SXSW FILM FESTIVAL

SXSW Film Festival 2009 Full Line-Up Announced

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February 1, 2009

SXSW Film Festival 2009

The next big film festival on the schedule after Sundance is always the SXSW Film Festival in lovely Austin, Texas. Both Ken and Alex attended last year (read our coverage here) and had a blast, because SXSW is a much more of a chill festival, with partying almost every night and and a moviegoing atmosphere second-to-none due in thanks to the Alamo Drafthouse. The full line-up for this year's SXSW, which takes place from March 13th to 21st, has been revealed and can be seen in its entirity below. This year SXSW will be showing a total of 108 feature films from around the world, including plenty of world premieres.

There are plenty of Sundance repeats on the line-up this year, including Adventureland, Humpday, Moon, Sin Nombre, The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle, When You're Strange, Grace, We Live in Public, and The Yes Men Fix the World. This definitely isn't a bad thing, because that means I get to catch up on everything that I missed! Read on for the full SXSW line-up contained within 9 exciting categories.

Narrative Feature Competition:

Artois the Goat
Director: Kyle Bogart. Lab technician Virgil Gurdies embarks on an epic quest to craft the greatest goat cheese the world has ever known and reclaim the heart of his beloved Angie. Cast: Mark Scheibmeir, Sydney Andrews, Stephen Taylor Fry, Dan Braverman

Bomber
Director/Writer: Paul Cotter. A bittersweet comedy about love, family and dropping bombs on Germany. Cast: Shane Taylor, Benjamin Whitrow, Eileen Nicholas

Breaking Upwards
Director: Daryl Wein. A young New York couple who, desperate to escape their ennui, but fearful of life apart, decide to intricately strategize their own break up. Cast: Daryl Wein, Zoe Lister-Jones, Julie White, Peter Friedman, Andrea Martin, Pablo Schreiber, La Chanze, Olivia Thirlby, Ebon Moss-Bachrach

It Was Great, But I Was Ready to Come Home
Director: Kris Swanberg. A woman tries to get over her recent breakup by backpacking in Costa Rica with her best friend, and through traveling together, the two women realize they may be on separate trips. Cast: Kris Swanberg, Jade Healy

Made in China
Director: Judi Krant. Lost in Shanghai, an inventor discovers that it takes more than a bright idea to succeed. Cast: Jackson Keuhn, Dan Sumpter

The Overbrook Brothers
Director: John Bryant. Jason brings his girlfriend home for Christmas... and bad things happen. Cast: Nathan Harlan, Mark Reeb, Laurel Whitsett, Steve Zissis, John Jones

That Evening Sun
Director/Writer: Scott Teems. A ruthless grudge match between two old foes. Lines are drawn, threats are made, and the simmering tension under the Tennessee sun erupts, inevitably, into savagery. Cast: Hal Holbrook, Mia Wasikowska, Ray McKinnon, Walton Goggins, Carrie Preston

True Adolescents
Director/Writer: Craig Johnson. Aging indie rocker Sam Bryant takes two teen boys on an ill-fated hiking trip that forces everyone to grow up, and fast. Cast: Mark Duplass, Melissa Leo, Bret Loehr, Carr Thompson

Documentary Feature Competition:

45356
Director: Bill Ross. An inquiring look at everyday life in middle America, the film explores the congruities of daily life in an American town Sidney, Ohio.

Garbage Dreams
Director: Mai Iskander. Filmed over four years, the film follows three teenage boys born into the trash trade and growing up in the world's largest garbage village. Each boy chooses a different path when their community is suddenly faced with the globalization of their trade.

MINE: Taken By Katrina
Director: Geralyn Pezanoski. After Hurricane Katrina, thousands of pets were rescued and adopted by families around the country, leading to many custody battles. Through these stories, the film examines issues of race, class and animal welfare in the US.

Say My Name
Director: Nirit Peled. A story is built around the lives of entrepreneurs, mothers and artists fighting to be themselves in a society that offers few opportunities for women.

