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SXSW Film Announces 2014 Features Lineup; New Films By David Gordon Green & Alejandro Jodorowsky Make Cut

SXSW Film Announces 2014 Features Lineup; New Films By David Gordon Green & Alejandro Jodorowsky Make Cut

The 2014 South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival has narrowed a record 2,215 feature-length film submissions to a lucky 115 films. SXSW has officially released this year’s features lineup and plans to screen the films over the course of nine days from March 7-15.

READ MORE: 5 Observations About the 2014 SXSW Lineup With Insight From Film Festival Head Janet Pierson

Among the chosen few are the highly anticipated “Veronica Mars” movie starring Kristen Bell, Jason Bateman’s directorial debut, the aptly-named comedy “Bad Words,” Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood,” which premiered at Sundance to rave reviews, and the Zellner brothers’ “Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter.”

Some lesser-known titles that are bound to receive more recognition include Diego Luna’s biographical drama “Cesar Chavez” starring John Malkovich, America Ferrera and Rosario Dawson; the off-beat comedy “Kelly and Cal” starring Juliette Lewis and Cybil Shepherd; an adaptation of the Larry Brown novel “Joe” starring Nicolas Cage; and “Manny,” a documentary detailing the life of boxer-turned-Congressman Manny Pacquiao. 

The 2014 SXSW Film Festival will also introduce the “Episodic” screening
category this year, which will feature
premieres of innovative new work hitting the small screen, including HBO’s “Silicon Valley,” Showtime’s “Penny Dreadful,” AMC’s “Halt and Catch Fire,” Hulu’s “Deadbeat,” and FOX’s “COSMOS: A SpaceTime Odyssey and “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series,” debuting on Robert Rodriguez’s El
Rey Network.

Below are the announced features (synopses courtesy of SXSW):

NARRATIVE
FEATURE COMPETITION
Eight
world premieres, eight unique ways to celebrate the art of storytelling.
Selected from 1,324 films submitted to SXSW 2014. Films screening in Narrative Feature
Competition are:

10,000KM (Spain)
Director:
Carlos Marques Marcet
, Screenwriters: Carlos
Marques-Marcet, Clara Roquet Autonell
A year of a long
distance relationship, two computers and two cities – Los Angeles and
Barcelona, can love survive 6,000 miles?

Cast: Natalia Tena, David Verdaguer
(World
Premiere)
 

Animals
Director:
Collin Schiffli
, Screenwriter: David Dastmalchian
Jude and Bobbie
are a young, homeless couple who masterfully con and steal in an attempt to
stay one step ahead of their addiction. They are ultimately forced to face the
reality of their situation when one of them is hospitalized.

Cast: David
Dastmalchian, Kim Shaw, John Heard
(World Premiere) 

Before I
Disappear

Director/Screenwriter:
Shawn Christensen
Based on the
2013 Academy Award-winning short film Curfew
. At the lowest
point of his life, Richie gets a call from his estranged sister, asking him to
look after his eleven-year-old niece, Sophia, for a few hours.
Cast: Shawn
Christensen, Fatima Ptacek, Emmy Rossum, Paul Wesley, Ron Perlman, Richard
Schiff (World
Premiere)

Fort Tilden
Directors/Screenwriters:
Sarah-Violet Bliss, Charles Rogers
It shouldn’t be
this hard for Allie and Harper to get to the beach.
Cast: Bridey
Elliott, Clare McNulty, Griffin Newman, Jeffrey Scaperrotta, Neil Casey
(World
Premiere)

The Heart
Machine

Director/Screenwriter:
Zachary Wigon
A man begins to
suspect that his long-distance girlfriend, whom he met online but has never met
in person, has been living in the same city the whole time and sets out to find
her.
Cast: John
Gallagher Jr., Kate Lyn Sheil, David Call, Louisa Krauss
(World
Premiere)

I Believe
in Unicorns

Director/Screenwriter:
Leah Meyerhoff
I Believe in
Unicorns
follows the lyrical journey of an imaginative teenage girl
who runs away from home with an older punk rock drifter, but not even unicorns
can save her now.
Cast: Natalia
Dyer, Peter Vack, Julia Garner, Amy Seimetz, Toni Meyerhoff
(World
Premiere)

The Mend
Director/Screenwriter:
John Magary
A dark comedy
about rage, doubt, lust, madness and other brotherly hand-me-downs.
Cast: Josh
Lucas, Stephen Plunkett, Lucy Owen, Mickey Sumner, Austin Pendleton
(World
Premiere)

Wild
Canaries

Director/Screenwriter:
Lawrence Michael Levine
When their
elderly neighbor suddenly drops dead, a young Brooklyn couple investigates
signs of foul play.
Cast: Sophia
Takal, Lawrence Michael Levine, Alia Shawkat, Annie Parisse, Jason Ritter
(World
Premiere)
 

DOCUMENTARY
FEATURE COMPETITION
Selected
from 892 submissions, the eight world premieres in the Documentary Feature
category bring real world stories to life, demonstrating innovation, energy and
bold voices. Films
screening in Documentary Feature Competition are:

Beginning
With The End

Director: David
Marshall
Beginning
With the End
takes viewers on a profound, and profoundly moving, journey
with a group of high school seniors working as trained hospice volunteers — a
story of beginnings and endings in a year of self-discovery and awakening.
(World
Premiere)
 

Born To Fly
Director:
Catherine Gund
Born To Fly pushes the
boundaries between action and art, daring us to join choreographer Elizabeth
Streb and her dancers in pursuit of human flight.
(World
Premiere)
*SXsports screening 

The Great
Invisible

Director:
Margaret Brown
Penetrating the oil industry’s
secretive world, The Great Invisible
examines the Deepwater Horizon disaster through the eyes of
oil executives, explosion survivors and Gulf Coast residents who were left to
pick up the pieces when the world moved on. (World Premiere)
 

The
Immortalists

Directors:
Jason Sussberg, David Alvarado
Two eccentric
scientists struggle to create eternal youth in a world they call “blind to the
tragedy of old age.” As they
battle their own aging and suffer the losses of loved ones, their scientific
journeys ultimately become personal.
(World Premiere) 

Impossible
Light

Director:
Jeremy Ambers
Impossible
Light
reveals the drama and the daring of artist Leo Villareal
and a small team of visionaries who battle seemingly impossible challenges to
turn a dream of creating the world’s largest LED light sculpture into a
glimmering reality.
(World Premiere) 

Mateo
Director: Aaron
I. Naar
Mateo follows
America’s most notorious white mariachi singer on his misadventures in Cuba.
(World
Premiere) 

Print the
Legend

Directors: Luis
Lopez, Clay Tweel
The 3D Printing
revolution has begun. Who will make it?
(World
Premiere)
 

Vessel
Director: Diana
Whitten
A fearless sea
captain, Dr. Rebecca Gomperts, sails a ship through loopholes in international
law, providing abortions on the high seas, and leaving in her wake a network of
emboldened activists who trust women to handle abortion on their own terms.
(World
Premiere)

HEADLINERS
Big
names, big talent: Headliners bring star power to SXSW, featuring red carpet
premieres & gala film events with major & rising names in cinema. Films
screening in Headliners are:

Chef
Director/Screenwriter:
Jon Favreau
Chef is a rich and
vibrant comedy – the story of Carl Casper (Favreau), who loses his chef job and
cooks up a food truck business in hopes of reestablishing his artistic promise.
At the same time, he tries to reconnect with his estranged family.
Cast: Jon
Favreau, Sofia Vergara, Scarlett Johansson, John Leguizamo, Bobby Cannavale,
Dustin Hoffman, Oliver Platt, Robert Downey, Jr., Emjay Anthony
(World
Premiere)
 

Joe
Director: David
Gordon Green
, Screenwriters: Larry Brown, Gary Hawkins
A gripping mix
of friendship, violence and redemption erupts in the contemporary South in this
adaptation of Larry Brown’s novel.
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Tye Sheridan (U.S.
Premiere)

Neighbors
Director:
Nicholas Stoller
, Screenwriters: Andrew J. Cohen, Brendan O’Brien
Seth Rogen, Zac
Efron and Rose Byrne lead the cast of Neighbors
, a comedy about
a young couple suffering from arrested development who are forced to live next
to a fraternity house after the birth of their newborn baby.

Cast: Seth
Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Dave Franco, Ike
Barinholtz, Lisa Kudrow
(Worldwide Debut –
work-in-progress)
 

Predestination
(Australia)
Directors/Screenwriters:
Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig
A riveting
adventure through time centered on a secret government time traveling agency
designed to prevent future killers and terrorists from committing their crimes.
Cast: Ethan
Hawke, Sarah Snook, Noah Taylor
(World Premiere)

Veronica
Mars

Director/Screenwriter:
Rob Thomas
, Screenwriter: Diane Ruggiero
Years after
walking away from her past as a teenage private eye, Veronica Mars gets pulled
back to her hometown, an ex-boyfriend with baggage, and an unraveling murder
mystery.
Cast: Kristen
Bell, Jason Dohring, Krysten Ritter, Ryan Hansen, Enrico Colantoni
(World
Premiere)

NARRATIVE
SPOTLIGHT
High
profile narrative features receiving their World, North American or US
Premieres at SXSW. Films
screening in Narrative Spotlight are: 

Break Point
Director: Jay
Karas
, Screenwriters: Gene Hong, Jeremy Sisto
Two estranged
brothers reunite to make an improbable run at a grand slam tennis tournament.
The mismatched pair, with some unlikely help from a precocious 11-year-old boy,
re-discover their game and their brotherhood.
Cast: Jeremy
Sisto, David Walton, Joshua Rush, J.K. Simmons, Amy Smart
(World
Premiere)
*SXsports screening 

CESAR
CHAVEZ

Director: Diego
Luna
Chavez chronicles the
birth of a modern American movement led by famed civil rights leader and labor
organizer, Cesar Chavez.
Cast: Rosario Dawson, John
Malkovich, Michael Pena, America Ferrera, Gabriel Mann
(North
American Premiere)
 

Faults
Director/Screenwriter:
Riley Stearns
An expert on
cults is hired by a mother and father to kidnap and deprogram their brainwashed
daughter. He soon begins to suspect the parents may be more destructive than
the cult he’s being hired to save her from.

