SXSW Film Adds Midnighters and More
Horror lineup announced, plus shorts and more
By Richard Whittaker,
2:00PM, Tue. Feb. 9, 2016
Booking a film festival is about whittling. This year, the SXSW Film Festival staff received about 1,500 narrative features and 1,000 documentaries, and narrowed that down to about 150 titles. Now the Fest has announced 10 of the most eagerly awaited movies: the gory, gross, and engrossing list of Midnighters.
They're just part of today's list of films added to the Festival schedule (running March 11-19), which includes extra titles in the already announced 24 Beats Per Second, SXGlobal, and Visions categories, plus a long list of Festival Favorites (where hot titles from other gatherings get an Austin screening) and the shorts that will be scattered throughout the Fest.
But the Midnighters hold a special place in the hearts of genre fans: Especially after last year, when the team scheduled the breakout trifecta of Pod, He Never Died, and We Are Still Here. So how does SXSW producer and senior film programmer Jarod Neece attempt to top that? He doesn't, because down that path madness lies. He said, "As a programmer, you never try to one-up yourself, because you'll kill yourself."
After all, the Midnighters have a long history of putting underground titles on the map. "Attack the Block, how do you ever get better than that? Or Cheap Thrills? Every year, it's a different batch of films we're choosing from, the world's different."
Good news for those that aren't insomniacs: SXSW isn't restricting the genre works to the late night slot. The "previously-announced" list includes the creepy pasta-inspired Beware the Slender Man, while today's Festival Favorites announcement includes Sundance smash The Greasy Strangler and Operation Avalanche, a found-footage film that uses the form so delicately that Neece said he didn't even realize it was found footage for days afterwards. "It's the evolution of a genre," he said.
But Neece remains proud of the Midnighter's willingness to push more buttons and go that little bit further. He said, "There's tons of crazy stuff in the other sections, but this is the bloodiest, the craziest, the most sick and twisted, the stuff everyone wants to see."
Few titles arrive this year with more buzz than Under the Shadow, which was Sundance's must-see horror this year. Neece noted that it's been dubbed "The Jordanian Babadook, but that short-changes it. It's more than that." The supernatural terror juxtaposes the eerie presence of the djinn with the imminent terror of the Iran-Iraq War. Neece said, "The backdrop of the film is cool and inventive, a good way to use home invasion without people, but with bombs."
Home invasions and true crime are a motif this year, spearheaded by two SXSW alums. First, Mickey Keating (Pod) returns with his Sundance-approved slow burn Carnage Park, while Simon Rumley (Red, White and Blue) gets dusty with Johnny Frank Garrett's Last Word, which Neece called "a Texas crime thriller, set in Amarillo on Halloween."
There's some real twists in the tropes, including three titles featuring differently abled protagonists. Hush features Kate Siegel as a deaf woman under siege in her own home, while the latest (and so far untitled) home invasion horror from Fede Alvarez (Evil Dead) features a blind man as the victim of a burglary that goes very awry. Then there's My Father, Die, the debut feature by director Sean Brosnan, whose father Pierce (you may have heard of him for a little character called James Bond) produced. Presumably the father-son collaboration about a young deaf boy seeking revenge on his father isn't inspired by real life but, Neece said, "There's maybe some subtext to that."
For anyone looking for something a little less down to Earth, the big news is the arrival of the new 4k restoration of Don Coscarelli's surrealist screamer Phantasm (overseen by one of the latest additions to the SXSW Interactive roster, J.J. Abrams). Neece said, "With the passing of Angus Scrimm (AKA Phantasm's nightmare inducing Tall Man), it's good to have Don here."
Adding to the craziness is the big screen adaptation of bloody zombie manga I Am a Hero, which Neece called "super-bloody, super-whacky and wild and fun. That's the quintessential midnight film. Have fun, drink beer, watch a lot of people get blown up."
The SXSW coming attractions stack also includes a couple of special events: Eagle Pennell's newly restored Last Night at the Alamo gets a chance to establish the reputation it deserved, while local cinema baiters/haters Master Pancake will join with stoner-comedy king Doug Benson for a long overdue interruption of Leprechaun 4: In Space.
