Yes, I'll be doing lots of traveling this first 3 months of the year, from one festival to the next; Sundance this month, Pan African next month, and SXSW in March.
And even though it's still 2 months away, SXSW has already begun unveiling its 2012 lineup. An initial slate of 7 films (with many more announcements to come) was revealed this afternoon by the festival; 6 of them are world premiers; 1 is a USA premier.
Of note are 2 titles I should highlight (1 we've already given lots of coverage to; the other I'm just learning about).
The first is Kevin Macdonald's long-in-development Bob Marley documentary, described as the "definitive" film on the life, music and legacy of the late icon. It'll be the North American Premiere for that film.
The second is a horror flick title Citadel (a world premier at SXSW); and while it's not what we'd call a *black film*, it doesco-stars an actress we've talked about before on S&A – Brit actress Wumni Mosaku, who you'll recognize from her starring role in the 2010 drama I Am Slave, a film we've covered.
The synop for Citadel reads:
An agoraphobic father teams up with a renegade priest to save his daughter from the clutches of a gang of twisted feral children. With the help of a kind Nurse and a renegade Priest, the father learns the nightmarish truth surrounding these hooded children. He also learns that to be free of his fears, he must finally face the demons of his past and enter the one place he fears the most – the abandoned tower block known as the Citadel…
No word on exactly what role Wumni plays in this, though she's listed fourth in the list of credits, which might tell us something about how involved her character is in the narrative. I'm guessing she might be one of the "twisted feral children."
No trailer, clips or stills I can share yet.
That's her above in the photo, by the way; though it's not from the film.
I'm really looking forward to seeing the rest of the lineup for SXSW 2012. I regeretted not going last year, and this will be my very first time at the festival.
Here are the rest of the 7 films announced today, with many more to come I'm sure; hopefully, a few we've been talking about on S&A.
Beauty Is Embarrassing (World Premiere) Director: Neil Berkeley A funny, irreverent and insightful look into the life and times of one of America’s most important artists, Wayne White.
The Cabin In The Woods (World Premiere) Director: Drew Goddard, Writers: Joss Whedon & Drew Goddard Five friends go to a remote cabin in the woods. Bad things happen. If you think you know this story, think again. From fan favorites Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard comes The Cabin in the Woods, a mind-blowing horror film that turns the genre inside out. Cast: Kristen Connolly, Fran Kranz, Anna Hutchison, Chris Hemsworth, Jesse Williams, Richard Jenkins, and Bradley Whitford
Citadel (World Premiere) Director & Writer: Ciarán Foy An agoraphobic father teams up with a renegade priest to save his daughter from the clutches of a gang of twisted feral children. Cast: Anuerin Barnard, James Cosmo, and Wumni Mosaku, Jake Wilson, Amy Shiels
Girls (World Premiere) Director & Writer: Lena Dunham Created by and starring Lena Dunham (Tiny Furniture), the HBO show is a comic look at the assorted humiliations and rare triumphs of a group of girls in their early 20s. Cast: Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke, Zosia Mamet, Adam Driver
Marley (North American Premiere) Director: Kevin Macdonald The definitive documentary on the life, music, and legacy of Bob Marley.
The Oyster Princess (1919) with original live score by Bee vs. Moth (World Premiere) Director: Ernst Lubitsch, Writers: Hanns Kraly & Ernst Lubitsch The Oyster Princess is Ernst Lubitsch’s tart 1919 silent comedy that parodies the rich and the spoiled. Austin jazz/rock band Bee vs. Moth performs their original score live with the film for the first time.
Small Apartments (World Premiere) Director: Jonas Åkerlund, Writer: Chris Millis When Franklin Franklin accidentally kills his landlord, he must hide the body; but, the wisdom of his beloved brother and the quirks of his neighbors, force him on a journey where a fortune awaits him. Cast: Matt Lucas, Billy Crystal, James Caan, Johnny Knoxville, Juno Temple, James Marsden, Dolph Lundgren, Saffron Burrows, Rosie Perez, DJ Qualls