Narrative Feature Competition
Ten world premieres: ten unique ways to celebrate the art of storytelling. Selected from 1,442 narrative feature submissions in 2016.
Director/Screenwriter: Adam Pinney
The inventor of the world’s greatest toy reflects on his decade-long obsession with a woman who hates him. Cast: Mike Brune, Tallie Medel
Before The Sun Explodes
Director: Debra Eisenstadt, Screenwriters: Debra Eisenstadt, Zeke Farrow
After his wife kicks him out, an anxious comedian is lured in by an intriguing woman with a stalker. Cast: Bill Dawes, Sarah Butler, Christine Woods, Michael Rivkin, Amir Arison, Keri Safran, Anna Margaret Hollyman, Gene Serritella, Kristin Slaysman, Eric Fillipkowski
Claire in Motion
Directors/Screenwriters: Lisa Robinson, Annie J. Howell
Claire is sure of herself, her work, and family, until — like a bad dream — her husband disappears, leaving a trail of puzzling secrets that shatter her certainty. Cast: Betsy Brandt, Chris Beetem, Zev Haworth, Anna Margaret Hollyman, Sakina Jaffrey
Directors: collective:unconscious (Lily Baldwin, Frances Bodomo, Daniel Patrick Carbone, Josephine Decker, Lauren Wolkstein), Screenwriters: Jamal Batts, Lily Baldwin, Frances Bodomo, Daniel Patrick Carbone, Mariama Diallo, Lauren Wolkstein, Concept by: Dan Schoenbrun
Five of independent film’s most adventurous filmmakers adapt each other’s dreams for the screen. This is going to get strange… Cast: Frank Mosley, Will Blomker, Lily Baldwin, Tonya Pinkins, Daniel Ryan, Ryan Cassata, Sanda Weigl, MJ Frank, Samuel John Damon, Jamal Batts
Director: Kris Avedisian, Screenwriters: Kris Avedisian, Kyle Espeleta, Jesse Wakeman
Returning home to working class Warwick, Rhode Island, Peter Latang encounters childhood friend Donald Treebeck for what starts as a simple favor and turns into a long van ride into two friends past. Cast: Kris Avedisian, Jesse Wakeman, Louisa Krause
Director/Screenwriter: Josh Locy
After a three-year stint in prison, an unreasonably optimistic middle-aged man returns to his stagnant neighborhood to win back his girlfriend only to find that she and his family have done what they always wanted to do — forget he exists. Cast: Andre Royo, George Sample III, Kellee Stewart, Ashley Wilkerson, Kevin Jackson, Antonio D. Charity, Celestial, Alexis DeLaRosa, Jeanetta Arnette
Director: Julia Hart, Screenwriters: Julia Hart, Jordan Horowitz
Stuck at a crossroads in her personal life, it falls on Miss Stevens to chaperone three of her students — Billy, Margot, and Sam — on a weekend trip to a drama competition. Cast: Lily Rabe, Timotheé Chalamet, Lili Reinhart, Anthony Quintal, Rob Huebel, Oscar Nuñez
The Other Half (Canada)
Director/Screenwriter: Joey Klein
A grief-stricken man and a bipolar woman fall in love and try to forge a simple life together. Cast: Tom Cullen, Tatiana Maslany, Suzanne Clement, Henry Czerny, Mark Rendall, Deragh Campbell, Nancy Palk
Director/Screenwriter: Musa Syeed
Trying to outrun his bad luck, a young Muslim refugee in Minneapolis seems like he just might make it — until he crosses paths with a stray dog. Cast: Barkhad Abdirahman, Faysal Ahmed , Christina Baldwin, Ayla, Fathia Absie, Jamaal “Happy Khalif” Farah, Abdullahi Haji-Mohamed, Ifrah Mansour, Rhiana Yazzie, George McCauley
Director: Greg Kwedar, Screenwriters: Greg Kwedar, Clint Bentley
For three US Border Patrol agents, the contents of one car reveal an insidious plot within their own ranks. The next 24 hours may cost them their lives. Cast: Johnny Simmons, Gabriel Luna, Clifton Collins, Jr.
Documentary Feature Competition
Ten world premieres: ten real world stories that demonstrate innovation, energy, and bold voices. Selected from 1,013 feature documentary submissions in 2016.
Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race & America
Director: Matt Ornstein
Daryl Davis has an unusual hobby. As a musician, he has played with legends like Chuck Berry and Little Richard, but in his spare time he likes to meet and befriend members of the Ku Klux Klan. Join Daryl on his personal quest to understand racism.
Alive and Kicking
Director/Screenwriter: Susan Glatzer
Alive and Kicking gives the audience an intimate, insider’s view into the culture of the current swing dance world while shedding light on issues facing modern American society.
Best and Most Beautiful Things
Director: Garrett Zevgetis
In a celebration of outcasts everywhere, a precocious young blind woman disappears into quirky obsessions and isolation. With humor and bold curiosity, she chases love and freedom in the most unexpected of places: a provocative fringe community.
