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SXSW 2014 Unveils Feature Film Lineup: Full List of 115 Titles Playing the Fest

SXSW 2014 Unveils Feature Film Lineup: Full List of 115 Titles Playing the Fest

With Sundance now wrapped, South by Southwest is the next
major American festival on the horizon. SXSW 2014 has unveiled its features lineup
for this year’s fest, running March 7 – 15 in Austin, Texas. Check out the full
list, below.

115 features are set
to screen over nine days. The lineup below includes 68 films from first-time
filmmakers, 76 World Premieres, 10 North American Premieres and 7 U.S.

The films were selected from a record 2,215 feature-length
film submissions composed of 1,540 U.S. and 675 international feature-length
films. With a record number of 6,482 submissions total, the overall increase
was 14% over 2013.

The Midnighters feature section and the Short Film program
will be announced February 5, with the complete Conference lineup and schedule
to follow on February 12. 


Eight world premieres, eight unique ways to celebrate the
art of storytelling. Selected from 1,324 films submitted to SXSW 2014.


Films screening in Narrative Feature Competition are:


10,000KM (Spain)

Director: Carlos Marques Marcet, Screenwriters: Carlos
Marques-Marcet, Clara Roquet Autonell

A year of a long distance relationship, two computers and
two cities – Los Angeles and Barcelona, can love survive 6,000 miles? Cast:
Natalia Tena, David Verdaguer (World Premiere)



Director: Collin Schiffli, Screenwriter: David Dastmalchian

Jude and Bobbie are a young, homeless couple who masterfully
con and steal in an attempt to stay one step ahead of their addiction. They are
ultimately forced to face the reality of their situation when one of them is
hospitalized. Cast: David Dastmalchian, Kim Shaw, John Heard (World Premiere)


Before I Disappear

Director/Screenwriter: Shawn Christensen

Based on the 2013 Academy Award® winning short film Curfew.
At the lowest point of his life, Richie gets a call from his estranged sister,
asking him to look after his eleven-year-old niece, Sophia, for a few hours.

Cast: Shawn Christensen, Fatima Ptacek, Emmy Rossum, Paul
Wesley, Ron Perlman, Richard Schiff

(World Premiere)


Fort Tilden

Directors/Screenwriters: Sarah-Violet Bliss, Charles Rogers

It shouldn’t be this hard for Allie and Harper to get to the

Cast: Bridey Elliott, Clare McNulty, Griffin Newman, Jeffrey
Scaperrotta, Neil Casey (World Premiere)


The Heart Machine

Director/Screenwriter: Zachary Wigon

A man begins to suspect that his long-distance girlfriend,
whom he met online but has never met in person, has been living in the same
city the whole time and sets out to find her.

Cast: John Gallagher Jr., Kate Lyn Sheil, David Call, Louisa
Krauss (World Premiere)


I Believe in Unicorns

Director/Screenwriter: Leah Meyerhoff

I Believe in Unicorns follows the lyrical journey of an
imaginative teenage girl who runs away from home with an older punk rock drifter,
but not even unicorns can save her now.

Cast: Natalia Dyer, Peter Vack, Julia Garner, Amy Seimetz,
Toni Meyerhoff (World Premiere)


The Mend

Director/Screenwriter: John Magary

A dark comedy about rage, doubt, lust, madness and other
brotherly hand-me-downs.

Cast: Josh Lucas, Stephen Plunkett, Lucy Owen, Mickey
Sumner, Austin Pendleton (World Premiere)


Wild Canaries

Director/Screenwriter: Lawrence Michael Levine

When their elderly neighbor suddenly drops dead, a young
Brooklyn couple investigates signs of foul play.

Cast: Sophia Takal, Lawrence Michael Levine, Alia Shawkat,
Annie Parisse, Jason Ritter (World Premiere)




Selected from 892 submissions, the eight world premieres in
the Documentary Feature category bring real world stories to life,
demonstrating innovation, energy and bold voices.


Films screening in Documentary Feature Competition are:


Beginning With The End

Director: David Marshall

Beginning With the End takes viewers on a profound, and
profoundly moving, journey with a group of high school seniors working as
trained hospice volunteers — a story of beginnings and endings in a year of
self-discovery and awakening. (World Premiere)


Born To Fly

Director: Catherine Gund

Born To Fly pushes the boundaries between action and art,
daring us to join choreographer Elizabeth Streb and her dancers in pursuit of
human flight. (World Premiere)

*SXsports screening


The Great Invisible

Director: Margaret Brown

Penetrating the oil industry’s secretive world, The Great
Invisible examines the Deepwater Horizon disaster through the eyes of oil
executives, explosion survivors and Gulf Coast residents who were left to pick
up the pieces when the world moved on. (World Premiere)


