E! has been every TV fanatic’s source of all-day celeb, Hollywood, and lifestyle dish since 1990. Between E! News, E! True Hollywood Stories, Fashion Police, The Soup (and its predecessor Talk Soup), the unending branches of the Kardashian franchise, and specials like the 100 Sexiest Beach Bodies, the network has provided a hotbed of celeb-skewed entertainment for fans of the boob tube. Now, they’re looking to add another element: drama. The network just slated nine new scripted series for development, territory where no E! exec has boldly gone before. Of course the big question is: Will it work?
On one level, this decision to slate series ranging from Kevin Spacey’s 1990s Silicon Valley boom drama to an ABC reject series placing Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII in modern-day Hollywood signals a seeming desire to up the network’s level of discourse. We’ve already started to see that shift with focus on families like The Eastwoods (as in Clint Eastwood) and the E! Investigates series with journalist Laura Ling, but the scripted series push is an incongruent move for the network’s general reality-based mode of operation.
Granted, E! is not the first network to try and change its stripes. We’ve watched USA, TBS, and TNT work tirelessly to alter their reputations from “those cable channels that always play Speed and Beverly Hills: 90210 reruns” to viable cable networks with genuine original programming and distinct identities. And E! has been testing the scripted waters with reruns of the ever-classic Sex and the City, NBC’s new guilty pleasure Smash (merging with NBC Universal has its perks), as well as Brit Cult hit Absolutely Fabulous, but reality and newsy commentary has remained the priority. And for good reason.
We love E!. From the schmoozy, celeb-loving tone of E! News to the snark and complete disregard for any and all famous folks on The Soup and Fashion Police — and that tone isn’t going anywhere. If anything, it seems the network is amplifying it. Their new initiative, which the network calls “Pop of Culture,” features new series that toe the line of E! we know so well. Whitney Cummings will bring a weekly talk show to the network to pair her snarky quips alongside Joel McHale’s devil-may-care takedown of all things reality and celebrity on The Soup; Kevin Jonas will take us into his new life of wedded bliss on Married to Jonas; and Nigel Lythgoe brings a talent competition aimed at web-famous talent.
The difference between these endeavors and the new scripted slate is that these are expanding on an idea we’re all buying into. Throw in the scripted series – which span from historical dramas to glitzy guilty pleasures – and you’ve got a risky cocktail of new content that will either overwhelm us with intrigue or render us defenseless with confusion. In one corner we have intelligent-sounding series like King David, a “modern-day Mr. Smith [Goes to Washington]” tale written by a former D.C. lobbyist, and Upstarts, the Kevin Spacey/Michael De Luca produced series set in the Silicon Valley digital boom of the 1990s. And in the other, we have Amy Devlin Mysteries, a typical procedural that follows a twentysomething pop culture wiz detective (you would, E!), and Dorothy, a modern-day love story based not so loosely on The Wizard of Oz. Overnight, E! is attempting a rather tall order: It wants to go from special interest cable network to full-fledged programming in a single beat.
While the risk is large, if it pays off, E! could be sitting very, very pretty. But the big question is: Why the risk? As they say, if ain’t broke, don’t fix it, and E!’s not exactly broke. (Just look at the fifth season of Keeping Up With the Kardashians’ average audience of 3.11 viewers, which is nothing to scoff at for a cable reality series.) It does make sense, however, that E! is moving towards more high-minded content, attempting to skew its reputation for flashiness to a more intelligent plane. It’s just curious that the overhaul is so expansive and ambitious. Of course, they don’t have a colloquialism like "if ain’t broke, but you want to skew your reputation to be a little smarter, try baby steps." It doesn’t have quite the same ring.
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It would be difficult to not label Giuliana Rancic a woman of inspiration. The E! host has spent the better part of the past year not only raising breast cancer awareness — after she herself was diagnosed with the disease — but also opening up about the infertility problems that have plagued so many women, including herself. So, even for the most cynical folk, the news released Monday that she is about to become a mom — via a surrogate — couldn't be more exciting or better deserved.
It's interesting that we even feel such a connection to Rancic, who first gained fame as just another entertainment reporter at E! News in 2005. Like most in the entertainment news industry, she didn't invite the praise or acclaim dedicated to the Brian Williamses, the David Gregorys, or even the Nancy O'Dells of the world. And though Rancic is still not necessarily lauded for her work as a newswoman — despite becoming an E! News anchor and a critic on Fashion Police, which enjoys a respectable following — she's managed to turn herself into one of the most captivating entertainment news stories of the year.