Severe Clear
Director: Kristian Fraga. Armed with the world's most lethal ordnance and his home video camera, First Lieutenant Michael T. Scotti captures the chaos and complexity of war.

Sons of a Gun
Director: Rivkah Beth Medow. A family of 3 schizophrenic men and their alcoholic caregiver/Dad get evicted, move into one motel room, argue, joke around, and find a new home.

The Way We Get By
Director: Aron Gaudet. On call 24/7 for the past 6 years, a group of senior citizens transform their lives by greeting nearly one million U.S. troops at a tiny airport in Maine.

Trimpin: The Sound of Invention
Director: Peter Esmonde. A wild ride through the sonic world of an eccentric creative genius of Artist inventor/engineer/composer Trimpin.

Spotlight Premieres:

Adventureland
Director/Writer: Greg Mottola. In 1987, a recent college graduate takes a nowhere job at his local amusement park and discovers the job is perfect preparation for the real world. Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Ryan Reynolds, Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig, Martin Starr

Alexander the Last
Director/Writer: Joe Swanberg. A sensual and intimate portrait of a young marriage. Focusing on an artistic young couple, the film illuminates the challenges of monogamy amidst myriad sexual and creative temptations. Cast: Jess Weixler, Justin Rice, Barlow Jacobs, Josh Hamilton, Jane Adams

Beeswax
Director/Writer: Andrew Bujalski. Something like a legal thriller for anyone who considers "legal thriller" an oxymoron, the film revolves around a pair of twin sisters, Jeannie and Lauren – "same face, different bodies" – and Jeannie's brewing conflict with business partner Amanda. Cast: Maggie Hatcher, Tilly Hatcher, Alex Karpovsky

Best Worst Movie
Director: Michael Paul Stephenson. When an Italian filmmaker, an Alabama dentist and fledgling Utah actors filmed the low-budget horror movie, Troll 2, they'd no idea that twenty years later they would be celebrated for making the worst movie ever made.

For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism
Director: Gerald Peary. The first documentary to dramatize the rich, fascinating history of American film criticism.

Goodbye Solo
Director: Ramin Bahrani. On the lonely roads of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, two men from very different worlds forge an improbable friendship that will change both of their lives forever. Cast: Souleymane Sy Savane, Red West, Diana Franco Galindo, Carmen Leyva, Lane 'Roc' Williams

Humpday
Director/Writer: Lynn Shelton. A farcical comedy about straight male bonding gone a little too far. Cast: Mark Duplass, Joshua Leonard, Alycia Delmore, Lynn Shelton, Trina Willard.

Hurt Locker
Director: Kathryn Bigelow. Forced to play a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse in the chaos of war, an elite Army bomb squad unit must come together in a city where everyone is a potential enemy and every object could be a deadly bomb. Cast: Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, Guy Pearce

I Love You, Man
Director/Writer: John Hamburg. The film centers on a man who, upon getting engaged, realizes he has no close male friends and must find someone to be the Best Man at his wedding. Cast: Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, Rashida Jones, Andy Samberg, J.K. Simmons, Jane Curtin, Jon Favreau and Jaime Pressly

The Last Beekeeper
Director: Jeremy Simmons. This documentary follows the lives of three commercial beekeepers over the course of one year as they struggle with Colony Collapse Disorder. As they all take their bees to California's enormous annual almond pollination, they are forced to ask the question "If all the bees die, what do you have to live for?"

Monsters from the ID
Director: David Gargani. The untold story of 1950's American Sci-Fi Cinema and the role of the Modern Scientist.

Moon
Director: Duncan Jones. Before returning to Earth after three years on the moon, things go horribly wrong for astronaut Sam Bell. Cast: Sam Rockwell

New World Order
Director Andrew Neel and Luke Meyer. Impassioned conspiracy theorists travel the globe trying to expose the group that they claim rules the world.

Objectified
Director: Gary Hustwit. A glimpse into our relationship to manufactured objects and, by extension, the people who design them.

