The Independent Film Spirit Awards gave “Spotlight,” the newsroom drama about uncovering a history of abuse in the Catholic Church, the top honor — best picture – as well as best director for Tom McCarthy, best screenplay and the Robert Altman award for ensemble.
The group also delivered a well-deserved slap to the Oscars by giving awards to Idris Elba and Abraham Attah, the co-stars of “Beasts of No Nation.” It also honored Mya Taylor, the first transgender actress to win at the Spirit Awards.
The Spirit Awards honor movies that were made for $20 million or less.
As the Associated Press pointed out, “Spotlight” was the only best picture nominee up for the Spirits’ top award; the bigger budget Oscar favorites it’s vying with, “The Revenant” and “The Big Short,” didn’t qualify. And while the Oscars have been beset by criticism for a second straight year of all-white acting nominees, the Spirits boasted five nonwhite nominees out of 20 — and three of them won.
“I’m so much prouder of being a producer than my performance,” Elba said backstage about the Netflix release. “As a producer you face a lot of doors being closed in your face and in this case we did have a hard time making it but we got there in the end.”
Brie Larson, meanwhile, won acting honors for “Room,:” while Emma Donoghue won for best adapted screenplay.
The glitz, the glamour, the little gold men. Follow along live as the American-Statesman covers the 88th Academy Awards live. Who will be the best dressed on the red carpet? Will Leonardo DiCaprio finally walk away with an Oscar? Vote in our poll, fill out a printable ballot and find out what our critics predict will happen Sunday night.
5:20 p.m.: The order of this year’s Oscars
In case you were wondering, tonight’s Oscar broadcast will NOT start off with a supporting actor category, as it usually does. Nope, this year, the celebrity stuff is being delayed, for some reason.
And the first two categories to be announced will be for screenplays. And that won’t provide much suspense, since those two categories are probably the easiest to pick.
“Spotlight” is expected to win best original screenplay, while “The Big Short” expected to win best adapted screenplay.
Here’s the order of awards presentations tonight:
Here is the full rundown of tonight’s awards, in order of presentation:
Actress in a Supporting Role
Makeup and Hairstyling
Animated Short Film
Animated Feature Film
Actor in a Supporting Role
Documentary Short Subject
Live Action Short Film
Foreign Language Film
Actress in a Leading Role
Actor in a Leading Role
First up, we have the trailer for Disney’s 2016 remake of “Pete’s Dragon,” which is helmed by Texas director David Lowery, whose only other feature as a director is the excellent “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints.” Rumor has it the remake takes very, very little from the original, which is probably wise. The sequence from 1:11 to 1:20 is pretty stellar (and recalls some of the emotional beats from the still-excellent “How to Train Your Dragon.”)
Here is the second trailer for Austin filmmaker Jeff Nichols’ “Midnight Special,” his ode to 1980s sci-fi thrillers. This just in: psyhic children are always, always creepy (see also: “Akira,” any of the Witch Mountain movies.)
The Austin Film Society announced Monday the full lineup of honorees for the annual Texas Film Hall of Fame, which will be held March 10 at Austin Studios.
In addition to honoring Carol Burnett, whose award was previously announced, the society said it will honor Michael Barker, co-president and co-founder of Sony Pictures Classics; Chandra Wilson, actor, director, producer and Houston native will plays Miranda Bailey on “Grey’s Anatomy”; and Jesse Plemons, a Dallas native known for his role on the Austin-filed TV series “Friday Night Lights.”
Ethan Hawke will present the Austin Chronicle Champion of the Arts Award to Barker, whose films have received 159 Oscar nominations since the founding of Sony Pictures Classics 25 years ago. Barker is a University of Texas graduate.
Chandra has received many awards from the Screen Actors Guild, People’s Choice, Prism and NAACP Image, and has received five Emmy nominations.
Plemons, who has had roles in such films as “Black Mass,” “Bridge of Spies” and “The Master,” will receive the Rising Star Award.
The awards ceremony will be held at Austin Studios, 1901 E. 51st St. Festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be followed by the Texas Party at 10 p.m. Tickets and tables range from $600 to $25,000. For more details, visit http://www.austinfilm.org.
Writer Nelson George, producer Gale Anne Hurd and actor/director Joe Swanberg will offer the keynote addresses at the SXSW Film Conference and Festival, it was announced Tuesday.
SXSW also released their full conference schedule which also included (deep breath) conversations with “Miles Ahead” director star Don Cheadle, actress Gaby Hoffmann, directors Joe Berlinger and Barbara Kopple, Texas filmmakers Andrew Bujalski and David Lowery and actor Jake Gyllenhaal.
George, a longtime journalist, critic, filmmaker and producer, directed the HBO films “Life Support” and “A Ballerina’s Tale” and is a writer/producer on the Netflix series “The Get Down,” which is slated to premiere in August. (It also sounds like it covers the same place and time as HBO’s “Vinyl” — New York’s wild ’70s are back!)
Hurd produced the “Terminator” trilogy, “Aliens,” and many other films and currently exec produces AMC’s “The Walking Dead” and “Fear the Walking Dead.” Look for her to survey her career and discuss her new shows, the Syfy series “Hunters, which premieres April 11 and USA Network’s “Falling Water” will debut later this year.
Swanberg has directed 20 features, including “Drinking Buddies” and “Happy Christmas,” and starred in “You’re Next,” “The Sacrament” and “V/H/S.”and has started producing for other filmmakers such as Alex Ross Perry and Zach Clark.
As for the conversations, Joe Berlinger (the “West Memphis 3” films) and Barbara Kopple (“Wild Man Blues,” “Harlan County U.S.A.”) are both brilliant and well-regarded documentarians; their chat should prove extremely insightful about their discipline.
Childhood buddies Louis Black ( SXSW co-founder, Richard Linklater: Dream Is Destiny directo ) and film critic Leonard Maltin will likely discuss, well, the fact that they are childhood buddies and serious movie nerds.
Look for Austin filmmaker Andrew Bujalski (“Computer Chess,” “Results” and Dallas filmmaker David Lowery (“Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” the “Pete’s Dragon” reboot) to talk about their time at past SXSW fests with various films.
Don Cheadle will probably talk mostly about his Miles Davis movie “Miles Ahead,” in which he also stars. I am hoping for weird stories about “Traffic,” the Avengers movies and possibly also his Showtime show “House of Lies.”
You might remember actor Joel Edgerton from his role as Tom in Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, the leader of the SEAL team in “Zero Dark Thirty” or The Gift, which he also directed, wrote and produced. Look for him in “Jane Got a Gun” and Austin filmmaker Jeff Nichols’ drama “Loving.”
Actress Gaby Hoffman has been in everything from “Uncle Buck” to “Girls” to “Transparent.” She is also the daughter of former Warhol superstar Viva and was raised for a spell in the Chelsea Hotel, which will never get old to some of us.
A few more highlights: Look for Austin filmmaker David Gordon Green to chat with Jake Gyllenhaal. The latter is shooting Tom Ford’s “Nocturnal Animals,” the former will be at SXSW with longtime friend and collaborator Danny McBride’s new HBO show “Vice Principals.”
There will also be a panel on the smash HBO series “Silicon Valley” and its relationship to the actual tech community. Look for cast members Thomas Middleditch, Kumail Nanjiani, Martin Starr and Zach Woods as well as executive producers Mike Judge and Alec Berg.
And last but very much not least, following the world premiere of “Pee-wee’s Big Holiday,” Pee-wee producer Judd Apatow will perform stand up comedy with special guests, to be announced. If you are seated for the premier, you can stay for the sets.
Here is the whole schedule, subject to change, obviously:
2016 FILM CONFERENCE SESSIONS BY TRACK
To improve navigation of the rich panoply of Conference sessions available for SXSW registrants, the Film Conference has been organized into four tracks: Influencers, Creating Your Content, Finding Your Audience, and What’s Next. Each session also has a format, ranging from one-on-one mentor sessions to hands-on workshops to panels with up to four industry experts.
