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SXSW 2014 Unveils Feature Film Lineup: Full List of 115 Titles Playing the Fest

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by Beth Hanna
January 30, 2014 2:58 PM
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'Born to Fly'

 

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE COMPETITION

Selected from 892 submissions, the eight world premieres in the Documentary Feature category bring real world stories to life, demonstrating innovation, energy and bold voices.

 

Films screening in Documentary Feature Competition are:

 

Beginning With The End

Director: David Marshall

Beginning With the End takes viewers on a profound, and profoundly moving, journey with a group of high school seniors working as trained hospice volunteers -- a story of beginnings and endings in a year of self-discovery and awakening. (World Premiere)

 

Born To Fly

Director: Catherine Gund

Born To Fly pushes the boundaries between action and art, daring us to join choreographer Elizabeth Streb and her dancers in pursuit of human flight. (World Premiere)

*SXsports screening

 

The Great Invisible

Director: Margaret Brown

Penetrating the oil industry's secretive world, The Great Invisible examines the Deepwater Horizon disaster through the eyes of oil executives, explosion survivors and Gulf Coast residents who were left to pick up the pieces when the world moved on. (World Premiere)

 

The Immortalists

Directors: Jason Sussberg, David Alvarado

Two eccentric scientists struggle to create eternal youth in a world they call “blind to the tragedy of old age.”  As they battle their own aging and suffer the losses of loved ones, their scientific journeys ultimately become personal. (World Premiere)

 

Impossible Light

Director: Jeremy Ambers

Impossible Light reveals the drama and the daring of artist Leo Villareal and a small team of visionaries who battle seemingly impossible challenges to turn a dream of creating the world’s largest LED light sculpture into a glimmering reality. (World Premiere)

 

Mateo

Director: Aaron I. Naar

Mateo follows America's most notorious white mariachi singer on his misadventures in Cuba.

(World Premiere)

 

Print the Legend

Directors: Luis Lopez, Clay Tweel

The 3D Printing revolution has begun. Who will make it? (World Premiere)

 

Vessel

Director: Diana Whitten

A fearless sea captain, Dr. Rebecca Gomperts, sails a ship through loopholes in international law, providing abortions on the high seas, and leaving in her wake a network of emboldened activists who trust women to handle abortion on their own terms. (World Premiere)


HEADLINERS

Big names, big talent: Headliners bring star power to SXSW, featuring red carpet premieres & gala film events with major & rising names in cinema.

 

Films screening in Headliners are:

 

Chef

Director/Screenwriter: Jon Favreau

Chef is a rich and vibrant comedy - the story of Carl Casper (Favreau), who loses his chef job and cooks up a food truck business in hopes of reestablishing his artistic promise. At the same time, he tries to reconnect with his estranged family.

Cast: Jon Favreau, Sofia Vergara, Scarlett Johansson, John Leguizamo, Bobby Cannavale, Dustin Hoffman, Oliver Platt, Robert Downey, Jr., Emjay Anthony (World Premiere)

 

Joe

Director: David Gordon Green, Screenwriters: Larry Brown, Gary Hawkins

A gripping mix of friendship, violence and redemption erupts in the contemporary South in this adaptation of Larry Brown’s novel. Cast: Nicolas Cage, Tye Sheridan (U.S. Premiere)

 

Neighbors

Director: Nicholas Stoller, Screenwriters: Andrew J. Cohen, Brendan O'Brien

Seth Rogen, Zac Efron and Rose Byrne lead the cast of Neighbors, a comedy about a young couple suffering from arrested development who are forced to live next to a fraternity house after the birth of their newborn baby. Cast: Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Dave Franco, Ike Barinholtz, Lisa Kudrow (Worldwide Debut – work-in-progress)

 

Predestination (Australia)

Directors/Screenwriters: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig

A riveting adventure through time centered on a secret government time traveling agency designed to prevent future killers and terrorists from committing their crimes.

Cast: Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook, Noah Taylor (World Premiere)

 

Veronica Mars

Director/Screenwriter: Rob Thomas, Screenwriter: Diane Ruggiero

Years after walking away from her past as a teenage private eye, Veronica Mars gets pulled back to her hometown, an ex-boyfriend with baggage, and an unraveling murder mystery.

Cast: Kristen Bell, Jason Dohring, Krysten Ritter, Ryan Hansen, Enrico Colantoni (World Premiere)

 

 

NARRATIVE SPOTLIGHT

High profile narrative features receiving their World, North American or US Premieres at SXSW.

 

Films screening in Narrative Spotlight are:

 

Break Point

Director: Jay Karas, Screenwriters: Gene Hong, Jeremy Sisto

Two estranged brothers reunite to make an improbable run at a grand slam tennis tournament. The mismatched pair, with some unlikely help from a precocious 11-year-old boy, re-discover their game and their brotherhood.