Cast: Leland Orser, Mary Elizabeth
Winstead, Chris Ellis, Lance Reddick, Jon Gries
(World
Premiere)

The
Frontier

Director/Screenwriter:
Matt Rabinowitz
, Screenwriter: Carlos Colungu
An estranged son
travels back home to confront his overbearing father to see if there is any
relationship left between them.
Cast: Max
Gail, Coleman Kelly, Anastassia Sendyk, Katherine Cortez, Oliver Seitz
(World
Premiere)

Kelly &
Cal

Director: Jen
McGowan
, Screenwriter: Amy Lowe Starbin
Kelly &
Cal
explores the heartfelt, somewhat absurd moments in our
lives when we seek out a little bit of extra attention.
 
Cast:
Juliette Lewis, Jonny Weston, Josh Hopkins, Cybil Shepherd
(World
Premiere)

The Mule (Australia)
Directors: Angus Sampson, Tony Mahony, Screenwriters: Leigh
Whannell,
Angus Sampson
In 1983, a naive
man is detained by Australian Federal Police with lethal narcotics hidden in
his stomach. Caught, ‘The Mule’ makes a desperate choice…to defy his bodily
functions and withhold the evidence…literally.
 
Cast: Hugo
Weaving, Angus Sampson, Leigh Whannell, Ewen Leslie, Geoff Morrell, Georgina
Haig, Noni Hazlehurst, John Noble
(World Premiere)

A Night In
Old Mexico
(USA / Spain)
Director:
Emilio Aragón
, Screenwriter: William D. Wittliff
Forced to give
up his land and home, Texas rancher Red Bovie isn’t about to retire quietly in
a dismal trailer park. Instead he hits the road with his estranged grandson for
one last adventure.
Cast: Robert
Duvall, Jeremy Irvine, Angie Cepeda, Luis Tosar, Joaquín Cosio
(World
Premiere)

Patrick’s
Day
(Ireland)
Director/Screenwriter:
Terry McMahon
A young man with
mental health issues becomes intimate with a suicidal air hostess but his
obsessive mother enlists a dysfunctional cop to separate them.
Cast: Kerry
Fox, Moe Dunford, Catherine Walker, Philip Jackson
(World
Premiere)

Sequoia
Director: Andy
Landen
, Screenwriter: Andrew Rothschild
Faced with stage
three cancer, a young woman sets out to end her life on her own terms, in
Sequoia National Park.
 
Cast: Aly Michalka, Dustin
Milligan, Todd Lowe, Demetri Martin, Sophi Bairley
(World
Premiere)

She’s Lost
Control

Director/Screenwriter:
Anja Marquardt
Ronah’s life
unravels when she starts working with a new client, Johnny.
Cast: Brooke
Bloom, Marc Menchaca, Dennis Boutsikaris, Laila
(North
American Premiere)

Take Care
Director/Screenwriter:
Liz Tuccillo
After being hit
by a car, a woman (Leslie Bibb) comes home to realize her friends don’t really
want to take care of her. Desperate for help, she turns to an unlikely source.
Cast: Leslie
Bibb, Thomas Sadoski, Betty Gilpin, Michael Stahl David, Nadia Dajani
(World
Premiere)

Thank You a
Lot

Director/Screenwriter:
Matt Muir
A struggling,
two-bit music manager will lose his job unless he signs a reclusive country
music singer, James Hand, who also happens to be his estranged father.

Cast: Blake
DeLong, James Hand, Robyn Rikoon, Sonny Carl Davis, Jeffery Da’Shade Johnson
(World
Premiere)

Things
People Do

Director: Saar
Klein
, Screenwriters: Joe Conway, Saar Klein
Bill Scanlin
loses his job and embarks on a life of crime. As Bill stays ahead of the law,
he discovers that sometimes the only thing worse than getting caught is getting
away with it.
Cast: Wes
Bentley, Jason Isaacs, Vinessa Shaw, Haley Bennett
(North
American Premiere)

Two Step
Director/Screenwriter:
Alex R. Johnson
Two Step is a
fast-paced Texas thriller in which the lives of James, a directionless college
dropout, and Webb, a career criminal with his back against the wall, violently
collide. 
Cast: Beth
Broderick, James Landry Hébert, Skyy Moore, Jason Douglas, Ashley Rae Spillers
(World
Premiere)

We’ll Never
Have Paris

Directors: Jocelyn
Towne, Simon Helberg
, Screenwriter: Simon Helberg
We’ll Never
Have Paris
is a clumsy and at once human account of screwing up on a
transcontinental level in a noble effort to win back “the one.”

