Austin indie icon David Gordon Green (“Joe,” “Manglehorn,” many more) and his frequent collaborator Danny McBride (“Eastbound and Down”) will be making the next “Halloween” movie for Miramax. Yes, that “Halloween.”
You want to shake things up and bring back Halloween and make it rock again?”
Well so do I.
So here’s the announcement you’ve all been waiting for:
David Gordon Green and Danny McBride are joining the project to complete the creative team. David and Danny will write the script together and David will direct. I will continue in my executive producer role to consult and offer my advice and feedback as needed.
David and Danny both came to my office recently with Jason Blum and shared their vision for the new movie and…WOW. They get it. I think you’re gonna dig it. They blew me away.
I might even do the music. Maybe. It could be kind of cool.
And you’ll get to see it in theaters on October 19th, 2018.”
Jaws are slated to meet back up with upper palettes sometimes next week.
Now, if you had told me those two were going to take a swing at John Carpenter’s “Dark Star,” I would have said, “Man, that could be amazing.”
This, on the other hand…this is fascinating. Frankly, I think Green is perfectly capable of directing (and Green and McBride writing) an intense, emotionally exhausting horror film in the spirit of the original. No word yet on cast.
Carpenter’s original “Halloween” arrived in 1978 and, for many, embodies the “slasher” genre. It remains one of the most influential motion pictures ever made.
“Don’t Call Me Son.” Brazilian writer and director Anna Muylaert delivers this darkly comic character study about a 17-year-old exploring his gender identity to his family. The Austin Film Society is co-presenting the film with the Austin Gay and International Film Festival. 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday. $7-$10. Texas Spirit Theater at the Bullock, 1800 Congress Ave. austinfilm.org.
“Inherent Vice” in 70mm. Man alive, I loved “Inherent Vice.” Still love it. Still pretty sure it stands easily with Paul Thomas Anderson’s other works. Audiences, however, did not. They stayed away in droves — it made only $8 million, which was half as much as “The Master” (which itself made less than half of “There Will Be Blood,” still Anderson’s highest grossing picture). Give yourself over to its shaggy-dog rhythms and it will delight, especially in opulent 70mm. 6 p.m. Sunday. 6:45 p.m. Monday. Alamo Drafthouse Ritz. 320 East Sixth St. drafthouse.com/austin/show/70mm-inherent-vice
“Last of the Moonlight Towers.” The Austin History Center is hosting a special screening of this doc about one of Austin’s most celebrated landmarks and how the city became a refuge for these structures. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. Free. 810 Guadalupe St. library.austintexas.gov/event/last-moonlight-towers-376552.
“Command and Control.” Director Richard Linklater and author Eric Schlosser will be in attendance at the screening of this new documentary film based on Schlosser’s book of the same name, about the 1980 accident in an Arkansas missile silo that nearly caused a nuclear catastrophe. 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday. $7-$10. Texas Spirit Theater at the Bullock, 1800 Congress Ave. austinfilm.org.
Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight” won Best Film and Best Director, while Austin filmmaker Keith Maitland and his film “Tower” took four awards, including Best Documentary, Best Austin Film, and the Robert R. “Bobby” McCurdy Memorial Breakthrough Artist Award in the Austin Film Critics Association (AFCA) critics’ poll.
Acting winners included Casey Affleck as Best Actor for “Manchester by the Sea,” Isabelle Huppert as Best Actress for “Elle,” Mahershala Ali for Best Supporting Actor in “Moonlight,” and Viola Davis for Best Supporting Actress in “Fences.”
“La La Land” took Best Cinematography (Linus Sandgren) and Best Score (Justin Hurwitz).
Park Chan-wook’s “The Handmaiden” took Best Foreign Language Film and Laika’s “Kubo and the Two Strings” won Best Animated Feature.
The full list of winners, plus the AFCA Top Ten Films of 2016 list, is below:
Best Film:Moonlight (dir: Barry Jenkins)
Best Director: Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
Best Actor: Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
Best Actress: Isabelle Huppert, Elle
Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis, Fences
Best Original Screenplay: Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
Best Adapted Screenplay: Eric Heisserer, Arrival
Best Cinematography: Linus Sandgren, La La Land
Best Score: Justin Hurwitz, La La Land
Best Foreign-Language Film:The Handmaiden (dir: Park Chan-wook)
Best Documentary:Tower (dir: Keith Maitland)
Best Animated Film: Kubo and the Two Strings (dir: Travis Knight)
Best First Film:The Witch (dir: Robert Eggers)
The Robert R. “Bobby” McCurdy Memorial Breakthrough Artist Award: Keith Maitland, Tower
Austin Film Award:Tower (dir: Keith Maitland)
Special Honorary Award: To the ensemble cast of Moonlight and casting director Yesi Ramirez for excellence as an ensemble.
Special Honorary Award: To honor Anton Yelchin for his contribution to the cinema of 2016, including performances in Green Room and Star Trek Beyond. His was a brilliant career cut profoundly short.
Special Honorary Award: To A24 Films for excellence in production in distribution. Their work gave us Moonlight, Green Room, Swiss Army Man, The Lobster, The Witch, and 20th Century Women, among others.
Special Honorary Award: To filmmaker Keith Maitland and his film Tower for revisiting a tragic event in Austin, Texas history in a sensitive and unique manner.
Austin writer Philipp Meyer’s “The Son” is scheduled to start shooting this month in the Austin area, and Pierce Brosnan, the former James Bond, will be replacing Sam Neill as Eli, the patriarch of an oil and ranching family.
The new casting was first reported by Deadline.com, which said Neill dropped out of the project for personal reasons.
The AMC series is based on the book by Meyer and written by Meyer and fellow Michener Center for Writers grads Lee Shipman and Brain McGreevy.
“The Son,” a 2013 Texas epic about the McCullough family, has been hailed as some of the best fiction to come out of the state in recent years.
It deals with Eli McCullough, who was kidnapped by Comanches as a child and goes on to found an empire. It also follows the fortunes of his children and their heirs.
Besides starring as Bond, Brosnan is also known for the 1980s NBC series “Remington Steele.”
Here’s an uplifting tale for aspiring filmmakers out there. And it also illustrates why festivals like South by Southwest, Fantastic Fest and the Austin Film Festival are so important.
Austin resident Greg Kwedar got his debut feature, “Transpecos,” into the narrative feature competition this March at South by Southwest. It was unheralded, and few people in the Austin film crowd even knew who Kwedar was.
But securing a spot in the competition – and providing an early screener to critics – helped build buzz,, and the thriller about the Border Patrol went on to win the audience award – which means festival attendees thought it to be the best of the bunch.
Kwedar and his team had no distributor for the film, however. And without a distributor, most movies just end up screening here and there, at places like the Austin Film Society and various festivals, without reaching a wide audience.
But that’s what festivals are for – raising the profile of small, independent films. And this week, Kwedar got the best news possible. Samuel Goldwyn Films is buying the rights to “Transpecos” and plans a theatrical release in the fall.
And in May, Screen Media Ventures will be attending the Cannes Film Festival, trying to sell distribution rights to international territories.
The deal was first reported by Deadline.com. And Peter Goldwyn of Samuel Goldwyn Films said, “Greg is a raw talent in independent cinema. ‘Transpecos’ is an accomplished first feature that we’re eager to deliver to audiences in theaters and in homes across the country.”
Details of the deal were not disclosed.
The thriller stars Johnny Simmons, Gabriel Luna and Clifton Collins Jr. Kwedar co-wrote the script with Clint Bentley.
Central Texas recently got some good news that AMC will start filming the new series based on Philipp Meyer’s “The Son” here this summer. But there’s one troubling development regarding another longtime project that started in Austin.
Robert Rodriguez, who has been shooting his El Rey Network series “From Dusk Till Dawn” at his local Troublemaker Studios, has decided to begin filming season three of the popular show in Albuquerque, N.M.
The new season will have 10 hour-long episodes with a returning cast of D.J. Cotrona, Zane Holtz, Jesse Garcia and Jake Busey.
The new season will follow the travails of the Gecko brothers who have to fight their way through vampire empires in Texas and New Mexico.
Rodriguez has long been a proponent of shooting in Texas, and most of his films have been shot here. But the Texas Legislature has cut funding for the film incentives program overseen by the Texas Film Commission, and New Mexico’s program is more alluring, in financial terms.
Austin director Jeff Nichols is having quite a year. Variety is reporting that his new movie, “Loving,” will have its world premiere in Cannes in May, only a few months after “Midnight Special” had its world premiere in Berlin.
“Loving” stars Joel Edgerton, who was in “Midnight Special,” and Ruth Negga, who’ll be seen in AMC’s upcoming series “Preacher, as an interracial couple who were married in 1958, only to have their home state of Virginia jail them and then banish them. They decided to fight back and took Loving v. Virginia to the Supreme Court. As most people know, the court decided they had every right to be married.
Nichols wrote the screenplay as well, based in part of Nancy Buirski’s documentary “The Loving Story.”
Focus Features, the distributor of “Loving,” obviously has high hopes for the film. It will be released in the United States on Nov. 4, with a larger rollout on Nov. 11, positioning it as a prime contender for next year’s Oscars race.
Other U.S. titles slated for Cannes, which hasn’t yet announced its lineup, are expected to be Jodie Foster’s “Money Monster,” with George Clooney and Julia Roberts; Sean Penn’s “The Last Face,” starring Charlize Theron and Javier Bardem; and Woody Allen’s “Café Society,” with Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg. The presence of these titles in Cannes were first reported by Variety.
This just in: Children with mind powers are always terrifying.
Whether considered savior or menace or simply the lovable moppet you fathered (and with whom you happen to be escaping into the night), children that can do weird stuff with their brains will always freak you out.