Inspiration from thought leaders, experts and innovators including Keynotes and conversations.
Nelson George Keynote
Nelson George is the author of groundbreaking histories of African American music, including Where Did Our Love Go: the Rise and Fall of the Motown Sound and Hip Hop America. George has directed the HBO films Life Support and A Ballerina’s Tale about the career of Misty Copeland. He is a writer/producer on the Netflix series The Get Down, premiering in August. George will speak about transitions in careers and technology, how the two intersect, and how change is like your crazy best friend. (Sunday, March 13, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Vimeo Theater, Austin Convention Center)
Gale Anne Hurd Keynote
Producer Gale Anne Hurd (Terminator trilogy, Aliens, The Waterdance and many other films) will discuss her career, creative producing, and being a female producer in a predominately male industry. She will offer observations and advice for aspiring filmmakers coupled with practical insight based on her personal experiences. Gale is currently an Officer of the Producers Guild of America and Executive Produces AMC’s The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead. Her newest shows, Hunters, a Syfy original series, premieres April 11th and USA Network’s Falling Water will debut later this year.
(Tuesday, March 15, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Vimeo Theater, Austin Convention Center)
Joe Swanberg Keynote
Joe Swanberg is the director of 20 feature films, including Hannah Takes The Stairs, Drinking Buddies, and Happy Christmas. As an actor, he has had leading roles in several horror successes, most notably You’re Next, The Sacrament, and V/H/S. Recently, through his Forager Film Company, he has produced the work of other filmmakers, including Alex Ross Perry, Harrison Atkin and Zach Clark. He and his wife, Kris, created the popular web series Young American Bodies which ran for four seasons on Nerve.com and IFC.com.
(Monday, March 14, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Vimeo Theater, Austin Convention Center)
A Conversation with Joe Berlinger and Barbara Kopple
Always true to their cinéma-verité roots in an ever-changing documentary landscape, Kopple and Berlinger remain two of the most fearless and authentic filmmakers in the business. This conversation offers formidable insight from a lifetime in the creative trenches.
(Sunday, March 13 – Room 16AM, Austin Convention Center)
A Conversation with Louis Black and Leonard Maltin
Richard Linklater: Dream Is Destiny director (with Karen Bernstein) and SXSW co-founder Louis Black will join friend and veteran critic Leonard Maltin for this special conversation. Sure to engage, with great humor and insight drawn from a shared, longtime love of cinema, this is a can’t-miss session for cinephiles.
A Conversation with Andrew Bujalski and David Lowery
This special conversation teams two restlessly inventive film artists with enviable resumes. Emerging from the community of creatives that developed around SXSW in the mid-2000s, Bujalski and Lowery will deliver invaluable perspective for the next wave of aspiring creatives.
An intimate conversation Don Cheadle. Miles Ahead marks the directorial debut of the Academy Award® nominee. Don’s credits include Boogie Nights, Traffic, Hotel Rwanda, Crash, Iron Man 2 & 3, Avengers: Age of Ultron and the upcoming Captain America: Civil War. Cheadle also stars in, executive produces, and occasionally directs Showtime’s House of Lies, for which he has earned a Golden Globe® Award, NAACP Award, as well as Emmy and SAG nominations.
Joel Edgerton earned a 2013 Australian Film Institute Award for his performance in Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby. His recent projects include starring roles in Black Mass, Zero Dark Thirty, Wish You Were Here, Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings, Felony, Warrior, and The Gift, which he also directed, wrote and produced. He will next star in Jane Got a Gun, and the Jeff Nichols drama Loving.
Join actor Gaby Hoffmann for a career conversation spanning her early roles in Field of Dreams and Uncle Buck to her present-day performances in Girls and Transparent. She will reflect on her personal experiences and artistic influences that have informed and shaped her career. In addition, she will share valuable insights into her process, the craft and industry. Presented by the SAG-AFTRA Foundation.
There was a time when short films were made solely to launch careers but those days are gone. Today short-form storytelling is a big deal and is being embraced by auteur and amateur filmmakers alike. With outlets such as Field of Vision and The New Yorker Presents (Amazon Prime Video), there are more and more opportunities to showcase these powerful films. Join filmmakers, curators and producers as they discuss the ever-expanding landscape for getting these films made and seen. Moderated by Anne Thompson, Indiewire.
Audiences and critics alike have lauded HBO’s hit comedy Silicon Valley for its hilariously spot-on depiction of Silicon Valley tech culture. What has the feedback been from the tech community itself? How has the reaction from that community impacted the show and its cast? Cast members Thomas Middleditch, Kumail Nanjiani, Martin Starr and Zach Woods, joined by executive producers Mike Judge and Alec Berg, return to SXSW for a discussion moderated by co-star Andy Daly.
Previously announced Influencer and Featured Sessions:
Anthony Bourdain as Interviewed by Nathan Thornburgh
Digital has overtaken print throughout the media, and it’s no different in the realms of food and travel. But can travel websites move beyond top ten lists and gauzy food porn? Can you build an audience while talking about the world as it really exists, with all its heartache and idiocy and occasional triumphs? Anthony Bourdain talks food, fear and the future of travel media with Roads & Kingdoms co-founder Nathan Thornburgh.
Filmmaker Athima Rachel Tsangari (Chevalier, Attenberg) will speak with Sarah Green, an Academy Award-nominated independent film producer known for her ongoing work with visionary directors including Jeff Nichols, Terrence Malick, Julie Taymor, David Mamet, Karyn Kusama and John Sayles. Green has produced such acclaimed films as Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life (Winner, Palme d’Or; Nominated, Academy Award for Best Picture), Jeff Nichols’ Mud, and Julie Taymor’s Frida. Upcoming releases include Jeff Nichols’ Midnight Special, and Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups, Weightless, and Voyage of Time. Green is currently in production on Jeff Nichols’ Loving.
David Gordon Green will speak with Academy Award nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal, who has established himself as one of the finest actors of his generation. He can next be seen in Jean-Marc Vallee’s Demolition and is shooting Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals.
Want to make a living making online entertainment? This solo session explores how to develop your voice and your audience without having to sell out or rely on viral videos. Speaker: Zach Anner, Zach Anner Productions
Sam Esmail, Rami Malek and Christian Slater will take part in a “Coding on Camera: MR. ROBOT & Authenticity on TV” a panel in the Future of Entertainment Convergence track at SXSW 2016. Mr. Robot World Premiered in the Episodics section of the 2015 SXSW Film Festival and went on to win critical and audience acclaim.
A conversation with filmmakers and tech innovators JJ Abrams and Andrew Jarecki about the relevance of the human factor in digital communications. Advances in digital storytelling tools, and the mass adoption of social media promise to enhance our ability to share authentic human experience.
Join Geena Davis, Academy Award-Winning Actor, Founder and Chair, Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, and Paula Kerger, President and CEO of PBS, for a conversation about gender and the media. Geena and Paula have worked together to make changes in the way that women and girls are portrayed onscreen.
(Monday, March 14, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM, Room EFG, Austin Convention Center)
*Future of Entertainment
Kerry Washington and the New Rules of Social Stardom
A one-on-one discussion with Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actor, producer, philanthropist, and role model Kerry Washington about the new rules of modern personal branding. Kerry will be chatting with InStyle‘s Editorial Director Ariel Foxman about how she has successfully harnessed the power of social media to promote not only her career and hit TV Show, Scandal, but also positivity and social good.
(Sunday, March 13, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Room EFG, Austin Convention Center)
*Future of Entertainment
Marie Claire Talks to the Stars of Broad City
Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, the creators, executive producers and stars of Comedy Central’s critically-acclaimed hit show Broad City, sit down with Marie Claire’s editor in chief Anne Fulenwider for a broad ranging discussion on the transition of their show from web series to cultural phenom.