Goodnight Brooklyn – The Story of Death By Audio
Director: Matthew Conboy
Death By Audio, an underground art and music venue, is forced to close in 2014. The film focuses on the struggles of maintaining a community in the face of Brooklyn property development, hostile construction workers, and a one billion-dollar company. (World Premiere)
Director: Cassie Hay
A tiny Texas town. $350 million worth of medieval treasure. The discovery is just the beginning.
Director/Screenwriter: William A. Kirkley
The never-before-told story of the Brotherhood of Eternal Love – a spiritual group of surfers and hippies in California who became the largest suppliers of LSD and Hash in the world during the 60s and 70s.
Directors: Joanna Sokolowski, Kate Trumbull-LaValle
In East Los Angeles, three young misfit women find solace in an unapologetic, feminist bicycle crew. They call themselves the Ovarian Psycos Bicycle Brigade.
Director: Laura Dunn
The Seer is a cinematic portrait of farmer and writer Wendell Berry. Through his eyes, we see both the changing landscapes of rural America in the era of industrial agriculture and the redemptive beauty in taking the unworn path.
The Space in Between – Marina Abramovic and Brazil (Brazil)
Director: Marco Del Fiol, Screenwriters: Marco Del Fiol, Marina Abramovic, Fabiana Werneck Barcinski
In search of personal healing and artistic inspiration, Marina Abramovic travels through Brazil experiencing sacred rituals and exploring the limits between art and spirituality. How far will she go to create another work of art?
Director: Keith Maitland
An animated and action-packed look at America’s first mass school shooting, when the worst in one man brought out the best in so many others.
Big names, big talent: Headliners bring star power to SXSW, featuring red carpet premieres and gala film events with major and rising names in cinema.
Director: Jean-Marc Vallee, Screenwriter: Bryan Sipe
Davis (Jake Gyllenhaal), a successful investment banker, struggles after losing his wife in a tragic car crash. Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts, Chris Cooper, Judah Lewis
Don’t Think Twice
Director/Screenwriter: Mike Birbiglia
An improv group loses the lease on their home theater at the same time that one of their cast members gets chosen for the biggest sketch comedy show on TV. Cast: Keegan-Michael Key, Gillian Jacobs, Mike Birbiglia, Kate Micucci, Tami Sagher, Chris Gethard
Everybody Wants Some
Director/Screenwriter: Richard Linklater
In Richard Linklater’s anticipated “spiritual sequel” to Dazed and Confused, a group of college friends navigate their way through the freedoms and responsibilities of the wild final weekend of the summer of 1980. Cast: Will Brittain, Zoey Deutch, Ryan Guzman, Tyler Hoechlin, Blake Jenner, J. Quinton Johnson, Glen Powell, Wyatt Russell
Hardcore Henry (Russian Federation)
Director/Screenwriter: Ilya Naishuller
An unflinchingly original, first-person action film where YOU are the main character, Henry. Resurrected from death with no memory by your wife, your mission is find her, solve the mystery of your existence, and discover the truth behind your identity. Cast: Sharlto Copley, Danila Kozlovsky, Haley Bennett, Andrey Dementyev, Dasha Charusha, Sveta Ustinova
In A Valley of Violence
Director/Screenwriter: Ti West
From Blumhouse, the film tells the story of a drifter named Paul who arrives in a small town, seeking revenge on the thugs who murdered his friend. Sisters Mary Anne and Ellen, who run the town’s hotel, help Paul in his quest for vengeance. Cast: Ethan Hawke, Taissa Farmiga, James Ransone, Karen Gillan, John Travolta
Director/Screenwriter: Jeff Nichols
A father goes on the run to protect his young son and uncover the truth behind the boy’s special powers in writer/director Jeff Nichols’ sci-fi thriller Midnight Special, a film as supernatural as it is intimately human. Cast: Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver, Jaeden Lieberher, Sam Shepard
Pee-wee’s Big Holiday
Director: John Lee, Screenwriters: Paul Reubens, Paul Rust
In Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, a fateful meeting with a mysterious stranger inspires Pee-wee Herman to take his first-ever holiday in this epic story of friendship and destiny. Cast: Paul Reubens, Joe Manganiello, Jessica Pohly, Alia Shawkat, Stephanie Beatriz
Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru
Director: Joe Berlinger
Granted unprecedented access, Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru captures renowned life and business strategist Tony Robbins behind the scenes of his mega seminar Date with Destiny, pulling back the curtain on this life-altering and controversial event.
War On Everyone (UK)
Director/Screenwriter: John Michael McDonagh
Two corrupt cops in New Mexico set out to blackmail and frame every criminal unfortunate enough to cross their path in this volatile jet-black action comedy. Cast: Michael Peña, Alexander Skarsgård, Theo James, Tessa Thompson
High profile narrative features receiving their World, North American, or U.S. premieres at SXSW.
