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¡SXSW anuncia la alineación completa del festival de cine, televisión y música 2021!

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¡SXSW anuncia la alineación completa del festival de cine, televisión y música 2021!

¡SXSW anuncia el programa completo del festival de cine, televisión y música de 2021!

Casi un mes después de darles a los fanáticos un vistazo anticipado de lo que pueden esperar de la conferencia y los festivales de este año, South by Southwest dio a conocer el cartel completo para la 28a edición del Festival de Cine SXSW, incluidos los Headliners de apertura de Demi Lovato: Bailando con el diablo!

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El festival de cine de 2021 incluirá 75 largometrajes, incluidos 57 estrenos mundiales, tres estrenos internacionales, cuatro estrenos en América del Norte, un estreno en Estados Unidos, ocho estrenos en Texas y 53 películas de cineastas principiantes, así como 84 cortometrajes, incluidos videos musicales. , cinco estrenos episódicos. Seis pilotos episódicos, 20 proyectos de cine virtual, 14 borradores de títulos y 30 eventos especiales.

«Fue un año como ningún otro que hemos experimentado y que estuvo marcado por primera vez por la cancelación de SXSW 2020», dijo Janet Pierson, directora de cine, en un comunicado. “Nos sentimos privilegiados de poder cambiar a SXSW Online y presentar un fantástico tesoro de programas, incluida una selección reducida y maravillosa de películas que sabemos que deleitarán, entretendrán y conmoverán a nuestros asistentes. SXSW Online ofrece a los participantes un evento multifacético que aborda tantas áreas de creatividad en una experiencia de cinco días que todos pueden acceder a él a través de sus computadoras portátiles, teléfonos y televisores. Si bien no tendremos el maravilloso SXSW personal que conocemos y amamos, podemos reunirnos para inspirarnos en el trabajo. «

El SXSW de este año comenzará siete películas simultáneamente en pasos de dos horas de 10 a.m. a 8 p.m. CST, con la mayoría de las películas iniciales con acceso global y sin restricciones de capacidad de audiencia en los primeros tres días. Una vez que una película está disponible, seguirá estando disponible si es necesario hasta que alcance la capacidad de audiencia o el evento finalice. Sin embargo, muchas películas no tienen restricciones de capacidad y están disponibles durante la duración del evento. Si bien SXSW es ​​un evento global, ciertas películas solo son accesibles en los Estados Unidos debido a los derechos y / o discreción del cineasta o distribuidor.

Para la experiencia en línea SXSW de este año, el festival ofrece una gama de plataformas para web, dispositivos móviles y TV, incluida una aplicación de TV conectada, a la que se accede a través de Apple TV, Roku, Fire TV, Android TV y Samsung TV y que ofrece cuatro funciones en el canales al mismo tiempo seleccionados por programadores de SXSW, así como más de 600 películas bajo demanda, sesiones de conferencias, presentaciones de comedia y música en vivo. La plataforma en línea Swapcard estará disponible a través de navegadores y aplicaciones móviles.

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El programa completo del Festival de Cine SXSW 2021 es el siguiente:

TITULARES
Los cabezas de cartel de este año: películas de apertura y cierre y una película central con eventos especiales asociados en nuestro canal en vivo.

Demi Lovato: Bailando con el diablo
Director: Michael D. Ratner, Productor: Marc Ambrose
Demi Lovato: Bailando con el diablo es un poderoso evento documental de YouTube Originals que explora todos los aspectos que llevaron a la sobredosis casi fatal de Lovato en 2018 y sus secuelas. (Estreno mundial) (película de apertura)

Solos juntos
Dirigida por Bradley Bell, Pablo Jones-Soler, productores: Ross Levine, Emmie Lichtenberg, Brian Ferenchik
Charli XCX, una estrella del pop en cuarentena, se embarca en un viaje creativo y romántico mientras hace un álbum en 40 días que une a una comunidad de todo el mundo. (Estreno mundial) (Película de la noche de clausura)

Tom Petty, siéntete libre en alguna parte
Directora: Mary Wharton, Productora: Peter Afterman
Extraído de un archivo recientemente descubierto de una película de 16 mm que muestra a Tom Petty trabajando en su disco de 1994 Flores silvestres, considerado por muchos incluyendo Piedra rodante para ser su mejor disco de todos los tiempos Te sientes libre en alguna parte es una vista íntima de un icono musical. (Estreno mundial) (película central)

CONCURSO DE ARTÍCULOS NARRATIVOS
Ocho estrenos mundiales, ocho formas únicas de celebrar el arte de contar historias.

Aquí antes (Reino Unido)
Director / Guionista: Stacey Gregg, Productor: Sophie Vickers
Después de que nuevos vecinos se mudan a la casa de al lado, una madre en duelo comienza a cuestionar su realidad en este perturbador thriller psicológico. Lista de reparto: Andrea Riseborough, Martin McCann, Jonjo O’Neill, Eileen O’Higgins (Estreno mundial)

Yo estoy bien gracias por preguntar)
Directores: Kelley Kali, Angelique Molina, Guionistas: Kelley Kali, Angelique Molina, Roma Kong, Productores: Roma Kong, Angelique Molina, Kelley Kali, Capella Fahoome
Cuando una madre que acaba de enviudar se queda sin hogar, convence a su hija de 8 años de que van a acampar por diversión mientras trabajan para sacarla de las calles. Lista de reparto: Kelley Kali, Wesley Moss, Deon Cole, Brooklynn Marie, Steven Ira Scipio, Andrew Galvan, Lamar Usher, Brian Brooks II, Jacolyn Holmes, Xing-Mai Deng (Estreno mundial)

Islas (Canadá)
Director / Guionista: Martin Edralin, Productor: Martin Edralin, Priscilla Galvez
Joshua, un inmigrante filipino tímido que se acerca a los 50, vivió en la casa de sus padres toda su vida. Con sus padres en la vejez, le pide a Dios un compañero que tenga miedo de quedarse solo después de su muerte. Reparto: Rogelio Balagtas, Sheila Lotuaco, Esteban Comilang, Vangie Alcasid, Pablo Quiogue, Isys Szuky, Maximus Szuky (Estreno mundial)

Nuestro Padre
Director / Guionista: Bradley Grant Smith, Productores: Alex Thompson, Ian Keizer, Steven Callas
En un intento final de forjar un vínculo significativo, las hermanas Beta y Zelda van en busca de su misterioso tío Jerry. Lista de reparto: Baize Buzan, Allison Torem, Austin Pendleton, Corey Hendrix, Tim Hopper, Ann Whitney, Keith Kupferer, Guy Massey, Lance Baker y D’Wayne Taylor (Estreno mundial)

Sueños de papa de América
Director / Guionista: Wes Hurley, Productor: Mischa Jakupcak, Wes Hurley
Una historia real sobre un niño gay que creció en la URSS en colapso, su valiente madre prometida por correo y su aventurera escapada a Seattle en los años 90. Lista de actores: Marya Sea Kaminski, Dan Lauria, Tyler Bocock, Lea DeLaria, Sera Barbieri, Hersh Powers, Jonathan Bennett, Sophia Mitri Schloss, Cynthia Lauren Tewes, James Grixoni (Estreno mundial)

El fin de nosotros
Directores / Guionistas: Henry Loevner, Steven Kanter, Productores: Claudia Restrepo, Henry Loevner, Steven Kanter, Lovell Holder
Después de una ruptura salvaje, dos ex deben continuar viviendo juntos cuando California haga su pedido de COVID-19. Ahora intentarán seguir adelante sin moverse. Reparto: Ben Coleman, Ali Vingiano, Derrick DeBlasis, Gadiel Del Orbe, Kate Peterman, Colin Weatherby, Caroline Kwan, Will Neff, Jesse Benjamin y Claudia Restrepo (Estreno mundial)

Las consecuencias
Director / Guionista: Megan Park, Productores: David Brown, Rebecca Miller, Cara Shine, Joannie Burstein, Shaun Sanghani
La escuela secundaria Vada navega a través de las secuelas emocionales de una tragedia en la escuela. Las relaciones con su familia, amigos y la forma en que ven el mundo han cambiado para siempre. Reparto: Jenna Ortega, Maddie Ziegler, Niles Fitch, Will Ropp, Lumi Pollack, John Ortiz, Julie Bowen y Shailene Woodley (Estreno mundial)

Las mujeres son perdedoras
Director / guionista / productor: Lissette Feliciano
En la década de 1960, San Francisco, una estudiante católica una vez prometedora, Celina Guerrera (Lorenza Izzo), se propone superar la supresión de la pobreza e invertir en un futuro para sí misma que sienta nuevos precedentes para este tiempo. Lista de casting: Lorenza Izzo, Bryan Craig, Chrissie Fit, Simu Liu, Steven Bauer, Liza Weil, Cranston Johnson, Alejandra Miranda, Shalim Ortiz, Lincoln Bonilla (Estreno mundial)

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COMPETENCIA DOCUMENTAL FUNCIONAL
Ocho estrenos mundiales: ocho historias del mundo real que demuestran innovación, energía y voces audaces.

Te presentamos: Selma Blair
Director: Rachel Fleit, Productor: Mickey Liddell, Pete Shilaimon, Troy Nankin
Te presentamos: Selma Blair es un retrato profundamente íntimo y crudo de la actriz después de que le diagnosticaron esclerosis múltiple y hace esfuerzos valientes y arriesgados para frenar la progresión de su enfermedad. Para la actriz célebre pero a menudo solidaria, su papel principal finalmente está aquí: solo tenía que presentarse y darse un abrazo completo.
(Estreno mundial)

Candidato infantil
Directora: Jasmine Stodel, productores: Jasmine Stodel, Chevis LaBelle, William Dorrien-Smith
Candidato infantil cuenta la historia de Hayden Pedigo, un músico experimental de 24 años, y su improbable candidatura al Ayuntamiento de Amarillo después de que su video de campaña de parodia inspirado en Harmony Korine se volviera viral. (Estreno mundial)

Lily derroca al mundo
Dirigida por Jeremy Workman, productores: Jeremy Workman, Robert J. Lyons
Lily derroca al mundo sigue a Lily Hevesh, de 20 años, la derribadora de dominó más famosa del mundo y la única mujer en su campo, en una historia de artesanía, pasión y el triunfo improbable. Producida por Kelly Marie Tran. (Estreno mundial)

No te vayas en silencio
Director: Nicholas Bruckman, Guion: Nicholas Bruckman, Amanda Roddy, Productor: Amanda Roddy
Cuando un padre joven tiene la oportunidad de conocer a un poderoso senador en un avión, su intercambio se vuelve viral y desencadena uno de los movimientos políticos más inverosímiles de una generación. (Estreno mundial)

Los capos de Oxy
Director: Brendan FitzGerald, productores: Drea Bernardi, Brendan FitzGerald, Nick August-Perna
Los capos de Oxy cubre la historia no contada de cómo una red de fabricantes, distribuidores y minoristas farmacéuticos trabajaron juntos para orquestar y perpetuar la crisis de los opioides que ha matado a más de medio millón de personas en Estados Unidos. (Estreno mundial)

El regreso: la vida después de ISIS (España, Reino Unido)
Directora / guionista: Alba Sotorra Clua, productoras: Alba Sotorra Clua, Vesna Cudic
Shamima Begum (Reino Unido) y Hoda Muthana (Estados Unidos) fueron noticia mundial cuando dejaron sus países cuando eran adolescentes para unirse al ISIS. Ahora quieren regresar, pero no quieren que sus países regresen. (Estreno mundial)

Sujetos de deseo (Canadá)
Director / Escritor: Jennifer Holness, Productor: Jennifer Holness, Sudz Sutherland
Sujetos de deseo es una película que invita a la reflexión y que examina el cambio cultural en los estándares de belleza hacia la adopción (o apropiación) de la estética y los rasgos negros, deconstruyendo lo que entendemos sobre la raza y el poder detrás de la belleza. (Estreno mundial)

Estados Unidos versus ganador de la realidad
Directora: Sonia Kennebeck, productora: Ines Hofmann Kanna
Un estado de secretos y una búsqueda despiadada de denunciantes: esta es la historia del ganador del reality de 25 años, quien filtró un documento a los medios sobre la interferencia de Rusia en las elecciones y se convirtió en el objetivo de filtración número uno de la administración Trump. (Estreno mundial)

DESTACADO NARRATIVO
Características narrativas de primera clase que tienen sus estrenos mundiales, internacionales, norteamericanos, estadounidenses o de Texas en SXSW.

