SXSW Announces Midnighters, VR And More
Time to get dark and artistic with the latest film wave
By Richard Whittaker,
2:00PM, Wed. Feb. 5, 2020
So SXSW made its first announcement for film, so you've had your headliners and competition titles, with the normal array of talent and titles Now it's time to get dark, experimental, and immersive with today's wave of Midnighters, VR projects, and short bite stories.
There will be some familiar names in horror circles in the threatening ranks of this year's Midnighters, such as Brea Grant (star of the upcoming monster romance After Midnight) who leads Lucky, one of many features this year that concentrates on women protagonists. Jarod Neece, SXSW Senior Film Programmer, said, “The filmmaking teams, while particularly diverse, all seem to be using their films as a cathartic lens to view the modern-day world. One trend we noticed was the presence of a strong female protagonist fighting off everything from hordes of zombies, bad dates, creepy rideshare drivers and supernatural forces."
Grant isn't the only familiar name to genre audiences, with a double appearance from Steven Kostanski of Canadian splattermasters Astron-6. Not only is he bringing his newest rubber suit mayhem, PG (Psycho Goreman) for its world premiere, but he'll also be part of an annual tradition as movie mockers Doug Benson and Master Pancake undertake their annual St. Patrick's Day roasting of a Leprechaun film, as his 2018 entry into the series - Leprechaun Returns - loses all its lucky charms. That's one of several special events this year, including the debut of the 4K restoration of stunt madman Hal Needham's insane motorbike flick Rad.
Today's lineup additions also include some of the first Austin-linked films for SXSW Film 2020 (March 13-21), starting with the welcome local arrival of Bull, the latest from UT RTF lecturer Annie Silverstein. Her debut feature, telling the story of an African-American rodeo rider and a young women on the outskirts of Houston, played last March at Cannes as part of the Un Certain Regard strand. Now it comes to Austin as part of the Festival favorites alongside Miss Juneteenth, directed by Austin Film Society Artist Intensive Fellow Channing Godfrey Peoples (the project itself received support from the society's filmmaker grants program).
Add on to that a monster list of shorts (10 packages in total), VR/AR immersive projects, music videos, plus extra features in a host of already-announced categories including more music docs in the 24 Beats Per Second strand, eagerly-anticipated Bruce Lee cultural biography Be Water, and Freak Power, Robert Kennedy III's long-rumored documentary about the gonzo king, Hunter S. Thompson, and his run for sheriff of Aspen, Col. in 1970.
D: John Berardo
Screenwriters: John Berardo, Lindsay LaVanchy, Brian Frager
Ellery Scott's world unravels when her star athlete brother is murdered on campus amidst a brewing scandal, kicking off a spree of social-media-linked slayings that leave her racing alongside the police to uncover the university's hidden secrets. Cast: Jon Huertas, Isabella Gomez, Lindsay LaVanchy, Froy Gutierrez, Gattlin Griffith, Patrick Walker, Bart Johnson, Shireen Lai, with Yancy Butler, and Lochlyn Munro (World Premiere)
D: Natasha Kermani,
Screenwriter: Brea Grant
Lucky follows May, a self-help book author with all the answers, who suddenly finds herself stalked by a threatening but elusive masked man, and caught in a struggle to get help from the people around her and maintain control over her own life. Cast: Brea Grant, Hunter C Smith, Kristina Klebe, Leith M. Burke, Dhruv Uday Singh, Yasmine Al-Bustami (World Premiere)
PG (Psycho Goreman) (Canada)
D: Steven Kostanski
Siblings Mimi and Luke unwittingly resurrect an ancient alien overlord. Using a magical amulet, they force the monster to obey their childish whims, and accidentally attract a rogues' gallery of intergalactic assassins to small-town suburbia. Cast: Nita-Josée Hanna, Owen Myre, Adam Brooks, Alexis Hancey, Matthew Ninaber, Steven Vlahos, Kristen MacCulloch, Anna Tierney, Kenneth Welsh (World Premiere)
D: Natalie Erika James
Screenwriters: Natalie Erika James, Christian White
When Edna, the elderly and widowed matriarch of the family, goes missing, her daughter Kay and granddaughter Sam travel to their remote family home to find her. Soon after her return, they start to discover a sinister presence haunting the house and taking control of Edna. Cast: Emily Mortimer, Robyn Nevin, Bella Heathcote
Run Sweetheart Run
D: Shana Feste
In Run Sweetheart Run, a blind date turns violent and the woman has to get home on foot through Los Angeles as she’s pursued by her date. Cast: Ella Balinska, Pilou Asbaek, Clark Gregg, Aml Ameen, Dayo Okeniyi, Betsy Brandt, Shohreh Aghdashloo
D: Robin Pront,
Screenwriter: Micah Ranum
A reformed hunter living in isolation on a wildlife sanctuary becomes involved in a deadly game of cat and mouse when he and the local Sheriff set out to track a vicious killer who may have kidnapped his daughter years ago. Cast: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Annabelle Wallis, Hero Fiennes Tiffin, Melanie Scrofano, Shaun Smyth, Zahn McClarnon (World Premiere)
D: Michael Nader
When a young woman and her rideshare driver break down on a dark forest road, each sees the other as a threat. But as strange phenomena begin occurring around them, they gradually realize they’ve become trapped in the world of a terrifying supernatural being: The Toll Man. Cast: Jordan Hayes, Max Topplin, James McGowan, Rosemary Dunsmore (World Premiere)
D: Keith Thomas
A man providing overnight watch to a deceased member of his former Orthodox Jewish community finds himself opposite a malevolent entity, in writer-director Keith Thomas’ electrifying feature debut. Cast: Dave Davis, Menashe Lustig, Malky Goldman, Lynn Cohen, Fred Melamed (U.S. Premiere)
D: Elle Callahan
A woman in the United States helps two young witches seek asylum in Mexico to avoid persecution by American authorities. Cast: Gideon Adlon, Elizabeth Mitchell, Abigail Cowen, The Crovetti Twins, Christian Camargo (World Premiere)
D: Lars Damoiseaux
Screenwriters: Eveline Hagenbeek, Lars Damoiseaux