Cast: Simon
Helberg, Maggie Grace, Melanie Lynskey, Alfred Molina, Zachary Quinto, Jason
Ritter
(World Premiere)

DOCUMENTARY
SPOTLIGHT
Shining
a light on new documentary features receiving their World, North American or
U.S. Premieres at SXSW. Films
screening in Documentary Spotlight are:

Above All
Else

Director: John
Fiege
A former
stuntman and high wire artist puts his family and future on the line when he
rallies a group of East Texas landowners and activists to blockade the
controversial Keystone XL pipeline.
(World Premiere)

Butterfly
Girl

Director: Cary
Bell
Abbie came of
age in honky tonks, defying her life threatening disease, but all the while
longing for an identity of her own. Now that she is 18, how much is she willing
to sacrifice for her independence?
(World Premiere)

DamNation
Directors:
Travis Rummel, Ben Knight
This powerful
film odyssey across America explores the sea change in national attitude from
pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own
future is bound to the life and health of our rivers.
(World
Premiere)

Doc of the
Dead

Director:
Alexandre O. Philippe
The definitive
zombie culture documentary, from the makers of The People vs. George Lucas. Doc
of the Dead traces the rise and evolution of the zombie genre, its influence on
pop culture, and investigates the possibility of an actual zombie outbreak.
(World
Premiere)

Harmontown
Director: Neil
Berkeley
A comedic,
brutally honest documentary following self-destructive TV writer Dan Harmon
(NBC’s Community
) as he takes his live podcast on a
national tour.
(World Premiere)

LADY VALOR:
The Kristin Beck Story

Directors:
Sandrine Orabona, Mark Herzog
A former U.S.
Navy Seal seeks life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness living life as a
transgender woman.
(World Premiere)

The Legend
Of Shorty
(UK)
Directors: Angus MacQueen, Guillermo Galdos
The Legend of
Shorty
is the story of a man and a myth. (World
Premiere)

Manny
Directors: Ryan Moore, Leon Gast
From abject poverty to international
hero, Manny Pacquiao rose to fame in the boxing ring. At the height of his
career, Manny entered the political arena. As history’s only boxing
Congressman, Manny is faced with a new challenge. (World Premiere)
*SXsports screening

Seeds of
Time

Director: Sandy
McLeod
Seeds of Time follows
agriculture pioneer Cary Fowler’s global journey to save the eroding foundation
of our food supply in a new era of climate change.
(North
American Premiere)

Supermensch
Director: Mike
Myers
Mike Myers makes
his directorial debut with this star-packed documentary about the legendary
Shep Gordon, who managed the careers of Alice Cooper, Blondie, Luther Vandross,
and Raquel Welch — and still had time to invent the “celebrity chef”.
(U.S.
Premiere)

That Guy
Dick Miller

Director:
Elijah Drenner
That Guy Dick
Miller
is the incredible true story of the wannabe-writer, turned
accidental character-actor. 
(World
Premiere)

Wicker
Kittens

Director: Amy
C. Elliott
Every January,
the country’s largest jigsaw puzzle contest is held in St. Paul, Minnesota. Wicker
Kittens
invites you to choose your favorite team and watch them try
to put the pieces back together.
(World Premiere)
*SXsports screening

VISIONS
Audacious,
risk-taking artists in the new cinema landscape that demonstrate raw innovation
and creativity in documentary and narrative filmmaking. Films
screening in Visions are:

Arlo and
Julie

Director/Screenwriter:
Steve Mims
A neurotic
couple’s obsession with a mysterious puzzle comically unravels their world,
disconnecting them from reality and jeopardizing their fragile relationship.
Cast: Alex
Dobrenko, Ashley Spillers, Chris Doubek, Sam Eidson, Hugo Zesati
(World
Premiere)

Beyond
Clueless
(UK)
Director:
Charlie Lyne
Narrated by cult
teen star Fairuza Balk, Beyond Clueless
is a dizzying
journey into the mind, body and soul of the teen movie, as seen through the
eyes of over 200 modern coming-of-age classics.
(World
Premiere)

Big
Significant Things

Director/Screenwriter:
Bryan Reisberg
A week before
they move across the country together, Craig lies to his girlfriend in order to
go on his first road trip – to the south. Alone.

Cast: Harry
Lloyd, Krista Kosonen
(World Premiere)

Buzzard
Director/Screenwriter:
Joel Potrykus
Devil masks,
metal, video games, Mountain Dew, and a Party Zone. Scheming slackers of the
world unite and take over!
Cast: Joshua
Burge, Joel Potrykus, Teri Ann Nelson, Alan Longstreet, Rico Bruce Wade
(World
Premiere)
 

Creep
Director/Screenwriter:
Patrick Brice
, Screenwriter: Mark Duplass
When a
videographer answers a Craigslist ad for a one-day job in a remote mountain
town, he finds his client is not at all what he initially seems.
 
Cast: Mark
Duplass, Patrick Brice
(World Premiere) 

Cumbres (Heights) (Mexico)
Director/Screenwriter:
Gabriel Nuncio
Due a tragedy,
two sisters abruptly escape from their hometown in Northern Mexico. Their
journey creates a bittersweet relationship marked by pain, guilt and love.
Cast: Aglae
Lingow, Ivanna Michel, Abdul Marcos, Sergio Quiñones, Ganzo Cepeda
(U.S.
Premiere)

The Dance
of Reality
(Chile / France)
Director/Screenwriter:
Alejandro Jodorowsky
The Dance of
Reality
is a 2013 independent autobiographical film written,
produced and directed by Alejandro Jodorowosky.

