Neighbors-Poster-sliceAfter announcing earlier this month that Jon Favreau’s Chef and the Veronica Mars movie will be making their world debuts at SXSW this year, the festival has revealed its full line-up, including further very promising world premieres, alongside appearances from some of the year’s most high-profile films.

The Midnight programme will be announced early next month, along with the Shorts line-up, and the complete Conference slate a little later as well.

Led by Seth Rogen and Zac Efron, Nicholas Stoller’s anticipated R-rated comedy, Neighbors, will be making its world debut at the festival, notably marked out as a ‘work-in-progress’ ahead of its theatrical release in May.

David Gordon Green’s acclaimed Joe will make its US premiere, having bowed at Venice and then Toronto last year. Early reviews have Nicolas Cage giving one of the finest performances of his career, with Tye Sheridan (Mud) excellent alongside him.

Penned by Mark Duplass, Patrick Brice’s horror-comedy, Creep, will be getting its world debut at SXSW 2014, with Duplass returning to the festival circuit following Charlie McDowell’s well-received The One I Love, which recently debuted at Sundance.

Nacho Vigalondo’s Open Windows will have its world premiere in the same Visions category. The anticipated horror sees Elijah Wood star opposite Sasha Grey, and given that the film was in part shot at Fantastic Fest last year, a festival bow seems very apt.

Jack Plotnick’s Space Station 76 will also debut in the Visions category, and with a cast led by Patrick Wilson, Liv Tyler, and Matt Bomer, there’s plenty of reasons to look forward to its bow.

Following an excellent supporting performance in Short Term 12 last year, John Gallagher, Jr. will be taking centre stage in The Heart Machine, which will be screening in the Narrative Feature Competition.

Mary Elizabeth Winstead will similarly be taking centre stage in Riley Stearns’ drama, Faults, and after taking a handful of supporting roles last year in the likes of The Spectacular Now and more, I can’t wait to see her at the middle of things again.

And best known for his starring role in The Big Bang Theory, Simon Helberg will make his directorial debut at SXSW, co-directing We’ll Never Have Paris with Jocelyn Towne from his own script, with Helberg leading the cast alongside Maggie Grace, Melanie Lynskey, Alfred Molina, Zachary Quinto, and Jason Ritter.

Having debuted out in Park City this month, the Zellner brothers’ Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter will return to the festival circuit here alongside fellow Sundance debutants Hellion, starring Aaron Paul; Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank, starring Domhnall Gleeson, Michael Fassbender, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Scoot McNairy; Jason Bateman’s anticipated R-rated comedy, Bad Words; The Raid 2: Berandal; Richard Linklater’s Boyhood; and Michael Tully’s Ping Pong Summer.

Wes Anderson will be giving an extended Q&A following a screening of his upcoming latest feature, The Grand Budapest Hotel, which is an event truly not to be missed.

And also included in the Special Events line-up is a screening of Godzilla, the 1954 Japanese original, with Gareth Edwards following it up with a post-screening Q&A, ahead of the release of his own Godzilla this summer.

SXSW 2014 will be running from March 7th to March 15th out in Austin, Texas. If you’re lucky enough to be Texas-bound next month, consider me jealous, because this is a brilliant line-up to look forward to, with Favreau’s Chef kicking off proceedings in just a few weeks’ time.


Narrative Feature Competition

10,000KM (Spain)

Director: Carlos Marques-Marcet, Screenwriters: Carlos Marques-Marcet, Clara Roquet Autonell

A year of a long distance relationship, two computers and two cities – Los Angeles and Barcelona – can love survive 6,000 miles? Cast: Natalia Tena, David Verdaguer (World Premiere)


Director: Collin Schiffli, Screenwriter: David Dastmalchian

Jude and Bobbie are a young, homeless couple who masterfully con and steal in an attempt to stay one step ahead of their addiction. They are ultimately forced to face the reality of their situation when one of them is hospitalized.

Cast: David Dastmalchian, Kim Shaw, John Heard (World Premiere)

Before I Disappear

Director/Screenwriter: Shawn Christensen

Based on the 2013 Academy Award-winning short film “Curfew.” At the lowest point of his life, Richie gets a call from his estranged sister, asking him to look after his 11-year-old niece, Sophia, for a few hours.

Cast: Shawn Christensen, Fatima Ptacek, Emmy Rossum, Paul Wesley, Ron Perlman, Richard Schiff (World Premiere)

Fort Tilden

Directors/Screenwriters: Sarah-Violet Bliss, Charles Rogers

It shouldn’t be this hard for Allie and Harper to get to the beach.