La esposa del conductor: La leyenda de Molly Johnson (Australia)
Director / Guionista: Leah Purcell, Productores: Bain Stewart, David Jowsey, Angela Littlejohn, Greer Simpkin, Leah Purcell
La esposa del conductor: La leyenda de Molly Johnson es una reinterpretación de la aclamada obra de Leah Purcell y el cuento clásico de Henry Lawson. Un ardiente thriller del oeste australiano que plantea la pregunta: ¿Hasta dónde llega para proteger a sus seres queridos? Lista de reparto: Leah Purcell, Rob Collins, Sam Reid, Jessica De Gouw y Malachi Dower-Roberts (Estreno mundial)

Los fabulosos hermanos filipinos (Filipinas, Estados Unidos)
Dirección: Dante Basco, guionistas: Dante Basco, Darion Basco, Dionysio Basco, Arianna Basco, productores: Joan Banaga, Rawn Erickson II, Dante Basco, Rom Reyes, Sienna Olazo, Belay A Santillan, Guido Zaballero
Desde el norte de California hasta Filipinas, cuatro hermanos enfrentan sus problemas de amor, familia y cultura para crear una boda filipina muy controvertida. Narrado en cuatro viñetas con peleas de gallos, adulterio, romance, comida y familia. Reparto: Dante Basco, Derek Basco, Dionysio Basco, Darion Basco, Solenn Heussaff, Liza Lapira, Tirso Cruz III, Cheryl Tsai, Arriana Basco, Joe Jitsukawa (Estreno mundial)

Lecciones de idioma
Dirigida por Natalie Morales, guionistas: Mark Duplass, Natalie Morales, productor: Mel Eslyn
Una profesora de español y su alumno desarrollan una amistad inesperada. Lista de reparto: Natalie Morales, Mark Duplass, Desean Terry, Christine Quesada (Norteamericana)

Ludi
Dirigida por Edson Jean, Guionistas: Edson Jean, Joshua Jean-Baptiste, Productores: Fabiola Rodriguez, Mark Pulaski
Ludi, una enfermera trabajadora y exhausta, lucha contra empleados, clientes y un conductor de autobús impaciente para aprender su autoestima mientras persigue el sueño americano en el vecindario Little Haiti de Miami. Lista de reparto: Shein Mompremier, Alan Myles Heyman, Madelin Marchant, Success St. Fleur Jr., Kerline Alce, además de Pierre, Patrice DeGraff Arenas, Farah Larrieux (Estreno en Texas)

La pausa del almuerzo mortal de Paul Dood (Reino Unido)
Dirigida por Nick Gillespie, guionista: Brook Driver, Matt White, Nick Gillespie, productor: Finn Bruce
Cuando las posibilidades de Paul de ganar una competencia nacional de talentos se arruinan y sus sueños de fama se hacen añicos, ¡planea una venganza mortal! ¡1 almuerzo, 5 asesinatos espectaculares! ¡Cualquier malhechor debidamente despachado por el brillante Pablo! Lista de reparto: Tom Meeten, Katherine Parkinson, Kris Marshall, Alice Lowe, Mandeep Dhillon, Johnny Vegas, Steve Oram, Craig Parkinson, Kevin Bishop, Pippa Haywood (Estreno mundial)

Restauracion
Dirigida por Mallory Everton, Stephen Meek, guionistas: Whitney Call, Mallory Everton, productores: Scott Christopherson, Stephen Meek, Abi Nielson Hunsaker
Dos hermanas sin rumbo afrontan un viaje por carretera a través del país para salvar a su abuela de un brote de COVID en su hogar de ancianos. Lista de reparto: Whitney Call, Mallory Everton, Anne Sward Hansen, Julia Jolley, Baylee Thornock, Jessica Drolet, Stephen Meek, Tyler Andrew Jones, Noah Kershisnik, Justin Call (Estreno mundial)

Nos vemos
Dirección: Mari Walker, Guionistas: Kristen Uno, Mari Walker, Productores: Mia Schulman, Kristen Uno, Mari Walker
Una década después de su repentina ruptura con Naomi, Kris la invita a cenar para aprender sobre su complicada vida, sus relaciones y la transición de Kris. Lista de reparto: Pooya Mohseni, Lynn Chen, Nican Robinson, Danny Jacobs, Nikohl Boosheri (Estreno en Estados Unidos)

canción del cisne
Director / Guionista: Todd Stephens, Productores: Todd Stephens, Eric Eisenbrey, Tim Kaltenecker, Stephen Israel
Un peluquero envejecido (Udo Kier) escapa de su hogar de ancianos y emprende una odisea por su pequeño pueblo para peinar el cabello de una mujer muerta para su funeral y redescubrir su brillo en el proceso. Lista de reparto: Udo Kier, Jennifer Coolidge, Linda Evans, Michael Urie, Ira Hawkins, Stephanie McVay (Estreno mundial)

FOCO DOCUMENTAL
Arrojamos luz sobre nuevos documentales que tendrán su estreno mundial, internacional, norteamericano o estadounidense en SXSW.

Alien en el escenario (Reino Unido)
Directores / Productores: Danielle Kummer, Lucy Harvey
Espectáculo amateur en el escenario del conductor de autobús británico Ridley Scott extraterrestreaccidentalmente llega a un famoso teatro de Londres. ¿Su homenaje casero estará bien por la noche cuando la actuación incómoda y los efectos especiales requieran suerte que juicio? (Estreno internacional)

Frutos del trabajo
Directora: Emily Cohen Ibañez, Guionista: Ashley Solis Pavon, Emily Cohen Ibañez Productora: Emily Cohen Ibañez
Una trabajadora agrícola mexicana-estadounidense adolescente sueña con dejar la escuela secundaria cuando las redadas de ICE amenazan a su comunidad para separar a su familia y obligarla a convertirse en el sostén de su familia. (Estreno mundial)

La caza del planeta B.
Director: Nathaniel Kahn, Productor: Bonnie Hlinomaz, Nathaniel Kahn
Llévanos detrás de escena con el telescopio espacial James Webb de la NASA. La caza del planeta B. sigue a un grupo pionero de científicos, muchos de ellos mujeres, en su búsqueda de otra tierra bajo las estrellas. (Estreno mundial)

Histérico
Directora: Andrea Nevins, Productores: Ross Dinerstein, Rebecca Evans, Carolina Groppa
Histérico es un pase tras bambalinas honesto y divertido a las vidas de algunas de las mujeres más transfronterizas del monólogo, que explora el viaje altamente competitivo para convertirse en las voces de su generación y género. Con Margaret Cho, Fortune Feimster, Rachel Feinstein, Marina Franklin, Nikki Glaser, Judy Gold, Kathy Griffin, Jessica Kirson, Sherri Shepherd, Iliza Shlesinger y más. Disponible en FX en 2021 (estreno mundial)

Los hijos pródigos
Directora: Ursula Macfarlane, productora: Gagan Rehill
1960 Chicago, un bebé es secuestrado de un hospital. Quince meses después, un niño pequeño es abandonado. ¿Podría ser el mismo bebé? En una historia de impresionantes giros y vueltas, dos acertijos comienzan a resolverse y se revelan oscuros secretos familiares. (Estreno mundial)

Mau (Austria, Estados Unidos)
Dirección: Benji Bergmann, Jono Bergmann, productor: Karol Martesko-Fenster
Mau sigue la historia poco probable del visionario del diseño Bruce Mau y su impulso siempre optimista por un cambio masivo. (Estreno mundial)

Spring Valley
Dirigida por Garrett Zevgetis, productores: Chico Colvard, Jeff Consiglio, Ariana Garfinkel
Un video viral explosivo muestra a un policía blanco pateando a una adolescente negra de su pupitre. Una mujer desarraiga su vida para ayudar a la niña a enfrentarse al oficial y desmantelar el sistema detrás del «ataque en Spring Valley». (Estreno mundial)

WeWork: o la creación y destrucción de un unicornio de 47.000 millones de dólares
Director: Jed Rothstein, Productor: Ross Dinerstein
WeWork: o la creación y destrucción de un unicornio de 47.000 millones de dólares explora el ascenso y caída de una de las mayores burbujas de capital de riesgo y llama corporativa en los últimos años: la historia de WeWork y su líder mesiánico hippie Adam Neumann. (Estreno mundial)

Cuando le dispararon a Claude
Director: Brad Lichtenstein, Productor: Steven Cantor, Brad Lichtenstein, Jamie Schutz, Santana Wilson (coproductor)
La vida de tres desconocidos está indisolublemente ligada a un fin de semana lleno de violencia armada. (Estreno mundial)

Quiénes somos: una crónica del racismo en Estados Unidos
Dirigida por Emily Kunstler, Sarah Kunstler, Guionista: Jeffery Robinson, Productor: Jeffery Robinson, Emily Kunstler, Sarah Kunstler
La desgarradora conferencia del abogado de la ACLU, Jeffery Robinson, sobre la historia del racismo estadounidense contra los negros está entretejida con imágenes de archivo, entrevistas y la historia de Robinson que explora el legado de la supremacía blanca y nuestra responsabilidad colectiva para superarlo. (Estreno mundial)

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MEDIANOCHE
Aterrador, divertido, sexy, controvertido: ocho características provocativas para después del anochecer para noctámbulos y curiosos incurables.

