SXSW Film 06 Update

The official list will be released early next week, but we've got a credible source on the inside that was able to supply some titles a bit ahead of time

The official, full-fledged list of films will be released early next week, but we've got a credible source on the inside that was able to supply some titles (aside from the ones we've already mentioned, like A Prairie Home Companion, Tales of the Rat Fink, and The Notorious Bettie Page) a bit ahead of time. We can break them down thematically, and we will:

Austin Films

Gretchen (W/D: Steve Collins)

The Cassidy Kids (D: Jacob Vaughan; W: Bryan Poyser, Tasca Shadix, and Tom Willett)

Music Docs

Awesome: I Fuckin' Shot That! (D: Adam Yauch)

East of Havana (about Cuban hip-hop; produced by, of course, Charlize Theron; D: Jauretsi Saizabitoria, Emilia Menocal)

Crazy Again (about Dale Watson; D: Zalmund King)

Comedy Docs

95 Miles to Go (our source, not a Ray Romano fan, was still fascinated by this look "inside the neuroses" of the comedian and actor; D: Tom Caltabiano)

a/k/a Tommy Chong (D: Josh Gilbert)

Patriot Act: A Jeffrey Ross Home Movie (D: Jeffrey Ross)

Current Affairs Docs

Nobelity (D: Turk Pipkin)

Oil Crash (D: Basil Gelpke, Ray McCormack)

Maxed Out ("Super Size Me with credit cards"; D: James Scurlock)

Shadow Company (D: Nick Bicanic)

Fired! (D: Chris Bradley and Kyle Labrache)

Al Franken in God Spoke (D: Nick Doob and Chris Hegedus)


American Dreamz (D: Paul Weitz)

Brothers of the Head (D: Keith Fulton, Louis Pepe)

Kinky Boots (D: Julian Jarrold)

Even Money (D: Mark Rydell)

Thank You for Smoking (D: Jason Reitman)

V for Vendetta (D: James McTeigue)

SXSW 06 begins on March 10. Film passes go on sale in mid-February. For more information on the Film Festival + Conference, as well as Interactive, see and check back here for updates.

Meanwhile, the Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards, taking place on March 10 (included here though not formally affiliated with SXSW), will induct Kris Kristofferson and Matthew McConaughey.

*Oops! The following correction ran in the February 10, 2006 issue: In last week's "SXSW Film 06 Update" (Screens, Feb. 3), Tasca Shadix and Tom Willett were not credited as screenwriters alongside Bryan Poyser in a reference to The Cassidy Kids, which will have its world premiere at the festival. They should have been, and the Chronicle regrets the error.

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