Doug Benson, “I Am a Hero,” Burt Reynolds, a restored “Phantasm” and more as SXSW announces final round of films

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Burt Reynolds hosting “Smokey and the Bandit!” Manga zombies! Robert Klein!

The South by Southwest  Film Conference and Festival announced Tuesday the Midnighters, the 13 Festival Favorites, shorts programs and special events for the 23rd fest, which runs March 11-19.

They also threw in a few last-minute bookings in other categories for good measure.

Comedian Doug Benson (of “Doug Loves Movies” fame) and Master Pancake will celebrate St. Partick’s Day with a swing at “Leprechaun 4: In Space.”

Also look for a restored print of Eagle Pennell’s “Last Night at the Alamo as well as three nights of free film screenings outside the Long Center, screenings that are open to the public with free SXSW Guest Pass available at guestpass.sxsw.com:

  • A 10th anniversary screening March 12 of Luke Meyer and Andrew Neel’s LARP documentary “Darkon” paired with a 30th anniversary screening of John Heyn and Jeff Krulik still-brilliant “Heavy Metal Parking Lot”
  • Burt Reynolds introducing an outdoor screening off “Smokey and the Bandit” March 13
  • A “Family Night Under The Stars” with a screening of episodes from the brand-new Powerpuff Girls cartoon series March 14

The Midnighters (read: genre films —  thrillers, sci-fi and horror) will feature 12 films, including six world premieres.

As far as shorts go, SXSW programmers selected 114 short films from 4,784 submissions.  SXSW is an official qualifying festival for the Academy Awards Short Film competition.

Winners of  Best Animated, Best Narrative and Best Documentary Short Film categories become eligible for Oscars, while British short film or British short animation that screens at SXSW is eligible for BAFTA nomination.

The jury awards ceremony is March 15 at the Paramount Theatre.Awards will be given for Narrative Feature, Documentary Feature and Design, along with a few special awards.

All feature film categories (except Special Events) will be eligible for category specific Audience Awards. Those will be announced March 20.

Here are the Midnighters:

“Carnage Park” Director/Screenwriter: Mickey Keating

The year is 1978. A team of wannabe crooks botch a small-town bank heist and flee with their hostage deep into the California desert, where they find themselves in a harrowing fight for survival against a psychotic ex-military sniper. Cast: Ashley Bell, Pat Healy, Alan Ruck, Darby Stanchfield, Larry Fessenden, Graham Skipper, James Landry Hebert, Michael Villar

“Hush” Director: Mike Flanagan, Screenwriters: Mike Flanagan, Kate Siegel

A deaf woman is stalked by a psychotic killer in her secluded home. Cast: Kate Siegel, John Gallagher Jr, Michael Trucco, Samantha Sloyan (World Premiere)

A still from "I Am A Hero"

A still from “I Am A Hero”

“I Am a Hero “ (Japan) Director: Shinsuke Sato, Screenwriter: Akiko Nogi

Japan’s first major zombie movie based on a blockbuster manga series! Cast: Yo Oizumi, Kasumi Arimura, Masami Nagasawa (U.S. Premiere)

“Jack Goes Home” Director/Screenwriter: Thomas Dekker

After his father is killed in a car crash, Jack travels home to Colorado to help nurse his mother (who was injured in the crash) back to health. There, he uncovers long buried secrets and lies within his family, his friends and his very identity. Cast: Rory Culkin, Lin Shaye, Daveigh Chase, Natasha Lyonne, Louis Hunter, Nikki Reed, Britt Robertson (World Premiere)

“Johnny Frank Garrett’s Last Word” Director: Simon Rumley, Screenwriters: Ben Ketai, Marc Haimes, Tony Giglio

When a young man is executed for committing murder, he leaves behind a curse letter in which he promises to take vengeance on all those connected to his trial. Cast: Sean Patrick Flanery, Erin Cummings, Devin Bonne, Mike Doyle (World Premiere)

“My Father Die” Director/Screenwriter: Sean Brosnan

A young deaf boy avenges the death of his brother, and the killer happens to be his father. Cast: Joe Anderson, Gary Stretch, Candance Smith, Kevin Gage, John Schneider, Gabe White, Ross Britz, Michael Francis Murphy, William Mark McCullough, Frances Reagan James (World Premiere)