Cast: Bridey Elliott, Clare McNulty, Griffin Newman, Jeffrey Scaperrotta, Neil Casey (World Premiere)

The Heart Machine

Director/Screenwriter: Zachary Wigon

A man begins to suspect that his long-distance girlfriend, whom he met online but has never met in person, has been living in the same city the whole time and sets out to find her.

Cast: John Gallagher Jr., Kate Lyn Sheil, David Call, Louisa Krauss (World Premiere)

I Believe in Unicorns

Director/Screenwriter: Leah Meyerhoff

I Believe in Unicorns follows the lyrical journey of an imaginative teenage girl who runs away from home with an older punk rock drifter, but not even unicorns can save her now.

Cast: Natalia Dyer, Peter Vack, Julia Garner, Amy Seimetz, Toni Meyerhoff (World Premiere)

The Mend

Director/Screenwriter: John Magary

A dark comedy about rage, doubt, lust, madness, and other brotherly hand-me-downs.

Cast: Josh Lucas, Stephen Plunkett, Lucy Owen, Mickey Sumner, Austin Pendleton (World Premiere)

Wild Canaries

Director/Screenwriter: Lawrence Michael Levine

When their elderly neighbor suddenly drops dead, a young Brooklyn couple investigates signs of foul play.

Cast: Sophia Takal, Lawrence Michael Levine, Alia Shawkat, Annie Parisse, Jason Ritter (World Premiere)


Documentary Feature Competition

Beginning With the End

Director: David Marshall

Beginning With the End takes viewers on a profound, and profoundly moving, journey with a group of high school seniors working as trained hospice volunteers – a story of beginnings and endings in a year of self-discovery and awakening. (World Premiere)

Born to Fly

Director: Catherine Gund

Born to Fly pushes the boundaries between action and art, daring us to join choreographer Elizabeth Streb and her dancers in pursuit of human flight. (World Premiere) (SXsports screening)

The Great Invisible

Director: Margaret Brown

Penetrating the oil industry’s secretive world, The Great Invisible examines the Deepwater Horizon disaster through the eyes of oil executives, explosion survivors, and Gulf Coast residents who were left to pick up the pieces when the world moved on. (World Premiere)

The Immortalists

Directors: Jason Sussberg, David Alvarado

Two eccentric scientists struggle to create eternal youth in a world they call “blind to the tragedy of old age.” As they battle their own aging and suffer the losses of loved ones, their scientific journeys ultimately become personal. (World Premiere)

Impossible Light

Director: Jeremy Ambers

Impossible Light reveals the drama and the daring of artist Leo Villareal and a small team of visionaries who battle seemingly impossible challenges to turn a dream of creating the world’s largest LED light sculpture into a glimmering reality. (World Premiere)


Director: Aaron I. Naar

Mateo follows America’s most notorious white mariachi singer on his misadventures in Cuba. (World Premiere)

Print the Legend

Directors: Luis Lopez, Clay Tweel

The 3-D printing revolution has begun. Who will make it? (World Premiere)


Director: Diana Whitten

A fearless sea captain, Dr. Rebecca Gomperts, sails a ship through loopholes in international law, providing abortions on the high seas, and leaving in her wake a network of emboldened activists who trust women to handle abortion on their own terms. (World Premiere)




Director/Screenwriter: Jon Favreau

Chef is a rich and vibrant comedy – the story of Carl Casper (Favreau), who loses his chef job and cooks up a food truck business in hopes of reestablishing his artistic promise. At the same time, he tries to reconnect with his estranged family.

Cast: Jon Favreau, Sofia Vergara, Scarlett Johansson, John Leguizamo, Bobby Cannavale, Dustin Hoffman, Oliver Platt, Robert Downey, Jr., Emjay Anthony (World Premiere)


Director: David Gordon Green, Screenwriters: Larry Brown, Gary Hawkins

A gripping mix of friendship, violence, and redemption erupts in the contemporary South in this adaptation of Larry Brown’s novel.

Cast: Nicolas Cage, Tye Sheridan (U.S. Premiere)


Director: Nicholas Stoller, Screenwriters: Andrew J. Cohen, Brendan O’Brien

Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, and Rose Byrne lead the cast of Neighbors, a comedy about a young couple suffering from arrested development who are forced to live next to a fraternity house after the birth of their newborn baby.

Cast: Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Dave Franco, Ike Barinholtz, Lisa Kudrow (Worldwide Debut – work-in-progress)

Predestination (Australia)

Directors/Screenwriters: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig

A riveting adventure through time centered on a secret government time-traveling agency designed to prevent future killers and terrorists from committing their crimes.

Cast: Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook, Noah Taylor (World Premiere)

Veronica Mars

Director/Screenwriter: Rob Thomas, Screenwriter: Diane Ruggiero

Years after walking away from her past as a teenage private eye, Veronica Mars gets pulled back to her hometown, an ex-boyfriend with baggage, and an unraveling murder mystery.

