SXSW 2013 Lineup Announcement and Films Breakdown

January 31, 2013

SXSW 2013 Lineup Announcement and Films BreakdownThe SXSW Film Conference & Festival has just released a nearly complete lineup of its planned features for SXSW 2013, taking place March 8-16. The Festival will be kicking off with the world premiere of The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, and will feature other headliners Evil Dead, Spring Breakers, and Hawking.

The lineup announced today consists of 109 full-length features, including 68 films from first-time directors. There are 69 World Premieres, 14 North American Premieres, and 5 U.S. Premieres. These were selected from a record 2,096 submissions, including 1,482 from the U.S. and 614 international features. Submissions overall went up 7% to a total of 5,682. For the first time, Audience Awards will be selected in all categories.

"It's an incredible privilege to sift through so much exciting work, and every year brings new surprises. Though trends emerge after the fact, not consciously while we're programming, much of this year's program embraces love and the need/search/desire for connection," says Film Conference and Festival Producer Janet Pierson. "Many films reflect importantly on our culture and include intimate looks at iconic figures, and we're lucky to have a plethora of hugely entertaining and audience-pleasing films. Even more thrilling is the opportunity to support so many filmmakers we've followed for years who've made enormous creative leaps in their work."

This will be my second SXSW and, just from my experience last year, I can't imagine a film festival better suited to a cinema lover. Being surrounded by fellow film lovers from all over the world, sharing films and stories within some of the finest theaters around, all the while encompassed within the beautiful city of Austin, TX. None of these words can give the experience justice and the privilege of getting to experience it all again is not lost on me.

SXSW break down feature films into the following categories:

  • NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION
  • DOCUMENTARY FEATURE COMPETITION
  • HEADLINERS
  • NARRATIVE SPOTLIGHT
  • DOCUMENTARY SPOTLIGHT
  • EMERGING VISIONS
  • 24 BEATS PER SECOND
  • SX GLOBAL
  • FESTIVAL FAVORITES
  • SPECIAL EVENTS
  • MIDNIGHTERS (will be announced on Feb. 6 along with the featured Shorts for the festival)

The following is a complete list of the 109 announced films, their categories, and brief synopsis of the work itself:

NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION

This year's 8 films were selected from 1,191 submissions. Each film is a World Premiere.

Awful Nice

Director/Screenwriter: Todd Sklar, Screenwriter: Alex Rennie

Estranged brothers Jim and Dave must travel to Branson together when their father dies and leaves them the lake home. A series of hilarious mishaps and costly misadventures follow as they attempt to restore the house and rebuild their relationship. Cast: Alex Rennie, James Pumphrey, Christopher Meloni, Brett Gelman, Keeley Hazell (World Premiere)

Burma

Director/Screenwriter: Carlos Puga

On the eve of an annual sibling reunion, a troubled young writer is sent reeling with the arrival of an unexpected guest. Cast: Christopher Abbott, Gaby Hoffmann, Chris McCann, Dan Bittner, Emily Fleischer (World Premiere)

Improvement Club

Director/Screenwriter: Dayna Hanson

When their big gig falls through, a ragtag, avant-garde performance group with a political message struggles to find their audience-and the motivating force behind their work.

Cast: Magge Brown, Dave Proscia, Wade Madsen, Jessie Smith, Pol Rosenthal (World Premiere)

LICKS

Director/Screenwriter: Jonathan Singer-Vine, Screenwriter: Justin "Hongry" Robinson

The story of a young man, D, as he returns to his Oakland neighborhood after two years served in prison for a robbery gone wrong... Cast: Stanley "Doe" Hunt, Koran Jenkins, Tatiana Monet, Devon Libran, Les "DJ Upgrade" Aderibigbe (World Premiere)

The Retrieval

Director/Screenwriter: Chris Eska

On the outskirts of the Civil War, a boy is sent north by a bounty hunter gang to retrieve a wanted man. Cast: Ashton Sanders, Tishuan Scott, Keston John, Bill Oberst, Jr., Christine Horn, Alfonso Freeman (World Premiere)

Short Term 12

Director/Screenwriter: Destin Daniel Cretton

The film follows Grace, a young supervisor at a foster-care facility, as she looks after the teens in her charge and reckons with her own troubled past. An unsparingly authentic film, full of both heart and surprising humor.