Jeff Nichols knows this. The Austin filmmaker (“Mud,” “Take Shelter”) draws on a number of traditions in the canny “Midnight Special.” He’s called it an ode to 1980s chase movies such as “E.T.,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” but there’s also plenty of ‘80s comic book sensibility (not for nothing do we see Reagan-era issues of “Superman” and “New Teen Titans”) and call-backs to the 1970s meta-human-kid craze (see also the Witch Mountain books and movies).
Two men, Roy, who dressed with his shirt buttoned all the way to the top (Michael Shannon) and Lucas, who looks ex-military (Joel Edgerton). They are in a h=motel with the windows covered in cardboard. According to the TV, they have kidnapped an eight-year old named Alton (Jaeden Lieberher), Roy’s son, who sits reading comics with blue goggles over his eyes and industrial-grade ear protection. It is time to move, which they can only do at night because of something having to do with Alton. Texas gives way to Louisiana.
They are being hunted by two groups: the religious community from which Roy and Alton escaped (led by Sam Shepherd) called simply “the ranch,” and the government, led by an NSA analyst who is as much fascinated with Alton as dangerous to him (a pitch-perfect Adam Driver).
And oh yeah, now and then, blinding rays of light stream for Alton’s eyes. They can be intensely destructive, but what one sees when his eyes explode is…revelatory. The sort of thing that makes people believe in him. The sort of thing that can bring a satellite crashing to earth.
What is Alton? What is Roy and Lucas’s relationship? Who is Alton’s mother? What does the NSA want with him? Is he a weapon? Is he a messiah?
Like a good student of What Makes These Movies Work, Nichols knows that the question fires the imagination far more than the answer. Less is always, always more in these situations. (This is where the $18 million budget, a very small amount by contemporary blockbuster-type/genre-movie standards, comes in handy — no temptation to fall back on overblown CGI here.)
Nichols’ restraint is on-point, his pacing measured, his withholding of information wise. That said, it is to his lasting credit that the reveals work, that the coda is pitch perfect, that the haunted melancholy is both familiar and welcome. May it find the audience it deserves.
Writer Nelson George, producer Gale Anne Hurd and actor/director Joe Swanberg will offer the keynote addresses at the SXSW Film Conference and Festival, it was announced Tuesday.
SXSW also released their full conference schedule which also included (deep breath) conversations with “Miles Ahead” director star Don Cheadle, actress Gaby Hoffmann, directors Joe Berlinger and Barbara Kopple, Texas filmmakers Andrew Bujalski and David Lowery and actor Jake Gyllenhaal.
George, a longtime journalist, critic, filmmaker and producer, directed the HBO films “Life Support” and “A Ballerina’s Tale” and is a writer/producer on the Netflix series “The Get Down,” which is slated to premiere in August. (It also sounds like it covers the same place and time as HBO’s “Vinyl” — New York’s wild ’70s are back!)
Hurd produced the “Terminator” trilogy, “Aliens,” and many other films and currently exec produces AMC’s “The Walking Dead” and “Fear the Walking Dead.” Look for her to survey her career and discuss her new shows, the Syfy series “Hunters, which premieres April 11 and USA Network’s “Falling Water” will debut later this year.
Swanberg has directed 20 features, including “Drinking Buddies” and “Happy Christmas,” and starred in “You’re Next,” “The Sacrament” and “V/H/S.”and has started producing for other filmmakers such as Alex Ross Perry and Zach Clark.
As for the conversations, Joe Berlinger (the “West Memphis 3” films) and Barbara Kopple (“Wild Man Blues,” “Harlan County U.S.A.”) are both brilliant and well-regarded documentarians; their chat should prove extremely insightful about their discipline.
Childhood buddies Louis Black ( SXSW co-founder, Richard Linklater: Dream Is Destiny directo ) and film critic Leonard Maltin will likely discuss, well, the fact that they are childhood buddies and serious movie nerds.
Look for Austin filmmaker Andrew Bujalski (“Computer Chess,” “Results” and Dallas filmmaker David Lowery (“Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” the “Pete’s Dragon” reboot) to talk about their time at past SXSW fests with various films.
Don Cheadle will probably talk mostly about his Miles Davis movie “Miles Ahead,” in which he also stars. I am hoping for weird stories about “Traffic,” the Avengers movies and possibly also his Showtime show “House of Lies.”
You might remember actor Joel Edgerton from his role as Tom in Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, the leader of the SEAL team in “Zero Dark Thirty” or The Gift, which he also directed, wrote and produced. Look for him in “Jane Got a Gun” and Austin filmmaker Jeff Nichols’ drama “Loving.”
Actress Gaby Hoffman has been in everything from “Uncle Buck” to “Girls” to “Transparent.” She is also the daughter of former Warhol superstar Viva and was raised for a spell in the Chelsea Hotel, which will never get old to some of us.
A few more highlights: Look for Austin filmmaker David Gordon Green to chat with Jake Gyllenhaal. The latter is shooting Tom Ford’s “Nocturnal Animals,” the former will be at SXSW with longtime friend and collaborator Danny McBride’s new HBO show “Vice Principals.”
There will also be a panel on the smash HBO series “Silicon Valley” and its relationship to the actual tech community. Look for cast members Thomas Middleditch, Kumail Nanjiani, Martin Starr and Zach Woods as well as executive producers Mike Judge and Alec Berg.
And last but very much not least, following the world premiere of “Pee-wee’s Big Holiday,” Pee-wee producer Judd Apatow will perform stand up comedy with special guests, to be announced. If you are seated for the premier, you can stay for the sets.
Here is the whole schedule, subject to change, obviously:
2016 FILM CONFERENCE SESSIONS BY TRACK
To improve navigation of the rich panoply of Conference sessions available for SXSW registrants, the Film Conference has been organized into four tracks: Influencers, Creating Your Content, Finding Your Audience, and What’s Next. Each session also has a format, ranging from one-on-one mentor sessions to hands-on workshops to panels with up to four industry experts.
Inspiration from thought leaders, experts and innovators including Keynotes and conversations.
Nelson George Keynote
Nelson George is the author of groundbreaking histories of African American music, including Where Did Our Love Go: the Rise and Fall of the Motown Sound and Hip Hop America. George has directed the HBO films Life Support and A Ballerina’s Tale about the career of Misty Copeland. He is a writer/producer on the Netflix series The Get Down, premiering in August. George will speak about transitions in careers and technology, how the two intersect, and how change is like your crazy best friend. (Sunday, March 13, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Vimeo Theater, Austin Convention Center)
Gale Anne Hurd Keynote
Producer Gale Anne Hurd (Terminator trilogy, Aliens, The Waterdance and many other films) will discuss her career, creative producing, and being a female producer in a predominately male industry. She will offer observations and advice for aspiring filmmakers coupled with practical insight based on her personal experiences. Gale is currently an Officer of the Producers Guild of America and Executive Produces AMC’s The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead. Her newest shows, Hunters, a Syfy original series, premieres April 11th and USA Network’s Falling Water will debut later this year.
(Tuesday, March 15, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Vimeo Theater, Austin Convention Center)
Joe Swanberg Keynote
Joe Swanberg is the director of 20 feature films, including Hannah Takes The Stairs, Drinking Buddies, and Happy Christmas. As an actor, he has had leading roles in several horror successes, most notably You’re Next, The Sacrament, and V/H/S. Recently, through his Forager Film Company, he has produced the work of other filmmakers, including Alex Ross Perry, Harrison Atkin and Zach Clark. He and his wife, Kris, created the popular web series Young American Bodies which ran for four seasons on Nerve.com and IFC.com.
(Monday, March 14, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Vimeo Theater, Austin Convention Center)
A Conversation with Joe Berlinger and Barbara Kopple
Always true to their cinéma-verité roots in an ever-changing documentary landscape, Kopple and Berlinger remain two of the most fearless and authentic filmmakers in the business. This conversation offers formidable insight from a lifetime in the creative trenches.
(Sunday, March 13 – Room 16AM, Austin Convention Center)
A Conversation with Louis Black and Leonard Maltin
Richard Linklater: Dream Is Destiny director (with Karen Bernstein) and SXSW co-founder Louis Black will join friend and veteran critic Leonard Maltin for this special conversation. Sure to engage, with great humor and insight drawn from a shared, longtime love of cinema, this is a can’t-miss session for cinephiles.
A Conversation with Andrew Bujalski and David Lowery
This special conversation teams two restlessly inventive film artists with enviable resumes. Emerging from the community of creatives that developed around SXSW in the mid-2000s, Bujalski and Lowery will deliver invaluable perspective for the next wave of aspiring creatives.
An intimate conversation Don Cheadle. Miles Ahead marks the directorial debut of the Academy Award® nominee. Don’s credits include Boogie Nights, Traffic, Hotel Rwanda, Crash, Iron Man 2 & 3, Avengers: Age of Ultron and the upcoming Captain America: Civil War. Cheadle also stars in, executive produces, and occasionally directs Showtime’s House of Lies, for which he has earned a Golden Globe® Award, NAACP Award, as well as Emmy and SAG nominations.
Joel Edgerton earned a 2013 Australian Film Institute Award for his performance in Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby. His recent projects include starring roles in Black Mass, Zero Dark Thirty, Wish You Were Here, Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings, Felony, Warrior, and The Gift, which he also directed, wrote and produced. He will next star in Jane Got a Gun, and the Jeff Nichols drama Loving.
Join actor Gaby Hoffmann for a career conversation spanning her early roles in Field of Dreams and Uncle Buck to her present-day performances in Girls and Transparent. She will reflect on her personal experiences and artistic influences that have informed and shaped her career. In addition, she will share valuable insights into her process, the craft and industry. Presented by the SAG-AFTRA Foundation.
There was a time when short films were made solely to launch careers but those days are gone. Today short-form storytelling is a big deal and is being embraced by auteur and amateur filmmakers alike. With outlets such as Field of Vision and The New Yorker Presents (Amazon Prime Video), there are more and more opportunities to showcase these powerful films. Join filmmakers, curators and producers as they discuss the ever-expanding landscape for getting these films made and seen. Moderated by Anne Thompson, Indiewire.