Intrusión de señal de transmisión
Dirigida por Jacob Gentry, guionistas: Phil Drinkwater, Tim Woodall, productores: Greg Newman, Brett Hays, Giles Edwards, Nicola Goelzhaeuser
A fines de la década de 1990, un archivero de videos descubrió una serie de transmisiones piratas siniestras y se obsesionó con descubrir la oscura conspiración detrás de ellas. Lista de actores: Harry Shum Jr., Kelley Mack, Chris Sullivan, Jennifer Jelsema, Arif Yampolsky, Justin Welborn, Michael B. Woods, Steve Pringle (Estreno mundial)

La fiesta (Reino Unido)
Dirigida por Lee-Haven Jones, Guionista / Productor: Roger Williams
Una noche, una familia adinerada se reúne para una suntuosa cena con invitados en su suntuosa casa en las montañas de Gales. El grupo reunido, atendido por una joven misteriosamente inquietante, no se da cuenta de que va a comer su última cena. Reparto: Anne Elwy, Nia Roberts, Julian Lewis Jones, Steffan Cennydd, Sion Alun Davies, Lisa Palfrey y Rhodri Meilir (Estreno mundial)

Gaia (Sudáfrica)
Director: Jaco Bouwer, guionista: Tertius Kapp, productor: Tertius Kapp, Jorrie van der Walt, Jaco Bouwer
Algo ha crecido en las profundidades de un bosque viejo. Un poco más viejo que la humanidad misma y tal vez más grande. Cuando un guardaparque descubre a un hombre que vive en la naturaleza y a su hijo, descubre un secreto que cambiará el mundo. Reparto: Monique Rockman, Carel Nel, Alex van Dyk y Anthony Oseyemi (Estreno mundial)

Esposa de Jacob
Dirigida por Travis Stevens, guionistas: Travis Stevens, Kathy Charles, Mark Steensland, productores: Barbara Crampton, Bob Portal, Travis Stevens, Inderpal Singh
La desaparición de una joven amenaza con cambiar para siempre la vida beis y banal de Anne Fedder (Barbara Crampton) y su esposo pastor Jakob Fedder (Larry Fessenden). Lista de reparto: Barbara Crampton, Larry Fessenden, Bonnie Aarons, Mark Kelly, Sarah Lind, Robert Rusler, Nyisha Bell, Phil Brooks (Estreno mundial)

Fuera de temporada
Director / Guionista: Mickey Keating, Productor: Eric B. Fleischman, Maurice Fadida
Después de recibir una carta misteriosa, una mujer viaja a un pueblo isleño abandonado y pronto se encuentra en una pesadilla. Lista de reparto: Joe Swanberg, Jocelin Donahue, Melora Walters, Richard Brake, Jeremy Gardner (Estreno mundial)

Sonido de violencia (Finlandia, Estados Unidos)
Director / Guionista: Alex Noyer, Productor: Hannu Aukia, Alex Noyer
Una niña se recupera y adquiere habilidades sinestésicas durante el brutal asesinato de su familia. Como adulta, encuentra consuelo en los sonidos del asalto y sigue una carrera en la música componiendo su obra maestra a través de horribles asesinatos. Reparto: Jasmin Savoy Brown, Lili Simmons, James Jagger y Tessa Munro (Estreno mundial)

La parte de atrás de la noche
Directores / Guionistas: Philip Gelatt, Morgan Galen King, Productores: Will Battersby, Philip Gelatt, Jean Rattle
En esta violenta fantasía épica, la antigua magia oscura cae en manos siniestras y desata siglos de sufrimiento en la humanidad. Un grupo de héroes de diferentes épocas y culturas debe unirse para derrotarlos a toda costa. Lista de reparto: Richard E. Grant, Lucy Lawless, Patton Oswalt, Betty Gabriel, Joe Manganiello, Larry Fessenden, Nina Lisandrello, Abby Savage, Tom Lipinski, Patrick Breen (Estreno mundial)

Woodlands Dark y Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror
Director / Guionista: Kier-La Janisse, Productores: Kier-La Janisse, David Gregory, Winnie Cheung
Woodlands Días oscuros y días hechizados es el primer documental de larga duración sobre la historia del horror popular desde la década de 1960 hasta la actualidad. (Estreno mundial)

FAVORITOS DEL FESTIVAL
Excelencia reconocida y estrenos seleccionados de festivales de todo el mundo.

Estimado Sr. Brody
Dirigida por Keith Maitland, productores: Melissa Robyn Glassman, Megan Gilbride, Keith Maitland, Sarah Wilson
Un viaje psicodélico al corazón (y la cuenta bancaria) de Michael Brody, Jr., el millonario hippie que ofreció la paz mundial por el precio de un sello postal. (Estreno en Texas)

Como termina
Directores / Guionistas / Productores: Daryl Wein, Zoe Lister-Jones
En el último día en la tierra, una mujer hace un viaje por Los Ángeles para llegar a su última fiesta antes de que se acabe el mundo, y se encuentra con un grupo ecléctico de personajes en el proceso. Reparto: Zoe Lister-Jones, Cailee Spaeny, Nick Kroll, Olivia Wilde, Helen Hunt, Lamorne Morris, Fred Armisen, Bradley Whitford, Charlie Day y Whitney Cummings

En el mismo aliento
Dirigida por Nanfu Wang, productores: Nanfu Wang, Jialing Zhang, Julie Goldman, Christopher Clements, Carolyn Hepburn
Nanfu Wang es profundamente personal En el mismo aliento habla de los orígenes y la propagación del nuevo coronavirus desde los primeros días del brote en Wuhan hasta su alboroto en los Estados Unidos. (Estreno en Texas)

Ma Belle, mi belleza
Director / Guionista: Marion Hill, Productores: Ben Matheny, Kelsey Scult, Marion Hill
Un sorprendente reencuentro en el sur de Francia despierta pasiones y celos entre dos mujeres que solían ser amantes poliamorosas. Reparto: Idella Johnson, Hannah Pepper, Lucien Guignard y Sivan Noam Shimon (Estreno en Texas)

R # J.
Dirigida por Carey Williams, Guionistas: Carey Williams, Rickie Castaneda, Productores: Timur Bekmambetov, Igor Tsay
Una revisión de Romeo y Julietacon un elenco diverso en los papeles clásicos de Shakespeare. Esta versión moderna se cuenta por teléfono y es una combinación del diálogo de Shakespeare con la comunicación actual de las redes sociales. Reparto: Camaron Engels, Francesca Noel, RJ Tinler, Diego Tinoco, Russell Hornsby, Siddiq Saunderson (Estreno en Texas)

violación (Canadá)
Directores / Guionistas / Productores: Madeleine Sims-Fewer, Dusty Mancinelli
Una mujer preocupada al borde del divorcio regresa con su hermana menor años después. Pero cuando su hermana y su cuñado traicionan su confianza, ella se embarca en una cruel cruzada de venganza. Reparto: Madeleine Sims-Fewer, Anna Maguire, Jesse LaVercombe, Obi Abili, Jasmin Geljo y Cynthia Ashperger (Estreno en Texas)

VISIONES
Los realizadores de Visions son artistas audaces y arriesgados en el nuevo panorama del cine que demuestran innovación y creatividad en bruto en el cine documental y narrativo.

Ayar
Dirigida por Floyd Russ, Guionistas: Ariana Ron Pedrique, Floyd Russ, Vilma Vega, Productores: Kara Durrett, Floyd Russ, Corey Waters, Andy Coverdale
Ayar, una latina estadounidense de primera generación, regresa a casa para reunirse con su hija. Sin embargo, cuando su madre Renata se niega a verla debido a Covid, Ayar se enfrenta a los muchos papeles que tuvo que interpretar, incluido el papel en esta película. Reparto: Ariana Ron Pedrique, Vilma Vega, Henry Foster Brown, Simon Haycock, Calliah Sophie Estrada, Pete Pano, Briza Covarrubias, Ceasar Hartman, Jay Lawrence Kiman, Frances Fuches (Estreno mundial)

Delia Derbyshire – Los mitos y las cintas legendarias (Reino Unido)
Director / guionista: Caroline Catz, productor: Andy Starke
Ein Porträt des Charakters und Erbes der Pionierin des elektronischen Klangs, Delia Derbyshire, die 1963 die Melodie von Dr Who Theme realisierte und die Idee untersucht, dass dieser außergewöhnliche Komponist außerhalb von Zeit und Raum lebte, wie andere Menschen es erleben. Mit Caroline Catz, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Tom Meeten, Richard Glover, Saskia Reeves und Michael Higgs. (Internationale Premiere)

Zwischen Mädchen
Regisseur / Drehbuchautor: Mei Makino, Produzenten: Matt Stryker, Connor Pickens, Emily Gollahon, Kate Gollahon, Udoy Rahim
Die jugendliche Künstlerin Angie Chen wendet sich nach der plötzlichen Scheidung ihrer Eltern heimlichen Kontakten mit dem Herzensbrecher ihrer Privatschule zu. Besetzungsliste: Emma Galbraith, William Magnuson, Emily Garrett, Lizabeth Waters, KaiChow Lau, Thanh Phuong Bui, Shanshan Jin, Kelsey Buckley (Weltpremiere)

Durch das Plexiglas: Die letzten Tage des San Jose
Regie: Liz Lambert, Produzenten: Liz Lambert, Tina Gazzerro Clapp, Ariel Quintans
Der Dokumentarfilm erzählt die Geschichte eines unerwarteten Umweges eines Immobiliengeschäfts – einer, der die Gentrifizierung von Austins angesagtestem Viertel auslöste – und enthüllt Schichten knorriger, unbeantwortbarer Fragen, die heute aktueller denn je sind. (Weltpremiere)

Twyla bewegt sich
Regie: Steven Cantor, Produzenten: Steven Cantor, Jamie Schutz
Verwoben mit ihrer Karriere und ihren produktiven Werken, Twyla bewegt sich Die legendäre Choreografin Twyla Tharp steuert ihre neueste kreative Herausforderung: einen Tanz für eine Welt zu machen, die von der Covid-19-Pandemie heimgesucht wird. (Weltpremiere)

24 BEATS PRO ZWEITER
Präsentation der Klänge, Kultur und des Einflusses von Musik und Musikern mit Schwerpunkt auf Dokumentarfilm.

