Austin’s SXSW Film Festival has announced that this year’s edition, running from March 7 through 15, will open with the world premiere of Jon Favreau’s Chef. Mekado Murphy for the New York Times: “Mr. Favreau plays a chef who leaves his job at a Los Angeles restaurant and eventually starts a food truck in Miami. The filmmaker was spotted last June in the kitchen of Wolfgang Puck’s Los Angeles restaurant as part of research for the film. The cast includes Scarlett Johansson, John Leguizamo, Dustin Hoffman and Robert Downey Jr.”
This first round of titles also includes six more premieres, but first: HitFix‘s Drew McWeeney is going to be interviewing Alejandro Jodorowsky and Lena Dunham will be delivering a keynote speech. Plus, Jeffrey Tambor’s Acting Workshop returns, and there’ll be a presentation of COSMOS: A SpaceTime Odyssey, a new series hosted by Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson that takes its inspiration from Carl Sagan’s landmark original.
Now then, those other premieres, with descriptions from the festival:
Patrick Brice’s Creep. “When a videographer answers a Craigslist ad for a one-day job in the outer-exurbs, he finds his client is not at all what he initially seems.” With Mark Duplass and Brice himself.
Jay Karas’s Break Point. “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, re-discover their game and their brotherhood.” With Jeremy Sisto, David Walton, Joshua Rush, J.K. Simmons, and Amy Smart.
Christian Larson’s Leave the World Behind. “A documentary following the final tour of the hugely successful band Swedish House Mafia. The film depicts the EDM scene at its peak as well as telling a story of friendship and success.”
Alexandre O. Philippe’s Doc of the Dead. “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.”
Rob Thomas’s Veronica Mars. “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.” With Kristen Bell, Jason Dohring, Krysten Ritter, Francis Capra, Percy Daggs III, Ryan Hansen, Gaby Hoffman, Chris Lowell, Tina Majorino, Jand erry O’Connell.