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SXSW Film Announces 2013 Features Lineup; Latest From Bryan Poyser and John Sayles Among World Premieres

SXSW Bryan Poyser's "The Bounceback."

The South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival has announced the features lineup for this year's festival, running from March 8-16. In addition to the previously announced opening night film "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" and Harmony Korine's "Spring Breakers," the festival announced its entire 109-feature lineup, including 69 world premieres.

New titles include "The Bounceback," a Narrative Spotlight entry from "Lovers of Hate" director Bryan Poyser, and "Go For Sisters," an Edward James Olmos vehicle directed by indie veteran John Sayles.

Other festival highlights include Fede Alvarez's "Evil Dead" remake; "VHS"'s Joe Swanberg's "Drinking Buddies" starring Olivia Wilde, Anna Kendrick, and Jake Johnson; "Maladies" starring James Franco and Catherine Keener; Alex Winter's "Downloaded" a documentary about the rise and fall of Napster; and Jeffrey Schwarz's documentary "I am Divine," which charts the life of drag queen Diva and centerpiece of numerous John Water's films.


Below are the announced features (synopses courtesy SXSW):
 

NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION
This year’s 8 films were selected from 1,191 submissions. Each film is a World Premiere.

Awful Nice
Director/Screenwriter: Todd Sklar, Screenwriter: Alex Rennie
Estranged brothers Jim and Dave must travel to Branson together when their father dies and leaves
them the lake home. A series of hilarious mishaps and costly misadventures follow as they attempt to
restore the house and rebuild their relationship. Cast: Alex Rennie, James Pumphrey, Christopher
Meloni, Brett Gelman, Keeley Hazell (World Premiere)

Burma
Director/Screenwriter: Carlos Puga
On the eve of an annual sibling reunion, a troubled young writer is sent reeling with the arrival of an
unexpected guest. Cast: Christopher Abbott, Gaby Hoffmann, Chris McCann, Dan Bittner, Emily
Fleischer (World Premiere)

Improvement Club
Director/Screenwriter: Dayna Hanson
When their big gig falls through, a ragtag, avant-garde performance group with a political message
struggles to find their audience—and the motivating force behind their work.
Cast: Magge Brown, Dave Proscia, Wade Madsen, Jessie Smith, Pol Rosenthal (World Premiere)

LICKS
Director/Screenwriter: Jonathan Singer-Vine, Screenwriter: Justin "Hongry" Robinson
The story of a young man, D, as he returns to his Oakland neighborhood after two years served in
prison for a robbery gone wrong... Cast: Stanley "Doe" Hunt, Koran Jenkins, Tatiana Monet, Devon
Libran, Les "DJ Upgrade" Aderibigbe (World Premiere)

The Retrieval
Director/Screenwriter: Chris Eska
On the outskirts of the Civil War, a boy is sent north by a bounty hunter gang to retrieve a wanted
man. Cast: Ashton Sanders, Tishuan Scott, Keston John, Bill Oberst, Jr., Christine Horn, Alfonso
Freeman (World Premiere)

Short Term 12
Director/Screenwriter: Destin Daniel Cretton
The film follows Grace, a young supervisor at a foster-care facility, as she looks after the teens in her
charge and reckons with her own troubled past. An unsparingly authentic film, full of both heart and
surprising humor.
Cast: Brie Larson, John Gallagher Jr., Kaitlyn Dever, Rami Malek, Keith Stanfield (World Premiere)

Swim Little Fish Swim (USA, France)
Director/Screenwriter: Ruben Amar, Lola Bessis
Between surrealism, unusual characters, art and magic tricks, Swim Little Fish Swim is a dreamlike
journey from childhood to adulthood. Cast: Dustin Guy Defa, Anne Consigny, Brooke Bloom, Lola
Bessis, Olivia Durling Costello (World Premiere)

This Is Where We Live
Directors: Josh Barrett, Marc Menchaca, Screenwriter: Marc Menchaca
A struggling family’s dynamics are challenged and a unique friendship is born when a small-town
Texas handyman becomes caregiver to their son with cerebral palsy.
Cast: Ron Hayden, CK McFarland, Marc Menchaca, Tobias Segal, Frankie Shaw (World Premiere)

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE COMPETITION
This year’s 8 films were selected from 905 submissions. Each film is a World Premiere.