Zerfallsschleifen
Regisseur / Drehbuchautor: David Wexler, Produzenten: David Wexler, Bradford Coleman
Als der 20. Jahrestag des 11. September näher rückt, denkt William Basinski über das dauerhafte Erbe von nach Die Zerfallsschleifen (seine Elegie zu den Angriffen von 2001), während er inmitten von COVID-19 unter Quarantäne gestellt wird. (Weltpremiere)

Ich ging zum Tanz / J’ai Été Au Bal
Regie: Les Blank, Chris Strachwitz, Produzent: Chris Strachwitz
Wunderschöne 5K-Restaurierung des berühmten Films über die Geschichte der Musik von Cajun und Creole / Zydeco im Südwesten von Louisiana. Aufregende Auftritte von Clifton Chenier, Marc und Ann Savoy, BeauSoleil und anderen. Von Les Blank, Chris Strachwitz und Maureen Gosling (Weltpremiere)

Poly Styrol: Ich bin ein Klischee (Vereinigtes Königreich)
Regie: Paul Sng, Celeste Bell, Drehbuchautoren: Celeste Bell, Zoë Howe, Produzenten: Rebecca Mark-Lawson, Matthew Silverman, Daria Nitsche
Der Tod der Punk-Ikone und der Frontfrau von X-Ray Spex, Poly Styrene, schickt ihre Tochter auf eine Reise um die Welt und durch die Archive ihrer Mutter, um ihre angespannte Beziehung in Einklang zu bringen. (Nordamerikanische Premiere)

Soja Cubana
Regie: Jeremy Ungar, Ivaylo Getov, Drehbuchautoren: Agustín Rexach Martín, Ivaylo Getov, Jeremy Ungar, Produzent: Robin Miller Ungar
Wenn die Vocal Vidas, ein rein weibliches kubanisches Quartett, zu ihrer ersten Show in den USA eingeladen werden, wird ein einfaches Konzert zu einer Reise über physische und ideologische Grenzen hinweg – was die Verbindungskraft der Musik auch in den ungewissesten Zeiten bestätigt. (Weltpremiere)

Unter dem Vulkan (Australien)
Regie: Gracie Otto, Drehbuchautoren: Cody Greenwood, Gracie Otto, Ian Shadwell, Produzenten: Cody Greenwood, Richard Harris
Die Geschichte von George Martins AIR Studios Montserrat und der Insel, die die Musik für immer verändert hat. Mit Interviews mit Sting, Mark Knopfler, Nick Rhodes, Jimmy Buffett, Verdine White, Tony Lommi, Stewart Copeland, Guy Fletcher, Midge Ure und Roger Glover. (Weltpremiere)

GLOBAL
Eine vielfältige Auswahl internationaler Filmtalente mit innovativen Erzählungen, kunstvollen Dokumentarfilmen, Premieren, Festivalfavoriten und vielem mehr.

Bantú Mama (Dominikanische Republik)
Regie: Ivan Herrera, Drehbuchautoren: Clarisse Albrecht, Ivan Herrera, Produzenten: Ivan Herrera, Nicolas LaMadrid, Franmiris Lombert
Eine afropäische Frau entkommt, nachdem sie in der Dominikanischen Republik festgenommen wurde. Sie wird von einer Gruppe Minderjähriger in einem gefährlichen Viertel von Santo Domingo geschützt. Indem sie ihre Schützling und Mutterfigur wird, wird sie sehen, wie sich ihr Schicksal unaufhaltsam ändert. Besetzungsliste: Clarisse Albrecht, Scarlett Reyes, Arturo Perez, Euris Javiel, Donis Taveras, Jarold Santos (Weltpremiere)

Mit niemandem ficken (Finnland)
Regie: Hannaleena Hauru, Drehbuchautoren: Hannaleena Hauru, Lasse Poser, Produzenten: Emilia Haukka, Jussi Rantamäki
Hanna ist Filmregisseurin. Sie verliert ihren Traumjob an ihren Rivalen Kristian, der viel beliebter und nicht Single ist. Daher beschließt sie, auf Instagram eine Parodie-Romanze zu erstellen, um das Bild, das man der Gesellschaft bietet, in Frage zu stellen. Diese gefälschte Romanze wird unerwartete Auswirkungen haben. Besetzungsliste: Hannaleena Hauru, Samuel Kujala, Lasse Poser (Nordamerikanische Premiere)

Luchadoras (Deutschland / Mexiko)
Regie: Paola Calvo, Patrick Jasim, Drehbuchautoren: Patrick Jasim, Paola Calvo, Phillip Kaminiak, Produzent: Phillip Kaminiak
Luchadoras porträtiert die mutigen Wrestlerinnen von Ciudad Juárez, einer Stadt, die für ihre hohe Mordrate an Frauen bekannt ist – die im Ring und in ihrem täglichen Leben darum kämpfen, das Bild davon neu zu definieren, was es bedeutet, eine Frau in Mexiko zu sein. (Weltpremiere)

Ninjababy (Norwegen)
Regie: Yngvild Sve Flikke, Drehbuchautor: Johan Fasting, Produzent: Yngve Sæther
Als Rakel (23) viel zu spät herausfindet, dass sie im sechsten Monat nach einem nicht so romantischen One-Night-Stand schwanger ist, verändert sich ihre Welt. Besetzungsliste: Kristine Thorp, Arthur Berning, Nader Khademi, Tora Christine Dietrichson (Internationale Premiere)

Gefangen (Ägypten)
Regie: Manal Khaled, Drehbuchautoren: Manal Khaled, Rasha Azab, Produzent: Manal Khaled
Gefangen dreht sich um eine Reihe von Frauen aus verschiedenen Lebensbereichen, deren Schicksal miteinander verbunden ist; alles unter einer Belagerung sein. As the events unfold, their own personal stories reflect on a far bigger siege that depicts the shackles imposed by a patriarchal society. Cast List: Coroline Khalil, Reem Hegab, Osama Abo El Ata, Ne’ma Mohsen, Mona Mokhtar, Sara’a Jebel (World Premiere)

2020 SPOTLIGHT
Exciting Narrative, Documentary and Episodic projects from across our sections from the 2020 edition of the SXSW Film Festival.

Best Summer Ever
Directors: Michael Parks Randa, Lauren Smitelli, Screenwriters: Michael Parks Randa, Will Halby, Terra Mackintosh, Andrew Pilkington, Lauren Smitelli, Producers: Andrew Pilkington, Katie White, Terra Mackintosh, Leah Romond, Jake Sharpless
A fresh and exhilarating take on the beloved teen musical genre featuring eight original songs and a fully integrated cast and crew of people with and without disabilities. Cast List: Shannon DeVido, Rickey Wilson Jr., MuMu, Jacob Waltuck, Emily Kranking, Eileen Grubba, Holly Palmer, Ajani “AJ” Murray, Lawerence Carter-Long, Bradford Hayes (Texas Premiere)

Tschad
Showrunner/Screenwriter: Nasim Pedrad, Director: Rhys Thomas, Producer: David Cress
An awkward 14-year-old Persian-American boy navigates his first year of high school on a mission to become popular. Cast List: Nasim Pedrad, Jake Ryan, Ella Mika, Saba Homayoon, Paul Chahidi, Alexa Loo, Thomas Barbusca (World Premiere) (Episodic)

Clerk (Canada, U.S.A.)
Director: Malcolm Ingram, Producers: Malcolm Ingram, Craig Fleming
A documentary on the life and career of Kevin Smith (World Premiere)

Executive Order (Brazil)
Director: Lázaro Ramos, Screenwriters: Lusa Silvestre, Lázaro Ramos, Aldri Anunciação, Elísio Lopes Jr, Producers: Daniel Filho, Tania Rocha
In a dystopian near future in Brazil, an authoritarian government orders all citizens of African descent to move to Africa – creating chaos, protests, and an underground resistance movement that inspires the nation. Cast List: Alfred Enoch, Taís Araújo, Seu Jorge, Adriana Esteves, Renata Sorrah, Mariana Xavier, Pablo Sanábio (Texas Premiere)

Violet
Director/Screenwriter: Justine Bateman, Producers: Justine Bateman, Michael D. Jones, Larry Hummel, Matt Paul
A film development executive realizes that “guiding voice” inside her head has been lying to her about everything. Cast List: Olivia Munn, Luke Bracey, Justin Theroux (World Premiere)

We Are As Gods
Directors/Screenwriters: Jason Sussberg, David Alvarado, Producers: Kate McLean, Jamie Meltzer, David Alvarado, Jason Sussberg
“We are as gods and might as well get good at it,” Stewart Brand wrote in ‘68. The legendary pioneer of LSD, cyberspace, futurism, and modern environmentalism now urges people to use our god-like powers to fight extinction by reviving lost species. (World Premiere)

We Are The Thousand (Italy)
Director/Screenwriter: Anita Rivaroli, Producer: Simone Catania
Learn the story behind the viral video and what came after! We Are The Thousand takes you backstage with the Rockin’1000. A thousand musicians gathered together with one mission–to get the Foo Fighters to perform in their small town. (North American Premiere)

Witch Hunt
Director/Screenwriter: Elle Callahan, Producers: Eric B. Fleischman, Maurice Fadida
In a modern America where witches are real and witchcraft is illegal, a sheltered teenager must face her own demons and prejudices as she helps two young witches avoid law enforcement and cross the southern border to asylum in Mexico. Cast List: Gideon Adlon, Elizabeth Mitchell, Abigail Cowen, Nicholas and Cameron Crovetti, Christian Camargo (World Premiere)

Without Getting Killed or Caught
Directors: Tamara Saviano, Paul Whitfield, Screenwriters: Tamara Saviano, Bart Knaggs, Producers: Tamara Saviano, Paul Whitfield
Without Getting Killed or Caught is the true story of Guy Clark, the dean of Texas songwriters, who struggles to write poetic, yet indelible songs while balancing a complicated marriage with wife Susanna, and a deep friendship with Townes Van Zandt. (World Premiere)

EPISODIC PROGRAM

EPISODIC PREMIERES
Presenting world premieres of prestige serials slated for release.

Confronting A Serial Killer
Showrunner: Po Kutchins, Director: Joe Berlinger, Producers: Eve Rodrick, Eleanor Yu, Cassandra Corbett, Janine Nask, Julia Pontecorvo, Lesley Grossman, Emma McNamara, Ariel Kay
Confronting a Serial Killer tells the story of the unprecedented relationship between author Jillian Lauren and serial killer Sam Little while investigating the devastating impact of bias against marginalized women in the criminal justice system. (World Premiere)

Cruel Summer
Showrunner: Tia Napolitano, Director: Max Winkler
From Exec Producer Jessica Biel, Freeform’s Cruel Summer is a psychological thriller taking place over three summers when a popular girl goes missing and an awkward outlier transforms to queen bee and eventually, the most despised person in America. Cast List: Olivia Holt, Chiara Aurelia, Michael Landes, Froy Gutierrez, Harley Quinn Smith, Allius Barnes, Blake Lee, Brooklyn Sudano (World Premiere)

The Girlfriend Experience
Showrunner/Director/Screenwriter: Anja Marquardt, Producer: Chris Thompson
The third installment of The Girlfriend Experience is set in the London tech scene, Iris, a neuroscience major, begins to explore the transactional world of The Girlfriend Experience and quickly learns that client sessions provide her with a compelling edge in the tech world. Cast List: Julia Goldani Telles, Oliver Masucci, Frank Dillane, Daniel Betts, Armin Karima, Tobi Bamtefa, Jemima Rooper (World Premiere)

Gemacht für die Liebe
Showrunner: Christina Lee, Director: Stephanie Laing, Screenwriters: Written for Television by Alissa Nutting & Dean Bakopoulos and Patrick Somerville and Christina Lee
Based on Alissa Nutting’s tragicomic novel, Gemacht für die Liebe is a dark, absurd, and cynically poignant story of divorce and revenge following Hazel Green (Cristin Milioti), a thirty-something woman on the run after 10 years in a suffocating marriage. Cast List: Cristin Milioti, Billy Magnussen, Dan Bakkedahl, Noma Dumezweni, Augusto Aguilera, Caleb Foote and Ray Romano. Executive producers: Christina Lee, Alissa Nutting, Patrick Somerville, Dean Bakopoulos, Liza Chasin, SJ Clarkson. (World Premiere)

Sasquatch
Showrunner/Director: Joshua Rofé, Producers: Duplass Brothers Productions, Number 19
Sasquatch is a true crime doc series following investigative journalist David Holthouse as he attempts to solve a bizarre twenty-five year old triple homicide that was said to be the work of a mythical creature. (World Premiere)

Them
Showrunner: Little Marvin
Set in 1953, Them, a co-production from Amazon Studios and Sony Pictures Television, centers on a Black family who move from North Carolina to an all-white Los Angeles neighborhood. The family’s idyllic home becomes ground zero where malevolent forces, next door and otherworldly, threaten to taunt, ravage & destroy them. Cast List: Deborah Ayorinde, Ashley Thomas, Alison Pill, Melody Hurd, Shahadi Wright Joseph (World Premiere)

EPISODIC PILOT COMPETITION
A pilot showcase introducing fresh work from bright new talent, many with an eye towards finding production, completion funds, or a release platform.