And if you're badgeless or passless, don't despair. Today's list includes three nights of free outdoor screenings, including a return screening of SXSW 2006 doc Darkon, new episodes of The Powerpuff Girls, and an unmissable night with a true movie legend. Burt Reynolds (subject of documentary spotlight title The Bandit) will intro a screening of the unmatched madness of Smokey and the Bandit.
SXSW Film runs March 11-19: more info at www.sxsw.com.
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Director/Screenwriter: Mickey Keating
The year is 1978. A team of wannabe crooks botch a small-town bank heist and flee with their hostage deep into the California desert, where they find themselves in a harrowing fight for survival against a psychotic ex-military sniper. Cast: Ashley Bell, Pat Healy, Alan Ruck, Darby Stanchfield, Larry Fessenden, Graham Skipper, James Landry Hebert, Michael Villar
Director: Mike Flanagan, Screenwriters: Mike Flanagan, Kate Siegel
A deaf woman is stalked by a psychotic killer in her secluded home. Cast: Kate Siegel, John Gallagher Jr, Michael Trucco, Samantha Sloyan (World Premiere)
I Am a Hero
Director: Shinsuke Sato, Screenwriter: Akiko Nogi
Japan’s first major zombie movie based on a blockbuster manga series! Cast: Yo Oizumi, Kasumi Arimura, Masami Nagasawa (U.S. Premiere)
Jack Goes Home
Director/Screenwriter: Thomas Dekker
After his father is killed in a car crash, Jack travels home to Colorado to help nurse his mother (who was injured in the crash) back to health. There, he uncovers long buried secrets and lies within his family, his friends and his very identity. Cast: Rory Culkin, Lin Shaye, Daveigh Chase, Natasha Lyonne, Louis Hunter, Nikki Reed, Britt Robertson (World Premiere)
Johnny Frank Garrett's Last Word
Director: Simon Rumley, Screenwriters: Ben Ketai, Marc Haimes, Tony Giglio
When a young man is executed for committing murder, he leaves behind a curse letter in which he promises to take vengeance on all those connected to his trial. Cast: Sean Patrick Flanery, Erin Cummings, Devin Bonne, Mike Doyle (World Premiere)
My Father Die
Director/Screenwriter: Sean Brosnan
A young deaf boy avenges the death of his brother, and the killer happens to be his father. Cast: Joe Anderson, Gary Stretch, Candance Smith, Kevin Gage, John Schneider, Gabe White, Ross Britz, Michael Francis Murphy, William Mark McCullough, Frances Reagan James (World Premiere)
Director: Carles Torrens, Screenwriter: Jeremy Slater
A lonely man fatefully reunites with a former high school classmate. When she spurns his advances, he takes her prisoner, only to find that she is not what she seems. Cast: Dominic Monaghan, Ksenia Solo, Jennette McCurdy, Nathan Parsons, John Ross Bowie, Da'Vone McDonald, Janet Song (World Premiere)
Director/Screenwriter: Don Coscarelli
Filmmaker J.J. Abrams and his company Bad Robot have undertaken a meticulous 4K restoration of writer/director Don Coscarelli's beloved horror fan favorite about a young boy confronting the embodiment of death in the form of the sinister "Tall Man." Cast: Michael Baldwin, Bill Thornbury, Angus Scrimm, Reggie Bannister, Kathy Lester
Under the Shadow
Jordan, Qatar, UK
Director/Screenwriter: Babak Anvari As a mother and daughter struggle to cope with the terrors of the post-revolution, war torn Tehran of the 80s, a mysterious evil begins to haunt their home Cast: Narges Rashidi, Avin Manshadi, Bobby Naderi, Arash Marandi, Ray Haratian, Hamid Djavdan, Nabil Koni
Untitled Fede Alvarez/ Ghost House Thriller
Director: Fede Alvarez, Screenwriters: Fede Alvarez, Rodo Sayagues
A group of teens break into a blind man's home thinking they'll get away with the perfect crime. They're wrong. Cast: Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovatto, Stephen Lang (World Premiere)
Director: Kirsten Johnson
Exposing her role behind the camera, Johnson reaches into the vast trove of footage she has shot over decades around the world. What emerges is a visually bold memoir and a revelatory interrogation of the power of the camera.