Cast: Brie Larson, John Gallagher Jr., Kaitlyn Dever, Rami Malek, Keith Stanfield (World Premiere)

Swim Little Fish Swim (USA, France)

Director/Screenwriter: Ruben Amar, Lola Bessis

Between surrealism, unusual characters, art and magic tricks, Swim Little Fish Swim is a dreamlike journey from childhood to adulthood. Cast: Dustin Guy Defa, Anne Consigny, Brooke Bloom, Lola Bessis, Olivia Durling Costello (World Premiere)

This Is Where We Live

Directors: Josh Barrett, Marc Menchaca, Screenwriter: Marc Menchaca

A struggling family's dynamics are challenged and a unique friendship is born when a small-town Texas handyman becomes caregiver to their son with cerebral palsy.

Cast: Ron Hayden, CK McFarland, Marc Menchaca, Tobias Segal, Frankie Shaw (World Premiere)

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE COMPETITION

This year's 8 films were selected from 905 submissions. Each film is a World Premiere.

12 O'Clock Boys

Director: Lotfy Nathan

Pug, a young boy growing up on a combative West Baltimore block, finds solace in a gang of illegal dirt bike riders known as The 12 O'Clock Boys. (World Premiere)

Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton

Directors: Stephen Silha, Eric Slade

A documentary about embracing your passions and becoming the person of your dreams, disguised as an inspiring biopic about pioneering filmmaker and poet James Broughton (1913-1999). (World Premiere)

Hey Bartender

Director: Douglas Tirola

The story of the bartender in the era of the craft cocktail. (World Premiere)

Los Wild Ones

Director: Elise Salomon

Wild Records is an indie label reminiscent of the early days of Sun Records. The label is based in LA and run by Reb Kennedy aka Mr. Wild Records and is comprised of young Latin musicians who write and perform 50s Rock n Roll. (World Premiere)

The Short Game

Director: Josh Greenbaum

Each year, the world's best 7-year-old golfers descend on Pinehurst, North Carolina to determine the next "world champion" and who might become golf's next phenom. The Short Game follows 9 young golfers on their quest for greatness. (World Premiere)

Touba

Director: Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi

With unprecedented access and dynamic 16mm cinematography, Touba reveals a different face of Islam by chronicling Sufi Muslims' annual pilgrimage to the city of Touba. (World Premiere)

We Always Lie To Strangers

Directors: AJ Schnack, David Wilson

A story of family, community, music and tradition set against the backdrop of Branson, Missouri, the remote Ozark Mountain town that is one of the biggest tourist destinations in America. (World Premiere)

WILLIAM AND THE WINDMILL

Director: Ben Nabors

William Kamkwamba builds a windmill from scrap to rescue his family from famine, transforming his life and launching him onto the world stage. His success leads to new opportunities and complex choices, distancing him from the life he once knew. (World Premiere)

HEADLINERS

Big names, big talent: Headliners bring star power to SXSW, featuring red carpet premieres and gala film events with some major and rising names in cinema.

Evil Dead

Director/Screenwriter: Fede Alvarez, Screenwriter: Rodo Sayagues

Five friends, holed up in a remote cabin, discover a Book of the Dead that unwittingly summons up dormant demons which possess the youngsters in succession until only one is left to fight for survival. Cast: Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci, Jessica Lucas, Elizabeth Blackmore (World Premiere)

Hawking (UK)

Director: Stephen Finnigan

A brief history of mine: a look at the life of Stephen Hawking. (World Premiere)

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

Director: Don Scardino, Story by Chad Kultgen & Tyler Mitchell and Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley. Screenplay by Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley

As superstar Vegas magicians and former best friends Burt and Anton grow to secretly loathe each other, their long-time act implodes, allowing an ambitious rival street performer the big break he's been waiting for. Cast: Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde, with Alan Arkin, James Gandolfini and Jim Carrey (World Premiere)

Spring Breakers

Director/Screenwriter: Harmony Korine

Four college girls who land in jail after robbing a restaurant in order to fund their spring break vacation find themselves bailed out by a drug and arms dealer who wants them to do some dirty work.

Cast: James Franco, Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, Rachel Korine, Gucci Mane (U.S. Premiere)

When Angels Sing

Director: Tim Mccanlies, Screenwriter: Lou Berney

Michael despises Christmas. Now Christmas is getting even.

