Turbo Kid

Last week, South By South West announced their 2015 feature film lineup. Today they have returned to announce the full SXSW midnight movies and shorts line-up. After the jump you will find the press release with the new program information. Notable films include Rodney Ascher‘s The Nightmare and RKSS Collective‘s Turbo Kid, two films which played at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, as well as the world premieres of Karyn Kusama’s The Invitation, Adam Mason’s Hangman and more.. The complete Conference lineup & schedule will be released on February 17th. Hit the jump for the SXSW 2015 midnight movies and shorts lineup.

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Ned Rifle trailer

When the time came to make my most-anticipated list for 2015, there was no question that Hal Hartley’s new film Ned Rifle would take a spot. Just as Richard Linklater created a surprising and unlikely trilogy of films, here Hartley completes a three-film cycle that follows the story of a garbageman whose profane poetry wins the Nobel prize and changes the world, thanks in part to the influence of a hedonistic novelist. The two previous films, Henry Fool and Fay Grim, create a sort of alternate world defined by absurdist, deadpan humor, odd espionage and literary superstardom.

In the Ned Rifle trailer you’ll see many of those elements at play, along with attempted patricide, hero worship, young love, religion, and James Urbaniak running down everything that makes an audience happy. It’s great! Read More »

SXSW 2015 Movies: Feature Film Lineup Announced

SXSW 2015 movies

South By South West has announced their 2015 feature film lineup. After the jump you will find the press release with the full feature program information. Notable films include Alex Garland‘s Ex MachinaDavid Gordon Green‘s ManglehornPaul Feig‘s Spy, and the documentaries Alex Gibney’s Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine and Ondi Timoner’s BRAND: A Second Coming. Plus, there’s a sneak of Judd Apatow’s Trainwreck, a documentary about Raiders of the Lost Ark, several of the biggest film from Sundance and more.

The Midnight films and Short Film lineup will be announced next Tuesday, February 10th, followed by the complete Conference lineup & schedule on February 17th. Hit the jump for the SXSW 2015 movies lineup.

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Print The Legend Trailer
Netflix has released the trailer for Print The Legend, Luis Lopez and J. Clay Tweel‘s documentary about the 3D printing revolution. The streaming company acquired the movie at the SXSW Film Festival this March, where it was met with good reviews (Indiewire called it “a slick documentary with widespread appeal”. Watch the Print The Legend trailer embedded now after the jump.
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Starry Eyes Red-Band

The SXSW film festival has been ramping up its Midnight programming over the past few years, to the point where each new iteration of the fest sees the debut of at least one or two very worthy genre entries.

Two of the Midnight films this year are 13 Sins and Starry Eyes, and short, violent and intense trailers are available for each. (That’s an excerpt of the spectacular Starry Eyes poster above; see the full image below.) Read More »

Chef (4)

When Jon Favreau released the first Iron Man, he was still seen as an exciting young director on his way up despite having credits like Made, Elf, and Zathura. Then came Iron Man 2 and Cowboys & Aliens, and his name started to elicit more eye-rolls than smiles. But at SXSW this year, he unveiled what seems to be a return to form: a crowd-pleasing indie called Chef.

In it, Favreau plays a once-acclaimed chef rebuilding his life after a heavily YouTubed incident sends his career on the skids. He’s also dealing with a gorgeous ex-wife (Sofia Vergara) and an adorable moppet of a son (Emjay Anthony). So how does this latest effort stack up against some of Favreau’s critically scorned tentpole output? Get the word from SXSW and check out some first-look photos after the jump.

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Film festivals are becoming more accepting of genre films — perhaps it started with TIFF’s excellent Midnight Madness program, which has run for well over a decade, or perhaps it’s simply the more mainstream presence of genre stories and ideas in general, thanks to the popularity of horror and sci-fi on television. Regardless, festivals like Sundance and SXSW are competing with TIFF when it comes to debuting big projects for genre audiences.

SXSW just revealed the ten titles in its Midnighters lineup for 2014, and they include the world premiere of Bigfoot found-footage film Exists from director Eduardo Sanchez. There are also a couple showings of The Guest (above) from the You’re Next team of director Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barrett, with Downton Abbey‘s Dan Stevens starring. Inside creators Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo have Among the Living, and the horror film Oculus debuts as well.

SXSW runs from March 7-15. You’ll find the Midnighters selections, and various shorts lineups, below.

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Ken Taylor - Alice in Wonderland header

My mind just exploded. Every year, the Mondo Gallery in Austin, Texas hosts a massive art exhibit during South by Southwest but, this year they’ve outdone themselves. They’re teaming with Oh My Disney for a show called Nothing’s Impossible, and it’s all art based on Disney properties.

The show opens March 7 and remains open until March 11. It’ll feature new works by Ken Taylor, Martin Ansin, Kevin Tong, Tom Whalen, Aaron Horkey, Daniel Danger, JC Richard, Mike Mitchell, just a murderer’s row of amazing artists. Only one piece has been revealed, Alice in Wonderland by Ken Taylor, which you can see in part above. Check it out in full below along with all the info. Read More »

Open Windows header

We got a list of part of the SXSW premiere lineup of films not long ago, with Veronica Mars and Jon Favreau’s Chef announced as the fest’s first wave of films. Now we’ve got most of the rest of the festival’s lineup. The midnight selections and some inevitable late-breaking additions are still to be announced, but this should be more than enough to get potential attendees excited about the 2014 lineup.

SXSW will feature the premiere of Nacho Vigalondo‘s Open Windows (above), as well as the feature Faults from Riley Stearns, who directed the great short film The Cub. (Faults features Mary Elizabeth Winstead in the lead in a story about cult brainwashing and deprogramming.) There’s also a great set of films imported from Sundance, including Richard Linklater‘s Boyhood, which only played twice in Park City, and films such as The Raid 2 and Frank, the latter of which features sequences shot at last year’s SXSW.

Check out the full lineup below. Read More »