(Saturday, March 12, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM, Room EFG, Austin Convention Center)
*Future of Entertainment
Race in America with Ken Burns and Henry Louis Gates
Ken Burns and Henry Louis Gates will discuss why race is critical to their understanding of America and their work and how as a nation we deal with race today. They examine how race and conceptions of race, along with ideas about freedom and independence, influence our politics and policies, from abolitionism to civil rights to the war on poverty and what it means to have an African American as President.
The industry is changing for female filmmakers. Let’s hear from the women on the front lines. Members of Film Fatales – all established independent filmmakers – tell all about the changing climate. Speakers: Judi Krant, Beachwood Pictures; Kat Candler, Candler Productions; Leah Meyerhoff, Film Fatales; Marielle Heller
We will dissect a standard delivery to a distributor, what items are required and will examine often-overlooked elements that filmmakers should be thinking about throughout production. Speakers: Adam, Church, Broad Green Pictures; Jason, Tobias, Broad Green Pictures; Jo Dee Freck, Broad Green Pictures
(Saturday, March 12,, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM, Capital Ballroom B, Stephen F Austin)
Documentary to DocuSeries and Beyond
Learn what it takes to produce a marketable and meaningful documentary or docuseries from the producers of such major documentaries as Finders Keepers, Jiro Dreams of Sushi, and Chef’s Table. Speakers: Andrew Fried, Boardwalk Pictures; Bryan Carberry Clay Tweel Ross Dinerstein, Campfire; Elsa Ramo, Ramo Law
Fair Use-Docs & Fiction Films-Everybody Is Welcome!
You will learn 3 simple questions that will determine what is and what is not fair use. There will be lots of examples of both documentaries and fictional films by the Obi Wan Kenobi of fair use. Speakers: Michael Donaldson, Donaldson & Callif LLP
(Sunday, March 13, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM, Capital Ballroom B, Stephen F Austin)
How to Grow Ideas
Speakers: Peter Hedges
(Sunday, March 13, 3:30PM – 4:30PM, Capital Ballroom B, Stephen F Austin)
How To Make (The Most of) Your Music Budget
This panel will provide an overview of the entire process of securing music for independent films, as well as various solutions for maximizing a small budget. Speakers: Amanda Krieg Thomas, Neophonic Music & Media; Joel West Jonathan Lane, Audio Network; Rob Lowry, Sweater Weather Music
Learn tips and strategies to see your film in a whole new light during its final stage of writing… editing. Speakers: David Fabelo Kyle Henry, Northwestern University; Leah Marino Sandra, Adair, Detour Film production
(Saturday, March 12, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM, Capital Ballroom B, Stephen F Austin)
Reimagine bonus content in a digital age. Filmmakers & content producers teach you how to create an iTunes Extras package that highlights bonus content to enhance your film on the iTunes Store. Speakers: Keith Prokop, Radius60; Rebecca Sosa, A24 Films; Alejandro Otero, Radius60; Brian Ellis, Apple
(Tuesday, March 15, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM, Capital Ballroom B, Stephen F Austin)
Mentor sessions – Always popular, always essential, film mentor sessions offer attendees one-on-one interaction with industry experts, including filmmakers programmers, distributors and more. Advance sign up required.
Mentors: Artist Support
Speakers: Emily Best, Seed&Spark Inc; Liz Cook, Kickstarter; Gregory Slewett, Bloom Hergott; Annie Bush, Production For Use; Andrew Meyer, Michael Chaney, Savannah College of Art & Design; Shira Rockowitz, Sundance Institute (Saturday, March 12, 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM, Room 11AB, Austin Convention Center)
Mentors: Filmmakers: Documentary
Every filmmaker has a story to tell. Get advice, or share those stories with experienced filmmakers in our Documentary Filmmaker Mentor category. Speakers: Travis Stevens, Snowfort Pictures Inc; Ron Mann, Films We Like; Mat Hames, Alpheus Media Inc; Amy Grappell, LFE Productions; David Modigliani, Live Action Projects; Bradley Beesley, Roadside Media; Amanda Micheli, Runaway Films
Every filmmaker has a story to tell. Get advice, or share those stories with experienced filmmakers in our Narrative Filmmaker Mentor category. Speakers: Suzanne Weinert, Flatiron Pictures; Roxanne Benjamin Mette-Marie Katz, XYZ Films; Adam Donaghey, Aviation Cinemas Inc; Jonathan Lisecki Katharine Emmer, Life in Color (Monday, March 14, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM, Room 11AB, Austin Convention Center)
Speakers: Molly Thompson, A&E IndieFilms; Amy Shatsky, ITVS/Independent Lens; David Kaplan, Animal Kingdom; Ashland Viscosi, Business Meet Creatives; An Tran, ARRI; Todd Remis, TR Entertainment Partners; Victor Moyers, Broad Green Pictures; Daniele Melia, Big Beach (Saturday, March 12, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM, Room 11AB, Austin Convention Center)
Mentors: Producers/Production I
Speakers: Hugues Barbier, Ithaca International Fantastic Film Festival; George Rush, Law Offices of George M Rush; Dan Satorius, Satorius Law Firm PC; Ram Murali, Kinology; Joe Dishner, Production For Use; Cotty Chubb, ChubbCo; Christopher Roldan, University Of Texas; Brian Behm, Rooster Teeth Productions; Chris Ohlson, Revelator
Speakers: Yen Tan Dan Magnante, Feigco Entertainment; David Zellner, Zellner Bros; Nicole Emanuele, Google/YouTube
(Sunday, March 13, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM, Room 11AB, Austin Convention Center)
New Financiers: Meet the Film Finance Innovators
Film Finance, from indies to studio films is broken, & where a problem exists, Entrepreneurs are stepping in to create new models. Meet the new financiers of film & innovation: Netflix to Kickstarter Speakers: Liz Cook, Kickstarter; Andy Whittaker, Dogwoof; Alan Maher, Roads Entertainment; Courtney Sexton, CNN Films
Peace Officer, winner of the 2015 SXSW Grand Jury & Audience Awards was made by first time directors. Here they share how to make a timely doc when you don’t win grants, workshops, or labs. Speakers: Brad Barber Scott Christopherson
Building on the success of last year’s hit Unfriended, we explore Screenshare Filmmaking, verité storytelling set entirely on screens of digital devices. More at screensharefilms.com Speakers: Timur Bekmambetov, NBCUniversal; Nelson Greaves
(Tuesday, March 15, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM, Capital Ballroom B, Stephen F Austin)
US-Europe Co-Productions Grow Without Treaty!
A unique opportunity to spend an hour with the heads of the European film commission and emerging filmmakers – learning new ways of accessing European funding through cross Atlantic co-productions. Speakers: Holger Carlsson, Little W Productions USA; Truls Kontny, European Film Commission; Mikael Svensson, Southern Sweden Film Commission; Ingrid Rudefors, Film Region Stockholm Mälardalen
Learn how music and picture come together for maximum emotional impact. Attendees will receive advice from Music Supervision pros and try their hand at music supervision with real creative briefs. Speakers: Kat Olsen, Marmoset; Ryan Wines, Marmoset; Beth Amy Rosenblatt
(Sunday, March 13, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM, Capital Ballroom B, Stephen F Austin)
Finding Your Audience
Essential tools of the trade for distribution, marketing, sales and more.