Cast: Kristen Bell, Jason Dohring, Krysten Ritter, Ryan Hansen, Enrico Colantoni (World Premiere)


Narrative Spotlight

Break Point

Director: Jay Karas, Screenwriters: Gene Hong, Jeremy Sisto

Two estranged brothers reunite to make an improbable run at a grand slam tennis tournament. The mismatched pair, with some unlikely help from a precocious 11-year-old boy, rediscover their game and their brotherhood.

Cast: Jeremy Sisto, David Walton, Joshua Rush, J.K. Simmons, Amy Smart (World Premiere) (SXsports screening)

Cesar Chavez

Director: Diego Luna, Screenwriters: Keir Pearson, Timothy J. Sexton

Cesar Chavez chronicles the birth of a modern American movement led by famed civil rights leader and labor organizer Cesar Chavez.

Cast: Rosario Dawson, John Malkovich, Michael Pena, America Ferrera, Gabriel Mann (North American Premiere)


Director/Screenwriter: Riley Stearns

An expert on cults is hired by a mother and father to kidnap and deprogram their brainwashed daughter. He soon begins to suspect the parents may be more destructive than the cult he’s being hired to save her from.

Cast: Leland Orser, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Chris Ellis, Lance Reddick, Jon Gries (World Premiere)

The Frontier

Director/Screenwriter: Matt Rabinowitz, Screenwriter: Carlos Colungu

An estranged son travels back home to confront his overbearing father to see if there is any relationship left between them.

Cast: Max Gail, Coleman Kelly, Anastassia Sendyk, Katherine Cortez, Oliver Seitz (World Premiere)

Kelly & Cal

Director: Jen McGowan, Screenwriter: Amy Lowe Starbin

Kelly & Cal explores the heartfelt, somewhat absurd moments in our lives when we seek out a little bit of extra attention.

Cast: Juliette Lewis, Jonny Weston, Josh Hopkins, Cybil Shepherd (World Premiere)

The Mule (Australia)

Directors: Angus Sampson, Tony Mahony, Screenwriters: Leigh Whannell, Angus Sampson

In 1983, a naive man is detained by Australian Federal Police with lethal narcotics hidden in his stomach. Caught, “The Mule” makes a desperate choice to defy his bodily functions and withhold the evidence … literally.

Cast: Hugo Weaving, Angus Sampson, Leigh Whannell, Ewen Leslie, Geoff Morrell, Georgina Haig, Noni Hazlehurst, John Noble (World Premiere)

A Night In Old Mexico (USA / Spain)

Director: Emilio Aragón, Screenwriter: William D. Wittliff

Forced to give up his land and home, Texas rancher Red Bovie isn’t about to retire quietly in a dismal trailer park. Instead he hits the road with his estranged grandson for one last adventure.

Cast: Robert Duvall, Jeremy Irvine, Angie Cepeda, Luis Tosar, Joaquín Cosio (World Premiere)

Patrick’s Day (Ireland)

Director/Screenwriter: Terry McMahon

A young man with mental health issues becomes intimate with a suicidal air hostess but his obsessive mother enlists a dysfunctional cop to separate them.

Cast: Kerry Fox, Moe Dunford, Catherine Walker, Philip Jackson (World Premiere)


Director: Andy Landen, Screenwriter: Andrew Rothschild

Faced with stage three cancer, a young woman sets out to end her life on her own terms, in Sequoia National Park.

Cast: Aly Michalka, Dustin Milligan, Todd Lowe, Demetri Martin, Sophi Bairley (World Premiere)

She’s Lost Control

Director/Screenwriter: Anja Marquardt

Ronah’s life unravels when she starts working with a new client, Johnny.

Cast: Brooke Bloom, Marc Menchaca, Dennis Boutsikaris, Laila (North American Premiere)

Take Care

Director/Screenwriter: Liz Tuccillo

After being hit by a car, a woman (Leslie Bibb) comes home to realize her friends don’t really want to take care of her. Desperate for help, she turns to an unlikely source.

Cast: Leslie Bibb, Thomas Sadoski, Betty Gilpin, Michael Stahl David, Nadia Dajani (World Premiere)

Thank You a Lot

Director/Screenwriter: Matt Muir

A struggling, two-bit music manager will lose his job unless he signs a reclusive country music singer, James Hand, who also happens to be his estranged father.

Cast: Blake DeLong, James Hand, Robyn Rikoon, Sonny Carl Davis, Jeffery Da’Shade Johnson (World Premiere)

Things People Do

Director: Saar Klein, Screenwriters: Joe Conway, Saar Klein

Bill Scanlin loses his job and embarks on a life of crime. As Bill stays ahead of the law, he discovers that sometimes the only thing worse than getting caught is getting away with it.