Yummy is an orgy of blood, violence and fun in which a young couple travels to a shabby Eastern European hospital for cheap plastic surgery, but they get stuck in the middle of a zombie outbreak. Cast: Maaike Neuville, Bart Hollanders, Clara Cleymans, Benjamin Ramon, Tom Audenaert (North American Premiere)
D: Bao Nguyen
Be Water is a layered and intimate portrait of an underdog who was able to transcend racism, colonialism, and xenophobia to become one of the most influential cultural figures of our time. Cast: Linda Lee Cadwell, Shannon Lee, Robert Lee, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Dan Inosanto, Andre Morgan
D: Danny Madden
Set in a southern town, three youth deal with new and old issues of growing up, swirling with trauma, petty crimes, new love and gun violence. Cast: Shirley Chen, Will Madden, Jose Angeles, Courtney Dietz, Daniel Rashid, Kron Moore
D: Amanda McBaine, Jesse Moss
A political coming-of-age story, Boys State examines the health of American democracy through an unusual experiment in which a thousand 17-year-old boys from across Texas join together to build a representative government from the ground up. Cast: Steven Garza, Rene Otero, Ben Feinstein, Robert Macdougall
D: Annie Silverstein,
Screenwriters: Annie Silverstein, Johnny McAllister
On the outskirts of Houston, a teen reeling from her mom’s incarceration and an aging bullfighter struggling to keep a foothold in the rodeo circuit, form an unlikely bond and attempt to right their own paths. Cast: Rob Morgan, Amber Havard, Yolonda Ross, Keeli Wheeler, Keira Bennett, Sara Allbright, Troy Hogan, Steven Boyd, Reece McClure, Tadarius Billy Miles
Charm City Kings
D: Angel Manuel Soto
Screenwriters: Sherman Payne, Chris Boyd, Kirk Sullivan, and Barry Jenkins
A young boy joins a dirt bike gang in Baltimore. Feature film adaptation of the documentary 12 O'Clock Boys. Cast: Jahi Di’Allo Winston, Meek Mill, Will Catlett, Donielle Tremaine Hansley, Kezii Curtis, Chino, Lakeyria “Wheelie Queen” Doughty, Chandler DuPont, Tyquan Ford, Teyonah Parris
D: Michael Angelo Covino,
Screenwriter: Michael Angelo Covino, Kyle Marvin
Kyle and Mike are best friends who share a close bond — until Mike sleeps with Kyle's fiancée. The Climb is about a tumultuous but enduring relationship between two men across many years of laughter, heartbreak and rage. Cast: Kyle Marvin, Michael Angelo Covino, Gayle Rankin, Talia Balsam, George Wendt, Judith Godrèche
D: Shalini Kantayya
Coded Bias follows MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini’s startling discovery that most facial recognition does not accurately see dark-skinned faces and her transformation from scientist to tireless advocate to push for first-ever legislation. Cast: Joy Buolamwini, Cathy O'Neil, Zeynep Tufecki
Feels Good Man
D: Arthur Jones
When indie comic character Pepe the Frog becomes an unwitting icon of hate, his creator fights to bring Pepe back from the darkness.
I'm Gonna Make You Love Me
D: Karen Bernstein
Fellini meets Motown in I'm Gonna Make You Love Me, one man’s search for self-acceptance, a journey that included tabloid celebrity, Tupperware parties, and two coming outs – first as a straight woman, then as the gay man he was meant to be.
D: Channing Godfrey Peoples
A former beauty queen turned hardworking single mom prepares her rebellious teenage daughter for the Miss Juneteenth pageant, hoping to keep her from repeating the same mistakes in life that she made. Cast: Nicole Beharie, Kendrick Sampson, Alexis Chikaeze, Akron Watson, Lori Hayes, Marcus M. Mauldin
Mucho Mucho Amor
D: Cristina Costantini, Kareem Tabsch
Mucho Mucho Amor follows the iconic, gender non-conforming astrologer Walter Mercado, who mesmerized Latino viewers with his extravagance and positivity. Then, one day, he vanished from the public eye.
D: Edson Oda
In a house distant from the reality we know, a reclusive man interviews prospective candidates — personifications of human souls — for the privilege that he once had: to be born. Cast: Winston Duke, Zazie Beetz, Bill Skarsgard, Benedict Wong, Tony Hale, David Rysdahl, Arianna Ortiz
The Reason I Jump (United Kingdom)
D: Jerry Rothwell
Based on the book by Naoki Higashida this immersive film explores the experiences of nonspeaking autistic people around the world.
D: Alex Fischer, Eleanor Wilson
A young Brooklyn couple head upstate to disconnect from their phones and reconnect with themselves. Cut off from their devices, they miss the news that the planet is under attack. Cast: John Reynolds, Sunita Mani, Ben Sinclair, John Early, Johanna Day, Gary Clark, Jo Firestone, Zenobia Shroff, Amy Sedaris
A Thousand Cuts
D: Ramona S. Diaz
A film about the role of journalism and disinformation’s accelerating effect in the erosion of democracy under the authoritarian regime of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte as told through the story of embattled journalist Maria Ressa.
D: Kim A. Snyder
Determined to turn unfathomable tragedy into action, the teenage survivors of Parkland, Florida catalyze a powerful, unprecedented youth movement that spreads with lightning speed across the country, as a generation of youth take back democracy.
Bait (United Kingdom)
D: Mark Jenkin
Bait (2019) is a brilliantly original and visually daring feature film, written, directed and hand-crafted by Cornish filmmaker Mark Jenkin. For this special presentation, Gwenno Saunders’ new score, performed live with Georgia Ellery (who also plays Kate in the film), blends synth loops, long forgotten Cornish folk records, violin drone and live vocals. Expect the unexpected with this new take on the atmospheric world of Bait! Cast: Edward Rowe, Simon Shepherd, Mary Woodvine, Giles King, Chloe Endean, Georgia Ellery, Isaac Woodvine, Jowan Jacobs (North American Premiere)
Doug Benson and Master Pancake vs Leprechaun Returns
D: Steven Kostanski
Doug Benson (Super High Me, Doug Loves Movies) and Master Pancake (Film-Talkers at Austin's Alamo Drafthouse) continue their St. Patrick's Day tradition of interrupting every film in the Leprechaun franchise. This year they tackle Leprechaun Returns.
Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics
D: Donick Cary
Have A Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics tells the epic story of psychedelics through the surprising and often hilarious drug trips of celebrity storytellers. (World Premiere)
Out of the Blue (1980) 4K Restoration (2019) (Canada, U.S.)
