SXSW Fest Releases Features Lineup

The South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival unveiled its feature lineup today. Colombia Pictures and MGM’s 21 Jump Street will screen as the festival’s centerpiece world premiere March 12th and Emmett Malloy’s world debut documentary Mumford & Sons will close out the event, which takes place in Austin from March 9-17. As previously announced, Lionsgate’s thriller The Cabin In The Woods from Emmy-nominated writer Drew Goddard will open the eight-day event. 130 features will screen at SXSW 2012 with 65 world and 17 North American premieres. The lineup also includes 51 films from first-time filmmakers.

SXSW has been a magnet for indies since the film component began in 1994 as an adjunct to its older music festival, but it has attracted some higher-profile releases in recent years including Jodie Foster’s The Beaver and Duncan Jones’ Source Code last year and Matthew Vaughn’s Kick-Ass in 2010. Still, the festival says it is keeping Hollywood at bay. “We’re sparing in Hollywood offerings,” SXSW producer Janet Pierson told Deadline. “We have a dialogue and meet with studios, and we don’t take whatever they have available that Friday [screening time]. It’s active programming on our part.” SXSW continues to have increased submissions, with 7% more projects making their way to festival programmers compared with the year before.

Here’s the feature lineup:


This year’s 8 films were selected from 1,112 submissions. Each film is a World Premiere. Films screening in Narrative Feature Competition are:

Director/Screenwriter: Matt Ruskin
When Simon’s brother is arrested for armed robbery, he is asked to commit a string of similar crimes in an attempt to get his brother acquitted.
Cast: Nico Stone, Adam DuPaul, Seymour Cassel, Kristin Dougherty, Brian McGrail (World Premiere)

Director: Megan Griffiths, Screenwriters: Richard B. Phillips, Megan Griffiths, Story by: Richard B. Phillips and Chong Kim
A young Korean-American girl, abducted and forced into prostitution by domestic human traffickers, joins forces with her captors in a desperate plea to survive. Cast: Jamie Chung, Matt O’Leary, Beau Bridges, Jeanine Monterroza, Scott Mechlowicz (World Premiere)

Director/Screenwriter: Jonathan Lisecki
Jenn and Matt, best friends since college who are now in their thirties, decide to have a child together, the old-fashioned way – even though Matt is gay and Jenn is straight. Cast: Jenn Harris, Matthew Wilkas, Mike Doyle, Anna Margaret Hollyman, Jack Ferver (World Premiere)

Gimme the Loot
Director/Screenwriter: Adam Leon
When Malcolm and Sofia’s latest graffiti masterpiece is buffed by a rival gang, these two determined Bronx teens must hustle, steal, and scheme to get spectacular revenge and become the biggest writers in the City. Cast: Tashiana Washington, Ty Hickson, Meeko, Zoe Lescaze, Sam Soghor (World Premiere)

Los Chidos (Germany / Mexico / USA)
Director/Screenwriter: Omar Rodriguez Lopez
The Gonzales family tries hard to hold on to their beautiful Latino traditions of misogyny andhomophobia when a tall, white, industrialist stranger appears, challenging their place in the exploitative
food chain. Cast: Kim Stodel, María De Jesús Canales Ramírez, Manuel Ramos, Cecillia Gutiérrez, (World Premiere)

Pilgrim Song
Director: Martha Stephens, Screenwriters: Martha Stephens, Karrie Crouse A pink-slipped music teacher ponders his stalled relationship and place in the world during an arduous trek across Kentucky’s Sheltowee Trace Trail. Cast: Timothy Morton, Bryan Marshall, Karrie Crouse, Harrison Cole, Michael Abbott Jr. (World Premiere)

Director: Sean Baker, Screenwriters: Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch The film explores the unlikely friendship between 21-year-old Jane (Dree Hemingway), and 85 year-old Sadie (Besedka Johnson), two women whose worlds collide in California’s San Fernando Valley.
Cast: Dree Hemingway, Besedka Johnson, Stella Maeve, James Ransone, Karren Karagulian (World Premiere)

The Taiwan Oyster
Director: Mark Jarrett, Screenwriters: Mark Jarrett, Jordan Heimer, Mitchell Jarrett
Two Ex-Pat Kindergarten teachers in Taiwan embark on a quixotic odyssey to bury a fellow countryman. Cast: Billy Harvey, Jeff Palmiotti, Leonora Lim (World Premiere) (more…)

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