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SXSW News Round Up - 08 March 2013

In this issue: In this SXSW Film update, we take a look another bag of films set to make their world premieres and debut screenings in Austin this year.

World Premiere: “All The Labor” by Doug Hawes-Davis

Montana filmmaker Doug Hawes-Davis is presenting his new documentary, “All The Labor”, at SXSW Film this year. About Austin-based rock band The Gourds, “All The Labor” is a documentary comprising candid conversations, live performances, media interviews and more in an aim to capture the inner spark of what drives the ‘national band of Austin’. The movie was filmed over the course of eight months and features archive footage shot almost two decades before.

“All The Labor’s” film schedule can be found at:
http://schedule.sxsw.com/2013/events/event_FS13814.

The film premieres on March 13 at the Topfer Theatre.

World Premiere: “Short Term 12” by Destin Daniel Cretton

Premiering at SXSW Film as part of the Narrative Feature Film Competition, is “Short Term 12”. Told through the eyes of a supervisor at a foster-care facility, the film follows “Grace” as she forms a strong bond with a new intake at the at-risk teenagers facility and deals with the events that follow. Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, “Short Term 12” deals with some complex subject matter, but ultimately, is a film that finds humour and love in some pretty unexpected places.

“Short Term 12’s” film schedule can be found at:
http://sxsw.com/film/screenings/film-lineup.

The film premieres on March 10 at the Alamo Ritz.

World Premiere: “The Retrieval” by Chris Eska

Another Narrative Feature Film Competition entrant at SXSW 2013 is “The Retrieval”. The artful African-American Civil War drama directed by Chris Eska, follows a fatherless 13 year old boy sent by a bounty hunter gang on a dangerous mission to retrieve a dangerous man. The film features some awesome cinematography and showcases the amazing landscapes of Texas.

“The Retrieval’s” film schedule can be found at:
http://schedule.sxsw.com/2013/events/event_FS13757.

The film premieres on March 11 at the Alamo Ritz.

World Premiere: “Good Night” by Sean H.A. Gallagher

Featuring in the ‘Narrative Spotlight’ program of SXSW Film, “Good Night” is a film by Sean H.A. Gallagher. Assembling a pool of talented young actors for this film, “Good Night” tells the tale of ‘Leigh’, who on her 29th birthday, realises that the evening may be the last time she ever sees any of her friends/loved ones alive. Darkly humorous and dramatic, “Good Night” has made a film which redefines the phrase ‘party like there’s no tomorrow’.

“Good Night’s” film schedule can be found at:
http://schedule.sxsw.com/2013/events/event_FS13853.

The film premieres on March 11 at the Long Centre.

World Premiere: “We Always Lie to Strangers” by AJ Schnack & David Wilson

The new documentary film by AJ Schnack and David Wilson, “We Always Lie to Strangers”, will feature in the Documentary Feature Competition at SXSW 2013. The documentary tells the story of four families in Missouri, a remote town that is also one of the biggest tourist destinations in America. The filmmakers spent five years documenting activity Branson, Missouri – while it only has 10,500 full-time residents, the revenue the town makes annually hits the $3 billion mark.

“We Always Lie to Strangers’” film schedule can be found at:
http://schedule.sxsw.com/2013/events/event_FS13796.

The film premieres on March 11 at the Stateside Theatre.

SXSW Premiere: “These Birds Walk” by Omar Mullick & Bassam Tariq

Filmed over almost three years, “These Birds Walk” is the debut feature by Omar Mullick and Bassam Tariq. Focusing on a young runaway in Karachi, Pakistan, “These Birds Walk” documents the lives of wayward street children and the samaritans who look out for them. The film has its world premiere at the 2013 True/False Film Festival, but will make its way to Texas this month.

“These Birds Walk’s” film schedule can be found at:
schedule.sxsw.com/2013/events/event_FS13803.

The film premieres on March 9 at the Violet Crown.

SXSW Premiere: “The Act of Killing” by Joshua Oppenheimer, Christine Cynn & Anonymous

This documentary examines a country where death squad leaders are celebrated, challenging them to re-enact real-life mass killings in the style of the American movies they love. “The Act of Killing” is an unsettling journey into the imaginations of the mass-murderers and the banal regime of corruption. It’s already caused an upset reaction from audiences at the 2012 Toronto and
Telluride Film Festivals and this month, it’s Austin’s turn.