D: Dennis Hopper
New 4K digital restoration of Dennis Hopper's 1980 critically acclaimed (but seldom seen) return to the director's chair after his disastrously received The Last Movie (1971), his follow-up to the world-shaking success of Easy Rider (1969). Cast: Linda Manz, Dennis Hopper, Sharon Farrell, Don Gordon, Raymond Burr
RAD! (1986) 4K Restoration (2019)
D: Hal Needham
Screenwriters: Sam Bernard, Geoffrey Edwards
A bicycle-motocrosser tries to enter a corrupt promoter's nationally televised cash-prize race. Cast: Bill Allen, Lori Loughlin, Talia Shire, Ray Walston
D: Robert F. Kennedy III
The true story of outlaw journalist/counter-culture icon Hunter S. Thompson's unlikely campaign for Sheriff of Aspen, CO, in 1970. Cast: Jay Bulger, Cheryl Hines, Amaryllis Fox, Laird Mackintosh, Maxwell Loeb (World Premiere)
One of These Days (Germany)
D: Bastian Günther
In a small U.S. southern town, the annual 'Hands On' endurance contest offers the chance of a lifetime to win a brand new pickup truck. Each contestant has their own reasons for entering, but the true cost of the competition is higher than it appears. Cast: Carrie Preston, Joe Cole, Callie Hernandez, Bill Callahan (World Premiere)
After Truth: Disinformation and the Cost of Fake News
D: Andrew Rossi
After Truth captures the human toll of false news and conspiracies with unprecedented access to figures in the Pizzagate, Seth Rich, Jade Helm and Alabama special election cases. (World Premiere)
Good ol Girl
D: Sarah Brennan Kolb
Good ol Girl is a documentary western following three modern day cowgirls as they hustle for land, cattle, and respect across Texas. Cast: Sara Lemoine Knox, Mandy Dauses, Martha Santos, Joyce Gibson Roach (World Premiere)
A Most Beautiful Thing
D: Mary Mazzio
A Most Beautiful Thing chronicles the first African American high school rowing team in this country, made up of young men in rival gangs from the West Side of Chicago, all literally coming together to row in the same boat. (World Premiere)
D: Kevin Ford
Two women of color run for public office and fight against decades of institutional racism, redefining what it means to be a Texan. (World Premiere)
D: Pat Kondelis
The true story of basketball insider Christian Dawkins, who hustled the FBI in a scandal that threatened to take down the NCAA. (World Premiere)
D: Boaz Yakin
Aviva is a unique exploration of gender within the self, told through the lens of a modern romantic relationship. Cast: Zina Zinchenko, Bobbi Jene Smith, Tyler Phillips, Or Schraiber (World Premiere)
D: Caleb Michael Johnson
Alice has been blacking out and craving things she dare not name. When her girlfriends' dog goes missing, Alice wonders if it could be inside her. Cast: Lindsay Burdge, Tallie Medel, Frank Mosley (World Premiere)
D: Jeremy Hersh
Jess is thrilled to be the surrogate for her best friend and his husband, but when a prenatal test comes back, it creates a moral dilemma that threatens their friendship. Cast: Jasmine Batchelor, Chris Perfetti, Sullivan Jones, Brooke Bloom, Tonya Pinkins, Eboni Booth, Brandon Micheal Hall, Leon Lewis, Tiffany Villarin (World Premiere)
D: Peter LoGreco
From creators Stephen Warren and Johnnie Ingram, this six-part unscripted series recruits small-town residents across America to participate in a one-night-only drag show. Renowned drag queens Bob the Drag Queen, Eureka O’Hara and Shangela Laquifa Wadley will inspire and teach their own “drag daughters” to step outside their comfort zone for a night of no-holds-barred, full-on drag. Cast: Caldwell Tidicue (Bob the Drag Queen), David Huggard (Eureka O’Hara), D.J. Pierce (Shangela) (World Premiere)
24 BEATS PER SECOND
Dark City Beneath The Beat
D: TT The Artist
Dark City Beneath the Beat is a musical documentary reimagining the narrative of Baltimore, a city rising above social and economic turmoil to develop a vibrant and close-knit community for the arts through its homegrown sound, Baltimore club music. (World Premiere)
Jose Feliciano: Behind This Guitar
D: Frank Licari, Helen Murphy
The Official Biographical Documentary of the eight time Grammy Winner and international music icon, Jose Feliciano. From being blind at birth in the slums of Puerto Rico to Grammy winner, Jose Feliciano carved a path that few achieved before or since. (U.S. Premiere)
D: Alison Ellwood
Laurel Canyon pulls back the curtain on a mythical world and provides an up-close look at the lives of the musicians who inhabited it. It paints an intimate portrait of the artists who created a music revolution that would change popular culture. (World Premiere)
Sisters with Transistors (United Kingdom)
D: Lisa Rovner
Sisters with Transistors is the remarkable untold story of electronic music’s female pioneers, composers who embraced machines and their liberating technologies to utterly transform how we produce and listen to music today. (World Premiere)
The Mystery of the Pink Flamingo (Spain, U.S.)
D: Javier Polo
Screenwriters: Javier Polo, Sixto Xavier García
A square sound engineer employs unusual research efforts to reveal the secrets behind the quintessential icon of kitsch, the Pink Flamingo. His bizarre adventure will unexpectedly turn into a creative journey to self-discovery. Cast: Rigo Pex, John Waters, Eduardo Casanova, Allee Willis, Kero Kero Bonito, Antonyo Marest, Kitten Kay Sera (World Premiere)
NARRATIVE SHORTS COMPETITION
"Basic" D: Chelsea Devantez. "Basic: is a very short film exploring the insecure lil' ho in all of us.
"Blocks" D: Bridget Moloney. An existential comedy about the mother of two young children who begins to spontaneously
vomit toy blocks.
"Broken Bird" D: Rachel Harrison Gordon. A biracial girl caught between two worlds prepares for her Bat Mitzvah and adulthood. (North American Premiere)
"Daddio" D: Casey Wilson. A father, played by Michael McKean (Spinal Tap, Better Call Saul) and daughter, played by Casey Wilson (SNL, Happy Endings) spiral as they grapple with life after loss in this comedic short film. Based on real death events.
"Darling" (Pakistan, U.S.) D: Saim Sadiq. An erotic dance theater in Lahore prepares for a new show just as a sacrificial goat disappears, an attractive trans girl aspires to grab the limelight and a naive young man falls in love.
"Dirty" D: Matthew Puccini. Marco cuts class to spend the afternoon with his boyfriend. Things do not go as planned.
"Face to FaceTime" D: Izzy Shill. In this ridiculous, sometimes gag-inducing sex comedy, Claire takes the bold step of initiating a FaceTime call, only to discover Danny’s flaccid enthusiasm for her. (World Premiere)
"Father of the Bride" (United Kingdom) D: Rhys Marc Jones. The best man attempts to keep face and deliver his speech at his brother’s wedding, following an encounter in the hotel bathroom with the father of the bride. (World Premiere)
"Figurant" (France) D: Jan Vejnar A man follows a group of workers coming for a shift in an industrial area. He's stripped from clothes and identity, dressed in a military uniform and armed. His determination not to fall behind the others is tested by a series of unsettling events. (U.S. Premiere)
"I'm Happy, I Promise" D: Mimi Cave. A series of phone calls between Parker and his friends narrate Parker's mission to find true happiness through superficial obsessions.
"Lip Service" D: Emily Tremaine. A woman records erotica fantasy audiobooks from her bedroom closet while her own life is far from perfect. (World Premiere)
"Mthunzi" (South Africa) D: Tebogo Malebogo Mthunzi's return from the supermarket is interrupted when he passes a white woman seizing in her driveway.