Director/Screenwriter: Matthew A. Cherry
An Uber driver gets life changing news on the busiest night of the year. Cast: Dorian Missick, Omar Dorsey, Robinne Lee, Xosha Roquemore, Amin Joseph, Skye P. Marshall, Thomas Q. Jones, Tracie Thoms, Aasha Davis, Sujata Day
Director/Screenwriter: Carson D. Mell
After encountering a ghost in his family’s vacation home, Dan and his wife Mary hire an “industrial-grade exorcist” named Os to get rid of the beings. Cast: Steve Zissis, Mark Proksch, Jennifer Irwin, Dax Flame, Steve Little, Dan Bakkedahl
Directors: Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah, Screenwriters: Nele Meirhaeghe, Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah, Hans Herbots
Mavela, 15, is a Black Bronx. She falls madly in love with Marwan, a charismatic member of a rival gang, the 1080s. The young couple is forced to make a brutal choice between gang loyalty and the love they have for one another. An impossible dilemma. Cast: Martha Canga Antonio, Aboubakr Bensaihi
Black Mountain Poets (UK)
Director/Screenwriter: Jamie Adams
Two professional con artist sisters go on the run and assume the identities of The Wilding Sisters, guest stars of the a poetry retreat in the depths of the Black Mountains. A romantic comedy drama about love, crime, spirituality, and soul. Cast: Alice Lowe, Dolly Wells, Tom Cullen, Rosa Robson, Richard Elis, Laura Patch, Roger Evans, Hannah Daniel, Ben McGregor, Claire Cage
Director: Matthew Newton, Screenwriters: Matthew Newton, Kate Ballen
Three undocumented Bronx teenagers are graduating from high school while navigating the treacherous waters of trying to get their papers to stay in the US. Cast: Julianne Nicholson, Denis O’Hare, J. Mallory McCree, Octavia Chavez-Richmond, Chinasa Oghuagu, Raquel Castro, Tashiana Washington, Sydni Boudin, Jim Norton, Portia Johnson
I Am Not A Serial Killer (Ireland/UK)
Director: Billy O’Brien, Screenwriters: Billy O’Brien, Chris Hyde
In a small Midwestern town, a troubled teen with homicidal tendencies must hunt down and destroy a supernatural killer whilst keeping his own inner demons at bay. Cast: Max Records, Christopher Lloyd, Laura Fraser, Karl Geary
Jean of the Joneses (Canada/USA)
Director/Screenwriter: Stella Meghie
Chaos ensues after the estranged patriarch of the Jones family dies on their doorstep. When the paramedic who answers their 911 call tries to win over acerbic Jean Jones, his attempts are disrupted by old conflicts that come to a boil at the funeral. Cast: Taylour Paige, Sherri Shepherd, Gloria Reuben, Michelle Hurst, Erica Ash, Mamoudou Athie, Francois Arnaud, Demore Barnes, Anna Hopkins
Long Nights Short Mornings
Director/Screenwriter: Chadd Harbold
An examination of the romantic life of a young man in New York City and his sometimes fleeting, sometimes profound experiences with the women he encounters. Cast: Shiloh Fernandez, Ella Rae Peck, Paten Hughes, Layla Koshnoudi, Christine Evangelista, Cassandra Freeman, Helen Rogers, Stella Maeve, Natalia Dyer, Ebonee Noel, Addison Timlin, Louis Balletta
The Master Cleanse
Director/Screenwriter: Bobby Miller
Down, out, and heartbroken, Paul attends a spiritual retreat to cleanse himself and fix his broken life, but soon discovers that the cleanse releases more than everyday toxins… a lot more. Cast: Johnny Galecki, Anna Friel, Kyle Gallner, Diana Bang, Kevin J. O’Conner, Oliver Platt, Anjelica Huston
My Blind Brother
Director/Screenwriter: Sophie Goodhart
Love for the same woman causes conflict between an over-achieving blind athlete and the brother who made him that way. Cast: Adam Scott, Nick Kroll, Jenny Slate, Zoe Kazan, Charlie Hewson, Maryann Nagel, Greg Violand
Director/Screenwriter: Linas Phillips
A developmentally delayed 40-year-old man named Shonzi is sent to live with his brother Todd. But when Shonzi developes a crush on Todd’s new girlfriend Lindsay, he threatens to reveal past secrets that could ultimately tear the couple apart. Cast: Melanie Lynskey, Linas Phillips, Timm Sharp, Tobin Bell, Lauren Weedman, Artemis Pebdani, Jay Duplass, Reagan Yates, Austin Fryberger
Director: Si&Ad, Screenwriter: Jason Mark Hellerman
After the death of their best friend, Jimmy (Alex Neustaedter) enlists childhood friend Dan (Kian Lawley), little brother Lump, and crush Kate (Bella Thorne) to fulfill his last request. Cast: Bella Thorne, Kian Lawley, Alex Neustaedter, Anton Starkman, Philip Labes, James C. Burns, Jenny Cooper
Director/Screenwriter: Clay Liford
Neil is a questioning teen who secretly writes erotic fan fiction about popular sci-fi characters. When his classmate Julia discovers his writing, she leads him down a rabbit hole deep into the world of ‘slash’ fiction. Cast: Michael Johnston, Hannah Marks, Michael Ian Black, Missi Pyle, Jessie Ennis, Peter Vack, Sarah Ramos, Robert Longstreet, Tishuan Scott, Lucas Neff
Director: Argyris Papadimitropoulos, Screenwriters: Argyris Papadimitropoulos, Syllas Tzoumerkas
On a hedonistic Greek island, a local doctor becomes obsessed with a young female tourist when she lets him tag along with her group of hard-partying friends. Cast: Efthymis Papadimitriou, Elli Triggou, Dimi Hart, Hara Kotsali
Directors: Ben Brewer, Alex Brewer, Screenwriters: Ben Brewer, Adam Hirsch
Two corrupt Las Vegas police officers plan to rob a large stash that they find in connection to a local drug operation. Cast: Nicolas Cage, Elijah Wood, Sky Ferreira, Jerry Lewis
Director: Kasra Farahani, Screenwriters: Mark Bianculi, Jeff Richard
Two high school filmmakers decide to create the illusion of a haunting on an unsuspecting neighbor. Cast: James Caan, Logan Miller, Keir Gilchrist, Laura Innes, Edwin Hodge, Bailey Boble, Lili Reinhart, Anne Dudek, Mindy Sterling, Tamlyn Tomita
Shining a light on new documentary features receiving their World, North American, or U.S. premieres at SXSW.