“Pet” Director: Carles Torrens, Screenwriter: Jeremy Slater

A lonely man fatefully reunites with a former high school classmate. When she spurns his advances, he takes her prisoner, only to find that she is not what she seems. Cast: Dominic Monaghan, Ksenia Solo, Jennette McCurdy, Nathan Parsons, John Ross Bowie, Da’Vone McDonald, Janet Song (World Premiere)

“PHANTASM: Remastered” Director/Screenwriter: Don Coscarelli

Filmmaker J.J. Abrams and his company Bad Robot have undertaken a meticulous 4K restoration of writer/director Don Coscarelli’s beloved horror fan favorite about a young boy confronting the embodiment of death in the form of the sinister “Tall Man.” Cast: Michael Baldwin, Bill Thornbury, Angus Scrimm, Reggie Bannister, Kathy Lester

“Under the Shadow” (Jordan, Qatar, UK) Director/Screenwriter: Babak Anvari

As a mother and daughter struggle to cope with the terrors of the post-revolution, war torn Tehran of the 80s, a mysterious evil begins to haunt their home… Cast: Narges Rashidi, Avin Manshadi, Bobby Naderi, Arash Marandi, Ray Haratian, Hamid Djavdan, Nabil Koni

“Untitled Fede Alvarez/ Ghost House Thriller” Director: Fede Alvarez, Screenwriters: Fede Alvarez, Rodo Sayagues

A group of teens break into a blind man’s home thinking they’ll get away with the perfect crime. They’re wrong. Cast: Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovatto, Stephen Lang (World Premiere)

A few more Festival Favorites

“Cameraperson” Director: Kirsten Johnson

Exposing her role behind the camera, Johnson reaches into the vast trove of footage she has shot over decades around the world. What emerges is a visually bold memoir and a revelatory interrogation of the power of the camera.

“Chevalier” (Greece) 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. Cast: Yorgos Kentros, Panos Koronis, Vangelis Mourikis, Makis Papadimitriou, Yorgos Pirpassopoulos, Sakis Rouvas

“Free In Deed” Director/Screenwriter: Jake Mahaffy

Free in Deed depicts one man’s attempts to perform a miracle when a single mother brings her young boy to church for healing. Cast: David Harewood, Edwina Findley, RaJay Chandler, Kathy Smith

“Gleason” Director: Clay Tweel, Screenwriters: Seth Gordon, Clay Tweel

At the age of 34, Steve Gleason was handed a death sentence. When doctors diagnosed him with ALS, they gave the former NFL defensive back and New Orleans hero two to five years to live. So that is what Steve chose to do – LIVE.

“The Greasy Strangler” Director: Jim Hosking, Screenwriters: Jim Hosking, Toby Harvard

Ronnie runs a Disco walking tour with his son, Brayden. When a sexy woman takes the tour, it begins a competition between father and son for her love. It also signals the arrival of an oily strangler who stalks the streets at night. Cast: Michael St Michaels, Elizabeth De Razzo, Sky Elobar, Joe Walters, Gil Gex, Abdoulaye NGom, Sam Dissanayake, Holland MacFallister

“Hunt For The Wilderpeople” (New Zealand) Director/Screenwriter: Taika Waititi

Ricky (Julian Dennison) is a defiant city kid who finds himself on the run with his cantankerous foster uncle (Sam Neill) in the wild New Zealand bush, in this hilarious and heartfelt adventure from director Taika Waititi (What We Do In The Shadows). Cast: Julian Dennison, Sam Neill, Rima Te Wiata, Rachel House, Oscar Kightley, Rhys Darby, Stan Walker, Cohen Holloway, Mike Minogue, Troy Kingi

“Morris from America” Director/Screenwriter: Chad Hartigan

Morris From America is an endearing, heartfelt coming-of-age comedy about Morris, a 13-year-old African-American boy who has just moved to Heidelberg, Germany with his caring but troubled single father. Cast: Markees Christmas, Craig Robinson, Carla Juri

“Newtown” Director: Kim A. Snyder

Newtown documents the aftermath of the deadliest mass shooting of schoolchildren in American history. A cast of characters within Newtown and beyond interconnect to weave an intimate story of trauma, grief and community resilience.

“Operation Avalanche” Director: Matt Johnson, Screenwriters: Matt Johnson, Josh Boles

In 1967, four undercover CIA agents were sent to NASA posing as a documentary film crew. What they discovered led to one of the biggest conspiracies in American history. Cast: Matt Johnson, Owen Williams, Josh Boles, Ray James

“Presenting Princess Shaw” (Israel) Director: Ido Haar

Presenting Princess Shaw is the true story of the incredible Princess Shaw and the enigmatic composer Kutiman, who discovers her from the other side of the world.