Observe and Report
Director/Writer: Jody Hill. This dark comedy follows the story of Ronnie Barnhardt, a deluded, self-important head of mall security who squares off in a turf war against the local cops. Cast: Seth Rogen, Anna Faris, Michael Peña and Ray Liotta

Passing Strange
Director: Spike Lee. A musical documentary about the international exploits of a young man from Los Angeles who leaves home to find himself and 'the real'. A theatrical stage production of the original Tony-Award winning book by Stew. Cast: De'Adre Aziza, Daniel Breaker, Eisa Davis, Colman Domingo, Stew.

Sin Nombre
Director/Writer: Cary Fukunaga. Writer/director Cary Fukunaga's firsthand experiences with Central American immigrants seeking the promise of the U.S. form the basis of this epic dramatic thriller. Cast: Edgar Flores, Paulina Gaitan, Kristyan Ferrer, Tenoch Huerta Mej'a, Luis Fernando Pe–a, Diana Garc'a.

The Square
Director: Nash Edgerton. Nash Edgerton's debut feature is a film-noir in a bleak Australian town where a simple crime goes horribly wrong and escalates into a nightmare of unforeseen events. Cast: David Roberts, Claire Van Der Boom, Joel Edgerton, Anthony Hayes, Peter Phelps and Bill Hunter

Three Blind Mice
Director/Writer: Matthew Newton. Three young Navy officers hit Sydney for one last night on land before being shipped over to the Gulf to fight. Throughout the night the boys lose each other, find themselves, and along the way discover courage, friendship and redemption. Cast: Ewen Leslie, Toby Schmitz, Matthew Newton, Tina Bursill

The Two Bobs
Director/Writer: Tim McCanlies. Just as they finish their groundbreaking violent video-game masterpiece, the two gaming legends known as "The Two Bobs” discover that their precious game-software has been stolen... and with it, their livelihoods, genius reputations, everything they own. Cast: Tyler Francavilla, Devin Ratray, Mika Boorem, Cody Kasch, Leonardo Nam

Winnebago Man
Director: Ben Steinbauer. Jack Rebney's outrageously funny outtakes from a Winnebago sales video became an underground phenomenon and made him an internet superstar. Filmmaker Ben Steinbauer sets out to find him.

Women in Trouble
Director/Writer: Sebastian Gutierrez. One day in the lives of ten desperate women with one thing in common: trouble. Cast: Carla Gugino, Josh Brolin, Connie Britton, Adrianne Palicki, Simon Baker

Emerging Visions:

Awaydays
Director: Pat Holden. A blade-sharp rites-of-passage that buzzes with the post-punk energy of its late-70s Liverpool setting. Based on the classic novel by Kevin Sampson. Cast: Nicky Bell, Liam Boyle, Stephen Graham, Oliver Lee

Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo
Director: Jessica Oreck. Untangling the web of cultural and historical ties underlying Japan's deep fascination with insects… and what it says about the rest of us.

Brock Enright: Good Times Will Never Be The Same
Director: Jody Lee Lipes. Artist Brock Enright's unbridled creative force clashes with the confines of love, family, and industry, as he crafts the most significant show of his career.

Creative Nonfiction
Director/Writer: Lena Dunham. Reality and fiction are indistinguishable as a college student tries and fails to differentiate her creative writing screenplay from her increasingly awkward social life. Cast: Eleonore Endricks, David Unger, Audrey Gelman, Sam Lisenco, Lena Dunham

Crude Independence
Director: Noah Hutton. A rumination on the future of small town America through the lens of a humanistic tale of change at the hands of the global energy market and its unyielding thirst for oil.

Four Boxes
Director/Writer: Wyatt McDill. A snarky social thriller about three suburban nobodies watching a creep named Havoc on a website called fourboxes.tv – Rear Window on the internet. Cast: Justin Kirk, Terryn Westbrook, Sam Rosen

The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle
Director: David Russo. When Dory's life seems like it's going down the drain, a strange "new life” takes shape inside him and he learns that sometimes you don't have to find meaning, it grows in you. Cast: Marshall Allman, Vince Vieluf, Natasha Lyonne, Tania Raymonde, Tygh Runyan.

