SXSW 2017 Film Lineup: Westerns

Posted by Larry Gleeson.

By Neha Aziz

Promoting a film lineup with 129 features, certain themes begin to emerge. SXSW programming ranges from independent films by new filmmakers to Hollywood comedies and genre standouts. Here’s a sampling of some exciting, upcoming films with Western themes showcasing some ruggedly handsome men in the form of Sam Elliot, Pierce Brosnan, Matt Bomer and Bill Pullum !

The Ballad of Lefty Brown


(World Premiere) Director/Screenwriter: Jared Moshé

Aging sidekick Lefty Brown has ridden with Eddie Johnson his entire life. But when a rustler kills Eddie, Lefty is forced from his partner’s shadow and must confront the ugly realities of frontier justice. Cast: Bill Pullman, Kathy Baker, Jim Caviezel, Tommy Flanagan, Peter Fonda, Joe Anderson, Diego Josef, Michael Speers, Lewis Pullman, Joseph Anderson.

The Hero

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Director: Brett Haley, Screenwriters: Brett Haley, Marc Basch

The Hero tells the story of movie star Lee Hayden whose career high as Western film icon is now several decades in the past. Cast: Sam Elliott, Laura Prepon, Krysten Ritter, Nick Offerman, Katharine Ross.

The Son


(World Premiere) Director: Tom Harper

Based on the New York Times best-selling and Pulitzer Prize finalist novel, The Son is a sweeping family saga that spans 150 years and three generations of the McCullough family. Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Jacob Lofland, Henry Garrett, Paola Nunez, Carlos Bardem, Zahn McClarnon, Jess Weixler, David Wilson Barnes, Sydney Lucas.

Walking Out

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Directors/Screenwriters: Andrew Smith, Alex Smith

Based on the masterpiece, American short story, Walking Out, follows David (Josh Wiggins), a typical teenage urbanite as he travels to rural Montana to go hunting with his estranged, ‘off the grid’ father, Cal (Matt Bomer). Cast: Matt Bomer, Josh Wiggins, Bill Pullman, Alex Neustaedter, Lily Gladstone, Ken White, Scott McMillion.

The festival will run March 10-18, 2017. For more information on attending  click here!

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