Demystifying Digital Distribution
Thanks to the shift towards digital distribution, there’s more opportunity than ever for filmmakers to reach viewers and monetize their films. Learn what you need to know from the experts. Speakers: Flora Pereira, ITVS; Jason Kwong, Fullscreen; Linzee Troubh, Cinetic Media; Scott Kaplan, FilmBuff
Everyone knows there is a love/hate relationship between crowdfunding and distribution. But the savvy producer understands how to navigate the two so everyone is a winner. Let’s talk about how. Speakers: Annie Roney, RoCo Films; Dan Schoenbrun, Kickstarter; Missy, Laney, Sundance Institute; Matt Grady, Factory 25 (Saturday, March 12, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM, Room 15, Austin Convention Center)
How Not to Pitch a Movie
Panel of experienced producers, financiers and film executives go over common mistakes people make when approaching them to fund or produce their project. Speakers: Gudrun Giddings, G4C Innovation; Shaked Berenson, Epic Pictures Group Inc; Winnie Kemp, Super Deluxe/Turner; Travis Stevens, Snowfort Pictures Inc
(Monday, March 14, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM, Capital Ballroom B, Stephen F Austin)
Humanity Rising: Storytelling to End Injustice
Hear from filmmakers producing and directing from the frontlines as a transformative tool for justice to help the public more deeply understand oppression and get involved in movements toward justice. Speakers: Christina Hollenback, Televised Revolution; Damon Davis, Whose Streets?; Nusrat, Durrani, MTV World; Sabaah Jordan, Whose Streets? (Sunday, March 13, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM, Room 15, Austin Convention Center)
Mentors: Agents and Managers
Speakers: Kevin Rowe, Odenkirk Provissiero Entertainment; Amy E Mitchell, Amy E Mitchell PLLC; Ben Curtis, Brillstein Entertainment Partners; Melissa Solomon, VERVE; Jeremy Platt, Platform
Speakers: Rebecca Sosa, A24 Films; Oli Harbottle, Dogwoof; Stephen Stanley, Ketchup Entertainment; Orly Ravid, The Film Collaborative/Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp; Andy Kleinman, MobLabs; Julie Angell, Franklin Weinrib Rudell & Vassallo; Katharyn Howe, Entertainment One
Speakers: Keith Leopard, Uncork’d Entertainment; Nick Ogiony, CAA; Peter Goldwyn, Samuel Goldwyn Films; Matt Grady, Factory 25; Samantha Scupp, FilmBuff; David Larkin, Gowatchit.com; Marc Hofstatter, Indiegogo; Meghan Oliver, PARADIGM (Tuesday, March 15, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM, Room 11AB, Austin Convention Center)
Films are finding success abroad today – how do you make your film viable abroad, find the right distributor and capitalize on International markets? Speakers: Britta Erich, Creative Europe Desk Hamburg; Karen Arikian, Berlin International Film Festival; Lorne Price, National Film Board of Canada; Deborah Osborn, bigBonsai; Ryan Wickers, Europa Corp; Mark Peranson, Festival del film Locarno; Sharon Brenner, Surowitz Immigration PC; Sofía Marquez Moreno, IMCINE Mexican Film Institute; Kati Nuora, The Finnish Film Foundation
(Monday, March 14, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM, Room 11AB, Austin Convention Center)
Mentors: Programming I
Speakers: Carl Spence, Seattle FF/Palm Springs FF; Courtney Sexton, CNN Films; Ryan Watt, Indie Memphis; Basil Tsiokos, Nantucket Film Festival; Jacqueline Lyanga, AFI FEST/American Film Institute; Laura Laaksonen, Helsinki International Film Festival
(Saturday, March 12, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM, Room 11AB, Austin Convention Center)
Mentors: Programming II
Speakers: Landon Zakheim, Sundance Film Festival/AFI FEST; Linda Olszewski, Shorts HD/Movies That Matter; Deirdre Haj, Full Frame Documentary Festival; Anne Chaisson, Hamptons International Film Festival; Martijn te Pas, IDFA; Greg Rhem, HBO; Anderson Le, Hawaii International Film Festival; Jeff Ross, SF IndieFest
(Tuesday, March 15, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM, Room 11AB, Austin Convention Center)
Mentors: Publicity and Marketing I
Speakers: Alia Quart Khan, Film Independent; David Ninh, Kickstarter; Rachel Walker, Sundance/LA Film Fest; Kristin McCracken Gerilyn Shur, Allied Integrated Marketing; Brandy Fons, Fons PR; Elizabeth Benjamin, Together Films; Ngoc Nguyen, Women Rising
Learn about the nuts and bolts of the all-important packaging, marketing and selling of your film. Who you are selling to? How do you land that buyer? Who picks up the tab? Find out here. Speakers: Deborah McIntosh, WME Entertainment; Joe Amodei, Virgil Films; Kate Hurwitz, Cinetic Media; Marc Bortz, Preferred Content; Ryan Kampe, Visit Films; Matthew Levin, Netflix; Alex Nohe, Circus Road Films; Charlie Baker, Orange Entertainment; Bec Smith, UTA
Learn about the nuts and bolts of the all-important packaging, marketing and selling of your film. Who you are selling to? How do you land that buyer? Who picks up the tab? Find out here. Speakers: Peter Trinh, ICM Partners; Tom Davia, CineMaven Media; Benjamin Braun, Submarine Entertainment; John Von Thaden, Magnolia Pictures; Camille Bertrand, Bleeker Street Media; Robert Rock, Random Media; Dan Guando, The Weinstein Company; Laura Smith
In the ever-shifting landscape of content distribution, meet the new faces brokering the deals and staying ahead of trends. Speakers: Linzee Troubh, Cinetic Media; Zac Bright, Preferred Content; Dana Harris, Indiewire; Nick Ogiony, CAA
Joint marketing is the key to Nordic Genre Invasion, a unique development and marketing venture of Scandinavian production companies, has managed to turn local to global. Region’s industry leaders discuss how they succeeded. Speakers: Kjetil Omberg, Norsk Superfilm; Mikko Aromaa, Nordic Genre Invasion; Timo Vuorensola, Iron Sky Universe
In this interactive session a panel of industry experts covers best practices for connecting streaming content with audiences by working with platforms and tech to drive maximum transactions Speakers: Zachary Soreff, Sawyer Studios; Julie Dansker, The Orchard; Addison Mehr, Amplify Releasing
(Saturday, March 12, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM, Capital Ballroom B, Stephen F Austin)
What the F is a PMD and Why do I Need One?
In a world where nearly all filmmakers are distributing films themselves we will explore the role of the Producer of Marketing and Distribution and the costs, availability, benefits, and responsibility. Speakers: Jennifer MacArthur, Borderline Media; Jon Reiss, Hybrid Cinema; Nicolas Gonda, Tugg Inc; Sally Hodgson
Join space filmmaking experts as they examine the latest innovative techniques and camera equipment being used to transport us closer to space than we’ve ever imagined. Speakers: Marsha Ivins Toni Myers, IMAX Corporation; Harry Knowles, Ain’t It Cool Productions
Are the futures of journalism and documentary intertwined? Doc film nonprofit ITVS, Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg of The Atlantic, and director Erika Cohn, will discuss digital storytelling models. Speakers: Kasia Cieplak Mayr von Baldegg, The Atlantic; Lois Vossen, Independent Lens; Erika Cohn, Idle Wild Films
A small portion of SXSW registrants are under 21. But what about building the next generation of filmmakers? Join this panel to learn how several women took the challenge to start a career.
(Saturday, March 12, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM, Marchesa Theater)
Wake Up Streaming: The Future of Film Fandom
The state of film appreciation and home viewing is alienating and frustrating. This panel will discuss how we want film culture and home viewing to evolve. We will prognosticate and make proposals. Speakers: Tom Roston Johnny Dunn, Annapurna Pictures; Tim League Peter Gerard, Vimeo
How do you not only find the right character for your story but also the best technology to shape the narrative? Join filmmakers Lucy Walker and Bryn Mooser for a look into their creative process. Speakers: Bryn Mooser, RYOT; Lucy Walker, Tree Tree Tree
Explore the changing landscape of entertainment, focusing on TV, episodic content, boundary-pushing digital storytelling.
Become a Soundhunter!
