
“Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru” (World Premiere)
Director: Joe Berlinger
Granted unprecedented access, Berlinger captures renowned life and business strategist Tony Robbins behind the scenes of his mega seminar Date with Destiny, pulling back the curtain on this life-altering and controversial event, the zealous participants and the man himself.
“Midnight Special” (North American Premiere)
Director/Screenwriter: Jeff Nichols
A father goes on the run to protect his young son and uncover the truth behind the boy’s special powers in the sci-fi thriller Midnight Special, a film as supernatural as it is intimately human.
Cast: Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver, Jaeden Lieberher, Sam Shepard
“Pee-wee’s Big Holiday (World Premiere)
Director: John Lee, Screenwriters: Paul Reubens, Paul Rust
In Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, a fateful meeting with a mysterious stranger inspires Pee-wee Herman to take his first-ever holiday in this epic story of friendship and destiny.
Cast: Paul Reubens, Joe Manganiello, Jessica Pohly, Alia Shawkat, Stephanie Beatriz
“Preacher” (World Premiere)
Directors: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Screenwriter: Sam Catlin
Preacher is a supernatural, twisted and darkly comedic drama that follows a West Texas preacher named Jesse Custer, who – along with his ex-girlfriend Tulip and an Irish vagabond named Cassidy – is thrust into a crazy world, much bigger than he is.
Cast: Dominic Cooper, Ruth Negga, Joseph Gilgun, Ian Colletti, W. Earl Brown, Lucy Griffiths