Lena Dunham, Tom Cullen, Dree Hemingway and Julia Garner all came to Austin as relative unknowns and emerged as sought-after talents. With the 2013 edition of the SXSW Film Festival launching today, the springboard is loaded. Here's Indiewire's picks for the 10 actors to watch this year:
Trieste Kelly Dunn, "Loves Her Gun"
Best known for her work in the SXSW indie smash "Cold Weather,” which landed her on Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 new faces of independent list, Trieste Kelly Dunn is rumored to give an impressive lead turn in the hot-button drama "Loves Her Gun." The topical film from Goeff Marslett (known for the animated "Mars," which screened at SXSW in 2010, centers on a woman (Dunn) who flees New York after being attacked and finds herself in Austin where she becomes deeply embedded in Texas' gun culture. Dunn can currently be seen as a series regular in the new Alan Ball produced series "Banshee" for Cinemax.
Kaitlyn Dever, "Short Term 12"
Actress Kaitlyn Dever has been working steadily for the bulk of her teen years appearing in everything from "Modern Family" to Clint Eastwood's "J. Edgar," but this year sees the sixteen-year-old break out in a bigger way that ever with turns in two buzzed-about indies, "The Spectacular Now" (which earned raves and won an award at Sundance) and "Short Term 12" (which makes its debut at SXSW). In "Short Term 12" she's afforded her meatiest role yet as Jayden, a severely troubled teenager living in a group home for troubled youths, run by Brie Larson's character Grace.
Will Brittain, "A Teacher"
"A Teacher," Hannah Fidell's acclaimed feature directorial debut, already made waves at Sundance earlier this year in the festival's NEXT section, culminating in a coveted Oscilloscope Laboratories buy. Although the film's SXSW bow won't mark its world premiere, it will mark a homecoming of sorts for one of it's principal players (and Austin boy) Will Brittain. In the sexy drama, Brittain stars alongside Lindsay Burdge as a teenager engaged in an affair with his teacher (Burdge). Good looking, incredibly charismatic and clearly undaunted by risky choices, Brittain should go far.
Jake Hoffman, "Snap"
Yes, that last name is no coincidence. Jake Hoffman, who leads "Snap," a psychological thriller making its world premiere in Austin, is the son of Dustin Hoffman. He's been acting for most of life appearing alongside in his father in everything from "Hook" to "Rain Man," and then stepping out on his own to play Adam Sandler's son in "Click" and appear in TV shows like "Californication" and "Luck" (which starred...his father). The NYU Film School grad is afforded his first lead role in "Snap" and the part's a juicy one -- in it, he plays a mentally unstable dubstep savant who becomes obsessed with social worker Nikki Reed ("Twilight") and quickly unravels to menacing proportions. He can next be seen in Martin Scorsese’s anticipated "The Wolf of Wall Street," opposite Leonardo DiCaprio.
Francisco Barreiro, "Loves Her Gun"
Best known for delivering a standout performance in Jorge Michel Grau’s cannibal horror film “We Are What We Are” (which has since been remade in America), Mexican actor Francisco Barreriro is widely regarded as one of the brightest up and comers in Mexican cinema. He was last seen in “Penumbra” director Adrian Garcia’s Spanish language horror picture “Here Comes the Devil.” At SXSW, audiences will have a chance to see him in his first high profile English language project, “Loves Her Gun.” The topical film centers on a woman (Trieste Kelly Dunn, who also made the cut) who flees New York after being attacked and finds herself in Austin where she becomes deeply embedded in Texas' gun culture.