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SXSW 2014 Unveils Midnighters and Shorts Lineup

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood February 5, 2014 at 1:58PM

SXSW has rolled out its 2014 Midnighters section, as well as the fest’s complete short film lineup. Check out the program below.
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MIDNIGHT SHORTS

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

 

Box Room (Ireland)

Director: Michael Lathrop

A strange and solitary boy discovers a seductive creature growing in his bedroom wall.

 

Chocolate Heart

Director: Harrison Atkins

Owen never learned about sex or relationships from his parents, since they turned into cats. But today, with the help of a human girl, Owen is going to learn a lot.

 

Dog Food

Director: Brian Crano

A butcher loses his dog.

 

Happy B-Day (Germany)

Director: Holger B. Frick

Happy B-Day is a black comedy showing us how a well-planned birthday surprise can go horribly wrong.

 

Kekasih (Malaysia / USA)

Director: Diffan Sina Norman

In pursuit of his late wife, a botanical professor encounters a divine presence that will transform him forever.

 

Kids and Explosions - Swear Words (France)

Directors: Thomas Vernay, Yann Wallaert

Inspired by GIF, this video clip is about the clichés of American antagonisms: Christian thought, homeland love and excesses of the USA.

 

late for meeting

Director: David Lewandowski

My summer vacation.

 

The Muck

Director: Tony Wash

Laverne arrives home and decides to relax in the bathtub.   She strips down, settles into the tub, and closes her eyes. Serenity at last... or so she thought!  The Muck will leave you never wanting to take a bath again!

 

Pumpkin & Bubby Get in a Fight

Director: Will Carsola

Two friends find themselves defending themselves against the forces of nature.

 

Rat Pack Rat

Director: Todd Rohal

A Sammy Davis, Jr. impersonator, hired to visit with a loyal Rat Pack fan, finds himself delivering last rites at the boy's bedside.

 

Violent Florence (Australia)

Director: Jaime Snyder

Florence rescues a stray cat from a gang of teenagers. After taking the feline to an isolated building, her true intentions emerge.

 

Wawd Ahp

Directors: Steve Girard, Josh Chertoff

Wawd ahp! I'm throwing both birds up. Stick a stick of dynamite up your ass. Now I'm blowing turds up.


MUSIC VIDEOS

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

 

Alagoas - "Brighton"

Director: Jeremiah Zagar

 

Clubfeet - "Everything You Wanted"

Director: Josh Thomas

 

Deathcrush - "Lesson #16 for Beatmaster V/Fun"

Director: Kenneth Karlstad

 

Diplo - "Revolution"

Director: Phil Pinto

 

Floyd, Darling - "A Lake"

Director: Alberto Belli

 

Hiatus - "We can be ghosts now"

Director: Tom Jobbins

 

Joel Compass - "Back to Me"

Director: Ian And Cooper

 

Mgmt - "Cool Song No. 2"

Director: Isaiah Seret

 

My Panda Shall Fly & Adventure Elephant - "Opening Brace"

Director: Chris Toumazou

 

Nekrogoblikon - "No One Survives"

Director: Brandon Dermer

 

Paper Kites - "Young"

Director: Darcy Prendergast

 

Passion Pit - "Cry Like A Ghost"

Director: DANIELS

 

Placebo - "Too Many Friends"

Director: Saman Kesh

 

Raffertie - "Build Me Up"

Director: Vincent Haycock

 

Sandra Kolstad - "Run Away"

Director: Yenni Lee

 

Siriusmo - "Itchy / Cornerboy"

Director: Jakob Grunert

 

Tame Impala - "Mind Mischief"

Director: David Wilson

 

The Vein - "Magma"

Director: Dvein

 

Vitalic - "Fade Away"

Director: Romain Chassaing


TEXAS SHORTS

An offshoot of our regular narrative shorts program, composed of work shot in, about, or somehow relating to the Lone Star state.

 

DIG

Director: Toby Halbrooks

A young girl makes a connection with her father, after watching him dig a hole in their backyard.

 

EASY

Director: Daniel Laabs

A character study about the relationship between two brothers, one on the verge of becoming an adult, the other becoming a teenager, and impact each others choices have on one another.