From documentary to music creation at the age of Internet. How a documentary experience can be turned into a worldwide collaborative music experience? Speakers: François Le Gall, Camera Talk Productions; Nicolas Blies, a_BAHN
(Sunday, March 13, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Ballroom C, Austin Convention Center)
Distance – A Tale of Hers, His, and Your Choosing
Distance is a web series told from two perspectives – “his” and “hers.” We’ll watch the two halves and discuss how the digital space allows for a unique, “you choose” storytelling experience. Speakers: Alex Dobrenko, Distance; Ashley Spillers Carlyn Hudson, Revelator; Jack Mayer
A Health System Problem Speakers: Gustavo Leon, Gusano Films
(Tuesday, March 15, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Ballroom C, Austin Convention Center)
Family Values Viewed Through Primetime Animation
FOX has had a lot of success with their animated programs including THE SIMPSONS, FAMILY GUY and BOB’S BURGERS. Producers and voice talent can share their experiences from the long running series. Speakers: Al Jean, The Simpsons; Loren Bouchard, Bob’s Burgers; Rich Appel, Family Guy
(Monday, March 14, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM, Ballroom CD, Four Seasons)
While the traditional history documentary nears its demise, web-interactive formats breathe fresh life into the genre. Storytellers are asked how to keep history appealing to future generations. Speaker: Kika Serra
(Monday, March 14, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Ballroom C, Austin Convention Center)
Independent Filmmaking Takes A New Turn
Key players explore the gaps in the film marketplace & the role of social media and new marketing channels to connect films with digitally native and always connected audiences. Speakers: Matt Kaplan, Shovel Buddies
(Tuesday, March 15, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM, Ballroom CD, Four Seasons)
Multioptional Movie – How it Works
The people behind multioptional heist «Late Shift» and interactive film format «CtrlMovie» analyse the formal and creative challenges of interactive movies and share their philosophy and solutions. Speakers: Baptiste Planche, CtrlMovie Ltd; Tobias Weber, CtrlMovie Ltd
Natural Life, an experimental documentary comprised of a single-channel video, an installation and an interactive online archive, tells the stories of five juveniles sentenced to life without parole. Speaker: Tirtza Even, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
RICERCA is an animated, cinematic installation experience, exploring how a narrative film about a bicyclist in search a memory can be told using hand-drawn media, multiple screens, and a 3D soundscape. Speakers: Will Cherry, Yo-Yo Lin, Michael Matchen, Freelance; Elle Callahan, Elle Callahan Sound
The ever-expanding boundaries of digital storytelling will be explored through the case study of White Ninja – the first ever narrative-based series for the Vine social media platform. Speakers: Jameson Parker, Whiskaye Films; Tyler Funk, North of Now Films
(Saturday, March 12, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Ballroom C, Austin Convention Center)
Discover how Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality will change the future.
Five Ways AR Will Change the World
Augmented Reality has been a buzzword for many years but where is it going? Is it really a disruptive technology? If so why and how will it change our lives? Speakers: Awane Jones, MERCHLAR; Troed Sangberg, Sony; Jay Wright, Vuforia
(Wednesday, March 16, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM, Salon B, Hilton Austin Downtown)
Burt Reynolds hosting “Smokey and the Bandit!” Manga zombies! Robert Klein!
The South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival announced Tuesday the Midnighters, the 13 Festival Favorites, shorts programs and special events for the 23rd fest, which runs March 11-19.
They also threw in a few last-minute bookings in other categories for good measure.
Comedian Doug Benson (of “Doug Loves Movies” fame) and Master Pancake will celebrate St. Partick’s Day with a swing at “Leprechaun 4: In Space.”
Also look for a restored print of Eagle Pennell’s “Last Night at the Alamo as well as three nights of free film screenings outside the Long Center, screenings that are open to the public with free SXSW Guest Pass available at guestpass.sxsw.com:
A 10th anniversary screening March 12 of Luke Meyer and Andrew Neel’s LARP documentary “Darkon” paired with a 30th anniversary screening of John Heyn and Jeff Krulik still-brilliant “Heavy Metal Parking Lot”
Burt Reynolds introducing an outdoor screening off “Smokey and the Bandit” March 13
A “Family Night Under The Stars” with a screening of episodes from the brand-new Powerpuff Girls cartoon series March 14
The Midnighters (read: genre films — thrillers, sci-fi and horror) will feature 12 films, including six world premieres.
As far as shorts go, SXSW programmers selected 114 short films from 4,784 submissions. SXSW is an official qualifying festival for the Academy Awards Short Film competition.
Winners of Best Animated, Best Narrative and Best Documentary Short Film categories become eligible for Oscars, while British short film or British short animation that screens at SXSW is eligible for BAFTA nomination.
The jury awards ceremony is March 15 at the Paramount Theatre.Awards will be given for Narrative Feature, Documentary Feature and Design, along with a few special awards.
All feature film categories (except Special Events) will be eligible for category specific Audience Awards. Those will be announced March 20.
The year is 1978. A team of wannabe crooks botch a small-town bank heist and flee with their hostage deep into the California desert, where they find themselves in a harrowing fight for survival against a psychotic ex-military sniper. Cast: Ashley Bell, Pat Healy, Alan Ruck, Darby Stanchfield, Larry Fessenden, Graham Skipper, James Landry Hebert, Michael Villar
“Hush” Director: Mike Flanagan, Screenwriters: Mike Flanagan, Kate Siegel
A deaf woman is stalked by a psychotic killer in her secluded home. Cast: Kate Siegel, John Gallagher Jr, Michael Trucco, Samantha Sloyan (World Premiere)
“I Am a Hero “ (Japan) Director: Shinsuke Sato, Screenwriter: Akiko Nogi
Japan’s first major zombie movie based on a blockbuster manga series! Cast: Yo Oizumi, Kasumi Arimura, Masami Nagasawa (U.S. Premiere)
“Jack Goes Home” Director/Screenwriter: Thomas Dekker
After his father is killed in a car crash, Jack travels home to Colorado to help nurse his mother (who was injured in the crash) back to health. There, he uncovers long buried secrets and lies within his family, his friends and his very identity. Cast: Rory Culkin, Lin Shaye, Daveigh Chase, Natasha Lyonne, Louis Hunter, Nikki Reed, Britt Robertson (World Premiere)
“Johnny Frank Garrett’s Last Word” Director: Simon Rumley, Screenwriters: Ben Ketai, Marc Haimes, Tony Giglio
When a young man is executed for committing murder, he leaves behind a curse letter in which he promises to take vengeance on all those connected to his trial. Cast: Sean Patrick Flanery, Erin Cummings, Devin Bonne, Mike Doyle (World Premiere)
“My Father Die” Director/Screenwriter: Sean Brosnan
A young deaf boy avenges the death of his brother, and the killer happens to be his father. Cast: Joe Anderson, Gary Stretch, Candance Smith, Kevin Gage, John Schneider, Gabe White, Ross Britz, Michael Francis Murphy, William Mark McCullough, Frances Reagan James (World Premiere)
“Pet” Director: Carles Torrens, Screenwriter: Jeremy Slater
A lonely man fatefully reunites with a former high school classmate. When she spurns his advances, he takes her prisoner, only to find that she is not what she seems. Cast: Dominic Monaghan, Ksenia Solo, Jennette McCurdy, Nathan Parsons, John Ross Bowie, Da’Vone McDonald, Janet Song (World Premiere)
“PHANTASM: Remastered” Director/Screenwriter: Don Coscarelli
Filmmaker J.J. Abrams and his company Bad Robot have undertaken a meticulous 4K restoration of writer/director Don Coscarelli’s beloved horror fan favorite about a young boy confronting the embodiment of death in the form of the sinister “Tall Man.” Cast: Michael Baldwin, Bill Thornbury, Angus Scrimm, Reggie Bannister, Kathy Lester
“Under the Shadow” (Jordan, Qatar, UK) Director/Screenwriter: Babak Anvari
As a mother and daughter struggle to cope with the terrors of the post-revolution, war torn Tehran of the 80s, a mysterious evil begins to haunt their home… Cast: Narges Rashidi, Avin Manshadi, Bobby Naderi, Arash Marandi, Ray Haratian, Hamid Djavdan, Nabil Koni
“Untitled Fede Alvarez/ Ghost House Thriller” Director: Fede Alvarez, Screenwriters: Fede Alvarez, Rodo Sayagues
A group of teens break into a blind man’s home thinking they’ll get away with the perfect crime. They’re wrong. Cast: Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovatto, Stephen Lang (World Premiere)
A few more Festival Favorites
“Cameraperson” Director: Kirsten Johnson
Exposing her role behind the camera, Johnson reaches into the vast trove of footage she has shot over decades around the world. What emerges is a visually bold memoir and a revelatory interrogation of the power of the camera.