Cast: Jeremy Sisto, David Walton, Joshua Rush, J.K. Simmons, Amy Smart (World Premiere)

*SXsports screening

 

CESAR CHAVEZ

Director: Diego Luna, Screenwriters: Keir Pearson, Timothy J. Sexton

Chávez chronicles the birth of a modern American movement led by famed civil rights leader and labor organizer, Cesar Chavez. Cast: Rosario Dawson, John Malkovich, Michael Pena, America Ferrera, Gabriel Mann (North American Premiere)

 

Faults

Director/Screenwriter: Riley Stearns

An expert on cults is hired by a mother and father to kidnap and deprogram their brainwashed daughter. He soon begins to suspect the parents may be more destructive than the cult he’s being hired to save her from. Cast: Leland Orser, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Chris Ellis, Lance Reddick, Jon Gries (World Premiere)

 

The Frontier

Director/Screenwriter: Matt Rabinowitz, Screenwriter: Carlos Colungu

An estranged son travels back home to confront his overbearing father to see if there is any relationship left between them.

Cast: Max Gail, Coleman Kelly, Anastassia Sendyk, Katherine Cortez, Oliver Seitz (World Premiere)

 

Kelly & Cal

Director: Jen McGowan, Screenwriter: Amy Lowe Starbin

Kelly & Cal explores the heartfelt, somewhat absurd moments in our lives when we seek out a little bit of extra attention. Cast: Juliette Lewis, Jonny Weston, Josh Hopkins, Cybil Shepherd (World Premiere)

 

The Mule (Australia)

Directors: Angus Sampson, Tony Mahony, Screenwriters: Leigh Whannell, Angus Sampson

In 1983, a naive man is detained by Australian Federal Police with lethal narcotics hidden in his stomach. Caught, ‘The Mule’ makes a desperate choice...to defy his bodily functions and withhold the evidence...literally. Cast: Hugo Weaving, Angus Sampson, Leigh Whannell, Ewen Leslie, Geoff Morrell, Georgina Haig, Noni Hazlehurst, John Noble (World Premiere)

 

A Night In Old Mexico (USA / Spain)

Director: Emilio Aragón, Screenwriter: William D. Wittliff

Forced to give up his land and home, Texas rancher Red Bovie isn't about to retire quietly in a dismal trailer park. Instead he hits the road with his estranged grandson for one last adventure.

Cast: Robert Duvall, Jeremy Irvine, Angie Cepeda, Luis Tosar, Joaquín Cosio (World Premiere)

Patrick's Day (Ireland)

Director/Screenwriter: Terry McMahon

A young man with mental health issues becomes intimate with a suicidal air hostess but his obsessive mother enlists a dysfunctional cop to separate them.

Cast: Kerry Fox, Moe Dunford, Catherine Walker, Philip Jackson (World Premiere)

 

Sequoia

Director: Andy Landen, Screenwriter: Andrew Rothschild

Faced with stage three cancer, a young woman sets out to end her life on her own terms, in Sequoia National Park. Cast: Aly Michalka, Dustin Milligan, Todd Lowe, Demetri Martin, Sophi Bairley (World Premiere)

 

She's Lost Control

Director/Screenwriter: Anja Marquardt

Ronah's life unravels when she starts working with a new client, Johnny.

Cast: Brooke Bloom, Marc Menchaca, Dennis Boutsikaris, Laila (North American Premiere)

 

Take Care

Director/Screenwriter: Liz Tuccillo

After being hit by a car, a woman (Leslie Bibb) comes home to realize her friends don't really want to take care of her. Desperate for help, she turns to an unlikely source.

Cast: Leslie Bibb, Thomas Sadoski, Betty Gilpin, Michael Stahl David, Nadia Dajani (World Premiere)

 

Thank You a Lot

Director/Screenwriter: Matt Muir

A struggling, two-bit music manager will lose his job unless he signs a reclusive country music singer, James Hand, who also happens to be his estranged father. Cast: Blake DeLong, James Hand, Robyn Rikoon, Sonny Carl Davis, Jeffery Da'Shade Johnson (World Premiere)

 

Things People Do

Director: Saar Klein, Screenwriters: Joe Conway, Saar Klein

Bill Scanlin loses his job and embarks on a life of crime. As Bill stays ahead of the law, he discovers that sometimes the only thing worse than getting caught is getting away with it.

Cast: Wes Bentley, Jason Isaacs, Vinessa Shaw, Haley Bennett (North American Premiere)

 

Two Step

Director/Screenwriter: Alex R. Johnson

Two Step is a fast-paced Texas thriller in which the lives of James, a directionless college dropout, and Webb, a career criminal with his back against the wall, violently collide. 