Cast: Harry Connick Jr., Connie Britton, Chandler Canterbury, Fionnula Flanagan, Lyle Lovett, Dana Wheeler-Nicholson, Eloise DeJoria, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson (World Premiere)

NARRATIVE SPOTLIGHT

High profile narrative features receiving their World, North American or U.S. Premieres at SXSW.

The Bounceback

Director: Bryan Poyser, Screenwriters: David Degrow Shotwell, Steven Walters, Bryan Poyser

An outrageous comedy about love and revenge in Austin, Texas. Cast: Marshall Allman, Ashley Bell, Zach Cregger, Sara Paxton, Michael Stahl-David (World Premiere)

Coldwater

Director/Screenwriter: Vincent Grashaw, Screenwriter: Mark Penney

A teenage boy is sent to a juvenile reform facility in the wilderness. As we learn about the tragic events that sent him there, his struggle becomes one for survival with the inmates, the counselors, and with the retired war colonel in charge. Cast: PJ Boudousque, James C. Burns, Chris Petrovski, Octavius J. Johnson, Nicholas Bateman (World Premiere)

Drinking Buddies Director/Screenwriter: Joe Swanberg

Weekend trips, office parties, late night conversations, drinking on the job, marriage pressure, biological clocks, holding eye contact a second too long... you know what makes the line between "friends" and "more than friends" really blurry? Beer.

Cast: Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick, Ron Livingston (World Premiere)

Go For Sisters

Director/Screenwriter: John Sayles

Bernice and Fontayne grew up so tight they could 'go for sisters'. After twenty years apart, they are reunited when Bernice is assigned to be Fontayne's parole officer- just when she needs help on the wrong side of the law. Cast: Edward James Olmos, Lisa Gay Hamilton, Yolonda Ross (North American Premiere)

Good Night

Director/Screenwriter: Sean H. A. Gallagher

Leigh's 29th birthday party takes a sudden turn when she announces that the evening maybe the last time her friends see her alive. A night of questions, coping and debauchery immediately follow.

Cast: Adriene Mishler, Jonny Mars, Alex Karpovsky, Chris Doubek, Todd Berger (World Premiere)

Grow Up, Tony Phillips

Director/Screenwriter: Emily Hagins

A comedy about a Halloween-obsessed high school senior who doesn't think childhood passions should have an expiration date.

Cast: Tony Vespe, AJ Bowen, Devin Bonnee, Katie Folger, Byron Brown (World Premiere)

Gus

Director/Screenwriter: Jessie Mccormack

Lizzie, married and longing for a child, can't conceive. Her best friend, Andie, single and adrift, gets pregnant from a one-night stand and offers to have the baby for Lizzie, sparking a journey full of funny and painful obstacles for all involved. Cast: Michelle Monaghan, Radha Mitchell, Jon Dore, Michael Weston, Mimi Kennedy (World Premiere)

Holy Ghost People

Director: Mitchell Altieri, Screenwriters: Kevin Artigue & Joe Egender, Mitchell Altieri & Phil Flores

On the trail of her missing sister, Charlotte enlists the help of Wayne, an ex-Marine and alcoholic, to infiltrate the Church of One Accord - a community of snake-handlers who risk their lives seeking salvation in the Holy Ghost. Cast: Emma Greenwell, Brendan McCarthy, Joe Egender, Cameron Richardson, Roger Aaron Brown (World Premiere)

Hours

Director/Screenwriter: Eric Heisserer

Set mostly in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Hours is the story of a man who battles looters, the elements and exhaustion for two days in a hospital while his newborn daughter clings to life inside a ventilator powered only by a manual crank. Cast: Paul Walker, Genesis Rodriguez (World Premiere)

I Give It A Year (UK)

Director/Screenwriter: Dan Mazer

A brand new comedy from the writer of Borat and Bruno that lifts the veil on the realities of the first year of marriage. Cast: Rose Byrne, Anna Faris, Rafe Spall, Simon Baker, Minnie Driver, Jason Flemyng, Stephen Merchant (North American Premiere)

Kilimanjaro

Director/Screenwriter: Walter Strafford

Sick of his routine life, Doug sets out to climb Kilimanjaro. Cast: Brian Geraghty, Alexia Rasmussen, Abigail Spencer, Chris Marquette, Bruce Altman (World Premiere)

Loves Her Gun

Director/Screenwriter: Geoff Marslett, Screenwriter: Lauren Modery

This romantic tragedy follows a young woman's transition from flight to fight after she is the victim of street violence, but will the weapons that make her feel safe again create problems worse than the ones she is escaping? Cast: Trieste Kelly Dunn, Francisco Barreiro, Ashley Rae Spillers, Melissa Hideko Bisagni, John Merriman (World Premiere)

Milo

Director/Screenwriter: Jacob Vaughan, Screenwriter: Benjamin Hayes

A man discovers that his chronic stomach problems are due to the fact that he has a demon baby living in his colon.

