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SXSW 2013 Announces Lineup: World Premieres of 'Short Term 12,' 'We Always Lie to Strangers'; Fest Favorites 'Upstream Color,' 'Before Midnight' and 'Don Jon's Addiction'

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood January 31, 2013 at 3:00PM

The SXSW Film Festival, March 8-16, is celebrating 20 years with a slew of films honoring the meeting point of culture and creativity--among them 109 features announced below. Among the features playing the Austin, Texas fest are 69 world premieres, 14 North American premieres and five US premieres. Additional titles in the Midnighters and Short Film program will be announced February 6, along with the complete panel lineup
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Spark: A Burning Man Story
'Spark: A Burning Man Story'


DOCUMENTARY SPOTLIGHT
Shining a light on new documentary features receiving their World, North American or U.S. Premieres at SXSW.

An Unreal Dream: The Michael Morton Story
Director: Al Reinert
Michael Morton’s wife Christine was brutally murdered in front of their only child, and he was convicted of the crime. Twenty-five years later, he tells the story of his journey from despair to exoneration. (World Premiere)

Before You Know It
Director: PJ Raval
Three gay seniors navigate the adventures, challenges and surprises of life and love in their golden years. (World Premiere)

Continental (USA, Canada)
Director: Malcolm Ingram
A stylish and thoughtful examination of the infamous Continental Baths NYC circa 1968-1976. Told by the people who were there. (World Premiere)

Downloaded
Director: Alex Winter
A documentary that explores the rise and fall of Napster and the birth of the digital revolution. It's about the teens that helped start this revolution, and the artists and industries who continue to be impacted by it. (World Premiere)

Getting Back to Abnormal
Director: Louis Alvarez, Andrew Kolker, Peter Odabashian, Paul Stekler
A polarizing white politician becomes a lightning rod for racial strife in New Orleans. (World Premiere)

Good Ol' Freda
Director: Ryan White
The story of Freda Kelly, a shy Liverpudlian teenager asked to work for a young local band hoping to make it big: The Beatles. Their loyal secretary from beginning to end, Freda tells her tales for the first time in 50 years. (World Premiere)

I Am Divine
Director: Jeffrey Schwarz
The story of Divine, aka Harris Glenn Milstead, and how he became John Waters’ cinematic muse and an international drag icon. (World Premiere)

Medora
Directors: Andrew Cohn, Davy Rothbart
In America's basketball heartland, four resilient boys from rural Medora, Indiana fight to end their high school team's three-year losing streak, as their dwindling town faces the threat of extinction.
(World Premiere)

MILIUS
Directors: Zak Knutson, Joey Figueroa
The life story of “Zen Anarchist” filmmaker John Milius, one of the most influential storytellers of his generation. (World Premiere)

Mr. Angel
Director: Dan Hunt
Chronicles the extraordinary life of trans male porn pioneer and educator, Buck Angel. It’s a moving & provocative story of a man's search for acceptance from his family and the world. An inspirational tale of an unlikely hero. (World Premiere)

The Network (Australia, UK)
Director: Eva Orner
Set behind the scenes at the largest television network in one of the most dangerous places on earth: Afghanistan. (World Premiere)

The Other Shore
Director: Timothy Wheeler
The film tracks legendary swimmer Diana Nyad’s lifetime vision and four harrowing attempts to swim non-stop from Cuba to Florida. An abusive past collides with an obsessive present over a dangerous 60-hour feat never before accomplished. (World Premiere)

Rewind This!
Director: Josh Johnson
Home video changed the world. The impact of the VHS tape was enormous. Rewind This! aims to trace the ripples of that impact. (World Premiere)

Spark: A Burning Man Story
Directors: Steve Brown, Jessie Deeter
What happens when you allow yourself to act on your dreams? Spark takes us behind the curtain with organizers and participants of Burning Man, revealing a year of unprecedented challenges and growth. (World Premiere)

TINY: A Story About Living Small
Directors: Christopher Smith, Merete Mueller
One couple's attempt to build a "tiny house" smaller than the average parking space with no construction experience raises questions about sustainability and good design, the nature of home, and the changing American Dream. (World Premiere)

Unhung Hero (Germany)
Director: Brian Spitz
After a failed marriage proposal because of his inadequate size, a young man adventures the world in search of answers so he will never come up short again. (World Premiere)

We Cause Scenes
Director: Matt Adams
The extraordinary story of a group of twenty-somethings who seized the streets of New York, transforming the meaning of comedy, performance and art through forming "Improv Everywhere," a prank collective ten years in the making. (World Premiere)

VISIONS
Audacious, risk-taking artists in the new cinema landscape that demonstrate raw innovation and creativity in documentary and narrative filmmaking.