Cast: Beth Broderick, James Landry Hébert, Skyy Moore, Jason Douglas, Ashley Rae Spillers (World Premiere)

 

We'll Never Have Paris

Directors: Jocelyn Towne, Simon Helberg, Screenwriter: Simon Helberg

We'll Never Have Paris is a clumsy and at once human account of screwing up on a transcontinental level in a noble effort to win back "the one." Cast: Simon Helberg, Maggie Grace, Melanie Lynskey, Alfred Molina, Zachary Quinto, Jason Ritter (World Premiere)


DOCUMENTARY SPOTLIGHT

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

 

Films screening in Documentary Spotlight are:

 

Above All Else

Director: John Fiege

A former stuntman and high wire artist puts his family and future on the line when he rallies a group of East Texas landowners and activists to blockade the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. (World Premiere)

Butterfly Girl

Director: Cary Bell

Abbie came of age in honky tonks, defying her life threatening disease, but all the while longing for an identity of her own. Now that she is 18, how much is she willing to sacrifice for her independence? (World Premiere)

 

DamNation

Directors: Travis Rummel, Ben Knight

This powerful film odyssey across America explores the sea change in national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers. (World Premiere)

 

Doc of the Dead

Director: Alexandre O. Philippe

The definitive zombie culture documentary, from the makers of The People vs. George Lucas. Doc of the Dead traces the rise and evolution of the zombie genre, its influence on pop culture, and investigates the possibility of an actual zombie outbreak. (World Premiere)

 

Harmontown

Director: Neil Berkeley

A comedic, brutally honest documentary following self-destructive TV writer Dan Harmon (NBC's Community) as he takes his live podcast on a national tour. (World Premiere)

 

LADY VALOR: The Kristin Beck Story

Directors: Sandrine Orabona, Mark Herzog

A former U.S. Navy Seal seeks life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness living life as a transgender woman. (World Premiere)

 

The Legend Of Shorty (UK)

Directors: Angus MacQueen, Guillermo Galdos

The Legend of Shorty is the story of a man and a myth. (World Premiere)

 

Manny

Directors: Ryan Moore, Leon Gast

From abject poverty to international hero, Manny Pacquiao rose to fame in the boxing ring. At the height of his career, Manny entered the political arena. As history's only boxing Congressman, Manny is faced with a new challenge. (World Premiere)

*SXsports screening

 

Seeds of Time

Director: Sandy McLeod

Seeds of Time follows agriculture pioneer Cary Fowler's global journey to save the eroding foundation of our food supply in a new era of climate change. (North American Premiere)

 

Supermensch

Director: Mike Myers

Mike Myers makes his directorial debut with this star-packed documentary about the legendary Shep Gordon, who managed the careers of Alice Cooper, Blondie, Luther Vandross, and Raquel Welch — and still had time to invent the "celebrity chef". (U.S. Premiere)

 

That Guy Dick Miller

Director: Elijah Drenner

That Guy Dick Miller is the incredible true story of the wannabe-writer, turned accidental character-actor.

(World Premiere)

 

Wicker Kittens

Director: Amy C. Elliott

Every January, the country’s largest jigsaw puzzle contest is held in St. Paul, Minnesota. Wicker Kittens invites you to choose your favorite team and watch them try to put the pieces back together. (World Premiere) *SXsports screening

 

 

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:

 

Arlo and Julie

Director/Screenwriter: Steve Mims

A neurotic couple’s obsession with a mysterious puzzle comically unravels their world, disconnecting them from reality and jeopardizing their fragile relationship.

Cast: Alex Dobrenko, Ashley Spillers, Chris Doubek, Sam Eidson, Hugo Zesati (World Premiere)

 

Beyond Clueless (UK)

Director: Charlie Lyne

Narrated by cult teen star Fairuza Balk, Beyond Clueless is a dizzying journey into the mind, body and soul of the teen movie, as seen through the eyes of over 200 modern coming-of-age classics. (World Premiere)

 

Big Significant Things

Director/Screenwriter: Bryan Reisberg

A week before they move across the country together, Craig lies to his girlfriend in order to go on his first road trip - to the south. Alone. Cast: Harry Lloyd, Krista Kosonen (World Premiere)

 

Buzzard

Director/Screenwriter: Joel Potrykus

Devil masks, metal, video games, Mountain Dew, and a Party Zone. Scheming slackers of the world unite and take over!

