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SXSW 2013 Announces Shorts and Midnight Program, Including 'Lords of Salem,' 'V/H/S/2,' 'Cheap Thrills,' 'Haunter' and "Kiss of the Damned'

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by Sophia Savage
February 6, 2013 2:58 PM
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'Magnetic Reconnection'

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS
Unfiltered slices of life, from across the documentary spectrum.

After (UK)
Director: Lukasz Konopa
‘After’ is a film about contemporary life in Auschwitz. In an observation from dusk till dawn, it portrays the theatre of everyday life around the grim confines and captures the energies and activities of a world fascinated by this former concentration camp.

Contents of C______'s Box, in no particular order
Director: Ian Berry
An exploration of a failed relationship through a box of mementos.

Endless Day (Germany)
Director: Anna Frances Ewert
This film is about an insomniac's inner journey through a sleepless night.

Flutter (USA/Canada)
Director: Dara Bratt
“Flutter” is a short observational documentary about an ordinary man obsessed with the extraordinary.

I Kill
Directors: David White, Paul Wedel
The kindest slaughter: a short documentary about one man's bloody job.

Introducing: Bobby.
Director: Roger Hayn
A character portrait of a debt-ridden man with a violent past in pursuit of a fresh start.

The Knife Maker
Director: Keith "keef" Ehrlich
Writer turned knife maker Joel Bukiewicz discusses the human element of craft–the potential for a skill to mature into an art. In sharing his story, he alights on the real meaning of handmade—a movement whose riches are measured in people, not cash.

KRS ONE: Brooklyn to the Bronx
Directors: Brimstone, Joshua Moise
Hip Hop pioneer, KRS-One, takes us through his years as a homeless teenager in New York City. Traveling from Brooklyn to the Bronx, he begins to visualize his steps to becoming an MC.

Magnetic Reconnection (Canada)
Director: Kyle Armstrong
A short documentary film contrasting the Northern Lights with the harsh landscapes and decaying manmade debris littered throughout the northern Canadian town of Churchill, Manitoba.

The Other Dave
Director: Pasquale Greco
Life changes people; especially when it involves 1 billion volts of electricity. "Super Dave" Manning, was on his way to a pro golf career when lightning struck and permanently changed his perception of reality.

Recollections (Japan)
Director: Nathanael Carton
A community of tsunami survivors hold onto their existence through pictures recovered from the debris.

The Roper
Directors: Ewan McNicol, Anna Sandilands
A black man with hip-hop and zydeco roots hard-grafts through the local, all-white rodeo circuits in the Deep South as he dreams of competing in the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.

SLOMO
Director: Josh Izenberg
Depressed and frustrated with his life, Dr. John Kitchin abandons his career as a neurologist and undergoes a radical transformation into SLOMO, trading his lab coat for a pair of rollerblades and his IRA for a taste of divinity.

The Village (Brazil)
Director: Liliana Sulzbach
The daily life of the dwellers of a microtown in the the south of Brazil which is about to vanish.

Vladimir Putin In Deep Concentration
Directors: Dana O'Keefe, Sasha Kliment
Vladimir Putin is the most powerful man in the world

ANIMATED SHORTS
An assortment of stories told using a mix of traditional animation, computer-generated effects, stop-motion, and everything in-between. The winner of our Grand Jury Award in this category is eligible for a 2014 Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Short.

The Blue Umbrella
Director: Saschka Unseld
It is just another evening commute until the rain starts to fall, and the city comes alive to the sound of dripping rain pipes, whistling awnings and gurgling gutters. And in the midst, two umbrellas—one blue, one not—fall eternally in love.

Cicada Princess
Director: Mauricio Baiocchi
Cicadas spend a long time planning...

The Event (USA/UK)
Director: Julia Pott
Love and a severed foot, at the end of the world.

The Gold Sparrow
Director: Daniel Stessen
In a black and white world artists must defend their color.