Director: Athina Rachel Tsangari, Screenwriters: Efthimis Filippou, Athina Rachel Tsangari
Six men on a fishing trip on a luxury yacht decide to play a game to compete. Things will be compared. Things will be measured. Songs will be butchered, blood will be tested. Friends will become rivals and rivals will become hungry. Cast: Yorgos Kentros, Panos Koronis, Vangelis Mourikis, Makis Papadimitriou, Yorgos Pirpassopoulos, Sakis Rouvas
Free In Deed
Director/Screenwriter: Jake Mahaffy
Free in Deed depicts one man’s attempts to perform a miracle when a single mother brings her young boy to church for healing. Cast: David Harewood, Edwina Findley, RaJay Chandler, Kathy Smith
Director: Clay Tweel, Screenwriters: Seth Gordon, Clay Tweel
At the age of 34, Steve Gleason was handed a death sentence. When doctors diagnosed him with ALS, they gave the former NFL defensive back and New Orleans hero two to five years to live. So that is what Steve chose to do - LIVE.
The Greasy Strangler
Director: Jim Hosking, Screenwriters: Jim Hosking, Toby Harvard
Ronnie runs a Disco walking tour with his son, Brayden. When a sexy woman takes the tour, it begins a competition between father and son for her love. It also signals the arrival of an oily strangler who stalks the streets at night. Cast: Michael St Michaels, Elizabeth De Razzo, Sky Elobar, Joe Walters, Gil Gex, Abdoulaye NGom, Sam Dissanayake, Holland MacFallister
Hunt For The Wilderpeople
Director/Screenwriter: Taika Waititi
Ricky (Julian Dennison) is a defiant city kid who finds himself on the run with his cantankerous foster uncle (Sam Neill) in the wild New Zealand bush, in this hilarious and heartfelt adventure from director Taika Waititi (What We Do In The Shadows). Cast: Julian Dennison, Sam Neill, Rima Te Wiata, Rachel House, Oscar Kightley, Rhys Darby, Stan Walker, Cohen Holloway, Mike Minogue, Troy Kingi
Morris from America
Director/Screenwriter: Chad Hartigan
Morris From America is an endearing, heartfelt coming-of-age comedy about Morris, a 13-year-old African-American boy who has just moved to Heidelberg, Germany with his caring but troubled single father. Cast: Markees Christmas, Craig Robinson, Carla Juri
Director: Kim A. Snyder
Newtown documents the aftermath of the deadliest mass shooting of schoolchildren in American history. A cast of characters within Newtown and beyond interconnect to weave an intimate story of trauma, grief and community resilience.
Director: Matt Johnson, Screenwriters: Matt Johnson, Josh Boles
In 1967, four undercover CIA agents were sent to NASA posing as a documentary film crew. What they discovered led to one of the biggest conspiracies in American history. Cast: Matt Johnson, Owen Williams, Josh Boles, Ray James
Presenting Princess Shaw
Director: Ido Haar
Presenting Princess Shaw is the true story of the incredible Princess Shaw and the enigmatic composer Kutiman, who discovers her from the other side of the world.
Richard Linklater - dream is destiny
Directors: Louis Black, Karen Bernstein
Richard Linklater - dream is destiny is a feature-length documentary on the filmmaker Richard Linklater and an unusual look at a fiercely independent film style that emerged from Austin, Texas in the 1990s.
Director/Screenwriter: John Carney
A boy growing up in Dublin during the 1980s escapes his strained family life by starting a band and moving to London. Cast: Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Lucy Boynton, Jack Reynor, Aidan Gillen, Mark McKenna, Maria Doyle Kennedy
Director: Dawn Porter, Screenwriters: Dawn Porter, Sari Gilman
Trapped follows the clinic workers, women, and lawyers on the frontlines of the battle as they fight to keep abortion safe and legal across the US for millions of poor and uninsured women caught in a political quagmire.