"A Period Piece" (France) D: Shuchi Talati. Geetha, a control and order loving Indian-American woman, finally has sex with Vehd one afternoon but things quickly turn messy when period blood stains her pristine couch and a fight erupts mid-coitus, causing her pent-up feelings spill over. (World Premiere)
"Reminiscences of the Green Revolution" (Philippines, U.S.) D: Dean Colin Marcial. A ghost story about love and eco-terrorism in the Philippines. (US Premiere)
"Run On" D: Daniel Newell Kaufman. All Luke and his mom have are two garbage bags full of clothes, and two tickets out of town on the midnight Greyhound. Like he's assembling a puzzle, Luke has to figure out the why of it--all before the person they're running from puts together the pieces. (World Premiere)
"Single" D: Ashley Eakin. A girl born with one arm gets set-up to go on a blind date with a guy who has one hand, and she is pissed! (World Premiere)
"Soft" (Mexico, U.S.) D: Daniel Antebi. Sam – 16, queer, and falling in love – struggles to untangle himself from his abusive martial arts coach. (World Premiere)
"Still Wylde" (Canada, U.S.) D: Ingrid Haas. Gertie and her on-and-off boyfriend, Sam, face a major life decision only to realize that even when they know what they want, life has other plans.(World Premiere)
"Summer Hit" (Germany) D: Berthold Wahjudi. Laia from Spain and Emil from Iceland are enjoying their semester abroad in Munich. While Laia feels perfectly fine just having sex with Emil, his profession of deeper feelings puts her on the defensive.
"Vert" (United Kingdom) D: Kate Cox. When Jeff and Emelia are gifted a virtual reality set that shows one's "ideal self" for their twentieth wedding anniversary, they discover a secret that could shift their relationship indelibly. (North American Premiere)
"The Voice in Your Head" D: Graham Parkes. Dan spends his every waking hour tortured by the negative voice in his head, until he learns something shocking that allows him to break free. (World Premiere)
"Waffle" D: Carlyn Hudson. Kerry is at a sleepover with the socially awkward, mysteriously orphaned heiress Katie. Friendship - in a society that grows ever isolating - is explored as Kerry learns the hard way that Katie always gets what she wants. (World Premiere)
"White Eye" (Israel) D: Tomer Shushan. A man finds his stolen bicycle, now they belong to a stranger. While attempting to retrieve them, he struggles to remain human. (North American Premiere)
DOCUMENTARY SHORTS COMPETITION
"Affurmative Action" D: Travis Wood. An exploration of workplace diversity through "meet the team" pages.
"Betye Saar Taking Care of Business" D: Christine Turner. At 93, there’s no stopping when it comes to the legendary artist Betye Saar.
"Broken Orchestra" D: Charlie Tyrell. A documentary short about the Symphony for a Broken Orchestra which collected hundreds of broken instruments from the Philadelphia public school system, fixed them and then returned them into the hands of students.
"Call Center Blues" D: Geeta Gandbhir. "Call Center Blues: is a lyrical portrait of an unlikely community of U.S. deportees and their loved ones struggling to rebuild their lives in Tijuana, Mexico. (World Premiere)
"The Claudia Kishi Club" D: Sue Ding. A love letter to Claudia Kishi, the iconic character from the Baby-Sitters Club books. One of the few Asian Americans in 80s and 90s pop culture, Claudia inspired a generation of young readers of color. (World Premiere)
"Día de la Madre" D: Ashley Brandon, Dennis Höhne. A band of juveniles embark on a 24-hour spree of breaking into houses and causing a ruckus.
"Dieorama" D: Kevin Staake. By day, she visits morgues, observes autopsies, and studies pictures of crime scenes. By night, she turns nightmarish imaginings into precise, red-splattered miniatures.
"Hiplet: Because We Can" D: Addison Wright. The combination of Classical Ballet and Hip Hop, We call it Hiplet.
"Huntsville Station" D: Jamie Meltzer, Chris Filippone Every weekday, dozens of inmates are released from Huntsville State Penitentiary, taking in their first moments of freedom with phone calls, cigarettes, and quiet reflection at the Greyhound station up the block. (North American Premiere)
"A Hysterical Girl" D: Kate Novack. Sigmund Freud published only one major case history of a female patient. “Hysterical Girl” revisits his landmark treatment of the 17-year-old girl he called "Dora," and reflects on how Freud's theory of hysteria continues to shape popular culture. (World Premiere)
"Lions in the Corner" D: Paul Hairston. In the rural mountains of Virginia, "Scarface" started a fight club called Streetbeefs in his backyard to combat gun and knife violence in the area. Soon it turned into something much more.
"Mizuko" D: Katelyn Rebelo, Kira Dane. In Japan there is a special way to grieve after having an abortion. Inspired by these Buddhist rituals, Mizuko is an intimate look of how a half-Japanese American woman reevaluates drawing ‘the line’ in abortion ethics when she becomes pregnant. (North American Premiere)
"Modern Whore" (Canada) D: Nicole Bazuin. Former escort Andrea Werhun shares the ins and outs of escort review board culture to expose deeper complexities of sexual power and social stigma in a post #metoo world. (World Premiere)
"No Crying at the Dinner Table" (Canada) D: Carol Nguyen. Filmmaker Carol Nguyen interviews her family to craft a portrait of love, grief and intergenerational trauma. (U.S. Premiere)
"Quilt Fever" D: Olivia Loomis Merrion. Every Spring 30,000 quilters descend upon a small town in Kentucky for "the Academy Awards of Quilting." Doubling the town's population, this film is a front row seat to quilters as you've never seen before.
"Radical Love" D: William A. Kirkley. Prolific radical chic legal husband and wife team Michael and Eleanora Kennedy defend The Weather Underground, The Black Panthers, and countless other revolutionaries against the U.S. Government, become targets of the FBI and go on the run. (World Premiere)
ANIMATED SHORTS COMPETITION
"Blackheads" D: Emily Ann Hoffman. A woman copes with bad therapy, heartbreak, and blackheads. (World Premiere)
"Chicken of the Dead" (France) D: Julien David. Bernard Lepique is the CEO of “Quasi”, a company specializing in the production of half-bio, half-antibiotics chickens. Today Bernard is launching its new kind of chicken, but everything does not go as planned. (North American Premiere)
"Coldsore" (United Kingdom) D: Caitlin McCarthy. A naive but determined internet dweller goes to some seedy lengths to fit in at school, but it still doesn’t go quite to plan. (U.S. Premiere)
"Frank's Joke" (United Kingdom) D: Ed Bulmer. Frank told a bad joke at his new place of work. Nobody laughed. (North American Premiere)
"Gravedad" (Germany) D: Matisse Gonzalez. Some days are light and some days are heavy. (U.S. Premiere)
"Hot Flash" (Canada) D: Thea Hollatz. Ace Naismith is having a hot flash, and she is about to go live on local television. An animated comedy about a woman trying to keep her cool when one type of flash leads to another.
"Hudson Geese" D: Bernardo Britto. A goose remembers his last migration.
"Inside Blue" (Taiwan) D: Yi-Chien Chen. The story describes a man who needs to carry a roll of tape with him, just in case. (North American Premiere).
"No, I Don't Want to Dance!" (United Kingdom) D: Andrea Vinciguerra. In these dark times, you may think that every hazard has been identified, but nobody has taken into consideration how dangerous dance can be.
"The Shawl" D: Sara Kiener. After years of long distance, a pair of big and beautiful boyfriends celebrate their reunion at a Stevie Nicks concert, where they share a brush with magic.