“Richard Linklater – dream is destiny” Directors: Louis Black, Karen Bernstein

Richard Linklater – dream is destiny is a feature-length documentary on the filmmaker Richard Linklater and an unusual look at a fiercely independent film style that emerged from Austin, Texas in the 1990s.

“Sing Street” (USA/Ireland) Director/Screenwriter: John Carney

A boy growing up in Dublin during the 1980s escapes his strained family life by starting a band and moving to London. Cast: Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Lucy Boynton, Jack Reynor, Aidan Gillen, Mark McKenna, Maria Doyle Kennedy

“Trapped” Director: Dawn Porter, Screenwriters: Dawn Porter, Sari Gilman

Trapped follows the clinic workers, women, and lawyers on the frontlines of the battle as they fight to keep abortion safe and legal across the US for millions of poor and uninsured women caught in a political quagmire.

Two 24 Beats Per Second titles

“Robert Klein Can’t Stop Shaking His Leg” Director: Robert Klein

A hilarious and heartfelt look at the career and influence of comedy legend Robert Klein. (World Premiere)

“Sidemen – Long Road To Glory” Director: Scott Rosenbaum, Screenwriters: Scott Rosenbaum, Jasn Cadic

An intimate look at the lives and legacies of piano player Pinetop Perkins, drummer Willie ‘Big Eyes’ Smith and guitarist Hubert Sumlin, all Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf sidemen. (World Premiere)

One more SXGlobal title:

“Semana Santa” (Mexico) Director/Screenwriter: Alejandra Márquez Abella

Dali and her 8-year-old son Pepe take a vacation with Dali’s boyfriend, Chavez. Instead of bringing them closer, their beach holiday brings out things in each of them that threaten to pull this emerging family apart. Cast: Anajosé Aldrete, Tenoch Huerta, Esteban Ávila (U.S. Premiere)

And one more Visions film:

“Boone” Director: Christopher LaMarca

A unique sensory and unsentimental peek beneath the veil of the Utopian dream of farming. Stripped of interviews with farmers or agricultural experts, a sense of time and place serve as a meditation on the gritty reality of three young goat farmers. (World Premiere)

And here are alll the shorts!

 

NARRATIVE SHORTS

A selection of original, well-crafted films that take advantage of the short form and exemplify distinctive and genuine storytelling.

 

Barry

Director/Screenwriter: Jay Rondot

A homespun cocaine dealer takes to social media to expand his operation, but things don’t go as planned. (World Premiere)

 

Boys (Sweden)

Director: Isabella Carbonel, Screenwriters: Isabella Carbonell, Babak Najafi

Markus is in an institution for young sex offenders. His only friend inside is the unpredictable and violent Tobias. (North American Premiere)

 

Crooked 180 (Netherlands)

Director/Screenwriter: Kevin Boitelle

A young skateboarders summer with endless possibilities and an approaching ending. (World Premiere)

 

Dastaar

Director/Screenwriter: Javian Ashton Le

Harpreet and Emily drive to New York days after 9/11 (World Premiere)

 

Ernestine & Kit (UK)

Director: Simon Bird, Screenwriters: Simon Bird, Kevin Barry

A darkly comic fairytale about two elderly women who travel the countryside of rural Ireland, imagining the terrible, immoral lives people are living today. Their one consolation is the innocence of children… (World Premiere)

 

The First Men

Director/Screenwriter: Benjamin Kegan, Story by: Stacey Richter

An overextended teacher bumps into a troubled student while at the mall with her mom. (World Premiere)

 

Greener Grass

Director: Paul Briganti, Screenwriters: Jocelyn DeBoer, Dawn Luebbe

In this dark comedy of manners set in a surreal world, meticulously-coiffed soccer moms Jill and Lisa vie for perfect children, perfect husbands, and most importantly, perfect teeth. (North American Premiere)

 

Her Friend Adam (Canada)

Director/Screenwriter: Ben Petrie

A boyfriend’s jealous impulse spirals out of control in 16 minutes of romantic doom.

