Nora Tschirner, "Everyone's Going to Die"
German TV and film star Nora Tschirner is a household name in her native country having won a Bambi award and voiced the raved haired Merida in the German dubbed version of Pixars’ Academy Award winner “Brave,” but she has yet to break into the English language market. The British indie “Everyone’s Going to Die” marks her first project that could change that tide. Making its world premiere at the festival, the film stars Tschirner as a woman stuck in a rut in a seaside town. Her luck changes when a man reenters her life with an interesting proposal.
Jane Levy, "Evil Dead"
TV star Jane Levy (ABC’s “Suburgatory”) makes the leap from the small screen to the big in the hugely anticipated opening night horror film “Evil Dead.” And if the gruesome red band trailer for the remake of Sam Raimi’s cult classic is anything to go by, Levy goes for broke in the film as a recovering heroin addict who becomes possessed by some nasty spirits after retreating to a cabin in the woods with some friends. Next up for the hopeful scream queen is “In a Dark Place,” another spooky tale. Helmed by Bharat Nalluri (“Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day”), the thriller stars Levy as an American woman who ventures to England to serve as the governess to a porcelain doll that may be haunted.
Stanley 'Doe' Hunt, "Licks"
California native Stanley ‘Doe’ Hunt has been acting in his mother’s theater company (Lower Bottom Playaz) since childhood and now as a young man is set to breakout at SXSW in his first film project “Licks.” First-time filmmaker Jonathan Singer-Vine told Indiewire that Hunt wowed at his audition, showcasing “raw talent,” and got the lead role in “Licks” on the spot. The film follows the story of a young man, D (Hunt), as he returns to his Oakland neighborhood after serving two years in prison for a robbery gone wrong. Tested by the bad influences around him, D is forced to decide which direction to take his life.
Ashley Bell, "The Bounceback"
Ashley Bell has already earned herself an Independent Spirit Award Nomination for her terrifying performance in “The Last Exorcism” a possessed young woman. But despite that found-footage hit and its recent sequel, she’s far from being a regular fixture on the indie circuit. That could change with her touted lead turn in the buzzed about romantic comedy “The Bounceback,” directed by fellow Spirit Award nominee Bryan Poser (“Lovers of Hate”). In it, she plays Cathy, an ex stalked by Stan (“Cloverfield” star Michael Stahl-David) after he pops up in her hometown of Austin for two weeks unexpectedly. Meanwhile, Stan’s best bud’s roommates are determined to win an air-sex competition.
PJ Boudousqué, "Coldwater"
“Bellflower” producer Vincent Grashaw makes his directorial debut with “Coldwater” and he’s rumored to have a startling new talent at its center. Before landing the lead in Grashaw’s film as a newbie at a harsh reform facility, newcomer PJ Boudousqué had lived in New Orelans and then LA, after he and his family were evacuated from their home during Hurricane Katrina. Grashaw told Indiewire “something in our gut told us this kid was special, so we literally cast him off of one audition of two scenes. An unproven, unknown, without a resume.” That could change should the film breakout in the way “Bellflower” did two years ago at Sundance.