Cast: Wes Bentley, Jason Isaacs, Vinessa Shaw, Haley Bennett (North American Premiere)

Two Step

Director/Screenwriter: Alex R. Johnson

Two Step is a fast-paced Texas thriller in which the lives of James, a directionless college dropout, and Webb, a career criminal with his back against the wall, violently collide.

Cast: Beth Broderick, James Landry Hébert, Skyy Moore, Jason Douglas, Ashley Rae Spillers (World Premiere)

We’ll Never Have Paris

Directors: Jocelyn Towne, Simon Helberg, Screenwriter: Simon Helberg

We’ll Never Have Paris is a clumsy and at once human account of screwing up on a transcontinental level in a noble effort to win back “the one.”

Cast: Simon Helberg, Maggie Grace, Melanie Lynskey, Alfred Molina, Zachary Quinto, Jason Ritter (World Premiere)


Documentary Spotlight

Above All Else

Director: John Fiege

A former stuntman and high wire artist puts his family and future on the line when he rallies a group of East Texas landowners and activists to blockade the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. (World Premiere)

Butterfly Girl

Director: Cary Bell

Abbie came of age in honky tonks, defying her life threatening disease, but all the while longing for an identity of her own. Now that she is 18, how much is she willing to sacrifice for her independence? (World Premiere)


Directors: Travis Rummel, Ben Knight

This powerful film odyssey across America explores the sea change in national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers. (World Premiere)

Doc of the Dead

Director: Alexandre O. Philippe

The definitive zombie culture documentary, from the makers of The People vs. George Lucas, Doc of the Dead traces the rise and evolution of the zombie genre, its influence on pop culture, and investigates the possibility of an actual zombie outbreak. (World Premiere)


Director: Neil Berkeley

A comedic, brutally honest documentary following self-destructive TV writer Dan Harmon (NBC’s Community) as he takes his live podcast on a national tour. (World Premiere)

Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story

Directors: Sandrine Orabona, Mark Herzog

A former U.S. Navy Seal seeks life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness living life as a transgender woman. (World Premiere)

The Legend of Shorty (UK)

Directors: Angus MacQueen, Guillermo Galdos

The Legend of Shorty is the story of a man and a myth. (World Premiere)


Directors: Ryan Moore, Leon Gast

From abject poverty to international hero, Manny Pacquiao rose to fame in the boxing ring. At the height of his career, Manny entered the political arena. As history’s only boxing Congressman, Manny is faced with a new challenge. (World Premiere) (SXsports screening)

Seeds of Time

Director: Sandy McLeod

Seeds of Time follows agriculture pioneer Cary Fowler’s global journey to save the eroding foundation of our food supply in a new era of climate change. (North American Premiere)


Director: Mike Myers

Mike Myers makes his directorial debut with this star-packed documentary about the legendary Shep Gordon, who managed the careers of Alice Cooper, Blondie, Luther Vandross, and Raquel Welch – and still had time to invent the “celebrity chef.” (U.S. Premiere)

That Guy Dick Miller

Director: Elijah Drenner

That Guy Dick Miller is the incredible true story of the wannabe writer turned accidental character-actor. (World Premiere)

Wicker Kittens

Director: Amy C. Elliott

Every January, the country’s largest jigsaw puzzle contest is held in St. Paul, Minn. Wicker Kittens invites you to choose your favorite team and watch them try to put the pieces back together. (World Premiere) (SXsports screening)



Arlo and Julie

Director/Screenwriter: Steve Mims

A neurotic couple’s obsession with a mysterious puzzle comically unravels their world, disconnecting them from reality and jeopardizing their fragile relationship.

Cast: Alex Dobrenko, Ashley Spillers, Chris Doubek, Sam Eidson, Hugo Zesati (World Premiere)

Beyond Clueless (UK)

Director: Charlie Lyne

Narrated by cult teen star Fairuza Balk, Beyond Clueless is a dizzying journey into the mind, body and soul of the teen movie, as seen through the eyes of over 200 modern coming-of-age classics. (World Premiere)

Big Significant Things

Director/Screenwriter: Bryan Reisberg

A week before they move across the country together, Craig lies to his girlfriend in order to go on his first road trip – to the South. Alone. Cast: Harry Lloyd, Krista Kosonen (World Premiere)


Director/Screenwriter: Joel Potrykus

Devil masks, metal, video games, Mountain Dew, and a Party Zone. Scheming slackers of the world unite and take over!

Cast: Joshua Burge, Joel Potrykus, Teri Ann Nelson, Alan Longstreet, Rico Bruce Wade (World Premiere)


Director/Screenwriter: Patrick Brice, Screenwriter: Mark Duplass

When a videographer answers a Craigslist ad for a one-day job in a remote mountain town, he finds his client is not at all what he initially seems.