“The Act of Killing’s” film schedule can be found at:
http://schedule.sxsw.com/2013/events/event_FS14057.

The film premieres on March 8 at the Alamo Ritz.

SXSW Premiere: “A Band Called Death” by Jeff Howlett & Mark Corvino

Punk before punk existed – that’s the way to describe the early 70s band Death. Formed by three teen brothers before the Sex Pistols or The Ramones existed, Death emerged in the time when Motown and disco reigned. Never given a fair shot, the band disbanded before releasing their debut album. “A Band Called Death” is part rockumentary and part family documentary, chronicling the journey of what happened when, three decades later, a demo tape emerged and found a new audience.

“A Band Called Death’s” film schedule can be found at:
http://schedule.sxsw.com/2013/events/event_FS13856.

The film premieres on March 14 at the Vimeo Theatre.

World Premiere: “Touba” by E. Chai Vasarhelyi

Award-winning filmmaker E. Chair Vasarhelyi will be premiering his new documentary, “Touba”, at SXSW Film this month. Having gained access to one of the largest religious pilgrimages on the African continent, Vasarhelyi takes the viewer inside the Mouride Brotherhood, one of Africa’s most elusive organisations. The film chronicles the Grand Magaal pilgrimage of one million Sufi Muslims to the holy city of Touba, Senegal.

“Touba’s” film schedule can be found at:
http://schedule.sxsw.com/2013/events/event_FS13829.

The film premieres on March 9 at the Stateside Theatre.

SXSW Premiere: “Lunarcy!” by Simon Ennis

“Lunarcy!” is the second feature film helmed by Simon Ennis. Having had its world premiere at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, “Lunarcy!” follows a group of dreamers and schemers who, in their own way, have dedicated their lives to the moon. It’s a story which paints a portrait of passion, creativity and quixotic dreams – one that will be premiering in America at SXSW this month.

The “Lunarcy!” film schedule can be found at:
http://schedule.sxsw.com/2013/events/event_FS13795.

The film premieres on March 8 at the Long Centre.

SXSW Premier: “Unhung Hero” by Brian Spitz

Set to feature in SXSW’s ‘Documentary Spotlight’ program, Brian Spitz’s “Unhung Hero” follows Patrick Moote, who, after having his marriage proposal rejected by his girlfriend due to his small penis size, sets out find out if size really does matter. The documentary follows Foote as he talks with ex-girlfriends, doctors, anthropologists and even porn stars. This globe-trotting adventure goes lengths (ha) to find out if size really does matter, of if it’s less regarded than we think.

“Unhung Hero’s” film schedule can be found at:
http://schedule.sxsw.com/2013/events/event_FS13777.

The film premieres on March 8 at the Topfer Theatre.

SXSW Premiere: “The Blue Umbrella” by Sashka Unseld

PIXAR will be debuting their animated short, “The Blue Umbrella”, as part of SXSW 2013’s Animated Shorts Competition. Director Sashka Unseld presents a film of two umbrellas who fall in love amid a city coming alive with the music of rain during an evening’s commute.

“The Blue Umbrella’s” film schedule can be found at: http://schedule.sxsw.com/2013/events/event_FS14180.

The film premieres on March 9 at the Long Centre.

SXSW Premiere: “Haunter” by Vincenzo Natali

Starring Abigail Breslin, “Haunter” tells the story of protagonist, whose family (along with her) died in 1986 under sinister circumstances. As you can probably guess, a lot of unseemly things begin happening when the current owners of the house the family haunts are reached out to in an attempt to save them from suffering the same fate.

“Haunter’s” film schedule can be found at: http://schedule.sxsw.com/2013/events/event_FS13826.

The film premieres on March 9 at the Alamo Ritz.

World Premiere: “Sequin Raze” by Sarah Gertrude Shapiro

“Sequin Raze” explores the dark world and mind of ‘Goldberg’ a jaded producer of a reality TV show, as she battles psychologically and manipulates the female contestants into on-camera meltdowns, as she destroys her own psyche at the same time. Starring Anna Camp (True Blood) and Frances Conroy (American Horror Story), this is a film set to entertain in a twisted way.

“Sequin Raze’s” film schedule can be found at: http://schedule.sxsw.com/2013/events/event_FS14199.

The film premieres on March 9 at the Topfer Theatre.