Audiences and critics alike have lauded HBO’s hit comedy Silicon Valley for its hilariously spot-on depiction of Silicon Valley tech culture. What has the feedback been from the tech community itself? How has the reaction from that community impacted the show and its cast? Cast members Thomas Middleditch, Kumail Nanjiani, Martin Starr and Zach Woods, joined by executive producers Mike Judge and Alec Berg, return to SXSW for a discussion moderated by co-star Andy Daly.
Previously announced Influencer and Featured Sessions:
Anthony Bourdain as Interviewed by Nathan Thornburgh
Digital has overtaken print throughout the media, and it’s no different in the realms of food and travel. But can travel websites move beyond top ten lists and gauzy food porn? Can you build an audience while talking about the world as it really exists, with all its heartache and idiocy and occasional triumphs? Anthony Bourdain talks food, fear and the future of travel media with Roads & Kingdoms co-founder Nathan Thornburgh.
Filmmaker Athima Rachel Tsangari (Chevalier, Attenberg) will speak with Sarah Green, an Academy Award-nominated independent film producer known for her ongoing work with visionary directors including Jeff Nichols, Terrence Malick, Julie Taymor, David Mamet, Karyn Kusama and John Sayles. Green has produced such acclaimed films as Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life (Winner, Palme d’Or; Nominated, Academy Award for Best Picture), Jeff Nichols’ Mud, and Julie Taymor’s Frida. Upcoming releases include Jeff Nichols’ Midnight Special, and Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups, Weightless, and Voyage of Time. Green is currently in production on Jeff Nichols’ Loving.
David Gordon Green will speak with Academy Award nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal, who has established himself as one of the finest actors of his generation. He can next be seen in Jean-Marc Vallee’s Demolition and is shooting Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals.
Want to make a living making online entertainment? This solo session explores how to develop your voice and your audience without having to sell out or rely on viral videos. Speaker: Zach Anner, Zach Anner Productions
Sam Esmail, Rami Malek and Christian Slater will take part in a “Coding on Camera: MR. ROBOT & Authenticity on TV” a panel in the Future of Entertainment Convergence track at SXSW 2016. Mr. Robot World Premiered in the Episodics section of the 2015 SXSW Film Festival and went on to win critical and audience acclaim.
A conversation with filmmakers and tech innovators JJ Abrams and Andrew Jarecki about the relevance of the human factor in digital communications. Advances in digital storytelling tools, and the mass adoption of social media promise to enhance our ability to share authentic human experience.
Join Geena Davis, Academy Award-Winning Actor, Founder and Chair, Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, and Paula Kerger, President and CEO of PBS, for a conversation about gender and the media. Geena and Paula have worked together to make changes in the way that women and girls are portrayed onscreen.
(Monday, March 14, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM, Room EFG, Austin Convention Center)
*Future of Entertainment
Kerry Washington and the New Rules of Social Stardom
A one-on-one discussion with Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actor, producer, philanthropist, and role model Kerry Washington about the new rules of modern personal branding. Kerry will be chatting with InStyle‘s Editorial Director Ariel Foxman about how she has successfully harnessed the power of social media to promote not only her career and hit TV Show, Scandal, but also positivity and social good.
(Sunday, March 13, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Room EFG, Austin Convention Center)
*Future of Entertainment
Marie Claire Talks to the Stars of Broad City
Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, the creators, executive producers and stars of Comedy Central’s critically-acclaimed hit show Broad City, sit down with Marie Claire’s editor in chief Anne Fulenwider for a broad ranging discussion on the transition of their show from web series to cultural phenom.
(Saturday, March 12, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM, Room EFG, Austin Convention Center)
*Future of Entertainment
Race in America with Ken Burns and Henry Louis Gates
Ken Burns and Henry Louis Gates will discuss why race is critical to their understanding of America and their work and how as a nation we deal with race today. They examine how race and conceptions of race, along with ideas about freedom and independence, influence our politics and policies, from abolitionism to civil rights to the war on poverty and what it means to have an African American as President.
The industry is changing for female filmmakers. Let’s hear from the women on the front lines. Members of Film Fatales – all established independent filmmakers – tell all about the changing climate. Speakers: Judi Krant, Beachwood Pictures; Kat Candler, Candler Productions; Leah Meyerhoff, Film Fatales; Marielle Heller
We will dissect a standard delivery to a distributor, what items are required and will examine often-overlooked elements that filmmakers should be thinking about throughout production. Speakers: Adam, Church, Broad Green Pictures; Jason, Tobias, Broad Green Pictures; Jo Dee Freck, Broad Green Pictures
(Saturday, March 12,, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM, Capital Ballroom B, Stephen F Austin)
Documentary to DocuSeries and Beyond
Learn what it takes to produce a marketable and meaningful documentary or docuseries from the producers of such major documentaries as Finders Keepers, Jiro Dreams of Sushi, and Chef’s Table. Speakers: Andrew Fried, Boardwalk Pictures; Bryan Carberry Clay Tweel Ross Dinerstein, Campfire; Elsa Ramo, Ramo Law
Fair Use-Docs & Fiction Films-Everybody Is Welcome!
You will learn 3 simple questions that will determine what is and what is not fair use. There will be lots of examples of both documentaries and fictional films by the Obi Wan Kenobi of fair use. Speakers: Michael Donaldson, Donaldson & Callif LLP
(Sunday, March 13, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM, Capital Ballroom B, Stephen F Austin)
How to Grow Ideas
Speakers: Peter Hedges
(Sunday, March 13, 3:30PM – 4:30PM, Capital Ballroom B, Stephen F Austin)
How To Make (The Most of) Your Music Budget
This panel will provide an overview of the entire process of securing music for independent films, as well as various solutions for maximizing a small budget. Speakers: Amanda Krieg Thomas, Neophonic Music & Media; Joel West Jonathan Lane, Audio Network; Rob Lowry, Sweater Weather Music
Learn tips and strategies to see your film in a whole new light during its final stage of writing… editing. Speakers: David Fabelo Kyle Henry, Northwestern University; Leah Marino Sandra, Adair, Detour Film production
(Saturday, March 12, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM, Capital Ballroom B, Stephen F Austin)
Reimagine bonus content in a digital age. Filmmakers & content producers teach you how to create an iTunes Extras package that highlights bonus content to enhance your film on the iTunes Store. Speakers: Keith Prokop, Radius60; Rebecca Sosa, A24 Films; Alejandro Otero, Radius60; Brian Ellis, Apple
(Tuesday, March 15, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM, Capital Ballroom B, Stephen F Austin)
Mentor sessions – Always popular, always essential, film mentor sessions offer attendees one-on-one interaction with industry experts, including filmmakers programmers, distributors and more. Advance sign up required.
Mentors: Artist Support
Speakers: Emily Best, Seed&Spark Inc; Liz Cook, Kickstarter; Gregory Slewett, Bloom Hergott; Annie Bush, Production For Use; Andrew Meyer, Michael Chaney, Savannah College of Art & Design; Shira Rockowitz, Sundance Institute (Saturday, March 12, 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM, Room 11AB, Austin Convention Center)
Mentors: Filmmakers: Documentary
Every filmmaker has a story to tell. Get advice, or share those stories with experienced filmmakers in our Documentary Filmmaker Mentor category. Speakers: Travis Stevens, Snowfort Pictures Inc; Ron Mann, Films We Like; Mat Hames, Alpheus Media Inc; Amy Grappell, LFE Productions; David Modigliani, Live Action Projects; Bradley Beesley, Roadside Media; Amanda Micheli, Runaway Films
Every filmmaker has a story to tell. Get advice, or share those stories with experienced filmmakers in our Narrative Filmmaker Mentor category. Speakers: Suzanne Weinert, Flatiron Pictures; Roxanne Benjamin Mette-Marie Katz, XYZ Films; Adam Donaghey, Aviation Cinemas Inc; Jonathan Lisecki Katharine Emmer, Life in Color (Monday, March 14, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM, Room 11AB, Austin Convention Center)
Speakers: Molly Thompson, A&E IndieFilms; Amy Shatsky, ITVS/Independent Lens; David Kaplan, Animal Kingdom; Ashland Viscosi, Business Meet Creatives; An Tran, ARRI; Todd Remis, TR Entertainment Partners; Victor Moyers, Broad Green Pictures; Daniele Melia, Big Beach (Saturday, March 12, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM, Room 11AB, Austin Convention Center)
Mentors: Producers/Production I
Speakers: Hugues Barbier, Ithaca International Fantastic Film Festival; George Rush, Law Offices of George M Rush; Dan Satorius, Satorius Law Firm PC; Ram Murali, Kinology; Joe Dishner, Production For Use; Cotty Chubb, ChubbCo; Christopher Roldan, University Of Texas; Brian Behm, Rooster Teeth Productions; Chris Ohlson, Revelator
Speakers: Yen Tan Dan Magnante, Feigco Entertainment; David Zellner, Zellner Bros; Nicole Emanuele, Google/YouTube
(Sunday, March 13, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM, Room 11AB, Austin Convention Center)
New Financiers: Meet the Film Finance Innovators
Film Finance, from indies to studio films is broken, & where a problem exists, Entrepreneurs are stepping in to create new models. Meet the new financiers of film & innovation: Netflix to Kickstarter Speakers: Liz Cook, Kickstarter; Andy Whittaker, Dogwoof; Alan Maher, Roads Entertainment; Courtney Sexton, CNN Films
Peace Officer, winner of the 2015 SXSW Grand Jury & Audience Awards was made by first time directors. Here they share how to make a timely doc when you don’t win grants, workshops, or labs. Speakers: Brad Barber Scott Christopherson
Building on the success of last year’s hit Unfriended, we explore Screenshare Filmmaking, verité storytelling set entirely on screens of digital devices. More at screensharefilms.com Speakers: Timur Bekmambetov, NBCUniversal; Nelson Greaves
(Tuesday, March 15, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM, Capital Ballroom B, Stephen F Austin)
US-Europe Co-Productions Grow Without Treaty!