Luckey
Director: Laura Longsworth. After sculptor Tom Luckey's devastating fall through a window, his family must cross delicate lines drawn long ago by divorce and remarriage while Tom, fully paralyzed and wacky personality intact, pursues building his biggest, most complicated sculpture ever.

Make-Out with Violence
Director: The Deagol Brothers. A rock musical wherein the living love the dead and break into silence instead of song. Cast: Eric Lehning, Cody DeVos, Leah High, Brett Miller, Shellie Marie Shartzer

Modern Love is Automatic
Director/Writer: Zach Clark. A story about an apathetic nurse who moonlights as a dominatrix, her aspiring model roommate and the sad, strange world they live in. Cast: Melodie Sisk, Maggie Ross

Motherland
Director: Jennifer Steinman. Six grieving mothers journey to Africa in order to test the theory that "giving is healing."

My Suicide
Director: David Lee Miller. An isolated, media obsessed teenager announces he's going to kill himself for his high school, video production class final project. Cast: Gabriel Sunday, David Carradine, Joe Mantegna, Nora Dunn, Mariel Hemingway

Pulling John
Director: Vassiliki Khonsari. The universal story of a champion arm wrestler's glory in an unsung sport, who after 25 years of success is now burdened with the inevitable transformation of aging.

RATS and CATS
Director: Tony Ayres. Ex-soap star Darren McWarren destroyed his career with a series of indiscretions. Now he's living the live away from the spotlight when a "Where are they now" journalist comes to call. Cast: Jason Gann, Adam Zwar, Anya Beyersdorf, Tony Rogers

Sissyboy
Director: Kate Turinski.A juncture in the lives of performance art revolutionaries, the film explores a Portland-based gender-bending drag troupe that has served up their audacity, ambivalence and social commentary throughout the Rose City for over 3 years before hundreds of devoted fans.

Sorry, Thanks
Director: Dia Sokol. Disaster looms when Kira (reeling from a brutal break-up) sleeps with Max (who already has a girlfriend) and Max takes up two new pursuits: an obsessive-tending interest in Kira, and the mystery of whether he may in fact be an ass. Cast: Wiley Wiggins, Kenya Miles, Andrew Bujalski, Ia Hernandez

Splinterheads
Director/Writer: Brant Sersen. For Justin Frost, a typical day is rolling out of bed at one, practicing improvised karate, and mowing grass for his best friend's landscaping business. But when a traveling carnival lands in his small town, Justin falls for a sexy con artist and wakes up to the life he has yet to begin living. Cast: Thomas Middleditch, Rachael Taylor, Christopher McDonald, Lea Thompson, Dean Winters

St. Nick
Director/Writer: David Lowery. A stark, haunting portrait of childhood following the adventures of a runaway brother and sister as they try to survive, all on their own, out on the wintry plains of the great southwest. Cast: Tucker Sears, Savanna Sears, Barlow Jacobs, Mara Lee Miller

The Time of Their Lives
Director: Jocelyn Cammack. With a combined age of almost 300, Hetty, Rose and Alison are still powerfully engaged in their individual forms of activism - from journalism, to public speaking to anti-war demonstrations - while quietly negotiating the final moments of their lives.

Trust Us, This Is All Made Up
Director: Alex Karpovsky. Immortalized in the world of improv comedy, Second City veterans TJ Jagodowksi and David Pasquesi explore the unique partnership and transcendental forces that govern their legendary performances.

Wake Up
Director: Jonas Elrod. An average 36-year old guy suddenly wakes up with the ability to see and hear angels, demons, auras and ghosts. With his girlfriend by his side, he goes on a journey to figure it all out, and his search becomes a guide to revealing larger truths about the world and everyone in it.

SX Global:

Calling E.T. (Netherlands)
Director: Prosper de Roos. A close-up look at a small group of people listening, watching, waiting and preparing for their perceived inevitable earthly encounter with extraterrestrial intelligence.