24 BEATS PER SECOND
Robert Klein Can't Stop Shaking His Leg
Director: Robert Klein
A hilarious and heartfelt look at the career and influence of comedy legend Robert Klein. (World Premiere)
Sidemen - Long Road To Glory
Director: Scott Rosenbaum, Screenwriters: Scott Rosenbaum, Jasn Cadic
An intimate look at the lives and legacies of piano player Pinetop Perkins, drummer Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith and guitarist Hubert Sumlin, all Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf sidemen. (World Premiere)
Director/Screenwriter: Alejandra Márquez Abella
Dali and her 8-year-old son Pepe take a vacation with Dali’s boyfriend, Chavez. Instead of bringing them closer, their beach holiday brings out things in each of them that threaten to pull this emerging family apart. Cast: Anajosé Aldrete, Tenoch Huerta, Esteban Ávila (U.S. Premiere)
Director: Christopher LaMarca
A unique sensory and unsentimental peek beneath the veil of the Utopian dream of farming. Stripped of interviews with farmers or agricultural experts, a sense of time and place serve as a meditation on the gritty reality of three young goat farmers. (World Premiere)
Director/Screenwriter: Jay Rondot
A homespun cocaine dealer takes to social media to expand his operation, but things don't go as planned. (World Premiere)
Director: Isabella Carbonel, Screenwriters: Isabella Carbonell, Babak Najafi
Markus is in an institution for young sex offenders. His only friend inside is the unpredictable and violent Tobias. (North American Premiere)
Director/Screenwriter: Kevin Boitelle
A young skateboarders summer with endless possibilities and an approaching ending. (World Premiere)
Director/Screenwriter: Javian Ashton Le
Harpreet and Emily drive to New York days after 9/11 (World Premiere)
"Ernestine & Kit"
Director: Simon Bird, Screenwriters: Simon Bird, Kevin Barry
A darkly comic fairytale about two elderly women who travel the countryside of rural Ireland, imagining the terrible, immoral lives people are living today. Their one consolation is the innocence of children (World Premiere)
"The First Men"
Director/Screenwriter: Benjamin Kegan, Story by: Stacey Richter
An overextended teacher bumps into a troubled student while at the mall with her mom. (World Premiere)
Director: Paul Briganti, Screenwriters: Jocelyn DeBoer, Dawn Luebbe
In this dark comedy of manners set in a surreal world, meticulously-coiffed soccer moms Jill and Lisa vie for perfect children, perfect husbands, and most importantly, perfect teeth. (North American Premiere)
"Her Friend Adam"
Director/Screenwriter: Ben Petrie
A boyfriend's jealous impulse spirals out of control in 16 minutes of romantic doom.
Director/Screenwriter: Jan Van Dyck
One evening, 38-year-old Frank returns to his quiet residential house where his family has organized a surprise birthday party. (North American Premiere)
"Hip Hip Hooray"
Director: Lizzy Sanford, Screenwriters: Lizzy Sanford, Anna Cordell
Harry breaks up with his girlfriend on his 30th birthday, moments before discovering she has thrown him a surprise birthday party.
Director/Screenwriter: Yianni Warnock
Shannon cooks dinner whilst speaking to a perverted stranger online. Andrew takes a bath wrapped in seared Christmas lights. What could possibly shock this estranged couple from their malaise? (World Premiere)
"How Was Your Day?"
Director: Damien O’Donnell, Screenwriters: Nollaig Rowan, Damien O’Donnell
A woman is excited about the approaching birth of her first child. (North American Premiere)
One way or another, Paul is getting Cody off the roof.
Director: Nora El Hourch
The daily life of five girls living in a hosting center in Paris, and trying to move forward. (U.S. Premiere)
"She Stoops To Conquer"
Director: Zack Russell, Screenwriters: Zack Russell, Kayla Lorette
A struggling performer stumbles upon a real-life version of the character she plays in this doppelgänger rom-com.
Director/Screenwriter: Jim Cummings
Officer Arnaud loved his mom.
Director/Screenwriter: Frankie Shaw
After becoming pregnant from sexual assault on campus, a young woman goes on a journey to find out if the rape was 'legitimate.'
Director/Screenwriter: Ian Garrido
What would happen if you didn't feel comfortable with your body? What if you decided to experiment with your gender?
"Where You Are"
Director/Screenwriter: Graham Parkes
When Jen's son disappears in a game of hide-and-seek, she unwittingly embarks on a journey through time in order to find him. (World Premiere)
"Woman in Deep"
Director/Screenwriter: Janicza Bravo
A woman struggles to make it through her birthday in one piece. (World Premiere)
"Alive & Kicking: The Soccer Grannies of South Africa"
Director: Lara-Ann de Wet
A story that brings to life the struggle of grannies in South Africa through the game of soccer. (World Premiere)
"Another Kind of Girl"
Director/Screenwriter: Khaldiya Jibawi
17-year-old Khaldiya meditates on how the refugee camp has opened up new horizons and given her a sense of courage that she lacked in Syria.
"Bacon & God's Wrath"
Director: Sol Friedman
A 90-year-old Jewish woman reflects on her life’s experiences as she prepares to try bacon for the first time.
"The Black Belt"
Director: Margaret Brown
In September 2015, Alabama closed 31 DMVs, which largely impacted voters in Alabama's Black Belt. To combat these closures, the Secretary of State issued a Mobile Voter Registration unit, which traveled to every county to issue voter IDs. (World Premiere)
Director: Terri Timely
An aesthetically lavish portrait of a “reborn” artist who strives for maximum verisimilitude in her creation of newborn baby dolls. (World Premiere)
Director: Garrett Bradley
At the intersection of internet popularity and economic gain a booming industry grows in Bangladesh based on Likes. (World Premiere)
"Love Bite: Laurie Lipton and her disturbing black & white drawings"
Director: James Scott
No one on the planet has drawn more than Laurie Lipton. Armed with only a pencil, her haunting images seek answers to the most uncomfortable themes in our culture. But what compels her to live a life of isolation drawing is neither black nor white. (World Premiere)
"Miss Me: The Artful Vandal"
Director: Mohammad Gorjestani
Renowned Montreal street artist, “Miss Me”, gives us an unprecedented inside view into her life and her quest for self-liberation and authenticity, as she uses her art to take aim at the objectification of women in advertising. (World Premiere)
Directors: Annie O'Neil, Jessica Lewis
Due to treatments for his stage 4 cancer, Phil can only dream of walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain. He does the next best thing: he builds a Camino behind his house and along the way he learns his true pilgrimage is the one he travels within. (World Premiere)
Directors: Leah Galant, Maya Cueva
Restrictive laws, such as HB2 in Texas, threaten abortion providers and force clinics to shut down or hire out-of-state practitioners. Some abortion doctors, such as Dr. Shannon Carr, travel hundreds of miles to provide legal and safe abortions.
"These C*cksucking Tears"
Director: Dan Taberski
The gritty, fearless voice behind the world's first and only gay-themed country music album, 40 years after its release. (World Premiere)
"The Vodou Healer"
Director: Lucy Walker
In post-earthquake Haiti, Vodou healer Katy leads a captivating and cathartic all-night ceremony. (World Premiere)
"Accidents, Blunders and Calamities"
Director/Screenwriter: James Cunningham
A father possum tells his kids a story about the most dangerous animal of all – humans! (World Premiere)
"David Gilmour - "The Girl in the Yellow Dress""
Director: Danny Madden
Paris, 1961—The "it" girl walks into a jazz club, imaginations run wild.
Republic of Korea
Director/Screenwriter: Kangmin Kim
"Deer Flower" is a stop motion and 3d printed film following elementary student, Dujung and his parents. Dujung drinks rare food and suffers side effects.
Director/Screenwriter: Nina Gantz
A funny and dark story of a man with cannibalistic urges who travels back through his life, looking for the root of his unhappiness.
Directors: Alex Sherwood, Ben Harper, Sean Mullen
A shipwrecked fisherman is led to a dark secret within this short thriller. (World Premiere)
Directors: Alexa Lim Haas, Bernardo Britto
The true story of a glove that has been floating forever in space since 1968.
Director/Screenwriter: Rose Stark
A man, infected, runs for his life.
Director/Screenwriter: Réka Bucsi
"Love" is a short film describing affection in 3 different chapters, through an impact on a distant solar system. (U.S. Premiere)
"Pombo Loves You"
Director: Steve Warne, Screenwriters: Josh Blaaberg, Steve Warne
A distant father is forced to confront a heroic but troubled past life as the 1980's TV show character Pombo.
Directors: Daniel Cloud Campos, Spencer Susser
A damsel in distress gets undressed when a man from the Midwest puts to rest a world that’s obsessed with “the priceless,” also known as “the shiny.”
Director: Conor Whelan A story of fleeting love at a house party.