4 Feet High (Argentina, France)
Directors: Maria Belen Poncio, Rosario Perazolo Masjoan, Screenwriters: Greta Molas, Javier Correa Caceres, Elisa Gagliano, Rosario Perazolo Masjoan, Maria Belen Poncio, Delphine Agut, Ivana Galdeano, Gabriela Vidal
Imagine your last year of High School in a wheelchair. Cast List: Marisol Agostina Irigoyen, Florencia Licera, Marcio Ramses, Natalia Di Cienzo, Francisca Spinotti (Texas Premiere)

Dale’s House
Showrunner: Julie Lake, Director: Kat Whalen, Screenwriters: Matt Kirsch, Julie Lake, Producers: Matt Kirsch, Julie Lake, Dana Fares
Dale’s House is a horror comedy about two estranged best friends, both at rock bottom in their careers and personal lives, who end up house sitting together in a demonic house that grants them all the success they desire, in exchange for their souls. Cast List: Julie Lake, Matt Kirsch, Sandy McCree, Jeff Cahn (World Premiere)

For the Record (Canada)
Showrunner: Julian De Zotti, Directors: Lisa Baylin, Julian De Zotti, Screenwriter: Julian De Zotti, Producer: Lisa Baylin
Ray and Angela just broke up. What if music had the power to bring them back together? Follow the iconic songs that make up the unforgettable soundtrack for a uniquely interconnected cast of characters. Cast List: Anna Hopkins, Julian De Zotti, Lyriq Bent, Alexandra Beaton, Karen LeBlanc, Maurice Dean Wint, Kyra Clavell, Moni Ogunsuyi, Alannah Ong, Johnny Orlando (International Premiere)

Parked in America
Showrunner/Screenwriter: Kayla Yumi Lewis, Director: Luke Salin, Producers: Cole Bannick, Jori Johnson, Alexandro Pacheco
Parked in America is a half-hour dramedy following Jamie Park, a Korean teenager, who moves in with her relatives in Illinois after a family tragedy strikes back at home in Seoul. Cast List: Judy Song, Jeff Lawless, Solomon Abell, Ella Baker-Smith, Judy Han, Jim Cairl, Lexi Perkel, MeeWha Alana Lee (World Premiere)

The Position
Director/Screenwriter: Matthew Lessner, Producers: Breeda Wool, Michael Kaleda, Matthew Lessner
The Position is a metaphysical comedy about two modern women’s unlikely partnership and subsequent misadventures in pursuit of a portal to the multiverse. Cast List: Breeda Wool, Remi Nicole (World Premiere)

Pretend Partners
Showrunners/Screenwriters/Producers: Kristin Erickson, Ron Najor, Director: Ron Najor
Two (not so good) friends realize they are better together than alone. Cast List: Kristin Erickson, Ron Najor, Kandis Fay, Dan J. Johnson (World Premiere)

SPECIAL EVENTS
Special Events for 2021 consist of conversations associated with projects in the 2021 Film Festival, table readings and other unique one-off events on our Live Channel 4.

Opening Night Special Event: YouTube Originals Docuseries Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil Special Event Q&A
Global superstar Demi Lovato, Director and Executive Producer Michael D. Ratner, YouTube’s Global Head of Original Content Susanne Daniels and moderator Jenelle Riley from Vielfalt discuss the new documentary event exploring the traumas and every aspect that led to Lovato’s nearly fatal overdose in 2018, followed by her powerful awakenings in the aftermath.

Closing Night Film Special Event: Live Q&A with Charli XCX, a SICK moderator, and directors Bradley & Pablo
Live Q&A Followed by a virtual rave dance party which will consist of:
-A pre-recorded DJ set from Charli, shot in a big empty warehouse space with minimal, dark rave-y lighting. A true pandemic rave shot as a live performance.
-Different performers will be spotlighted on Zoom dancing to the set: Poison Oakland + other drag performers + fans featured in the film + lucky attendees!

7 Sounds
Filmmaker Sam Green and musician JD Samson ask you to step away from your computer and focus on the experience of listening in the present moment. 7 Sounds is an immersive, live-streamed audio-video work that explores the universal influence of sound. The piece weaves seven specific audio recordings into a meditation on the power of sound to bend time, cross borders, and profoundly shape our perception—opening new ways to hear our everyday world.

Art and Life Talk with Filmmakers Daryl Wein & Zoe Lister-Jones of Mister Lister Films
Dive into the filmmaking careers of husband-wife duo, Daryl Wein and Zoe Lister-Jones of such films as Wie es endet (Sundance/SXSW 2021), Das Handwerk (Sony), White Rabbit(Sundance/Gravitas), Band Aid (Sundance/IFC Films), Lola Versus (Fox Searchlight), Breaking Upwards (IFC Films/SXSW).

Black Monday Q&A
Join the brilliant cast and showrunners of Black Monday as they come together virtually for an exclusive Q&A. This series never fails to surprise as it tells subversively modern stories against a backdrop of big hair and bigger fashions. Miraculously, Don Cheadle, Andrew Rannells, Paul Scheer, Yassir Lester and Casey Wilson and showrunners David Caspe and Jordan Cahan are even more fun live. Hilarity guaranteed.

Clerk and Twerk with Kevin Smith and Malcolm Ingram
Clerk is an examination and celebration of the life of Kevin Smith – and an exploration on how one kid from Jersey completely transformed the cultural landscape. A journey which began 25 years ago at the Sundance Film festival where his DIY film Clerks, financed on credit cards took the film world by storm. Leading to a career as a filmmaker, podcaster, stand-up comedian, author, comic book writer, television producer – a veritable pop culture icon with a very large and loyal fanbase.

Confronting a Serial Killer Conversation
Discussion with the team behind Confronting a Serial Killer: director/EP Joe Berlinger, EP/showrunner Po Kutchins and Jillian Lauren. Premiering on STARZ this Spring, the five-episode series that tells the timely story of the unprecedented relationship between acclaimed author and journalist Jillian Lauren and the most prolific serial killer in American history, Sam Little, and her race against time to identify his victims before it’s too late.

Jada Pinkett Smith in Conversation with the Creator, Executive Producers, and Cast of the new Amazon Prime Video Terror Anthology, Them
Them creator and executive producer Little Marvin and executive producer Lena Waithe, will join cast, Deborah Ayorinde, Ashley Thomas, Alison Pill, Melody Hurd, and Shahadi Wright Joseph in a discussion moderated by Jada Pinkett Smith (Actress, Red Table Talk Host). In this candid conversation, executive producers and cast will unpack the first episode, set to World Premiere during this year’s SXSW Film Festival, as well as themes explored across the series. Them is a co-production from Amazon Studios and Sony Pictures Television.

A Conversation with the Filmmakers Behind Hulu’s WeWork: or the Making and Breaking of a $47 Billion Unicorn
Join Director Jed Rothstein and Producer Ross Dinerstein as they uncover the rise and fall of WeWork, the real estate startup whose CEO Adam Neumann blended spirituality, entrepreneurial hustle and free beer to convince investors that shared office space could change the world… until it entered near bankruptcy. The two will share a behind-the-scenes look at this captivating documentary while breaking down the personality that drove the company’s culture and its massive financial deals.

Cosmic Breakthrough: Women in The Hunt for Planet B
Are we alone? This dynamic panel of eminent scientists and engineers will discuss the search for life in the universe. With the discovery of thousands of exoplanets and the huge James Webb Space Telescope launching this year, a new golden age of astronomy is dawning—and these women are at the heart of it. With Natalie Batalha, Amy Lo, Sara Seager, Jill Tarter, and Maggie Turnbull; moderated by Nathaniel Kahn.

Cruel Summer Q&A
From Executive Producer Jessica Biel (The Sinner), Cruel Summer is a psychological thriller that follows two young women; Kate Wallis, the popular girl with a charmed life who one day goes missing, and Jeanette Turner, the nerdy wannabee who is accused of being connected to Kate’s disappearance. Please join us for an exciting panel with series stars Olivia Holt, Chiara Aurelia, and executive producers Tia Napolitano, Jessica Biel and Michelle Purple. The panel will be moderated by Jessica Radloff from Glamour Magazine.

HBO Max’s Gemacht für die Liebe: Panel with Stars and Executive Producers
Join stars Cristin Milioti, Billy Magnussen, Dan Bakkedahl, Noma Dumezweni, Caleb Foote and Ray Romano, and executive producers Christina Lee and Alissa Nutting for a conversation about HBO Max’s upcoming series Gemacht für die Liebe premiering this spring. The darkly absurd and cynically poignant story of love and divorce follows Hazel Green (Milioti), a thirty-something woman on the run after 10 years in a suffocating marriage to Byron Gogol (Magnussen), a controlling tech billionaire. Glamour‘s Samantha Barry moderates.

Homeroom with Nasim Pedrad, creator of TBS’s new comedy series Chad
A conversation with Nasim Pedrad, the creator, star and executive producer of TBS’ upcoming series, Tschad, und Glamour‘s Editor-in-Chief Samantha Barry.

Hysterical: Behind the Velvet Curtain with Comedy’s Boundary-Breaking Women
Stand-up comedy had always been a male domain. Join the cast and director of Hysterical, a feature documentary that explores female comics’ hard-fought journey to become the voices of their generation and gender, for an honest and hilarious Q&A. The all-female panel discusses their shared stories and struggles as some of the boundary-breaking women shattering comedy’s glass ceiling with perfectly timed punch lines. Hysterical, produced by Campfire, will be available on FX in 2021. Panelists include Fortune Feimster, Rachel Feinstein, Marina Franklin, Sherri Shepherd, Iliza Shlesinger, Jessica Kirson (who also serves as EP) and director/EP Andrea Nevins. Moderated by Melanie McFarland.

In Conversation with Mark Duplass & Natalie Morales
Language Lessons filmmakers Mark Duplass and Natalie Morales sit down to discuss the process of writing a bilingual movie, the complexities of platonic love, and filmmaking during a global pandemic.