A unique opportunity to spend an hour with the heads of the European film commission and emerging filmmakers – learning new ways of accessing European funding through cross Atlantic co-productions. Speakers: Holger Carlsson, Little W Productions USA; Truls Kontny, European Film Commission; Mikael Svensson, Southern Sweden Film Commission; Ingrid Rudefors, Film Region Stockholm Mälardalen
Learn how music and picture come together for maximum emotional impact. Attendees will receive advice from Music Supervision pros and try their hand at music supervision with real creative briefs. Speakers: Kat Olsen, Marmoset; Ryan Wines, Marmoset; Beth Amy Rosenblatt
(Sunday, March 13, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM, Capital Ballroom B, Stephen F Austin)
Finding Your Audience
Essential tools of the trade for distribution, marketing, sales and more.
Demystifying Digital Distribution
Thanks to the shift towards digital distribution, there’s more opportunity than ever for filmmakers to reach viewers and monetize their films. Learn what you need to know from the experts. Speakers: Flora Pereira, ITVS; Jason Kwong, Fullscreen; Linzee Troubh, Cinetic Media; Scott Kaplan, FilmBuff
Everyone knows there is a love/hate relationship between crowdfunding and distribution. But the savvy producer understands how to navigate the two so everyone is a winner. Let’s talk about how. Speakers: Annie Roney, RoCo Films; Dan Schoenbrun, Kickstarter; Missy, Laney, Sundance Institute; Matt Grady, Factory 25 (Saturday, March 12, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM, Room 15, Austin Convention Center)
How Not to Pitch a Movie
Panel of experienced producers, financiers and film executives go over common mistakes people make when approaching them to fund or produce their project. Speakers: Gudrun Giddings, G4C Innovation; Shaked Berenson, Epic Pictures Group Inc; Winnie Kemp, Super Deluxe/Turner; Travis Stevens, Snowfort Pictures Inc
(Monday, March 14, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM, Capital Ballroom B, Stephen F Austin)
Humanity Rising: Storytelling to End Injustice
Hear from filmmakers producing and directing from the frontlines as a transformative tool for justice to help the public more deeply understand oppression and get involved in movements toward justice. Speakers: Christina Hollenback, Televised Revolution; Damon Davis, Whose Streets?; Nusrat, Durrani, MTV World; Sabaah Jordan, Whose Streets? (Sunday, March 13, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM, Room 15, Austin Convention Center)
Mentors: Agents and Managers
Speakers: Kevin Rowe, Odenkirk Provissiero Entertainment; Amy E Mitchell, Amy E Mitchell PLLC; Ben Curtis, Brillstein Entertainment Partners; Melissa Solomon, VERVE; Jeremy Platt, Platform
Speakers: Rebecca Sosa, A24 Films; Oli Harbottle, Dogwoof; Stephen Stanley, Ketchup Entertainment; Orly Ravid, The Film Collaborative/Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp; Andy Kleinman, MobLabs; Julie Angell, Franklin Weinrib Rudell & Vassallo; Katharyn Howe, Entertainment One
Speakers: Keith Leopard, Uncork’d Entertainment; Nick Ogiony, CAA; Peter Goldwyn, Samuel Goldwyn Films; Matt Grady, Factory 25; Samantha Scupp, FilmBuff; David Larkin, Gowatchit.com; Marc Hofstatter, Indiegogo; Meghan Oliver, PARADIGM (Tuesday, March 15, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM, Room 11AB, Austin Convention Center)
Films are finding success abroad today – how do you make your film viable abroad, find the right distributor and capitalize on International markets? Speakers: Britta Erich, Creative Europe Desk Hamburg; Karen Arikian, Berlin International Film Festival; Lorne Price, National Film Board of Canada; Deborah Osborn, bigBonsai; Ryan Wickers, Europa Corp; Mark Peranson, Festival del film Locarno; Sharon Brenner, Surowitz Immigration PC; Sofía Marquez Moreno, IMCINE Mexican Film Institute; Kati Nuora, The Finnish Film Foundation
(Monday, March 14, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM, Room 11AB, Austin Convention Center)
Mentors: Programming I
Speakers: Carl Spence, Seattle FF/Palm Springs FF; Courtney Sexton, CNN Films; Ryan Watt, Indie Memphis; Basil Tsiokos, Nantucket Film Festival; Jacqueline Lyanga, AFI FEST/American Film Institute; Laura Laaksonen, Helsinki International Film Festival
(Saturday, March 12, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM, Room 11AB, Austin Convention Center)
Mentors: Programming II
Speakers: Landon Zakheim, Sundance Film Festival/AFI FEST; Linda Olszewski, Shorts HD/Movies That Matter; Deirdre Haj, Full Frame Documentary Festival; Anne Chaisson, Hamptons International Film Festival; Martijn te Pas, IDFA; Greg Rhem, HBO; Anderson Le, Hawaii International Film Festival; Jeff Ross, SF IndieFest
(Tuesday, March 15, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM, Room 11AB, Austin Convention Center)
Mentors: Publicity and Marketing I
Speakers: Alia Quart Khan, Film Independent; David Ninh, Kickstarter; Rachel Walker, Sundance/LA Film Fest; Kristin McCracken Gerilyn Shur, Allied Integrated Marketing; Brandy Fons, Fons PR; Elizabeth Benjamin, Together Films; Ngoc Nguyen, Women Rising
Learn about the nuts and bolts of the all-important packaging, marketing and selling of your film. Who you are selling to? How do you land that buyer? Who picks up the tab? Find out here. Speakers: Deborah McIntosh, WME Entertainment; Joe Amodei, Virgil Films; Kate Hurwitz, Cinetic Media; Marc Bortz, Preferred Content; Ryan Kampe, Visit Films; Matthew Levin, Netflix; Alex Nohe, Circus Road Films; Charlie Baker, Orange Entertainment; Bec Smith, UTA
Learn about the nuts and bolts of the all-important packaging, marketing and selling of your film. Who you are selling to? How do you land that buyer? Who picks up the tab? Find out here. Speakers: Peter Trinh, ICM Partners; Tom Davia, CineMaven Media; Benjamin Braun, Submarine Entertainment; John Von Thaden, Magnolia Pictures; Camille Bertrand, Bleeker Street Media; Robert Rock, Random Media; Dan Guando, The Weinstein Company; Laura Smith
In the ever-shifting landscape of content distribution, meet the new faces brokering the deals and staying ahead of trends. Speakers: Linzee Troubh, Cinetic Media; Zac Bright, Preferred Content; Dana Harris, Indiewire; Nick Ogiony, CAA
Joint marketing is the key to Nordic Genre Invasion, a unique development and marketing venture of Scandinavian production companies, has managed to turn local to global. Region’s industry leaders discuss how they succeeded. Speakers: Kjetil Omberg, Norsk Superfilm; Mikko Aromaa, Nordic Genre Invasion; Timo Vuorensola, Iron Sky Universe
In this interactive session a panel of industry experts covers best practices for connecting streaming content with audiences by working with platforms and tech to drive maximum transactions Speakers: Zachary Soreff, Sawyer Studios; Julie Dansker, The Orchard; Addison Mehr, Amplify Releasing
(Saturday, March 12, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM, Capital Ballroom B, Stephen F Austin)
What the F is a PMD and Why do I Need One?
In a world where nearly all filmmakers are distributing films themselves we will explore the role of the Producer of Marketing and Distribution and the costs, availability, benefits, and responsibility. Speakers: Jennifer MacArthur, Borderline Media; Jon Reiss, Hybrid Cinema; Nicolas Gonda, Tugg Inc; Sally Hodgson
Join space filmmaking experts as they examine the latest innovative techniques and camera equipment being used to transport us closer to space than we’ve ever imagined. Speakers: Marsha Ivins Toni Myers, IMAX Corporation; Harry Knowles, Ain’t It Cool Productions
Are the futures of journalism and documentary intertwined? Doc film nonprofit ITVS, Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg of The Atlantic, and director Erika Cohn, will discuss digital storytelling models. Speakers: Kasia Cieplak Mayr von Baldegg, The Atlantic; Lois Vossen, Independent Lens; Erika Cohn, Idle Wild Films
A small portion of SXSW registrants are under 21. But what about building the next generation of filmmakers? Join this panel to learn how several women took the challenge to start a career.
(Saturday, March 12, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM, Marchesa Theater)
Wake Up Streaming: The Future of Film Fandom
The state of film appreciation and home viewing is alienating and frustrating. This panel will discuss how we want film culture and home viewing to evolve. We will prognosticate and make proposals. Speakers: Tom Roston Johnny Dunn, Annapurna Pictures; Tim League Peter Gerard, Vimeo
How do you not only find the right character for your story but also the best technology to shape the narrative? Join filmmakers Lucy Walker and Bryn Mooser for a look into their creative process. Speakers: Bryn Mooser, RYOT; Lucy Walker, Tree Tree Tree
Explore the changing landscape of entertainment, focusing on TV, episodic content, boundary-pushing digital storytelling.
Become a Soundhunter!