But unlike celebrities like Kim Kardashian — who often inserts herself into the news cycle with a new boyfriend, new fiancé, new husband, and new divorce — Rancic's news story was one worth telling. Sure, like many fame-seekers, Rancic booked a reality show, Giuliana and Bill, but she used the series to share her struggles with infertility. Rather than delving into the typically inane plot lines of reality TV — chicken vs. tuna arguments, non-suspenseful cliffhangers surrounding staged household arguments — the Rancics publicized an issue typically ignored by a medium that favors stories about celebrity baby bumps. How refreshing for similarly struggling women to realize they aren't alone — that some celebrities really are just like us.
But Rancic's story only continued. The newswoman spoke about her multiple rounds of failed in vitro fertilization, a miscarriage, and, eventually and inevitably, backlash surrounding her struggles. Members of the media — and some within the celebrity community (including The View's Whoopi Goldberg) — went after Rancic, claiming her weight was responsible for her infertility problems. But even detractors like Goldberg would have a difficult time criticizing Rancic months later, when the reporter appeared on Today in October 2011 to announce she was in the early stages of breast cancer. Watching the moment on TV, even I was in awe. Just the night before, I had sat down with the Rancics for an interview — not once did the E! News host show any signs of fear, concern, or anxiety. And that was the exact moment viewer opinion of Rancic also turned a corner — since her announcement, Rancic has (deservedly) been praised for her dedication to awareness of the disease, managing to turn herself into the best kind of celebrity in Tinsel Town: The inspirational star. (It didn't hurt that Rancic brought a brave face to breast cancer by returning to work just two weeks after undergoing a double mastectomy.)
It's doubtful Rancic will ever win a Pulitzer reporting about Kardashian's newest boyfriend or Selena Gomez's latest outfit. Still, she's managed to win something most entertainment journalists will never get: Respect. And now that she's actually finally becoming a mom? Well, talk about a lovely end to a fascinating human interest story.
Readers, are you surprised seeing Rancic's evolution from entertainment reporter to female inspiration? More: Giuliana & Bill Rancic Are Expecting Their First Baby Giuliana Rancic Having Double Mastectomy
Johnny Depp may have to battle a lawsuit in court. On Monday, a disabled woman filed paperwork against Depp claiming that his security team embarrassed her when they removed her from an Iggy and the Stooges concert in December. She alleges that the team was so rough that her pants came off in the process, "exposing her buttocks" to the crowd around her.
According to the court papers, Depp's bodyguards tried to keep the alleged victim, "Jane Doe," from returning to her seat to retrieve her cane. She then claims that she noticed Depp talking with his security team and looking in her direction.
But it didn't end there. The bodyguards reportedly snatched her by the wrists trying to take her iPhone, dragged her to another area, and pried the mobile device out of her hand. According to Jane Doe, the security team said they were off-duty police officers and they tried to handcuff her. After that, they reportedly dragged her on the floor out of the stadium and that's when her pants apparently came off.
Jane Doe claims to have suffered "injuries to the extreme and outrageous humiliation." She also says that Depp's team was aware that she was disabled, and that Depp knew of the teams' drastic actions taken against her. As a result, Jane Doe is suing Depp and the Hollywood Palladium — where the concert was being held — on grounds of negligence, assault, battery, false imprisonment, intentional infliction of emotional distress and discriminatory practices in public accommodations.
Hollywood.com has reached out to Depp's rep for comment, but have yet to hear back.
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Whether you were watching from the comfort of your home with envy/relief that you weren't there or dancing amongst the thousands of sweaty and unbearably trendy music fans (including spotted celebrity attendees like Josh Hutcherson, Katy Perry, Fergie, Emma Roberts, Aaron Paul, Joe Manganiello, Joshua Jackson, Vanessa Hudgens, Colin Hanks, Paris Hilton, and David Hasselhoff) that made the pilgrimage to Indio, California, the first weekend of the 2012 Coachella was one that had to be seen to be believed. With a powerhouse line-up that included the likes of Radiohead, Pulp, Gotye, Florence + the Machine, The Black Keys, Santigold, Feist, and Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg, whose cameo-filled set (including, yes, the late Tupac Shakur) has everyone talking, here's the best and the worst of what Coachella has had to offer so far.
Blame it on Friday the 13th that Coachella's first day (April 13) got off to a soggy start when the festival grounds were hit with rainstorms, but that still didn't dampen the spirits of eager concertgoers. Friday's eclectic line-up ushered in buzzed-about sets from Neon Indian, M83, The Arctic Monkeys, and the aforementioned Pulp, who have reunited to play their first shows in the United States since 1998. (Before heading westward to Coachella, the Brit rockers played two sold-out shows in New York City last week.)Watch Pulp's Coachella performance of their crowd-pleaser "Common People" below:
The high energy from Friday's sets spilled over into Saturday, whose headliners Radiohead wowed festival-goers for nearly two hours with a set list that included "Karma Police," "Bloom," and "Paranoid Android" (their entire concert is available to watch on YouTube in case you missed it) capped off a day that included solid turnouts from Bon Iver, David Guetta, Kasabian, and Community star Donald Glover (better known to the rap community as Childish Gambino) who performed with a broken foot during his set. Watch his NSFW "You Know Me" performance with special guests Kendrick Lamar and Danny Brown:
But there was no hip hop performance more talked-about (or any other set, for that matter) than when rap legends Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg late Sunday night. While earlier standouts had included a fresh-off-their-SNL debut Gotye and a surprise performance from Rihanna during her "We Found Love" collaborator Calvin Harris' set, the introduction of hologram Tupac (move over, Will.i.am) closed out the first weekend of Coachella in a most unbelievable fashion.