Cast: Ken Marino, Gillian Jacobs, Peter Stormare, Stephen Root, Mary Kay Place (World Premiere)

Much Ado About Nothing

Director: Joss Whedon

Shakespeare's classic comedy is given a contemporary spin in Joss Whedon's film, Much Ado About Nothing. Cast: Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Nathan Fillion, Fran Kranz, Jillian Morgese (U.S. Premiere)

Reality Show

Director/Screenwriter: Adam Rifkin

A darkly comedic satire that follows TV producer Mickey Wagner and his amoral attempt to re-invent the reality genre. Mickey's big idea is to pick a family and put them under all encompassing surveillance...without their knowledge. Cast: Adam Rifkin, Scott Anderson, Kelly Menighan Hensley, Monika Tilling, Valerie Breiman (World Premiere)

Scenic Route

Directors: Kevin Goetz, Michael Goetz, Screenwriter: Kyle Killen

Stranded on an isolated desert road, two life-long friends fight for survival as their already strained relationship spirals into knife-wielding madness. Cast: Josh Duhamel, Dan Fogler (World Premiere)

Some Girl(s)

Director: Daisy Von Scherler Mayer, Screenwriter: Neil LaBute

On the eve of his wedding, a successful writer travels around the country to meet up with ex-lovers in an attempt to make amends for his wrongdoings. Cast: Adam Brody, Kristen Bell, Zoe Kazan, Mia Maestro, Jennifer Morrison, Emily Watson (World Premiere)

Zero Charisma

Directors: Katie Graham, Andrew Matthews, Screenwriter: Andrew Matthews

An obsessive fantasy nerd gradually becomes unhinged when a charismatic hipster joins his D&D game. Cast: Sam Eidson, Garrett Graham, Brock England, Anne Gee Byrd, Cyndi Williams, Brian Losoya, Vincent Prendergast, Katie Folger, John Gholson, Dakin Matthews (World Premiere)

DOCUMENTARY SPOTLIGHT

Shining a light on new documentary features receiving their World, North American or U.S. Premieres at SXSW.

An Unreal Dream: The Michael Morton Story

Director: Al Reinert

Michael Morton's wife Christine was brutally murdered in front of their only child, and he was convicted of the crime. Twenty-five years later, he tells the story of his journey from despair to exoneration. (World Premiere)

Before You Know It

Director: PJ Raval

Three gay seniors navigate the adventures, challenges and surprises of life and love in their golden years. (World Premiere)

Continental (USA, Canada)

Director: Malcolm Ingram

A stylish and thoughtful examination of the infamous Continental Baths NYC circa 1968-1976. Told by the people who were there. (World Premiere)

Downloaded

Director: Alex Winter

A documentary that explores the rise and fall of Napster and the birth of the digital revolution. It's about the teens that helped start this revolution, and the artists and industries who continue to be impacted by it. (World Premiere)

Getting Back to Abnormal

Director: Louis Alvarez, Andrew Kolker, Peter Odabashian, Paul Stekler

A polarizing white politician becomes a lightning rod for racial strife in New Orleans. (World Premiere)

Good Ol' Freda

Director: Ryan White

The story of Freda Kelly, a shy Liverpudlian teenager asked to work for a young local band hoping to make it big: The Beatles. Their loyal secretary from beginning to end, Freda tells her tales for the first time in 50 years. (World Premiere)

I Am Divine

Director: Jeffrey Schwarz

The story of Divine, aka Harris Glenn Milstead, and how he became John Waters' cinematic muse and an international drag icon. (World Premiere)

Medora

Directors: Andrew Cohn, Davy Rothbart

In America's basketball heartland, four resilient boys from rural Medora, Indiana fight to end their high school team's three-year losing streak, as their dwindling town faces the threat of extinction. (World Premiere)

MILIUS

Directors: Zak Knutson, Joey Figueroa

The life story of "Zen Anarchist" filmmaker John Milius, one of the most influential storytellers of his generation. (World Premiere)