"Things Used to be Hidden"
Director/Screenwriter: Tara Mercedes Wood
Things used to be hidden is a mockumentary about the aftermath of a disaster which caused everyone to loose their perception filters. Various characters tell us how they feel about their new lives. Is knowing it all really what we want? (North American Premiere)
Director/Screenwriter: Kelsey Goldych
A cat that likes to knock over trashcans. (World Premiere)
Director: Becky James
An oblivious Snake and his neighbor, Butterfly, come to life on a vocabulary worksheet. (World Premiere)
"An Arms Length"
Director/Screenwriter: Max Weiland
God couldn’t be everywhere, so he created mothers.
Director: Price James, Screenwriters: Darren Cullen, Price James
"Battlefield Casualties" is a Veterans For Peace UK Film challenging the British Army's policy of recruiting 16-year-olds into the most dangerous army jobs.
"Don't Tell Mom"
Director: Sawako Kabuki
A nocturnal education film, designed to help children develop their emotions and expressions as well as language and physical skills by enjoying singing and exercising with a big brother.
"Eat My Shit"
Director/Screenwriter: Eduardo Casanova
Samantha has an anus instead of a mouth. Everyone picks on her but she just wants to be normal.
Director: Brian Lonano, Screenwriters: Brian Lonano, Victoria Cook, Kevin Lonano
A disgusting love story between Man and Goblin.
Director: Simon Cartwright
When Glen attends primal scream class, he releases something from deep within that knows no limits.
"Night of the Slasher"
Director/Screenwriter: Shant Hamassian
A 'shot-in-one-take' slasher film about a teenage girl who must commit horror movie sins by drinking alcohol, doing drugs, and having sex in order to lure a masked killer and exact revenge.
Director: New Media Ltd , Screenwriters: Mike Anderson, Ryan Dickie, Abigail Horton
The Night Stalker gives you poisoned to go container of food and you turn to clay and go to another dimension!!!
Director/Screenwriter: Calvin Lee Reeder
An unassuming man is forced to endure a strange experiment.
"A Reasonable Request"
Director: Andrew Laurich, Screenwriters: Gabriel Miller, Andrew Laurich
A desperate son reconnects with his estranged father to ask an unspeakable favor that will change their lives forever.
Director/Screenwriter: Zach Lasry
There comes a point in every young man's life where he must rise to the occasion or admit defeat. For Seth, impressing his father is his only goal, his greatest test, his Everest. Today is the day.
"The Smiling Man"
Director/Screenwriter: A.J. Briones
A little girl home alone finds herself face-to-face with pure evil.
Directors: Stephen Cedars, Benji Kleiman, Screenwriters: Stephen Cedars, Benji Kleiman, Scott Yacyshyn
Childish Gambino – "Sober"
Director: Hiro Murai
Dillon Francis – "Not Butter"
Director/Screenwriter: Brandon Dermer
DJ Carnage feat. Tomas Barfod – "November Skies"
Director/Screenwriter: Saman Kesh
Earl Sweatshirt – "Grief"
Director: Hiro Murai
Elliot Moss – "Pattern Repeating"
Director: Daniel Howlid
Flying Lotus – "Coronus, the Terminator"
Director: Young Replicant
Fur Voice – "Fantasia"
Director/Screenwriter: Pablo Maestres
Joywave – "Somebody New"
Director: Keith Schofield
"Leftfield & Sleaford Mods – "Head and Shoulders"
Directors: Casey Raymond, Ewan Jones Morris
Lorn – "Acid Rain"
Modestep – "Rainbow"
Director: Jamie Delaney
Naughty Boy ft. Beyoncé and Arrow Benjamin – "Runnin' (Lose It All)"
UK Directors: Charlie Robins, Julie Gautier
Robin Schulz – "Sugar (feat. Francesco Yates)"
Director: Zak Stoltz
Rudimental – "I Will For Love"
Director: I Owe Youth
The Shoes – "Drifted"
Director: Dent De Cuir
The Shoes ft. Blaine Harrison – "Submarine"
Director: Karim Huu Do
Son Lux – "Change is Everything"
Director: Nathan Johnson
Tussilago – "Waltz"
Director: Maceo Frost
Vance Joy – "Georgia"
Director/Screenwriter: Luci Schroder
Vince Staples – "Señorita"
Director: Ian Pons Jewell
Yvein Monq – "Twun"
Director: Kinopravda, Screenwriter: Viktor Horváth
Director/Screenwriter: Yen Tan
A dying man seeks out a beauty consultant to hide his symptoms. (World Premiere)
Director: Brianna Barsalou
An exploration of the lifestyle and challenges faced by those who are transgender through the lens of one individual, Blair.