In Hanford
Director: Chris Mars
In Hanford is artist Chris Mars's fantastic exploration of real incidents in Hanford, Washington, where the local environment was poisoned as a result of cold war era nuclear arms manufacture.

Kishi Bashi - ''I Am The Antichrist To You''
Director: Kishi Bashi
A surreal stop motion collaboration between avante-pop/violinist Kishi Bashi and acclaimed animator Anthony Scott (Coraline, Paranorman). An abandoned puppy awakes in a post-apocalyptic world with vivid memories of his love and all that he lost.

Marcel, King of Tervuren
Director: Tom Schroeder
Greek tragedy enacted by Belgian roosters.

Oh Willy... (Belgium/France/ Netherlands/Luxembourg)
Directors: Emma De Swaef, Marc James Roels
Forced to return to his naturist roots, Willy bungles his way into noble savagery.

Old Man
Director: Leah Shore
For more than 20 years Charles Manson has refused to communicate directly with the outside world. Until Now.

The Places Where We Lived
Director: Bernardo Britto
A man wakes up with a weird feeling. His parents are selling his childhood home.

Shelved (New Zealand)
Director: James Cunningham
Two loser robots discover they are being replaced... by humans

MIDNIGHT SHORTS
Bite-sized bits for all of your sex, genre, and hilarity needs.

The Apocalypse
Director: Andrew Zuchero
Four uninspired friends try to come up with a terrific idea of how to spend their Saturday afternoon. The Apocalypse.

BOY FRIENDS
Director: Hugo Vargas-Zesati
A man disturbed by a dream awakens to realize his unconscious has called his self-awareness into question. When confronting himself, misfortune brings the temporal world into perspective.

Cats
Director: Michael Reich
A master groomer explains the sensual methods of dog grooming to his young and beautiful apprentice. Her mind begins to wander into a profane dream that melds the grossness of dog bathing with voyeuristic and domineering sexuality.

Child Eater (USA/Iceland)
Director: Erlingur Thoroddsen
A simple night of babysitting takes a horrifying turn when Helen realizes the boogeyman really is in little Lucas' closet.

Dance Till You Drop
Directors: Eric M. Levy, Juan Cardarelli
She thought the house was safe, but under the right circumstances, anything can be dangerous. Even a dance montage.

Follow
Director: Owen Egerton
Follow is a dark thriller centered on a young couple's dangerous bedroom games.

Hell No
Director: Joe Nicolosi
Hell No is a new type of terror, a reality-based horror film that pits real smart people in terrifying horror situations...

Play House
Director: Brandon LaGanke
Harold's crumbling family is bound only by his unconditional love for them.

Root
Director: Caleb Johnson
A young woman has an affair that leaves a hideous mark. Her attempts to remove it only make it worse.

Two Fingers - 'Vengeance Rhythm' (UK)
Director: Chris Ullens
This is the story of a very angry teddy bear.

Under the Lion Crotch (Hong Kong)
Director: Wong Ping
Daily life living in Hong Kong.

MUSIC VIDEOS
A range of classic, innovative, and stylish work showcasing the scope of music video culture.