Cast: Mark Duplass, Patrick Brice (World Premiere)

Cumbres (Heights) (Mexico)

Director/Screenwriter: Gabriel Nuncio

Due a tragedy, two sisters abruptly escape from their hometown in Northern Mexico. Their journey creates a bittersweet relationship marked by pain, guilt, and love.

Cast: Aglae Lingow, Ivanna Michel, Abdul Marcos, Sergio Quiñones, Ganzo Cepeda (U.S. Premiere)

The Dance of Reality (Chile / France)

Director/Screenwriter: Alejandro Jodorowsky

The Dance of Reality is a 2013 independent autobiographical film written, produced and directed by Alejandro Jodorowosky.

Cast: Brontis Jodorowsky, Pamela Flores, Jeremias Herskovits, Cristobal Jodorowsky, Bastián Bodenhöfer, Alejandro Jodorowsky (U.S. Premiere)

Evaporating Borders (USA / Cyprus)

Director: Iva Radivojevic

Evaporating Borders is a poetically photographed and rendered film on tolerance and search for identity. Told through five vignettes portraying the lives of migrants on the island of Cyprus, it passionately weaves themes of displacement and belonging. (North American Premiere)

Evolution of a Criminal

Director: Darius Clark Monroe

How does a 16-year-old evolve into a bank robber? (World Premiere)

Housebound (New Zealand)

Director/Screenwriter: Gerard Johnstone

When Kylie Bucknell is sentenced to home detention, she’s forced to come to terms with her unsociable behavior, her blabbering mother and a hostile spirit who seems less than happy about the new living arrangement.

Cast: Morgana O’Reilly, Rima Te Wiata, Glen-Paul Waru, Cameron Rhodes, Millen Baird (World Premiere)

The Infinite Man (Australia)

Director/Screenwriter: Hugh Sullivan

The Infinite Man is a time-travel comedy-romance about a man whose attempts to construct the perfect romantic weekend backfire when he traps his lover in an infinite loop.

Cast: Josh McConville, Hannah Marshall, Alex Dimitriades (World Premiere)

Open Windows (Spain)

Director/Screenwriter: Nacho Vigalondo

Nick’s a lucky guy – he’s having dinner with Jill Goddard, the hottest actress on earth. Then a guy named Chord calls: dinner’s been canceled. And it’s Jill’s fault. But Chord’s got something better… A 21st century Rear Window.

Cast: Elijah Wood, Sasha Grey, Neil Maskell, Adam Quintero, Ivan Gonzalez (World Premiere)

Other Months

Director/Screenwriter: Nick Singer

Marking time as an itinerant plumber, and haunted by recurrent nightmares, Nash hungers for the fleeting ecstasies of nightclubs and bedrooms. Other Months is a stark, honest portrait of disconnection – a young man coming to face his paralysis.

Cast: Christopher Bonewitz, Britannie Bond, Emma Morrison-Cohen, Liam Ahern, David Rudi Utter (World Premiere)

The Possibilities Are Endless (UK)

Directors: Edward Lovelace, James Hall

Scottish musician, Edwyn Collins’ world was shattered by a devastating stroke. After fighting back from the brink of death, he discovers that life, love and language mean even more to him that he could ever have imagined. (World Premiere)


Director/Screenwriter: Dan Beers, Screenwriter: Mathew Harawitz

On the most important day of his young life, a high school senior is forced to relive his failed attempt at losing his virginity over and over again, until he gets it right.

Cast: John Karna, Katie Findlay, Craig Roberts, Carlson Young, Adam Riegler (World Premiere)

Song from the Forest (Germany)

Director: Michael Obert

A modern epic set between rainforest and skyscrapers. (North American Premiere)

Space Station 76

Director/Screenwriter: Jack Plotnick, Screenwriters: Jennifer Cox, Sam Pancake, Kali Rocha, Michael Stoyanov

Welcome to the future of the past.

Cast: Patrick Wilson, Liv Tyler, Matt Bomer, Marisa Coughlan, Kylie Rogers (World Premiere)

Surviving Cliffside

Director: Jon Matthews

A West Virginia family faces illness, addiction, and gun violence – while their daughter makes a run for Little Miss West Virginia. (World Premiere)

The Wilderness of James

Director/Screenwriter: Michael Johnson

A restless teenager explores the wilderness of his city while struggling with the absence of his father.

Cast: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Virginia Madsen, Isabelle Fuhrman, Evan Ross, Danny DeVito (World Premiere)



COSMOS: A SpaceTime Odyssey

Directors: Brannon Braga, Bill Pope, Screenwriters: Ann Druyan, Steven Soter

COSMOS: A SpaceTime Odyssey is a thrilling, 13-part adventure across the universe of space and time revealed by science, exploring humanity’s heroic quest for a deeper understanding of nature.