"The Slug Finger" (United Kingdom) D: Lily Shaul. The unusual story of a girl whose finger transforms into a slug forcing her to learn to love and care for it. (North American Premiere)
"Solipsism" (France, U.S.) D: Tuna Bora, Jonathan Djob Nkondo. If a girl crosses the border between her internal and external reality and no one is around to see it, does this animated short really exist?
"Something to Remember" (Sweden) D: Niki Lindroth von Bahr. A lullaby before the great disaster.
"Symbiosis" (France, Hungary) D: Nadja Andrasev. A betrayed wife starts to investigate her husband’s mistresses. Her jealousy is gradually replaced by curiosity.
"Undiable dans la poche" (France) D: Antoine Bonnet, Mathilde Loubes. A group of children witnesses a crime and is forced to remain silent. Auguste, the youngest, finds the burden too heavy and decides to reveal this secret. (North American Premiere)
"Danny's Girl" D: Emily Wilson. Danny meets his online girlfriend for the first time, but accidentally discovers an unspeakable
possession of hers, which throws their first night together into a dizzying tailspin.
"Deep Clean" (United Kingdom) D: David Wilson. Cleanliness is next to godliness. A celebration of objectophilia (the love of objects) and self-pleasure.
"The Doe" (France) D: Jennifer Lumbroso. After an accident in the French countryside, Helene, a city dweller, is facing events that are beyond understanding. She becomes "the doe" in order to survive. (World Premiere)
"Double Tap" (United Kingdom) D: Eros Vlahos. A screen-obsessed teen ignores a chain-mail instagram post. Big mistake. (World Premiere)
"Hand in Hand" (Switzerland) D: Ennio Ruschetti. Two Politicians shake hands. The situation escalates.
"Heat" (Netherlands D: Thessa Meijer. During an extreme heat wave, a shy girl seeks refuge in an ice cream shop. But when she looks into the eyes of the charming vendor, she is on thin ice. (North American Premiere)
"Laura Hasn't Slept" D: Parker Finn. Desperate to rid herself of a recurring nightmare, a young woman seeks help from her therapist. (World Premiere)
"Regret" (Canada) D: Santiago Menghini. Following the death of his father, a man must survive the manifestations of his inner demons over the course of a dreary night.
"Seek" D: Aaron Morgan. After driving all night, two sisters come across a dilapidated roadside bathroom. Horrific events follow when a strange message is found and a mischievous resident wants to play a sinister game. (World Premiere)
"Selfie" D: John Poliquin. An insecure teenager deletes her social media accounts and learns that what she put online will come back to haunt her. (World Premiere)
"Stucco" D: Janina Gavankar, Russo Schelling. While hanging a piece of art in her new home, a woman knocks a hole in her wall, revealing what might be another room. Her mind races and unravels as she wonders what could be on the other side.
"Biters" D: Matt Sherwood. "Biters" is a surf horror story set in the aftermath of a hurricane along the Gulf coast.
"A Bold Experiment" D: Alexander Milan, Andrew Miller. In 1997, J David Bamberger attempted to build the world’s first man-made bat cave. The idea was far-fetched and expensive, making headlines around the world. It stood empty for 4 years, but his "batty" idea would eventually house half a million bats.
"Coup d'etat Math" D: Sai Selvarajan. In times of duress, nothing adds up. "Coup d'etat Math" is an animated short film that depicts four immigrant stories narrated by four different voices. (World Premiere)
"Just Hold On" D: Sam Davis, Rayka Zehtabchi. A portrait of a girl holdin’ on to stuff (especially sheep). (World Premiere)
"The Paint Wizzard" D: Jessica Wolfson, Jessie Auritt. Millie "The Paint Wizzard" is a transgender housepainter who lives in a bright yellow motorhome in Austin, Texas. A few years ago, at the age of 58, she gained the courage to leave "Michael" behind and embrace her authentic self, cat ears and all. (World Premiere)
"Rules For Werewolves" (Canada, U.S.) D: Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux. As teens ransack a suburban home for food and clothing, one recounts how he got there and how desperation has changed him. (World Premiere)
"Talk Outside" D: Austin Davison. When two tough guys leave a bar to fight, their search for the right spot becomes an adventure. (World Premiere)
"Ter" (Costa Rica, U.S.) D: Maria Luisa Santos. A live-in house maid struggles with making a difficult decision while trying to hide her distress from the girl she loves and cares for. (World Premiere)
"Zoe and Hanh" D: Kim Tran. A young woman is caught in a lie by her suspicious mom. With tensions already high from recently losing a loved one, their relationship unhinges. (World Premiere)
TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL SHORTS
":)" D: Barbara Lou. ":)" explores the theme of happiness from an abstract point of view that reflects a teenager's
world. (World Premiere)
"218" D: Melanie Ulloa. This is an 80's psychological thriller that dives deep into the mysterious and sometimes frightening world of multiple personality disorder.
"AdSpace" D: Andre Garcia. A lonely girl struggles with the prospect of renewing her membership for her virtual companion, who may be her only friend in a world of commercialism. (World Premiere)
"Alex" D: Wilson Jones. A teenager speaks their truth and struggles for understanding from their father and their peers. (World Premiere)
"Chill" D: Kati Gibson. A surgical team is waiting for a special delivery and time is of the essence. (World Premiere)
"The Contemporary Complex" D: Alex Martinez. Two teenagers argue over the legitimacy of one artist's modern works.
"Copyrat" D: McKenna Sanchez. A sad and lonely rat goes on a chaotic journey in order to discover it's okay to love yourself.
"Fish Fish Bish" D: Katherine Li, Christine Yan. Bish the fish is saved by Bummy the dummy and ends up in his tummy. (World Premiere).
"Joy Ride" D: Jack McIntyre, Matthew Gabaldon. A kid who only finds entertainment in laughing at others meets a girl who brings joy to his drab life. (World Premiere)
"Karmen" D: Jerzy Carranza, Lindsay Bochat. Chrysanthemum, a young girl with an extraordinary gift, life changes when she meets Karmen. (World Premiere)
"Lucky Girl" D: Ellie Bodeman. "Lucky Girl" is an experimental music video about gender. (World Premiere)
"Niyayesh" (Greece, Iran, Islamic Republic of) D: Elli Dassopoulos. The turbulence of spiritual veneration, illustrated through travels between time and space. (World Premiere)
"The Orchard" D: Zeke French. A grizzled apple breaks free from the city to search for his birthplace.
"Persiguiendo El Sueño Americano" D: Jose Gamez, Heidee Andres. This documentary is a look into a very important issue that I am passionate about because of the lives it affects. It is about the struggle of the Hispanic immigrants and the legal issues they face because of our President's current stance.
"Quest for Jasmine" D: Amanda Hawkes, Jackie MacLean. Amara, a lonely witch in a cabin in the woods, goes out to find the missing ingredient to her love potion. Adventure ensues, and Amara finds the missing ingredient and something else along the way. (World Premiere)
"Rated B for Black" D: Samantha Porter. A film that embraces the beauties of black people as a whole: their strength, their unity, their determination, their gracefulness, and much more.
"Skateboarding" D: Ricky Rodriguez. This documentary follows young skateboarders as they try to find a place where they are accepted.
