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SXSW Adds Films, Names Billy Bob Thornton’s Willie Nelson Doc Closing Film

SXSW Adds Films, Names Billy Bob Thornton's Willie Nelson Doc Closing Film

Billy Bob Thornton’s Willie Nelson documentary, “The King of Luck,” will serve as the closing night film at this year’s SXSW Film Festival. The event also added a number of additional shorts and features to its slate, including Paul Feig’s “Bridesmaids” starring Kristen Wiig, and Harmony Korine’s new short film “Umshini Wam.” The festival runs March 11-19 and as previously announced, kicks off with a screening of “Source Code” from director Duncan Jones (“Moon”).

The new additions move the total of films at the festival up to 140 features (66 world premieres and 15 North American and U.S. premieres) and 153 shorts. Screenings will be complemented by over 100 panels, workshops and mentor sessions over the first five days.

The complete list of new additions from the festival is included below with synopses provided by SXSW:


“The King of Luck”
Director: Billy Bob Thornton
This is a documentary about Willie Nelson: the man, the songwriter, the friend, the father,
legendary performer and champion of the family farmer. (World Premiere)


“Bridesmaids” (Work In Progress)
Director: Paul Feig, Writers: Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig
Kristen Wiig leads the cast as Annie, a maid of honor whose life unravels as she leads her best
friend, Lillian (Maya Rudolph), and a group of colorful bridesmaids (Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy,
Wendi McLendon-Covey and Ellie Kemper) on a wild ride down the road to matrimony.

Films from R.E.M.’s Collapse Into Now followed by a Q+A with Michael Stipe
A selection of films from R.E.M.’s latest album, ”Collapse Into Now,” with films by notable artists
and filmmakers and personally curated by Michael Stipe.

“Night Fishing”
Directors: PARKing CHANce (PARK Chan-wook, PARK Chan-kyong) (Narrative Short)
Story about the transitions between life and death brought by PARKing CHANce, the first
collaboration between PARK Chan-wook and PARK Chan-kyong. (North American Premiere)

“The Pee-wee Herman Show on Broadway”
Director: Marty Callner, Created and Conceived by: Paul Reubens, Written by: Paul Reubens and Bill
Steinkellner, Additional Material by: John Paragon, Also written by: Josh Meyers, John Koch and Paul Rust
Based on the original show that launched Pee-wee Herman into a pop culture icon, Paul Reubens’
beloved character brings his Playhouse to life once again in the HBO special “The Pee-wee
Herman Show on Broadway.”

“Sound & Scene: Made in Israel”
SXSW Film and Wyatt Brand present a unique music/film/interactive convergence brunch, as two
Israeli bands – Eatliz and Onili – play live to their stunning, award winning videos. GRAMMY®-
nominated directors Yuval and Merov Nathan Skype in from Tel Aviv.

“Umshini Wam” (Narrative Short)
Director & Writer: Harmony Korine
Ninja and Yo Landi are wheelchair bound gangstas. Their wheels are falling off, and they need
new rims. They must undergo extreme measures to keep rolling. (World Premiere)


“The Devil’s Box”
Director: Jason Hammond
Once a year, fiddlers across the country flock to Hallettsville to compete for the title of best Texas-
style fiddler. The small town erupts into a musical jamboree in this offbeat and quirky portrait of
Americana. (World Premiere)

“Hit So Hard”
Director: P. David Ebersole
The life and near-death story of Patty Schemel, the hard-hitting openly gay drummer of HOLE
whose friendship with struggling musician Kurt Cobain unexpectedly led her to a path of fame,
addiction, betrayal, survival and triumph. (World Premiere)

“Tell Your Friends”
Director: Victor Varnado
Featuring hot up-and coming comedians Reggie Watts, Kristen Schaal & Kurt Braunohler, Liam
McEneaney, and Christian Finnegan, “Tell Your Friends! The Concert Film!” does for indie comedy
what “Woodstock” did for Baby Boomer rock. (World Premiere)


“Separado!” (UK)
Directors: Gruff Rhys & Dylan Goch
Star Trek meets Buena Vista Social Club in this psychedelic western musical as Welsh pop legend Gruff Rhys (Super Furry Animals) takes us on a pan continental road trip in search of his long lost Patagonian uncle, the poncho wearing guitarist Rene Griffiths.

“Tunnelvision” (The Netherlands)
Director: Stefano Odoardi, Writer: Sytske Kok
When the body of a little baby is found in the dirt, the rubbish dump workers soon have reason to suspect that Mira knows more about it. Cast: Sanneke Bos, Serge Price, Raymond Thiry, Ergun Simsek, Teun Kuilboer (U.S. Premiere)


“Up, Up, and Away”
Director: Holden Osborne
What goes up when the lights come down? (World Premiere)


“The Blitzen Trapper Massacre” (Narrative Short)
Director: Rainn Wilson
Rainn Wilson directs and stars in The Blitzen Trapper Massacre, a new comedic short film
designed to provoke terror into the hearts of any band that doesn’t the put the fans first.
(World Premiere)

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