Narrator: Neil deGrasse Tyson


Director: Troy Miller, Written and Co-Created by: Cody Heller, Brett Konner

Kevin Pacalioglu may have no money and no clue, but he does have one thing–he can see dead people. Faced with New York’s most stubborn ghosts, our hapless medium goes to whatever lengths necessary to help finish their unfinished business.

Cast: Tyler Labine, Cat Deeley, Brandon T. Jackson, Lucy DeVito (World Premiere)

From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series – Pilot

Director/Screenwriter: Robert Rodriguez

The Gecko Brothers are back. Based on the thrill-ride film, From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series is a supernatural crime saga from creator, director and EP Robert Rodriguez premiering March 11 on El Rey Network.

Cast: D.J. Cotrona, Zane Holtz, Eiza González, Jesse Garcia, Lane Garrison, and Wilmer Valderrama, and Don Johnson (World Premiere)

Halt and Catch Fire

Director: Juan Jose Campanella, Screenwriters: Christopher Cantwell, Christopher C. Rogers

Halt and Catch Fire captures the rise of the PC era in the early 1980s, during which an unlikely trio – a visionary, an engineer, and a prodigy – take personal and professional risks in the race to build a computer that will change the world as they know it.

Cast: Lee Pace, Scoot McNairy, Mackenzie Rio Davis, Kerry Bishe, Toby Huss, David Wilson Barnes (World Premiere)

Penny Dreadful (USA / UK)

Directors: John Logan, Juan Antonio Bayona, Screenwriter: John Logan

Penny Dreadful is a psychological horror series that reimagines literature’s most terrifying characters (Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray, and iconic figures from the novel Dracula) in a whole new light.

Cast: Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green, Reeve Carney, Rory Kinnear, Billie Piper, Danny Sapani, Harry Treadaway (World Premiere)

Silicon Valley

Director: Mike Judge, Created By: Mike Judge & John Altschuler & Dave Krinsky, Episode One Written by Mike Judge & John Altschuler & Dave Krinsky, Episode Two Written by Carson Mell

The new HBO series Silicon Valley takes a comic look at the modern-day epicenter of the high-tech gold rush, where the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success.

Cast: Thomas Middleditch, T.J. Miller, Zach Woods, Kumail Nanjiani, Martin Starr, Josh Brener, Christopher Evan Welch, Amanda Crew, Matt Ross (World Premiere)


24 Beats Per Second

The 78 Project Movie

Director: Alex Steyermark

The 78 Project is a journey to connect today’s musicians with the recordings of the past. Using a 1930’s Presto recorder, artists get one take to cut a 78rpm record anywhere, finding in that adventure a new connection to our shared cultural legacy. (World Premiere)

American Interior (Wales)

Directors: Dylan Goch, Gruff Rhys

Two men. Two quests. Two centuries apart. Four ways to experience the search for a lost tribe. Film. Book. Album?. App. (World Premiere)

The Case of the Three Sided Dream

Director: Adam Kahan

The documentary film on the life and legacy of Rahsaan Roland Kirk – a one-of-a-kind musician, personality, activist, and windmill slayer who despite being blind, becoming paralyzed, and facing America’s racial injustices, did not relent. (World Premiere)

Deep City

Directors: Dennis Scholl, Marlon Johnson

Deep City is an inspirational story that explores the early days of soul music in South Florida, the pioneers of that era and their lasting contributions to the broader American musical landscape. (World Premiere)

God Help the Girl (UK)

Director/Screenwriter: Stuart Murdoch

An indie musical from Stuart Murdoch of Belle & Sebastian about two girls and a boy and the music they made one Glasgow summer.

Cast: Emily Browning, Olly Alexander, Hannah Murray, Pierre Boulanger, Cora Bissett

Johnny Winter: Down & Dirty

Director: Greg Olliver

A down & dirty documentary on the life and career of blues legend Johnny Winter, featuring Edgar Winter, James Cotton, Billy Gibbons, Warren Haynes, Luther Nallie, Tommy Shannon, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks, and more. (World Premiere)

Leave the World Behind (UK)

Director: Christian Larson

A documentary following the breakup of Swedish House Mafia and their subsequent One Last Tour. A rare look at the electronic scene, amazing live footage and the psychological drama of three guys who walked away from everything to save their friendship. (World Premiere)

Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton (This Is Stones Throw Records)

Director: Jeff Broadway

Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton is a feature-length documentary about avant-garde Los Angeles-based record label Stones Throw Records.