Asperger’s Are Us
Director: Alex Lehmann
In this coming of age documentary, four friends on the autism spectrum whom have bonded through humor and performed as the comedy troupe Asperger’s Are Us will prepare for one final, ambitious show before going their separate ways. (World Premiere)
Director: Jesse Moss
The Bandit is a film about 70s superstar Burt Reynolds, his best friend, roommate, and stunt-double Hal Needham, and the making of their unlikely smash-hit Smokey & The Bandit. (World Premiere)
Beware the Slenderman
Director: Irene Taylor Brodsky
Beware the Slenderman tells the story of a Boogeyman lurking on the internet and two 12-year-old girls who would kill for him. A horrifyingly modern tragedy, this film explores children’s accountability in the online age. (World Premiere)
Director: Nicole Lucas Haimes
In a high stakes world where a single broken feather can mean a shattered dream, Chicken People follows the trials and tribulations of those who breed exotic birds in the world of competitive poultry. (World Premiere)
* SXsports screening
Director: Josh Bishop
The Dwarvenaut is a dreamlike documentary chronicling Brooklyn-based artist Stefan Pokorny’s lifelong quest to inspire humanity through the one medium he knows best: Dungeons & Dragons. (World Premiere)
Director: Marina Zenovich
Ten years after the Duke Lacrosse case exploded into the national media, we revisit the case which divided America and explore how it affected the lives of those involved. (World Premiere)
* SXsports screening
Hit it Hard
Directors: Gabe Spitzer, David Terry Fine
Hitting it hard is the only way John Daly knows. It’s how he plays golf. It’s how he lives life. After 25 years of extreme highs and devastating lows, this film explores why Daly has remained one of America’s most beloved athletes. (World Premiere)
* SXsports screening
The Hollywood Shorties
Director/Screenwriter: Ryan Steven Green
In 1980s Los Angeles, a professional dwarf basketball team composed of recognizable-but-typecast actors finds itself the unwitting vanguard of a revolution to represent little people as something other than objects of curiosity. (World Premiere)
* SXsports screening
The Incomparable Rose Hartman
Director: Otis Mass
With a career spanning decades Photographer Rose Hartman is known for her iconic photos from Studio 54 and the fashion world, her boisterous personality, and ever presence capturing the New York social scene. (World Premiere)
* SXstyle screening
Insatiable: The Homaro Cantu Story
Director: Brett A. Schwartz
Chef and inventor Homaro Cantu helped put Chicago on the culinary map and wanted to change the world. Insatiable takes you on a dizzying and thrilling ride with Cantu, in a story that moves from redemption and inspiration to tragedy and back again. (World Premiere)
* SouthBites screening
Learning To See
Director: Jake Oelman
One man’s transformational journey to find the Amazon’s strangest creatures. (World Premiere)
Mr. Gaga (Israel)
Director/Screenwriter: Tomer Heymann
Mr. Gaga tells the story of Ohad Naharin, renowned choreographer and artistic director of the Batsheva Dance Company, an artistic genius who redefined the language of modern dance. (North American Premiere)
Seven Songs for a Long Life (UK)
Director: Amy Hardie
The intimate story behind our changing relationship with death – with great songs! (North American Premiere)
Director: Jason Cohen, Screenwriters: Steven Leckart, Jason Cohen
Three friends dream up a portable computer at a Texas diner in 1981, and soon battle IBM, the world’s most powerful tech company, for PC supremacy. Compaq Computer’s improbable journey altered the future of computing and shaped the world we now know. (World Premiere)
The Slippers (Canada)
Director: Morgan White, Screenwriters: Derek Lageunesse, Morgan White
The Slippers pulls back the Wizards curtain the unbelievable story of Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers from The Wizard of Oz, and their impact on popular culture, and the now multi-million dollar a year industry of Hollywood memorabilia collecting. (World Premiere)
Starving the Beast
Director/Screenwriter: Steve Mims
The story of money, power, and politics and the well organized, yet little noticed, efforts to radically disrupt and reform America’s public universities. (World Premiere)
Thank You Del: The Story of the Del Close Marathon
Director: Todd Bieber
Fifteen years after Del Close’s death, thousands of comedians (both famous and unknown) gather to celebrate modern comedy’s most important person that no one knows. (World Premiere)
Visions filmmakers are audacious, risk-taking artists in the new cinema landscape who demonstrate raw innovation and creativity in documentary and narrative filmmaking.