Cast: Brontis
Jodorowsky, Pamela Flores, Jeremias Herskovits, Cristobal Jodorowsky, Bastián Bodenhöfer,
Alejandro Jodorowsky
(U.S. Premiere)

Evaporating Borders (USA / Cyprus)
Director: Iva Radivojevic
Evaporating Borders is a poetically photographed and
rendered film on tolerance and search for identity. Told through 5 vignettes
portraying the lives of migrants on the island of Cyprus, it
passionately weaves themes of displacement and belonging. (North American
Premiere)

Evolution
of a Criminal

Director:
Darius Clark Monroe
How does a 16
year-old evolve into a bank robber?
(World Premiere) 

Housebound (New Zealand)
Director/Screenwriter:
Gerard Johnstone
When Kylie
Bucknell is sentenced to home detention, she’s forced to come to terms with her
unsociable behaviour, her blabbering mother and a hostile spirit who seems less
than happy about the new living arrangement.
Cast: Morgana
O’Reilly, Rima Te Wiata, Glen-Paul Waru, Cameron Rhodes, Millen Baird
(World
Premiere)

The
Infinite Man
(Australia)
Director/Screenwriter:
Hugh Sullivan
The Infinite
Man
is a time travel comedy-romance about a man whose attempts
to construct the perfect romantic weekend backfire when he traps his lover in
an infinite loop.
Cast: Josh
McConville, Hannah Marshall, Alex Dimitriades
(World
Premiere)

Open
Windows
(Spain)
Director/Screenwriter:
Nacho Vigalondo
Nick’s a lucky
guy – he’s having dinner with Jill Goddard, the hottest actress on earth. Then
a guy named Chord calls: dinner’s been canceled. And it’s Jill’s fault. But
Chord’s got something better… A 21st Century Rear Window
.
Cast: Elijah
Wood, Sasha Grey, Neil Maskell, Adam Quintero, Ivan Gonzalez
(World
Premiere)

Other
Months

Director/Screenwriter:
Nick Singer
Marking time as
an itinerant plumber, and haunted by recurrent nightmares, Nash hungers for the
fleeting ecstasies of nightclubs and bedrooms. Other Months
is a stark,
honest portrait of disconnection—a young man coming to face his paralysis.
Cast: Christopher
Bonewitz, Britannie Bond, Emma Morrison-Cohen, Liam Ahern, David Rudi Utter
(World
Premiere)

The
Possibilities Are Endless
(UK)
Directors:
Edward Lovelace, James Hall
Scottish
musician, Edwyn Collins’ world was shattered by a devastating stroke. After
fighting back from the brink of death, he discovers that life, love and
language mean even more to him that he could ever have imagined.
(World
Premiere)
 

Premature
Director/Screenwriter:
Dan Beers
, Screenwriter: Mathew Harawitz
On the most
important day of his young life, a high school senior is forced to relive his
failed attempt at losing his virginity over and over again, until he gets it
right.
Cast: John
Karna, Katie Findlay, Craig Roberts, Carlson Young, Adam Riegler
(World
Premiere)

Song from
the Forest
(Germany)
Director:
Michael Obert
A modern epic
set between rainforest and skyscrapers.
(North
American Premiere)

Space
Station 76

Director/Screenwriter:
Jack Plotnick
, Screenwriters: Jennifer Cox, Sam Pancake, Kali
Rocha, Michael Stoyanov
Welcome to the
future of the past.
Cast: Patrick
Wilson, Liv Tyler, Matt Bomer, Marisa Coughlan, Kylie Rogers
(World
Premiere)

Surviving
Cliffside

Director: Jon
Matthews
A West Virginia
family faces illness, addiction, and gun violence — while their daughter makes
a run for Little Miss West Virginia.
(World Premiere)

The
Wilderness of James

Director/Screenwriter:
Michael Johnson
A restless
teenager explores the wilderness of his city while struggling with the absence
of his father.

Cast: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Virginia Madsen, Isabelle Fuhrman,
Evan Ross, Danny DeVito
(World Premiere)

EPISODIC
(*New screening section)
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. Shows
premiering in Episodic are:

COSMOS: A
SpaceTime Odyssey
Directors:
Brannon Braga, Bill Pope
, Screenwriters: Ann Druyan, Steven
Soter
COSMOS: A
SpaceTime Odyssey
is a thrilling, 13-part adventure across the
universe of space and time revealed by science, exploring humanity’s heroic quest
for a deeper understanding of nature.
Narrator: Neil
deGrasse Tyson

Deadbeat
Director: Troy
Miller
, Written And Co-Created By: Cody Heller, Brett Konner
Kevin Pacalioglu
may have no money and no clue, but he does have one thing–he can see dead
people. Faced with New York’s most stubborn ghosts, our hapless medium goes to
whatever lengths necessary to help finish their unfinished business.