Que Caramba es la Vida (Germany)

Director: Doris Dörrie

In the macho world of Mariachi music, very few women can hold their own. Just like the songs they play, this film is a snapshot of life, death, and the things in between – seen from a bird’s-eye perspective. (World Premiere)

Road to Austin

Director: Gary Fortin

Road to Austin chronicles how Austin, Texas, became the Live Music Capital of the World, dating from 1835 to present day. The film builds to a climax and weaves its way towards an all-star live performance led by Stephen Bruton and his 14-piece band. (World Premiere)

Rubber Soul

Director/Screenwriter: Jon Lefkovitz

Rubber Soul reconstructs portions of two historical interviews with John Lennon and Yoko Ono based on available transcripts and audio, juxtaposing them in order to explore the dynamic nature of Lennon’s identity over time.

Cast: Joseph Bearor, Denice Lee, Dillon Porter, Andrew Perez (World Premiere)

Sheffield: Sex City (UK)

Director: Florian Habicht

Dylan said “Don’t Look Back” – but what happens if you do? (World Premiere)

Soul Boys of the Western World (UK)

Director: George Hencken

A voyage through the heart of the ’80s with one of the decade’s most iconic bands, Spandau Ballet, this archive-only film tells the story of a group of working-class London lads who created a global music Empire, but at a price none of them imagined. (World Premiere)


Director: David Laven

SVDDXNLY uncovers the young life and career of A$AP Rocky and the A$AP Mob, from humble Harlem beginnings to their rapid rise to fame. (World Premiere)

Take Me to the River

Director: Martin Shore

Take Me to the River is a film about the soul of American music. The film follows the recording of a new album featuring legends from Stax records and Memphis mentoring and passing on their musical magic to stars and artists of today. (World Premiere)

The Winding Stream

Director: Beth Harrington

The Winding Stream is the story of the American music dynasty, the Carters and Cashes, and their decades-long influence on popular music. (World Premiere)



The Desert (Argentina)

Director: Christoph Behl

The failed story of a love triangle in a post-apocalyptic world.

Cast: Victoria Almeida, William Prociuk, Lautaro Delgado (North American Premiere)

For Those in Peril (UK)

Director/Screenwriter: Paul Wright

In a remote Scottish town, a young man is the lone survivor of a strange fishing accident that claimed the lives of five men. Spurred on by sea-going folklore, the village blames him for this tragedy, making him an outcast amongst his own people.

Cast: George Mackay, Michael Smiley, Nichola Burley, Kate Dickie (North American Premiere)

The Special Need (Germany / Italy / Austria)

Director: Carlo Zoratti

Searching for “the first time” Alex, Carlo, and their autistic friend Enea find a lot more than they were looking for… (North American Premiere)

Ukraine Is Not a Brothel (Australia)

Director: Kitty Green

A feature documentary that reveals the truth behind Ukraine’s topless feminist sensation, “Femen.”

Wetlands (Germany)

Director: David F. Wnendt, Screenwriters: Claus Falkenberg, David F. Wnendt

18-year-old Helen has her very own view on life, hygiene, and good sex. She loves to shock people with unexpected and un-girly behavior.

Cast: Carla Juri, Christoph Letkowski, Meret Becker, Marlen Kruse, Peri Baumeister

A Wolf at the Door (Brazil)

Director/Screenwriter: Fernando Coimbra

A nerve-rattling tale of a kidnapped child and the distraught parents left behind that captures the darkness that ensues when panic breeds suspicion and love turns to hate.

Cast: Milhelm Cortaz, Leandra Leal, Fabiula Nascimento (U.S. Premiere)


Festival Favorites

Bad Words

Director: Jason Bateman, Screenwriter: Andrew Dodge

Jason Bateman’s feature directorial debut is the subversive comedy Bad Words. Bateman stars as Guy, who finds a loophole in the rules of a national spelling bee and causes trouble by hijacking the competition.

Cast: Jason Bateman, Kathryn Hahn, Rohan Chand, Philip Baker Hall, Allison Janney


Director/Screenwriter: Richard Linklater

One family’s journey shot over the course of 12 years.

Cast: Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, Ellar Coltrane, Lorelei Linklater

The Case Against 8

Directors: Ben Cotner, Ryan White

A behind-the-scenes look inside the case to overturn California’s ban on same-sex marriage. Shot over five years, the film follows the unlikely team that took the first federal marriage equality lawsuit to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Dog

Directors: Allison Berg, Frank Keraudren

An astonishing documentary portrait of the late John Wojtowicz, whose attempted robbery of a Brooklyn bank to finance his male lover’s sex-reassignment surgery was the real-life inspiration for the classic Al Pacino film Dog Day Afternoon.

For No Good Reason (England)

Director: Charlie Paul

Johnny Depp pays a call on his friend and hero Ralph Steadman and we take off on a high-spirited, raging, and kaleidoscopic journey discovering the life and works of one of the most distinctive radical artists of the last 50 years.