 

Het Geluk (Belgium)

Director/Screenwriter: Jan Van Dyck

One evening, 38-year-old Frank returns to his quiet residential house where his family has organized a surprise birthday party. (North American Premiere)

 

Hip Hip Hooray

Director: Lizzy Sanford, Screenwriters: Lizzy Sanford, Anna Cordell

Harry breaks up with his girlfriend on his 30th birthday, moments before discovering she has thrown him a surprise birthday party.

 

 

Homebodies (Australia)

Director/Screenwriter: Yianni Warnock

Shannon cooks dinner whilst speaking to a perverted stranger online. Andrew takes a bath wrapped in seared Christmas lights. What could possibly shock this estranged couple from their malaise? (World Premiere)

 

How Was Your Day? (Ireland)

Director: Damien O’Donnell, Screenwriters: Nollaig Rowan, Damien O’Donnell

A woman is excited about the approaching birth of her first child. (North American Premiere)

 

Jumpers

Director/Screenwriter: Anonymous

One way or another, Paul is getting Cody off the roof.

 

Quelques Secondes (France)

Director: Nora El Hourch

The daily life of five girls living in a hosting center in Paris, and trying to move forward. (U.S. Premiere)

 

She Stoops To Conquer (Canada)

Director: Zack Russell, Screenwriters: Zack Russell, Kayla Lorette

A struggling performer stumbles upon a real-life version of the character she plays in this doppelgänger rom-com.

 

Thunder Road

Director/Screenwriter: Jim Cummings

Officer Arnaud loved his mom.

 

Too Legit

Director/Screenwriter: Frankie Shaw

After becoming pregnant from sexual assault on campus, a young woman goes on a journey to find out if the rape was ‘legitimate.’

 

Victor XX (Spain)

Director/Screenwriter: Ian Garrido

What would happen if you didn’t feel comfortable with your body? What if you decided to experiment with your gender?

 

Where You Are

Director/Screenwriter: Graham Parkes

When Jen’s son disappears in a game of hide-and-seek, she unwittingly embarks on a journey through time in order to find him. (World Premiere)

 

Woman in Deep

Director/Screenwriter: Janicza Bravo

A woman struggles to make it through her birthday in one piece. (World Premiere)

 

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS

Slices of life from across the documentary spectrum.

 

Alive & Kicking: The Soccer Grannies of South Africa (South Africa/USA)

Director: Lara-Ann de Wet

A story that brings to life the struggle of grannies in South Africa through the game of soccer. (World Premiere)

 

Another Kind of Girl (Jordan)

Director/Screenwriter: Khaldiya Jibawi

17-year-old Khaldiya meditates on how the refugee camp has opened up new horizons and given her a sense of courage that she lacked in Syria.

 

Bacon & God’s Wrath (Canada)

Director: Sol Friedman

A 90-year-old Jewish woman reflects on her life’s experiences as she prepares to try bacon for the first time.

 

The Black Belt

Director: Margaret Brown

In September 2015, Alabama closed 31 DMVs, which largely impacted voters in Alabama’s Black Belt. To combat these closures, the Secretary of State issued a Mobile Voter Registration unit, which traveled to every county to issue voter IDs. (World Premiere)

 

Dollhouse

Director: Terri Timely

An aesthetically lavish portrait of a “reborn” artist who strives for maximum verisimilitude in her creation of newborn baby dolls. (World Premiere)

 

Like

Director: Garrett Bradley

At the intersection of internet popularity and economic gain a booming industry grows in Bangladesh based on Likes. (World Premiere)

 

Love Bite: Laurie Lipton and her disturbing black & white drawings (UK)

Director: James Scott

No one on the planet has drawn more than Laurie Lipton. Armed with only a pencil, her haunting images seek answers to the most uncomfortable themes in our culture. But what compels her to live a life of isolation drawing is neither black nor white. (World Premiere)

 

Miss Me: The Artful Vandal

Director: Mohammad Gorjestani

Renowned Montreal street artist, “Miss Me”, gives us an unprecedented inside view into her life and her quest for self-liberation and authenticity, as she uses her art to take aim at the objectification of women in advertising. (World Premiere)

 

Phil’s Camino

Directors: Annie O’Neil, Jessica Lewis

Due to treatments for his stage 4 cancer, Phil can only dream of walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain. He does the next best thing: he builds a Camino behind his house and along the way he learns his true pilgrimage is the one he travels within. (World Premiere)

 

The Provider

Directors: Leah Galant, Maya Cueva

Restrictive laws, such as HB2 in Texas, threaten abortion providers and force clinics to shut down or hire out-of-state practitioners. Some abortion doctors, such as Dr. Shannon Carr, travel hundreds of miles to provide legal and safe abortions.

