Written by Christina Wiese
And we’re off!
The adventure continues as we reveal the bulk of the 2015 SXSW Film Features Program.
Among the 145 feature films to play at the festival, you'll find 100 World Premieres, 13 North American Premieres and 11 U.S. Premieres, selected from a record 2,385 feature-length film submissions. First-time filmmakers account for 60 films in the program, continuing the SXSW tradition of showcasing independent discoveries from emerging directors.
A selection of highlights includes a Work in Progress of Judd Apatow’s Trainwreck, Alex Gibney’sSteve Jobs: Man in the Machine, Jamie Babbit’s Fresno, Paul Feig’s Spy, Etan Cohen’s Get Hard, Bill Pohlad’s Love & Mercy, Shannon Sun-Higginson’s GTFO: Get The F% Out, Larry Charles’ The Comedians, Alex Winter’s Deep Web, Ryan Gosling’s Lost River, Jake Szymanski’s 7 Days in Hell, Laura Gabbert’s City of Gold, Todd Strauss-Schulson’s The Final Girls, Charles Hood’s Night Owls, Les Blanks’ A Poem is a Naked Person, Robert Duvall’s Wild Horses, Lina Mannheimer’s The Ceremony and Colin Hanks’ All Things Must Pass. Exclusive events include a special screening of George Miller’s 1981 classic The Road Warrior with a filmmaker Q&A following and Jonathan Demme Presents Made in Texas, a collection of short films from Austin in the early ‘80s.
Additionally, 2015 will also see the return of last year’s successful debut of the Episodics screening section.
New for 2015: The Narrative Feature Competition & Documentary Feature Competition categories have increased to include ten films per category, up from eight films in each category.
New for 2015: For the first time ever, SXSW Music badgeholders can attend all screenings in the 24 Beats Per Second Film Festival category as an expansion of Convergence programming.
And we’re not done yet! The Midnighter features, along with the Short Film Program, will be announced next Tuesday, February 10, with the complete Film Conference lineup and schedule to follow on Tuesday, February 17. So mark those dates on your calendar, get your badge, start building your schedule and we can’t wait to see you in March.