"Joan on the Phone"
Director/Screenwriter: Kayla Abuda Galang
Joan delivers an overzealous apology in a series of voicemails. (World Premiere)
"The Mink Catcher"
Director: Samantha Buck, Screenwriters: Marie Schlingmann, Samantha Buck
Dallas, Texas, 1980: A gossip columnist hunts down Dallas’s new First Lady to unearth the truths underneath her legendary mink coat.
Director/Screenwriter: Augustine Frizzell
Two teen girls scheme their way out of work to spend a day at the beach. Things don't go as planned. (World Premiere)
Directors: Ivete Lucas, Patrick Bresnan
Emboldened by a giant block party on the evening of their high school prom, a group of students enters the night with the hope of transcending their rural town and the industrial landscape that surrounds them.
"The Superlative Light"
Director: Ben Steinbauer, Screenwriters: Ben Steinbauer, Robert Shults
Documentary photographer, Robert Shults, went from being a homeless dreamer to a home-owning artist after taking photos of the brightest light source in the known universe, a laser in basement of the physics department at UT. (World Premiere)
Director/Screenwriter: Steve Collins
An I.T. employee discovers a shameful secret during a routine printer malfunction. (World Premiere)
Director: Darius Clark Monroe
Locked inside the mind and memory of Dr. Mtangulizi Sanyika, he reflects what it means to be part of the displaced New Orleans population in Houston.
TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL SHORTS
"Always With You"
Director/Screenwriter: Jonathan Schuette
Emotionally struggling to prepare for a funeral, a teenage boy receives crucial encouragement from his father.
"The Ambition Song"
Director: Ian Chapoy
An animated interpretation of "The Ambition Song."
"The Archer Hadley Story"
Directors: Ben Root, Alex Treviño
"The Archer Hadley Story" follows Archer Hadley, a senior student who has cerebral palsy as he hosts the Wheelchair Challenge fundraiser in hopes of buying his school automatic doors.
Directors: August Grau, Devan Prabhakar
Two artists of different style interpret the same landscape.
"Badi' Al Zaman"
Director/Screenwriter: Arhum Khan
"Badi' Al Zaman" is a story about a musician's experiences that go into constructing his art, and with all the content, he can't help but think you never really feel him, because you don't hear his words, you probably watch them.
Director/Screenwriter: Zoe Allen
You might think you are enjoying your coffee, but what if someone is enjoying you?
Directors/Screenwriters: Francisco Alvarez, Linda Robledo
A young man contemplates suicide while drinking heavily, never leaving his room, due to his survivor's guilt over a previous incident that inadvertently killed his loved one.
Directors: Devan Prabhakar, Matthew Theilman, Screenwriter: Devan Prabhakar
The world is filled with distractions, and one boy is engulfed by social distractions.
DoubleDVE – "Endeavor"
Director: Gilbert Giles-Sosa, Screenwriter: Daniel Vango
Taking back hip-hop from the mainstream.
Director/Screenwriter: Delaney Alexander
A Dragosaur doesn't need anyone's help in claiming the largest nut he has spotted for himself, especially a pesky Dragoroo. It soon finds that even the smallest critters can be the biggest help.
"Good Night Lizzie"
Director/Screenwriter: Kriti Narayanan
A group of women have sinister plans for an abusive father and his daughter.
Directors/Screenwriters: Autumn Grounds, Andrew Fleming
In the dramatic short film "Hello", Lawrence Kelly, a suicidal boy, meets a girl named Eden, and without even knowing it, she singlehandedly saves his life.
Director/Screenwriter: Jonah Goldberg
A girl is put through a series of trials to join a group of apocalypse survivors.
Director/Screenwriter: Evan O'Brien
Haunted by his past, a tortured boy turns to KATHAROS, a dream therapist to help him overcome his trauma.