Incorporating Choreography and Verse Into Blindspotting
A discussion with the Blindspotting series creators and writers Rafael Casal and Daveed Diggs, lead actress Jasmine Cephas Jones, director Aurora Guerrero, cinematographer Tarin Anderson, and renowned choreographers Lil Buck and Jon Boogz on incorporating choreography and verse into the new television series Blindspotting.

Jazz Fest: A New Orleans Story – Scenes from the Rough Cut
See work-in-progress scenes from the rough cut of Jazz Fest: A New Orleans Story. This documentary weaves together live performances and interviews from the 50th anniversary of the iconic festival, featuring some of the biggest names in music, along with a wealth of archival documentary footage from the past half century. Academy-award nominee Frank Marshall shares insights from behind the scenes.

The Making and Digital Restoration of I Went to the Dance
This virtual Q&A, hosted by journalist/author Joe Nick Patoski, will go behind the scenes of the making of the celebrated 1989 feature documentary on the roots of SW Louisiana’s Cajun & Creole/Zydeco music, I Went to the Dance. Featured are Co-Filmmaker/Producer, Chris Strachwitz, Co-Filmmaker/Editor Maureen Gosling and Associate Producer/Sound Recordist, Chris Simon. It will also delve into the challenges and magic behind the 2021 ground-breaking 5k digital restoration of a documentary, I Went to the Dance, by Harrod Blank and Anthony Matt. Blank, the son of the late Co-Filmmaker/Cinematographer Les Blank, took on the task to bring back to life this exuberant film which celebrates the most important and influential performers of the era.

On the Road(trip) to Recovery: Filmmakers Mallory Everton, Whitney Call and Stephen Meek Talk their Feature Debut in the Midst of a Pandemic
For most people, quarantine looked a lot like baking bread and catching up on Tiger King, but for Utah-based sketch comics Mallory Everton, Whitney Call, and Stephen Meek, they saw a chance to do something different. The creative minds (and lifelong friends) behind JK Studios wrote, produced, directed, starred — and even gaffed — their first feature film with Recovery. In this SXSW-exclusive Q&A, the gang comes together to chat about their journey to creating their first feature…all from a safe social distance. The masks will come OFF as the filmmakers dive into what it really takes to make a movie with your quarantine family and the long road to a SXSW World Premiere. From Sorø Films and the whole family, we hope you’ll join us on the road to Recovery.

Poly Styrene: I Am A Cliché – In Conversation with the Filmmakers
In this special Q&A event, directors Celeste Bell and Paul Sng will discuss their new documentary film Poly Styrene: I Am a Cliché, about the late punk icon’s life, legacy, and relationship with Bell, her daughter. Featuring editor Xanna Ward Dixon and moderated by producer Matthew Silverman, this conversation will cover everything from Poly’s influence on the riot grrrl and Afropunk movements to the years-long filmmaking process that took place across three continents.

A Q&A with Kier-La Janisse of Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched
Join programmer Liane Cunje in conversation with Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched director Kier-La Janisse as they discuss the process behind the film – from its genesis as a short featurette to a comprehensive look at the folk horror phenomenon in film and television worldwide that became the House of Psychotic Women author’s first feature as a writer, director and producer. They’ll discuss the myriad definitions and taxonomies of folk horror, its touchstone films and most vocal champions, and the many challenges of finishing a documentary in the midst of a global pandemic.

Solar Opposites Table Read & SHLORPION SILENT (AND ALONE) DISCO
Das Solar Opposites are going to SXSW! Join Justin Roiland (“Korvo”), Thomas Middleditch (“Terry”), Sean Giambrone (“Yumyulack”), Mary Mack (“Jesse”), executive producer Mike McMahan, and more as they take it bigger, funnier, and more oppositer than ever before during a virtual table read. As Hulu’s most-watched original comedy premiere to date,Solar Opposites centers around a family of four aliens and their Pupa who are still stuck on earth in suburban America.

Scoring my first Feature Film, a conversation with Finneas O’Connell
Join internationally acclaimed, multi GRAMMY-Award-winning artist and producer Finneas O’Connell and Vielfalt contributor (Songs for Screens) Andrew Hampp for an exclusive and live discussion at SXSW, as O’Connell delves into the process and his experience when making his feature film-score debut; composing and performing for The Fallout, a powerful new film about the unseen faces of a tragedy.

Swipe Righteous
Lifted from the parchment and downloaded onto your smartphone, Swipe Righteous reimagines famous Bible stories through our screens. Watch as Adam swipes right on Eve, Cain blocks Abel, and God tweets out his Ten Commandments—all told through Bazelevs’ Screenlife format.

SXSW Film Fest Episodic Pitch-a-Thon Presented by SeriesFest
For the second year in a row at SXSW Film, independent content creators will have the opportunity to participate in the Episodic Pitch-A-Thon presented by SeriesFest in partnership with SXSW. SXSW 2021 filmmakers will participate in the virtual event where each Creator/Creative Team will have 5 minutes to pitch in front of an audience. An industry panel of experts including top television, news media, and digital execs, will then have 7 minutes to give their feedback on each project.

Til Death Do Us Part: A Jakob’s Wife Discussion
Moderator Jordan Crucchiola leads an intimate conversation with genre legends Barbara Crampton, Larry Fessenden and writer/director Travis Stevens about reinventing yourself later in life, finding your own voice as an artist and how to have a happy marriage in a horror film.

Twyla Moves… You
Twyla Tharp teaches you her infamous and humorous Banjo dance and then talks about the experience of synopsizing her 55 year career into an 82 minute film experience.

Violet Q&A
Join Violet writer/director/producer Justine Bateman and special guests for a discussion of the film.

Weed, Murder & Bigfoot: A Conversation with the Team Behind Hulu’s Sasquatch
While visiting a pot farm in Northern California in 1993, investigative journalist David Holthouse heard a story that still haunts him: On a nearby farm three men were torn limb from limb in a savage Bigfoot attack. Hulu’s Sasquatch follows David as he revisits the Redwoods in search of any evidence that might lead to the truth of what happened that night. Join David Holthouse, director Joshua Rofé and executive producer Mark Duplass as they break down the production of this wild murder mystery.

SHORTS PROGRAM

NARRATIVE SHORTS COMPETITION
A selection of original, well-crafted films that take advantage of the short form and exemplify distinctive and genuine storytelling.

Are You Still There?
Directors/Screenwriters: Rayka Zehtabchi, Sam Davis
Safa’s been through a lot. Now her car battery’s dead in a strip mall parking lot. (North American Premiere)

Bruiser
Director: Miles Warren, Screenwriters: Miles Warren, Ben Medina
After his father gets into a fight at a bowling alley, Darious begins to investigate the limitations of his own manhood. (Texas Premiere)

Chuj Boys of Summer (Guatemala, United States)
Director: Max Walker-Silverman, Screenwriters: Marcos Ordoñez Ixwalanhkej Mendoza, Max Walker-Silverman
Speaking only his native language, a Guatemalan teenager begins his new life in rural Colorado. (Texas Premiere)

The Criminals (Romania, Turkey)
Director/Screenwriter: Serhat Karaaslan
Late at night in a small Turkish town, a young couple tries to find a hotel room to spend the night together.

Don’t Go Tellin’ Your Momma
Directors: Topaz Jones, rubberband., Screenwriters: Topaz Jones, Jason Sondock, Simon Davis
Topaz Jones debuts his 2nd album, Don’t Go Telling Your Momma as a reimagining of the 70s Black ABCs; a view into his and America’s Black Identity through 26 individual scenes, each representing a letter and a corresponding update to their meanings. (Texas Premiere)

Femme (United Kingdom)
Directors/Screenwriters: Ng Choon Ping, Sam H. Freeman
When Jordan gets into the car of a flirtatious drug-dealer, his night takes a dangerous turn. (World Premiere)

Die Reise (Canada)
Director/Screenwriter: Ève Saint-Louis
Die Reise is the story of a father and daughter reunion. From Montreal’s airport, they will travel along a chaotic path, where their inability to find each other will unveil a complicated relationship and have them drift from their initial course. (World Premiere)

Like The Ones I Used To Know (Canada)
Director/Screenwriter: Annie St-Pierre
December 24, 1983, 10:50PM: Julie and her cousins ate too much sugar, Santa Claus is late and Denis, alone in his car, is anxious at the idea of setting foot in his ex-in-law’s house to pick up his children. An early quirky and poetic coming-of-age. (Texas Premiere)

Marvin’s Never Had Coffee Before
Director: Andrew Carter, Screenwriters: Andrew Carter, Kahlil Maskati
Marvin Wexler tries coffee for the first time and desperately tries to talk about it with anyone who will listen.

The Mohel (Canada)
Director/Screenwriter: Charles Wahl
After celebrating the birth of their first child, James and Loa are faced with family expectations and financial strain as they fly in a Mohel to perform their son’s Brit Milah – The circumcision ceremony. (World Premiere)

The Nipple Whisperer (Belgium)
Director/Screenwriter: Jan Van Dyck
Maurice Sanders has a gift. He’s a nipple whisperer. Once he was known as “Magic Sandy”. But that was years ago, before Doris, a famous model and Sander’s muse, fell ill. Now, after more than a decade, Doris wants to meet Maurice again. (World Premiere)

The Other Morgan
Director/Screenwriter: Alison Rich
When a dopey young exterminator discovers there’s another version of her out in the world, she begins to question her life choices. (Texas Premiere)

Plaisir
Director/Screenwriter: Molly Gillis
A lonely American faces unrequited love on a farm commune in the south of France. (World Premiere)

Play It Safe (United Kingdom)
Director/Screenwriter: Mitch Kalisa
Coaxed into playing a racial typecast in a fellow student’s play, Black drama student Jonathan is faced with all too familiar decision: to challenge prejudice, or play it safe. (World Premiere)

Sales Per Hour
Directors: Michelle Uranowitz, Daniel Jaffe, Screenwriter: Michelle Uranowitz
A young woman faces a moral dilemma when she witnesses a sexual encounter in a dressing room at the clothing store where she works. (World Premiere)

Schwestern
Director/Screenwriter: Jess Brunetto
Hidden secrets cause tension when two estranged sisters are forced to confront each other while preparing for their ailing mother’s death. (World Premiere)

Soak
Director/Screenwriter: Hannah Bang
A 16 year old tries to convince her runaway mother to return home. (World Premiere)

Squeegee (Canada, United States)
Director/Screenwriter: Morgan Krantz
A high-powered female CEO meets her high-rise window-washer for an erotic rendezvous on opposite sides of a skyscraper window. (World Premiere)

Wiggle Room
Directors/Screenwriters: Sam Guest, Julia Baylis
Determined to save her wheelchair ramp from repossession, Daisy confronts the shady insurance agent who owes her money. (Texas Premiere)

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS COMPETITION
Slices of life from across the documentary spectrum.