 

I Was a Teenage Girl

Director: Augustine Frizzell

Emma and Jesse are close friends. One night, after an intense breakup, they have a heartfelt conversation that challenges the boundaries of their friendship in an unexpected way.

 

Molly

Director: Craig Elrod

Denial. Regret. Depression. Foam Party.

 

One Armed Man

Director: Tim Guinee

In Oscar-winning writer Horton Foote’s chilling drama, One Armed Man, a wealthy cotton gin executive is confronted by a disgruntled former employee demanding the return of an arm lost in the gin’s machinery.

 

Road Kill Zoo

Director: Bradley Beesley

Road Kill Zoo follows Abby, a nearly-blind girl who spends her summer saving up to go on a cruise - one dead possum at a time

 

TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL SHORTS

Texas High School students offer a glimpse of a bright future for Texas filmmaking.

 

As We Get Older

Director: Silas Connolly

A short film following Jack, a lost and lonely high school boy, for one weekend. It reflects the emptiness and loss of innocence experienced by a generation who escape reality through drugs and alcohol.


Beautiful

Director: John Byron Hanby, IV

War is tragic on all fronts.

 

Cages

Director: Harrison Chen

A boy is trapped by his fears in his dreams.

 

Cliché

Directors: Joseph Alvarez, Eric Zelaya

Four teenagers on a mission to create the greatest student short film.

 

Cultivation

Director: Tiffany Giraudon

Cultivation is a stopmotion short about young woman and the world that her written words create.

 

Date Night

Director: Nicky Cannon

A teenage boy with a mysterious past latches onto his fellow classmate and is heartbroken when she does not reciprocate. Trouble ensues, as the night grows darker.

 

Ernest

Director: Frankie Chen

Ernest is a short portrait of Katrina survivor, Ernest Lemot, who recounts his life-changing move to Austin, Texas. Featuring Ernest Lemot, Jacquelyn Lemot, Chris McCoy, Joan Winter, Nick Osella. A film by Frankie Chen

 

Evolution

Directors: Alexia Salingaros, Sophia Salingaros

Evolution is a hand drawn animation, which explores the energy and connection of all living things.

 

FROZEN

Directors: Jonathan Zonum, Kyle Curtis

A young man is out for his morning jog when something extraordinary happens...

 

Genetika

Director: Callan Harrison

Genetika is a short film exploring the difficulties of being a transdimensional time traveller.

 

Heartbreak

Director: Eric Stern

Love throws curves, so who can really be trusted? Involved dialogue between friends strikes an uneasy chord.

 

Homecoming: A Texas Tradition

Directors: Sammy Ali, Bridgett Falcone

Everything is bigger in Texas, including a Texas high school homecoming.

 

Ice Cream Truck

Directors: Rania Blaik, Alexander Raphael

Let's go, baby.


Just Skate

Directors: Alicia Tanguma, Brianna Garza

The boy loves to skate.

 

Love, Noted

Directors: Xander McCabe, Jasmine Hashemi

Two young men pursue the same girl and try to find a way to her heart.

 

Lydia

Director: Logan Evans

A mysterious stranger encounters a ghost with which he has unresolved ties.

 

Non Sequitur

Director: Chris Prinz

Build a life, then tear it down.

 

Purple

Directors: Ryker Allen, Isabella Cabello

A Super-8 esque shot, coming of age music video for the song "Purple" performed by San Antonio based band Islands and Tigers.

 

Seawolf

Directors: Caila Pickett, Max Montoya

Seawolf follows a young girl as she travels to different worlds through magical boxes.

 

Spark

Director: Kunal Dixit

A man goes for a walk in the woods

 

Unicorn Council

Directors: Kalen Doyle, Abby Grindstaff

Unicorn Council is a stopmotion short about an evil man-eating cat and the space unicorns that work to save the day. The saviors of the universe have horns and attitudes.

 

A Wrong Note

Director: Josh Leftwich

Some things happen at the worst of times

This article is related to: Festivals, SXSW, South By Southwest Film Conference and Festival (SXSW), Shorts, Short Film, Shorts


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