"Lady of Paint Creek"
Director/Screenwriter: Alexia Salingaros
A woman, trapped in a society of mindless ritual and minimal emotion, must find it in herself to escape — and face the consequences.
Director/Screenwriter: Remy Dunagan
A girl with insomnia sees a figure during a sleepless night. Was she dreaming?
"Memories Upon Memories"
Director: Geoffrey S. Glenn, Screenwriters: Dominique Coleman, Geoffrey S. Glenn
When a man's reality is questioned, he goes on both a mental and physical journey looking for answers.
"Mischief & Mayhem"
Director/Screenwriter: Isabelle Hodge
A mischievous fairy intercedes between a girl and her crush.
"Of Gods and Bells"
Director/Screenwriter: Alexia Salingaros
A unique exploration of the hidden, magical world of classical Indian dance in a seemingly modern and suburban environment.
"Out of Reach"
Director: Max Wilson, Screenwriters: Kyria Seitz, Brad Kowalski, Max Wilson
An animator on a tight deadline just wants take a sip of his hot chocolate and continue working. Unfortunately his computer and his reaching tactics conspire against him.
Director/Screenwriter: Adam Weider
They 1v1 irl.
”The Third Floor”
Director: Jesse Scholz, Screenwriters: Jesse Scholz, Garrett Avey
A detective hunts down the man that murdered his partner.
”Through the Eyes of Autism”
Director: Jared DeDonato
Do You See What We See?
Directors: Cole Forson, Cameron Bossalini, Dirk Czarnecki, Jason Davis, Arhum Khan, Garrett Stoler
Hey, you ever heard of one of them thought experiments?
Doug Benson & Master Pancake Interrupt Leprechaun 4: In Space
Directors: Doug Benson, John Erler
In honor of St. Patrick's Day, Doug Benson (Doug Loves Movies) and Master Pancake (resident film-talkers at the Alamo Drafthouse) verbally disrupt Leprechaun 4: In Space (1997). Cast: Warwick Davis, Brent Jasmer, Jessica Collins, Guy Siner, Gary Grossman
Last Night at the Alamo
Director: Eagle Pennell, Screenwriter: Kim Hinkel
A stunning restoration of Eagle Pennell’s important feature that has been lost for 30 years. Sonny Davis and Lou Perryman return to star in Kim Henkel note-perfect script under Pennell's direction. Classic indie filmmaking. Restoration Premiere. Cast: Sonny Carl Davis, Lou Perryman, Steven Mattila, Tina-Bess Hubbard, Doris Hargrave, Peggy Pinnell, Kim Hinkle, J. Michael Hammond, Amanda Lamar, Earnest Huerta Jr. (World Premiere)
Saturday, March 12: Rock Out With Your Doc Out
Darkon: 10th Anniversary screening
Directors/Screenwriters: Luke Meyer, Andrew Neel
10th Anniversary screening of the cult-hit documentary Darkon about American LARPers. The film covers an epic war raging through the fantasy realm of Darkon, investigating our complex relationship with fantasy and reality.
”Heavy Metal Parking Lot”: 30th Anniversary Screening
Directors: John Heyn, Jeff Krulik
Hailed as one of the greatest rock films ever, this short documentary follows the tailgating antics of metal fans in a parking lot before a Judas Priest concert in 1986. This year marks the 30th anniversary of a pre-internet viral video cult classic.
Sunday, March 13 / The Best Little Outdoor Screening in Texas
Smokey and the Bandit with an intro by the Bandit himself, Mr. Burt Reynolds
Director: Hal Needham, Screenwriters: James Lee Barrett, Charles Shyer, Alan Mandel, Story by: Hal Needham, Robert Levy
The Bandit is hired on to run a tractor trailer full of beer over county lines in hot pursuit by a pesky sheriff. Cast: Burt Reynolds, Sally Fields, Jerry Reed, Paul Williams, Jackie Gleason
Monday, March 14 / Family Night Under The Stars
Carton Network Presents The Powerpuff Girls
Directors: Nick Jennings, Bob Boyle
Before the broadcast debut of the newly re-imagined series this Spring, Cartoon Network will take over the Long Center in Austin and host a fun-filled event under the stars to celebrate the premiere of The Powerpuff Girls Be among the first in the world to see episodes from the new series, along with fun, food, and surprises. (World Premiere)