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SXSW Announces 2015 Midnighters and Shorts Program

SXSW Announces 2015 Midnighters and Shorts Program

The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival, now in its 22nd year, runs March 13-21, 2015 in Austin, Texas.

This year’s Midnighters lineup of 11 genre films includes nine world-premiering thrillers, sci-fi, dark comedies and horrors. Two Sundance faves, “The Nightmare” and “Turbo Kid,” also make their way to SXSW this year. For the shorts program, 106 films were selected from a record 4,935 submissions.

Midnighters lineup below; short films after the jump.

READ MORE: SXSW Unveils 2015 Feature Film Lineup

MIDNIGHTERS 

The
Corpse of Anna Fritz
(Spain)

Director:
Hèctor Hernández Vicens, Screenwriters: Hèctor Hernándes Vicens, Isaac P. Creus

Anna
Fritz, a famous and beautiful actress, has died recently. Three young men sneak
into the morgue to see her naked. Fascinated by her beauty, they decide to
become the last people to have sex with her. Cast: Alba Ribas, Cristian Valencia, Bernat Saumell, Albert Carbó (World
Premiere)

 

Deathgasm
(New Zealand)

Director/Screenwriter:
Jason Lei Howden

New
kid in town Brodie and bad-boy Zakk quickly bond over their mutual admiration
of heavy metal. But when these two metal thrashing losers unwittingly summon
malevolent forces, their dreams of stardom may just have to be put on hold. Cast: Milo Cawthorne, James Blake, Kimberley
Crossman, Stephen Ure
(World Premiere)

 

The
Diabolical

Director:
Alistair Legrand, Screenwriters: Alistair Legrand, Luke Harvis

When
a single mother and her two young children are tormented by an increasingly
strange and intense presence, she turns to her science teacher boyfriend to
help take on the violent forces that paranormal experts are too frightening to
face. Cast: Ali Larter, Arjun Gupta, Max
Rose, Merrin Dungey, Chloe Perrin, Kurt Carley, Patrick Fischler, Wilmer
Calderon, Tom Wright, Laura Margolis
(World Premiere)

Excess
Flesh

Director:
Patrick Kennelly, Screenwriters: Sigrid Gilmer, Patrick Kennelly

Obsessed
with her sexy roommate, Jill violently imprisons Jennifer in their apartment in
a twisted attempt to bring them closer together. Cast: Bethany Orr, Mary Loveless, Wes McGee, Sheresade Poblet, Jill
Jacobson, Dana L. Wilson, Kristin Minter, Robert Maffia, Jules Bruff, Juan
Riedinger
(World Premiere) 

HANGMAN

Director:
Adam Mason, Screenwriters: Adam Mason, Simon Boyes

Returning
from vacation, the Miller family find their home has been broken into. After
cleaning up the mess they continue with their lives, shaking off the feeling of
being violated. But little do they know the nightmare has just begun. Cast: Jeremy Sisto, Kate Ashfield, Ty
Simpkins, Ryan Simpkins, Amy Smart, Ross Partridge, Vince Ventresca, Bruno
Acalinas, Ethan Harris-Riggs, Jamie Lee
(World Premiere)

He
Never Died

Director/Screenwriter:
Jason Krawczyk

Jack
is a man battling his eternal struggle with cannibalism. There are very few
reasons to live when you can’t die. Cast:
Henry Rollins, Steven Ogg, Kate Greenhouse, BooBoo Stewart, Jordan Todosey
(World
Premiere) 

The
Invitation

Director:
Karyn Kusama, Screenwriters: Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi

While
attending a dinner party at his former home, a man thinks his ex-wife and her
new husband have sinister intention for their guests. Cast: Logan Marshall-Green, Tammy Blanchard, Michiel Huisman, Emayatzy
Corinealdi, Lindsay Burdge, John Carroll Lynch, Mike Doyle, Michelle Krusiec,
Karl Yune, Jordi Vilasuso
(World Premiere) 

The
Nightmare

Director:
Rodney Ascher

The Nightmare is
an original horror documentary from the Oscar winning producer of Undefeated, the producer of Jiro Dreams of Sushi, and the producer
of The Pact and is directed by Rodney
Ascher, the acclaimed director of the Room
237
.

Pod

Director/Screenwriter:
Mickey Keating

A
family intervention goes horrifically awry within the snowy confines of an
isolated lake house. Cast: Lauren Ashley
Carter, Dean Cates, Brian Morvant, Larry Fessenden, John Weselcouch
(World
Premiere)

Turbo
Kid (Canada / New Zealand)

Director/Screenwriter:
RKSS Collective

In
a post-apocalyptic future, The Kid, a young solitary scavenger obsessed with
comic books must face his fears and become a hero when he meets a mysterious
girl named APPLE.

Cast: Michael Ironside, Munro
Chambers, Laurence Leboeuf, Edwin Wright, Aaron Jeffrey

We
Are Still Here

Director/Screenwriter:
Ted Geoghegan

In
the cold, winter fields of New England, there sits a house that wakes up every
30 years and demands a sacrifice. Cast:
Barbara Crampton, Andrew Sensenig, Larry Fesseden, Lisa Marie, Monte Markham

(World Premiere)

NARRATIVE SHORTS

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 2015 Academy Award nomination for
Best Narrative Short.

 

09:55
– 11:05, Ingrid Ekman, Bergsgatan 4B
(Sweden)

Directors:
Cristine Berglund, Sophie Vukovic

67-year
old Ingrid has decided to deal with cancer on her own. She retreats from the
outside world and it retreats from her – apart from sporadic visits from the
home care services. But then home care employee Frida knocks on her door and
awakens feelings that Ingrid can’t shut out.

 

Actresses

Director:
Jeremy Hersh

Follows
the relationship between a 23-year-old aspiring actress and an off-broadway
star.

 

Aspirational

Director:
Matthew Frost

In
Aspirational, a short film for
fashion magazine Vs., Frost takes aim at selfie culture with the help of
Kirsten Dunst.

 

Baby

Director:
Samuel Aaron Bennett

Naomi’s
got a problem. The vodka in the hotel mini-bar may not be the answer, but it
helps her escape a reality she won’t face, at least for a little while. (World
Premiere)

 

Donald
And Jess

Director:
Paul Briganti

A
lonely plumber fights for a customer he’s fallen for. (World Premiere)

 

Followers
(Australia/UK)

Director:
Tim Marshall

We
all need something… or someone to follow.

 

Guest
Room

Director:
Joshua Tate

A
young woman with Down Syndrome (Glee’s
Lauren Potter) grapples with intimacy, identity, and adulthood after an
unplanned pregnancy with her boyfriend. (World Premiere)

 

HALLWAY

Director:
Leah Shore

Shot
exclusively in a secret sex club in New York City, a drug-induced couple
unleash upon each other an existential barrage of delusion and broken dreams. (World
Premiere)

 

Happy
with Bear
(Australia)

Director:
Yianni Warnock

A
Singaporean exchange student struggles with her inner turmoil by vicariously
living through her online persona. (World Premiere)

 

LERATO
(USA/South Africa)

Director:
Thati Peele

Happy,
a short-tempered South African farm labourer, must contend his fate to get his
young daughter to a prestigious piano audition on time. (World Premiere)

 

Myrna
the Monster

Director:
Ian Samuels

A
heartbroken alien dreamer from the moon transitions into young adult life in
Los Angeles like any other twentysomething.

 

Oh
Lucy
(Japan/USA/Singapore)

Director:
Atsuko Hirayanagi

Setsuko,
a 55-year-old single so-called office lady in Tokyo, is given a blonde wig and
a new identity, Lucy, by her young unconventional English-language teacher.
“Lucy” awakens desires in Setsuko she never knew existed.

 

Pink
Grapefruit

Director:
Michael Mohan

A
young married couple brings two of their single friends out to Palm Springs for
a long weekend. It does not go as planned.

 

Primrose

Director:
Clara Aranovich

An
unlikely love story set along Kenai Lake in Alaska. (World Premiere)

 

Room
55
(UK)

Director:
Rose Glass

Set
in 1950s England, Room 55 follows the
journey of Alice Lawson – strictly self-disciplined wife, mother and celebrated
television cook – as she spends an unplanned night alone at the mysterious
Clove Hotel…

 

Share

Director:
Pippa Bianco

A
15-year-old girl returns to school after someone shares an explicit video of
her. (World Premiere)

 

Teenland
(Denmark)

Director:
Marie Grahtø

Teenland
is neo-kitsch fantasy about incarcerated teens so fucked up emotionally that
they have developed supernatural powers – like all teenagers really. It’s time
to release the teens of the world. (World Premiere)

 

Wait
’til the Wolves Make Nice

Director:
Jessica dela Merced

Five
kids turn their innocence to ashes on a hot summer day in Detroit. (World
Premiere)

 

We’ll
Find Something

Director:
Casey Gooden

A
couple struggles to choose a restaurant while visiting New York. (World
Premiere)

 

What
Doesn’t Kill You

Director:
Darya Zhuk

After
a rare diagnosis, Lily’s attempts to flee from war torn Israel are thwarted
when the airport shuts down and her zany cousin forces her to party. (World
Premiere)

 

 

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS

Unfiltered
slices of life, from across the documentary spectrum. The winner of our Grand
Jury Award in this category is eligible for a 2015 Academy Award nomination for
Best Documentary Short.

 

Bob
Spells Backwards

Directors:
Josh Polon, Ryan Maxey

Bob
has this superpower he can do most of the time. (World Premiere)

 

Born
To Be Mild
(UK)

Director:
Andy Oxley

Documentary
delving into the peculiar world of the Dull Men’s Club. (U.S. Premiere)

 

Boxeadora
(USA/Cuba)

Director:
Meg Smaker

One
woman defies Fidel Castro’s ban on female boxing to follow her dream of Olympic
glory. Boxeadora tells the story of
her harrowing journey against insurmountable odds to become Cuba’s first female
boxer. (World Premiere)

 

Calls
to Okies: The Park Grubbs Story

Directors:
Bradley Beesley, Ben Steinbauer

In
the early 1980’s, a group of disenfranchised Oklahoma teenagers mastered the
art of prank phone calls and became known as Park Grubbs. (World Premiere)

 

El
Porvenir

Directors:
Josh Chertoff, Alfredo Alcantara

El Porvenir
tells the story of Abelardo Olguin, a third-generation cockfighter struggling
to hold on to his family’s way of life in the face of a growing movement to ban
the sport across the Mexican states. (World Premiere)

 

Every
Day

Director:
Gabe Spitzer

At
86, Joy Johnson was the oldest woman to run the 2013 New York City Marathon.
This is the story of an inspiring athlete with an uncommon passion for her
sport, and for life.

 

Growth

Director:
Mishka Kornai

An
ode to the universality of life and its phases, through a collection of
personal stories shared by unique individuals. (World Premiere)

 

 

 

 

 

 

I
Thought I Told You To Shut Up!!
(Canada)

Director:
Charlie Tyrell

In
1977 David Boswell created comic book anti-hero Reid Fleming, The World’s
Toughest Milkman. 30 years later, the big screen Hollywood adaptation remains
in limbo. Narrated by Academy Award-Winner Jonathan Demme. (World Premiere)

 

THE
LAST MILE

Director:
Ondi Timoner

61%
of California inmates return to prison within 3 years. The Last Mile program at
San Quentin Prison helps offenders become entrepreneurs, training them to start
their own companies, despite being denied access to computers & the
Internet. (World Premiere)

 

The
Little Deputy
(Canada)

Director:
Trevor Anderson

Trevor
tries to have a photo taken with his father.

 

Love
Has No Age

Director:
Eli Born

A
love story reunion between a woman who joined a Cult called, “The Source
Family”, and a legendary rock photographer. (U.S. Premiere)

 

Picturing
Barbara Kruger

Director:
Pippa Bianco

How
do you make a film about the artist’s image without using it? (World Premiere)

 

Spearhunter

Directors:
Adam Roffman, Luke Poling

In
the wilds of rural Alabama, a spear-hunter proclaims himself “world’s
greatest”, erecting a museum dedicated to his bizarre obsession. An
offbeat cast of lovers and acolytes remember his tactics both for killing and
for leaving a legacy. (World Premiere)

 

Terms
of Intimacy

Director:
Melissa Langer

A
glimpse into the emerging industry of professional cuddling and the lives of
the clients that use this service. (U.S. Premiere)

 

Tiger
Hood

Director:
Christopher André Marks

Patrick
Barr has a passion for golf, what he doesn’t have are fairways or golf balls.
Undaunted, Patrick a.k.a. “Tiger Hood,” swings his way to
self-acceptance on the streets of the Lower East Side of Manhattan. (World
Premiere)

 

unmappable

Directors:
Diane Hodson, Jasmine Luoma

Weaving
together the life and work of iconoclastic psychogeographer and convicted sex
offender, Denis Wood, this meditative portrait unveils the inner workings of a
man who unapologetically pushes boundaries both personally and professionally.

 

 

 

 

ANIMATED SHORTS

An
assortment of stories told using a mix of traditional animation,
computer-generated effects, stopmotion, and everything in-between. The winner
of our Grand Jury Award in this category is eligible for a 2015 Academy Award
nomination for Best Animated Short.

 

All
Your Favorite Shows!

Director:
Danny Madden

Anything
you wanna watch in the palm of your hands! Crazy convenient. Crazy. . . (World
Premiere)

 

Bottom
Feeders

Director:
Matt Reynolds

A
hand drawn animation documenting a parasitic reproductive cycle. (World
Premiere)

 

Butter
Ya’Self

Director:
Julian Petschek

A
banana and a hot dog bun are famous.

 

Half
Wet
(UK)

Director:
Sophie Koko Gate

We
are all born as wet as a banana, 75% water.

 

LAVA

Director:
James Ford Murphy

Inspired
by the isolated beauty of tropical islands and the explosive allure of ocean
volcanoes, LAVA is a musical love
story that takes place over millions of years.

 

PALM
ROT

Director:
Ryan Gillis

An
old crop-duster discovers a mysterious crate floating in the Florida
Everglades. Bringing the crate onto his airboat is just the first in a series
of decisions he learns to regret.

 

Pig

Director:
Steven Subotnick

The
pig is everything. (North American Premiere)

 

Roadtrip
(Germany)

Director:
Xaver Xylophon

Julius
can’t sleep. To get his head empty he decides to go on a roadtrip, but somehow
he can’t manage to leave. A hand drawn film about failure, insomnia, a red
motorbike, pretty bargirls, the desolateness of Berlin and waterproof socks.

 

teeth
(UK/Hungary/USA)

Directors:
Daniel Gray, Tom Brown

The
point of no return cannot be crossed twice.

 

whole
(Denmark)

Director:
William Reynish

whole
is a film about heartache. (U.S. Premiere)

 

 

World
of Tomorrow

Director:
Don Hertzfeldt

A
little girl is taken on a mind-bending tour of her distant future.

 

 

MIDNIGHT SHORTS

Bite-sized
bits for all of your sex, genre, and hilarity needs.

 

ANAL
JUKE
 -anal
juice-
(Japan)

Director:
Sawako Kabuki

A
dream about my ex-boyfriend and the uneasy atmosphere of Japan after the earthquake
are remixed.

 

Bag
Man

Directors:
Josh Baker, Jonathan Baker

Bag Man
is the understated story of a 12 year old African American boy, who takes us on
an introspective journey out of the city and into the remote countryside of
upstate New York, with a mysterious duffle bag in hand. (World Premiere)

 

CROW
HAND!!!

Director:
Brian Lonano

A
“CAW”tionary tale!!! (North American Premiere)

 

Interesting
Ball
(USA/UK)

Director:
DANIELS

A
red ball bounces past a cafe and a couple folks’ houses and then goes to the
beach.

 

Kiss
Kiss Fingerbang

Director:
Gillian Wallace Horvat

A
nice guy discovers a darker side of his personality when his girlfriend reveals
her hidden weakness. (World Premiere)

 

Knock
Knock

Director:
Jeff Betancourt

Val
and her friends play a game that allows them to communicate with the dead. The
Knock Knock Game turns any doorway into a portal to the hereafter, but the
girls soon learn that there are rules that should never be broken. (World
Premiere)

 

Le
Pédophile
(Canada)

Director:
Ara Ball

Le Pédophile
tells the hard hitting story of a woman coping with a history of being sexually
abused, and the violence and tenderness which helps her leave it behind. (World
Premiere)

 

WELCOME
to WILLITS: AFTER SUNDOWN

Director:
Trevor Ryan

Some
deals go wrong. Some deals go very wrong. (World Premiere)

 

 

 

 

 

MUSIC VIDEOS

A
range of classic, innovative, and stylish work showcasing the scope of music
video culture.

 

Blood
Orange – “You’re Not Good Enough”

Director:
Gia Coppola

 

Boy
& Bear – “Bridges”
(Australia)

Director:
Summer DeRoche

 

Chet
Faker – “Gold”

Director:
Hiro Murai

 

clipping.
– “Body & Blood”

Director:
Patrick Kennelly

 

Dent
de Cuir – “She’s Bad
” (France)

Directors:
Dent De Cuir

 

DJ
Snake featuring Lil’ Jon – “Turn Down for What”

Director:
DANIELS

 

Donn
Bhat – “Disco Disco”
(India)

Director:
Aakash Bhatia

 

Duke
Dumont – “Won’t Look Back”
(UK/USA)

Director:
Tim Main

 

Hercules
and Love Affair – “I Try to Talk to You”

Director:
David Wilson

 

Hudson
and Troop – “Frameless”
(Australia)

Directors:
Andrew Goldsmith, Darcy Prendergast

 

Jack
Kovacs (feat. Huxlee) – “The Empty House”

Director:
Anna Zlokovic

 

Moody
Good feat. Eryn Allen Kane – “Musicbx”
(UK)

Director:
Max McCabe

 

Mr
Little Jeans – “Good Mistake”

Director:
Ian & Cooper

 

Nils
Frahm – “Re”
(Hungary)

Director:
Balázs Simon

 

Paolo
Nutini – “Iron Sky”
(UK)

Director: Daniel Wolfe

 

Saint
Pepsi – “Fiona Coyne”

Director:
Matt Walker

 

Taggart
and Rosewood – “The Kink”

Directors:
Brandon LaGanke, John Carlucci

 

Toys
– “Golden Line”
(France)

Director:
Vladimir de Fontenay

 

Valentino
Khan – “Make Some Noise”

Director:
Tim Hendrix

 

 

TEXAS SHORTS

An
offshoot of our regular narrative shorts program, composed of work shot in,
about, or somehow relating to the Lone Star state.

 

+
/ –

Directors:
Andy Irvine, Mark Smoot

A
young couple examines their relationship as they await the result of a
pregnancy test. (World Premiere)

 

Carne
Seca

Director:
Jazmin Diaz

Brothers
David and Oscar Juarez have until sunset in rural Mexico to turn a profit on
their father’s business, or face the consequences of his belligerence. (World
Premiere)

 

Darknet
Delivery: A Silk Road Story
(USA/Germany)

Directors:
Lacey Dorn, Mafalda Millies

In
the era of Internet hyper-connectivity, four friends order drugs online, only
to reveal how disconnected they really are.

 

Detective
Calzone

Director:
Austin Tolin

When
a new piece of evidence arrives for an unsolved case, Detective Lenny Calzone
decides to put in a late night at the crime lab. (World Premiere)

 

Melville

Director:
James M. Johnston

Marcus
is dealing with some serious shit. (World Premiere)

 

The
OceanMaker
(USA/Belize)

Director:
Lucas Martell

After
the seas have disappeared, a courageous young female pilot fights against
vicious sky pirates for control of the last remaining source of water: the
clouds.

 

The
Samaritans

Director:
John Bryant

A
salesman faces the most difficult and important negotiation of his life. (World
Premiere)

 

Squirrel

Director:
Tomas Vengris

A
young girl’s contemplation of her budding sexuality takes us on a dark
psychological journey about love, sex, and manipulation. (North American Premiere)

Star
Cadets

Director:
Joe Nicolosi

For
two star pilots on a deep space patrol mission, hostile alien races aren’t the
biggest threat… boredom is. (World Premiere)

 

Woman
of the World

Director:
Allison Cook

On
a visit to Los Angeles, Rachel has an encounter with a celebrity that reminds
her she is right where she belongs. (World Premiere)

 

 

TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL
SHORTS

Texas
High School students offer a glimpse of a bright future for Texas filmmaking.

 

Art-O-Mat:
The Art Machine

Director:
Jose Couvillion

Art-O-Mat: The Art Machine
is a short documentary exploring Clark Whittington’s original creation, the
Art-O-Mat, a vending machine that sells small pieces of original art.

 

as
needed.

Director:
Jonah Goldberg

A
boy who has trouble with controlling his anger begins to take medication, but
not everyone agrees with this choice.

 

Awake
After Sleepless Nights

Director:
Nathan Jowers

Joshua,
a young student, struggles against sleep deprivation, turning to online games
for relief.

 

Dolls

Directors:
Katie Dai, Rachel Davis

Dolls
is the story of two girls getting ready for a party in conventional – and
unconventional! – ways.

 

Evelyn
Parker

Director:
Gretchen Lynch

Evelyn Parker
is a short kids film about a nine year old girl who realizes she might just
need math to make it big in the fashion world.

 

Five
Words

Director:
Abbey Perez

During
her college application process, Mira must constantly brag about herself, but
she can’t think of anything good to say. In this coming-of-age story, Mira
relies on help from her friends to figure out what makes her special.

 

Greg
The Magnificent

Directors:
Umar Qadeer, Nick Chaviers

Greg The Magnificent
follows Greg Smith, an under-appreciated kid who is constantly picked on.  A magic kit mysteriously arrives at his front
door that motivates him to become “someone.”

 

 

 

Grief

Directors:
Garrett Monk, Calvin Herbst

A
short film illustrating the Kübler-Ross model, commonly known as the 5 stages
of grief. The film reflects each stage through a group of friends as they
struggle to overcome the loss of someone close to them.

 

Home

Director:
Caitlin O’Brien

Home
is a dramatic science fiction short about a young girl who is faced with the
frailty of life and the humanity of home.

 

I
am not a Hero

Director:
Murphy Studebaker

I am not a Hero
explores the significance of knowledge, creativity, and self-expression.

 

It’s
A Thing

Directors:
Meredith Morran, Sage McCommas

A
short exploration of two quirky high school students with irrational fears.
They find each other and the power of love.

 

It’s
Really Odd

Directors:
Elisabetta Diorio, Joshua Leftwich

A
hopelessly romantic eighth-grader finds herself about to experience what she
once admired from a safe distance on a black-and-white screen.

 

Just
Your Average Joe

Directors:
Pearl Basinski, Jade Basinski

Life
is a long dark tunnel and you’re the light at the end.

 

KERS

Director:
Alexia Salingaros

KERS
is a short documentary on a female graffiti artist. Braving the general
public’s critical eye, she reveals her talents and takes us through the
struggles she faces in her art form.

 

Luminosity

Director:
Alexia Salingaros

In
a fast-deteriorating world, a lonely hero must join together with an unlikely
crew of misfits to uncover a secret and save their dying civilization.

 

Michelin

Directors:
Caila Pickett, Gray Deuber

A
chef redefines success.

 

Noel

Director:
Michael Morrison

Noel
is a dramatic film representing the immature and irrational decision of a teen
who is maltreated. 

Pokemon
Rivals Trailer

Directors:
Josh Ulmer, Branden Shoemaker

Pokemon Rivals Trailer
is a live action Film based on the popular card and TV show Pokemon. It follows the characters Ash,
Brock, and Gary from a different perspective than the light hearted TV show. 

Professor
Hancock’s Orchestra

Director:
Charlie Ozburn

Professor Hancock’s Orchestra
is a documentary showcasing the work of a band, led by high school senior Colin
Hancock, who recreated the sound and analog recording technique of Jazz legend
Buddy Bolden.

 

Shadows
in the Woods

Director:
Anthony Martino

Shadows in the Woods
is a horror film following a couple on a camping trip in the woods. Things take
a dark turn when the man’s sick fantasy is carried out.

 

The
Passion of the Mime

Director:
William Hoinoski

An
aging detective and his rookie partner stumble upon a unique crime scene.

 

Turtle:
A Super 8 Short Film

Director:
Cameron Fisher

In
a wordless tale, a lonely boy’s heartfelt encounter with an unexpected visitor
(a tortoise) develops into an unlikely friendship based on trust.

 

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