Films screening in Visions are:

ELENA (Brazil)
Director: Petra Costa
Elena moves to NY with the dream of becoming a movie actress. She leaves behind Petra, her 7-year-old sister. Years later, her sister Petra goes to NY to look for Elena. (North American Premiere)

euphonia
Director/Screenwriter: Danny Madden
listen. Cast: Will Madden, Maria Decotis (World Premiere)

Everyone's Going to Die (UK)
Director/Screenwriter: Jones
A modern British story about coming home, getting by and the redemptive power of feeling you're not alone. A story where porn hotlines rub shoulders with sexy beavers on rollerskates; where the past is laid to rest, two lives are changed and nobody, finally, is going to die.
Cast: Nora Tschirner, Rob Knighton, Kellie Shirley, Madeline Duggan (World Premiere)

Fuck for Forest (Poland)
Director: Michał Marczak, Screenwriter: Michał Marczak, Łukasz Grudziński
Have sex. Save the world. (North American Premiere)

Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction (Switzerland)
Director: Sophie Huber
An iconic actor and passionate musician in his intimate moments, with film clips from some of his 250 films and his own heart-breaking renditions of American folk songs. (U.S. Premiere)

Kelly + Victor (UK)
Director/Screenwriter: Kieran Evans, Screenwriter: Adapted For Screen By Niall Griffiths
Adapted by Kieran Evans from the acclaimed novel by Niall Griffiths, Kelly + Victor is a raw compelling passionate love story set against the backdrop of a highly cinematic Liverpool, to a searing soundtrack. Cast: Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Julian Morris, Stephen Walters, William Ruane, Claire Keelan (North American Premiere)

Lunarcy! (Canada)
Director: Simon Ennis
Director Simon Ennis introduces us to an unforgettable group of characters who all share one thing in common: an obsession with the Moon. (U.S. Premiere)

Maidentrip
Director: Jillian Schlesinger
An intimate coming-of-age adventure set against the epic backdrop of the open sea, Maidentrip explores life through the eyes of 14-year-old Laura Dekker on her quest to become the youngest person ever to sail around the world alone. (World Premiere)

Maladies
Director/Screenwriter: Carter
A comedic look at the life of a former actor turned writer struggling to cope with reality, his work and interpersonal relationships. Cast: James Franco, Catherine Keener, Fallon Goodson, David Strathairn, Alan Cumming (North American Premiere)

Our Nixon
Director: Penny Lane
Recently discovered Super 8 home movies filmed by three of Richard Nixon’s closest aides – and fellow Watergate conspirators – offer an intimate and complex new glimpse into his presidency in this all-archival documentary. (North American Premiere)

Sake-Bomb (USA, Japan)
Director: Junya Sakino, Screenwriter: Jeff Mizushima
A sarcastic and self-deprecating Asian-American must take his naive Japanese cousin on a road trip along the California coast to find his ex-girlfriend.
Cast: Gaku Hamada, Eugene Kim, Marlane Barnes, Josh Brodis, Samantha Quan (World Premiere)

Snap
Directors: Youssef Delara, Victor Teran, Screenwriter: Victor Teran
A stylish psychological thriller set against the underground dubstep DJ scene that takes the audience on a dark and terrifying journey into the depths of the psychopathic mind as it threatens to explode into horrific violence.
Cast: Jake Hoffman, Nikki Reed, Thomas Dekker, Scott Bakula, Jason Priestley (World Premiere)

These Birds Walk
Directors: Omar Mullick, Bassam Tariq
The film documents the resilience of a 6-year-old Pakistani runaway as he tackles one critical question: where is home? The streets, an orphanage, or with the family he fled in the first place?

The Wait
Director/Screenwriter: M. Blash
An enigmatic phone call from a psychic, catapults a family into a state of suspended belief while waiting for their recently deceased mother to be resurrected.
Cast: Jena Malone, Chloë Sevigny, Luke Grimes, Josh Hamilton, Devon Gearhart (World Premiere)

White Reindeer
Director/Screenwriter: Zach Clark
After an unexpected tragedy, Suzanne searches for the true meaning of Christmas during one sad, strange December in suburban Virginia. Cast: Anna Margaret Hollyman, Laura Lemar-Goldsborough, Lydia Johnson, Joe Swanberg, Christopher Doubek (World Premiere)

Yellow
Director/Screenwriter: Nick Cassavetes, Screenwriter: Heather Wahlquist
A young substitute teacher escapes from her drudging everyday life by fantasizing bizarre parallel realities, in this wildly inventive and visually dazzling head-trip from director Nick Cassavetes.
Cast: Heather Wahlquist, Sienna Miller, Melanie Griffith, Gena Rowlands, Ray Liotta (U.S. Premiere)

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