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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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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.


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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.


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


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



Director: Toby Halbrooks

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



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.



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 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.


Director: John Byron Hanby, IV

War is tragic on all fronts.



Director: Harrison Chen

A boy is trapped by his fears in his dreams.



Directors: Joseph Alvarez, Eric Zelaya

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



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.



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



Directors: Alexia Salingaros, Sophia Salingaros

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



Directors: Jonathan Zonum, Kyle Curtis

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



Director: Callan Harrison

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



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.



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.



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.



Directors: Caila Pickett, Max Montoya

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



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

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.