 

These C*cksucking Tears

Director: Dan Taberski

The gritty, fearless voice behind the world’s first and only gay-themed country music album, 40 years after its release. (World Premiere)

 

The Vodou Healer

Director: Lucy Walker

In post-earthquake Haiti, Vodou healer Katy leads a captivating and cathartic all-night ceremony. (World Premiere)

 

ANIMATED SHORTS

An assortment of stories told using traditional animation, computer-generated effects, stop-motion, and everything in-between.

 

Accidents, Blunders and Calamities (New Zealand)

Director/Screenwriter: James Cunningham

A father possum tells his kids a story about the most dangerous animal of all – humans! (World Premiere)

 

David Gilmour – “The Girl in the Yellow Dress” (UK/USA)

Director: Danny Madden

Paris, 1961—The “it” girl walks into a jazz club, imaginations run wild.

 

Deer Flower (Republic of Korea)

Director/Screenwriter: Kangmin Kim

Deer Flower is a stop motion and 3d printed film following elementary student, Dujung and his parents. Dujung drinks rare food and suffers side effects.

 

Edmond (UK)

Director/Screenwriter: Nina Gantz

A funny and dark story of a man with cannibalistic urges who travels back through his life, looking for the root of his unhappiness.

 

Geist (Ireland)

Directors: Alex Sherwood, Ben Harper, Sean Mullen

A shipwrecked fisherman is led to a dark secret within this short thriller. (World Premiere)

 

Glove

Directors: Alexa Lim Haas, Bernardo Britto

The true story of a glove that has been floating forever in space since 1968.

 

Heila Ormur

Director/Screenwriter: Rose Stark

A man, infected, runs for his life.

 

LOVE (Hungary)

Director/Screenwriter: Réka Bucsi

LOVE is a short film describing affection in 3 different chapters, through an impact on a distant solar system. (U.S. Premiere)

 

Pombo Loves You (UK)

Director: Steve Warne, Screenwriters: Josh Blaaberg, Steve Warne

A distant father is forced to confront a heroic but troubled past life as the 1980’s TV show character Pombo.

 

Shiny

Directors: Daniel Cloud Campos, Spencer Susser

A damsel in distress gets undressed when a man from the Midwest puts to rest a world that’s obsessed with “the priceless,” also known as “the shiny.”

 

Snowfall (Ireland)

Director: Conor Whelan

A story of fleeting love at a house party.

 

Things used to be hidden (Germany)

Director/Screenwriter: Tara Mercedes Wood

Things used to be hidden is a mockumentary about the aftermath of a disaster which caused everyone to loose their perception filters. Various characters tell us how they feel about their new lives. Is knowing it all really what we want? (North American Premiere)

 

Trash Cat

Director/Screenwriter: Kelsey Goldych

A cat that likes to knock over trashcans. (World Premiere)

 

Vocabulary 1

Director: Becky James

An oblivious Snake and his neighbor, Butterfly, come to life on a vocabulary worksheet. (World Premiere)

 

MIDNIGHT SHORTS

Bite-sized bits for all of your sex, gore, and hilarity cravings.

 

An Arms Length (UK)

Director/Screenwriter: Max Weiland

God couldn’t be everywhere, so he created mothers.

 

Battlefield Casualties (UK)

Director: Price James, Screenwriters: Darren Cullen, Price James

Battlefield Casualties is a Veterans For Peace UK Film challenging the British Army’s policy of recruiting 16-year-olds into the most dangerous army jobs.

 

Don’t Tell Mom (Japan)

Director: Sawako Kabuki

A nocturnal education film, designed to help children develop their emotions and expressions as well as language and physical skills by enjoying singing and exercising with a big brother.

 

Eat My Shit (Spain)

Director/Screenwriter: Eduardo Casanova

Samantha has an anus instead of a mouth. Everyone picks on her but she just wants to be normal.

 

Gwilliam

Director: Brian Lonano, Screenwriters: Brian Lonano, Victoria Cook, Kevin Lonano

A disgusting love story between Man and Goblin.

 

MANOMAN (UK)

Director: Simon Cartwright

When Glen attends primal scream class, he releases something from deep within that knows no limits.