Favela on Blast (Brazil)
Director: Leandro HBL. Globe trotting taste-maker DJ Diplo presents a look at Brazil's Baile Funk music scene from directly inside the mountain ghettos where it spawned and thrives.

The Forgotten Tree (Mexico)
Director: Luis Rincon. A documentary that revisits the slums featured over fifty years ago in Los Olvidados, (Luis Buñuel), and reveals the current and similar conditions for the people in this area of Mexico City.

Journey to the End of Coal (France)
Director: Samuel Bollendorff. Millions of Chinese coal miners are making sacrifices everyday, risking their lives and spoiling their land to satisfy their country's appetite for economic growth. Meet them and learn more about how they live in this valley of death and pollution in the frozen winter of Northern China.

Love on Delivery (Denmark)
Director: Janus Metz. In a remote fishing village in Denmark, 575 Thai women are married to Danish men. An intimate look at the unique relationships between these Danish men and their Thai wives.

Roadsworth: Crossing the Line (Canada)
Director: Alan Kohl. Stencil artist Peter Gibson's personal and professional struggle to defend his work, define himself as an artist and address difficult questions about art and freedom of expression.

Snowblind (England)
Director: Vikram Jayanti. Rachael Scdoris, 23, and legally blind since birth, is racing in her third Iditarod, the grueling 1,100 mile dog sled race in Alaska that's the toughest race in the world.

Sounds Like Teen Spirit...a popumentary (England)
Director: Jamie Johnson. Behind the scenes look at of the world's premiere youth music spectacle: The Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

Ticket to Paradise (Denmark)
Director: Janus Metz. The sequel to Janus Metz' Love on Delivery' follows the story of a young Thai-girl's journey from peasant to sex worker.

24 Beats Per Second:

Anvil! The Story of Anvil
Director: Sacha Gervasi. At 14, Toronto school friends Steve "Lips" Kudlow and Robb Reiner made a pact to rock together forever. They meant it. Cast: Steve "Lips Kudlow," Robb Reiner.

All Tomorrow's Parties
A kaleidoscopic journey into the parallel musical universe of cult music festival All Tomorrow's Parties.

Youssou Ndour: I Bring What I Love
Director: Chai Vasarhelyi. Youssou Ndour, one of Africa's most prominent musicians, returns home for the release of his highly controversial album, Egypt.

Intangible Assets Number 82
Director: Emma Franz. An Australian drummer searches for an enigmatic Korean shaman and is transformed by the journey.

Number One with A Bullet
Director: Jim Dziura. A feature-length documentary that pulls back the curtain on gun violence in Hip Hop.

The Promised Land – A Swamp Pop Journey
Director: Matthew Wilkinson. The story of South Louisiana super group Lil' Band o'Gold. 8 members, 25 egos, 6 livers - coming together to just play music.

RiP: A Remix Manifesto
Director: Brett Gaylor. A documentary feature exploring issues of copyright in the information age, mashing up the media landscape of the 20th century and shattering the wall between users and producers.

Soul Power
Director: Jeffrey Levy-Hinte. Jeffrey Levy-Hinte takes us on an epic trip back to 1974 when the most famous R & B acts in the world, including James Brown, B.B. King, and Bill Withers, put on 12 hour long concert to help promote Muhammad Ali and George Foreman's historic "Rumble in the Jungle" in Kinshasa, Zaire.

When You're Strange
Director: Tom DiCillo. Using only original footage shot between 1966 and 1971, When You're Strange: A Film About The Doors, attempts to disentangle truth from myth, depict Jim Morrison, artist and alcoholic/addict, and showcase the other members of the band: Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger, and John Densmore, who together channeled the group's magic.

Lone Star States:

American Violet
Director: Tim Disney. The astonishing story of Dee Roberts, a young African American single mother, whose courageous fight against her unwarranted drug arrest forever changes her life and the Texas justice system. Cast: Nicole Beharie, Tim Blake Nelson, Will Patton, Michael O'Keefe, Xzibit, with Charles Dutton and Alfre Woodard.