Mr. Angel

Director: Dan Hunt

Chronicles the extraordinary life of trans male porn pioneer and educator, Buck Angel. It's a moving & provocative story of a man's search for acceptance from his family and the world. An inspirational tale of an unlikely hero. (World Premiere)

The Network (Australia, UK)

Director: Eva Orner

Set behind the scenes at the largest television network in one of the most dangerous places on earth: Afghanistan. (World Premiere)

The Other Shore

Director: Timothy Wheeler

The film tracks legendary swimmer Diana Nyad's lifetime vision and four harrowing attempts to swim non-stop from Cuba to Florida. An abusive past collides with an obsessive present over a dangerous 60-hour feat never before accomplished. (World Premiere)

Rewind This!

Director: Josh Johnson

Home video changed the world. The impact of the VHS tape was enormous. Rewind This! aims to trace the ripples of that impact. (World Premiere)

Spark: A Burning Man Story

Directors: Steve Brown, Jessie Deeter

What happens when you allow yourself to act on your dreams? Spark takes us behind the curtain with organizers and participants of Burning Man, revealing a year of unprecedented challenges and growth. (World Premiere)

TINY: A Story About Living Small

Directors: Christopher Smith, Merete Mueller

One couple's attempt to build a "tiny house" smaller than the average parking space with no construction experience raises questions about sustainability and good design, the nature of home, and the changing American Dream. (World Premiere)

Unhung Hero (Germany)

Director: Brian Spitz

After a failed marriage proposal because of his inadequate size, a young man adventures the world in search of answers so he will never come up short again. (World Premiere)

We Cause Scenes

Director: Matt Adams

The extraordinary story of a group of twenty-somethings who seized the streets of New York, transforming the meaning of comedy, performance and art through forming "Improv Everywhere," a prank collective ten years in the making. (World Premiere)

VISIONS

Audacious, risk-taking artists in the new cinema landscape that demonstrate raw innovation and creativity in documentary and narrative filmmaking.

ELENA (Brazil)

Director: Petra Costa

Elena moves to NY with the dream of becoming a movie actress. She leaves behind Petra, her 7-year-old sister. Years later, her sister Petra goes to NY to look for Elena. (North American Premiere)

euphonia

Director/Screenwriter: Danny Madden

Cast: Will Madden, Maria Decotis (World Premiere)

Everyone's Going to Die (UK)

Director/Screenwriter: Jones

A modern British story about coming home, getting by and the redemptive power of feeling you're not alone. A story where porn hotlines rub shoulders with sexy beavers on rollerskates; where the past is laid to rest, two lives are changed and nobody, finally, is going to die.

Cast: Nora Tschirner, Rob Knighton, Kellie Shirley, Madeline Duggan (World Premiere)

Fuck for Forest (Poland)

Director: Micha? Marczak, Screenwriter: Micha? Marczak, ?ukasz Grudzi?ski

Have sex. Save the world. (North American Premiere)

Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction (Switzerland)

Director: Sophie Huber

An iconic actor and passionate musician in his intimate moments, with film clips from some of his 250 films and his own heart-breaking renditions of American folk songs. (U.S. Premiere)

Kelly + Victor (UK)

Director/Screenwriter: Kieran Evans, Screenwriter: Adapted For Screen By Niall Griffiths

Adapted by Kieran Evans from the acclaimed novel by Niall Griffiths, Kelly + Victor is a raw compelling passionate love story set against the backdrop of a highly cinematic Liverpool, to a searing soundtrack. Cast: Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Julian Morris, Stephen Walters, William Ruane, Claire Keelan (North American Premiere)

Lunarcy! (Canada)

Director: Simon Ennis

Director Simon Ennis introduces us to an unforgettable group of characters who all share one thing in common: an obsession with the Moon. (U.S. Premiere)

Maidentrip

Director: Jillian Schlesinger

An intimate coming-of-age adventure set against the epic backdrop of the open sea, Maidentrip explores life through the eyes of 14-year-old Laura Dekker on her quest to become the youngest person ever to sail around the world alone. (World Premiere)

Maladies

Director/Screenwriter: Carter

A comedic look at the life of a former actor turned writer struggling to cope with reality, his work and interpersonal relationships. Cast: James Franco, Catherine Keener, Fallon Goodson, David Strathairn, Alan Cumming (North American Premiere)

Our Nixon

Director: Penny Lane

Recently discovered Super 8 home movies filmed by three of Richard Nixon's closest aides - and fellow Watergate conspirators - offer an intimate and complex new glimpse into his presidency in this all-archival documentary. (North American Premiere)

Sake-Bomb (USA, Japan)

Director: Junya Sakino, Screenwriter: Jeff Mizushima

A sarcastic and self-deprecating Asian-American must take his naive Japanese cousin on a road trip along the California coast to find his ex-girlfriend.

