The 2011 South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival has locked down the lineup for its two midnight feature programs and the shorts sections.
The long-standing Midnighters section this year includes James Wan’s haunted house thriller “Insidious,” Jason Eisner’s Grinhouse homage “Hobo With a Shotgun,” and Joe Cornish’s alien monster movie “Attack the Block.”
The recently created SXFantastic sidebar, which last year premiered Gareth Edward’s “Monsters,” this year boasts five films including Ben Wheatley’s horror “KILL LIST,” and Adrián Garcia Bogliano’s Argentinean terrorist tale “Cold Sweat.”
“Our midnight programs are the bloody, beating heart of SXSW,” said SXSW Film Conference & Festival Producer Janet Pierson. “Since the beginning, midnight films have been an essential ingredient to what makes SXSW so exciting and fun, and this year’s selections are no exception.”
150 short films make up the twelve shorts programs.
“After months of reviewing a record number of submissions, we’re tremendously happy to share the final program,” said Shorts Programmers Claudette Godfrey and Stephanie Noone. “The short films selected this year delve into the space between families, lovers, strangers and the void within ourselves, examining what those spaces mean, and the length to which we go to fill, cope with, conquer and mend them. We can’t wait for the SXSW audiences to experience them!”
SXSW runs from March 11-19 in Austin, Texas. Below find the Midnight Features and Narrative Shorts lineup with synopses provided by SXSW. For this year’s complete lineup, click here.
Scary, funny, sexy, controversial – provocative after-dark features for night owls and the terminally curious. Films screening in Midnighters are:
“Attack The Block” (UK-England)
Director & Writer: Joe Cornish
A funny, frightening action adventure movie that pits a teen gang against an invasion of alien monsters. It turns a tower block into a sci-fi playground. It’s inner city versus outer space. Cast: Jodie Whittaker, John Boyega, Alex Esmail, Franz Drameh, Leeon Jones, Simon Howard, Luke Treadaway, Jumayn Hunter and Nick Frost (World Premiere)
“The Divide” (US-Canada)
Director: Xavier Gens, Writers: Karl Mueller & Eron Sheean
To survive the end of the world…you must first survive each other. Cast: Michael Biehn, Milo Ventimiglia, Lauren German, Rosanna Arquette, Courtney B. Vance (World Premiere)
“Hobo With a Shotgun”
Director: Jason Eisner, Writer: John Davies
A Hobo finds himself in an urban hell. When he witnesses a brutal robbery, he realizes the only way to deliver justice is with a shotgun. Cast: Rutger Hauer, Gregory Smith, Molly Dunsworth, Brian Downey, Nick Bateman
Director: James Wan, Writer: Leigh Whannell
Dark spirits have possessed the home of a family whose son has fallen into a coma. Trying to save him, the family moves only to realize that it was not their house that was haunted. Cast: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Lin Shaye, Ty Simpkins, Barbara Hershey (U.S. Premiere)
“Phase 7 / Fase 7” (Argentina)
Diretor & Writer: Nicolas Goldbart
Coco just moved to his new apartment with 7-month pregnant wife. When the building is in quarantined for a deadly flue. The neighbors became unexpected enemies. Cast: Daniel Hendler, Federico Luppi, Jazmin Stuart, Jose “Yayo” Guridi (North American Premiere)
Mind-bending Midnighters, hand-selected by our friends at Fantastic Fest. Films screening in SXFantastic are:
“Cold Sweat / Sudor Frio”
Director: Adrián Garcia Bogliano, Writers: Adrián Garcia Bogliano, Ramiro García Bogliano, Hernán Moyano
What do you do if you are a right-wing Argentinean terrorist and your state-sanctioned organization is disbanded? We can’t say, but it involves chat rooms, bare breasts and a generous slathering of nitro- glycerine. Cast: Facundo Espinosa, Marina Glezer, Camila Velasco, Omar Musa, Noelia Vergini (International Premiere)
“George the Hedgehog” / Jeż Jerzy (Poland)
Director: Wojciech Wawszczyk, Writer: Rafał Skarżycki
Jez Jerzy is a skateboarding hedgehog who likes to drink beer and fondle breasts. He finds it hard to pursue his passions, however, while being tormented by neo-nazi skinheads, mad scientists and a drooling, flatulent clone of himself. Cast: Borys Szyc, Maria Peszek, Maciej Maleńczuk, Sokół, Michał Koterski (International Premiere)
“KILL LIST” (UK)
Director: Ben Wheatley, Writers: Ben Wheatley & Amy Jump
A dark and twisted horror from the mind of director Ben Wheatley. Cast: Neil Maskell, Michael Smiley, MyAnna Buring (World Premiere)
“Little Deaths” (UK)
Directors & Writers: Sean Hogan, Andrew Parkinson & Simon Rumley
A psychosexual horror anthology comprised of three separate stories dealing with the twin themes of sex and death. Cast: Kate Braithewaite, Daniel Brocklebank, Brendan Gregory, Siubhan Harrison, Jodie Jameson (North American Premiere)
Directors & Writers: Jason Trost & Brandon Trost
For years an underground war has raged for dominance over the town of Frazier Park between two clans. Dominance isn’t determined through fistfights or petty brawls, but the dancing video game Beat-Beat Revelation. Cast: Jason Trost, Lee Valamassy, Caitlyn Folley, Art Hsu, Nick Principe (World Premiere)
Go to page 2 for Narrative Shorts lineup.