From documentary to music creation at the age of Internet. How a documentary experience can be turned into a worldwide collaborative music experience? Speakers: François Le Gall, Camera Talk Productions; Nicolas Blies, a_BAHN
(Sunday, March 13, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Ballroom C, Austin Convention Center)
Distance – A Tale of Hers, His, and Your Choosing
Distance is a web series told from two perspectives – “his” and “hers.” We’ll watch the two halves and discuss how the digital space allows for a unique, “you choose” storytelling experience. Speakers: Alex Dobrenko, Distance; Ashley Spillers Carlyn Hudson, Revelator; Jack Mayer
A Health System Problem Speakers: Gustavo Leon, Gusano Films
(Tuesday, March 15, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Ballroom C, Austin Convention Center)
Family Values Viewed Through Primetime Animation
FOX has had a lot of success with their animated programs including THE SIMPSONS, FAMILY GUY and BOB’S BURGERS. Producers and voice talent can share their experiences from the long running series. Speakers: Al Jean, The Simpsons; Loren Bouchard, Bob’s Burgers; Rich Appel, Family Guy
(Monday, March 14, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM, Ballroom CD, Four Seasons)
While the traditional history documentary nears its demise, web-interactive formats breathe fresh life into the genre. Storytellers are asked how to keep history appealing to future generations. Speaker: Kika Serra
(Monday, March 14, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Ballroom C, Austin Convention Center)
Independent Filmmaking Takes A New Turn
Key players explore the gaps in the film marketplace & the role of social media and new marketing channels to connect films with digitally native and always connected audiences. Speakers: Matt Kaplan, Shovel Buddies
(Tuesday, March 15, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM, Ballroom CD, Four Seasons)
Multioptional Movie – How it Works
The people behind multioptional heist «Late Shift» and interactive film format «CtrlMovie» analyse the formal and creative challenges of interactive movies and share their philosophy and solutions. Speakers: Baptiste Planche, CtrlMovie Ltd; Tobias Weber, CtrlMovie Ltd
Natural Life, an experimental documentary comprised of a single-channel video, an installation and an interactive online archive, tells the stories of five juveniles sentenced to life without parole. Speaker: Tirtza Even, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
RICERCA is an animated, cinematic installation experience, exploring how a narrative film about a bicyclist in search a memory can be told using hand-drawn media, multiple screens, and a 3D soundscape. Speakers: Will Cherry, Yo-Yo Lin, Michael Matchen, Freelance; Elle Callahan, Elle Callahan Sound
The ever-expanding boundaries of digital storytelling will be explored through the case study of White Ninja – the first ever narrative-based series for the Vine social media platform. Speakers: Jameson Parker, Whiskaye Films; Tyler Funk, North of Now Films
(Saturday, March 12, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Ballroom C, Austin Convention Center)
Discover how Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality will change the future.
Five Ways AR Will Change the World
Augmented Reality has been a buzzword for many years but where is it going? Is it really a disruptive technology? If so why and how will it change our lives? Speakers: Awane Jones, MERCHLAR; Troed Sangberg, Sony; Jay Wright, Vuforia
(Wednesday, March 16, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM, Salon B, Hilton Austin Downtown)
Mike Birbiglia’s new comedy about an improv group starring Keegan-Michael Key, a feature about Miles Davis and a new HBO series by Danny McBride are a few of the highlights from the latest round of films (and television shows) slated to play the South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival in March.
Birbiglia’s “Don’t Think Twice,” Don Cheadle’s “Miles Ahead” and McBride’s “Vice Principals” join previously announced films such as Richard Linklater’s
opening night film “Everybody Wants Some,” Austin filmmaker Jeff Nichols’ “Midnight Special,” “Pee-wee’s Big Holiday” and the upcoming AMC TV show “Preacher.”
Also of note, the world premiere of “Slash,” Austin director Clay Liford’s feature about two young people who write erotic fan-fiction.
This year, SXSW plans to show 139 features, with additional titles to be
The lineup thusfar includes 52 films from first-time filmmakers, 89 World Premieres, 13 North American premieres and eight U.S. premieres.
The films were selected from 2,456 feature-length film submissions composed of 1,467 U.S. and 990 international feature-length films from a total of 7,236 submissions.
New this year? A Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality track open to all badgeholders. In addition, any badgeholder can come to Episodic screenings, plus other SouthBites, SXsports and SXstyle Convergence designated screenings. Music badge holders can once again attend any 24 Beats Per Second screenings. The complete Conference lineup and schedule with dates and times will be released on February 16.
Feature films in the SXSW lineup screen in 12 sections: Narrative Feature Competition, Documentary Feature Competition, Headliners, Narrative Spotlight, Documentary Spotlight, Visions, Midnighters, Episodic, 24 Beats Per Second, SXGlobal, Festival Favorites and Special Events.
Midnighters, Festival Favorites, and Special Events will be announced along with the Short Film Program on Feb. 9. All feature categories, with the exception of Special Events will be eligible for category specific Audience Awards.
The Narrative Feature Competition includes:
“The Arbalest” directed by Adam Pinney
“Before The Sun Explodes” directed by Debra Eisenstadt
“Claire in Motion” directed by Lisa Robinson and Annie J. Howell
“collective:unconscious” directed by collective:unconscious (Lily Baldwin, Frances Bodomo, Daniel Patrick Carbone, Josephine Decker, Lauren Wolkstein)
“Donald Cried” directed by Kris Avedisian
“Hunter Gatherer” directed by Josh Locy
“Miss Stevens” directed by Julia Hart
“The Other Half” directed by Joey Klein
“A Stray” directed by Musa Syeed
“Transpecos” directed by Greg Kwedar.
The Documentary Feature Competition includes:
“Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race & America” directed by Matt Ornstein
“Alive and Kicking” directed by Susan Glatzer
“Best and Most Beautiful Things” directed by Garrett Zevgetis
“Goodnight Brooklyn – The Story of Death By Audio” directed by Matthew Conboy
“The Liberators” directed by Cassie Hay
“Orange Sunshine” directed by William A. Kirkley
“Ovarian Psycos” directed by Joanna Sokolowski and Kate Trumbull-LaValle;
“The Seer” directed by Laura Dunn
“The Space in Between – Marina Abramovic and Brazil” directed by Marco Del Fiol
“TOWER” directed by Keith Maitland.
Check out the Austin Movie Blog for the full rundown on these and dozens of other films.
The 2016 SXSW Film Festival will feature:
NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION
Ten world premieres; ten unique ways to celebrate the art of storytelling. Selected from 1,443 narrative feature submissions in 2016.
“The Arbalest” Director/Screenwriter: Adam Pinney
The inventor of the world’s greatest toy reflects on his decade-long obsession with a woman who hates him. Cast: Mike Brune, Tallie Medel (World Premiere)
“Before The Sun Explodes” Director: Debra Eisenstadt, Screenwriters: Debra Eisenstadt, Zeke Farrow
After his wife kicks him out, an anxious comedian is lured in by an intriguing woman with a stalker. Cast: Bill Dawes, Sarah Butler, Christine Woods, Michael Rivkin, Amir Arison, Kerri Safran, Anna Margaret Hollyman, Gene Serritella, Kristin Slaysman, Eric Fillipkowski (World Premiere)
“Claire in Motion” Directors/Screenwriters: Lisa Robinson, Annie J. Howell
Claire is sure of herself, her work and family, until — like a bad dream — her husband disappears, leaving a trail of puzzling secrets that shatter her certainty. Cast: Betsy Brandt, Chris Beetem, Zev Haworth, Anna Margaret Hollyman, Sakina Jaffrey (World Premiere)
“collective:unconscious” Directors: collective:unconscious (Lily Baldwin, Frances Bodomo, Daniel Patrick Carbone, Josephine Decker, Lauren Wolkstein), Screenwriters: Jamal Batts, Lily Baldwin, Frances Bodomo, Daniel Patrick Carbone, Mariama Diallo, Lauren Wolkstein, Concept by: Dan Schoenbrun
Five of independent film’s most adventurous filmmakers adapt each other’s dreams for the screen. This is going to get strange… Cast: Frank Mosley, Will Blomker, Lily Baldwin, Tonya Pinkins, Daniel Ryan, Ryan Cassata, Sanda Weigl, MJ Frank, Samuel John Damon, Jamal Batts (World Premiere)
Returning home to working class Warwick, Rhode Island, Peter Latang encounters childhood friend Donald Treebeck for what starts as a simple favor and turns into a long van ride into two friends past. Cast: Kris Avedisian, Jesse Wakeman, Louisa Krause (World Premiere)
After a three-year stint in prison, an unreasonably optimistic middle-aged man returns to his stagnant neighborhood to win back his girlfriend only to find that she and his family have done what they always wanted to do — forget he exists. Cast: Andre Royo, George Sample III, Kellee Stewart, Ashley Wilkerson, Kevin Jackson, Antonio D. Charity, Celestial, Alexis DeLaRosa, Jeanetta Arnette (World Premiere)
“Miss Stevens” Director: Julia Hart, Screenwriters: Julia Hart, Jordan Horowitz
Stuck at a crossroads in her personal life, it falls on Miss Stevens to chaperone three of her students — Billy, Margot and Sam — on a weekend trip to a drama competition. Cast: Lily Rabe, Timotheé Chalamet, Lili Reinhart, Anthony Quintal, Rob Huebel, Oscar Nuñez (World Premiere)
“The Other Half” (Canada) Director/Screenwriter: Joey Klein
A grief-stricken man and a bipolar woman fall in love and try to forge a simple life together. Cast: Tom Cullen, Tatiana Maslany, Suzanne Clement, Henry Czerny, Mark Rendall, Deragh Campbell, Nancy Palk (World Premiere)
“A Stray” Director/Screenwriter: Musa Syeed
Trying to outrun his bad luck, a young Muslim refugee in Minneapolis seems like he just might make it — until he crosses paths with a stray dog. Cast: Barkhad Abdirahman, Faysal Ahmed , Christina Baldwin, Ayla, Fathia Absie, Jamaal “Happy Khalif” Farah, Abdullahi Haji-Mohamed, Ifrah Mansour, Rhiana Yazzie, George McCauley (World Premiere)
For three US Border Patrol agents, the contents of one car reveal an insidious plot within their own ranks. The next 24 hours may cost them their lives. Cast: Johnny Simmons, Gabriel Luna, Clifton Collins, Jr. (World Premiere)
Narrative Feature Jury: Lindsay Bahr, Associated Press; Richard Brody, The New Yorker; and Alonso Duralde, The Wrap
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE COMPETITION
Ten world premieres: ten real world stories that demonstrate innovation, energy and bold voices. Selected from 1,013 feature documentary submissions in 2016.
“Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race & America” Director: Matt Ornstein
Daryl Davis has an unusual hobby. As a musician he has played with legends like Chuck Berry and Little Richard, but in his spare time he likes to meet and befriend members of the Ku Klux Klan. Join Daryl on his personal quest to understand racism. (World Premiere)
“Alive and Kicking” Director/Screenwriter: Susan Glatzer
Alive and Kicking gives the audience an intimate, insider’s view into the culture of the current swing dance world while shedding light on issues facing modern American society. (World Premiere) * SXsports screening
“Best and Most Beautiful Things” Director: Garrett Zevgetis
In a celebration of outcasts everywhere, a precocious young blind woman disappears into quirky obsessions and isolation. With humor and bold curiosity, she chases love and freedom in the most unexpected of places: a provocative fringe community. (World Premiere)
“Goodnight Brooklyn – The Story of Death By Audio” Director: Matthew Conboy
Death By Audio, an underground art and music venue, is forced to close in 2014. The film focuses on the struggles of maintaining a community in the face of Brooklyn property development, hostile construction workers and a one billion-dollar company. (World Premiere)
“The Liberators” Director: Cassie Hay
A tiny Texas town. $350 million worth of medieval treasure. The discovery is just the beginning. (World Premiere)
“Orange Sunshine” Director/Screenwriter: William A. Kirkley
The never-before-told story of the Brotherhood of Eternal Love – a spiritual group of surfers and hippies in California who became the largest suppliers of LSD and Hash in the world during the 60s and 70s. (World Premiere)
“Ovarian Psycos” Directors: Joanna Sokolowski, Kate Trumbull-LaValle
In East Los Angeles, three young misfit women find solace in an unapologetic, feminist bicycle crew. They call themselves the Ovarian Psycos Bicycle Brigade. (World Premiere)
“The Seer” Director: Laura Dunn
The Seer is a cinematic portrait of farmer and writer Wendell Berry. Through his eyes, we see both the changing landscapes of rural America in the era of industrial agriculture and the redemptive beauty in taking the unworn path. (World Premiere) * SouthBites screening
“The Space in Between – Marina Abramovic and Brazil” (Brazil) Director: Marco Del Fiol, Screenwriters: Marco Del Fiol, Marina Abramovic, Fabiana Werneck Barcinski
In search of personal healing and artistic inspiration, Marina Abramovic travels through Brazil experiencing sacred rituals and exploring the limits between art and spirituality. How far will she go to create another work of art? (World Premiere)
“TOWER” Director: Keith Maitland
An animated and action-packed look at America’s first mass school shooting, when the worst in one man brought out the best in so many others. (World Premiere)
Documentary Feature Jury: David Edelstein, New York Magazine; Jen Yamato,The Daily Beast; and Stephanie Zacharek, Time Magazine
Davis (Jake Gyllenhaal), a successful investment banker, struggles after losing his wife in a tragic car crash. Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts, Chris Cooper, Judah Lewis (U.S. Premiere)
“Don’t Think Twice” Director/Screenwriter: Mike Birbiglia
An improv group loses the lease on their home theater at the same time that one of their cast members gets chosen for the biggest sketch comedy show on TV. Cast: Keegan-Michael Key, Gillian Jacobs, Mike Birbiglia, Kate Micucci, Tami Sagher, Chris Gethard (World Premiere)
“Everybody Wants Some” Director/Screenwriter: Richard Linklater
In Richard Linklater’s anticipated “spiritual sequel” to Dazed and Confused, a group of college friends navigate their way through the freedoms and responsibilities of the wild final weekend of the summer of 1980. Cast: Will Brittain, Zoey Deutch, Ryan Guzman, Tyler Hoechlin, Blake Jenner, J. Quinton Johnson, Glen Powell, Wyatt Russell (World Premiere) * SXsports screening
An unflinchingly original, first-person action film where YOU are the main character, Henry. Resurrected from death with no memory by your wife, your mission is find her, solve the mystery of your existence and discover the truth behind your identity. Cast: Sharlto Copley, Danila Kozlovsky, Haley Bennett, Andrey Dementyev, Dasha Charusha, Sveta Ustinova (U.S. Premiere)
“In A Valley of Violence” Director/Screenwriter: Ti West
From Blumhouse, the film tells the story of a drifter named Paul who arrives in a small town, seeking revenge on the thugs who murdered his friend. Sisters Mary Anne and Ellen who run the town’s hotel, help Paul in his quest for vengeance. Cast: Ethan Hawke, Taissa Farmiga, James Ransone, Karen Gillan, John Travolta (World Premiere)
“Midnight Special” 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 writer/director Jeff Nichols’ 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 (North American Premiere)
“Pee-wee’s Big Holiday” 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 (World Premiere)
“Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru” Director: Joe Berlinger
Granted unprecedented access, Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru 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. (World Premiere)
High profile narrative features receiving their World, North American or U.S. premieres at SXSW.
“9 Rides” Director/Screenwriter: Matthew A. Cherry
An Uber driver gets life changing news on the busiest night of the year. Cast: Dorian Missick, Omar Dorsey, Robinne Lee, Xosha Roquemore, Amin Joseph, Skye P. Marshall, Thomas Q. Jones, Tracie Thoms, Aasha Davis, Sujata Day (World Premiere)
“Another Evil” Director/Screenwriter: Carson D. Mell
After encountering a ghost in his family’s vacation home, Dan and his wife Mary hire an “industrial-grade exorcist” named Os to get rid of the beings. Cast: Steve Zissis, Mark Proksch, Jennifer Irwin, Dax Flame, Steve Little, Dan Bakkedahl (World Premiere)
“BLACK” (Belgium) Directors: Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah, Screenwriters: Nele Meirhaeghe, Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah, Hans Herbots
Mavela, 15, is a Black Bronx. She falls madly in love with Marwan, a charismatic member of a rival gang, the 1080s. The young couple is forced to make a brutal choice between gang loyalty and the love they have for one another. An impossible dilemma. Cast: Martha Canga Antonio, Aboubakr Bensaihi (U.S. Premiere)
Two professional con artist sisters go on the run and assume the identities of The Wilding Sisters, guest stars of the a poetry retreat in the depths of the Black Mountains. A romantic comedy drama about love, crime, spirituality and soul. Cast: Alice Lowe, Dolly Wells, Tom Cullen, Rosa Robson, Richard Elis, Laura Patch, Roger Evans, Hannah Daniel, Ben McGregor, Claire Cage (North American Premiere)
“From Nowhere” Director: Matthew Newton, Screenwriters: Matthew Newton, Kate Ballen
Three undocumented Bronx teenagers are graduating from high school while navigating the treacherous waters of trying to get their papers to stay in the US. Cast: Julianne Nicholson, Denis O’Hare, J. Mallory McCree, Octavia Chavez-Richmond, Chinasa Oghuagu, Raquel Castro, Tashiana Washington, Sydni Boudin, Jim Norton, Portia Johnson (World Premiere)
“I Am Not A Serial Killer” (Ireland/UK) Director: Billy O’Brien, Screenwriters: Billy O’Brien, Chris Hyde
In a small Midwestern town, a troubled teen with homicidal tendencies must hunt down and destroy a supernatural killer whilst keeping his own inner demons at bay. Cast: Max Records, Christopher Lloyd, Laura Fraser, Karl Geary (World Premiere)
“Jean of the Joneses” (Canada/USA) Director/Screenwriter: Stella Meghie
Chaos ensues after the estranged patriarch of the Jones family dies on their doorstep. When the paramedic who answers their 911 call tries to win over acerbic Jean Jones, his attempts are disrupted by old conflicts that come to a boil at the funeral. Cast: Taylour Paige, Sherri Shepherd, Gloria Reuben, Michelle Hurst, Erica Ash, Mamoudou Athie, Francois Arnaud, Demore Barnes, Anna Hopkins (World Premiere)
“Long Nights Short Mornings” Director/Screenwriter: Chadd Harbold
An examination of the romantic life of a young man in New York City and his sometimes fleeting, sometimes profound experiences with the women he encounters. Cast: Shiloh Fernandez, Ella Rae Peck, Paten Hughes, Layla Koshnoudi, Christine Evangelista, Cassandra Freeman, Helen Rogers, Stella Maeve, Natalia Dyer, Ebonee Noel, Addison Timlin (World Premiere)
“The Master Cleanse” Director/Screenwriter: Bobby Miller
Down, out and heartbroken, Paul attends a spiritual retreat to cleanse himself and fix his broken life but soon discovers that the cleanse releases more than everyday toxins… a lot more. Cast: Johnny Galecki, Anna Friel, Kyle Gallner, Diana Bang, Kevin J. O’Conner, Oliver Platt, Anjelica Huston (World Premiere)
“My Blind Brother” Director/Screenwriter: Sophie Goodhart
Love for the same woman causes conflict between an over-achieving blind athlete and the brother who made him that way. Cast: Adam Scott, Nick Kroll, Jenny Slate, Zoe Kazan, Charlie Hewson, Maryann Nagel, Greg Violand (World Premiere) * SXsports screening
A developmentally delayed 40-year-old man named Shonzi is sent to live with his brother Todd. But when Shonzi developes a crush on Todd’s new girlfriend Lindsay, he threatens to reveal past secrets that could ultimately tear the couple apart. Cast: Melanie Lynskey, Linas Phillips, Timm Sharp, Tobin Bell, Lauren Weedman, Artemis Pebdani, Jay Duplass, Reagan Yates, Austin Fryberger (World Premiere)
“Shovel Buddies” Director: Si&Ad, Screenwriter: Jason Mark Hellerman