"Sleep Paralysis" D: William Tran. A teenager experiences a terrifying phenomenon as he deals with the harrowing events of his day. (World Premiere)
"Tattwo" (China, Taiwan, U.S.). D: Emma Nebeker. The story discusses Zhua Zhou, a traditional precursor for future careers. A mother intervenes with the ceremony to prevent her child from pursuing dance, and her child now has two tattoos: one symbolizing dance and one symbolizing writing.
"Ultimatum" D: Kai Hashimoto. Three girls are locked in a basement. They have been down there for a long time. One must die in order for the rest to leave.
"Unveiled" D: Sofia Bajwa. Two teenage girls have unique experiences wearing a Hijab in today's society.
"A Walk Along The Stars" D: Lani McHenry. A personal and poetic expression of grief and love in tribute to a little girl's grandmother. (World Premiere)
"Wish Upon a Snowman" D: Miu Nakata. On Christmas Eve, a girl builds a snowman. She goes to bed excited on Christmas Eve wishing for a present but receives an unexpected surprise!
EPISODIC PILOT COMPETITION
D: Vasilisa Kuzmina, Ivan Petukhov
Screenwriters: Yuliya Gulyan, Ivan Petukhov, Vasilisa Kuzmina
Alisa is an advanced voice assistant for taxi drivers. In each episode of this screenlife show, where everything is perceived from the AI's POV, Alisa encounters freaky, frightening or funny passengers that question her sense of humour and humanity. (World Premiere)
D: Rachel Anderson
Screenwriters: Rachel Anderson, Mary Duong
A curious and playful look at growing up between two cultures in Queensland - the Sunshine State - with particular focus on food and family, presented by two Australian-born Asian friends who are awkward, honest, and warm in equal parts. (North American Premiere)
D: Nic Collins
Screenwriters: Nic Collins, Sean Godsey
Beached follows The Wail, a creature from the deep who has come to Earth to take away humanity's pain. (World Premiere)
Bored (United Kingdom)
D: Georgia Oakley
Screenwriters: Coral Amiga, Nicole Hartley
Jamie and Eve are best friends who’ve always shared everything... and after drowning their post-Brexit, January sorrows at a party, they really do end up sharing everything. In the sober light of day will things ever be the same again? (North American Premiere)
Chemo Brain (Denmark)
D: Kristian Håskjold
Screenwriters: Johan Wang, Kristian Håskjold
When Oliver is diagnosed with testicular cancer his life is turned upside down. This drama series depicts the derailment of a young man that is doing everything he can to not lose his friends, his girlfriend, himself and ultimately his life.
D: Alfredo De Villa
Screenwriters: Nick Morton, David Conolly
When Cooper Marino's career falls apart, he takes refuge in the backyard tiki bar he has painstakingly constructed over 15 years and there finds an unlikely path to his own resurgence. (World Premiere)
D: Ron Najor
Screenwriters: Trevor Fernando, Ron Najor
The Dream follows Daryl, a broke aspiring film director who’s just moved to Los Angeles, taking his first job as a Production Assistant, and the ragtag gang of PAs that school him on how to survive in this insane and unpredictable work environment. (World Premiere)
D: Jessica Sanders
Screenwriters: Kathreen Khavari, Chuck Neal
Against the backdrop of Oakland California, Iranian-American medical student Kat tries to save her family by taking on the surprising side hustle of professional cuddling.
D: Lauren Ludwig,
Screenwriter: Kelsey Ledgin
Everyone Together is a comedy series that follows two dysfunctional families from different cultural backgrounds as they clash and bond over a new major family milestone each season. (World Premiere)
Heart To Heart (United Kingdom)
D: Lilah Vandenburgh,
Screenwriter: Islay Bell-Webb
A surreal buddy-comedy about the relationship between a terminally ill 21- year-old, Liddy, and her failing heart, Lump, who’s determined to get her a girlfriend – before they both die. (World Premiere)
Homecoming: The Journey of Cardboard (Japan)
D: Yuko Shiomaki, Anna Thorson Mayer
Fuyuki Shimazu is an artist and cardboard lover who travels around the world to pick up cardboard he likes. His charming up-cycling art activities are depicted in the feature film From All Corners in 2018 and now his new chapter of journey starts. (World Premiere)
D: Kati Skelton
A love and fantasy-obsessed maid named Kasha begins working at Lusty Crest, a love hotel perched on top of a treacherous mountain. She soon learns that the hotel is plagued by not only human lechers, but supernatural ones as well. (World Premiere)
D: Sara Newens, Mina T. Son
Racial tensions are reignited as a historically Black neighborhood in Palm Springs continues the decades-long fight for the removal of a wall of trees that many believe were originally planted as a totem of segregation. (World Premiere)
This Isn't Me
D: Adrian Rojas Elliot,
Screenwriter: Ben Kawaller
An earnest West Hollywood homosexual with a skewed sense of decorum chases meaning and intimacy, routinely humiliating himself and occasionally stumbling into moments of grace.
070 Shake - 'Nice to Have' / D: Noah Lee
1980YEN - 'Takoyaki Story' (Japan) / D: Sawako Kabuki
Angel Olsen - 'All Mirrors' / D: Ashley Connor
Black Pumas - 'Colors' / D: Kristian Mercado
The Chemical Brothers - 'We've Got To Try' (United Kingdom) / D: Ninian Doff
Hilton Dresden & Antfood - 'Cousin John - The Arrival' / D: Tom C J Brown
Hot Chip - 'Hungry Child' (United Kingdom, U.S.) / D: Saman Kesh
Humans - 'Noose' (Canada) / D: Peter Ricq
Idles - 'Mercedes Marxist' (United Kingdom) / D: 32
Joywave - 'Obsession' / D: Dimitri Basil, Laura Gorun, Cooper Roussel
Kiddy Smile - 'Slap My Butt' (France) / D: Pierre Saba-Aris
King Bach - 'Secrets' / D: King Bach
Lizzo - 'Juice' / Director: Quinn Wilson
The Lumineers - 'Gloria' / D: Kevin Phillips
Mitski - 'A Pearl' / D: Saad Moosajee, Danae Gosset, Art Camp
Oh Sees - 'Gholü' / D: Leo Nicholson
The Prodigy - 'Timebomb Zone' (United Kingdom) / D: Paco Raterta
Sam Smith - 'How Do You Sleep' / D: Grant Singer
Sharon Van Etten - 'Seventeen' / D: Maureen Towey
slenderbodies - 'Arrival' (United Kingdom) / D: Savannah Setten
Tove Lo - 'Glad He's Gone' / D: Vania Heymann, Gal Muggia
Vagabon - 'Water Me Down' / D: Maegan Houang
After the Fallout (Switzerland, U.S.)
D: Sam Wolson, Dominic Nahr
This unforgettable 360-degree experience pushes past traditional documentary tropes to evoke the reality and emotional gravity of life in Fukushima, ten years after the 2011 nuclear disaster.