Cast: Gaku Hamada, Eugene Kim, Marlane Barnes, Josh Brodis, Samantha Quan (World Premiere)

Snap

Directors: Youssef Delara, Victor Teran, Screenwriter: Victor Teran

A stylish psychological thriller set against the underground dubstep DJ scene that takes the audience on a dark and terrifying journey into the depths of the psychopathic mind as it threatens to explode into horrific violence.

Cast: Jake Hoffman, Nikki Reed, Thomas Dekker, Scott Bakula, Jason Priestley (World Premiere)

These Birds Walk

Directors: Omar Mullick, Bassam Tariq

The film documents the resilience of a 6-year-old Pakistani runaway as he tackles one critical question: where is home? The streets, an orphanage, or with the family he fled in the first place?

The Wait

Director/Screenwriter: M. Blash

An enigmatic phone call from a psychic, catapults a family into a state of suspended belief while waiting for their recently deceased mother to be resurrected.

Cast: Jena Malone, Chloe Sevigny, Luke Grimes, Josh Hamilton, Devon Gearhart (World Premiere)

White Reindeer

Director/Screenwriter: Zach Clark

After an unexpected tragedy, Suzanne searches for the true meaning of Christmas during one sad, strange December in suburban Virginia. Cast: Anna Margaret Hollyman, Laura Lemar-Goldsborough, Lydia Johnson, Joe Swanberg, Christopher Doubek (World Premiere)

Yellow

Director/Screenwriter: Nick Cassavetes, Screenwriter: Heather Wahlquist

A young substitute teacher escapes from her drudging everyday life by fantasizing bizarre parallel realities, in this wildly inventive and visually dazzling head-trip from director Nick Cassavetes.

Cast: Heather Wahlquist, Sienna Miller, Melanie Griffith, Gena Rowlands, Ray Liotta (U.S. Premiere)

24 BEATS PER SECOND

Showcasing the sounds, culture and influence of music and musicians, with an emphasis on documentary.

All the Labor

Director: Doug Hawes-Davis

Intimate performances and behind-the-scenes footage convey the life, labor and brotherhood of the distinctive purveyors of original American music, The Gourds, as they defy genres, expectations, and career cliches over two decades of musical joy. (World Premiere)

Artifact

Director: Bartholomew Cubbins

Telling harsh truths about the modern music business, Artifact gives intimate access to singer/actor Jared Leto and his band Thirty Seconds to Mars as they battle their label in a brutal lawsuit and record their album This Is War.

A Band Called Death

Directors: Mark Christopher Covino, Jeff Howlett

Before Bad Brains, the Sex Pistols and the Ramones, there was a band called Death.

Born in Chicago

Director: John Anderson

Passed down from musician to musician, the Chicago blues transcended the color lines of the 1960s as young, white Chicago musicians apprenticed themselves to legends such as Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf. (World Premiere)

Broadway Idiot

Director: Doug Hamilton

Punk Rock meets Broadway - WTF!?! Go behind the curtain with Green Day lead singer, Billie Joe Armstrong, as he ventures into the strange new world of Broadway. Will Billie Joe - or Broadway - ever be the same? (World Premiere)

Brothers Hypnotic

Director: Reuben Atlas

Eight brothers, extraordinary brass musicians from Chicago's South Side, test their brotherhood and their father's legacy against mounting mainstream success. (World Premiere)

Cuatro!

Director: Tim Wheeler

The film takes you inside the world of Green Day, chronicling the conceptualizing and recording of their current musical trilogy (Green Day Uno! Green Day Dos! Green Day Tre!) and featuring intimate live performances that took place along the way.