Six men on a fishing trip on a luxury yacht decide to play a game to compete. Things will be compared. Things will be measured. Songs will be butchered, blood will be tested. Friends will become rivals and rivals will become hungry. Cast: Yorgos Kentros, Panos Koronis, Vangelis Mourikis, Makis Papadimitriou, Yorgos Pirpassopoulos, Sakis Rouvas
“Free In Deed” Director/Screenwriter: Jake Mahaffy
Free in Deed depicts one man’s attempts to perform a miracle when a single mother brings her young boy to church for healing. Cast: David Harewood, Edwina Findley, RaJay Chandler, Kathy Smith
At the age of 34, Steve Gleason was handed a death sentence. When doctors diagnosed him with ALS, they gave the former NFL defensive back and New Orleans hero two to five years to live. So that is what Steve chose to do – LIVE.
“The Greasy Strangler” Director: Jim Hosking, Screenwriters: Jim Hosking, Toby Harvard
Ronnie runs a Disco walking tour with his son, Brayden. When a sexy woman takes the tour, it begins a competition between father and son for her love. It also signals the arrival of an oily strangler who stalks the streets at night. Cast: Michael St Michaels, Elizabeth De Razzo, Sky Elobar, Joe Walters, Gil Gex, Abdoulaye NGom, Sam Dissanayake, Holland MacFallister
“Hunt For The Wilderpeople” (New Zealand) Director/Screenwriter: Taika Waititi
Ricky (Julian Dennison) is a defiant city kid who finds himself on the run with his cantankerous foster uncle (Sam Neill) in the wild New Zealand bush, in this hilarious and heartfelt adventure from director Taika Waititi (What We Do In The Shadows). Cast: Julian Dennison, Sam Neill, Rima Te Wiata, Rachel House, Oscar Kightley, Rhys Darby, Stan Walker, Cohen Holloway, Mike Minogue, Troy Kingi
“Morris from America” Director/Screenwriter: Chad Hartigan
Morris From America is an endearing, heartfelt coming-of-age comedy about Morris, a 13-year-old African-American boy who has just moved to Heidelberg, Germany with his caring but troubled single father. Cast: Markees Christmas, Craig Robinson, Carla Juri
“Newtown” Director: Kim A. Snyder
Newtown documents the aftermath of the deadliest mass shooting of schoolchildren in American history. A cast of characters within Newtown and beyond interconnect to weave an intimate story of trauma, grief and community resilience.
“Operation Avalanche” Director: Matt Johnson, Screenwriters: Matt Johnson, Josh Boles
In 1967, four undercover CIA agents were sent to NASA posing as a documentary film crew. What they discovered led to one of the biggest conspiracies in American history. Cast: Matt Johnson, Owen Williams, Josh Boles, Ray James
“Presenting Princess Shaw” (Israel) Director: Ido Haar
Presenting Princess Shaw is the true story of the incredible Princess Shaw and the enigmatic composer Kutiman, who discovers her from the other side of the world.
“Richard Linklater – dream is destiny” Directors: Louis Black, Karen Bernstein
Richard Linklater – dream is destiny is a feature-length documentary on the filmmaker Richard Linklater and an unusual look at a fiercely independent film style that emerged from Austin, Texas in the 1990s.
“Sing Street” (USA/Ireland) Director/Screenwriter: John Carney
A boy growing up in Dublin during the 1980s escapes his strained family life by starting a band and moving to London. Cast: Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Lucy Boynton, Jack Reynor, Aidan Gillen, Mark McKenna, Maria Doyle Kennedy
“Trapped” Director: Dawn Porter, Screenwriters: Dawn Porter, Sari Gilman
Trapped follows the clinic workers, women, and lawyers on the frontlines of the battle as they fight to keep abortion safe and legal across the US for millions of poor and uninsured women caught in a political quagmire.
Two 24 Beats Per Second titles
“Robert Klein Can’t Stop Shaking His Leg” Director: Robert Klein
A hilarious and heartfelt look at the career and influence of comedy legend Robert Klein. (World Premiere)
“Sidemen – Long Road To Glory” Director: Scott Rosenbaum, Screenwriters: Scott Rosenbaum, Jasn Cadic
An intimate look at the lives and legacies of piano player Pinetop Perkins, drummer Willie ‘Big Eyes’ Smith and guitarist Hubert Sumlin, all Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf sidemen. (World Premiere)
Dali and her 8-year-old son Pepe take a vacation with Dali’s boyfriend, Chavez. Instead of bringing them closer, their beach holiday brings out things in each of them that threaten to pull this emerging family apart. Cast: Anajosé Aldrete, Tenoch Huerta, Esteban Ávila (U.S. Premiere)
And one more Visions film:
“Boone” Director: Christopher LaMarca
A unique sensory and unsentimental peek beneath the veil of the Utopian dream of farming. Stripped of interviews with farmers or agricultural experts, a sense of time and place serve as a meditation on the gritty reality of three young goat farmers. (World Premiere)
And here are alll the shorts!
A selection of original, well-crafted films that take advantage of the short form and exemplify distinctive and genuine storytelling.
Director/Screenwriter: Jay Rondot
A homespun cocaine dealer takes to social media to expand his operation, but things don’t go as planned. (World Premiere)
Markus is in an institution for young sex offenders. His only friend inside is the unpredictable and violent Tobias. (North American Premiere)
Crooked 180 (Netherlands)
Director/Screenwriter: Kevin Boitelle
A young skateboarders summer with endless possibilities and an approaching ending. (World Premiere)
Director/Screenwriter: Javian Ashton Le
Harpreet and Emily drive to New York days after 9/11 (World Premiere)
Ernestine & Kit (UK)
Director: Simon Bird, Screenwriters: Simon Bird, Kevin Barry
A darkly comic fairytale about two elderly women who travel the countryside of rural Ireland, imagining the terrible, immoral lives people are living today. Their one consolation is the innocence of children… (World Premiere)
The First Men
Director/Screenwriter: Benjamin Kegan, Story by: Stacey Richter
An overextended teacher bumps into a troubled student while at the mall with her mom. (World Premiere)
Director: Paul Briganti, Screenwriters: Jocelyn DeBoer, Dawn Luebbe
In this dark comedy of manners set in a surreal world, meticulously-coiffed soccer moms Jill and Lisa vie for perfect children, perfect husbands, and most importantly, perfect teeth. (North American Premiere)
Her Friend Adam (Canada)
Director/Screenwriter: Ben Petrie
A boyfriend’s jealous impulse spirals out of control in 16 minutes of romantic doom.
Het Geluk (Belgium)
Director/Screenwriter: Jan Van Dyck
One evening, 38-year-old Frank returns to his quiet residential house where his family has organized a surprise birthday party. (North American Premiere)
Hip Hip Hooray
Director: Lizzy Sanford, Screenwriters: Lizzy Sanford, Anna Cordell
Harry breaks up with his girlfriend on his 30th birthday, moments before discovering she has thrown him a surprise birthday party.