D: Graham Parkes, Oliver Lewin, Will Hellwarth, Bela Messex,
Screenwriter: Graham Parkes
Shepherding you to the afterlife, a mysterious Ferryman questions you about the life that you lived. As you dig deeper into your past, a repressed reality about who you were, and weren’t, comes to light on this metaphysical journey to self-acceptance. (World Premiere)
Corpus Misty (Germany)
D: Aubrey Heichemer,
Screenwriter: Gayatri Parameswaran
Corpus Misty is an animated VR documentary set in a bright saturated corpusical world where you journey into intimate and secret tales of women and gender queers who have created a rift in their realities in order to find unity. (World Premiere)
The Curious Life of Bill Mont
D: Katrina Sorrentino, Andrea Patiño Contreras
Bill Mont, a self-made entrepreneur, reminisces about his life while preparing for a winter formal at Northwood in Halifax, Nova Scotia - the senior living center where he lives. He ruminates on love and loss, while living life to the fullest at 89! (World Premiere)
Dimension X: Dinosaurs (United Kingdom)
D: Dani Parr,
Screenwriter: Hannah Wood
A new fully immersive experience using the latest mixed reality technology to bring dinosaurs to life. Together audiences embark on a mission to help contain paranormal activity of the past, becoming the heroes of this exciting interactive game. (North American Premiere)
Dimension X: Robots (United Kingdom)
D: Dani Parr,
Screenwriter: Hannah Wood
A new fully immersive experience using the latest mixed reality technology to bring robots to life. Together audiences embark on a mission and build their own rescue robot to help save a city, becoming the heroes of this exciting interactive game. (North American Premiere)
Eternal Return (Sweden, United Kingdom)
D: Matthew Shaw, Martina Seitl
Screenwriters: Matthew Shaw, Christer Lundahl, Martina Seitl, Malin Zimm
Eternal Return is a choreographed mixed reality exhibition interrogating the materiality of memory via replicas from earth’s deep past stretching into a speculative future where image libraries + experiences are hyperconnected to the physical world. (North American Premiere)
Ferenj: A Graphic Memoir in VR
D: Ainslee Alem Robson
Memory, reality, and the digital converge in this immersive graphic memoir about Ethiopian-American mixed-race identity in a virtual "home" created from spatialized images gathered from friends and family. (World Premiere)
Fragments (France, United Kingdom, U.S.)
D: Aaron Bradbury
Screenwriters: Aaron Bradbury, Paul Mowbray
Fragments is a multimedia documentary, inspired by the award-winning VR experience Vestige. (World Premiere)
D: Michael Ilako, Isa Paul Mohamed
Gr8ness is a five-to-six minute 360 documentary experience about art, creativity, friendship and hope. The experience takes place in Capetown, South Africa, where Ethan, an at-risk, teenager lives. (World Premiere)
D: Virginia Galloway
Hiraeth is a multi-sensory enhanced audio experience that explores our primal need for and connection to Earth's quiet places. (World Premiere)
D: Natalia Cabrera
Screenwriters: Natalia Cabrera, Juan Ferrer
Hypha is a VR experience about the bioremediation power of the Fungi Kingdom and its importance as the main recycler of Earth.
The Last Light
D: Jeremy Vanhoozer
In this storytelling experience a young woman travels home after learning of a loss in the family, reliving childhood memories she deals with her grief. With a beloved scrapbook she is able to work through her feelings and embrace life once again. (World Premiere)
Legends of the Brush
Step into a wild collection of colorful fables created in virtual reality from the mind of Eisner-nominated digital artist Sutu. Each fable features stunningly unique art styles and game mechanics. (World Premiere)
Living Distance (China, U.S.)
D: Xin Liu
Living Distance is a fantasy and a mission, in which a wisdom tooth is sent to outer space and back down to Earth again.
Look at Me (Taiwan)
D: He Wei-Ting
A VR romantic melodrama with an anti-VR message. (North American Premiere)
Nine VR: Come See Me (Korea, Republic of)
D: Minhyuk Che
Screenwriters: Minhyuk Che, Mina Hyeon
Two participants connected in real time coexist in the same space, each assuming the role of ‘Me in the past’ and ‘Me in the present’. I must find clues buried in my memory to find a way back to 1999 before my younger self erases everything I cherish. (North American Premiere)
Odyssey 1.4.9 (France)
D: François Vautier
A breathtaking VR journey into the visual heart of A Space Odyssey. A personal tribute unveiling the secrets of Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece. (U.S. Premiere)
Pagan Peak VR (Germany)
D: Ioulia Isserlis, Max Sacker
In Pagan Peak VR you will find yourself among a group of strangers captured in a mysterious alpine cabin by the Krampus Killer. Your only chance to survive is to team up and solve the riddles laid out by the killer, emerging deeper into his psyche. (World Premiere)
D: Karim Amer, Guvenc Ozel
Screenwriters: Karim Amer, Daniel Claridge, Bits Sola
Enter a smart living room that asks the question: are we in control of these machines or are they in control of us? The filmmakers of The Great Hack use mixed reality and surveillance technologies to bring to life the invisible world of data.
D: Reggie Watts
Reggie Watts improvises into his own mind and takes you on a journey into his Volumetric VR multiverse. You'll get up close to the action like never before and see Watts blur the line between avant-garde, comedy and music. An Intel Studios original. (World Premiere)
D: Stephanie Dinkins
Secret Garden is an immersive storytelling installation that combines audio vignettes told by black women with dynamic, responsive visual feedback. Secret Garden is presented by NEW INC and Nokia Bell Labs, and conceived by artist Stephanie Dinkins. (World Premiere)
A Song Within Us (France)
D: Fangas Nayaw
A Song Within Us is a 360 immersive experience with traditional aboriginal music and sound interaction, written and directed by Fangas Nayaw, a Taiwan Amis aboriginal theater Director and choreographer. (North American Premiere)
Space Explorers: the ISS Experience - Preview (Canada)
D: Felix Lajeunesse
The most ambitious film ever made in Space. An immersive journey that will bring audiences on an astonishing odyssey to humanity’s space outpost, showing life in orbit as never seen before. (World Premiere)
Superhuman AR by NCT-127
D: Jinooya Makes
This groundbreaking augmented reality music video puts K-pop superstars right in front of you. Superhuman AR features NCT 127's performance of their No. 1 hit song that you can view from every angle. Co-produced by Intel Studios and SM Entertainment. (North American Premiere)
A Unique Journey to Notre-Dame de Paris (France)
D: Mélanie de Riberolles
An immersive and contemplative experience that enables you to visit Notre-Dame de Paris from exclusive spots: stand in the nave, near the rose windows, or on the rooftop to admire the belfries and the spire that was destroyed in the April 2019 fire.
