With this final lineup announcement, following the first (features) and second (Midnighters and shorts), SXSW ups the number of features to 133 features (89 world premieres, eleven North American premieres and eight U.S. premieres). The gist of today’s announcement, though, is that the conference lineup is complete. The full name of the Austin event, after all, is The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival.
Marc Webb (The Amazing Spider-Man) will deliver the fourth Keynote address, and there’ll be conversations with Jason Bateman, Mike Myers, Ralph Steadman, Robert Duvall and the great Tilda Swinton. The complete conference and panel lineups are now online.
Below, the eight new features with descriptions from the festival. SXSW 2014 runs from March 7 through 15.
May the Best Man Win
Director: Andrew O’Connor, Screenwriters: Matthew Robinson, Lee Hupfield, and Andrew O’Connor. Two pranksters compete against each other in a series of increasingly outrageous stunts to win the affections of the girl they’ve both fallen for. Cast: Whit Thomas, Drew Tarver, Rosa Salazar. World Premiere.
Directors: Anlo Sepulveda and Paul Collins. A river’s dreams and memories told from the perspective of the water that runs through it—a visual journey from prehistoric times to the modern era along what is now known as the San Marcos River. World Premiere.
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Big in Japan
Director/Screenwriter: John Jeffcoat. A comedic rock-and-roll road movie about struggling Seattle rock band, Tennis Pro, who decide to sell their tour-van and head to Tokyo for one last shot at acceptance. Cast: David Drury, Philip A Peterson, Sean Lowry, Alex Vincent, and Adam Powers. World Premiere.
For Those About to Rock. The Story of Rodrigo y Gabriela
Director: Alejandro Franco Fernández. The amazing and inspiring journey of Mexican guitarists ‘Rodrigo y Gabriela’ who at a very young age decided to do only what they loved the most: music. World Premiere.
And there’s been a change of one title. Previously announced as Sheffield: Sex City, the Florian Habicht documentary is now entitled PULP.
Directors: Tommy Pallotta and Femke Wolting. A true tale of survival in Somalia told from the pirate’s perspective. Combining animation with documentary storytelling.
What We Do in the Shadows
Directors/Screenwriters: Taika Waititi and Jermaine Clement. A hilarious comedy chock full of one-liners that showcases whether you’re immortal or human—life is better with friends. Cast: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Rhys Darby, Jonathan Brugh, and Cori Gonzalez-Macuer.
The Doug Benson Movie Interruption
Comedian Doug Benson and a few funny friends take over the theater’s front row, providing a live comedy soundtrack to the classic film onscreen.
Hannibal Buress Live From Chicago
Director: Marcus Raboy. Hannibal Buress’ newest stand-up hour, Live From Chicago, is premiering at SXSW before it’s on Comedy Central, March 29th. World Premiere.