 

Night of the Slasher

Director/Screenwriter: Shant Hamassian

A ‘shot-in-one-take’ slasher film about a teenage girl who must commit horror movie sins by drinking alcohol, doing drugs, and having sex in order to lure a masked killer and exact revenge.

 

Night Stalker

Director: New Media Ltd , Screenwriters: Mike Anderson, Ryan Dickie, Abigail Horton

The Night Stalker gives you poisoned to go container of food and you turn to clay and go to another dimension!!!

 

The Procedure

Director/Screenwriter: Calvin Lee Reeder

An unassuming man is forced to endure a strange experiment.

 

 

A Reasonable Request

Director: Andrew Laurich, Screenwriters: Gabriel Miller, Andrew Laurich

A desperate son reconnects with his estranged father to ask an unspeakable favor that will change their lives forever.

 

Seth

Director/Screenwriter: Zach Lasry

There comes a point in every young man’s life where he must rise to the occasion or admit defeat. For Seth, impressing his father is his only goal, his greatest test, his Everest. Today is the day.

 

The Smiling Man

Director/Screenwriter: A.J. Briones

A little girl home alone finds herself face-to-face with pure evil.

 

Snatchers

Directors: Stephen Cedars, Benji Kleiman, Screenwriters: Stephen Cedars, Benji Kleiman, Scott Yacyshyn

A teenager’s trip to the clinic becomes freakier than usual when she learns that something supernatural is involved. (World Premiere)

 

MUSIC VIDEOS

A range of classic, innovative, and stylish work showcasing the scope of music video culture.

 

Childish Gambino – “Sober”

Director: Hiro Murai

 

Dillon Francis – “Not Butter”

Director/Screenwriter: Brandon Dermer

 

DJ Carnage feat. Tomas Barfod – “November Skies”

Director/Screenwriter: Saman Kesh

 

Earl Sweatshirt – “Grief”

Director: Hiro Murai

 

Elliot Moss – “Pattern Repeating” (Norway)

Director: Daniel Howlid

 

Flying Lotus – “Coronus, the Terminator”

Director: Young Replicant

 

Fur Voice – “Fantasia” (Spain)

Director/Screenwriter: Pablo Maestres

 

 

 

Joywave – “Somebody New”

Director: Keith Schofield

 

Leftfield & Sleaford Mods – “Head and Shoulders” (UK)

Directors: Casey Raymond, Ewan Jones Morris

 

Lorn – “Acid Rain”

Director: R113

 

Modestep – “Rainbow” (UK)

Director: Jamie Delaney

 

Naughty Boy ft. Beyoncé and Arrow Benjamin – “Runnin’ (Lose It All)” (UK)

Directors: Charlie Robins, Julie Gautier

 

Robin Schulz – “Sugar (feat. Francesco Yates)” (Germany/USA)

Director: Zak Stoltz

 

Rudimental – “I Will For Love” (Belgium)

Director: I Owe Youth

 

The Shoes – “Drifted” (France/USA)

Director: Dent De Cuir

 

The Shoes ft. Blaine Harrison – “Submarine” (UK/USA)

Director: Karim Huu Do

 

Son Lux – “Change is Everything”

Director: Nathan Johnson

 

Tussilago – “Waltz” (Sweden)

Director: Maceo Frost

 

Vance Joy – “Georgia” (Australia)

Director/Screenwriter: Luci Schroder

 

Vince Staples – “Señorita”

Director: Ian Pons Jewell

 

Yvein Monq – “Twun” (Hungary)

Director: Kinopravda, Screenwriter: Viktor Horváth

 

 

TEXAS SHORTS

An offshoot of our regular narrative shorts program, composed of work shot in, about, or somehow relating to the Lone Star state.

 

1985

Director/Screenwriter: Yen Tan

A dying man seeks out a beauty consultant to hide his symptoms. (World Premiere)

 

Becoming Blair

Director: Brianna Barsalou

An exploration of the lifestyle and challenges faced by those who are transgender through the lens of one individual, Blair.

 

Joan on the Phone

Director/Screenwriter: Kayla Abuda Galang

Joan delivers an overzealous apology in a series of voicemails. (World Premiere)

 

The Mink Catcher

Director: Samantha Buck, Screenwriters: Marie Schlingmann, Samantha Buck

Dallas, Texas, 1980: A gossip columnist hunts down Dallas’s new First Lady to unearth the truths underneath her legendary mink coat.