After the death of their best friend, Jimmy (Alex Neustaedter) enlists childhood friend Dan (Kian Lawley), little brother Lump, and crush Kate (Bella Thorne) to fulfill his last request. Cast: Bella Thorne, Kian Lawley, Alex Neustaedter, Anton Starkman, Philip Labes, James C. Burns, Jenny Cooper (World Premiere)
“Slash” Director/Screenwriter: Clay Liford
Neil is a questioning teen who secretly writes erotic fan fiction about popular sci-fi characters. When his classmate Julia discovers his writing, she leads him down a rabbit hole deep into the world of ‘slash’ fiction. Cast: Michael Johnston, Hannah Marks, Michael Ian Black, Missi Pyle, Jessie Ennis, Peter Vack, Sarah Ramos, Robert Longstreet, Tishuan Scott, Lucas Neff (World Premiere)
On a hedonistic Greek island, a local doctor becomes obsessed with a young female tourist when she lets him tag along with her group of hard-partying friends. Cast: Efthymis Papadimitriou, Elli Triggou, Dimi Hart, Hara Kotsali (North American Premiere)
“The Trust” Directors: Ben Brewer, Alex Brewer, Screenwriters: Ben Brewer, Adam Hirsch
Two corrupt Las Vegas police officers plan to rob a large stash that they find in connection to a local drug operation. Cast: Nicolas Cage, Elijah Wood, Sky Ferreira, Jerry Lewis (World Premiere)
“The Waiting” Director: Kasra Farahani, Screenwriters: Mark Bianculi, Jeff Richard
Two high school filmmakers decide to create the illusion of a haunting on an unsuspecting neighbor. Cast: James Caan, Logan Miller, Keir Gilchrist, Laura Innes, Edwin Hodge, Bailey Boble, Lili Reinhart, Anne Dudek, Mindy Sterling, Tamlyn Tomita (World Premiere)
“War On Everyone” (UK) Director/Screenwriter: John Michael McDonagh
Two corrupt cops in New Mexico set out to blackmail and frame every criminal unfortunate enough to cross their path in this volatile jet-black action comedy. Cast: Michael Peña, Alexander Skarsgård, Theo James, Tessa Thompson (North American Premiere)
“Asperger’s Are Us” Director: Alex Lehmann
In this coming of age documentary, four friends on the autism spectrum whom have bonded through humor and performed as the comedy troupe Asperger’s Are Us will prepare for one final, ambitious show before going their separate ways. (World Premiere)
“The Bandit” Director: Jesse Moss
The Bandit is a film about 70s superstar Burt Reynolds, his best friend, roommate and stunt-double Hal Needham, and the making of their unlikely smash-hit “Smokey & The Bandit.” (World Premiere)
“Beware the Slenderman” Director: Irene Taylor Brodsky
Beware the Slenderman tells the story of a Boogeyman lurking on the internet and two 12-year-old girls who would kill for him. A horrifyingly modern tragedy, this film explores children’s accountability in the online age. (World Premiere)
“Chicken People” Director: Nicole Lucas Haimes
In a high stakes world where a single broken feather can mean a shattered dream, Chicken People follows the trials and tribulations of those who breed exotic birds in the world of competitive poultry. (World Premiere) * SXsports screening
“The Dwarvenaut” Director: Josh Bishop
The Dwarvenaut is a dreamlike documentary chronicling Brooklyn-based artist Stefan Pokorny’s lifelong quest to inspire humanity through the one medium he knows best: Dungeons & Dragons. (World Premiere)
“Fantastic Lies” Director: Marina Zenovich
Ten years after the Duke Lacrosse case exploded into the national media, we revisit the case which divided America and explore how it affected the lives of those involved. (World Premiere) * SXsports screening
“Hit it Hard” Directors: Gabe Spitzer, David Terry Fine
Hitting it hard is the only way John Daly knows. It’s how he plays golf. It’s how he lives life. After 25 years of extreme highs and devastating lows, this film explores why Daly has remained one of America’s most beloved athletes. (World Premiere) * SXsports screening
“The Hollywood Shorties” Director/Screenwriter: Ryan Steven Green
In 1980s Los Angeles, a professional dwarf basketball team composed of recognizable-but-typecast actors finds itself the unwitting vanguard of a revolution to represent little people as something other than objects of curiosity. (World Premiere) * SXsports screening
“The Incomparable Rose Hartman” Director: Otis Mass
With a career spanning decades photographer Rose Hartman is known for her iconic photos from Studio 54 and the fashion world, her boisterous personality and ever presence capturing the New York social scene. (World Premiere) * SXstyle screening
“Insatiable: The Homaro Cantu Story” Director: Brett A. Schwartz
Chef and inventor Homaro Cantu helped put Chicago on the culinary map and wanted to change the world. Insatiable takes you on a dizzying and thrilling ride with Cantu, in a story that moves from redemption and inspiration to tragedy and back again. (World Premiere) * SouthBites screening
“Learning To See” Director: Jake Oelman
One man’s transformational journey to find the Amazon’s strangest creatures. (World Premiere)
Mr. Gaga tells the story of Ohad Naharin, renowned choreographer and artistic director of the Batsheva Dance Company, an artistic genius who redefined the language of modern dance. (North American Premiere)
“Seven Songs for a Long Life” (UK) Director: Amy Hardie
The intimate story behind our changing relationship with death – with great songs! (North American Premiere)
“Silicon Cowboys” Director: Jason Cohen, Screenwriters: Steven Leckart, Jason Cohen
Three friends dream up a portable computer at a Texas diner in 1981, and soon battle IBM, the world’s most powerful tech company, for PC supremacy. Compaq Computer’s improbable journey altered the future of computing and shaped the world we now know. (World Premiere)
“The Slippers” (Canada) Director: Morgan White, Screenwriters: Derek Lageunesse, Morgan White
The Slippers pulls back the Wizards curtain the unbelievable story of Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers from The Wizard of Oz, and their impact on popular culture, and the now multi-million dollar a year industry of Hollywood memorabilia collecting. (World Premiere)
“Starving The Beast: The Battle to Disrupt and Reform America’s Public Universities” Director/Screenwriter: Steve Mims
The story of money, power and politics and the well organized, yet little noticed, efforts to radically disrupt and reform America’s public universities. (World Premiere)
“Thank You Del: The Story of the Del Close Marathon” Director: Todd Bieber
Fifteen years after Del Close’s death, thousands of comedians (both famous and unknown) gather to celebrate modern comedy’s most important person that no one knows. (World Premiere)
“The Alchemist Cookbook” Director: Joel Potrykus
Self-made chemist Sean, a recluse living in an old trailer in the woods, suffers from pill-popping delusions of fortune. When his manic attempts at cracking the ancient secret of alchemy go awry he unleashes something far more sinister and dangerous. Cast: Ty Hickson, Amari Cheatom (World Premiere)
“American Fable” Director/Screenwriter: Anne Hamilton
When an 11-year-old girl named Gitty discovers that her father is holding hostage a wealthy man on their family’s remote farm, she chooses to dive into a dark and magical world in this Midwestern-set, fairytale thriller. Cast: Kip Pardue, Peyton Kennedy, Gavin MacIntosh, Rusty Schwimmer, Zuleikha Robinson, Marci Miller, Richard Schiff (World Premiere)
“Baby Bump” (Poland) Director/Screenwriter: Kuba Czekaj
Growing up is not for kids. Cast: Kacper Olszewski, Agnieszka Podsiadlik (U.S. Premiere)
“I Am Belfast” (UK) Director/Screenwriter: Mark Cousins
A visual, poetic depiction of Belfast and its citizens, told with love and passion by someone who has left the city many years ago but is still fascinated by it. (North American Premiere)
“In Pursuit of Silence” Director: Patrick Shen
In Pursuit of Silence is a meditative film that explores our relationship with silence, sound, and the impact of noise on our lives. (North American Premiere)
Jules and Dolores is a pop comedy about the theft of the World Cup Trophy that occurred in Brazil in 1983. Curiously enough, nobody truly knows the details surrounding this unbelievable event, until now. Cast: Paulo Tiefenthaler, Taís Araujo, Danilo Grangheia, Milhem Cortaz, Fabio Marcoff, Pedro Wagner, Álvaro Diniz, Thelmo Fernandes, Otto Jr. (World Premiere) * SXsports screening
“Karaoke Crazies” (Republic of Korea) Director: Kim Sang Chan
Welcome to ADDICTION KARAOKE and let’s sing till the end! (World Premiere)
“Little Sister” Director/Screenwriter: Zach Clark, Story by Zach Clark, Melodie Sisk
A young nun returns home to visit her estranged family. Cast: Addison Timlin, Ally Sheedy, Keith Poulson, Peter Hedges, Kristin Slaysman, Molly Plunk, Barbara Crampton (World Premiere)
“Loev” (India) Director/Screenwriter: Sudhanshu Saria
A weekend trip between friends takes a sudden turn, making them each examine what love is and what it means to them. Cast: Shiv Pandit, Dhruv Ganesh, Siddharth Menon (North American Premiere)
“My Beautiful Broken Brain” (UK) Directors: Sophie Robinson, Lotje Sodderland
Her brain is broken. Her mind is limitless. A film about a young woman’s cerebral hemorrhage with outcomes no one could have predicted. (North American Premiere)
Joe, a programmer and obsessive self-quantifier, and Emily, a budding comedy performer, are happily married until they decide to use one another in their work. Operator is a dark comedy about love, technology, and what can’t be programmed. Cast: Martin Starr, Mae Whitman, Nat Faxon, Cameron Esposito, Retta, Christine Lahti, Kate Cobb, Kristopher Lofton, Tim Hopper, Trevor Dawkins (World Premiere)
“Spaceship” (UK) Director/Screenwriter: Alex Taylor
