The SXSW Film Conference and Festival, running this year from March 13 through 21, has added a few films and a whole lot of conference sessions to its previous lineup announcements (features, Midnighters and shorts). The great independent producer Christine Vachon joins Ava DuVernay, Mark Duplass and RZA on the roster of keynote speakers. There’ll be conversations with Ryan Gosling, Sally Field, Amy Schumer, Henry Rollins and Jeff Nichols and Michael Shannon. All in all, the Conference will sport more than 240 sessions and the schedule‘s up now.
The newly added films, with descriptions from the festival:
Moonwalkers (France). Director: Antoine Bardou-Jacquet, Screenwriter: Dean Craig. From Michel Gondry’s acclaimed producer comes a hilarious, high-concept action comedy, directed by the ad world’s boy genius Antoine Bardou-Jacquet (holder of the Guinness World Record for “Most Awarded Commercial”). Cast: Ron Perlman, Rupert Grint, Robert Sheehan (World Premiere).
Kings of Nowhere (Mexico). Director/Screenwriter: Betzabé García. Three families live in a village partially submerged by water in Northwestern Mexico. Despite their loneliness and fear, they refuse to leave. (North American Premiere).
Doug Loves Movies. Director: Doug Benson (Super High Me, Last Comic Standing), who invites his friends to sit down and discuss his first love: movies! (Live Podcast Recording).
Human Highway (Director’s Cut). Directors: Dean Stockwell, Neil Young, Screenwriters: Neil Young, Jeanne Field, Dean Stockwell, Russ Tamblyn, James Beshears. The owner of a roadside diner, stuck in a town built around a nuclear power plant, plans to torch the place to collect insurance. However, an assortment of bizarre characters and weird events gets in his way. Cast: Neil Young, Russ Tamblyn, Dean Stockwell, Dennis Hopper, Charlotte Stewardt, Sally Kirkland, Geraldine Baron, Gerald V. Casale, Mark Mothersbaugh, Bob Casale.
NASA New Initiatives in Imagery for Public Use. Presenting NASA initiatives in the film festival world; new technology and imagery opportunities in space; and new archives to open NASA imagery to the public for viewing, downloading and use.
Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation. Director: Eric Zala, Screenwriter: Lawrence Kasdan, Heralded as the greatest fan film ever made, Raiders: The Adaptation is a shot-for-shot remake of the Indiana Jones adventure film Raiders of the Lost Ark made by teenagers in Mississippi in the 1980s. Cast: Chris Strompolos, Eric Zala, Angela Rodriguez, Allan Stenum, Kurt Zala