The lineup for the 2016 South by Southwest film festival grows bigger, at least by a little bit: The organization today announced six new film and television entries, five of which will be world premieres during the nine-day event. Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, the science fiction film Midnight Special and AMC’s comic book adaptation Preacher will first see the light of day during the Austin festival’s March 11-20 run. Today’s reveal follows the previous announcement that Richard Linklater’s Everybody Wants Some, billed as a “spiritual sequel” to his 1993 cult favorite Dazed And Confused, will premiere on the festival’s opening night.
The remaining slate will be announced February 2, with the exception of the Midnighters selections, which will be announced along with all short film and music videos entries on February 9.
Meanwhile, here’s the full list of newly announced SXSW titles:
Beware the Slenderman (World Premiere)
Director: Irene Taylor Brodsky
In this horrifyingly modern fairytale lurks an online Boogeyman and two 12-year-old girls who would kill for him. The entrance to the Internet quickly leads to its darkest basement. How responsible are our children for what they find there?
Director: Athina Rachel Tsangari
Screenwriters: Efthimis Filippou, Athina Rachel Tsangari
Six men on a fishing trip on a luxury yacht decide to play a game to compete. Things will be compared. Things will be measured. Songs will be butchered. Blood will be tested. Friends will become rivals, and rivals will become hungry. (Greece)
Cast: Yorgos Kentros, Panos Koronis, Vangelis Mourikis, Makis Papadimitriou, Yorgos Pirpassopoulos, Sakis Rouvas
Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru (World Premiere)
Director: Joe Berlinger
Granted unprecedented access, Berlinger captures renowned life and business strategist Tony Robbins behind the scenes of his mega seminar Date with Destiny, pulling back the curtain on this life-altering and controversial event, the zealous participants and the man himself.
Midnight Special (North American Premiere)
Director/Screenwriter: Jeff Nichols
A father goes on the run to protect his young son and uncover the truth behind the boy’s special powers in the sci-fi thriller Midnight Special, a film as supernatural as it is intimately human.
Cast: Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver, Jaeden Lieberher, Sam Shepard
Pee-wee’s Big Holiday (World Premiere)
Director: John Lee
Screenwriters: Paul Reubens, Paul Rust
In Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, a fateful meeting with a mysterious stranger inspires Pee-wee Herman to take his first-ever holiday in this epic story of friendship and destiny.
Cast: Paul Reubens, Joe Manganiello, Jessica Pohly, Alia Shawkat, Stephanie Beatriz
Preacher (World Premiere)
Directors: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg
Screenwriter: Sam Catlin
Preacher is a supernatural, twisted and darkly comedic drama that follows a West Texas preacher named Jesse Custer, who – along with his ex-girlfriend Tulip and an Irish vagabond named Cassidy – is thrust into a crazy world, much bigger than he is.
Cast: Dominic Cooper, Ruth Negga, Joseph Gilgun, Ian Colletti, W. Earl Brown, Lucy Griffiths
In addition to the full nine days of screenings, the SXSW film conference will feature more than 500 sessions, including previously announced Featured Speakers Jake Gyllenhaal, Sarah Green and Kerry Washington, along with panels, workshops and mentor sessions.
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