Category Archives: SXSW

Exploring Themes In the SXSW Film Lineup: Not Just About Animals

Posted by Larry Gleeson

By Neha Aziz

This year SXSW has a handful of films that feature animals in their titles. But why judge a film by its title (or poster)! These movies crossover many of screening sections, from Documentary to Midnighters to Global. Getting curiouser and curiouser!

Bad Lucky Goat

(Colombia) (World Premiere) Director/Screenwriter: Samir Oliveros

After accidentally killing a bearded goat, teenage siblings Corn and Rita must quickly find a way to repair their father’s truck, enlisting the help of a butcher, rastafari drum makers, a pawn shop and even a witch doctor, in a 24-hour adventure around Port Paradise. Cast: Honlenny Huffington, Kiara Howard, Elkin Robinson, Michel Robinson, Ambrosio Huffington, Jean Bush.

Hounds of Love

(Australia) (North American Premiere) Director/Screenwriter: Ben Young

In the mid 1980’s seventeen-year-old Vicki Maloney is randomly abducted from a suburban street by a disturbed couple. As she observes the dynamic between her captors she quickly realizes she must drive a wedge between them if she is to survive. Cast: Ashleigh Cummings, Emma Booth, Stephen Curry, Susie Porter, Damian de Montemas, Harrison Gilbertson, Fletcher Humphrys.

Paa Joe & The Lion

(Ghana, United Kingdom) (North American Premiere) Director: Benjamin Wigley

A true story about the art of love and death. A thought provoking and cinematic documentary film rooted in the universal themes of love, death and legacy set against one of the most beautiful art-forms in the world – Ghana’s very own fantasy coffin.

PIG: The Final Screenings

(World Premiere) Director: Adam Mason

A savage satire of gender politics in America, Adam Mason is guaranteed to shock and offend with Pig. Created with actor and long time collaborator Andrew Howard, Pig is a virtuoso piece of pure cinema. Cast: Andrew Howard, Guy Burnet, Lorry Stone, Juliet Quintin-Archard, Molly Black.

Rat Film

(U.S. Premiere) Director/Screenwriter: Theo Anthony

Across walls, fences, and alleys, rats not only expose our boundaries of separation but make homes in them. Rat Film is a feature-length documentary that uses the rat—as well as the humans that love them, live with them, and kill them.

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

About SXSW

The SXSW Film Festival celebrates raw innovation and emerging talent both behind and in front of the camera. Featuring provocative documentaries, comedies, genre standouts and more, the festival has become known for the high caliber and diversity of films presented, and for its smart, enthusiastic audiences.

Running simultaneously with SXSW Interactive and SXSW Music, film festival attendees have the opportunity to connect with tech and music industry experts, making the SXSW Film Festival an unparalleled experience at the forefront of discovery, creativity, and innovation.

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Daniel Espinosa’s ‘Life’ – Closing Night Film at SXSW

Posted by Larry Gleeson.

By Neha Aziz

Life directed by Daniel Espinosa is the Closing Night Film for SXSW Film Festival on Saturday March 18, 2017 at the Zach Theatre.

Columbia Pictures and Skydance’s Life is a terrifying sci-fi thriller about a team of scientists aboard the International Space Station whose mission of discovery turns to one of primal fear when they find a rapidly evolving life form that caused extinction on Mars, and now threatens the crew and all life on Earth.

Life features an ensemble cast of Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Ryan Reynolds, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ariyon Bakare, Olga Dihovichnaya. The film is directed by Daniel Espinosa, written by Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick and produced by David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Bonnie Curtis, and Julie Lynn.

Columbia Pictures and Skydance will release the film on March 24, 2017.

 

 

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

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About SXSW

The SXSW Film Festival celebrates raw innovation and emerging talent both behind and in front of the camera. Featuring provocative documentaries, comedies, genre standouts and more, the festival has become known for the high caliber and diversity of films presented, and for its smart, enthusiastic audiences.

Running simultaneously with SXSW Interactive and SXSW Music, film festival attendees have the opportunity to connect with tech and music industry experts, making the SXSW Film Festival an unparalleled experience at the forefront of discovery, creativity, and innovation.

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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

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(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

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(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!

About SXSW

The SXSW Film Festival celebrates raw innovation and emerging talent both behind and in front of the camera. Featuring provocative documentaries, comedies, genre standouts and more, the festival has become known for the high caliber and diversity of films presented, and for its smart, enthusiastic audiences.

Running simultaneously with SXSW Interactive and SXSW Music, film festival attendees have the opportunity to connect with tech and music industry experts, making the SXSW Film Festival an unparalleled experience at the forefront of discovery, creativity, and innovation.

(Sourced from: sxsw.com)

 

 

SXSW 2017 Film Lineup: LGBTQ

Posted by Larry Gleeson.

By Neha Aziz

With a film lineup that has 129 features, it’s no doubt that certain themes will begin to emerge. SXSW programming ranges from independent films by new filmmakers to Hollywood comedies and genre standouts. As the 2017 festival draws closer, some of the themes this year need to be highlighted. Here’s a sampling of some exciting, upcoming films with LGBTQ themes!