 

Minor Setback

Director/Screenwriter: Augustine Frizzell

Two teen girls scheme their way out of work to spend a day at the beach. Things don’t go as planned. (World Premiere)

 

The Send-Off

Directors: Ivete Lucas, Patrick Bresnan

Emboldened by a giant block party on the evening of their high school prom, a group of students enters the night with the hope of transcending their rural town and the industrial landscape that surrounds them.

 

The Superlative Light

Director: Ben Steinbauer, Screenwriters: Ben Steinbauer, Robert Shults

Documentary photographer, Robert Shults, went from being a homeless dreamer to a home-owning artist after taking photos of the brightest light source in the known universe, a laser in basement of the physics department at UT. (World Premiere)

 

Thunder P.

Director/Screenwriter: Steve Collins

An I.T. employee discovers a shameful secret during a routine printer malfunction. (World Premiere)

 

 

 

Two Cities

Director: Darius Clark Monroe

Locked inside the mind and memory of Dr. Mtangulizi Sanyika, he reflects what it means to be part of the displaced New Orleans population in Houston.

 

TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL SHORTS

A preview of the next filmmaking generation, as Texas High Schoolers present shorts of 5 minutes or less.

 

Always With You

Director/Screenwriter: Jonathan Schuette

Emotionally struggling to prepare for a funeral, a teenage boy receives crucial encouragement from his father.

 

The Ambition Song

Director: Ian Chapoy

An animated interpretation of “The Ambition Song.”

 

The Archer Hadley Story

Directors: Ben Root, Alex Treviño

The Archer Hadley Story follows Archer Hadley, a senior student who has cerebral palsy as he hosts the Wheelchair Challenge fundraiser in hopes of buying his school automatic doors.

 

Art

Directors: August Grau, Devan Prabhakar

Two artists of different style interpret the same landscape.

 

Badi’ Al Zaman

Director/Screenwriter: Arhum Khan

Badi’ Al Zaman is a story about a musician’s experiences that go into constructing his art, and with all the content, he can’t help but think you never really feel him, because you don’t hear his words, you probably watch them.

 

Coffee

Director/Screenwriter: Zoe Allen

You might think you are enjoying your coffee, but what if someone is enjoying you?

 

Dejection

Directors/Screenwriters: Francisco Alvarez, Linda Robledo

A young man contemplates suicide while drinking heavily, never leaving his room, due to his survivor’s guilt over a previous incident that inadvertently killed his loved one.

 

Distractions

Directors: Devan Prabhakar, Matthew Theilman, Screenwriter: Devan Prabhakar

The world is filled with distractions, and one boy is engulfed by social distractions.

 

DoubleDVE – “Endeavor”

Director: Gilbert Giles-Sosa, Screenwriter: Daniel Vango

Taking back hip-hop from the mainstream.

 

Goin’ Nuts

Director/Screenwriter: Delaney Alexander

A Dragosaur doesn’t need anyone’s help in claiming the largest nut he has spotted for himself, especially a pesky Dragoroo. It soon finds that even the smallest critters can be the biggest help.

 

Good Night Lizzie

Director/Screenwriter: Kriti Narayanan

A group of women have sinister plans for an abusive father and his daughter.

 

Hello

Directors/Screenwriters: Autumn Grounds, Andrew Fleming

In the dramatic short film Hello, Lawrence Kelly, a suicidal boy, meets a girl named Eden, and without even knowing it, she singlehandedly saves his life.

 

Icarian

Director/Screenwriter: Jonah Goldberg

A girl is put through a series of trials to join a group of apocalypse survivors.

 

KATHAROS

Director/Screenwriter: Evan O’Brien

Haunted by his past, a tortured boy turns to KATHAROS, a dream therapist to help him overcome his trauma.

 

Lady of Paint Creek

Director/Screenwriter: Alexia Salingaros

A woman, trapped in a society of mindless ritual and minimal emotion, must find it in herself to escape — and face the consequences.

 

Lucid

Director/Screenwriter: Remy Dunagan

A girl with insomnia sees a figure during a sleepless night. Was she dreaming?

 

Memories Upon Memories

Director: Geoffrey S. Glenn, Screenwriters: Dominique Coleman, Geoffrey S. Glenn

When a man’s reality is questioned, he goes on both a mental and physical journey looking for answers.

 

Mischief & Mayhem

Director/Screenwriter: Isabelle Hodge

A mischievous fairy intercedes between a girl and her crush.

 

Of Gods and Bells

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