A girl fakes her own alien abduction and disappears, leaving her father to search for her in a strange teenage world of unicorns and black holes. Cast: Antti Reini, Alexa Davies, Lara Peake, Lucian Charles Collier, Tallulah Haddon, Steven Elder, Jack Winthrop, Kristof Gerega, Harry Jarvis (World Premiere)
“Teenage Cocktail” Director: John Carchietta, Screenwriters: John Carchietta, Sage Bannick, Chris Sivertson, Story by: Amelia Yokel
Teenage Cocktail is the story of how Annie and Jules fell in love and how it all got weird. Cast: Nichole Bloom, Fabianne Therese, Pat Healy, Michelle Borth, Joshua Leonard, AJ Bowen (World Premiere)
“Under the Sun” (Czech Republic/Germany/Korea/Democratic People’s Republic of Latvia, Russian Federation) Director: Vitaly Mansky
“My father says that Korea is the most beautiful country,” says schoolgirl Zin-mi. Despite continuous interference by government handlers, Under The Sun reveals a never-before-seen glimpse of one family’s life in North Korea. (North American Premiere)
EPISODIC (aka TV show)
“Outcast” Director: Adam Wingard, Screenwriter: Robert Kirkman, Showrunner: Chris Black
Outcast, based on the Skybound/Image comic title by creator Robert Kirkman and artist Paul Azaceta, follows Kyle Barnes, a young man who has been plagued by demonic possession all his life. Cast: Patrick Fugit, Philip Glenister, Wrenn Schmidt, Reg E. Cathey, David Denman (World Premiere)
“Preacher” 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 (World Premiere)
“Search Party” Directors/Screenwriters: Sarah-Violet Bliss, Charles Rogers
Search Party is a dark comedy about four self-absorbed twenty-somethings who become entangled in an ominous mystery when a former college acquaintance suddenly disappears. Cast: Alia Shawkat, John Early, John Reynolds, Meredith Hagner (World Premiere)
“Vice Principals” Directors: Jody Hill, David Gordon Green, Screenwriters: Danny McBride, Jody Hill
A dark comedy series that tells the story of a high school and the two people who almost run it, the vice principals, who are engaged in an epic power struggle for the top spot. Cast: Danny McBride, Walton Goggins, Kimberly Herbert Gregory, Georgia King, Busy Philipps, Shea Whigham, Sheaun McKinney (World Premiere)
“You Me Her” Director/Screenwriter: John Scott Shepherd
An impulsive “date” between suburbanite Jack and escort Izzy spins into a three-way affair including Jack’s wife Emma, posing the question: What if your truest, happiest life looked nothing like you imagined? Would you be brave enough to live it? Cast: Greg Poehler, Rachel Blanchard, Priscilla Faia, Jarod Joseph, Melanie Papaila (World Premiere)
24 BEATS PER SECOND
Showcasing the sounds, culture and influence of music & musicians, with an emphasis on documentary. (Open to Music badgeholders)
“The American Epic Sessions”
Director: Bernard MacMahon, Screenwriters: Bernard MacMahon, Allison McGourty, Duke Erikson
On the 90th anniversary of the first electrical sound recordings, twenty of today’s greatest artists test their skills against the lost recording machine that first gave America her voice.
“And Punching the Clown”
Director: Gregori Viens, Screenwriters: Henry Phillips, Gregori Viens
Comedian Henry Phillips is lured to LA by a renowned TV producer who wants to bring his story of failure to the screen. But when a major network gets involved, Henry must decide whether he wants to make jokes for a living, or be the butt of them. Cast: Henry Phillips, Sarah Silverman, Tig Notaro, J.K. Simmons, Jim Jefferies, Ellen Ratner, Mike Judge, Mark Cohan, Clifton Collins (World Premiere)
“The Art of Organized Noize” Director: Quincy ‘QD3’ Jones, III, Screenwriter: Joshua A. Krause
Organized Noize shaped the landscape of Hip Hop music with a distinct sound created in the confines of a dungeon. They’re responsible for the careers of Outkast, CeeLo, Goodie Mob and the Dungeon Family. This is the story of the Art of Organized. (World Premiere)
“Artist & Repertoire” (UK) Director: Matthew Jones
A pulsating documentary charting the extraordinary life and career of underground DJ icon, music producer and global trip hop mogul, James Lavelle. Starring DJ Shadow, 3D of Massive Attack, Futura, Ian Brown, Grandmaster Flash and Josh Homme. (World Premiere)
“BANG! The Bert Berns Story” Directors: Brett Berns, Bob Sarles
Music meets the Mob in this biographical documentary about the meteoric career and tragic life of Bert Berns, the most important ’60s songwriter that you never heard of. His hits include Twist & Shout, Hang On Sloopy, and Piece Of My Heart. (World Premiere)
“Born To Be Blue “(Canada/UK) Director/Screenwriter: Robert Budreau
Ethan Hawke lights up the screen as jazz legend and icon of cool, Chet Baker, whose comeback from heroin addiction is thrillingly told with wit, verve, and style to burn. Cast: Ethan Hawke, Carmen Ejogo, Callum Keith Rennie, Tony Nappo, Stephen McHattie, Janet-Laine Green, Dan Lett, Kedar Brown, Kevin Hanchard, Tony Nardi (U.S. Premiere)
“Gary Numan: Android In La La Land” (UK) Directors: Steve Read, Rob Alexander
The Godfather of electronic music is on a one-way trip to crack America, returning to the studio for the first time in nearly a decade. Android is a celebration of a music-making pioneer and the love story that helped him turn his life around. (World Premiere)
“Honky Tonk Heaven: Legend of the Broken Spoke” Directors: Sam Wainwright Douglas, Brenda Greene Mitchell
The Broken Spoke has hosted country greats like George Strait, Willie Nelson, Ernest Tubb, Bob Wills, George Jones and Roy Acuff. A profile of “the last of the true Texas dance halls” and the tenacious family keeping it alive amid rapid urban growth. (World Premiere)
“I Go Back Home – Jimmy Scott” (Germany/USA) Director: Yoon-ha Chang
In I Go back home – Jimmy Scott we meet 54 year old Ralf Kemper, a successful German music producer. He takes on the journey to produce a record with the almost forgotten jazz icon Jimmy Scott. (World Premiere)
“Miles Ahead” Director: Don Cheadle, Screenwriters: Don Cheadle, Steven Baigelman
Inspired by events in his life, Miles Ahead is a wildly entertaining, impressionistic, no-holds barred portrait of one of 20th century music’s creative geniuses, Miles Davis. Cast: Don Cheadle, Ewan McGregor, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Lakeith Lee Stanfield, Michael Stuhlbarg
“Miss Sharon Jones!” Director: Barbara Kopple
Dreams never expire, but sometimes they are deferred. Miss Sharon Jones! tracks the talented and gregarious soul singer of the Grammy-nominated R&B band Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings during the most challenging year of her life.
“A Song For You: The Austin City Limits Story” Director: Keith Maitland
From Willie Nelson to Wilco, Ray Charles to Radiohead, A Song For You: The Austin City Limits Story offers the ultimate backstage pass to 40 years of incredible music from the longest running music show in television history. (World Premiere)
“Soundbreaking – Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music” Directors: Jeff Dupre, Maro Chermayeff
An eight-part series that explores the nexus of cutting-edge technology and human artistry that has created the soundtrack of our lives. (World Premiere)
“The Smart Studios Story” Director: Wendy Schneider
From the outside Smart Studios looked like just another Midwestern warehouse left behind by the economic decline of the 1980s. No one could have guessed what was going on inside – and how it would soon change the sound of music forever. (World Premiere)
“We Are X” (UK/USA) Director: Stephen Kijak
X Japan led a hard rock cultural revolution in Japan during the late 80’s. Twenty years after their tragedy-fueled collapse, We Are X tells the story of the most influential band in the world that you’ve never heard of…yet.
The people in Forres don’t work. Between 9 and 5 they dissolve into the pubs, where the light shines as a warm glow in their midst. Then the stranger Bodkin arrives into town. He has come to this remote corner of Europe to hide and lay low. Cast: Sohrab Bayat, Lily Szramko, Eddie Paton, James Macmillan (North American Premiere)
A freighter crosses the ocean. The hypnotic rhythm of its gears reveals the continuous movement of machinery devouring its workers: the last gestures of the old sailors’ trade disappearing under the mechanic pace of 21st century. (U.S. Premiere)
“Ghostland” – The View of The Ju/’Hoansi (Denmark/Germany/Italy/Namibia/Switzerland) Director: Simon Stadler
For the first time the Ju/Hoansi Bushmen travel through the Kalahari and then right into the heart of Europe. What starts as a look at their fascinating culture becomes an even more fascinating look on our Western lifestyle. (North American Premiere)
“Kill Me Please” (Brazil) Director: Anita Rocha Da Silveira
After an encounter with death, she will do anything to make sure she’s alive. (U.S. Premiere)
“Papagajka” (Australia/UK) Director/Screenwriter: Emma Rozanski
A stranger arrives in Sarajevo and barges into Damir’s reclusive world. Little by little she takes over his life. She absorbs his dreams, until finally she threaten his very existence. Cast: Adnan Omerovic, Susanna Cappellaro, Tina Kerserovic, Sabina Mrgan, Don Guido (World Premiere)
“UIO: Take me for a Ride” (Colombia/Ecuador/Mexico) Director/Screenwriter: Micaela Rueda
How do you deal with being ‘different‘? Cast: Samanta Caicedo, María Juliana Rángel, Diego Naranjo, Paty Loor, Monserrat Astudillo, Miranda Zepeda, Anne Dominque Correa, Domenica Blanco, Ana Belén Bermeo (World Premiere)
“Yarn” (Iceland) Directors: Una Lorenzen, Thordur Jonsson, Heather Millard, Screenwriters: Krishan Arora, Barbara Kingsolver
International artists and knitters take a simple skein of yarn to create their extraordinary ideas and stories. (World Premiere) * SXstyle screening