Director: Lenny Abrahamson, Screenwriters: Jon Ronson, Peter Straughan

Frank is a comedy about a young wannabe musician, Jon, who discovers he’s bitten off more than he can chew when he joins a band of eccentric musicians led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank and his terrifying sidekick, Clara.

Cast: Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Michael Fassbender, Scoot McNairy, Carla Azar


Director/Screenwriter: Kat Candler

When 13-year-old Jacob’s delinquent behavior results in the authorities placing his little brother Wes with their aunt, he and his emotionally absent father must finally take responsibility for their actions and each other in order to bring Wes home.

Cast: Aaron Paul, Juliette Lewis, Josh Wiggins, Deke Garner, Jonny Mars

The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz

Director: Brian Knappenberger

The story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz, from the development of RSS and Reddit to his groundbreaking work in political organizing and the tragic taking of his own life at the age of 26.

JIMI: All Is By My Side

Director/Screenwriter: John Ridley

Covering a year in Hendrix’s life from 1966-67, the film presents an intimate portrait of the sensitive young musician on the verge of becoming a rock legend.

Cast: Andre Benjamin, Hayley Atwell, Imogen Poots, Ruth Negga, Adrian Lester (U.S. Premiere)

Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter

Director/Screenwriter: David Zellner, Screenwriter: Nathan Zellner

A lonely Japanese woman abandons her structured life in Tokyo to seek a satchel of money rumored to be hidden in the Minnesota wilderness.

Cast: Rinko Kikuchi, Nobuyuki Katsube, David Zellner, Nathan Zellner, Shirley Venard

No No: A Dockumentary

Director: Jeffrey Radice

In the 1970s Dock Ellis pitched a no-hitter on LSD and courted conflict and controversy, but his latter years were spent helping others recover from addiction. No No: A Dockumentary weaves a surprising story of a life in and out of the spotlight. (SXsports screening)

Obvious Child

Director/Screenwriter: Gillian Robespierre

Obvious Child is an unapologetically honest comedy about what happens when 27-year?old Brooklyn stand-up comedian Donna Stern (Jenny Slate) gets dumped, fired, and pregnant just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Cast: Jenny Slate, Jake Lacy, Gaby Hoffmann, Gabe Liedman, David Cross

Only Lovers Left Alive

Director/Screenwriter: Jim Jarmusch

A story centered on two vampires who have been in love for centuries.

Cast: Tom Hiddleston, Tilda Swinton, Mia Wasikowska, John Hurt, Anton Yelchin

Ping Pong Summer

Director/Screenwriter: Michael Tully

Coming soon … Summer 1985.

Cast: Susan Sarandon, John Hannah, Lea Thompson, Amy Sedaris, Robert Longstreet

The Raid 2

Director/Screenwriter: Gareth Evans

Picking up from right where the first film ends, The Raid 2 follows Rama as he goes undercover and infiltrates the ranks of a ruthless Jakarta crime syndicate in order to protect his family and uncover the corruption in the police force.

Cast: Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian, Arifin Putra, Oka Antara, Tio Pakusadwo


Special Events

All American High: Revisited

Director: Keva Rosenfeld

All American High: Revisited is a time capsule of teen life in the 1980s, a long-lost documentary that captures an unforgettable era through the eyes of those who lived it.

Double Play: James Benning and Richard Linklater (France / Portugal / US)

Director: Gabe Klinger

A documentary portrait of the friendship between the renowned filmmakers James Benning and Richard Linklater. (U.S. Premiere)

Godzilla: The Japanese Original (Japan)

Director: Ishiro Honda, Screenwriters: Takeo Murata, Ishiro Honda

The 1954 classic that inspired the modern monster movie (national re-release from Rialto Pictures in April). Q&A with Gareth Edwards, director of the summer 2014 film Godzilla, from Warner Bros Pictures and Legendary Pictures.

Cast: Takashi Shimura, Akira Takarada, Momoko Kochi

The Grand Budapest Hotel – Extended Q&A with Wes Anderson

Director/Screenwriter: Wes Anderson

The Grand Budapest Hotel recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting; a raging battle for an enormous family fortune; a desperate chase on motorcycles, trains, sleds, and skis; and the sweetest confection of a love affair – all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent.

Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan, Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson, Owen Wilson

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre – 40th Anniversary Screening

Director/Screenwriter: Tobe Hooper, Screenwriter: Kim Henkel

An idyllic summer afternoon becomes a terrifying nightmare for five young friends after they stumble upon the home of a depraved Texas clan.

Cast: Marilyn Burns, Paul A. Partain, Edwin Neal, Jim Siedow, Gunnar Hansen