Here are the ten movies I’m looking forward to at SXSW, with descriptions provided by the fest. The full lineup is at indieWIRE and my full list of ten is after the jump.
Now updated a sentence explaining why…
Director: Jeff Deutchman
Weaving together footage recorded throughout the world on the day Obama was elected President, this vérité documentary explores how people choose to live through “history.”
WHY: I’ve already seen it! Nicely assembled collective history doc.
“A Different Path,” directed by Monteith McCollum
In an automobile dominated society, a cast of characters uses ingenuity and wit to forge a new way to commute. One by foot, one by bike, two by boat.
WHY: Loved his film, “Hybrid,” from 2000.
“The Canal Street Madam”
Director: Cameron Yates
An FBI raid on Jeanette Maier’s infamous family-run brothel in New Orleans destroyed her livelihood. Stigmatized by felony, fearing recrimination from powerful clients and determined to protect her children, Jeanette sets out to re-invent herself.
WHY: Cameron’s a friend, been tracking this one for awhile. Early footage looks good.
“Cold Weather,” directed Aaron Katz
A former forensic science major and avid reader of detective fiction, who, after making a mess of his life in Chicago, returns to his hometown of Portland, Oregon. There, he, his sister Gail, and new friend Carlos become embroiled in something unexpected. Cast: Cris Lankenau, Trieste Kelly Dunn.
WHY: Aaron Katz’, director of “Quiet City” and “Dance Party, USA.” Enough said.
“Greenlit,” directed by Miranda Bailey
Movie people are legendarily liberal and left leaning, particularly when it comes to the environment. Greenlit puts their commitment to the test as filmmaker Miranda Bailey (executive producer of The Squid and the Whale) follows the production of The River Why, starring Zach Gilford (Friday Night Lights) as it attempts to keep an environmentally friendly set thanks to the supervision of a “green” consultant.
WHY: I’m intrigued.
“Mars,” directed by Geoff Marslett
Set in 2014, “Mars” is an interplanetary animated feature about mankind’s first mission searching for life, love, and adventure on the red planet. Told in the playful style of a graphic novel, MARS explores why we explore.
Cast: Mark Duplass, Zoe Simpson, Paul Gordon, Howe Gelb, Liza Weil, James Kochalka, Cynthia Watros, Michael Dolan, and Kinky Friedman
WHY: “Told in the playful style of a graphic novel.” Curious (because if my co-worker, James were here, he’d make me see it with him).
“Marwencol,” directed by Jeff Malmberg
After a vicious attack leaves him brain damaged and broke, Mark Hogancamp seeks recovery in “Marwencol,” a 1/6th-scale World War II-era town he creates in his backyard.
WHY: Someone whose taste I trust has highly recommended it.
“NY Export: Opus Jazz,” directed by Henry Joost and Jody Lee Lipes. Screenwriter: Jody Lee Lipes
This scripted adaptation of a 1958 jazz ballet by Jerome Robbins (West Side Story) takes the original choreography and returns it to the streets that inspired it in this tale of disaffected urban youth. Shot on 35mm on location all over New York City with dancers from the New York City Ballet. Cast: Dancers with New York City Ballet, Jerome Robbins.
WHY: Lipes does great work. Looking forward to see what he’s been up to.
“Saturday Night,” directed James Franco
With unprecedented access to the behind the scenes process of the writers, actors and producers, Franco and his crew document what it takes to create one full episode of Saturday Night Live.
WHY: Franco and SNL could be interesting.
Director and Screenwriter: Lena Dunham
22-year-old Aura returns home after college to her artist mother’s loft with the following: a useless film theory degree, 357 hits on her YouTube page, and no shoulders to cry on. Starring Dunham and her real-life family, Tiny Furniture is tragicomedy about what does and does not happen when you graduate with no skills, no love life, and a lot of free time. Cast: Lena Dunham, Laurie Simmons, Grace Dunham, David Call, Alex Karpovsky.
WHY: Good buzz from a friend so I want to check it out.
“Some Days are Better than Others”
Director and Screenwriter: Matt McCormick
Why do the good times go by so fast while the bad times always seem so sticky?
Cast: Carrie Brownstein, James Mercer, Renee Roman Nose, David Wodehouse
WHY: Like his “The Subconscious Art of Graffiti Removal” and various videos.