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SXSW Announces Lineup of Midnighters and Short Films

Photo of Jacob Combs By Jacob Combs | Thompson on Hollywood February 8, 2012 at 3:10PM

The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival unveiled the features to be screened as part of its Midnighters program as well as a complete list of the short films accepted into the fest. This year's SXSW takes place March 9-17 in Austin, Texas.
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The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival unveiled the features to be screened as part of its Midnighters program, as well as a complete list of the short films accepted into the fest.  This year's SXSW takes place March 9-17 in Austin, Texas.

SXSW's Midnighters lineup features films that are, in the words of the festival's senior programmer Jarod Neece, "a bit crazier, gorier, and all-around balls out-ier."  Directors such as Joe Cornish, Ti West and Eli Roth all had their filmmaking debuts as part of the Midnighters program.  This year's lineup includes "[REC]3: Genesis," the third installment in the Spanish horror series about an illness that turns people in violent killing machines; Sundance hit "V/H/S," which follows a ragtag group hired to break into a house in the country who discover a dead body and some unexpected footage when they arrive; and "The Aggression Scale," about four hitmen and two teenagers who go to battle over $500,000 in stolen cash.

A full list of the films to premiere at SXSW's Midnighters this year can be found on the festival's website, along with a list of the 135 short films that were selected for screening.  SXSW will open on March 9 with the premiere screening of Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard's horror film "The Cabin in the Woods."

This article is related to: SXSW, Festivals, Horror , Shorts


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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.