12 O'Clock Boys
Director: Lotfy Nathan
Pug, a young boy growing up on a combative West Baltimore block, finds solace in a gang of illegal
dirt bike riders known as The 12 O’Clock Boys. (World Premiere)

Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton
Directors: Stephen Silha, Eric Slade
A documentary about embracing your passions and becoming the person of your dreams, disguised
as an inspiring biopic about pioneering filmmaker and poet James Broughton (1913-1999).
(World Premiere)

Hey Bartender
Director: Douglas Tirola
The story of the bartender in the era of the craft cocktail. (World Premiere)

Los Wild Ones
Director: Elise Salomon
Wild Records is an indie label reminiscent of the early days of Sun Records. The label is based in LA
and run by Reb Kennedy aka Mr. Wild Records and is comprised of young Latin musicians who write
and perform 50s Rock n Roll. (World Premiere)

The Short Game
Director: Josh Greenbaum
Each year, the world’s best 7-year-old golfers descend on Pinehurst, North Carolina to determine the
next “world champion” and who might become golf’s next phenom. The Short Game follows 9 young
golfers on their quest for greatness. (World Premiere)

Touba
Director: Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
With unprecedented access and dynamic 16mm cinematography, Touba reveals a different face of
Islam by chronicling Sufi Muslims' annual pilgrimage to the city of Touba. (World Premiere)

We Always Lie To Strangers
Directors: AJ Schnack, David Wilson
A story of family, community, music and tradition set against the backdrop of Branson, Missouri, the
remote Ozark Mountain town that is one of the biggest tourist destinations in America.
(World Premiere)

WILLIAM AND THE WINDMILL
Director: Ben Nabors
William Kamkwamba builds a windmill from scrap to rescue his family from famine, transforming his
life and launching him onto the world stage. His success leads to new opportunities and complex
choices, distancing him from the life he once knew. (World Premiere)

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

Evil Dead
Director/Screenwriter: Fede Alvarez, Screenwriter: Rodo Sayagues
Five friends, holed up in a remote cabin, discover a Book of the Dead that unwittingly summons up
dormant demons which possess the youngsters in succession until only one is left to fight for survival.
Cast: Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci, Jessica Lucas, Elizabeth Blackmore
(World Premiere)

Hawking (UK)
Director: Stephen Finnigan
A brief history of mine: a look at the life of Stephen Hawking (World Premiere)

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
Director: Don Scardino, Story by Chad Kultgen & Tyler Mitchell and Jonathan Goldstein & John
Francis Daley. Screenplay by Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley
As superstar Vegas magicians and former best friends Burt and Anton grow to secretly loathe each
other, their long-time act implodes, allowing an ambitious rival street performer the big break he’s
been waiting for. Cast: Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde, with Alan Arkin, James Gandolfini
and Jim Carrey (World Premiere)

Spring Breakers
Director/Screenwriter: Harmony Korine
Four college girls who land in jail after robbing a restaurant in order to fund their spring break vacation
find themselves bailed out by a drug and arms dealer who wants them to do some dirty work.
Cast: James Franco, Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, Rachel Korine, Gucci Mane
(U.S. Premiere)

When Angels Sing
Director: Tim Mccanlies, Screenwriter: Lou Berney
Michael despises Christmas. Now Christmas is getting even.
Cast: Harry Connick Jr., Connie Britton, Chandler Canterbury, Fionnula Flanagan, Lyle Lovett, Dana
Wheeler-Nicholson, Eloise DeJoria, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson (World Premiere)

NARRATIVE SPOTLIGHT
High profile narrative features receiving their World, North American or U.S. Premieres at SXSW.

The Bounceback
Director: Bryan Poyser, Screenwriters: David Degrow Shotwell, Steven Walters, Bryan Poyser
An outrageous comedy about love and revenge in Austin, Texas. Cast: Marshall Allman, Ashley Bell,
Zach Cregger, Sara Paxton, Michael Stahl-David (World Premiere)

Coldwater
Director/Screenwriter: Vincent Grashaw, Screenwriter: Mark Penney
A teenage boy is sent to a juvenile reform facility in the wilderness. As we learn about the tragic
events that sent him there, his struggle becomes one for survival with the inmates, the counselors,
and with the retired war colonel in charge. Cast: PJ Boudousqué, James C. Burns, Chris Petrovski,
Octavius J. Johnson, Nicholas Bateman (World Premiere)

Drinking Buddies
Director/Screenwriter: Joe Swanberg
Weekend trips, office parties, late night conversations, drinking on the job, marriage pressure,
biological clocks, holding eye contact a second too long… you know what makes the line between
"friends" and "more than friends" really blurry? Beer.
Cast: Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick, Ron Livingston (World Premiere)

Go For Sisters
Director/Screenwriter: John Sayles
Bernice and Fontayne grew up so tight they could ‘go for sisters’. After twenty years apart, they are
reunited when Bernice is assigned to be Fontayne’s parole officer- just when she needs help on the
wrong side of the law. Cast: Edward James Olmos, Lisa Gay Hamilton, Yolonda Ross
(North American Premiere)

Good Night
Director/Screenwriter: Sean H. A. Gallagher
Leigh's 29th birthday party takes a sudden turn when she announces that the evening maybe the last
time her friends see her alive. A night of questions, coping and debauchery immediately follow.
Cast: Adriene Mishler, Jonny Mars, Alex Karpovsky, Chris Doubek, Todd Berger (World Premiere)

Grow Up, Tony Phillips
Director/Screenwriter: Emily Hagins
A comedy about a Halloween-obsessed high school senior who doesn’t think childhood passions
should have an expiration date.
Cast: Tony Vespe, AJ Bowen, Devin Bonnée, Katie Folger, Byron Brown (World Premiere)

Gus
Director/Screenwriter: Jessie Mccormack
Lizzie, married and longing for a child, can’t conceive. Her best friend, Andie, single and lacking any
maternal instincts, gets pregnant from a one-night-stand and offers to give her baby to Lizzie, testing
the relationships of everyone involved. Cast: Michelle Monaghan, Radha Mitchell, Jon Dore, Michael
Weston, Mimi Kennedy (World Premiere)

Holy Ghost People
Director: Mitchell Altieri, Screenwriters: Kevin Artigue & Joe Egender, Mitchell Altieri & Phil Flores
On the trail of her missing sister, Charlotte enlists the help of Wayne, an ex-Marine and alcoholic, to
infiltrate the Church of One Accord – a community of snake-handlers who risk their lives seeking
salvation in the Holy Ghost. Cast: Emma Greenwell, Brendan McCarthy, Joe Egender, Cameron
Richardson, Roger Aaron Brown (World Premiere)

Hours
Director/Screenwriter: Eric Heisserer
Set mostly in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Hours is the story of a man who battles looters, the
elements and exhaustion for two days in a hospital while his newborn daughter clings to life inside a
ventilator powered only by a manual crank. Cast: Paul Walker, Genesis Rodriguez (World Premiere)

I Give It A Year (UK)
Director/Screenwriter: Dan Mazer
A brand new comedy from the writer of Borat and Bruno that lifts the veil on the realities of the first
year of marriage. Cast: Rose Byrne, Anna Faris, Rafe Spall, Simon Baker, Minnie Driver, Jason
Flemyng, Stephen Merchant (North American Premiere)

Kilimanjaro
Director/Screenwriter: Walter Strafford
Sick of his routine life, Doug sets out to climb Kilimanjaro. Cast: Brian Geraghty, Alexia Rasmussen,
Abigail Spencer, Chris Marquette, Bruce Altman (World Premiere)

Loves Her Gun
Director/Screenwriter: Geoff Marslett, Screenwriter: Lauren Modery
This romantic tragedy follows a young woman’s transition from flight to fight after she is the victim of
street violence, but will the weapons that make her feel safe again create problems worse than the
ones she is escaping? Cast: Trieste Kelly Dunn, Francisco Barreiro, Ashley Rae Spillers, Melissa
Hideko Bisagni, John Merriman (World Premiere)

Milo
Director/Screenwriter: Jacob Vaughan, Screenwriter: Benjamin Hayes
A man discovers that his chronic stomach problems are due to the fact that he has a demon baby
living in his colon.
Cast: Ken Marino, Gillian Jacobs, Peter Stormare, Stephen Root, Mary Kay Place (World Premiere)


Much Ado About Nothing
Director: Joss Whedon
Shakespeare's classic comedy is given a contemporary spin in Joss Whedon's film, Much Ado About
Nothing. Cast: Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Nathan Fillion, Fran Kranz, Jillian Morgese (U.S. Premiere)

Reality Show
Director/Screenwriter: Adam Rifkin
A darkly comedic satire that follows TV producer Mickey Wagner and his amoral attempt to re-invent
the reality genre. Mickey's big idea is to pick a family and put them under all encompassing
surveillance...without their knowledge. Cast: Adam Rifkin, Scott Anderson, Kelly Menighan Hensley,
Monika Tilling, Valerie Breiman (World Premiere)

Scenic Route
Directors: Kevin Goetz, Michael Goetz, Screenwriter: Kyle Killen
Stranded on an isolated desert road, two life-long friends fight for survival as their already strained
relationship spirals into knife-wielding madness. Cast: Josh Duhamel, Dan Fogler (World Premiere)

Some Girl(s)
Director: Daisy Von Scherler Mayer, Screenwriter: Neil LaBute
On the eve of his wedding, a successful writer travels around the country to meet up with ex-lovers in
an attempt to make amends for his wrongdoings. Cast: Adam Brody, Kristen Bell, Zoe Kazan, Mía
Maestro, Jennifer Morrison, Emily Watson (World Premiere)

Zero Charisma
Directors: Katie Graham, Andrew Matthews, Screenwriter: Andrew Matthews
An obsessive fantasy nerd gradually becomes unhinged when a charismatic hipster joins his D&D
game. Cast: Sam Eidson, Garrett Graham, Brock England, Anne Gee Byrd, Cyndi Williams, Brian
Losoya, Vincent Prendergast, Katie Folger, John Gholson, Dakin Matthews (World Premiere)

DOCUMENTARY SPOTLIGHT
Shining a light on new documentary features receiving their World, North American or U.S. Premieres
at SXSW.

An Unreal Dream: The Michael Morton Story
Director: Al Reinert
Michael Morton’s wife Christine was brutally murdered in front of their only child, and he was
convicted of the crime. Twenty-five years later, he tells the story of his journey from despair to
exoneration. (World Premiere)

Before You Know It
Director: PJ Raval
Three gay seniors navigate the adventures, challenges and surprises of life and love in their golden
years. (World Premiere)

Continental (USA, Canada)
Director: Malcolm Ingram
A stylish and thoughtful examination of the infamous Continental Baths NYC circa 1968-1976. Told by
the people who were there. (World Premiere)

Downloaded
Director: Alex Winter
A documentary that explores the rise and fall of Napster and the birth of the digital revolution. It's
about the teens that helped start this revolution, and the artists and industries who continue to be
impacted by it. (World Premiere)

Getting Back to Abnormal
Director: Louis Alvarez, Andrew Kolker, Peter Odabashian, Paul Stekler
A polarizing white politician becomes a lightning rod for racial strife in New Orleans. (World Premiere)

Good Ol' Freda
Director: Ryan White
The story of Freda Kelly, a shy Liverpudlian teenager asked to work for a young local band hoping to
make it big: The Beatles. Their loyal secretary from beginning to end, Freda tells her tales for the first
time in 50 years. (World Premiere)

I Am Divine
Director: Jeffrey Schwarz
The story of Divine, aka Harris Glenn Milstead, and how he became John Waters’ cinematic muse
and an international drag icon. (World Premiere)

Medora
Directors: Andrew Cohn, Davy Rothbart
In America's basketball heartland, four resilient boys from rural Medora, Indiana fight to end their high
school team's three-year losing streak, as their dwindling town faces the threat of extinction.
(World Premiere)

MILIUS
Directors: Zak Knutson, Joey Figueroa
The life story of “Zen Anarchist” filmmaker John Milius, one of the most influential storytellers of his
generation. (World Premiere)

Mr. Angel
Director: Dan Hunt
Chronicles the extraordinary life of trans male porn pioneer and educator, Buck Angel. It’s a moving &
provocative story of a man's search for acceptance from his family and the world. An inspirational tale
of an unlikely hero. (World Premiere)

The Network (Australia, UK)
Director: Eva Orner
Set behind the scenes at the largest television network in one of the most dangerous places on earth:
Afghanistan. (World Premiere)

The Other Shore
Director: Timothy Wheeler
The film tracks legendary swimmer Diana Nyad’s lifetime vision and four harrowing attempts to swim
non-stop from Cuba to Florida. An abusive past collides with an obsessive present over a dangerous
60-hour feat never before accomplished. (World Premiere)

Rewind This!
Director: Josh Johnson
Home video changed the world. The impact of the VHS tape was enormous. Rewind This! aims to
trace the ripples of that impact. (World Premiere)

Spark: A Burning Man Story
Directors: Steve Brown, Jessie Deeter
What happens when you allow yourself to act on your dreams? Spark takes us behind the curtain with
organizers and participants of Burning Man, revealing a year of unprecedented challenges and
growth. (World Premiere)

TINY: A Story About Living Small
Directors: Christopher Smith, Merete Mueller
One couple's attempt to build a "tiny house" smaller than the average parking space with no
construction experience raises questions about sustainability and good design, the nature of home,
and the changing American Dream. (World Premiere)

Unhung Hero (Germany)
Director: Brian Spitz
After a failed marriage proposal because of his inadequate size, a young man adventures the world in
search of answers so he will never come up short again. (World Premiere)

We Cause Scenes
Director: Matt Adams
The extraordinary story of a group of twenty-somethings who seized the streets of New York,
transforming the meaning of comedy, performance and art through forming "Improv Everywhere," a
prank collective ten years in the making. (World Premiere)

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


ELENA (Brazil)
Director: Petra Costa
Elena moves to NY with the dream of becoming a movie actress. She leaves behind Petra, her 7-
year-old sister. Years later, her sister Petra goes to NY to look for Elena. (North American Premiere)

euphonia
Director/Screenwriter: Danny Madden
listen. Cast: Will Madden, Maria Decotis (World Premiere)

Everyone's Going to Die (UK)
Director/Screenwriter: Jones
A modern British story about coming home, getting by and the redemptive power of feeling you're not
alone. A story where porn hotlines rub shoulders with sexy beavers on rollerskates; where the past is
laid to rest, two lives are changed and nobody, finally, is going to die.
Cast: Nora Tschirner, Rob Knighton, Kellie Shirley, Madeline Duggan (World Premiere)

Fuck for Forest (Poland)
Director: Michał Marczak, Screenwriter: Michał Marczak, Łukasz Grudziński
Have sex. Save the world. (North American Premiere)

Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction (Switzerland)
Director: Sophie Huber
An iconic actor and passionate musician in his intimate moments, with film clips from some of his 250
films and his own heart-breaking renditions of American folk songs. (U.S. Premiere)

Kelly + Victor (UK)
Director/Screenwriter: Kieran Evans, Screenwriter: Adapted For Screen By Niall Griffiths
Adapted by Kieran Evans from the acclaimed novel by Niall Griffiths, Kelly + Victor is a raw compelling
passionate love story set against the backdrop of a highly cinematic Liverpool, to a searing
soundtrack. Cast: Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Julian Morris, Stephen Walters, William Ruane, Claire
Keelan (North American Premiere)

Lunarcy! (Canada)
Director: Simon Ennis
Director Simon Ennis introduces us to an unforgettable group of characters who all share one thing in
common: an obsession with the Moon. (U.S. Premiere)

Maidentrip
Director: Jillian Schlesinger
An intimate coming-of-age adventure set against the epic backdrop of the open sea, Maidentrip
explores life through the eyes of 14-year-old Laura Dekker on her quest to become the youngest
person ever to sail around the world alone. (World Premiere)

Maladies
Director/Screenwriter: Carter
A comedic look at the life of a former actor turned writer struggling to cope with reality, his work and
interpersonal relationships. Cast: James Franco, Catherine Keener, Fallon Goodson, David
Strathairn, Alan Cumming (North American Premiere)

Our Nixon
Director: Penny Lane
Recently discovered Super 8 home movies filmed by three of Richard Nixon’s closest aides – and
fellow Watergate conspirators – offer an intimate and complex new glimpse into his presidency in this
all-archival documentary. (North American Premiere)


Sake-Bomb (USA, Japan)
Director: Junya Sakino, Screenwriter: Jeff Mizushima
A sarcastic and self-deprecating Asian-American must take his naive Japanese cousin on a road trip
along the California coast to find his ex-girlfriend.
Cast: Gaku Hamada, Eugene Kim, Marlane Barnes, Josh Brodis, Samantha Quan (World Premiere)

Snap
Directors: Youssef Delara, Victor Teran, Screenwriter: Victor Teran
A stylish psychological thriller set against the underground dubstep DJ scene that takes the audience
on a dark and terrifying journey into the depths of the psychopathic mind as it threatens to explode
into horrific violence.
Cast: Jake Hoffman, Nikki Reed, Thomas Dekker, Scott Bakula, Jason Priestley (World Premiere)

These Birds Walk
Directors: Omar Mullick, Bassam Tariq
The film documents the resilience of a 6-year-old Pakistani runaway as he tackles one critical
question: where is home? The streets, an orphanage, or with the family he fled in the first place?

The Wait
Director/Screenwriter: M. Blash
An enigmatic phone call from a psychic, catapults a family into a state of suspended belief while
waiting for their recently deceased mother to be resurrected.
Cast: Jena Malone, Chloë Sevigny, Luke Grimes, Josh Hamilton, Devon Gearhart (World Premiere)

White Reindeer
Director/Screenwriter: Zach Clark
After an unexpected tragedy, Suzanne searches for the true meaning of Christmas during one sad,
strange December in suburban Virginia. Cast: Anna Margaret Hollyman, Laura Lemar-Goldsborough,
Lydia Johnson, Joe Swanberg, Christopher Doubek (World Premiere)

Yellow
Director/Screenwriter: Nick Cassavetes, Screenwriter: Heather Wahlquist
A young substitute teacher escapes from her drudging everyday life by fantasizing bizarre parallel
realities, in this wildly inventive and visually dazzling head-trip from director Nick Cassavetes.
Cast: Heather Wahlquist, Sienna Miller, Melanie Griffith, Gena Rowlands, Ray Liotta (U.S. Premiere)

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