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SXSW Deal: Oscilloscope Takes Comedy 'Buzzard' by Joel Potrykus (TRAILER)

A few days shy of the 2014 edition of SXSW, Oscilloscope has nabbed comedy "Buzzard," set to make its world premiere at the fest on March 8. Directed by Joel Potrykus, it follows a small-time scam artist who finds himself on a strange journey to Detroit, with only bad checks, a Nintendo Power Glove and his own grumpiness to keep him company.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 4, 2014 12:59 PM
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EXCLUSIVE: Clip from SXSW World Premiere Doc 'Above All Else,' on Fighting the Keystone XL Oil Pipeline

TOH! has scored an exclusive clip from SXSW world premiere doc "Above All Else," following one David Daniel as he attempts to rally neighbors and environmental activists alike to build a tree-top blockade of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. Watch below, plus trailer.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 4, 2014 12:32 PM
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EXCLUSIVE: New Clip from SXSW World Premiere 'Patrick's Day,' Directed by Terry McMahon

Check out this exclusive clip from upcoming SXSW entry "Patrick's Day," set to make its world premiere at the Austin fest on March 8. Written and directed by Terry McMahon ("Charlie Casanova"), the film centers on a schizophrenic young man attempting to build a relationship with a suicidal flight attendant, despite his mother's disapproval of the precarious situation. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 4, 2014 12:01 PM
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EXCLUSIVE: Watch a First Clip from SXSW World Premiere 'Thank You A Lot'

TOH! has scored an exclusive clip to SXSW premiere "Thank You A Lot," centering on a struggling Austin music manager who is facing the possibility of losing his job unless he signs with his reclusive country music father (played by real-life underground country star James Hand). Check it out, below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 3, 2014 12:15 PM
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WATCH: A SXSW Programmer Breaks Down What the 2014 Fest Has In Store

Check out this four-minute interview with SXSW programmer Claudette Godfrey as she breaks down the highlights of this year's fest. Sometimes digging in to a festival's complete lineup can be daunting, especially one as sprawling as South By (with its large music and interactive components, as well as film), and this is a good way to get a quick sense of what the 2014 edition has to offer.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 25, 2014 12:32 PM
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WATCH: Two New Clips from Jason Bateman's SXSW-Bound Spelling Bee Comedy 'Bad Words'

As Jason Bateman's feature directorial debut "Bad Words" prepares to land at SXSW on March 7, two new clips have arrived from the comedy about a 40-year-old who hijacks the pre-teen Golden Quill national spelling bee. Check it all out, below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 24, 2014 2:35 PM
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SXSW Adds Eight New Titles to Lineup, Conversations with Tilda Swinton, Jason Bateman and More

SXSW has revealed today that filmmaker Marc Webb (“The Amazing Spider-Man 2”) will serve as the fourth Keynote on Saturday, March 8, as well as the final eight additional features to screen at the festival. Check out the new selections to the program, below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 12, 2014 1:58 PM
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SXSW Horror Title 'Stage Fright' Goes to Magnolia's Magnet

The genre arm of Magnolia Pictures, Magnet Releasing, has acquired U.S. rights to genre film "Stage Fright," a horror/comedy/musical about "bloodthirsty gorehounds and musical theatre geeks," says rookie writer/director Jerome Sable, whose short “The Legend of Beaver Dam" cut a swath on festival circuit. "Stage Fright," which world premieres in the Midnighters section at March's SXSW Film Festival, stars Allie MacDonald and Douglas Smith, with Minnie Driver and Meat Loaf.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 5, 2014 5:24 PM
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SXSW 2014 Unveils Midnighters and Shorts Lineup

SXSW has rolled out its 2014 Midnighters section, as well as the fest’s complete short film lineup. Check out the program below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 5, 2014 1:58 PM
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Alejandro Jodorowsky's SXSW-Bound 'Dance of Reality' Gets a US Distributor

ABKCO Films announced today that they have acquired domestic theatrical and home entertainment rights to Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky's "The Dance of Reality," his first new film in 23 years.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • February 4, 2014 4:16 PM
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