Cast: Joshua Burge, Joel Potrykus, Teri Ann Nelson, Alan Longstreet, Rico Bruce Wade (World Premiere)

 

Creep

Director/Screenwriter: Patrick Brice, Screenwriter: Mark Duplass

When a videographer answers a Craigslist ad for a one-day job in a remote mountain town, he finds his client is not at all what he initially seems. Cast: Mark Duplass, Patrick Brice (World Premiere)

 

Cumbres (Heights) (Mexico)

Director/Screenwriter: Gabriel Nuncio

Due a tragedy, two sisters abruptly escape from their hometown in Northern Mexico. Their journey creates a bittersweet relationship marked by pain, guilt and love.

Cast: Aglae Lingow, Ivanna Michel, Abdul Marcos, Sergio Quiñones, Ganzo Cepeda (U.S. Premiere)

 

The Dance of Reality (Chile / France)

Director/Screenwriter: Alejandro Jodorowsky

The Dance of Reality is a 2013 independent autobiographical film written, produced and directed by Alejandro Jodorowosky. Cast: Brontis Jodorowsky, Pamela Flores, Jeremias Herskovits, Cristobal Jodorowsky, Bastián Bodenhöfer, Alejandro Jodorowsky (U.S. Premiere)

 

Evaporating Borders (USA / Cyprus)

Director: Iva Radivojevic

Evaporating Borders is a poetically photographed and rendered film on tolerance and search for identity. Told through 5 vignettes portraying the lives of migrants on the island of Cyprus, it passionately weaves themes of displacement and belonging. (North American Premiere)

 

Evolution of a Criminal

Director: Darius Clark Monroe

How does a 16 year-old evolve into a bank robber? (World Premiere)

 

Housebound (New Zealand)

Director/Screenwriter: Gerard Johnstone

When Kylie Bucknell is sentenced to home detention, she's forced to come to terms with her unsociable behaviour, her blabbering mother and a hostile spirit who seems less than happy about the new living arrangement.

Cast: Morgana O'Reilly, Rima Te Wiata, Glen-Paul Waru, Cameron Rhodes, Millen Baird (World Premiere)

 

The Infinite Man (Australia)

Director/Screenwriter: Hugh Sullivan

The Infinite Man is a time travel comedy-romance about a man whose attempts to construct the perfect romantic weekend backfire when he traps his lover in an infinite loop.

Cast: Josh McConville, Hannah Marshall, Alex Dimitriades (World Premiere)

 

Open Windows (Spain)

Director/Screenwriter: Nacho Vigalondo

Nick’s a lucky guy - he’s having dinner with Jill Goddard, the hottest actress on earth. Then a guy named Chord calls: dinner’s been canceled. And it’s Jill’s fault. But Chord’s got something better… A 21st Century Rear Window. Cast: Elijah Wood, Sasha Grey, Neil Maskell, Adam Quintero, Ivan Gonzalez (World Premiere)

 

Other Months

Director/Screenwriter: Nick Singer

Marking time as an itinerant plumber, and haunted by recurrent nightmares, Nash hungers for the fleeting ecstasies of nightclubs and bedrooms. Other Months is a stark, honest portrait of disconnection—a young man coming to face his paralysis. Cast: Christopher Bonewitz, Britannie Bond, Emma Morrison-Cohen, Liam Ahern, David Rudi Utter (World Premiere)

 

The Possibilities Are Endless (UK)

Directors: Edward Lovelace, James Hall

Scottish musician, Edwyn Collins' world was shattered by a devastating stroke. After fighting back from the brink of death, he discovers that life, love and language mean even more to him that he could ever have imagined. (World Premiere)

 

Premature

Director/Screenwriter: Dan Beers, Screenwriter: Mathew Harawitz

On the most important day of his young life, a high school senior is forced to relive his failed attempt at losing his virginity over and over again, until he gets it right.

Cast: John Karna, Katie Findlay, Craig Roberts, Carlson Young, Adam Riegler (World Premiere)

 

Song from the Forest (Germany)

Director: Michael Obert

A modern epic set between rainforest and skyscrapers. (North American Premiere)

 

Space Station 76

Director/Screenwriter: Jack Plotnick, Screenwriters: Jennifer Cox, Sam Pancake, Kali Rocha, Michael Stoyanov

Welcome to the future of the past.

Cast: Patrick Wilson, Liv Tyler, Matt Bomer, Marisa Coughlan, Kylie Rogers (World Premiere)

 

Surviving Cliffside

Director: Jon Matthews

A West Virginia family faces illness, addiction, and gun violence---while their daughter makes a run for Little Miss West Virginia. (World Premiere)

 

The Wilderness of James

Director/Screenwriter: Michael Johnson

A restless teenager explores the wilderness of his city while struggling with the absence of his father. Cast: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Virginia Madsen, Isabelle Fuhrman, Evan Ross, Danny DeVito (World Premiere)

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