SXSW Adds 15 More Films Including 'The East' & 'Spectacular Now'
Every going to SXSW in Austin this March should consider themselves lucky, the line-up just keeps getting better. Yes, SXSW suckered me into writing yet another post about the films playing at their festival this year, but it's worth it. They just revealed an additional 15 films for a grand total of 133 features, consisting of 78 World Premieres, 13 North American Premieres, 9 U.S. Premieres, with 76 first-time directors. Among the final additions are James Ponsoldt's beloved Sundance favorite The Spectacular Now (my review), Zal Batmanglij's The East (my review), the Linsanity doc (Ben's review) and more. All 15 listed below.
The SXSW Film Festival runs March 8th-16th in Austin, TX, taking place all over the city at various venues. For more details on the films, visit the festival online at SXSW.com. Here is the latest 2013 film selections:
The East (Closing Night Film)
Director: Zal Batmanglij, Screenwriters: Zal Batmanglij, Brit Marling
An operative for a private intelligence firm goes undercover to infiltrate a mysterious anarchist collective attacking major corporations. Bent on apprehending these fugitives, her loyalty is tested as her feelings grow for their charismatic leader. Cast: Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgård, Ellen Page, Toby Kebbell, Shiloh Fernandez, Julia Ormond, Patricia Clarkson
Fall and Winter
Director: Matt Anderson
Fall and Winter is a voyage into the heart of our global crisis. Epic and stunningly photographed, the film draws on past wisdom and uncovers new, ingenious strategies for the future. It is a psycho-spiritual survival guide for the 21st century.
Xmas Without China
Director: Alicia Dwyer
A documentary comedy about serious issues we have with our stuff, Xmas Without China follows Chinese immigrant Tom Xia as he challenges his American neighbors to survive the Christmas season without any Chinese products.
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Bayou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius of James Booker
Director: Lily Keber
"Bayou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius of James Booker" explores the life, times and music of James Booker, the legendary New Orleans performer who Dr. John proclaimed "the best black, gay, one-eyed junkie piano genius New Orleans has ever produced."
Gimme the Power
Director: Olallo Rubio
A rockumentary about the Mexican band Molotov and the political, social and financial context where the band was born and developed.
The Great Hip Hop Hoax (UK)
Director: Jeanie Finlay
Californian hip-hop duo Silibil n' Brains were going to be massive. No one knew the pair were really Scottish, with fake American accents and made up identities. A film about truth, lies and the legacy of faking everything in the pursuit of fame.
In Your Dreams - Stevie Nicks
Directors: Stevie Nicks, Dave Stewart
In 2010 Stevie Nicks embarked on the recording of a new solo album, In Your Dreams, produced by former Eurythmics mastermind Dave Stewart. With cameras in tow, the two set up shop in her home studio to reveal their collaborative creative process.
Director: Greg 'Freddy' Camalier
Located alongside the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals became the unlikely breeding ground for some of America’s most creative and defiant music inspiring and luring artists as diverse as Keith Richards and Alicia Keys.
Pete and Toshi Got a Camera
Director: William Eigen
In 1963, blacklisted by the McCarthy hearings and under surveillance by the FBI, Pete Seeger buys a movie camera and takes his family on an adventure of a lifetime, filming gifted musicians in exotic locations around the world.
At Any Price
Director: Ramin Bahrani, Screenwriters: Hallie Elizabeth Newton, Ramin Bahrani
A farming family's business is threatened by an unexpected crisis, further testing the relationship between a father and his rebellious son. Cast: Dennis Quaid, Zac Efron, Kim Dickens, Heather Graham, Clancy Brown, Chelchie Ross, Maika Monroe, Red West, Ben Marten, Dan Waller
The Crash Reel
Director: Lucy Walker
The dramatic story of one unforgettable athlete, Kevin Pearce; one eye-popping sport, snowboarding; and one explosive issue, Traumatic Brain Injury. A comeback story with a difference.
Director: Evan Jackson Leong
Jeremy Lin came from a humble background to make an unbelievable run in the NBA. State high school champion, all-Ivy League at Harvard, undrafted by the NBA and unwanted there: his story started long before he landed on Broadway.
Pussy Riot - A Punk Prayer (UK)
Directors: Mike Lerner, Maxim Pozdorovkin
Three young women face seven years in a Russian prison for a satirical performance in a Moscow cathedral. But who is really on trial in a case that has gripped the nation and the world beyond, three young artists or the society they live in?
The Spectacular Now
Director: James Ponsoldt, Screenwriters: Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber
A high school romance between an alcoholic, party boy and a more reserved, shy, girl. Cast: Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley, Brie Larson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kyle Chandler
Asleep at the Wheel Then and Now (Short)
Director: Dan Karlok
Ray Benson's whirlwind romp through the four-decade history of the post-modern kings of western swing.
Mabon “Teenie” Hodges - A Portrait of a Memphis Soul Original (Short)
Director: Susanna Vapnek
You may know such famous songs as “Take Me To The River” and “Love and Happiness”, but you probably do not know Mabon “Teenie” Hodges - the legendary Memphis guitarist who co-wrote these songs with Al Green. (World Premiere)
A Year in the Life of Wayne's Phone
Director: Wayne Coyne
Compiled from over 28 hours of personal videos shot by The Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne on his iPhone, A Year in the Life of Wayne's Phone, is the world's first vertical iPhone movie. (World Premiere)
Director: Joey Shanks
Surrender to the Cosmos
The 2013 SXSW Film Festival will feature 133 films in its spectacular line-up this year. You can review our original coverage of the In Competition and Premiere films, as well as an exciting Midnighters line-up this year. I really wish I was attending, as it looks like an exceptional year of films, from what I can tell. SXSW "champions the vitality, innovation and opportunity that drives the entertainment and media landscape, and boldly tackles the evolution of all aspects of 'film' today, down to its very definition." Our own Jeremy Kirk will be covering the SXSW Film Fest for FS.net this spring, so stay tuned for his reviews and updates.