The Alchemist Cookbook
Director: Joel Potrykus
Self-made chemist Sean, a recluse living in an old trailer in the woods, suffers from pill-popping delusions of fortune. When his manic attempts at cracking the ancient secret of alchemy go awry he unleashes something far more sinister and dangerous. Cast: Ty Hickson, Amari Cheatom (World Premiere)
Director/Screenwriter: Anne Hamilton
When an 11-year-old girl named Gitty discovers that her father is holding hostage a wealthy man on their family’s remote farm, she chooses to dive into a dark and magical world in this Midwestern-set, fairytale thriller. Cast: Kip Pardue, Peyton Kennedy, Gavin MacIntosh, Rusty Schwimmer, Zuleikha Robinson, Marci Miller, Richard Schiff (World Premiere)
Baby Bump (Poland)
Director/Screenwriter: Kuba Czekaj
Growing up is not for kids. Cast: Kacper Olszewski, Agnieszka Podsiadlik (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)
I Am Belfast (UK)
Director/Screenwriter: Mark Cousins
A visual, poetic depiction of Belfast and its citizens, told with love and passion by someone who has left the city many years ago, but is still fascinated by it. (North American Premiere)
In Pursuit of Silence
Director: Patrick Shen
In Pursuit of Silence is a meditative film that explores our relationship with silence, sound, and the impact of noise on our lives. (North American Premiere)
Jules and Dolores (Brazil)
Director: Caito Ortiz, Screenwriters: Lusa Silvestre, Caito Ortiz
Jules and Dolores is a pop comedy about the theft of the World Cup Trophy that occurred in Brazil in 1983. Curiously enough, nobody truly knows the details surrounding this unbelievable event, until now. Cast: Paulo Tiefenthaler, Taís Araujo, Danilo Grangheia, Milhem Cortaz, Fabio Marcoff, Pedro Wagner, Álvaro Diniz, Thelmo Fernandes, Otto Jr. (World Premiere)
* SXsports screening
Karaoke Crazies (Republic of Korea)
Director: Kim Sang Chan
Welcome to ADDICTION KARAOKE and let’s sing till the end! (World Premiere)
Director/Screenwriter: Zach Clark, Story by Zach Clark, Melodie Sisk
A young nun returns home to visit her estranged family. Cast: Addison Timlin, Ally Sheedy, Keith Poulson, Peter Hedges, Kristin Slaysman, Molly Plunk, Barbara Crampton (World Premiere)
Director/Screenwriter: Sudhanshu Saria
A weekend trip between friends takes a sudden turn, making them each examine what love is and what it means to them. Cast: Shiv Pandit, Dhruv Ganesh, Siddharth Menon (North American Premiere)
My Beautiful Broken Brain (UK)
Directors: Sophie Robinson, Lotje Sodderland
Her brain is broken. Her mind is limitless. A film about a young woman’s cerebral hemorrhage with outcomes no one could have predicted. (North American Premiere)
Director: Logan Kibens, Screenwriters: Sharon Greene, Logan Kibens
JOE, a programmer and obsessive self-quantifier, and EMILY, a budding comedy performer, are happily married until they decide to use one another in their work. Operator is a dark comedy about love, technology, and what can’t be programmed. Cast: Martin Starr, Mae Whitman, Nat Faxon, Cameron Esposito, Retta, Christine Lahti, Kate Cobb, Kristopher Lofton, Tim Hopper, Trevor Dawkins (World Premiere)
Director/Screenwriter: Alex Taylor
A girl fakes her own alien abduction and disappears, leaving her father to search for her in a strange teenage world of unicorns and black holes. Cast: Antti Reini, Alexa Davies, Lara Peake, Lucian Charles Collier, Tallulah Haddon, Steven Elder, Jack Winthrop, Kristof Gerega, Harry Jarvis (World Premiere)
Director: John Carchietta, Screenwriters: John Carchietta, Sage Bannick, Chris Sivertson, Story by: Amelia Yokel
Teenage Cocktail is the story of how Annie and Jules fell in love and how it all got weird. Cast: Nichole Bloom, Fabianne Therese, Pat Healy, Michelle Borth, Joshua Leonard, AJ Bowen (World Premiere)
Under the Sun (Czech Republic/Germany/Korea/Democratic People’s Republic of Latvia, Russian Federation)
Director: Vitaly Mansky
“My father says that Korea is the most beautiful country,” says schoolgirl Zin-mi. Despite continuous interference by government handlers, Under The Sun reveals a never-before-seen glimpse of one family’s life in North Korea. (North American Premiere)
Scary, funny, sexy, controversial – provocative after-dark features for night owls and the terminally curious.