Director/Screenwriter: Yianni Warnock
Shannon cooks dinner whilst speaking to a perverted stranger online. Andrew takes a bath wrapped in seared Christmas lights. What could possibly shock this estranged couple from their malaise? (World Premiere)
A struggling performer stumbles upon a real-life version of the character she plays in this doppelgänger rom-com.
Director/Screenwriter: Jim Cummings
Officer Arnaud loved his mom.
Director/Screenwriter: Frankie Shaw
After becoming pregnant from sexual assault on campus, a young woman goes on a journey to find out if the rape was ‘legitimate.’
Victor XX (Spain)
Director/Screenwriter: Ian Garrido
What would happen if you didn’t feel comfortable with your body? What if you decided to experiment with your gender?
Where You Are
Director/Screenwriter: Graham Parkes
When Jen’s son disappears in a game of hide-and-seek, she unwittingly embarks on a journey through time in order to find him. (World Premiere)
Woman in Deep
Director/Screenwriter: Janicza Bravo
A woman struggles to make it through her birthday in one piece. (World Premiere)
Slices of life from across the documentary spectrum.
Alive & Kicking: The Soccer Grannies of South Africa (South Africa/USA)
Director: Lara-Ann de Wet
A story that brings to life the struggle of grannies in South Africa through the game of soccer. (World Premiere)
Another Kind of Girl (Jordan)
Director/Screenwriter: Khaldiya Jibawi
17-year-old Khaldiya meditates on how the refugee camp has opened up new horizons and given her a sense of courage that she lacked in Syria.
Bacon & God’s Wrath (Canada)
Director: Sol Friedman
A 90-year-old Jewish woman reflects on her life’s experiences as she prepares to try bacon for the first time.
The Black Belt
Director: Margaret Brown
In September 2015, Alabama closed 31 DMVs, which largely impacted voters in Alabama’s Black Belt. To combat these closures, the Secretary of State issued a Mobile Voter Registration unit, which traveled to every county to issue voter IDs. (World Premiere)
Director: Terri Timely
An aesthetically lavish portrait of a “reborn” artist who strives for maximum verisimilitude in her creation of newborn baby dolls. (World Premiere)
Director: Garrett Bradley
At the intersection of internet popularity and economic gain a booming industry grows in Bangladesh based on Likes. (World Premiere)
Love Bite: Laurie Lipton and her disturbing black & white drawings (UK)
Director: James Scott
No one on the planet has drawn more than Laurie Lipton. Armed with only a pencil, her haunting images seek answers to the most uncomfortable themes in our culture. But what compels her to live a life of isolation drawing is neither black nor white. (World Premiere)
Miss Me: The Artful Vandal
Director: Mohammad Gorjestani
Renowned Montreal street artist, “Miss Me”, gives us an unprecedented inside view into her life and her quest for self-liberation and authenticity, as she uses her art to take aim at the objectification of women in advertising. (World Premiere)
Directors: Annie O’Neil, Jessica Lewis
Due to treatments for his stage 4 cancer, Phil can only dream of walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain. He does the next best thing: he builds a Camino behind his house and along the way he learns his true pilgrimage is the one he travels within. (World Premiere)
Directors: Leah Galant, Maya Cueva
Restrictive laws, such as HB2 in Texas, threaten abortion providers and force clinics to shut down or hire out-of-state practitioners. Some abortion doctors, such as Dr. Shannon Carr, travel hundreds of miles to provide legal and safe abortions.
These C*cksucking Tears
Director: Dan Taberski
The gritty, fearless voice behind the world’s first and only gay-themed country music album, 40 years after its release. (World Premiere)
The Vodou Healer
Director: Lucy Walker
In post-earthquake Haiti, Vodou healer Katy leads a captivating and cathartic all-night ceremony. (World Premiere)
An assortment of stories told using traditional animation, computer-generated effects, stop-motion, and everything in-between.
Accidents, Blunders and Calamities (New Zealand)
Director/Screenwriter: James Cunningham
A father possum tells his kids a story about the most dangerous animal of all – humans! (World Premiere)
David Gilmour – “The Girl in the Yellow Dress” (UK/USA)
Director: Danny Madden
Paris, 1961—The “it” girl walks into a jazz club, imaginations run wild.
Deer Flower (Republic of Korea)
Director/Screenwriter: Kangmin Kim
Deer Flower is a stop motion and 3d printed film following elementary student, Dujung and his parents. Dujung drinks rare food and suffers side effects.
Director/Screenwriter: Nina Gantz
A funny and dark story of a man with cannibalistic urges who travels back through his life, looking for the root of his unhappiness.
Directors: Alex Sherwood, Ben Harper, Sean Mullen
A shipwrecked fisherman is led to a dark secret within this short thriller. (World Premiere)
Directors: Alexa Lim Haas, Bernardo Britto
The true story of a glove that has been floating forever in space since 1968.
Director/Screenwriter: Rose Stark
A man, infected, runs for his life.
Director/Screenwriter: Réka Bucsi
LOVE is a short film describing affection in 3 different chapters, through an impact on a distant solar system. (U.S. Premiere)
Pombo Loves You (UK)
Director: Steve Warne, Screenwriters: Josh Blaaberg, Steve Warne
A distant father is forced to confront a heroic but troubled past life as the 1980’s TV show character Pombo.
Directors: Daniel Cloud Campos, Spencer Susser
A damsel in distress gets undressed when a man from the Midwest puts to rest a world that’s obsessed with “the priceless,” also known as “the shiny.”
Director: Conor Whelan
A story of fleeting love at a house party.
Things used to be hidden (Germany)
Director/Screenwriter: Tara Mercedes Wood
Things used to be hidden is a mockumentary about the aftermath of a disaster which caused everyone to loose their perception filters. Various characters tell us how they feel about their new lives. Is knowing it all really what we want? (North American Premiere)
Director/Screenwriter: Kelsey Goldych
A cat that likes to knock over trashcans. (World Premiere)
Director: Becky James
An oblivious Snake and his neighbor, Butterfly, come to life on a vocabulary worksheet. (World Premiere)
Bite-sized bits for all of your sex, gore, and hilarity cravings.
An Arms Length (UK)
Director/Screenwriter: Max Weiland
God couldn’t be everywhere, so he created mothers.
Battlefield Casualties (UK)
Director: Price James, Screenwriters: Darren Cullen, Price James
Battlefield Casualties is a Veterans For Peace UK Film challenging the British Army’s policy of recruiting 16-year-olds into the most dangerous army jobs.
Don’t Tell Mom (Japan)
Director: Sawako Kabuki
A nocturnal education film, designed to help children develop their emotions and expressions as well as language and physical skills by enjoying singing and exercising with a big brother.
Eat My Shit (Spain)
Director/Screenwriter: Eduardo Casanova
Samantha has an anus instead of a mouth. Everyone picks on her but she just wants to be normal.
Director: Brian Lonano, Screenwriters: Brian Lonano, Victoria Cook, Kevin Lonano
A disgusting love story between Man and Goblin.
Director: Simon Cartwright
When Glen attends primal scream class, he releases something from deep within that knows no limits.
Night of the Slasher
Director/Screenwriter: Shant Hamassian
A ‘shot-in-one-take’ slasher film about a teenage girl who must commit horror movie sins by drinking alcohol, doing drugs, and having sex in order to lure a masked killer and exact revenge.
Director: New Media Ltd , Screenwriters: Mike Anderson, Ryan Dickie, Abigail Horton
The Night Stalker gives you poisoned to go container of food and you turn to clay and go to another dimension!!!
Director/Screenwriter: Calvin Lee Reeder
An unassuming man is forced to endure a strange experiment.
A Reasonable Request
Director: Andrew Laurich, Screenwriters: Gabriel Miller, Andrew Laurich
A desperate son reconnects with his estranged father to ask an unspeakable favor that will change their lives forever.