Águilas
Directors: Kristy Guevara-Flanagan, Maite Zubiaurre, Screenwriters: Kristy Guevara-Flanagan, Maite Zubiaurre, Nico Sandi
Along the scorching desert border in Arizona, it is estimated that only one out of every five missing migrants are ever found. Águilas is the story of one group of searchers, the Águilas del Desierto. (World Premiere)

The Beauty President
Director: Whitney Skauge
In 1992, drag queen Joan Jett Blakk made a historic bid for the White House as an openly queer write-in candidate. Today, Terence Smith, the man behind the persona, reflects back on his place in gay rights history at the height of the AIDS crisis. (World Premiere)

The Box
Directors/Screenwriters: James Burns, Shal Ngo
The Box is a hybrid documentary that explores the effects of solitary confinement through three people’s harrowing true stories – they’ve spent a combined nine years in isolation, and one of them co-directed this film. (World Premiere)

I Ran from It and Was Still in It
Director: Darol Olu Kae
A poetic meditation on familial loss and separation, and the love that endures against dispersion. (Texas Premiere)

Joe Buffalo (Canada)
Director: Amar Chebib, Screenwriters: Joe Buffalo, Amar Chebib
Joe Buffalo, an Indigenous skateboard legend and Indian Residential School survivor, must face his inner demons to realize his dream of turning pro. (World Premiere)

The Last Cruise
Director: Hannah Olson
The Last Cruise chronicles the first major COVID-19 outbreak outside of China. Using footage recorded by passengers and crew aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship, we watch class divisions emerge as the world misses its chance to contain the virus. (World Premiere)

Plant Heist
Directors: Chelsi de Cuba, Gabriel de Cuba
California’s fight to protect native succulents from an international poaching ring worth millions. (World Premiere)

Red Taxi
Director: Anonymous
As protests unfold in Hong Kong, Red Taxi shows a city in upheaval through the eyes of those who must traverse the streets day and night to make a living. Filmed by a local film crew, who remain anonymous due to ongoing safety concerns. (North American Premiere)

Sophie and The Baron
Director: Alexandria Jackson
Iconic photographer Baron Wolman and contemporary artist Sophie Kipner transcend eras and mediums in a collaboration that demonstrates the magic of just saying yes. (World Premiere)

Ten Leaves Dilated
Directors: Kate E. Hinshaw, Ebony Blanding
A documentary that uses the make-believe world crafted by Cabbage Patch Kids to examine discourses surrounding childbirth in the American South. (World Premiere)

Trade Center
Director: Adam Baran
The voices of five gay men who cruised for sex at the World Trade Center in the 1980s and 1990s haunt the sanitized, commerce-driven landscape that is the newly rebuilt Freedom Tower campus. (World Premiere)

ANIMATED SHORTS COMPETITION
An assortment of stories told using traditional animation, computer-generated effects, stop-motion, and everything in between.

The Expected (Sweden)
Director/Screenwriter: Carolina Sandvik
A father-to-be ends up in a feverish nightmare after a miscarriage, when a strange entity seems to be growing in the mother’s blood. (North American Premiere)

Hold me Tight (Belgium, France)
Director/Screenwriter: Mélanie Robert-Tourneur
In the middle of a dark forest, two silhouettes meet. In search of sexual desire, they start a dangerous and explosive parade. (International Premiere)

KKUM (Republic of Korea)
Director/Screenwriter: Kang Min Kim
My mother’s dreams have always been strong premonitions for important moments in my life. I rely on her dreams more than any religion. (Texas Premiere)

Love is Just a Death Away (Czechia)
Director/Screenwriter: Bára Anna Stejskalová
A tender story about finding love even amid utter decay. (U.S. Premiere)

My Fat Arse and I (Poland)
Director/Screenwriter: Yelyzaveta Pysmak
An amusing film about anorexia and butts. (North American Premiere)

Navozande, the Musician (France)
Director/Screenwriter: Reza Riahi
At the time of the attack of the Mongols, a young musician and the love of his life are separated from each other. Fifty years later, the musician is summoned to perform at the castle of the Mongols where his beloved is being held. (Texas Premiere)

Normal (France)
Director/Screenwriter: Julie Caty
Dany is a rich heir who faces existential emptiness. He meets Karl Marx who asks him to destroy capitalism in order to save humankind. Reluctantly, Dany accepts his request and turns into a superhero. But he is quickly overwhelmed by his task. (North American Premiere)

Nuevo Rico
Director: Kristian Mercado, Screenwriters: Kristian Mercado, Juan Arroyo
A brother and sister stumble upon a celestial secret that changes their lives forever and propels them into Reggaetón stardom, but they soon discover that their newfound fame comes at a deep price. (World Premiere)

Opera
Director: Erick Oh
Opera is a massive 8K size animation installation project which portrays our society and history, which is filled with beauty and absurdity. Erick enables viewers to experience the range of in-depth emotions through this epic reflection of human life. (Texas Premiere)

Our Bed Is Green
Director/Screenwriter: Maggie Brennan
A young woman seeks digital refuge from an overwhelming world and a bewildering obsession. (World Premiere)

Rendang of Death (Indonesia)
Director: Percolate Galactic, Screenwriters: Ryan Jackson, Indraswari Pangestu, Skolastika Lupitawina
In a quaint Padang restaurant, filled with people enjoying their lunch break, two bros put their friendship to the test when it turns out that there’s only a single plate of their favorite food left: the Rendang of Death.

Your Own Bullshit (Poland)
Director: Daria Kopiec, Screenwriters: Daria Kopiec, Agata Zyzniewska
There’s nothing better than dinner with family. Though it remains a looped script that repeats itself infinitely. Recited singingly for many long years. (North American Premiere)

MIDNIGHT SHORTS
Bite-sized bits for all of your sex, gore, and hilarity cravings.

Don’t Peek
Director/Screenwriter: Julian Terry
While playing a videogame, a young woman comes across a creepy character who wants to be let out.

Flex (Sweden)
Directors/Screenwriters: Josefin Malmén, David Strindberg
A semi-surreal comedy short that (literally) lets you under the skin of a bodybuilder and his ambivalent self-image – exploring the fine line between self-loathing and self-loving.

Flick
Director/Screenwriter: Ariel Zengotita
A reclusive college student is driven mad after picking a booger he can’t flick away.

Joanne Is Dead
Director/Screenwriter: Brian Sacca
It’s easy to dismiss the ramblings of the dementia-riddled elderly as nonsense. But what if there is a deadly truth behind those words? (World Premiere)

The Moogai (Australia)
Director/Screenwriter: Jon Bell
An Aboriginal psychological horror, The Moogai is the story of a family terrorised by a child-stealing spirit. (International Premiere)

A Puff Before Dying
Directors/Screenwriters: Michael Reich, Mike Pinkney
A wild night of drugs and drugged up driving ends in tragedy for three teenage girls that happen to be marionettes. (World Premiere)

Puss
Director/Screenwriter: Leah Shore
Samantha desperately wants to get laid, but is finding it to be difficult for some reason. (World Premiere)

Reklaw
Director/Screenwriter: Polaris Banks
A team of altruistic vigilantes destroy evidence to keep as many people from prison as possible, but when one of their crime scene clean-ups is revisited by the killer, the strength of their convictions is tested. (World Premiere)

Run That Shit!
Director: Tristan Kim, Screenwriters: Tristan Kim, Will Allyn Robinson
A Satanic cult lures a no-name rapper into stealing an enchanted chamber pot from his estranged friend and now superstar rapper, Big Tobacco. (Texas Premiere)

Significant Other
Director/Screenwriter: Quinn George
A couple struggles to see eye to eye when a mysterious red orb appears in their new home. (Texas Premiere)

Stuffed (United Kingdom)
Director: Theo Rhys, Screenwriters: Theo Rhys, Joss Holden-Rea
Stuffed is a short musical about a taxidermist who dreams of stuffing a human and the man she meets online, so afraid of ageing he volunteers to be her specimen. An unexpected romantic spark between them complicates their plans. (North American Premiere)

A Tale Best Forgotten (Sweden)
Director/Screenwriter: Tomas Stark
In a house by a river that lamented as it ran, lived a father, and his daughter, and the dog-headed man… A murder ballad. (North American Premiere)

The Thing That Ate The Birds (United Kingdom)
Directors/Screenwriters: Sophie Mair, Dan Gitsham
On the North Yorkshire Moors, Abel, Head Gamekeeper, discovers the thing that is eating his grouse. (North American Premiere)

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

Doretha’s Blues
Director/Screenwriter: Channing Godfrey Peoples
Doretha goes out for her evening drink at her local watering hole when a news story dredges up old memories. (World Premiere)

Learning Tagalog with Kayla
Director/Screenwriter: Kayla Abuda Galang
In this lesson, Kayla teaches you Tagalog, the language of her homeland. (World Premiere)

Malignant
Directors: Morgan Bond, Nickolas Grisham, Screenwriters: Nickolas Grisham, Curtis McOsker
Chynna travels to a West Texas health retreat to visit her terminally ill mother. As she learns more about the faith-based wellness preached in the commune, Chynna desperately attempts to convince her mother to leave. (World Premiere)

O Black Hole! (United Kingdom)
Director: Renee Zhan, Screenwriters: Renee Zhan, Vanessa Rose
A woman who can’t stand the passing of time turns herself into a black hole. A thousand unchanging years pass until one day, the Singularity wakes inside her. (Texas Premiere)

Summer Animals
Director/Screenwriter: Haley Elizabeth Anderson
Living out of a motel, 15-year-old Tommy makes a drastic decision in order for her siblings to escape the heat before the summer’s over. (World Premiere)

The Unlikely Fan
Directors: Sai Selvarajan, Jeff Bednarz, Screenwriter: Sai Selvarajan
She’s a Sri Lankan born, Dallas-based, retired teacher and mother. She’s also crazy about basketball. Meet “The Unlikely Fan” who knows a thing or two about hoops. (World Premiere)

TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL SHORTS
A preview of the next filmmaking generation, as Texas High Schoolers present shorts of five minutes or less.

Beyond the Model
Director: Jessica Lin
After the assaults and discrimination of Asians because of COVID-19, this film shines a light on what it is like be a “model minority” in an increasingly divided America. (World Premiere)

Comeuppance
Director/Screenwriter: Meredith Smith
A family vacation forces Aaron to spend time with his diabolical cousin, Richard. The family’s indifference to Richard’s relentless bullying proves tragic as Aaron is ultimately led to his destructive breaking point.

The Good Wife’s Guide
Director/Screenwriter: Chloe Merriman
The Good Wife’s Guide is a take on 1950s housewife culture based off of Housekeeping Monthly’s article “The Good Wife’s Guide” published in 1955.

Holographic Dreams
Director: Satvik Shankar, Screenwriter: Jackson Coates
A teenage boy goes on an exploration of his own fears about death, religion, and sin. (Texas Premiere)

In Time
Director/Screenwriter: Gaelila McKaughan
In the still gaps of her loosely-bound routine, a girl confronts a strange figure.

Metamorphism
Director/Screenwriter: Kate Saltel
Under great pressure, humans undergo similar steps of metamorphism.