Finding the Funk

Director/Screenwriter: Nelson George

A look at Funk's past, present and enduring influence on contemporary music. (World Premiere)

Good Vibrations (UK, Ireland)

Directors: Lisa Barros D'sa, Glenn Leyburn, Screenwriters: Colin Carberry, Glenn Patterson

A chronicle of Terri Hooley's life, a record-store owner instrumental in developing Belfast's punk-rock scene. Cast: Richard Dormer, Jodie Whittaker, Michael Colgan, Karl Johnson, Liam Cunningham (North American Premiere)

The Punk Singer

Director: Sini Anderson

What happened to Kathleen Hanna? The Punk Singer - a feature-length documentary about the musician (Bikini Kill, Le Tigre) and feminist icon - tells the story of where she's been, and where she is now. (World Premiere)

Reincarnated

Director: Andy Capper

The film follows Snoop Dogg on an intimate, spiritual journey, depicting the life and times of a conflicted modern icon striving for light in a world of darkness. (North American Premiere)

Twenty Feet from Stardom

Director: Morgan Neville

The untold story of the backup singer in popular music. It is a celebration of the voices from the edge, which brought shape and style to the soundtracks of our lives.

SX GLOBAL

A diverse panorama of international filmmaking talent, including premieres, interactive documentaries and shorts.

And Who Taught You To Drive? (Germany)

Director: Andrea Thiele

An American in Tokyo, a Korean in Bavaria, and a German in Mumbai: Prepare for a real culture clash when you have to pass your driving test again in another country ... A real life comedy. (North American Premiere)

Diario a Tres Voces / Three Voices (Mexico)

Director: Otilia Portillo Padua

We are always told that love lasts forever like in children's fairy tales, but the reality is that people change and relationships expire. (North American Premiere)

Dog Flesh / Carne de Perro (Chile)

Director/Screenwriter: Fernando Guzzoni

The life of Alejandro, a solitary, fragile and unpredictable man, who is crushed by the hostility of his mysterious past. Cast: Alejandro Goic (North American Premiere)

The Fifth Season (Belgium, Netherlands, France)

Directors/Screenwriters: Peter Brosens & Jessica Woodworth

In a village, a mysterious calamity strikes: spring doesn't come.

Cast: Aurelia Poirier, Django Schrevens, Sam Louwyck, Gill Vancompernolle

Museum Hours (Austria, USA)

Director/Screenwriter: Jem Cohen

When a Vienna museum guard befriends an adrift visitor from abroad, the grand Kunsthistorisches Art Museum becomes a mysterious crossroads which sparks explorations of their lives, the city, and the ways artworks reflect and shape the world.

Cast: Mary Margaret O'Hara, Bobby Sommer, Ela Piplits (U.S. Premiere)

The Punk Syndrome (Finland)

Directors: Jukka Karkkainen, J-P Passi

Meet Finland's most kick-ass punk rock band with a handicap: Toni, Sami, Pertti and Kari.

The film follows the band's journey from rehearsals to success, showing the love and hate between the guys.

Sofia's Last Ambulance (Bulgaria)

Director: Ilian Metev

Sofia, Bulgaria. In a city where only 13 ambulances struggle to serve several million people, three paramedics face Kafkaesque situations.

Zayiat (Turkey)

Director/Screenwriter: Halil Deniz Tortum, Screenwriter: Steeve Roso

A man falls into the Bosphorus on a snowy night. His son, Mete half-heartedly searches for him in wintered Istanbul. Cast: Ulas Tuna Astepe, Sergulen Onan Dervisoglu, Zeynep Olcer, Burak Cevik, Selim Can Bilgin (North American Premiere)

FESTIVAL FAVORITES

Acclaimed standouts and selected previous premieres from festivals around the world.

The Act of Killing (Denmark)

Director: Joshua Oppenheimer

In a country where killers are celebrated as heroes, the filmmakers challenge unrepentant death squad leaders to dramatize their role in genocide.

A Teacher

Director/Screenwriter: Hannah Fidell

A popular high school teacher in Austin, Texas has an affair with one of her students. Her life begins to unravel as the relationship comes to an end.

Cast: Lindsay Burdge, Will Brittain, Jennifer Prediger, Julie Dell Phillips, Jonny Mars, Chris Doubek

Before Midnight

Director/Screenwriter: Richard Linklater, Screenwriters: Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke

We meet Celine and Jesse nine years after their last rendezvous. Almost two decades have passed since their first encounter on a train bound for Vienna, and we now find them in their early forties in Greece. Before the clock strikes midnight, we will again become part of their story.

