Written by Tracy Fuller
This years film festival will highlight 132 features. The screenings are March 9th – 18th. The festival features 44 films from first-time filmmakers, 86 world premieres, plus 11 North American and 5 U.S. Premieres. Talk about a ton of movies to be screened! Imagine what it was like for the programming team, they had to watch 2,458 different films that were submitted personally by filmmakers.
Here are some films we suggest catching:
Jordan Peele’s The Last O.G. in Episodic
John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place
Kay Cannon’s Blockers in Headliners
Andrew Bujalski’s Support The Girls
Lynn Shelton’s Outside In in Narrative Spotlight
Alison Klayman’s Take Your Pills
Tommy Avallone’s The Bill Murray Stories: Life Lessons Learned From A Mythical Man in Documentary Spotlight
Spike Lee’s Pass Over in Festival Favorites.
Spike Lee will follow an increasing number of impressive speakers including Rian Johnson, Darren Aronofsky, and Barry Jenkins, in the nearby SXSW Conference.
Just in case you were wondering, you don’t necessarily have to have an SXSW Film badge to watch any of these films. According to the SXSW website, if seats still remain after the badges enter, single admission tickets will be sold for $15 starting 15 minutes before showtime. Tickets can be purchased from The Paramount Theatre, Vimeo Theater at the Austin Convention Center and ZACH Theatre.
The entire line-up and synopses below were presented by SXSW can be found here