The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival is thrilled to announce features in the Midnighters and SXFantastic sections, as well as the complete short films lineup, which will debut at this year’s Festival, which runs from March 11 – 19, 2011 in Austin, Texas.
A key component of the SXSW Film lineup, the Festival offers two midnight feature programs, each including five titles. The long-standing Midnighters section has hosted the premieres and fostered the careers of such filmmakers as Ti West, Eli Roth, and Scott Glosserman, and is programmed by SXSW Senior Programmer & Conference Manager Jarod Neece. In 2009, SXSW added the SXFantastic sidebar, a series of midnight films programmed by Fantastic Fest, the largest genre film festival in the U.S. Last year, the section was home to the world premieres of Gareth Edward’s Monsters and the much buzzed about A Serbian Film.
“Our midnight programs are the bloody, beating heart of SXSW,” said SXSW Film Conference & Festival Producer Janet Pierson. “Since the beginning, midnight films have been an essential ingredient to what makes SXSW so exciting and fun, and this year’s selections are no exception.”
MIDNIGHTERS: Scary, funny, sexy, controversial – provocative after-dark features for night owls and the terminally curious.
Films screening in Midnighters are:
Attack The Block (UK-England)
Director & Writer: Joe Cornish
Cast: Jodie Whittaker, John Boyega, Alex Esmail, Franz Drameh, Leeon Jones, Simon Howard, Luke Treadaway, Jumayn Hunter and Nick Frost
“A funny, frightening action adventure movie that pits a teen gang against an invasion of alien monsters. It turns a tower block into a sci-fi playground. It’s inner city versus outer space.” (World Premiere)
The Divide (US-Canada)
Director: Xavier Gens, Writers: Karl Mueller & Eron Sheean
Cast: Michael Biehn, Milo Ventimiglia, Lauren German, Rosanna Arquette, Courtney B. Vance
“To survive the end of the world…you must first survive each other.” (World Premiere)
Hobo With a Shotgun
Director: Jason Eisner, Writer: John Davies
Cast: Rutger Hauer, Gregory Smith, Molly Dunsworth, Brian Downey, Nick Bateman
“A Hobo finds himself in an urban hell. When he witnesses a brutal robbery, he realizes the only way to deliver justice is with a shotgun.”
Director: James Wan, Writer: Leigh Whannell
Cast: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Lin Shaye, Ty Simpkins, Barbara Hershey
“Dark spirits have possessed the home of a family whose son has fallen into a coma. Trying to save him, the family moves only to realize that it was not their house that was haunted.” (U.S. Premiere)
Phase 7 / Fase 7 (Argentina)
Director & Writer: Nicolas Goldbart
Cast: Daniel Hendler, Federico Luppi, Jazmin Stuart, Jose “Yayo” Guridi
“Coco just moved to his new apartment with 7-month pregnant wife. When the building is in quarantined for a deadly flue. The neighbors became unexpected enemies.” (North American Premiere)
SXFANTASTIC: Mind-bending Midnighters, hand-selected by our friends at Fantastic Fest.
Films screening in SXFantastic are:
Cold Sweat / Sudor Frio
Director: Adrián Garcia Bogliano, Writers: Adrián Garcia Bogliano, Ramiro García Bogliano, Hernán Moyano
Cast: Facundo Espinosa, Marina Glezer, Camila Velasco, Omar Musa, Noelia Vergini
“What do you do if you are a right-wing Argentinean terrorist and your state-sanctioned organization is disbanded? We can’t say, but it involves chat rooms, bare breasts and a generous slathering of nitro-glycerine.” (International Premiere)
George the Hedgehog / Jeż Jerzy (Poland)
Director: Wojciech Wawszczyk, Writer: Rafał Skarżycki
Cast: Borys Szyc, Maria Peszek, Maciej Maleńczuk, Sokół, Michał Koterski
“Jez Jerzy is a skateboarding hedgehog who likes to drink beer and fondle breasts. He finds it hard to pursue his passions, however, while being tormented by neo-nazi skinheads, mad scientists and a drooling, flatulent clone of himself.” (International Premiere)
Kill List (UK)
Director: Ben Wheatley, Writers: Ben Wheatley & Amy Jump
Cast: Neil Maskell, Michael Smiley, MyAnna Buring
“A horror film about a group of demobbed soldiers turned contract killers who run up against a devil-worshipping coven.” (World Premiere)
Little Deaths (UK)
Directors & Writers: Sean Hogan, Andrew Parkinson & Simon Rumley
Cast: Kate Braithewaite, Daniel Brocklebank, Brendan Gregory, Siubhan Harrison, Jodie Jameson
“A psychosexual horror anthology comprised of three separate stories dealing with the twin themes of sex and death.” (North American Premiere)
Directors & Writers: Jason Trost & Brandon Trost
Cast: Jason Trost, Lee Valamassy, Caitlyn Folley, Art Hsu, Nick Principe
“For years an underground war has raged for dominance over the town of Frazier Park between two clans. Dominance isn’t determined through fistfights or petty brawls, but the dancing video game Beat-Beat Revelation.” (World Premiere)
Silver Bullets; Director & Writer: Joe Swanberg
Cast: Kate Lyn Sheil, Ti West, Amy Seimetz, Joe Swanberg, Jane Adams (North American Premiere)
“Filmmaking and life converge around a werewolf film.”