A Really Dark Comedy
Director: Manasi Ughadmathe, Screenwriter: Jackson Coates
In a frantic rush to ask his crush out to prom, Gus and his friend Elliot speed to her house, unbeknownst to the horrors that lie on the road. (World Premiere)

Wired Shut.
Director: Alex O. Martinez
A teenage boy breaks his jaw and has to have his mouth wired shut. (World Premiere)

MUSIC VIDEO COMPETITION

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

The Avalanches – ‘Running Red Lights’ / Director: Greg Brunkalla

Bob Moses Featuring ZHU – ‘Desire’ / Director/Screenwriter: Owen Brown

C.Tangana – ‘Demasiadas Mujeres’ (Spain) / Director/Screenwriter: Santos Bacana

Dirty Projectors  – ‘Overlord’ / Director: Dave Longstreth

FKA twigs – ‘sad day’ (United Kingdom) / Director: Hiro Murai

Hedgehog – ‘Bat’ (China) / Director: Haonan Wang, Screenwriters: Haonan Wang, Heran Wang

Jeremy Ivey – ‘Someone Else’s Problem’ / Director/Screenwriter: Kimberly Stuckwisch

Julia Stone  – ‘Break’ (Australia) / Director/Screenwriter: Jessie Hill

Kuricorder Quartet – ‘Southpaw’ (Japan) / Director/Screenwriter: Sawako Kabuki

Madame Gandhi – ‘Waiting for Me’ (India) / Director: Misha Ghose, Screenwriters: Madame Gandhi, Misha Ghose, Aastha Singh

Makeup and Vanity Set – ‘Algorithm’ (France) / Directors: Saman Kesh, Justin Daashuur Hopkins

Run The Jewels ft. Pharrell Williams and Zack de la Rocha – ‘JU$T’ (United Kingdom) / Director: Winston Hacking

Wax Tailor – ‘Misery (ft. Rosemary Standley)’ (France) / Director/Screenwriter: Berkay Türk

Waze & Odyssey, George Michael, Mary J. Blige & Tommy Theo – ‘Always’ (United Kingdom, U.S.) / Director: Nelson de Castro

Witch Prophet – ‘Tesfay’ (Canada) / Director/Screenwriter: Leah Vlemmiks

EXCELLENCE IN TITLE DESIGN

Inspired by an essential part of the theatrical experience, these are works of art in their own right. The 15 sequences selected represent the very best and most original selections.

Die 100 Title Sequence / Company: Picturemill / Title Designers: Dustin Reno, Evan Jackson

Aleph Title Sequence (Turkey) / Company: Ugur Baltepe – Ethem Cem / Title Designers: Uǧur Baltepe, Ethem Cem

Birds Of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn Title Sequence / Company: Shine / Creative Director: Michael Riley

The Botanist Title Sequence / Company: Samplistic / Title Designer: Michael Rosen

Dichos Title Sequence / Company: Gwenaëlle Gobé Films / Title Designer: Gwenaëlle Gobé

Lust Title Sequence / Company: Ringling College of Art + Design / Title Designer: Rudy Schultz

Never Forget Tibet Title Sequence (United Kingdom) / Company: Compassionate Films / Title Designer: Chris Caswell

Das Gambit der Königin Title Sequence / Title Designer: Saskia Marka

Saygı Title Sequence (Turkey) / Company: Ethem Cem – Uğur Baltepe / Title Designers: Ethem Cem, Uğur Baltepe

Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story Title Sequence (India) / Title Designer: Jishnu Chatterjee

Scoob! Title Sequence / Company: Aspect / Creative Directors: Jon Berkowitz, Brad Colwell

Sonic the Hedgehog Title Sequence / Company: Picturemill / Title Designers: William Lebeda, Cecilia De Jesus

Strangled Title Sequence (Hungary) / Company: FilmHungary, Studio-X / Creative Director: András Derzsy, Creative Producer: Sándor Takó

Swamp Thing Title Sequence / Company: Filmograph / Title Designer: Aaron Becker

Under the Influence Title Sequence / Company: Yacht Club Films / Title Designer: Nicco Quiñones

VIRTUAL CINEMA

The immersive arts are finding new ways to enhance our ability to perceive the world that surrounds us, and in many instances they are redefining how we experience the world. The 20 projects presented in our Virtual Cinema Competition and Virtual Cinema Spotlight sections emphasize storytelling, ingenuity and also showcase how other industries are embracing this new medium.

Virtual Cinema Competition
World and International Premieres of exciting immersive work.

Biolum (France, United Kingdom)
Director: Abel Kohen, Screenwriter: Jon Rowe, Producers: Igal Kohen, Katharina Weser, Paul Kirsten
Biolum is an interactive, narrative VR sci-fi experience which immerses you in the mysterious beauty of deep sea life on a dive that takes a shocking turn for the worse. (World Premiere)

(Hi)story of a Painting (United Kingdom)
Directors: Gaëlle Mourre, Quentin Darras, Screenwriter: Gaëlle Mourre, Producers: Charlotte Mikkelborg, Gaëlle Mourre
(Hi)story of a Painting journeys into the story behind La Grande Jatte, an iconic painting by Georges Seurat that we all know but don’t actually truly know… until now. Follow us as we learn how Georges went from underdog to world-renowned artist. (World Premiere)

Of Hybrids and Strings (Australia, France, Germany)
Director: Lauren Moffat, Producer: Fabbula
Of Hybrids and Strings is a fabulatory immersion into possible human and non-human connectedness. In a forest, at night, one becomes strangely entangled to plants and creatures. Until the forest starts to crystallise… (World Premiere)

The Passengers: Her & Him (Canada, France)
Director: Ziad Touma, Screenwriter: Nicolas Peufaillit, Producers: Ziad Touma, Oriane Hurard
Enter the thoughts of one of the Passengers, and help them face a pivotal moment in their lives. Welcome aboard an interactive VR experience, in which your gaze and voice influence the story. (International Premiere)

Poison (Republic of Korea)
Directors: Meesol Yi, Cooper Sanghyun Yoo, Screenwriter: Hyunsoo So, Producer: Wooyeol Jeon
Durch Poison, an immersive VR experience, users are expected to feel the intelligence of the virus and its danger intuitively. Our primary goal is to let the people be alert, be aware of our enemies, and think about what we can do for our lives. (World Premiere)

A Promise Kept
Directors: Ken Winikur, Ariel Efron, Screenwriters: Susan Abrams, Ariel Efron, Kelley Szany, Ken Winikur, Producers: Susan Abrams, Kelley Szany
This gripping virtual reality experience takes you on a journey back to the notorious Auschwitz killing center with Holocaust Survivor, Fritzie Fritzshall as she fulfills her promise to the 599 women who helped save her life. (World Premiere)

Reeducated
Director: Sam Wolson, Producers: Ben Mauk, Sam Wolson, Nicholas Rubin, Matt Huynh
Reeducated takes viewers inside a “reeducation” camp in Xinjiang, China, guided by the recollections of three men who were caught in what is likely the largest mass-internment drive of ethnic and religious minorities since the Second World War. (World Premiere)

Samsara (Taiwan)
Director/Screenwriter: Huang Hsin-Chien, Producer: Tsau Saiau-Yue
Samsara Episode 1 VR explores the concept of the Embodied Cognition. In this experience, the audiences will be transformed into different beings’ bodies and experience the world from entirely new perspectives. (World Premiere)

Space Explorers: The ISS Experience Episode 2: Advance (Canada, United States)
Director: Félix Lajeunesse, Screenwriters: Félix Lajeunesse, Paul Raphaël, Producers: Felix & Paul Studios in association with TIME Studios
The largest production ever filmed in space, Space Explorers: The ISS Experience is an epic four-part immersive series that invites you to join eight astronauts on life-changing missions aboard the International Space Station. (World Premiere)

Virtual Cinema Spotlight
Shining a spotlight on acclaimed immersive works.

4 Feet High VR (Argentina, France)
Directors: Maria Belen Poncio, Rosario Perazolo Masjoan, Damian Turkieh, Screenwriters: Greta Molas, Javier Correa Caceres, Elisa Gagliano, Rosario Perazolo Masjoan, Maria Belen Poncio, Delphine Agut, Ivana Galdeano, Gabriela Vidal, Producers: Ezequiel Lenardon, Marie Blondiaux
Imagine your last year of High School in a wheelchair. Cast List: Marisol Agostina Irigoyen, Florencia Licera, Marcio Ramses, Natalia Di Cienzo, Francisca Spinotti (Texas Premiere)

Finding Pandora X
Director: Kiira Benzing, Screenwriter: Alyssa Landry, Producers: Kiira Benzing, Lara Bucarey, Alyssa Landry
With the passing of ages, the Gods of Mount Olympus have faded away until only two remain: Zeus and Hera. Now they are in danger of disappearing if they can’t recover the box of hope that Pandora removed. (North American Premiere)

Meet Mortaza (France)
Director: Joséphine Derobe, Screenwriters: Joséphine Derobe, Mortaza Jami, Producers: Oriane Hurard, Quentin Noirfalisse
An immersive experience telling the journey of an afghan refugee. (U.S. Premiere)

Namoo
Director/Screenwriter: Erick Oh, Producers: Larry Cutler, Eric Darnell, Maureen Fan, Kane Lee
A narrative poem brought to life as an animated VR film, and an ode to a grandfather’s passing, this story follows the journey of a budding artist — and his tree of life — from beginning to end. (Texas Premiere)

Odyssey 1.4.9 (France)
Director: François Vautier, Producer: Jeremy Sahel
A breathtaking VR journey into the visual heart of A Space Odyssey. A personal tribute unveiling the secrets of Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece. (U.S. Premiere)

Once Upon a Sea (Canada)
Director: Adi Lavy, Screenwriter: Heidi Miller, Producers: Ina Fichman, Nimrod Shanit
Once Upon a Sea is a stunning, immersive trip to the Dead Sea region, the lowest place on earth – and it is our call to action. If nothing is done, the Dead Sea as we know it will be gone for good. (North American Premiere)

Paper Birds (Argentina)
Directors: German Heller, Federico Carlini, Screenwriter: German Heller, Producers: German Heller, Federico Carlini
Paper Birds is the story of a short sighted child with an exceptional talent for music. He must find his way through the world of darkness to bring back his sister, taken away by the shadows.

Potato Dreams
Director/Screenwriter: Wes Hurley, Producers: Mischa Jakupcak, Wes Hurley, Mara Auster, Jonathan Caso
Russian mother and son narrate this innovative 360 documentary which traces their nightmarish past in the USSR. (Texas Premiere)

Under the Skin (Brazil, China, Germany, Luxembourg, United States)
Director: João Inada, Screenwriters: Thamyra Thâmara, Andressa Núbia, Jon Thomaz, Rafael Cruz, Raull Santiago, João Inada, Producer: Diogo Dahl
Under the Skin is an interactive VR documentary that brings users to Complexo do Alemão — Rio de Janeiro’s most notorious favela complex—during a surprise police operation, meeting residents who face police abuse and structural racism. (North American Premiere)

WebbVR: The James Webb Space Telescope Virtual Experience
Director: Chad Smith
Join the James Webb Space Telescope in orbit beyond the Moon and explore the universe from its perspective. Planetary systems are born, galaxies form, and stars emerge from within colorful nebulas—all before your eyes.



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