∆ (Alt-J) - ''Breezeblocks''
Director: Ellis Bahl

CHRISTEENE - "Big Shot"
Director: PJ Raval

Daniel Bedingfield - ''Secret Fear''
Director: Daniel Bedingfield

Flying Lotus - ''Until The Quiet Comes''
Director: Kahlil Joseph

Foster The People - ''Houdini''
Director: DANIELS

HEALTH - ''Tears''
Directors: David Altobelli, Jeff Desom

Keaton Henson - ''Small Hands''
Director: Joseph Mann

Killer Mike - ''Reagan''
Directors: Daniel Garcia, Harry Teitelman

Lushlife - "Magnolia"
Directors: Jesse Lamar High, Nik Harper

Mikhael Paskalev - ''I Spy''
Director: André Chocron

Modeselektor – “Evil Twin”
Director: Dent.De.Cuir

Moones - ''Better Energy"
Director: Peter Sluszka

Righchus - ''Stroker's Row''
Director: Taylor Engel

Rudimental - ''Feel The Love''
Director: Bob Harlow

Slugabed - ''Sex''
Director: Chris Ullens

Sóley – “Bad Dream”
Directors: Ellen Ragnarsdóttir, Raam Reddy

Starcadian - ''HE^RT''
Directors: Rob O'Neill, Starcadian

The Shoes - ''Time To Dance''
Director: Daniel Wolfe

Wax Tailor Feat Aloe Blacc - “Time To Go”
Directors: Darcy Prendergast, Seamus Spilsbury

Vitalic - ''Stamina''
Director: Saman Keshavarz

Wild Belle - ''Keep You''
Director: Melina Matsoukas

Willow - ''Sweater''
Director: Filip Sterckx

TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL SHORTS
Texas High School students offer a glimpse of a bright future for Texas filmmaking.

Adam Mosley - Who I Am
Director: Jake Wangner
Adam Mosley is an amateur Fort Worth skateboarder. He spends his days rolling across the pavement learning new tricks. Take a quick look into his daily life.

Again
Director: Jade Basinski, Pearl Basinski
A sweet lullaby.

The Benefactress
Director: Alina Vega
Everything's coming apart at the seams.

CaNnibal
Directors: Sophia Haid, Ivan Kumamoto
The can man can.

Charlie Hughes
Directors: Kyle Matthew, Hirsh Elhence
What did you do to mom?

The Cigarette Burns Slowly
Director: Connor Clift
Two individuals who work the night shift together decide to take a cigarette break. Chemistry unfolds.

Don't Be Afraid Ashley
Director: Makena Buchanan
Don't be afraid Ashley, It's just a dark empty theater, there's no one here but your friends.

Drop
Director: Zenzele Ojore
"Drop" is an experimental narrative that tells the story of a young drowning victim, her journey through the “in-between” and the many memories of her past to reach her alternate peace.

Dropoff
Director: Conner Miller
A man on the run--but from what?

THE EXCHANGE
Director: Louis J. Zylka
One night, a robbery took place at a museum and someone got murdered. It's up to Detective Bones to solve this crime.

Gas Giant
Director: Andrew Haworth
Gas Giant is a stop motion animated short about a man who wakes up on his lawn and realizes he's 50 feet tall.

GBFF
Director: Atheena Frizzell
More than anything else in the world, Reese wants a gay best friend. She sets out to get one but her plan goes terribly awry.

The Magic Lasso
Director: Amy Harvie
The Magic Lasso is a thriller about a young girl who wakes up from a coma in a post-apocalyptic hospital and the abandoned characters she discovers there.

Obsession
Director: Stephen Mendoza
Obsession is a thriller about a disturbed young woman who finally has the evening she has been dreaming of with the object of her affection.

Outbreak
Director: Maddison Lopez
What would the average high school student do to survive a zombie apocalpyse?

Partner
Directors: James Bradford, Max Montoya
Girl, you'll be a woman soon.

Robert Cossman, Deceased
Director: Alexander Marking
The story around a mysterious briefcase

Sir Gawain & the Green Knight
Directors: Callan Harrison, Aidan Anders
Sir Gawain & the Green Knight is a hand cut paper animation chronicling the adventures of Sir Gawain and his attempts to uphold the code of chivalry.

Skin To Bone
Directors: Taha Dawoodbhoy, Brandon Torio
Skin To Bone is a fan made music video to the song "Skin To Bone" by Linkin Park. The video delves into the dark meeting behind the song.

TRAPPED (A Slenderman Short Film)
Directors: Jonathan Munoz, Kyle Curtis
An adaptation to the Slenderman urban legend. Inspired by the hit PC game SLENDER

True Story
Director: Miles Andres
Based on a true story.

Zipper
Director: Rachel Davis
A girl find a body and a zipper catches her attention....

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