A selection of original, well-crafted films that take advantage of the short form and exemplify distinctive and genuine storytelling. The winner of our Grand Jury Award in this category is eligible for a 2012 Academy Award nomination for Best Narrative Short.
Director: Kire Paputts Before Sammy, all his best friends were stuffed animals.
Director: Joshua Funk A woman makes a big announcement to her friends.
Director: Bryan Gaynor Two young men find themselves at a precarious crossroads during a typical afternoon of horseplay.
Director: Topaz Adizes A 10 year old experiences a rite of passage that will forever change him.
Director: Martina Amati Two teenage professional gymnasts are competing in a national training camp, when their friendship is put to the test.
Director: Janicza Bravo After being locked out of her apartment, a young woman seeks the help of her lonely neighbor.
Director: Michael Mohan He broke her heart. Then she broke his.
Director: Soham Mehta Sparks fly as a family reunites.
Director: Christina Choe An odd young woman paralyzed by severe OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder), discovers dance as way to deal with her rituals.
Director: Eric F. Martin A woman learns that she may have been switched at birth.
“The Good Neighbor”
Director: Jacob Vaughan A man tries to surprise his neighbor with dinner and wine, but her pet guinea pig ruins everything.
Director: Michael Langan This short documents the parallel goals of man and nature, through the most primitive and sophisticated means, to simply stay in the light.
“Howling at the Moon”
Directors: Jason Tippet & Elizabeth Mims Matt’s grandmother believes that man has never set foot on the moon. Matt got a telescope for Christmas and intends to show her otherwise.
Directors: Josh Safdie & Benny Safdie He is punch drunk (not with love) but something far more strange and lost. One can only say John’s Gone.
“Join the Dots”
Director: Jessica Lux A new girl at St. Andrews University discovers a world of preppy girls who dream of strategically seducing fellow student Prince William. Isolated, she finds hope in a mysterious boy who wears a silver jacket.
Director: Edawrd Housden Richard’s sister Millie wants to be a world famous body builder. What happens when she is a better boy than he is?
Director: Leanne Welham Unable to sleep one night, Jody goes to the local gas station and meets a passionate young couple that will turn her night, and her life, upside down.
Directors: Carolina Giammetta & Schuman Hoque Danielle loves her friends, but they are very, very different from anybody else’s…
Director: David Lowery A father tells his son the most epic bedtime story ever.
Directors: Celia Rowlson Hall & Jae Song Prom night is ritual, disco balls, expectation, corsages, dresses, holding, sweating, status, entering in twos, balloons, school gyms, dancing slow and fast.
“Roosevelt’s Big Deal”
Director: Craig Elrod Don’t lose your shirt on a dinner with the coach.
“Scenes From The Suburbs”
Director: Spike Jonze Director Spike Jonze teams up with Arcade Fire to create a thirty-minute short film inspired by their critically acclaimed album, The Suburbs, and its themes of war and coming of age in suburbia.
“A SHORE THING”
Director: Jess Manafort A couple spends a lovely day at the beach arguing about love.
Director: Joe Cobden A stunning slow-motion bar brawl. A woman has to literally fight her way through a Montreal ballroom just to get to a man she might want.
Director: Sean Rourke Meehan A young woman works another night at her strange and intimate job.
“The Strange Ones”
Directors: Christopher Radcliff & Lauren Wolkstein A man and a boy, traveling to an unknown destination, find respite in a motel swimming pool. On the surface all seems normal, but nothing is quite what it seems to be.
“The Third One This Week”
Director: Felix Thompson A doctor only has one chance to deliver bad news… or does he?
Director: Antoine Bourges A middle-aged woman is faced with poverty. As she struggles to find help within the system, her only option is to wait.
Director: Eric Dinkian A man is mortally wounded by a woman. As the remaining minutes of his life keep ticking, he examines his conscience.