EXCELLENCE IN TITLE DESIGN
The Botanist Title Sequence / Company: Samplistic Media / Title Designer: Michael Rosen
Captain Marvel Title Sequence / Company: Elastic / Title Designers: Lisa Bolan, Nadia Tzuo, Carlo Sa, Tnaya Witmer
Carnival Row Title Sequence / Company: Elastic / Title Designer: Lisa Bolan
Dichos Title Sequence / Company: Gwenaëlle Gobé Films / Title Designer: Gwenaëlle Gobé
Digital Design Days Geneva 2019 Title Sequence (Portugal, U.S.) / Company: Foreign Affairs / Title Designers: Filipe Carvalho, The Joelsons
For All Mankind Title Sequence / Company: Imaginary Forces / Title Designer: Alan Williams
Game of Thrones Title Sequence / Company: Elastic / Title Designers: Angus Wall, Kirk Shintani
His Dark Materials Title Sequence (United Kingdom, U.S.) / Company: Elastic / Title Designer: Clarissa Donlevy
Jeezy TM104 Promo Title Sequence / Company: Native Foreign / Title Designer: Nik Kleverov
The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part Title Sequence / Company: Alma Mater / Title Designers: Brian Mah, James Ramirez
Locke & Key Title Sequence / Company: Picturemill / Title Designers: William Lebeda, Sonia Kiran
Lust Title Sequence / Company: Ringling College of Art and Design / Title Designer: Rudy Schultz
Metro Exodus Title Sequence / Company: Elastic / Title Designer: Andy Hall
Observation Title Sequence (United Kingdom) / Company: No Code / Title Designers: Jon McKellan, Serjan Burlak
OFFF Barcelona 2019 Title Sequence / Company: 1983 / Title Designer: Chris Bjerre
The Orange Years Title Sequence / Company: Ali Clark Creative / Title Designer: Ali Clark
Panic Room #18: Rebirth Title Sequence (Netherlands) / Company: House of Panic / Title Designer: Kim Taylor
Pause Fest 2019 Title Sequence (Australia) / Company: Loop / Title Designers: Alex Mikhaylov, Max Chelyadnikov
Queens of Mystery Title Sequence (United Kingdom) / Company: Sly Fox Productions / Title Designer: Ian Emes
See Title Sequence / Company: Imaginary Forces / Title Designer: Karin Fong
Shazam! Title Sequence / Company: Aspect
Sonic the Hedgehog Title Sequence / Company: Picturemil / Title Designers: William Lebeda, Cecilia De Jesus
TEDxSydney 2019: Legacy Title Sequence (Australia) / Company: Substance / Title Designer: Scott Geersen
Tell Me A Story Title Sequence / Company: Imaginary Forces / Title Designer: Karin Fong Under the Influence Title Sequence / Company: Yacht Club Films / Title Designer: Matt Morgan, Zach Law
La Venganza de Mascarita Title Sequence (Mexico) / Title Designer: Maribel Martínez
Warrior Title Sequence / Company: MethodMade, Method Studios / Title Designer: John Likens
What We Do In The Shadows Title Sequence / Company: MethodMade, Method Studios / Title Designer: John Likens
Who Among Us Title Sequence (Canada) / Company: Its Got Stealth / Title Designer: Jordan Turner
Why We Hate Title Sequence / Company: Blue Spill / Title Designers: Allison Brownmoore, Anthony Brownmoore, Joe Nowacki, Chris Caswell
Artist: Celine Held, Logan George, Engineers: Rebecca Skurnik, Azalea Vaseghi
50 Moments highlights voices rarely heard. Five interactive screens display 50 short videos from individuals experiencing homelessness in New York City, recorded between 2015 - 2018. These stories are personal, mined from hours of conversation, giving viewers the opportunity to listen to intimate stories without the need to respond. Viewers can choose the next story shown on the screen with their phones, and replay stories via an interactive website.
ARTECHOUSE Presents Future Sketches
Artist: Zach Lieberman
ARTECHOUSE is the nation’s first innovative digital art space dedicated to showcasing experiential and technology driven works by artists who are forerunners of the new age in the arts and technology. A compilation of engaging, extraordinary installations that combine creativity, artistic vision and cutting edge R&D. Imagine different possible futures - at the intersection of computation and design, for the interaction between humans and computers, where the boundaries between the visible and invisible are broken down, using expressive augmented reality.
Grow Your Own Cloud - The Data Garden (Denmark)
Artists: Cyrus Clarke, Monika Seyfried, Jeff Nivala
Grow Your Own Cloud - The Data Garden reimagines the cloud by storing data nature's way - in the DNA of plants, working in collaboration with nature to alleviate the threat of Data-Warming.
Artist: Nancy Baker Cahill
Legacy is an original, site-specific, animated AR drawing in 360° that addresses gentrification and climate change in Austin. Each brushstroke and color is inspired by either a local natural element or “unnatural” development. As the drawing increasingly twists, breaks apart, and coalesces, it transitions from organic tree-like marks to inorganic glass and mirror fragments. Legacy will be geo-located across from the Austin Convention Center in Brush Square park where it will hover above the treetops.
Man and Woman Munch Museum at House of Scandinavia
Artist: Edvard Munch
Experience an original Edvard Munch painting at the Scandinavian House of SXSW! Titled Man and Woman, the artwork invites visitors to explore and reflect Munch’s universe, his ideas of the sexes and our existential relation to nature. Learn more about Munch and the picture in one of our daily popup presentations. Lasting ten minutes, it will give you a concise yet rich introduction into one of the pioneers of modern art.
Artist: Stephanie Dinkins, Presented by NEW INC, Nokia Bell Labs, In partnership with Scatter
NEW INC, the New Museum’s cultural incubator based in New York, presents Secret Garden, an immersive storytelling installation that combines audio vignettes told by black women with dynamic, responsive visual feedback. The work is experienced as a non-linear episodic narrative of a multi-generational past, present, and future simultaneously. Conceived by artist Stephanie Dinkins, Secret Garden is inspired by autobiographical, ancestral, and futuristic experiences that highlight black female consciousness throughout history.
Spectre (The United Kingdom)
Artists: Bill Posters, Daniel Howe
Spectre presents sculpturally as a stone circle for the 21st Century and invites users in to worship at the altar of Dataism with the gods of Silicon Valley. Acquire the power of a tech giant; learn the secrets of ‘black box’ technologies; and explore the ethical and moral impacts of surveillance capitalism on privacy, trust, truth, and democracy.
Terminus (New Zeland)
Artists: Jess Johnson, Simon Ward, Soundtracks by Andrew Clarke
TERMINUS is a virtual reality journey in five parts; journey through an arcane world of alien architecture and cryptic symbols, illustrated over several years through drawings by Jess Johnson, animated by Simon Ward, and enriched with soundtracks by composer Andrew Clarke.
The Future is A Constant Wake
Artists: Ariel Rene Jackson, Micheal J. Love
The Future Is A Constant Wake (2019) centers soil as tools to access knowledge from the past for the future. Ariel René Jackson collaborates with Michael J. Love to propose a somatic way of forging a connection with the past through touch and movement.
The Fair Grounds: Bumper Car Ballet (The Netherlands)
Artist: DROPSTUFF MEDIA
The Fair Grounds: Bumper Car Ballet playfully tackles the social implications of emerging autonomous technology. Visitors become a subject to the cars and experience first hand what it means to lose control when a computer takes over.
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