Cast: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick, Jennifer Prior, Charlotte Prior

Computer Chess

Director/Screenwriter: Andrew Bujalski

An artificially intelligent comedy from the director of Funny Ha Ha and Mutual Appreciation.

Cast: Wiley Wiggins, Patrick Riester, Robin Schwartz, Gerald Peary, Myles Paige

Don Jon's Addiction

Director/Screenwriter: Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Jon (Gordon-Levitt) loves his family, friends, church and porn. Spending hours online, Jon's ideas of a perfect woman collide with Barbara's (Johansson) ideas of a perfect man. They struggle to see past their wants and needs in this romantic comedy.

Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, Tony Danza

First Cousin Once Removed

Director: Alan Berliner

A heartfelt and intimate portrait of poet Edwin Honig's final years with Alzheimer's disease.

Imagine (Poland, Portugal, France)

Director/Screenwriter: Andrzej Jakimowski

Ian, a special instructor for the visually impaired, has been hired by a Lisbon school to help blind children and young adults. However, his unusual teaching methods are not only challenging, but also dangerous... Cast: Edward Hogg, Alexandra Maria Lara, Melchior Derouet, Francis Frappat

Mud

Director/Screenwriter: Jeff Nichols

Two boys find a fugitive hiding out on an island in the Mississippi and form a pact to help him reunite with his lover and escape. Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Tye Sheridan, Jacob Lofland, Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Paulson, Ray McKinnon, Sam Shepard, Michael Shannon

Pit Stop

Director/Screenwriter: Yen Tan, Screenwriter: David Lowery

Two men. A small town. A love that isn't quite out of reach.

Cast: Bill Heck, Marcus DeAnda, Amy Seimetz, John Merriman, Richard C. Jones

Prince Avalanche

Director/Screenwriter: David Gordon Green

Two highway road workers spend the summer of 1988 away from their city lives. The isolated landscape becomes a place of misadventure as the men find themselves at odds with each other and the women they left behind. Cast: Paul Rudd, Emile Hirsch

Upstream Color

Director/Screenwriter: Shane Carruth

A man and woman are drawn together, entangled in the life cycle of an ageless organism.

Cast: Amy Seimetz, Shane Carruth, Andrew Sensenig, Thiago Martins, Kathy Carruth

SPECIAL EVENTS

Live Soundtracks, cult re-issues and much more. Our Special Events section offers unusual, unexpected and unique film event one-offs.

Bates Motel: Story to Screen with Carlton Cuse

Combining the SXSW Film Festival and Conference in one, attendees will get an exclusive first look at the pilot of Bates Motel, the thrilling new series from A&E. Following the screening, Executive Producer Carlton Cuse (Lost) will sit down with A&E Marketing EVP Guy Slattery for an inside look and Q&A on the process for bringing this contemporary prequel to life.

Cast: Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot, Olivia Cooke, Nicola Peltz (World Premiere)

Burning Love

Director: Ken Marino, Screenwriter: Erica Oyama

Season 2 follows Damaged Darlin' and Dental Hygenist, Julie Gristlewhite, as she searches for love amongst 16 eligible bachelors in the second installment of the popular web series that parodies reality dating shows. Cast: June Diane Raphael, Michael Ian Black, Ken Marino, Jerry O'Connell, Michael Cera, Colin Hanks, Paul Scheer, Rob Huebel, Adam Scott, Joe Lo Truglio (World Premiere)

No More Road Trips?

Director: Rick Prelinger

A dream ride through 20th-century America made entirely from home movies, asks whether we've reached the end of the open road. The soundtrack for this fully participatory film is made fresh daily by audiences at each screening. (World Premiere)

Sound City

Director: Dave Grohl

Through interviews with musicians and producers who worked at recording studio, Sound City, and the writing and recording of new music, we observe the human element of making music and the art of analog recording.

This Ain't No Mouse Music!

Directors: Chris Simon, Maureen Gosling

Roots music icon Chris Strachwitz (Arhoolie Records) takes us on a hip-shaking stomp from Texas to New Orleans, Cajun country to Appalachia, searching for the musical soul of America. (World Premiere)

TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay Away From Keyboard (Sweden, Denmark, Norway)

Director: Simon Klose

The inside story of three hacktivists who became cult heroes for the internet generation and persecuted criminals to the media industry for running the world's largest file sharing site. (North American Premiere)

- Matt Hardeman