My Sucky Teen Romance; Director & Writer: Emily Hagins
Cast: Elaine Hurt, Patrick Delgado, Santiago Dietche, Lauren Lee, Tony Vespe (World Premiere)
“In a culture that is currently overrun with romanticized vampires, it is up to four geeky teenagers to defend their friend and beloved sci-fi convention from a group of very real, blood-thirsty vampires.”
Red Riding Hood (Special Screening); Director: Catherine Hardwicke, Writer: David Leslie Johnson
Cast: Amanda Seyfried, Gary Oldman, Billy Burke, Shiloh Fernandez, Max Irons
“Catherine Hardwicke will be present for Q&A following this special screening of her latest film, on Thursday, March 10 at midnight. In the film, a werewolf terrorizes a small village, especially when the people discover that, by day, the beast could be anyone. And one young woman discovers that she has a unique connection to the wolf that makes her both suspect…and bait.”
Detention; Director: Joseph Kahn, Writers: Joseph Kahn & Mark Palermo
Cast: Josh Hutcherson, Dane Cook, Shanley Caswell, Spencer Locke, Aaron David Johnson (World Premiere)
“A downtrodden 17-year-old girl is sent to detention where she must survive a slasher film killer and save the world in time for prom.”
The Innkeepers; Director & Writer: Ti West
Cast: Sara Paxton, Pat Healy, Kelly McGillis (World Premiere)
“Hotel clerks by day, amateur ghost hunters by night, the last two employees of the historic Yankee Pedlar Inn set out to prove that their place of business is as haunted as its reputation. ”
Director & Writer: Evan Glodell
Cast: Evan Glodell, Jessie Wiseman, Tyler Dawson, Rebekah Brandes, Vincent Grashaw
“A love story with apocalyptic stakes. Two friends spend all their free time building flame-throwers and weapons of mass destruction in hopes that a global apocalypse will occur and clear the runway for their imaginary gang “Mother Medusa”.”
MIDNIGHT SHORTS: Bite-sized bits for all of your sex, gore, and hilarity needs.
Director: Adam White
When Harold discovers he has a brain tumor he is unaware that the tumor is an independent world of it’s own, fighting to survive.
Director: Thomas Wohlford
It’s Billy’s Birthday.
Director: Brandon LaGanke
When a young child walks home from school he encounters a strange-looking man in a full bunny costume.
Directors: Natalia Provatas & Valerian Zamel
The story of five canaries, that just couldn’t take it anymore.
Christeene, “Bustin’ Brown”
Director: PJ Raval
In “Bustin’ Brown,” the fourth installment of the CHRISTEENE Video Collection, CHRISTEENE confronts the ever-present bastardization of anal sex from mainstream bourgeois heterosexuals by returning “da buh-hole” to its rightful owners.
Good Morning, Beautiful
Director: Todd Cobery
After the death of his newborn daughter, a man deals with his grief as he struggles to keep his grasp on reality.
Director: Andrew Putschoegl
A suicidal woman makes a call for help with unexpected results.
The Laying on of Hands
Director: Nick Twemlow
Martial arts death dealing meets biblical faith healing.
Director: Kelsey Stark
Ghosts just wanna have fun!
Director: Lucas Mireles
Give me one good reason to date your sister.
Director: Scott Smith
Politically incorrect foreplay helps a young couple explore the boundaries of their fantasies.
Director: Rafael De Leon Jr.
A disfigured, science fair champion invites her new friend over for dinner, but by the time dessert comes around, the two schoolmates will discover each other’s true, unpleasant natures.