Director/Screenwriter: Zach Lasry
There comes a point in every young man’s life where he must rise to the occasion or admit defeat. For Seth, impressing his father is his only goal, his greatest test, his Everest. Today is the day.
The Smiling Man
Director/Screenwriter: A.J. Briones
A little girl home alone finds herself face-to-face with pure evil.
Directors: Stephen Cedars, Benji Kleiman, Screenwriters: Stephen Cedars, Benji Kleiman, Scott Yacyshyn
A teenager’s trip to the clinic becomes freakier than usual when she learns that something supernatural is involved. (World Premiere)
A range of classic, innovative, and stylish work showcasing the scope of music video culture.
Childish Gambino – “Sober”
Director: Hiro Murai
Dillon Francis – “Not Butter”
Director/Screenwriter: Brandon Dermer
DJ Carnage feat. Tomas Barfod – “November Skies”
Director/Screenwriter: Saman Kesh
Earl Sweatshirt – “Grief”
Director: Hiro Murai
Elliot Moss – “Pattern Repeating” (Norway)
Director: Daniel Howlid
Flying Lotus – “Coronus, the Terminator”
Director: Young Replicant
Fur Voice – “Fantasia” (Spain)
Director/Screenwriter: Pablo Maestres
Joywave – “Somebody New”
Director: Keith Schofield
Leftfield & Sleaford Mods – “Head and Shoulders” (UK)
Directors: Casey Raymond, Ewan Jones Morris
Lorn – “Acid Rain”
Modestep – “Rainbow” (UK)
Director: Jamie Delaney
Naughty Boy ft. Beyoncé and Arrow Benjamin – “Runnin’ (Lose It All)” (UK)
Directors: Charlie Robins, Julie Gautier
Robin Schulz – “Sugar (feat. Francesco Yates)” (Germany/USA)
Director: Zak Stoltz
Rudimental – “I Will For Love” (Belgium)
Director: I Owe Youth
The Shoes – “Drifted” (France/USA)
Director: Dent De Cuir
The Shoes ft. Blaine Harrison – “Submarine” (UK/USA)
Director: Karim Huu Do
Son Lux – “Change is Everything”
Director: Nathan Johnson
Tussilago – “Waltz” (Sweden)
Director: Maceo Frost
Vance Joy – “Georgia” (Australia)
Director/Screenwriter: Luci Schroder
Vince Staples – “Señorita”
Director: Ian Pons Jewell
Yvein Monq – “Twun” (Hungary)
Director: Kinopravda, Screenwriter: Viktor Horváth
An offshoot of our regular narrative shorts program, composed of work shot in, about, or somehow relating to the Lone Star state.
Director/Screenwriter: Yen Tan
A dying man seeks out a beauty consultant to hide his symptoms. (World Premiere)
Director: Brianna Barsalou
An exploration of the lifestyle and challenges faced by those who are transgender through the lens of one individual, Blair.
Joan on the Phone
Director/Screenwriter: Kayla Abuda Galang
Joan delivers an overzealous apology in a series of voicemails. (World Premiere)
The Mink Catcher
Director: Samantha Buck, Screenwriters: Marie Schlingmann, Samantha Buck
Dallas, Texas, 1980: A gossip columnist hunts down Dallas’s new First Lady to unearth the truths underneath her legendary mink coat.
Director/Screenwriter: Augustine Frizzell
Two teen girls scheme their way out of work to spend a day at the beach. Things don’t go as planned. (World Premiere)
Directors: Ivete Lucas, Patrick Bresnan
Emboldened by a giant block party on the evening of their high school prom, a group of students enters the night with the hope of transcending their rural town and the industrial landscape that surrounds them.
The Superlative Light
Director: Ben Steinbauer, Screenwriters: Ben Steinbauer, Robert Shults
Documentary photographer, Robert Shults, went from being a homeless dreamer to a home-owning artist after taking photos of the brightest light source in the known universe, a laser in basement of the physics department at UT. (World Premiere)
Director/Screenwriter: Steve Collins
An I.T. employee discovers a shameful secret during a routine printer malfunction. (World Premiere)
Director: Darius Clark Monroe
Locked inside the mind and memory of Dr. Mtangulizi Sanyika, he reflects what it means to be part of the displaced New Orleans population in Houston.
TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL SHORTS
A preview of the next filmmaking generation, as Texas High Schoolers present shorts of 5 minutes or less.
Always With You
Director/Screenwriter: Jonathan Schuette
Emotionally struggling to prepare for a funeral, a teenage boy receives crucial encouragement from his father.
The Ambition Song
Director: Ian Chapoy
An animated interpretation of “The Ambition Song.”
The Archer Hadley Story
Directors: Ben Root, Alex Treviño
The Archer Hadley Story follows Archer Hadley, a senior student who has cerebral palsy as he hosts the Wheelchair Challenge fundraiser in hopes of buying his school automatic doors.
Directors: August Grau, Devan Prabhakar
Two artists of different style interpret the same landscape.
Badi’ Al Zaman
Director/Screenwriter: Arhum Khan
Badi’ Al Zaman is a story about a musician’s experiences that go into constructing his art, and with all the content, he can’t help but think you never really feel him, because you don’t hear his words, you probably watch them.
Director/Screenwriter: Zoe Allen
You might think you are enjoying your coffee, but what if someone is enjoying you?
Directors/Screenwriters: Francisco Alvarez, Linda Robledo
A young man contemplates suicide while drinking heavily, never leaving his room, due to his survivor’s guilt over a previous incident that inadvertently killed his loved one.
Directors: Devan Prabhakar, Matthew Theilman, Screenwriter: Devan Prabhakar
The world is filled with distractions, and one boy is engulfed by social distractions.
DoubleDVE – “Endeavor”
Director: Gilbert Giles-Sosa, Screenwriter: Daniel Vango
Taking back hip-hop from the mainstream.
Director/Screenwriter: Delaney Alexander
A Dragosaur doesn’t need anyone’s help in claiming the largest nut he has spotted for himself, especially a pesky Dragoroo. It soon finds that even the smallest critters can be the biggest help.
Good Night Lizzie
Director/Screenwriter: Kriti Narayanan
A group of women have sinister plans for an abusive father and his daughter.
Directors/Screenwriters: Autumn Grounds, Andrew Fleming
In the dramatic short film Hello, Lawrence Kelly, a suicidal boy, meets a girl named Eden, and without even knowing it, she singlehandedly saves his life.
Director/Screenwriter: Jonah Goldberg
A girl is put through a series of trials to join a group of apocalypse survivors.
Director/Screenwriter: Evan O’Brien
Haunted by his past, a tortured boy turns to KATHAROS, a dream therapist to help him overcome his trauma.
Lady of Paint Creek
Director/Screenwriter: Alexia Salingaros
A woman, trapped in a society of mindless ritual and minimal emotion, must find it in herself to escape — and face the consequences.
Director/Screenwriter: Remy Dunagan
A girl with insomnia sees a figure during a sleepless night. Was she dreaming?
Memories Upon Memories
Director: Geoffrey S. Glenn, Screenwriters: Dominique Coleman, Geoffrey S. Glenn
When a man’s reality is questioned, he goes on both a mental and physical journey looking for answers.
Mischief & Mayhem
Director/Screenwriter: Isabelle Hodge
A mischievous fairy intercedes between a girl and her crush.
Of Gods and Bells
Director/Screenwriter: Alexia Salingaros
A unique exploration of the hidden, magical world of classical Indian dance in a seemingly modern and suburban environment.
Out of Reach
Director: Max Wilson, Screenwriters: Kyria Seitz, Brad Kowalski, Max Wilson
An animator on a tight deadline just wants take a sip of his hot chocolate and continue working. Unfortunately his computer and his reaching tactics conspire against him.