Blaze Foley Inside
Director: Kevin Triplett. A documentary on the everyday man behind the legend, Blaze Foley. Born in a tree house, killed in a friend's living room and 86'ed from his own funeral, is now a bona fide country music legend whose songs are covered by Merle Haggard, John Prine, Willie Nelson and Lyle Lovett.

Exterminators
Director: John Inwood. A dark comedy about a group of women who meet in court mandated rage therapy and decide to form a traditional business with very untraditional methods. Cast: Heather Graham, Jennifer Coolidge, Amber Heard, Joey Lauren Adams, Matthew Settle

The Least of These
Director: Clark Lyda. Detention of immigrant children in a former medium-security prison leads to controversy when three activist attorneys discover troubling conditions at the facility.

Over the Hills and Far Away
Director: Michel Orion Scott. This documentary chronicles the journey of the Isaacson family as they travel through Mongolia in search of a mysterious shaman they believe can heal their autistic son.

Sunshine
Director: Karen Skloss. In 1975 rural Texas, the local mayor's daughter grapples with an unplanned pregnancy finally deciding to have her baby in secret before giving her away in a hidden adoption. Twenty-three years later, the adopted child also has an unplanned baby out of wedlock. The film tells the intimate story of these two single mothers, while exploring the times and circumstances that afforded them very different options.

Midnighters:

A Film With Me In It
Director: Ian Fitzgibbon. An actor hard on his luck ends up with a large number of dead bodies on his hands. Cast: Mark Doherty, Dylan Moran

The Ceremony
Director/Writer: James Palmer. After finding a bizarre book, a young man is plagued by unexplainable occurrences inside his home. Cast: Scott Seegmiller

Grace
Director/Writer: Paul Solet. After losing her unborn child, Madeline Matheson insists on carrying the baby to term. Following the delivery, the child miraculously returns to life, but when the baby develops a desperate appetite for human blood, Madeline is faced with a mother's ultimate decision. Cast: Jordan Ladd, Samantha Ferris, Gabrielle Rose, Malcom Stewart

Lake Mungo
Director/Writer: Joel Anderson. A supernatural drama about grief. Cast: Talia Zucker, Rosie Traynor, David Pledger

Trailers from Hell.com with Joe DanteLIVE PRESENTATION
Joe Dante presents The Best of Trailers from Hell which showcases classic-era Previews of Coming Attractions - punctuated with humorous, passionate and insightful commentaries by contemporary filmmakers like John Landis, Eli Roth and Edgar Wright - with particular emphasis on the lurid, the extreme and the outrageous.

Zift
Director: Javor Gardev. A man freed after a wrongful murder conviction enters a diabolical city full of decaying neighborhoods, gloomy streets and bizarre characters. Cast: Zachary Baharov, Tanya Ilieva, Vladmir Penev, Mihail Mutafov

Special Screenings:

American Prince
Director: Tommy Palotta. After being forgotten for 30 years, filmmaker Tommy Pallotta revisits Scorcese's lost documentary "American Boy" and its raconteur subject, Steven Prince.

Berlin Calling
Director/Writer: Hannes Stoehr. Berlin Calling is an extraordinary story that starts in pre-war Berlin, spans three generations, and concludes in the dark and sweaty rock n' roll clubs that line the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles. Cast: Paul Kalkbrenner, Rita Lengyel, Corinna Harfouch, Araba Walton, Peter Schneider

Blood Trail
Director: Richard Parry. War photographer Robert King let a camera crew follow him for over 15 years. From his first assignment in Bosnia to his breakthrough work in Chechnya, and on to his recent coverage in Iraq, Blood Trail is an extraordinary look at this difficult and dangerous profession.

Burma VJ
Director: Anders Ostergaard. Armed with small handy cams, undercover Video Journalists in Burma risk their lives to keep up the flow of news from their closed country as in September 2007 thousands of monks take to the streets of Rangoon in a peaceful protest against the country's military rulers.

