The SXSW Film, Music, and Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas just announced their list of features at this year's festival, and I have to say my excitement level has pinged up a couple of notches. I'm actually looking forward to this more than I was to Sundance, even though many of the same films are playing at both festivals. The all-seeing eye of the geek is on Kick-Ass, which will open the festival, but there are a ton of other projects that sound impressive, including the documentary The People vs. George Lucas, James Franco's SATURDAY NIGHTproject about Saturday Night Live, MacGruber (my own personal jury is still out on this one), and Bernard Rose's Mr. Nice.
SXSW differs from most other film festivals in that it also encompasses a massive music festival as well, and it's nice to see that reflected in the film selection. Films include music documentaries about Lemmy Kilmister (Lemmy), Stephen Merritt and The Magnetic Fields (Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and The Magnetic Fields), The White Stripes (The White Stripes: Under Great White Northern Lights) and a David Byrne concert film (RIDE, RISE, ROAR), among others.
The Sundance Bonus Round: If you missed Cyrus, The Runaways, Winter's Bone, Get Low, Enter the Void, and several others that were at Sundance, they'll be playing here as well, giving you a second shot at seeing them.
SX Fantastic Fest: Last year, SXSW kicked off a collaboration with Fantastic Fest that continues this year, and will feature several FF-themed special screenings at the Alamo Drafthouse, like Tae-Kyun Kim's Higanjima and a super secret TBA world premiere..
Cinematical will be at SXSW in full force, so stay tuned in the days leading up to the March 12 launch of this year's festival, and throughout the event for reviews, interviews, and breaking news. Read the full breakdown of this year's many films that will be playing at SXSW just beyond the break.