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 (Japan)
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, Candace 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)
Featuring innovative new work aimed squarely at the small screen, Episodic tunes in to the explosion of exciting material on non-theatrical platforms, including serialized TV, webisodes, and beyond. (New for 2016: Open to all badgeholders)
Director: Adam Wingard, Screenwriter: Robert Kirkman, Showrunner: Chris Black
Outcast, based on the Skybound/Image comic title by creator Robert Kirkman and artist Paul Azaceta, follows Kyle Barnes, a young man who has been plagued by demonic possession all his life. Cast: Patrick Fugit, Philip Glenister, Wrenn Schmidt, Reg E. Cathey, David Denman (World Premiere)
Directors: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Screenwriter: Sam Catlin
Preacher is a supernatural, twisted, and darkly comedic drama that follows a West Texas preacher named Jesse Custer, who – along with his ex-girlfriend Tulip and an Irish vagabond named Cassidy – is thrust into a crazy world, much bigger than he is. Cast: Dominic Cooper, Ruth Negga, Joseph Gilgun, Ian Colletti, W. Earl Brown, Lucy Griffiths (World Premiere)
Directors/Screenwriters: Sarah-Violet Bliss, Charles Rogers
Search Party is a dark comedy about four self-absorbed twenty-somethings who become entangled in an ominous mystery when a former college acquaintance suddenly disappears. Cast: Alia Shawkat, John Early, John Reynolds, Meredith Hagner (World Premiere)
Directors: Jody Hill, David Gordon Green, Screenwriters: Danny McBride, Jody Hill
A dark comedy series that tells the story of a high school and the two people who almost run it, the vice principals, who are engaged in an epic power struggle for the top spot. Cast: Danny McBride, Walton Goggins, Kimberly Hébert Gregory, Georgia King, Busy Philipps, Shea Whigham, Sheaun McKinney (World Premiere)
You Me Her
Director: Nisha Ganatra, Screenwriter/Showrunner: John Scott Shepherd
An impulsive “date” between suburbanite Jack and escort Izzy spins into a three-way affair including Jack’s wife Emma, posing the question: What if your truest, happiest life looked nothing like you imagined? Would you be brave enough to live it? Cast: Greg Poehler, Rachel Blanchard, Priscilla Faia, Jarod Joseph, Melanie Papaila (World Premiere)
24 Beats Per Second
Showcasing the sounds, culture, and influence of music and musicians, with an emphasis on documentary. Open to Music badge holders.
The American Epic Sessions
Director: Bernard MacMahon, Screenwriters: Bernard MacMahon, Allison McGourty, Duke Erikson
On the 90th anniversary of the first electrical sound recordings, twenty of today’s greatest artists test their skills against the lost recording machine that first gave America her voice.
And Punching the Clown
Director: Gregori Viens, Screenwriters: Henry Phillips, Gregori Viens
Comedian Henry Phillips is lured to LA by a renowned TV producer who wants to bring his story of failure to the screen. But when a major network gets involved, Henry must decide whether he wants to make jokes for a living, or be the butt of them. Cast: Henry Phillips, Sarah Silverman, Tig Notaro, J.K. Simmons, Jim Jefferies, Ellen Ratner, Mike Judge, Mark Cohan, Clifton Collins (World Premiere)
The Art of Organized Noize
Director: Quincy ‘QD3’ Jones, III Screenwriter: Joshua A. Krause
Organized Noize shaped the landscape of Hip Hop music with a distinct sound created in the confines of a dungeon. They’re responsible for the careers of Outkast, CeeLo, Goodie Mob, and the Dungeon Family. This is the story of the Art of Organized. (World Premiere)
Artist & Repertoire (UK)
Director: Matthew Jones
A pulsating documentary charting the extraordinary life and career of underground DJ icon, music producer, and global trip hop mogul, James Lavelle. Starring DJ Shadow, 3D of Massive Attack, Futura, Ian Brown, Grandmaster Flash, and Josh Homme. (World Premiere)
BANG! The Bert Berns Story
Directors: Brett Berns, Bob Sarles
Music meets the Mob in this biographical documentary about the meteoric career and tragic life of Bert Berns, the most important ’60s songwriter that you never heard of. His hits include Twist & Shout, Hang On Sloopy, and Piece Of My Heart. (World Premiere)
Born To Be Blue (Canada/UK)
Director/Screenwriter: Robert Budreau
Ethan Hawke lights up the screen as jazz legend and icon of cool, Chet Baker, whose comeback from heroin addiction is thrillingly told with wit, verve, and style to burn. Cast: Ethan Hawke, Carmen Ejogo, Callum Keith Rennie, Tony Nappo, Stephen McHattie, Janet-Laine Green, Dan Lett, Kedar Brown, Kevin Hanchard, Tony Nardi (U.S. Premiere)
Gary Numan: Android In La La Land (UK)
Directors: Steve Read, Rob Alexander
The Godfather of electronic music is on a one-way trip to crack America, returning to the studio for the first time in nearly a decade. Android is a celebration of a music-making pioneer and the love story that helped him turn his life around. (World Premiere)
Director: Fran Strine
Hired Gun is a compelling film about the dynamic personalities and creative genius of the best session players and back up musicians in the world. (World Premiere)
Honky Tonk Heaven: Legend of the Broken Spoke
Directors: Brenda Greene Mitchell, Sam Wainwright Douglas
The Broken Spoke has hosted country greats like George Strait, Willie Nelson, Ernest Tubb, Bob Wills, George Jones, and Roy Acuff. A profile of “the last of the true Texas dance halls” and the tenacious family keeping it alive amid rapid urban growth. (World Premiere)
I Am The Blues (Canada)
Director: Daniel Cross
From juke joints to church halls, up the mountain and down to the bayou, I Am The Blues travels the back roads with the last of the blues legends. (North American Premiere)
I Go Back Home – Jimmy Scott (Germany/USA)
Director: Yoon-ha Chang
In I go back home – Jimmy Scott, we meet 54 year old Ralf Kemper, a successful German music producer. He takes on the journey to produce a record with the almost forgotten jazz icon Jimmy Scott. (World Premiere)
Director: Don Cheadle, Screenwriters: Don Cheadle, Steven Baigelman
Inspired by events in his life, Miles Ahead is a wildly entertaining, impressionistic, no-holds barred portrait of one of 20th century music’s creative geniuses, Miles Davis. Cast: Don Cheadle, Ewan McGregor, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Lakeith Lee Stanfield, Michael Stuhlbarg
Miss Sharon Jones!