Daytime Drinking
Director/Writer: NOH Young-seok. A drinking road trip fable of a guy who just got dumped... Cast: SONG Sam-dong, YUK Sang-yeop, KIM Kang-hee.

For All Mankind
Director: Al Reinart. A trip to another world disguised as a documentary.

De Ofrivilliga (Involuntary)
Director: Ruben Östlund. A tragic comedy or comic tragedy about group pressure on the individual. Five separate episodes on everyday disasters. Cast: Maria Lundqvist, Leif Edlund, Olle Lijas, Vera Vitali, Cecilia Milocco

It Came From Kuchar
Director: Jennifer M. Kroot. The hilarious and touching story of the legendary, underground filmmaking twins, George and Mike Kuchar, and how their outrageous, no-budget movies inspired generations of filmmakers.

Know Your Mushrooms
Director: Ron Mann. Filmmaker Ron Mann puts the fun in fungus with his newest documentary.

Letters to the President
Director: Petr Lom. Exclusive access film about President Ahmadinejad of Iran, and what life is like under his regime. The film takes as its narrative thread the letters that supposedly ten million Iranians have written to the President.

Office Space – 10th Anniversary – LIVE PRESENTATION
Director Mike Judge will present a special screening of the cult phenomenon film on the occasion of its 10th Anniversary.

The Paranoids
Director: Gabriel Medina. An aspiring screenwriter who lives in constant state of paranoia, faces the return of his successful friend Manuel and his girlfriend in this off-beat romantic comedy.

Saint Misbehavin: The Life and Time of Wavy Gravy
Director: Michelle Esrick. The true story of cultural phenomenon Wavy Gravy – a man whose life proves that you can change the world and have fun doing it.

The Snake
Director/Writer: Adam Goldstein and Eric Kutner. The funniest movie about dating a bulimic... possibly ever. Cast: Adam Goldstein, Nina Braddock

Strongman
Director: Zachary Levy. Stainless Steel bills himself as the world's strongest man (at bending steel) and hopes to make it big despite his advancing age.

Sweethearts of the Rodeo
Director: Bradley Beesley. Amidst stories of murder, hardship, heartache and redemption, the film follows the convict cowgirls of the Eddie Warriors Correctional Center in their preparation for the only rodeo where female prisoners compete rough-stock and as equals against male prison teams.

We Live in Public
Director: Ondi Timor. The story of the Internet's revolutionary impact on human interaction as told through the eyes of Internet pioneer and visionary, Josh Harris.

The Yes Men Fix the World
Director: Andy Bichlbaum, Mike Bonanno and Kurt Engfehr. A pair of notorious troublemakers sneaks into corporate events disguised as captains of industry, then use their momentary authority to expose the biggest criminals on the planet. Cast: Andy Bichlbaum, Mike Bonanno

You Won't Miss Me
Director: Ry Russo-Young. A portrait of a modern day rebel, Shelly Brown, a twenty-three year-old alienated urban misfit recently released from a psychiatric hospital. Cast: Stella Schnabel, Rene Ricard

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  • Leon
    I urge those attending the festival, give the aussie flicks a chance. I saw both The Square and Three Blind Mice last year, here in Melbourne, Australia, and they we bloody excellent films. They deserve whatever accolades come their way...well, The Square more so than Three blind mice. Cheers.
  • http://movieguyreviews4u.blogspot.com Ryan
    Wow! Tell me how OBSERVE AND REPORT is, espically Faris.
  • M. L. Kiner
    "The Hong Kong Connection" is a legal thriller about a gutsy female attorney who takes on high ranking International officials. It's a taut, rollercoaster of a ride from New York to Palm Beach to Washington D.C. to Hong Kong. The plot is expertly woven, the characters persuasive, and the dialogue snappy and spot on. http://www.StrategicBookPublishing.com/TheHongKongConnection.html
  • Gary
    I was very impressed with "Artois the Goat" at a private showing. This film is written, directed and produced by up and coming UT Film School alums with a cast of very talented local actors. Make time to see this entertaining romantic comedy.

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