Cast: Tyler
Labine, Cat Deeley, Brandon T. Jackson, Lucy DeVito
(World
Premiere)

From Dusk Till
Dawn: The Series
– Pilot
Director/Screenwriter:
Robert Rodriguez
The Gecko
Brothers are back. Based on the thrill-ride film, From Dusk Till Dawn: The
Series
is a supernatural crime saga from Creator, Director and EP
Robert Rodriguez premiering March 11 on El Rey Network.
Cast: D.J.
Cotrona, Zane Holtz, Eiza González, Jesse Garcia, Lane Garrison, and Wilmer
Valderrama, and Don
Johnson
(World Premiere)

Halt and
Catch Fire
Director: Juan
Jose Campanella
, Screenwriters: Christopher Cantwell, Christopher C.
Rogers
Halt and Catch Fire captures the rise of the PC era in
the early 1980s, during which an unlikely trio – a visionary, an engineer and a
prodigy – take personal and professional risks in the race to build a computer
that will change the world as they know it.
Cast: Lee Pace, Scoot McNairy, Mackenzie Rio Davis,
Kerry Bishe, Toby Huss, David Wilson Barnes
(World Premiere)

Penny
Dreadful
(USA / UK)
Directors: John Logan, Juan Antonio
Bayona, Screenwriter: John Logan
Penny
Dreadful
is a psychological horror series that re-imagines
literature’s most terrifying characters (Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray and
iconic figures from the novel Dracula) in a whole new light.
Cast: Josh
Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green, Reeve Carney, Rory Kinnear, Billie Piper,
Danny Sapani, Harry
Treadaway
(World Premiere)

Silicon
Valley
Director: Mike
Judge
, Created By: Mike Judge & John Altschuler & Dave
Krinsky,
Episode One
Written By Mike Judge & John Altschuler & Dave Krinsky.
Episode Two
Written By Carson Mell.
The new HBO
series Silicon Valley
takes a comic look at the
modern-day epicenter of the high-tech gold rush, where the people most
qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success.
Cast: Thomas
Middleditch, T.J. Miller, Zach Woods, Kumail Nanjiani, Martin Starr, Josh
Brener, Christopher Evan Welch, Amanda Crew, Matt Ross
(World
Premiere)

24 BEATS PER SECOND
Showcasing
the sounds, culture & influence of music & musicians, with an emphasis
on documentary. Films
screening in 24 Beats Per Second are:

The 78
Project Movie

Director: Alex
Steyermark
The 78
Project
is a journey to connect today’s musicians with the
recordings of the past. Using a 1930’s Presto recorder, artists get one take to
cut a 78rpm record anywhere, finding in that adventure a new connection to our
shared cultural legacy.
(World Premiere)

AMERICAN
INTERIOR
(Wales)
Directors:
Dylan Goch, Gruff Rhys
Two men. Two
quests. Two centuries apart. Four ways to experience the search for a lost
tribe. Film. Book. Album
. App. (World
Premiere)

The Case of
the Three Sided Dream

Director: Adam
Kahan
The documentary
film on the life and legacy of Rahsaan Roland Kirk – a one of a kind musician,
personality, activist and windmill slayer who despite being blind, becoming
paralyzed, and facing America’s racial injustices – did not relent.
(World
Premiere)

Deep City
Directors:
Dennis Scholl, Marlon Johnson
Deep City is an
inspirational story that explores the early days of soul music in South
Florida, the pioneers of that era and their lasting contributions to the
broader American musical landscape.
(World Premiere)

God Help
the Girl
(UK)
Director/Screenwriter:
Stuart Murdoch
An indie musical
from Stuart Murdoch of Belle and Sebastian about two girls and a boy and the
music they made one Glasgow summer.
Cast: Emily
Browning, Olly Alexander, Hannah Murray, Pierre Boulanger, Cora Bissett

JOHNNY
WINTER: DOWN & DIRTY

Director: Greg
Olliver
A down &
dirty documentary on the life and career of blues legend Johnny Winter,
featuring Edgar Winter, James Cotton, Billy Gibbons, Warren Haynes, Luther
Nallie, Tommy Shannon, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks and more.
(World
Premiere)

Leave The
World Behind
(UK)
Director:
Christian Larson
A documentary following the break-up
of Swedish House Mafia and their subsequent One Last Tour. A rare look at the
electronic scene, amazing live footage and the psychological drama of 3 guys
who walked away from everything to save their friendship. (World Premiere)

Our Vinyl
Weighs A Ton (This Is Stones Throw Records)

Director: Jeff
Broadway
Our Vinyl
Weighs A Ton
is a feature-length documentary about avant-garde Los
Angeles-based record label Stones Throw Records.

Que Caramba
es la Vida
(Germany)
Director: Doris
Dorrie
In the macho
world of Mariachi music, very few women can hold their own. Just like the songs
they play, this film is a snapshot of life, death and the things in between –
seen from a bird’s-eye perspective.
(World Premiere)

Road To
Austin

Director: Gary
Fortin
Road To
Austin
, chronicles how Austin, Texas became the Live Music Capital
of the World, dating from 1835 to present day. The film builds to a climax and
weaves its way towards an all-star live performance led by Stephen Bruton and
his 14-piece band.
(World Premiere)

Rubber Soul
Director/Screenwriter:
Jon Lefkovitz
Rubber Soul reconstructs portions of two
historical interviews with John Lennon and Yoko Ono based on available
transcripts and audio, juxtaposing them in order to explore the dynamic nature
of Lennon’s identity over time.
Cast: Joseph Bearor, Denice Lee, Dillon Porter, Andrew Perez (World Premiere)

Sheffield:
Sex City
(UK)
Director:
Florian Habicht
Dylan said ‘Don’t Look Back’ – but what happens if you do? (World
Premiere)

Soul Boys
of the Western World
(UK)
Director:
George Hencken
A voyage through
the heart of the 80s with one of the decade’s most iconic bands, Spandau
Ballet, this archive-only film tells the story of a group of working-class
London lads who created a global music Empire, but at a price none of them
imagined.
(World Premiere)

SVDDXNLY
Director: David
Laven
SVDDXNLY uncovers the
young life and career of A$AP Rocky and the A$AP Mob, from humble Harlem
beginnings to their rapid rise to fame.
(World
Premiere)

Take Me to
the River

Director:
Martin Shore
Take Me to the River is a film about the soul of
American music. The film follows the recording of a new album featuring legends
from Stax records and Memphis mentoring and passing on their musical magic to
stars and artists of today. (World Premiere)

The Winding
Stream

Director: Beth
Harrington
The Winding
Stream
is the story of the American music dynasty, the Carters and
Cashes, and their decades-long influence on popular music.
(World
Premiere)

SXGLOBAL
A
diverse selection of International filmmaking talent, featuring innovative
narratives, artful documentaries, premieres, festival favorites and more. Films
screening in SX Global are:

The Desert (Argentina)
Director:
Christoph Behl
The failed story
of a love triangle in a post-apocalyptic world.
Cast: Victoria
Almeida, William Prociuk, Lautaro Delgado
(North
American Premiere)

For Those
in Peril
(UK)
Director/Screenwriter:
Paul Wright
In a remote
Scottish town, a young man is the lone survivor of a strange fishing accident
that claimed the lives of 5 men. Spurred on by sea-going folklore, the village
blames him for this tragedy, making him an outcast amongst his own people.
Cast: George
Mackay, Michael Smiley, Nichola Burley, Kate Dickie
(North
American Premiere)

The Special
Need
(Germany / Italy / Austria)
Director: Carlo
Zoratti
Searching for
“the first time” Alex, Carlo and their autistic friend Enea find a
lot more than they were looking for…
(North American Premiere)

Ukraine Is Not A Brothel (Australia)
Director: Kitty Green
A feature documentary that reveals
the truth behind Ukraine’s topless feminist sensation, ‘Femen’.

Wetlands (Germany)
Director: David
F. Wnendt
, Screenwriters: Claus Falkenberg, David F. Wnendt
18-year-old
Helen has her very own view on life, hygiene and good sex. She loves to shock
people with unexpected and un-girly behavior.
Cast: Carla
Juri, Christoph Letkowski, Meret Becker, Marlen Kruse, Peri Baumeister

A Wolf at
the Door
(Brazil)
Director/Screenwriter:
Fernando Coimbra
A nerve-rattling
tale of a kidnapped child and the distraught parents left behind that captures
the darkness that ensues when panic breeds suspicion and love turns to hate.
Cast: Milhelm
Cortaz, Leandra Leal, Fabiula Nascimento
(U.S.
Premiere)

FESTIVAL
FAVORITES
Acclaimed
standouts & selected previous premieres from festivals around the world. Films
screening in Festival Favorites are:

Bad Words
Director: Jason
Bateman
, Screenwriter: Andrew Dodge
Jason Bateman’s feature directorial
debut is the subversive comedy Bad Words
. Bateman stars as Guy, who finds a loophole in the
rules of a national spelling bee and causes trouble by hijacking the
competition.
Cast: Jason
Bateman, Kathryn Hahn, Rohan Chand, Philip Baker Hall, Allison Janney

Boyhood
Director/Screenwriter:
Richard Linklater
One family’s
journey shot over the course of 12 years.
Cast: Patricia
Arquette, Ethan Hawke, Ellar Coltrane, Lorelei Linklater

The Case
Against 8

Directors: Ben
Cotner, Ryan White
A
behind-the-scenes look inside the case to overturn California’s ban on same-sex
marriage. Shot over five years, the film follows the unlikely team that took
the first federal marriage equality lawsuit to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Dog
Directors:
Allison Berg, Frank Keraudren
An astonishing
documentary portrait of the late John Wojtowicz, whose attempted robbery of a
Brooklyn bank to finance his male lover’s sex-reassignment surgery was the
real-life inspiration for the classic Al Pacino film Dog Day Afternoon.

For No Good
Reason
(England)
Director:
Charlie Paul
Johnny Depp pays
a call on his friend and hero Ralph Steadman and we take off on a
high-spirited, raging and kaleidoscopic journey discovering the life and works
of one of the most distinctive radical artists of the last 50 years.

Frank
Director: Lenny
Abrahamson
, Screenwriters: Jon Ronson, Peter Straughan
Frank is a comedy
about a young wannabe musician, Jon, who discovers he’s bitten off more than he
can chew when he joins a band of eccentric musicians led by the mysterious and
enigmatic Frank and his terrifying sidekick, Clara.

Cast:
Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Michael Fassbender, Scoot McNairy, Carla
Azar

Hellion
Director/Screenwriter:
Kat Candler
When 13-year-old
Jacob’s delinquent behavior results in the authorities placing his little
brother Wes with their aunt, he and his emotionally absent father must finally
take responsibility for their actions and each other in order to bring Wes
home.

Cast: Aaron Paul, Juliette Lewis, Josh Wiggins, Deke
Garner, Jonny Mars

The
Internet’s Own Boy:  The Story of
Aaron Swartz

Director: Brian
Knappenberger
The story of
programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz, from the development
of RSS and Reddit to his groundbreaking work in political organizing and the
tragic taking of his own life at the age of 26.

JIMI: All
Is By My Side

Director/Screenwriter:
John Ridley
Covering a year
in Hendrix’s life from 1966-67, the film presents an intimate portrait of the
sensitive young musician on the verge of becoming a rock legend.
Cast: Andre
Benjamin, Hayley Atwell, Imogen Poots, Ruth Negga, Adrian Lester
(U.S.
Premiere)

Kumiko, The
Treasure Hunter

Director/Screenwriter:
David Zellner
, Screenwriter: Nathan Zellner
A lonely
Japanese woman abandons her structured life in Tokyo to seek a satchel of money
rumored to be hidden in the Minnesota wilderness.
Cast: Rinko
Kikuchi, Nobuyuki Katsube, David Zellner, Nathan Zellner, Shirley Venard

No No: A
Dockumentary

Director:
Jeffrey Radice
In the 1970s
Dock Ellis pitched a no-hitter on LSD and courted conflict and controversy, but
his latter years were spent helping others recover from addiction. No No: A
Dockumentary
weaves a surprising story of a life in and out of the spotlight.
*SXsports screening

Obvious
Child

Director/Screenwriter:
Gillian Robespierre
Obvious Child is an
unapologetically honest comedy about what happens when 27 year
old Brooklyn
stand-up comedian Donna Stern (Jenny Slate) gets dumped, fired and pregnant
just in time for Valentine’s Day.
Cast: Jenny
Slate, Jake Lacy, Gaby Hoffmann, Gabe Liedman, David Cross

Only Lovers
Left Alive

Director/Screenwriter:
Jim Jarmusch
A story centered
on two vampires who have been in love for centuries.
Cast: Tom
Hiddleston, Tilda Swinton, Mia Wasikowska, John Hurt, Anton Yelchin

Ping Pong
Summer

Director/Screenwriter:
Michael Tully
Coming
soon…Summer 1985.
Cast: Susan
Sarandon, John Hannah, Lea Thompson, Amy Sedaris, Robert Longstreet

The Raid 2
Director/Screenwriter:
Gareth Evans
Picking up from
right where the first film ends, The Raid 2
follows Rama as
he goes undercover and infiltrates the ranks of a ruthless Jakarta crime
syndicate in order to protect his family and uncover the corruption in the
police force.
Cast: Iko
Uwais, Yayan Ruhian, Arifin Putra, Oka Antara, Tio Pakusadwo

SPECIAL
EVENTS
Live
Soundtracks, cult re-issues & much more. Our Special Events section offers
unusual, unexpected & unique film event one-offs. Films screening in Special Events are:

All
American High: Revisited

Director: Keva
Rosenfeld
All American High: Revisited is a time capsule of teen life in
the 1980s, a long-lost documentary that captures an unforgettable era through
the eyes of those who lived it.

Double
Play: James Benning and Richard Linklater
(France / Portugal / US)
Director: Gabe
Klinger
A documentary
portrait of the friendship between the renowned filmmakers James Benning and
Richard Linklater.
(U.S. Premiere)

GODZILLA:
THE JAPANESE ORIGINAL
(Japan)
Director:
Ishiro Honda
, Screenwriters: Takeo Murata, Ishiro Honda
The 1954 classic
that inspired the modern monster movie (national re-release from Rialto
Pictures in April). Q&A with Gareth Edwards, director of the summer 2014
film Godzilla, from Warner Bros Pictures and Legendary Pictures.

Cast: Takashi
Shimura, Akira Takarada, Momoko Kochi

The
Grand Budapest Hotel
– Extended Q&A with Wes Anderson

Director/Screenwriter:
Wes Anderson
The
Grand Budapest Hotel

recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a
famous European hotel between the wars; and Zero Moustafa, the lobby
boy who becomes his most trusted friend.  The story involves the
theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting; a raging battle for
an enormous family fortune; a desperate chase on motorcycles,
trains, sleds, and skis; and the sweetest confection of a
love affair – all against the back-drop of a suddenly and
dramatically changing Continent. 
Cast: Ralph
Fiennes, Tony Revolori, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody,
Willem Dafoe, Jeff
Goldblum, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan, Jason
Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton, Tom
Wilkinson, Owen Wilson

The Texas
Chain Saw Massacre
– 40th Anniversary Screening
Director/Screenwriter:
Tobe Hooper
, Screenwriter: Kim Henkel
An idyllic
summer afternoon becomes a terrifying nightmare for five young friends after
they stumble upon the home of a depraved Texas clan.

Cast: Marilyn
Burns, Paul A. Partain, Edwin Neal, Jim Siedow, Gunnar Hansen

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