Director: Barbara Kopple
Dreams never expire, but sometimes they are deferred. Miss Sharon Jones! tracks the talented and gregarious soul singer of the Grammy-nominated R&B band Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings during the most challenging year of her life.
Robert Klein Still Can’t Stop 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)
A Song For You: The Austin City Limits Story
Director: Keith Maitland
From Willie Nelson to Wilco, Ray Charles to Radiohead, A Song For You: The Austin City Limits Story offers the ultimate backstage pass to 40 years of incredible music from the longest running music show in television history. (World Premiere)
Soundbreaking – Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music
Directors: Jeff Dupre, Maro Chermayeff
An eight-part series that explores the nexus of cutting-edge technology and human artistry that has created the soundtrack of our lives. (World Premiere)
The Smart Studios Story
Director: Wendy Schneider
From the outside Smart Studios looked like just another Midwestern warehouse left behind by the economic decline of the 1980s. No one could have guessed what was going on inside – and how it would soon change the sound of music forever. (World Premiere)
We Are X (UK/USA)
Director: Stephen Kijak
X Japan led a hard rock cultural revolution in Japan during the late 80’s. Twenty years after their tragedy-fueled collapse, We Are X tells the story of the most influential band in the world that you’ve never heard of…yet.
A diverse selection of International filmmaking talent, featuring innovative narratives, artful documentaries, premieres, festival favorites, and more.
BODKIN RAS (Belgium/Netherlands/UK)
Director/Screenwriter: Kaweh Modiri
The people in Forres don’t work. Between 9 and 5 they dissolve into the pubs, where the light shines as a warm glow in their midst. Then the stranger Bodkin arrives into town. He has come to this remote corner of Europe to hide and lay low. Cast: Sohrab Bayat, Lily Szramko, Eddie Paton, James Macmillan (North American Premiere)
Dead Slow Ahead (Spain)
Director: Mauro Herce, Screenwriters: Mauro Herce, Manuel Muñoz
A freighter crosses the ocean. The hypnotic rhythm of its gears reveals the continuous movement of machinery devouring its workers: the last gestures of the old sailors’ trade disappearing under the mechanic pace of 21st century. (U.S. Premiere)
Director: Simon Stadler
For the first time the Ju/Hoansi Bushmen travel through the Kalahari and then right into the heart of Europe. What starts as a look at their fascinating culture becomes an even more fascinating look on our Western lifestyle. (North American Premiere)
KILL ME PLEASE (Brazil)
Director: Anita Rocha Da Silveira
After an encounter with death, she will do anything to make sure she’s alive. (U.S. Premiere)
Director/Screenwriter: Emma Rozanski
A stranger arrives in Sarajevo and barges into Damir’s reclusive world. Little by little she takes over his life. She absorbs his dreams, until finally she threaten his very existence. Cast: Adnan Omerovic, Susanna Cappellaro, Tina Kerserovic, Sabina Mrgan, Don Guido (World Premiere)
Semana Santa (Mexico)
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)
UIO: Take me for a Ride (Colombia/Ecuador/Mexico)
Director/Screenwriter: Micaela Rueda
How do you deal with being ‘different‘? Cast: Samanta Caicedo, María Juliana Rángel, Diego Naranjo, Paty Loor, Monserrat Astudillo, Miranda Zepeda, Anne Dominque Correa, Domenica Blanco, Ana Belén Bermeo (World Premiere)
Directors: Una Lorenzen, Thordur Jonsson, Heather Millard, Screenwriters: Krishan Arora, Barbara Kingsolver
International artists and knitters take a simple skein of yarn to create their extraordinary ideas and stories. (North American Premiere)
* SXstyle screening
Acclaimed standouts and selected previous premieres from festivals around the world.
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
* SXsports screening
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.
* SXsports screening
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 (New Zealand)
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 (Israel)
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.
Sing Street (USA/Ireland)
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.
Live soundtracks, cult re-issues, and much more. Our Special Events section offers unusual, unexpected, and unique one-off film events.
