Netflix has made a strong push into the narrative feature realm at this year’s South by Southwest Film Festival. Variety first reported that the company just acquired SXSW 2015 entry “Manson Family Vacation” from writer/director J. Davis and producers the Duplass Brothers.
The comedy, for which word around Austin has not been high, follows two brothers (played by Jay Duplass and Linas Phillips) on a road trip to see the site of the Manson Family murders. This marks Netflix’s second buy of the fest after picking up Hannah Fidell’s buzzy young romance “6 Years,” falling in line with the streaming service’s four-picture pact with Mark and Jay Duplass—two of the heaviest hitters at SXSW this year.
Recently, Netflix took Cary Fukunaga’s feature “Beasts of No Nation,” which would ordinarily be a high profile theater-bound project. “6 Years” and “Manson Family Vacation” indicate the company’s commitment to small-scale indies, and to becoming a formidable presence on the festival circuit.