The Immortalists

Directors: Jason Sussberg, David Alvarado

Two eccentric scientists struggle to create eternal youth in
a world they call “blind to the tragedy of old age.”  As they battle their own aging and suffer the
losses of loved ones, their scientific journeys ultimately become personal.
(World Premiere)


Impossible Light

Director: Jeremy Ambers

Impossible Light reveals the drama and the daring of artist
Leo Villareal and a small team of visionaries who battle seemingly impossible
challenges to turn a dream of creating the world’s largest LED light sculpture
into a glimmering reality. (World Premiere)



Director: Aaron I. Naar

Mateo follows America’s most notorious white mariachi singer
on his misadventures in Cuba.

(World Premiere)


Print the Legend

Directors: Luis Lopez, Clay Tweel

The 3D Printing revolution has begun. Who will make it?
(World Premiere)



Director: Diana Whitten

A fearless sea captain, Dr. Rebecca Gomperts, sails a ship
through loopholes in international law, providing abortions on the high seas,
and leaving in her wake a network of emboldened activists who trust women to
handle abortion on their own terms. (World Premiere)


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


Films screening in Headliners are:



Director/Screenwriter: Jon Favreau

Chef is a rich and vibrant comedy – the story of Carl Casper
(Favreau), who loses his chef job and cooks up a food truck business in hopes
of reestablishing his artistic promise. At the same time, he tries to reconnect
with his estranged family.

Cast: Jon Favreau, Sofia Vergara, Scarlett Johansson, John
Leguizamo, Bobby Cannavale, Dustin Hoffman, Oliver Platt, Robert Downey, Jr.,
Emjay Anthony (World Premiere)



Director: David Gordon Green, Screenwriters: Larry Brown,
Gary Hawkins

A gripping mix of friendship, violence and redemption erupts
in the contemporary South in this adaptation of Larry Brown’s novel. Cast:
Nicolas Cage, Tye Sheridan (U.S. Premiere)



Director: Nicholas Stoller, Screenwriters: Andrew J. Cohen,
Brendan O’Brien

Seth Rogen, Zac Efron and Rose Byrne lead the cast of
Neighbors, a comedy about a young couple suffering from arrested development
who are forced to live next to a fraternity house after the birth of their
newborn baby. Cast: Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne, Christopher Mintz-Plasse,
Dave Franco, Ike Barinholtz, Lisa Kudrow (Worldwide Debut – work-in-progress)


Predestination (Australia)

Directors/Screenwriters: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig

A riveting adventure through time centered on a secret
government time traveling agency designed to prevent future killers and
terrorists from committing their crimes.

Cast: Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook, Noah Taylor (World Premiere)


Veronica Mars

Director/Screenwriter: Rob Thomas, Screenwriter: Diane

Years after walking away from her past as a teenage private
eye, Veronica Mars gets pulled back to her hometown, an ex-boyfriend with
baggage, and an unraveling murder mystery.

Cast: Kristen Bell, Jason Dohring, Krysten Ritter, Ryan
Hansen, Enrico Colantoni (World Premiere)




High profile narrative features receiving their World, North
American or US Premieres at SXSW.


Films screening in Narrative Spotlight are:


Break Point

Director: Jay Karas, Screenwriters: Gene Hong, Jeremy Sisto

Two estranged brothers reunite to make an improbable run at
a grand slam tennis tournament. The mismatched pair, with some unlikely help
from a precocious 11-year-old boy, re-discover their game and their

Cast: Jeremy Sisto, David Walton, Joshua Rush, J.K. Simmons,
Amy Smart (World Premiere)

*SXsports screening



Director: Diego Luna, Screenwriters: Keir Pearson, Timothy
J. Sexton

Chávez chronicles the birth of a modern American movement
led by famed civil rights leader and labor organizer, Cesar Chavez. Cast:
Rosario Dawson, John Malkovich, Michael Pena, America Ferrera, Gabriel Mann
(North American Premiere)



Director/Screenwriter: Riley Stearns

An expert on cults is hired by a mother and father to kidnap
and deprogram their brainwashed daughter. He soon begins to suspect the parents
may be more destructive than the cult he’s being hired to save her from. Cast:
Leland Orser, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Chris Ellis, Lance Reddick, Jon Gries
(World Premiere)


The Frontier

Director/Screenwriter: Matt Rabinowitz, Screenwriter: Carlos

An estranged son travels back home to confront his
overbearing father to see if there is any relationship left between them.

Cast: Max Gail, Coleman Kelly, Anastassia Sendyk, Katherine
Cortez, Oliver Seitz (World Premiere)


Kelly & Cal

Director: Jen McGowan, Screenwriter: Amy Lowe Starbin

Kelly & Cal explores the heartfelt, somewhat absurd
moments in our lives when we seek out a little bit of extra attention. Cast:
Juliette Lewis, Jonny Weston, Josh Hopkins, Cybil Shepherd (World Premiere)


The Mule (Australia)

Directors: Angus Sampson, Tony Mahony, Screenwriters: Leigh
Whannell, Angus Sampson

In 1983, a naive man is detained by Australian Federal
Police with lethal narcotics hidden in his stomach. Caught, ‘The Mule’ makes a
desperate choice…to defy his bodily functions and withhold the
evidence…literally. Cast: Hugo Weaving, Angus Sampson, Leigh Whannell, Ewen
Leslie, Geoff Morrell, Georgina Haig, Noni Hazlehurst, John Noble (World


A Night In Old Mexico (USA / Spain)

Director: Emilio Aragón, Screenwriter: William D. Wittliff

Forced to give up his land and home, Texas rancher Red Bovie
isn’t about to retire quietly in a dismal trailer park. Instead he hits the
road with his estranged grandson for one last adventure.

Cast: Robert Duvall, Jeremy Irvine, Angie Cepeda, Luis
Tosar, Joaquín Cosio (World Premiere)

Patrick’s Day (Ireland)

Director/Screenwriter: Terry McMahon

A young man with mental health issues becomes intimate with
a suicidal air hostess but his obsessive mother enlists a dysfunctional cop to
separate them.

Cast: Kerry Fox, Moe Dunford, Catherine Walker, Philip
Jackson (World Premiere)



Director: Andy Landen, Screenwriter: Andrew Rothschild

Faced with stage three cancer, a young woman sets out to end
her life on her own terms, in Sequoia National Park. Cast: Aly Michalka, Dustin
Milligan, Todd Lowe, Demetri Martin, Sophi Bairley (World Premiere)


She’s Lost Control

Director/Screenwriter: Anja Marquardt

Ronah’s life unravels when she starts working with a new
client, Johnny.

Cast: Brooke Bloom, Marc Menchaca, Dennis Boutsikaris, Laila
(North American Premiere)


Take Care

Director/Screenwriter: Liz Tuccillo

After being hit by a car, a woman (Leslie Bibb) comes home
to realize her friends don’t really want to take care of her. Desperate for
help, she turns to an unlikely source.

Cast: Leslie Bibb, Thomas Sadoski, Betty Gilpin, Michael
Stahl David, Nadia Dajani (World Premiere)


Thank You a Lot

Director/Screenwriter: Matt Muir

A struggling, two-bit music manager will lose his job unless
he signs a reclusive country music singer, James Hand, who also happens to be
his estranged father. Cast: Blake DeLong, James Hand, Robyn Rikoon, Sonny Carl
Davis, Jeffery Da’Shade Johnson (World Premiere)


Things People Do

Director: Saar Klein, Screenwriters: Joe Conway, Saar Klein

Bill Scanlin loses his job and embarks on a life of crime.
As Bill stays ahead of the law, he discovers that sometimes the only thing
worse than getting caught is getting away with it.

Cast: Wes Bentley, Jason Isaacs, Vinessa Shaw, Haley Bennett
(North American Premiere)


Two Step

Director/Screenwriter: Alex R. Johnson

Two Step is a fast-paced Texas thriller in which the lives
of James, a directionless college dropout, and Webb, a career criminal with his
back against the wall, violently collide. 

Cast: Beth Broderick, James Landry Hébert, Skyy Moore, Jason
Douglas, Ashley Rae Spillers (World Premiere)


We’ll Never Have Paris

Directors: Jocelyn Towne, Simon Helberg, Screenwriter: Simon

We’ll Never Have Paris is a clumsy and at once human account
of screwing up on a transcontinental level in a noble effort to win back
“the one.” Cast: Simon Helberg, Maggie Grace, Melanie Lynskey, Alfred
Molina, Zachary Quinto, Jason Ritter (World Premiere)


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


Films screening in Documentary Spotlight are:


Above All Else

Director: John Fiege

A former stuntman and high wire artist puts his family and
future on the line when he rallies a group of East Texas landowners and
activists to blockade the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. (World Premiere)

Butterfly Girl

Director: Cary Bell

Abbie came of age in honky tonks, defying her life
threatening disease, but all the while longing for an identity of her own. Now
that she is 18, how much is she willing to sacrifice for her independence?
(World Premiere)



Directors: Travis Rummel, Ben Knight

This powerful film odyssey across America explores the sea
change in national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to
the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of
our rivers. (World Premiere)


Doc of the Dead

Director: Alexandre O. Philippe

The definitive zombie culture documentary, from the makers
of The People vs. George Lucas. Doc of the Dead traces the rise and evolution
of the zombie genre, its influence on pop culture, and investigates the possibility
of an actual zombie outbreak. (World Premiere)



Director: Neil Berkeley

A comedic, brutally honest documentary following
self-destructive TV writer Dan Harmon (NBC’s Community) as he takes his live
podcast on a national tour. (World Premiere)


LADY VALOR: The Kristin Beck Story

Directors: Sandrine Orabona, Mark Herzog

A former U.S. Navy Seal seeks life, liberty and the pursuit
of happiness living life as a transgender woman. (World Premiere)


The Legend Of Shorty (UK)

Directors: Angus MacQueen, Guillermo Galdos

The Legend of Shorty is the story of a man and a myth.
(World Premiere)



Directors: Ryan Moore, Leon Gast

From abject poverty to international hero, Manny Pacquiao
rose to fame in the boxing ring. At the height of his career, Manny entered the
political arena. As history’s only boxing Congressman, Manny is faced with a
new challenge. (World Premiere)

*SXsports screening


Seeds of Time

Director: Sandy McLeod

Seeds of Time follows agriculture pioneer Cary Fowler’s
global journey to save the eroding foundation of our food supply in a new era
of climate change. (North American Premiere)



Director: Mike Myers

Mike Myers makes his directorial debut with this star-packed
documentary about the legendary Shep Gordon, who managed the careers of Alice
Cooper, Blondie, Luther Vandross, and Raquel Welch — and still had time to
invent the “celebrity chef”. (U.S. Premiere)


That Guy Dick Miller

Director: Elijah Drenner

That Guy Dick Miller is the incredible true story of the
wannabe-writer, turned accidental character-actor.

(World Premiere)


Wicker Kittens

Director: Amy C. Elliott

Every January, the country’s largest jigsaw puzzle contest
is held in St. Paul, Minnesota. Wicker Kittens invites you to choose your
favorite team and watch them try to put the pieces back together. (World
Premiere) *SXsports screening




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


Films screening in Visions are:


Arlo and Julie

Director/Screenwriter: Steve Mims

A neurotic couple’s obsession with a mysterious puzzle
comically unravels their world, disconnecting them from reality and
jeopardizing their fragile relationship.

Cast: Alex Dobrenko, Ashley Spillers, Chris Doubek, Sam
Eidson, Hugo Zesati (World Premiere)


Beyond Clueless (UK)

Director: Charlie Lyne

Narrated by cult teen star Fairuza Balk, Beyond Clueless is
a dizzying journey into the mind, body and soul of the teen movie, as seen
through the eyes of over 200 modern coming-of-age classics. (World Premiere)


Big Significant Things

Director/Screenwriter: Bryan Reisberg

A week before they move across the country together, Craig
lies to his girlfriend in order to go on his first road trip – to the south.
Alone. Cast: Harry Lloyd, Krista Kosonen (World Premiere)



Director/Screenwriter: Joel Potrykus

Devil masks, metal, video games, Mountain Dew, and a Party
Zone. Scheming slackers of the world unite and take over!

Cast: Joshua Burge, Joel Potrykus, Teri Ann Nelson, Alan
Longstreet, Rico Bruce Wade (World Premiere)



Director/Screenwriter: Patrick Brice, Screenwriter: Mark

When a videographer answers a Craigslist ad for a one-day
job in a remote mountain town, he finds his client is not at all what he
initially seems. Cast: Mark Duplass, Patrick Brice (World Premiere)


Cumbres (Heights) (Mexico)

Director/Screenwriter: Gabriel Nuncio

Due a tragedy, two sisters abruptly escape from their
hometown in Northern Mexico. Their journey creates a bittersweet relationship
marked by pain, guilt and love.

Cast: Aglae Lingow, Ivanna Michel, Abdul Marcos, Sergio
Quiñones, Ganzo Cepeda (U.S. Premiere)


The Dance of Reality (Chile / France)

Director/Screenwriter: Alejandro Jodorowsky

The Dance of Reality is a 2013 independent autobiographical
film written, produced and directed by Alejandro Jodorowosky. Cast: Brontis
Jodorowsky, Pamela Flores, Jeremias Herskovits, Cristobal Jodorowsky, Bastián
Bodenhöfer, Alejandro Jodorowsky (U.S. Premiere)


Evaporating Borders (USA / Cyprus)

Director: Iva Radivojevic

Evaporating Borders is a poetically photographed and
rendered film on tolerance and search for identity. Told through 5 vignettes
portraying the lives of migrants on the island of Cyprus, it passionately
weaves themes of displacement and belonging. (North American Premiere)


Evolution of a Criminal

Director: Darius Clark Monroe

How does a 16 year-old evolve into a bank robber? (World


Housebound (New Zealand)

Director/Screenwriter: Gerard Johnstone

When Kylie Bucknell is sentenced to home detention, she’s
forced to come to terms with her unsociable behaviour, her blabbering mother
and a hostile spirit who seems less than happy about the new living

Cast: Morgana O’Reilly, Rima Te Wiata, Glen-Paul Waru,
Cameron Rhodes, Millen Baird (World Premiere)


The Infinite Man (Australia)

Director/Screenwriter: Hugh Sullivan

The Infinite Man is a time travel comedy-romance about a man
whose attempts to construct the perfect romantic weekend backfire when he traps
his lover in an infinite loop.

Cast: Josh McConville, Hannah Marshall, Alex Dimitriades
(World Premiere)


Open Windows (Spain)

Director/Screenwriter: Nacho Vigalondo

Nick’s a lucky guy – he’s having dinner with Jill Goddard,
the hottest actress on earth. Then a guy named Chord calls: dinner’s been
canceled. And it’s Jill’s fault. But Chord’s got something better… A 21st
Century Rear Window. Cast: Elijah Wood, Sasha Grey, Neil Maskell, Adam
Quintero, Ivan Gonzalez (World Premiere)


Other Months

Director/Screenwriter: Nick Singer

Marking time as an itinerant plumber, and haunted by
recurrent nightmares, Nash hungers for the fleeting ecstasies of nightclubs and
bedrooms. Other Months is a stark, honest portrait of disconnection—a young man
coming to face his paralysis. Cast: Christopher Bonewitz, Britannie Bond, Emma
Morrison-Cohen, Liam Ahern, David Rudi Utter (World Premiere)


The Possibilities Are Endless (UK)

Directors: Edward Lovelace, James Hall

Scottish musician, Edwyn Collins’ world was shattered by a
devastating stroke. After fighting back from the brink of death, he discovers
that life, love and language mean even more to him that he could ever have
imagined. (World Premiere)



Director/Screenwriter: Dan Beers, Screenwriter: Mathew

On the most important day of his young life, a high school
senior is forced to relive his failed attempt at losing his virginity over and
over again, until he gets it right.

Cast: John Karna, Katie Findlay, Craig Roberts, Carlson
Young, Adam Riegler (World Premiere)


Song from the Forest (Germany)

Director: Michael Obert

A modern epic set between rainforest and skyscrapers. (North
American Premiere)


Space Station 76

Director/Screenwriter: Jack Plotnick, Screenwriters:
Jennifer Cox, Sam Pancake, Kali Rocha, Michael Stoyanov

Welcome to the future of the past.

Cast: Patrick Wilson, Liv Tyler, Matt Bomer, Marisa
Coughlan, Kylie Rogers (World Premiere)


Surviving Cliffside

Director: Jon Matthews

A West Virginia family faces illness, addiction, and gun
violence—while their daughter makes a run for Little Miss West Virginia.
(World Premiere)


The Wilderness of James

Director/Screenwriter: Michael Johnson

A restless teenager explores the wilderness of his city
while struggling with the absence of his father. Cast: Kodi Smit-McPhee,
Virginia Madsen, Isabelle Fuhrman, Evan Ross, Danny DeVito (World Premiere)

EPISODIC (*New screening section)

Featuring innovative new work aimed squarely at the small
screen, Episodic tunes in to the explosion of exciting material on
non-theatrical platforms, including serialized TV, webisodes and beyond.


Shows premiering in Episodic are:


COSMOS: A SpaceTime Odyssey

Directors: Brannon Braga, Bill Pope, Screenwriters: Ann
Druyan, Steven Soter

COSMOS: A SpaceTime Odyssey is a thrilling, 13-part
adventure across the universe of space and time revealed by science, exploring
humanity’s heroic quest for a deeper understanding of nature.

Narrator: Neil deGrasse Tyson



Director: Troy Miller, Written And Co-Created By: Cody
Heller, Brett Konner

Kevin Pacalioglu may have no money and no clue, but he does
have one thing–he can see dead people. Faced with New York’s most stubborn
ghosts, our hapless medium goes to whatever lengths necessary to help finish
their unfinished business. Cast: Tyler Labine, Cat Deeley, Brandon T. Jackson,
Lucy DeVito (World Premiere)


From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series – Pilot

Director/Screenwriter: Robert Rodriguez

The Gecko Brothers are back. Based on the thrill-ride film,
From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series is a supernatural crime saga from Creator,
Director and EP Robert Rodriguez premiering March 11 on El Rey Network.

Cast: D.J. Cotrona, Zane Holtz, Eiza González, Jesse Garcia,
Lane Garrison, and Wilmer Valderrama,

and Don Johnson (World Premiere)


Halt and Catch Fire

Director: Juan Jose Campanella, Screenwriters: Christopher
Cantwell, Christopher C. Rogers

Halt and Catch Fire captures the rise of the PC era in the
early 1980s, during which an unlikely trio – a visionary, an engineer and a
prodigy – take personal and professional risks in the race to build a computer
that will change the world as they know it. Cast: Lee Pace, Scoot McNairy,
Mackenzie Rio Davis, Kerry Bishe, Toby Huss, David Wilson Barnes (World


Penny Dreadful (USA / UK)

Directors: John Logan, Juan Antonio Bayona, Screenwriter:
John Logan

Penny Dreadful is a psychological horror series that
re-imagines literature’s most terrifying characters (Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian
Gray and iconic figures from the novel Dracula) in a whole new light.

Cast: Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green, Reeve
Carney, Rory Kinnear, Billie Piper, Danny Sapani,

Harry Treadaway (World Premiere)


Silicon Valley

Director: Mike Judge, Created By: Mike Judge & John
Altschuler & Dave Krinsky,

Episode One Written By Mike Judge & John Altschuler
& Dave Krinsky.

Episode Two Written By Carson Mell.

The new HBO series Silicon Valley takes a comic look at the
modern-day epicenter of the high-tech gold rush, where the people most
qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success.

Cast: Thomas Middleditch, T.J. Miller, Zach Woods, Kumail
Nanjiani, Martin Starr, Josh Brener, Christopher Evan Welch, Amanda Crew, Matt
Ross (World Premiere)



Showcasing the sounds, culture & influence of music
& musicians, with an emphasis on documentary.


Films screening in 24 Beats Per Second are:


The 78 Project Movie

Director: Alex Steyermark

The 78 Project is a journey to connect today’s musicians
with the recordings of the past. Using a 1930’s Presto recorder, artists get
one take to cut a 78rpm record anywhere, finding in that adventure a new
connection to our shared cultural legacy. (World Premiere)



Directors: Dylan Goch, Gruff Rhys

Two men. Two quests. Two centuries apart. Four ways to
experience the search for a lost tribe. Film. Book. Album . App. (World


The Case of the Three Sided Dream

Director: Adam Kahan

The documentary film on the life and legacy of Rahsaan Roland
Kirk – a one of a kind musician, personality, activist and windmill slayer who
despite being blind, becoming paralyzed, and facing America’s racial injustices
– did not relent. (World Premiere)


Deep City

Directors: Dennis Scholl, Marlon Johnson

Deep City is an inspirational story that explores the early
days of soul music in South Florida, the pioneers of that era and their lasting
contributions to the broader American musical landscape. (World Premiere)


God Help the Girl (UK)

Director/Screenwriter: Stuart Murdoch

An indie musical from Stuart Murdoch of Belle and Sebastian
about two girls and a boy and the music they made one Glasgow summer.

Cast: Emily Browning, Olly Alexander, Hannah Murray, Pierre
Boulanger, Cora Bissett



Director: Greg Olliver

A down & dirty documentary on the life and career of
blues legend Johnny Winter, featuring Edgar Winter, James Cotton, Billy
Gibbons, Warren Haynes, Luther Nallie, Tommy Shannon, Susan Tedeschi, Derek
Trucks and more. (World Premiere)


Leave The World Behind (UK)

Director: Christian Larson

A documentary following the break-up of Swedish House Mafia
and their subsequent One Last Tour. A rare look at the electronic scene,
amazing live footage and the psychological drama of 3 guys who walked away from
everything to save their friendship. (World Premiere)


Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton (This Is Stones Throw Records)

Director: Jeff Broadway

Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton is a feature-length documentary about
avant-garde Los Angeles-based record label Stones Throw Records.


Que Caramba es la Vida (Germany)

Director: Doris Dörrie

In the macho world of Mariachi music, very few women can
hold their own. Just like the songs they play, this film is a snapshot of life,
death and the things in between – seen from a bird’s-eye perspective. (World


Road To Austin

Director: Gary Fortin

Road To Austin, chronicles how Austin, Texas became the Live
Music Capital of the World, dating from 1835 to present day. The film builds to
a climax and weaves its way towards an all-star live performance led by Stephen
Bruton and his 14-piece band. (World Premiere)


Rubber Soul

Director/Screenwriter: Jon Lefkovitz

Rubber Soul reconstructs portions of two historical
interviews with John Lennon and Yoko Ono based on available transcripts and
audio, juxtaposing them in order to explore the dynamic nature of Lennon’s
identity over time. Cast: Joseph Bearor, Denice Lee, Dillon Porter, Andrew
Perez (World Premiere)


Sheffield: Sex City (UK)

Director: Florian Habicht

Dylan said ‘Don’t Look Back’ – but what happens if you do?
(World Premiere)


Soul Boys of the Western World (UK)

Director: George Hencken

A voyage through the heart of the 80s with one of the
decade’s most iconic bands, Spandau Ballet, this archive-only film tells the
story of a group of working-class London lads who created a global music
Empire, but at a price none of them imagined. (World Premiere)



Director: David Laven

SVDDXNLY uncovers the young life and career of A$AP Rocky
and the A$AP Mob, from humble Harlem beginnings to their rapid rise to fame.
(World Premiere)


Take Me to the River

Director: Martin Shore

Take Me to the River is a film about the soul of American music.
The film follows the recording of a new album featuring legends from Stax
records and Memphis mentoring and passing on their musical magic to stars and
artists of today. (World Premiere)


The Winding Stream

Director: Beth Harrington

The Winding Stream is the story of the American music
dynasty, the Carters and Cashes, and their decades-long influence on popular
music. (World Premiere)


diverse selection of International filmmaking talent, featuring innovative
narratives, artful documentaries, premieres, festival favorites and more.

screening in SX Global are:

The Desert (Argentina)

Christoph Behl

The failed story
of a love triangle in a post-apocalyptic world.

Victoria Almeida, William Prociuk, Lautaro Delgado
(North American

For Those in Peril (UK)

Paul Wright

In a remote
Scottish town, a young man is the lone survivor of a strange fishing accident
that claimed the lives of 5 men. Spurred on by sea-going folklore, the village
blames him for this tragedy, making him an outcast amongst his own people.

George Mackay, Michael Smiley, Nichola Burley, Kate Dickie
(North American

The Special Need (Germany / Italy / Austria)

Director: Carlo

Searching for
“the first time” Alex, Carlo and their autistic friend Enea find a
lot more than they were looking for…
(North American Premiere)


Ukraine Is Not A Brothel (Australia)

Director: Kitty Green

A feature documentary that reveals the truth
behind Ukraine’s topless feminist sensation, ‘Femen’.

Wetlands (Germany)

Director: David
F. Wnendt
, Screenwriters: Claus Falkenberg, David F. Wnendt

Helen has her very own view on life, hygiene and good sex. she loves to shock
people with unexpected and un-girly behavior.

Carla Juri, Christoph Letkowski, Meret Becker, Marlen Kruse, Peri Baumeister

A Wolf at the Door (Brazil)

Fernando Coimbra

A nerve-rattling
tale of a kidnapped child and the distraught parents left behind that captures
the darkness that ensues when panic breeds suspicion and love turns to hate.

Milhelm Cortaz, Leandra Leal, Fabiula Nascimento
(U.S. Premiere)


standouts & selected previous premieres from festivals around the world.

screening in Festival Favorites are:

Bad Words

Director: Jason
, Screenwriter: Andrew Dodge

Jason Bateman’s feature directorial debut is
the subversive comedy Bad Words.
Bateman stars as Guy, who finds a loophole in the rules of a national spelling
bee and causes trouble by hijacking the competition.

Jason Bateman, Kathryn Hahn, Rohan Chand, Philip Baker Hall, Allison Janney


Richard Linklater

One family’s
journey shot over the course of 12 years.

Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, Ellar Coltrane, Lorelei Linklater


The Case Against 8

Directors: Ben
Cotner, Ryan White

behind-the-scenes look inside the case to overturn California’s ban on same-sex
marriage. Shot over five years, the film follows the unlikely team that took
the first federal marriage equality lawsuit to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Dog

Allison Berg, Frank Keraudren

An astonishing
documentary portrait of the late John Wojtowicz, whose attempted robbery of a
Brooklyn bank to finance his male lover’s sex-reassignment surgery was the
real-life inspiration for the classic Al Pacino film Dog Day Afternoon.

For No Good Reason (England)

Director: Charlie

Johnny Depp pays
a call on his friend and hero Ralph Steadman and we take off on a
high-spirited, raging and kaleidoscopic journey discovering the life and works
of one of the most distinctive radical artists of the last 50 years.


Director: Lenny
, Screenwriters: Jon Ronson, Peter Straughan

Frank is a comedy about a young wannabe musician, Jon, who discovers he’s
bitten off more than he can chew when he joins a band of eccentric musicians
led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank and his terrifying sidekick, Clara.
Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Michael Fassbender, Scoot McNairy, Carla


Kat Candler

When 13-year-old
Jacob’s delinquent behavior results in the authorities placing his little
brother Wes with their aunt, he and his emotionally absent father must finally
take responsibility for their actions and each other in order to bring Wes
Cast: Aaron Paul, Juliette Lewis, Josh Wiggins, Deke Garner,
Jonny Mars

The Internet’s Own Boy: 
The Story of Aaron Swartz

Director: Brian

The story of
programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz, from the development
of RSS and Reddit to his groundbreaking work in political organizing and the
tragic taking of his own life at the age of 26.

JIMI: All Is By My Side

John Ridley

Covering a year
in Hendrix’s life from 1966-67, the film presents an intimate portrait of the
sensitive young musician on the verge of becoming a rock legend.

Andre Benjamin, Hayley Atwell, Imogen Poots, Ruth Negga, Adrian Lester
(U.S. Premiere)

Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter

David Zellner
, Screenwriter: Nathan Zellner

A lonely
Japanese woman abandons her structured life in Tokyo to seek a satchel of money
rumored to be hidden in the Minnesota wilderness.

Rinko Kikuchi, Nobuyuki Katsube, David Zellner, Nathan Zellner, Shirley Venard

No No: A Dockumentary

Jeffrey Radice

In the 1970s
Dock Ellis pitched a no-hitter on LSD and courted conflict and controversy, but
his latter years were spent helping others recover from addiction. No No: A Dockumentary weaves a
surprising story of a life in and out of the spotlight.

*SXsports screening

Obvious Child

Gillian Robespierre

Obvious Child is an unapologetically honest comedy about what
happens when 27 year
old Brooklyn stand-up comedian Donna Stern (Jenny
Slate) gets dumped, fired and pregnant just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Cast: Jenny
Slate, Jake Lacy, Gaby Hoffmann, Gabe Liedman, David Cross

Only Lovers Left Alive

Jim Jarmusch

A story centered
on two vampires who have been in love for centuries.

Cast: Tom
Hiddleston, Tilda Swinton, Mia Wasikowska, John Hurt, Anton Yelchin

Ping Pong Summer

Michael Tully

soon…Summer 1985.

Susan Sarandon, John Hannah, Lea Thompson, Amy Sedaris, Robert Longstreet

The Raid 2

Gareth Evans

Picking up from
right where the first film ends, The Raid
follows Rama as he goes undercover and infiltrates the ranks of a
ruthless Jakarta crime syndicate in order to protect his family and uncover the
corruption in the police force.

Cast: Iko
Uwais, Yayan Ruhian, Arifin Putra, Oka Antara, Tio Pakusadwo


Soundtracks, cult re-issues & much more. Our Special Events section offers
unusual, unexpected & unique film event one-offs.

Films screening in Special Events are:

All American High: Revisited

Director: Keva

American High: Revisited
is a
time capsule of teen life in the 1980s, a long-lost documentary that captures
an unforgettable era through the eyes of those who lived it.

Double Play: James Benning and Richard Linklater (France /
Portugal / US)

Director: Gabe

A documentary
portrait of the friendship between the renowned filmmakers James Benning and
Richard Linklater.
(U.S. Premiere)


Director: Ishiro
, Screenwriters: Takeo Murata, Ishiro Honda

The 1954 classic
that inspired the modern monster movie (national re-release from Rialto
Pictures in April). Q&A with Gareth Edwards, director of the summer 2014
film Godzilla, from Warner Bros Pictures and Legendary Pictures.
Takashi Shimura, Akira Takarada, Momoko Kochi


The Grand Budapest Hotel – Extended
Q&A with Wes Anderson

Director/Screenwriter: Wes Anderson

Grand Budapest Hotel

recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a
famous European hotel between the wars; and Zero Moustafa, the lobby
boy who becomes his most trusted friend.  The story involves the
theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting; a raging battle for
an enormous family fortune; a desperate chase on motorcycles,
trains, sleds, and skis; and the sweetest confection of a
love affair – all against the back-drop of a suddenly and
dramatically changing Continent. 

Cast: Ralph
Fiennes, Tony Revolori, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody,
Willem Dafoe,

Goldblum, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan, Jason
Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton,

Wilkinson, Owen Wilson

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre – 40th
Anniversary Screening

Tobe Hooper
, Screenwriter: Kim Henkel

An idyllic
summer afternoon becomes a terrifying nightmare for five young friends after
they stumble upon the home of a depraved Texas clan.
Marilyn Burns, Paul A. Partain, Edwin Neal, Jim Siedow, Gunnar Hansen

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