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
Free SXSW Outdoor Film Screening – 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.
This screening will take place on Saturday, March 12 and is open to the public with the free SXSW Guest Pass.
Free SXSW Outdoor Film Screening – 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. The Barton Hills Choir will perform Judas Priest’s ‘You’ve Got Another Thing Coming’ with heavy metal/hard rock living legend Jason McMaster aka Pastor McMaster from the Church of Disaster.
This screening will take place on Saturday, March 12 and is open to the public with the free SXSW Guest Pass.
Free SXSW Outdoor Film Screening – 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
This screening will take place on Sunday, March 13 and is open to the public with the free SXSW Guest Pass.
Free SXSW Outdoor Film Screening – Cartoon 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! Join us and be amongst the first in the world to see episodes from the new series, along with fun, food, and surprises galore. (World Premiere)
This screening will take place on Monday, March 14 and is open to the public with the free SXSW Guest Pass.
Judd Apatow and Friends
Following the World Premiere of Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, comedic mastermind Judd Apatow, the film’s producer, who brought Trainwreck to SXSW last year, will perform stand up comedy with friends. Those seated for the Pee-wee film can stay through the performance!
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)
Sausage Party (Work-In-Progress)
Directors: Conrad Vernon, Greg Tiernan, Screenplay by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Kyle Hunter, Ariel Shaffir, Story by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Jonah Hill
An animated journey of food as they wait to join the great beyond outside of the supermarket. Cast: Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, James Franco, Michael Cera, Edward Norton, Salma Hayek
A selection of original, well-crafted films that take advantage of the short form and exemplify distinctive and genuine storytelling.
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)
Crooked 180 (Netherlands)
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 (UK)
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 (Canada)
Director/Screenwriter: Ben Petrie
A boyfriend’s jealous impulse spirals out of control in 16 minutes of romantic doom.
Homeful Bliss (Belgium)
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: Daniel Mulloy
As thousands of men, women, and children attempt to get into Europe, a comfortable English family sets out on what appears to be a holiday. (World Premiere)
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? (North American Premiere)
How Was Your Day? (Ireland)
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.
Quelques Secondes (France)
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 (Canada)
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.’
Victor XX (Spain)
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)
Slices of life from across the documentary spectrum.
Alive & Kicking: The Soccer Grannies of South Africa (South Africa/USA)
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)
* SXsports screening
Another Kind of Girl (Jordan)
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 (Canada)
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.
* SouthBites screening
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 (UK)
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)
* SXsports screening
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.
The Shining Star of Losers Everywhere
Director: Mickey Duzyj
Japanese racehorse Haru Urara became a national icon after enduring a losing streak of epic proportions. Dubbed “The Shining Star of Losers Everywhere”, she was a symbol of perseverance and inspiration during a time of economic crisis.
* SXsports screening
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)
An assortment of stories told using traditional animation, computer-generated effects, stop-motion, and everything in-between.
Accidents, Blunders and Calamities (New Zealand)
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” (UK/USA)
Director: Danny Madden
Paris, 1961—The “it” girl walks into a jazz club, imaginations run wild.
Deer Flower (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 (UK)
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 (Germany)
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)
Bite-sized bits for all of your sex, gore, and hilarity cravings.
An Arms Length (UK)
Director/Screenwriter: Max Weiland
God couldn’t be everywhere, so he created mothers.
Battlefield Casualties (UK)
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 (Japan)
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 (Spain)
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
A teenager’s trip to the clinic becomes freakier than usual when she learns that something supernatural is involved. (World Premiere)
A range of classic, innovative, and stylish work showcasing the scope of music video culture. (New for 2016: Open to Music badgeholders)
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” (Norway)
Director: Daniel Howlid
Flying Lotus – “Coronus, the Terminator”
Director: Young Replicant
Fur Voice – “Fantasia” (Spain)
Director/Screenwriter: Pablo Maestres
Joywave – “Somebody New”
Director: Keith Schofield
Leftfield & Sleaford Mods – “Head and Shoulders” (UK)
Directors: Casey Raymond, Ewan Jones Morris
Lorn – “Acid Rain”
Modestep – “Rainbow” (UK)
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)” (Germany/USA)
Director: Zak Stoltz
Rudimental – “I Will For Love” (Belgium)
Director: I Owe Youth
The Shoes – “Drifted” (France/USA)
Director: Dent De Cuir
The Shoes ft. Blaine Harrison – “Submarine” (UK/USA)
Director: Karim Huu Do
Son Lux – “Change is Everything”
Director: Nathan Johnson
Tussilago – “Waltz” (Sweden)
Director: Maceo Frost
Vance Joy – “Georgia” (Australia)
Director/Screenwriter: Luci Schroder
Vince Staples – “Señorita”
Director: Ian Pons Jewell
Yvein Monq – “Twun” (Hungary)
Director: Kinopravda, Screenwriter: Viktor Horváth
An offshoot of our regular narrative shorts program, composed of work shot in, about, or somehow relating to the Lone Star state.
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
A preview of the next filmmaking generation, as Texas High Schoolers present shorts of 5 minutes or less.
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 to 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?