Divine Divas

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(Brazil) (North American Premiere) Director: Leandra Leal, Screenwriters: Carol Benjamin, Leandra Leal, Lucas Paraizo, Natara Ney

Eight iconic characters from the first generation of transvestite artists in Brazil challenged the moral of a country at the height of a rigid military dictatorship, in the 1960s, when they used to perform a show called Divinas Divas. One of the first stages to feature men dressed as women was the Rival theatre, run by Americo Leal, the director’s grandfather. Through archival footage and recent interviews, the documentary observes their 50-year careers on stage in different dimensions, leading us to understand these lives as a work of art, but also as a political act, struggling for human rights and individual freedoms in Brazil of yesterday and today.

Signature Move

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(World Premiere) Director: Jennifer Reeder, Screenwriters: Fawzia Mirza, Lisa Donato

A secret new romance with Alma forces Zaynab to confront her complicated relationship with her recently widowed mother. In this coming-of-age Muslim melodrama, Zaynab copes by taking up Lucha-style wrestling. Cast: Fawzia Mirza, Shabana Azmi, Sari Sanchez, Audrey Francis, Charin Alvarez, Mark Hood, Molly Brennan.

Todrick Hall: No Place Like Home

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(World Premiere) Director: Katherine Fairfax Wright

After building an empire on YouTube, Todrick Hall leaps beyond his comfort zone and deep within his own backstory to create his most dazzling and vital work yet, but with only a few weeks and a few coins, will he crush it or will it crush him?

The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin

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(World Premiere) Director: Jennifer M. Kroot

The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin celebrates one of the world’s most beloved storytellers, following his evolution from a conservative son of the Old South into a gay rights pioneer whose novels inspired millions to reclaim their lives.

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

About SXSW

The SXSW Film Festival celebrates raw innovation and emerging talent both behind and in front of the camera. Featuring provocative documentaries, comedies, genre standouts and more, the festival has become known for the high caliber and diversity of films presented, and for its smart, enthusiastic audiences.

Running simultaneously with SXSW Interactive and SXSW Music, film festival attendees have the opportunity to connect with tech and music industry experts, making the SXSW Film Festival an unparalleled experience at the forefront of discovery, creativity, and innovation.

(Sourced from: sxsw.com)

SXSW Film Festival Announces 2017 Features Line Up

Posted by Larry Gleeson.

During nine days of the SXSW Film Festival, 125 features will screen, with additional titles yet to be announced. The full lineup includes a whopping 84 World Premieres, 11 North American Premieres, and 6 US Premieres. First-time filmmakers account for 51 films.

Explore the list of already announced films by screening sections: Narrative Feature Competition, Documentary Feature Competition, Headliners, Narrative Spotlight, Documentary Spotlight, Visions, Episodic, 24 Beats Per Second, Global, Festival Favorites, and Special Events.

A selection of highlights include Baby Driver directed by Edgar Wright; Becoming Bond directed by Josh Greenbaum; Free Fire directed by Ben Wheatley; Gemini directed by Aaron Katz; Hot Summer Nights directed by Elijah Bynum; May it Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers directed by Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio; Mr. Roosevelt directed by Noël Wells; Muppet Guys Talking directed by Frank Oz; Prevenge directed by Alice Lowe; Stranger Fruit directed by Jason Pollock; The Big Sick directed by Michael Showalter; Unrest directed by Jennifer Brea; Win it All directed by Joe Swanberg.

The festival will run March 10-15, 2017. For more information on attending  click here!

 

About SXSW

The SXSW Film Festival celebrates raw innovation and emerging talent both behind and in front of the camera. Featuring provocative documentaries, comedies, genre standouts and more, the festival has become known for the high caliber and diversity of films presented, and for its smart, enthusiastic audiences.

Running simultaneously with SXSW Interactive and SXSW Music, film festival attendees have the opportunity to connect with tech and music industry experts, making the SXSW Film Festival an unparalleled experience at the forefront of discovery, creativity, and innovation.

*Featured photo: ‘Free Fire’ from Director Ben Wheatley

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Terrence Malick’s ‘Song To Song’ SXSW Opening Night Film

Posted by Larry Gleeson

Song To Song, from celebrated director Terrence Malick will make its World Premiere Friday March 10, 2017, as the Opening Night film for the 24th edition of the SXSW Film Festival. Rooney Mara, Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender, and Natalie Portman star in this modern love story set against the Austin, Texas music scene, as two entangled couples chase success through a rock ‘n’ roll landscape of seduction and betrayal.

 

The festival will run March 10-15, 2017. For more information on attending  click here!

 

About SXSW

The SXSW Film Festival celebrates raw innovation and emerging talent both behind and in front of the camera. Featuring provocative documentaries, comedies, genre standouts and more, the festival has become known for the high caliber and diversity of films presented, and for its smart, enthusiastic audiences.

Running simultaneously with SXSW Interactive and SXSW Music, film festival attendees have the opportunity to connect with tech and music industry experts, making the SXSW Film Festival an unparalleled experience at the forefront of discovery, creativity, and innovation.

*Featured photo: Song To Song  courtesy of Van Redin / Broad Green Pictures