SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST
Austin’s annual South by Southwest Festival (SXSW for short) has announced this year’s lineup of films, which includes movies like Jean-Marc Vallee’s Demolition, comedian Mike Birbiglia’s Don’t Think Twice, and Don Cheadle’s Miles Davis biopic Miles Ahead.
“SXSW prides itself on presenting an eclectic mix of emerging and established talent in a range of genres from comedy, thrillers, docs, and international gems,” head of SXSW Film Janet Pierson said in a statement. “We’ve been told we program the way real people watch movies: sometimes for fun, sometimes for mind expansion, then there’s the art, and who doesn’t love a great surprise? We continue to be excited by so much new work as we revel in the richness of tone and craft on display. This year, many more titles are part of our expanded Convergence programming, which means more than one badge type can experience the compelling films throughout the sections.”
It was previously announced that Richard Linklater’s Everybody Wants Some will open this year’s festival, which kicks off March 11 and runs until March 19. See the entire film lineup below.
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; and 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; and TOWER directed by Keith Maitland.
A selection of highlights includes: Mike Birbiglia’s Don’t Think Twice; Ilya Naishuller’s Hardcore Henry; Jean-Marc Vallee’s Demolition; Ti West’s In A Valley of Violence; John Michael McDonagh’s War on Everyone; Todd Bieber’s Thank You Del: The Story of the Del Close Marathon; Tomer Heymann’s Mr. Gaga; Jesse Moss’s The Bandit; Nicole Lucas Haimes’ Chicken People; Robert Kirkman’s Outcast; Danny McBride’s Vice Principals; Stella Meghie’s Jean of the Joneses; Sophie Goodhart’s My Blind Brother; Logan Kibens’ Operator; Quincy ‘QD3’ Jones, III’s The Art of Organized Noize; Brett Berns’ BANG! The Bert Berns Story; and Keith Maitland’s A Song For You: The Austin City Limits Story. They join previously announced films including the Opening Night Film Everybody Wants Some; narrative features Chevalier, Midnight Special, and Pee-wee’s Big Holiday; documentaries Beware the Slenderman and Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru; and the episodic Preacher.
Source: ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY