SXSW Adds World Premieres from Alumni Mike Birbiglia and Ti West to 2016 Lineup

SXSW Adds World Premieres from Alumni Mike Birbiglia and Ti West to 2016 Lineup

New films from Mike Birbiglia ("Sleepwalk with Me"), Ti West ("The Innkeepers"), and a doc from studio exec-turned-director Susan Glatzer highlight the latest additions to SXSW’s feature film lineup, set to open March 11 with the world premiere of Richard Linklater’s "Everybody Wants Some." 
Birbiglia’s comedy "Don’t Think Twice," with Keegan-Michael Key, West’s revenge drama "In the Valley of Violence," starring Ethan Hawke, Taissa Farmiga, and John Travolta, and Glatzer’s swing dance doc "Alive and Kicking" join the U.S. premiere of "Wild" director Jean-Marc Vallee’s "Demolition," with Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts, and Chris Cooper. 

In her eighth year, SXSW Film Festival head Janet Pierson and her team juggled programming the return of many SXSW alumni with "a lot of unknowns," she said in a phone interview. "We are always showing new emerging work, so we default to discovery and giving a platform to new voices." 52 of the films shown this year are from first-time filmmakers, with 89 world premieres. "For the competition, we are looking for a director’s hand to be evident from people early in their careers," she said. "With so many more films than we have room for, if the star power is too high, or people are too famous, that’s a reason not to be in competition." All of the competition films are world premieres without distribution. 

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Among the ten narrative competition titles are "Before the Sun Explodes," from Debra Eisenstadt ("Oleanna," "The Heidi Chronicles"); Julia Hart’s "Miss Stevens," starring Lily Rabe; and Canadian title "The Other Half," with Tom Cullen ("Weekend"), Tatiana Maslany ("Orphan Black"), and Suzanne Clement ("Laurence Anyways"). In the documentary competition are "Tower," Keith Maitland’s animated examination of a school shooting; Laura Dunn’s "The Seer," about writer Wendell Berry; and "The Space in Between," featuring Marina Abramovic ("The Artist is Present") on a trek through Brazil.   

One theme this year is a lot of co-directors and anthologies, including the narrative competition selection, which as always includes ten films. The programmers were impressed with "collective:unconscious," an omnibus film directed by several SXSW alumni. "Films jumped out when we were taken with the world presented, the characters or the style or a surprising story," said Pierson. 139 features will be shown from 2,455 feature films submitted, including 1,467 from the U.S. and 990 from other countries. And many features are from SXSW alumni such as Bobby Miller, who showed shorts at prior fests. 
There were 1,013 documentary submissions. "We focus on: is it the big through the small, the universal through the intimate?" said Pierson. "Can it illustrate larger truths? Is it a sensibility? Some of these are very personal stories."
Back at SXSW is a TV section, which was started in 2014 ("Halt and Catch Fire," "Silicon Valley," "Penny Dreadful") after the success of the first HBO SXSW premiere, "Girls," in 2012, followed by "Bates Motel" in 2013. They program one TV premiere a day with an extended Q & A Friday to Tuesday after the daily 11 am keynote speech. Last year included "Mr. Robot" and "UnREAL." This year brings five more, including Danny McBride’s "Vice Principals," sexy romance "You, Me and Her," and Robert Kirkman horror comic adaptation "Outcast." 
What excites Pierson the most is the potential discovery of new talent among all the sections, including the Spotlight, Sports, VR/AR and SXGlobal offerings from around the world. "We want people to embrace the mix-up, the world-expanding, brain-expanding film music and interactive, all overlapping," said Pierson. "We want people to come and engage in possibility, engage in the bigger environment and also stay intact with the pure film festival conference experience."
Festival Favorites, Special Events, Midnighters and Shorts will be announced next week, a departure from previous years.

Read the list of announced features to screen at this year’s SXSW below. 

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NARRATIVE FEATURE
COMPETITION

Ten
world premieres; ten unique ways to celebrate the art of storytelling. Selected
from 1,442 narrative feature submissions in
2016.

The Arbalest

Director/Screenwriter:
Adam Pinney

The
inventor of the world’s greatest toy reflects on his decade-long obsession with
a woman who hates him. Cast: Mike Brune,
Tallie Medel
(World Premiere)

Before The Sun Explodes

Director:
Debra Eisenstadt, Screenwriters: Debra Eisenstadt, Zeke Farrow

After
his wife kicks him out, an anxious comedian is lured in by an intriguing woman
with a stalker. Cast: Bill Dawes, Sarah
Butler, Christine Woods, Michael Rivkin, Amir Arison, Kerri Safran, Anna
Margaret Hollyman, Gene Serritella, Kristin Slaysman, Eric Fillipkowski
(World
Premiere)

Claire in Motion

Directors/Screenwriters:
Lisa Robinson, Annie J. Howell

Claire
is sure of herself, her work and family, until — like a bad dream — her husband
disappears, leaving a trail of puzzling secrets that shatter her certainty. Cast: Betsy Brandt, Chris Beetem, Zev
Haworth, Anna Margaret Hollyman, Sakina Jaffrey
(World Premiere)

collective:unconscious

Directors:
collective:unconscious (Lily Baldwin, Frances Bodomo, Daniel Patrick Carbone,
Josephine Decker, Lauren Wolkstein), Screenwriters: Jamal Batts, Lily Baldwin,
Frances Bodomo, Daniel Patrick Carbone, Mariama Diallo, Lauren Wolkstein, Dan Schoenbrun (Concept By)

Five
of independent film’s most adventurous filmmakers adapt each other’s dreams for
the screen. This is going to get strange… Cast:
Frank Mosley, Will Blomker, Lily Baldwin, Tonya Pinkins, Daniel Ryan, Ryan
Cassata, Sanda Weigl, MJ Frank, Samuel John Damon, Jamal Batts
(World
Premiere)

Donald Cried

Director:
Kris Avedisian, Screenwriters: Kris Avedisian, Kyle Espeleta, Jesse Wakeman
Returning home to working class Warwick, Rhode Island, Peter Latang encounters
childhood friend Donald Treebeck for what starts as a simple favor and turns
into a long van ride into two friends past. Cast:
Kris Avedisian, Jesse Wakeman, Louisa Krause
(World Premiere)

Hunter Gatherer

Director/Screenwriter:
Josh Locy

After
a three-year stint in prison, an unreasonably optimistic middle-aged man
returns to his stagnant neighborhood to win back his girlfriend only to find
that she and his family have done what they always wanted to do – forget he
exists. Cast: Andre Royo, George Sample
III, Kellee Stewart, Ashley Wilkerson, Kevin Jackson, Antonio D. Charity,
Celestial, Alexis DeLaRosa, Jeanetta Arnette
(World Premiere)

Miss Stevens

Director:
Julia Hart, Screenwriters: Julia Hart, Jordan Horowitz

Stuck
at a crossroads in her personal life, it falls on Miss Stevens to chaperone
three of her students — Billy, Margot and Sam — on a weekend trip to a drama
competition. Cast: Lily Rabe, Timotheé
Chalamet, Lili Reinhart, Anthony Quintal, Rob Huebel, Oscar Nuñez
(World
Premiere)

The Other Half (Canada)

Director/Screenwriter:
Joey Klein

A
grief-stricken man and a bipolar woman fall in love and try to forge a simple
life together. Cast: Tom Cullen, Tatiana
Maslany, Suzanne Clement, Henry Czerny, Mark Rendall, Deragh Campbell, Nancy
Palk
(World Premiere)

A Stray

Director/Screenwriter:
Musa Syeed

Trying
to outrun his bad luck, a young Muslim refugee in Minneapolis seems like he
just might make it — until he crosses paths with a stray dog. Cast: Barkhad Abdirahman, Faysal Ahmed ,
Christina Baldwin, Ayla, Fathia Absie, Jamaal “Happy Khalif” Farah, Abdullahi
Haji-Mohamed, Ifrah Mansour, Rhiana Yazzie, George McCauley
(World
Premiere)

Transpecos

Director:
Greg Kwedar, Screenwriters: Greg Kwedar, Clint Bentley

For
three US Border Patrol agents, the contents of one car reveal an insidious plot
within their own ranks. The next 24 hours may cost them their lives. Cast: Johnny Simmons, Gabriel Luna, Clifton
Collins, Jr.
(World Premiere)

Narrative
Feature Jury:
Lindsay Bahr, Associated Press; Richard
Brody
, New Yorker; and Alonso Duralde, The Wrap

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
COMPETITION

Ten
world premieres: ten real world stories that demonstrate innovation, energy and
bold voices. Selected from 1,013 feature
documentary submissions in 2016.

Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race
& America

Director:
Matt Ornstein 

Daryl
Davis has an unusual hobby. As a musician he has played with legends like Chuck
Berry and Little Richard, but in his spare time he likes to meet and befriend
members of the Ku Klux Klan. Join Daryl on his personal quest to understand
racism. (World Premiere)

Alive and Kicking

Director/Screenwriter:
Susan Glatzer 

Alive
and Kicking gives the audience an intimate, insider’s view into the culture of
the current swing dance world while shedding light on issues facing modern
American society. (World Premiere)

Best and Most Beautiful Things

Director:
Garrett Zevgetis 

In
a celebration of outcasts everywhere, a precocious young blind woman disappears
into quirky obsessions and isolation. With humor and bold curiosity, she chases
love and freedom in the most unexpected of places: a provocative fringe
community. (World Premiere)

Goodnight Brooklyn – The Story of Death
By Audio

Director:
Matthew Conboy 

Death
By Audio, an underground art and music venue, is forced to close in 2014. The
film focuses on the struggles of maintaining a community in the face of
Brooklyn property development, hostile construction workers and a one
billion-dollar company. (World Premiere)

The Liberators

Director:
Cassie Hay 

A
tiny Texas town. $350 million worth of medieval treasure. The discovery is just
the beginning. (World Premiere)

Orange Sunshine

Director/Screenwriter:
William A. Kirkley

The
never-before-told story of the Brotherhood of Eternal Love – a spiritual group
of surfers and hippies in California who became the largest suppliers of LSD
and Hash in the world during the 60’s and 70’s. (World Premiere)

Ovarian Psycos

Directors:
Joanna Sokolowski, Kate Trumbull-LaValle

In
East Los Angeles, three young misfit women find solace in an unapologetic,
feminist bicycle crew. They call themselves the Ovarian Psycos Bicycle Brigade.
(World Premiere)

The Seer

Director:
Laura Dunn

The Seer is a cinematic
portrait of farmer and writer Wendell Berry. Through his eyes, we see both the
changing landscapes of rural America in the era of industrial agriculture and
the redemptive beauty in taking the unworn path. (World Premiere)

The Space in Between – Marina Abramovic
and Brazil

(Brazil)

Director:
Marco Del Fiol, Screenwriters: Marco Del Fiol, Marina Abramovic, Fabiana
Werneck Barcinski

In
search of personal healing and artistic inspiration, Marina Abramovic travels
through Brazil experiencing sacred rituals and exploring the limits between art
and spirituality. How far will she go to create another work of art? (World
Premiere)

TOWER

Director:
Keith Maitland

An
animated and action-packed look at America’s first mass school shooting, when
the worst in one man brought out the best in so many others. (World Premiere)

Documentary
Feature Jury:
 
David Edelstein, New York Magazine; Jen
Yamato
,The Daily Beast; and Stephanie Zacharek, Time Magazine

HEADLINERS

Demolition

Director: Jean-Marc Vallee, Screenwriter: Bryan Sipe

Davis (Jake Gyllenhaal), a successful investment banker,
struggles after losing his wife in a tragic car crash. Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts, Chris Cooper, Judah Lewis
(North American Premiere)

Don’t Think Twice

Director/Screenwriter: Mike Birbiglia

An improv group loses the lease on their home theater at the
same time that one of their cast members gets chosen for the biggest sketch
comedy show on TV. Cast: Keegan-Michael
Key, Gillian Jacobs, Mike Birbiglia, Kate Micucci, Tami Sagher, Chris Gethard

(World Premiere)

Everybody Wants Some

Director/Screenwriter: Richard Linklater

In Richard Linklater’s anticipated “spiritual sequel” to Dazed and Confused, a group of college
friends navigate their way through the freedoms and responsibilities of the
wild final weekend of the summer of 1980. Cast:
Will Brittain, Zoey Deutch, Ryan Guzman, Tyler Hoechlin, Blake Jenner, J.
Quinton Johnson, Glen Powell, Wyatt Russell
(World Premiere)

Hardcore Henry (Russian
Federation)

Director/Screenwriter: Ilya Naishuller

An unflinchingly original, first-person action film where YOU
are the main character, Henry. Resurrected from death with no memory by your
wife, your mission is find her, solve the mystery of your existence and
discover the truth behind your identity. Cast:
Sharlto Copley, Danila Kozlovsky, Haley Bennett, Andrey Dementyev, Dasha
Charusha, Sveta Ustinova
(U.S. Premiere)

In A Valley of Violence

Director/Screenwriter: Ti West

From Blumhouse, the film tells the story of a drifter named Paul
who arrives in a small town, seeking revenge on the thugs who murdered his
friend. Sisters Mary Anne and Ellen who run the town’s hotel, help Paul in his
quest for vengeance. Cast: Ethan Hawke,
Taissa Farmiga, James Ransone, Karen Gillan, John Travolta
(World Premiere)

Midnight Special

Director/Screenwriter: Jeff Nichols

A father goes on the run to protect his young son and uncover
the truth behind the boy’s special powers in writer/director Jeff Nichols’
sci-fi thriller Midnight Special, a
film as supernatural as it is intimately human. Cast: Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver,
Jaeden Lieberher, Sam Shepard
(North American Premiere)

Pee-wee’s Big Holiday

Director: John Lee, Screenwriters: Paul Reubens, Paul Rust

In Pee-wee’s Big Holiday,
a fateful meeting with a mysterious stranger inspires Pee-wee Herman to take
his first-ever holiday in this epic story of friendship and destiny. Cast: Paul Reubens, Joe Manganiello, Jessica
Pohly, Alia Shawkat, Stephanie Beatriz
(World Premiere)

Tony Robbins: I Am Not
Your Guru

Director: Joe Berlinger

Granted unprecedented access, Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru captures renowned life and
business strategist Tony Robbins behind the scenes of his mega seminar Date
with Destiny, pulling back the curtain on this life-altering and controversial
event  (World Premiere)

NARRATIVE SPOTLIGHT

9 Rides

Director/Screenwriter:
Matthew A. Cherry

An
Uber driver gets life changing news on the busiest night of the year. Cast: Dorian Missick, Omar Dorsey, Robinne
Lee, Xosha Roquemore, Amin Joseph, Skye P. Marshall, Thomas Q. Jones, Tracie
Thoms, Aasha Davis, Sujata Day
(World Premiere)

Another Evil

Director/Screenwriter:
Carson D. Mell

After
encountering a ghost in his family’s vacation home, Dan and his wife Mary hire
an "industrial-grade exorcist" named Os to get rid of the beings. Cast: Steve Zissis, Mark Proksch, Jennifer
Irwin, Dax Flame, Steve Little, Dan Bakkedahl
(World Premiere)

BLACK (Belgium)

Directors:
Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah, Screenwriters: Nele Meirhaeghe, Adil El Arbi,
Bilall Fallah, Hans Herbots

Mavela,
15, is a Black Bronx. She falls madly in love with Marwan, a charismatic member
of a rival gang, the 1080s. The young couple is forced to make a brutal choice
between gang loyalty and the love they have for one another. An impossible
dilemma. Cast: Martha Canga Antonio,
Aboubakr Bensaihi
(U.S. Premiere)

Black Mountain Poets (United Kingdom)

Director/Screenwriter:
Jamie Adams

Two
professional con artist sisters go on the run and assume the identities of The
Wilding Sisters, guest stars of the a poetry retreat in the depths of the Black
Mountains. A romantic comedy drama about love, crime, spirituality and soul. Cast: Alice Lowe, Dolly Wells, Tom Cullen,
Rosa Robson, Richard Elis, Laura Patch, Roger Evans, Hannah Daniel, Ben
McGregor, Claire Cage
(North American Premiere)

From Nowhere

Director:
Matthew Newton, Screenwriters: Matthew Newton, Kate Ballen

Three
undocumented Bronx teenagers are graduating from high school while navigating
the treacherous waters of trying to get their papers to stay in the US. Cast: Julianne Nicholson, Denis O’Hare, J.
Mallory McCree, Octavia Chavez-Richmond, Chinasa Oghuagu, Raquel Castro,
Tashiana Washington, Sydni Boudin, Jim Norton, Portia Johnson
(World
Premiere)

I Am Not A Serial Killer (Ireland, United
Kingdom)

Director:
Billy O’Brien, Screenwriters: Billy O’Brien, Chris Hyde

In
a small Midwestern town, a troubled teen with homicidal tendencies must hunt
down and destroy a supernatural killer whilst keeping his own inner demons at
bay. Cast: Max Records, Christopher
Lloyd, Laura Fraser, Karl Geary
(World Premiere)

Jean of the Joneses (Canada, United
States)

Director/Screenwriter:
Stella Meghie

Chaos
ensues after the estranged patriarch of the Jones family dies on their
doorstep. When the paramedic who answers their 911 call tries to win over
acerbic Jean Jones, his attempts are disrupted by old conflicts that come to a
boil at the funeral. Cast: Taylour Paige,
Sherri Shepherd, Gloria Reuben, Michelle Hurst, Erica Ash, Mamoudou Athie,
Francois Arnaud, Demore Barnes, Anna Hopkins
(World Premiere)

Long Nights Short Mornings

Director/Screenwriter:
Chadd Harbold

An
examination of the romantic life of a young man in New York City and his
sometimes fleeting, sometimes profound experiences with the women he
encounters. Cast: Shiloh Fernandez, Ella
Rae Peck, Paten Hughes, Layla Koshnoudi, Christine Evangelista, Cassandra
Freeman, Helen Rogers, Stella Maeve, Natalia Dyer, Ebonee Noel, Addison Timlin

(World Premiere)

The Master Cleanse

Director/Screenwriter:
Bobby Miller

Down,
out and heartbroken, Paul attends a spiritual retreat to cleanse himself and
fix his broken life but soon discovers that the cleanse releases more than
everyday toxins… a lot more. Cast: Johnny
Galecki, Anna Friel, Kyle Gallner, Diana Bang, Kevin J. O’Conner, Oliver Platt,
Anjelica Huston
(World Premiere)

My Blind Brother

Director/Screenwriter:
Sophie Goodhart

Love
for the same woman causes conflict between an over-achieving blind athlete and
the brother who made him that way. Cast:
Adam Scott, Nick Kroll, Jenny Slate, Zoe Kazan, Charlie Hewson, Maryann Nagel,
Greg Violand
(World Premiere)

Rainbow Time

Director/Screenwriter:
Linas Phillips

A
developmentally delayed 40-year-old man named Shonzi is sent to live with his
brother Todd. But when Shonzi developes a crush on Todd’s new girlfriend
Lindsay, he threatens to reveal past secrets that could ultimately tear the
couple apart. Cast: Melanie Lynskey,
Linas Phillips, Timm Sharp, Tobin Bell, Lauren Weedman, Artemis Pebdani, Jay
Duplass, Reagan Yates, Austin Fryberger
(World Premiere)

Shovel Buddies

Director:
Si&Ad, Screenwriter: Jason Mark Hellerman

After
the death of their best friend, Jimmy (Alex Neustaedter) enlists childhood
friend Dan (Kian Lawley), little brother Lump, and crush Kate (Bella Thorne) to
fulfill his last request. Cast: Bella
Thorne, Kian Lawley, Alex Neustaedter, Anton Starkman, Philip Labes, James C.
Burns, Jenny Cooper
(World Premiere)

Slash

Director/Screenwriter:
Clay Liford

Neil
is a questioning teen who secretly writes erotic fan fiction about popular
sci-fi characters. When his classmate Julia discovers his writing, she leads
him down a rabbit hole deep into the world of ‘slash’ fiction. Cast: Michael Johnston, Hannah Marks,
Michael Ian Black, Missi Pyle, Jessie Ennis, Peter Vack, Sarah Ramos, Robert
Longstreet, Tishuan Scott, Lucas Neff
(World Premiere)

Suntan (Greece)

Director:
Argyris Papadimitropoulos, Screenwriters: Argyris Papadimitropoulos, Syllas
Tzoumerkas

On
a hedonistic Greek island, a local doctor becomes obsessed with a young female
tourist when she lets him tag along with her group of hard-partying friends. Cast: Efthymis Papadimitriou, Elli Triggou,
Dimi Hart, Hara Kotsali
(North American Premiere)

The Trust

Directors:
Ben Brewer, Alex Brewer, Screenwriters: Ben Brewer, Adam Hirsch

Two
corrupt Las Vegas police officers plan to rob a large stash that they find in
connection to a local drug operation. Cast:
Nicolas Cage, Elijah Wood, Sky Ferreira, Jerry Lewis
(World Premiere)

The Waiting

Director:
Kasra Farahani, Screenwriters: Mark Bianculi, Jeff Richard

Two
high school filmmakers decide to create the illusion of a haunting on an
unsuspecting neighbor. Cast: James Caan,
Logan Miller, Keir Gilchrist, Laura Innes, Edwin Hodge, Bailey Boble, Lili
Reinhart, Anne Dudek, Mindy Sterling, Tamlyn Tomita
(World Premiere)

War On Everyone (United Kingdom)

Director/Screenwriter:
John Michael McDonagh

Two
corrupt cops in New Mexico set out to blackmail and frame every criminal
unfortunate enough to cross their path in this volatile jet-black action
comedy. Cast: Michael Peña, Alexander
Skarsgård, Theo James, Tessa Thompson
(North American Premiere)

DOCUMENTARY SPOTLIGHT

Asperger’s Are Us

Director: Alex Lehmann

In this coming of age
documentary, four friends on the autism spectrum whom have bonded through humor
and performed as the comedy troupe Asperger’s
Are Us
will prepare for one final, ambitious show before going their
separate ways. (World Premiere)

The Bandit

Director: Jesse Moss

The Bandit is a film about
70s superstar Burt Reynolds, his best friend, roommate and stunt-double Hal
Needham, and the making of their unlikely smash-hit Smokey & The Bandit. (World Premiere)

Beware the Slenderman

Director: Irene Taylor
Brodsky

Beware the Slenderman tells the story of a Boogeyman lurking on the internet
and two 12-year-old girls who would kill for him. A horrifyingly modern
tragedy, this film explores children’s accountability in the online age. (World
Premiere)

Chicken People

Director: Nicole Lucas
Haimes

In a high stakes world
where a single broken feather can mean a shattered dream, Chicken People follows the trials and tribulations of those who
breed exotic birds in the world of competitive poultry. (World Premiere)

The Dwarvenaut

Director: Josh Bishop

The Dwarvenaut is a dreamlike documentary chronicling Brooklyn-based
artist Stefan Pokorny’s lifelong quest to inspire humanity through the one
medium he knows best: Dungeons & Dragons. (World Premiere)

Fantastic Lies

Director: Marina Zenovich

Ten years after the Duke
Lacrosse case exploded into the national media, we revisit the case which divided
America and explore how it affected the lives of those involved. (World
Premiere)

Hit it Hard

Directors: Gabe Spitzer,
David Terry Fine

Hitting it hard is the only
way John Daly knows. It’s how he plays golf. It’s how he lives life. After 25
years of extreme highs and devastating lows, this film explores why Daly has
remained one of America’s most beloved athletes. (World Premiere)

The Hollywood Shorties

Director/Screenwriter: Ryan
Steven Green

In 1980s Los Angeles, a
professional dwarf basketball team composed of recognizable-but-typecast actors
finds itself the unwitting vanguard of a revolution to represent little people
as something other than objects of curiosity. (World Premiere)

The Incomparable Rose Hartman

Director: Otis Mass

With a career spanning
decades Photographer Rose Hartman is known for her iconic photos from Studio 54
and the fashion world, her boisterous personality and ever presence capturing
the New York social scene. (World Premiere)

Insatiable: The Homaro Cantu Story

Director: Brett A. Schwartz

Chef and inventor Homaro
Cantu helped put Chicago on the culinary map and wanted to change the world. Insatiable takes you on a dizzying and
thrilling ride with Cantu, in a story that moves from redemption and
inspiration to tragedy and back again. (World Premiere)

Learning To See

Director: Jake Oelman

One man’s transformational
journey to find the Amazon’s strangest creatures. (World Premiere)

Mr. Gaga (Israel)

Director/Screenwriter:
Tomer Heymann

Mr. Gaga tells the story of
Ohad Naharin, renowned choreographer and artistic director of the Batsheva
Dance Company, an artistic genius who redefined the language of modern dance.
(North American Premiere)

Seven Songs for a Long Life (United Kingdom)

Director: Amy Hardie

The intimate story behind
our changing relationship with death – with great songs!  (North American Premiere)

Silicon Cowboys

Director: Jason Cohen,
Screenwriters: Steven Leckart, Jason Cohen

Three friends dream up a
portable computer at a Texas diner in 1981, and soon battle IBM, the world’s
most powerful tech company, for PC supremacy. Compaq Computer’s improbable
journey altered the future of computing and shaped the world we now know.
(World Premiere)

The Slippers (Canada)

Director: Morgan White,
Screenwriters: Derek Lageunesse, Morgan White

The Slippers pulls back the Wizards curtain the unbelievable story of
Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers from The Wizard of Oz, and their impact on popular
culture, and the now multi-million dollar a year industry of Hollywood
memorabilia collecting. (World Premiere)

Starving the Beast: The Battle to Disrupt and Reform
America’s Public Universities

Director/Screenwriter:
Steve Mims

The story of money, power
and politics and the well organized, yet little noticed, efforts to radically
disrupt and reform America’s public universities. (World Premiere)

Thank You Del: The Story of the Del Close Marathon

Director: Todd Bieber

Fifteen years after Del
Close’s death, thousands of comedians (both famous and unknown) gather to
celebrate modern comedy’s most important person that no one knows. (World
Premiere)

VISIONS

The Alchemist Cookbook

Director: Joel Potrykus

Self-made chemist Sean, a recluse living in an old trailer in
the woods, suffers from pill-popping delusions of fortune. When his manic
attempts at cracking the ancient secret of alchemy go awry he unleashes
something far more sinister and dangerous. Cast:
Ty Hickson, Amari Cheatom
(World Premiere)

American Fable

Director/Screenwriter: Anne Hamilton

When an 11-year-old girl named Gitty discovers that her father
is holding hostage a wealthy man on their family’s remote farm, she chooses to
dive into a dark and magical world in this Midwestern-set, fairytale thriller. Cast: Kip Pardue, Peyton Kennedy, Gavin
MacIntosh, Rusty Schwimmer, Zuleikha Robinson, Marci Miller, Richard Schiff

(World Premiere)

Baby Bump (Poland)

Director/Screenwriter: Kuba Czekaj

Growing up is not for kids. Cast:
Kacper Olszewski, Agnieszka Podsiadlik
(U.S. Premiere)

I Am Belfast (United
Kingdom)

Director/Screenwriter: Mark Cousins

A visual, poetic depiction of Belfast and its citizens, told
with love and passion by someone who has left the city many years ago but is
still fascinated by it. (North American Premiere)

In Pursuit of Silence

Director: Patrick Shen

In Pursuit of Silence is a
meditative film that explores our relationship with silence, sound, and the
impact of noise on our lives. (North American Premiere)

Jules and Dolores (Brazil)

Director: Caito Ortiz, Screenwriters: Lusa Silvestre, Caíto
Ortiz

Jules and Dolores is a pop
comedy about the theft of the World Cup Trophy that occurred in Brazil in 1983.
Curiously enough, nobody truly knows the details surrounding this unbelievable
event, until now. Cast: Paulo
Tiefenthaler, Taís Araujo, Danilo Grangheia, Milhem Cortaz, Fabio Marcoff,
Pedro Wagner, Álvaro Diniz, Thelmo Fernandes, Otto Jr
(World Premiere)

KARAOKE CRAZIES (Korea,
Republic of)

Director: Kim Sang Chan

Welcome to ADDICTION KARAOKE and let’s sing till the end!  (World Premiere)

Little Sister

Director/Screenwriter: Zach Clark, Story by Zach Clark, Melodie
Sisk

A young nun returns home to visit her estranged family. Cast: Addison Timlin, Ally Sheedy, Keith
Poulson, Peter Hedges, Kristin Slaysman, Molly Plunk, Barbara Crampton

(World Premiere)

LOEV (India)

Director/Screenwriter: Sudhanshu Saria

A weekend trip between friends takes a sudden turn, making them
each examine what love is and what it means to them. Cast: Shiv Pandit, Dhruv Ganesh, Siddharth Menon (North American
Premiere)

My Beautiful Broken Brain (United
Kingdom)

Directors: Sophie Robinson, Lotje Sodderland

Her brain is broken. Her mind is limitless. A film about a young
woman’s cerebral hemorrhage with outcomes no one could have predicted. (North
American Premiere)

Operator

Director: Logan Kibens, Screenwriters: Sharon Greene, Logan
Kibens

JOE, a programmer and obsessive self-quantifier, and EMILY, a
budding comedy performer, are happily married until they decide to use one
another in their work. Operator is a
dark comedy about love, technology, and what can’t be programmed. Cast: Martin Starr, Mae Whitman, Nat Faxon,
Cameron Esposito, Retta, Christine Lahti, Kate Cobb, Kristopher Lofton, Tim
Hopper, Trevor Dawkins
(World Premiere)

Spaceship (United
Kingdom)

Director/Screenwriter: Alex Taylor

A girl fakes her own alien abduction and disappears, leaving her
father to search for her in a strange teenage world of unicorns and black
holes. Cast: Antti Reini, Alexa Davies,
Lara Peake, Lucian Charles Collier, Tallulah Haddon, Steven Elder, Jack
Winthrop, Kristof Gerega, Harry Jarvis
(World Premiere)

Teenage Cocktail

Director: John Carchietta, Screenwriters: John Carchietta, Sage
Bannick, Chris Sivertson, Amelia Yokel (Story By)

Teenage Cocktail is the
story of how Annie and Jules fell in love and how it all got weird. Cast: Nichole Bloom, Fabianne Therese, Pat
Healy, Michelle Borth, Joshua Leonard, AJ Bowen
(World Premiere)

Under the Sun (Czech
Republic, Germany, Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of, Latvia, Russian
Federation)

Director: Vitaly Mansky

“My father says that Korea is the most beautiful country,"
says schoolgirl Zin-mi. Despite continuous interference by government handlers,
Under The Sun reveals a
never-before-seen glimpse of one family’s life in North Korea. (North American
Premiere)

EPISODICS

Outcast

Director: Adam Wingard,
Screenwriter: Robert Kirkman, Showrunner: Chris Black

Outcast, based on the Skybound/Image comic title by creator
Robert Kirkman and artist Paul Azaceta, follows Kyle Barnes, a young man who
has been plagued by demonic possession all his life. Cast: Patrick Fugit, Philip Glenister, Wrenn Schmidt, Reg E. Cathey,
David Denman
(World Premiere)

Preacher

Directors: Seth Rogen, Evan
Goldberg, Screenwriter: Sam Catlin

Preacher is a supernatural, twisted and darkly comedic drama that
follows a West Texas preacher named Jesse Custer, who – along with his
ex-girlfriend Tulip and an Irish vagabond named Cassidy – is thrust into a
crazy world, much bigger than he is. Cast:
Dominic Cooper, Ruth Negga, Joseph Gilgun, Ian Colletti, W. Earl Brown, Lucy
Griffiths
(World Premiere)

Search Party

Directors/Screenwriters:
Sarah-Violet Bliss, Charles Rogers

Search Party is a dark comedy about four self-absorbed
twenty-somethings who become entangled in an ominous mystery when a former
college acquaintance suddenly disappears. Cast:
Alia Shawkat, John Early, John Reynolds, Meredith Hagner
(World Premiere)

Vice Principals

Directors: Jody Hill, David
Gordon Green, Screenwriters: Danny McBride, Jody Hill

A dark comedy series that
tells the story of a high school and the two people who almost run it, the vice
principals, who are engaged in an epic power struggle for the top spot. Cast: Danny McBride, Walton Goggins,
Kimberly Herbert Gregory, Georgia King, Busy Philipps, Shea Whigham, Sheaun
McKinney
(World Premiere)

You Me Her

Director/Screenwriter: John
Scott Shepherd

You Me Her is a poly-romantic half hour series that merges Billy
Mernit’s classic Romantic Comedy Structure with the style and tone of a Woody
Allen film in a dynamic love story unlike anything we’ve ever seen before on
television. Cast: Greg Poehler, Rachel
Blanchard, Priscilla Faia, Jarod Joseph, Melanie Papaila
(World Premiere)

24 BEATS PER SECOND

The American Epic Sessions

Director:
Bernard MacMahon, Screenwriters: Allison McGourty, Bernard MacMahon

On
the 90th anniversary of the first electrical sound recordings, twenty of
today’s greatest artists test their skills against the lost recording machine
that first gave America her voice. 

And Punching the Clown

Director:
Gregori Viens, Screenwriters: Henry Phillips, Gregori Viens

Comedian
Henry Phillips is lured to LA by a renowned TV producer who wants to bring his
story of failure to the screen. But when a major network gets involved, Henry
must decide whether he wants to make jokes for a living, or be the butt of
them. Cast: Henry Phillips, Sarah
Silverman, Tig Notaro, J.K. Simmons, Jim Jefferies, Ellen Ratner, Mike Judge,
Mark Cohan, Clifton Collins
(World Premiere)

The Art of Organized Noize

Director:
Quincy ‘QD3’ Jones, III 
Screenwriter: Joshua A. Krause

Organized
Noize shaped the landscape of Hip Hop music with a distinct sound created in
the confines of a dungeon. They’re responsible for the careers of Outkast,
CeeLo, Goodie Mob and the Dungeon Family. This is the story of the Art of
Organized. (World Premiere)

Artist & Repertoire (United Kingdom)

Director:
Matthew Jones

A
pulsating documentary charting the extraordinary life and career of underground
DJ icon, music producer and global trip hop mogul, James Lavelle. Starring DJ
Shadow, 3D of Massive Attack, Futura, Ian Brown, Grandmaster Flash and Josh
Homme.  (World Premiere)

BANG! The Bert Berns Story

Directors:
Brett Berns, Bob Sarles

Music
meets the Mob in this biographical documentary about the meteoric career and
tragic life of Bert Berns, the most important ’60s songwriter that you never
heard of. His hits include Twist & Shout, Hang On Sloopy, and Piece Of My
Heart. (World Premiere)

Born To Be Blue (Canada, United
Kingdom)

Director/Screenwriter:
Robert Budreau

Ethan
Hawke lights up the screen as jazz legend and icon of cool, Chet Baker, whose
comeback from heroin addiction is thrillingly told with wit, verve, and style
to burn. Cast: Ethan Hawke, Carmen Ejogo,
Callum Keith Rennie, Tony Nappo, Stephen McHattie, Janet-Laine Green, Dan Lett,
Kedar Brown, Kevin Hanchard, Tony Nardi

Gary Numan: Android In La La Land (United Kingdom)

Directors:
Steve Read, Rob Alexander

The
Godfather of electronic music is on a one-way trip to crack America, returning
to the studio for the first time in nearly a decade. Android is a celebration
of a music-making pioneer and the love story that helped him turn his life
around. (World Premiere)

Honky Tonk Heaven: Legend of the Broken
Spoke

Directors:
Sam Wainwright Douglas, Brenda Greene Mitchell

The
Broken Spoke has hosted country greats like George Strait, Willie Nelson,
Ernest Tubb, Bob Wills, George Jones and Roy Acuff. A profile of “the last of
the true Texas dance halls” and the tenacious family keeping it alive amid
rapid urban growth. (World Premiere)

I Go Back Home – Jimmy Scott (Germany, United
States)

Director:
Yoon-ha Chang

In
I go back home – Jimmy Scott we meet
54 year old Ralf Kemper, a successful German music producer. He takes on the
journey to produce a record with the almost forgotten jazz icon Jimmy Scott.
(World Premiere)

Miles Ahead

Director:
Don Cheadle, Screenwriters: Don Cheadle, Steven Baigelman

Inspired
by events in his life, Miles Ahead is
a wildly entertaining, impressionistic, no-holds barred portrait of one of 20th
century music’s creative geniuses, Miles Davis. Cast: Don Cheadle, Ewan McGregor, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Lakeith Lee
Stanfield, Michael Stuhlbarg

Miss Sharon Jones!

Director:
Barbara Kopple

Dreams
never expire, but sometimes they are deferred. Miss Sharon Jones! tracks the talented and gregarious soul singer
of the Grammy-nominated R&B band Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings during
the most challenging year of her life.

A Song For You: The Austin City Limits
Story

Director:
Keith Maitland

From
Willie Nelson to Wilco, Ray Charles to Radiohead, A Song For You: The Austin City Limits Story offers the ultimate
backstage pass to 40 years of incredible music from the longest running music
show in television history. (World Premiere)

Soundbreaking – Stories from the Cutting
Edge of Recorded Music

Directors:
Jeff Dupre, Maro Chermayeff

An
eight-part series that explores the nexus of cutting-edge technology and human
artistry that has created the soundtrack of our lives. (World Premiere)

The Smart Studios Story

Director:
Wendy Schneider

From
the outside Smart Studios looked like just another Midwestern warehouse left
behind by the economic decline of the 1980s. No one could have guessed what was
going on inside – and how it would soon change the sound of music forever.
(World Premiere)

We Are X (United Kingdom,
United States)

Director:
Stephen Kijak

X
Japan led a hard rock cultural revolution in Japan during the late 80’s. Twenty
years after their tragedy-fueled collapse, We
Are X
tells the story of the most influential band in the world that you’ve
never heard of…yet.

SXGLOBAL

BODKIN RAS (Belgium, Netherlands,
United Kingdom)

Director/Screenwriter: Kaweh Modiri

The people in Forres don’t work. Between
9 and 5 they dissolve into the pubs, where the light shines as a warm glow in
their midst. Then the stranger Bodkin arrives into town. He has come to this
remote corner of Europe to hide and lay low. Cast: Sohrab Bayat, Lily Szramko, Eddie Paton, James Macmillan
(North American Premiere)

Dead Slow Ahead (Spain)

Director: Mauro Herce, Screenwriters:
Mauro Herce, Manuel Muñoz

A freighter crosses the ocean. The
hypnotic rhythm of its gears reveals the continuous movement of machinery
devouring its workers: the last gestures of the old sailors’ trade disappearing
under the mechanic pace of 21st century. (U.S. Premiere)

Ghostland (Denmark, Germany,
Italy, Namibia, Switzerland)

Director: Simon Stadler

For the first time the Ju/Hoansi Bushmen
travel through the Kalahari and then right into the heart of Europe. What
starts as a look at their fascinating culture becomes an even more fascinating
look on our Western lifestyle. (North American Premiere)

kill me please (Brazil)

Director: Anita Rocha Da Silveira

After an encounter with death, she will
do anything to make sure she’s alive. (U.S. Premiere)

Papagajka (Australia, United
Kingdom)

Director/Screenwriter: Emma Rozanski

A stranger arrives in Sarajevo and
barges into Damir’s reclusive world. Little by little she takes over his life.
She absorbs his dreams, until finally she threaten his very existence. Cast: Adnan Omerovic, Susanna Cappellaro,
Tina Kerserovic, Sabina Mrgan, Don Guido
(World Premiere)

UIO: Take me for a Ride
(Colombia, Ecuador,
Mexico)

Director: Micaela Rueda, Screenwriter:
Micaela Rueda

How do you deal with being ‘different‘? Cast: Samanta Caicedo, María Juliana Rángel,
Diego Naranjo, Paty Loor, Monserrat Astudillo, Miranda Zepeda, Anne Dominque
Correa, Domenica Blanco, Ana Belén Bermeo
(World Premiere)

YARN (Iceland)

Directors: Una Lorenzen, Thordur Jonsson,
Heather Millard, Screenwriters: Krishan Arora, Barbara Kingsolver

International artists and knitters take a simple
skein of yarn to create their extraordinary ideas and stories. (World Premiere)    

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