Towards the latter end of their 23-song set, which featured appearances from the likes of Eminem, 50 Cent, and Wiz Khalifa, Coachella's most unexpected guest, a hologram of the late Tupac Shakur took to the stage to perform "Hail Mary" and "2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted" alongside the rap superstars. A voice used for the video game-like image of the Shakur, who died in 1996, addressed the crowd, "What the f**k is up Coachella?" before beginning the song. Innovative? Tasteless? More fodder for conspiracy theorists? Watch the the resurrection of Tupac as a hologram from Sunday night's Coachella below and decide for yourself:
It's hard to imagine how, or what, will top hologram Tupac Shakur when the music acts from this past weekend are scheduled return on Friday for the festival's second weekend. But at this point, when it comes to Coachella it's probably best to expect the unexpected. Were you at Coachella this weekend or did you watch from home? Will you be heading to this weekend's concerts? Which performance(s) blew you away and which ones were you underwhelmed by? Did hologram Tupac trip you out? Seriously though, what just happened? Sound off in the comments section!
[Photo credit: YouTube]
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It's been nearly four months since Giuliana Rancic underwent a successful double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery after discovering she had breast cancer back in October 2011. And while it's been a difficult road to travel, Rancic's managed to dazzle the world with her upbeat attitude and positive thinking — something that has really seemed to pay off.
The E! News co-host appeared on the Today Show with her husband Bill Rancic on April 2 to give an update on her continuing progress. And the outlook is still in her favor. "I'm good," Rancic said. "I mean, it's been a tough journey... but after further research and further testing, as of now, I won't be needing chemotherapy, which is fantastic news. But I will go forward with oral medication. You do what the doctors tell you to do and it's going to be OK."
But Rancic's on-going treatment isn't stopping the loving couple in their quest to become parents. In fact, her husband admitted they've recently been exploring all their options. "There's a lot of things we haven't looked at yet," he said. "So, we're going to dive in and I think this is going to be our year."
The Fashion Police star also added: "At the end of the day, whether you have a baby naturally, through adoption, through surrogacy, it's your baby. You're going to love that baby and that's all that matters."
However, until that joyous day comes, the married duo are trying to focus on their love for one another and even have plans to renew their vows over the summer.
Check out the Rancics' Today interview below.
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Let this be a warning to celebrity parents: If you publicize your weird methods of child-rearing, they will be mocked. Even parodied. And this little antic, courtesy of Joan Rivers and Kelly Osbourne, shows a good deal of dedication to the art of celebrity mocking.
The world was recently made aware of 35-year-old Clueless star Alicia Silverstone's bizarre method of feeding her baby: Like a bird. (I'd describe it, but I bet you don't really need that visual after lunch.) She is only one of several celebs out there with eccentric child rearing habits, but she's the only one whose parenting style earned a reenactment from Fashion Police stars Rivers, 78, and Osbourne, 27. You can check out the video below... and closely guard all of your own weird habits, lest they get back to Joan and Kelly.
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UPDATE: After being arrested the morning of March 16 during a protest outside the Sudanese Embassy, George Clooney is a free man. The actor got off easy, posting a mere $100 bail. Clooney was arrested with several other activists, including his father, Nick, for crossing a police line.
ORIGINAL STORY: Breaking News! Actor George Clooney was arrested today, March 16, in Washington, D.C. while participating in a protest outside of the Sudan embassy, according to the Washington Post.
A witness photographed Clooney being taken away in handcuffs along with his father, Nick Clooney.
Clooney and fellow participants were protesting Sudan's "blockade of humanitarian aide."
Source: Washington Post/Twitter
Russell Brand better watch out. The New Orleans police have a warrant out for his arrest, according to TMZ.
Brand is accused of throwing a photog's iPhone out of a window on March 12. And though he reportedly offered to pay for the damage, a misdemeanor warrant for simple criminal damage to property was taken out against him on March 14.
Brand's reasoning for taking the phone in the first place? He didn't approve of the way the photog was handling the iPhone -- and thought the photog's actions insulted former Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who passed away on Oct. 5.
"Since Steve Jobs died I cannot bear to see anyone use an iphone irreverently, what I did was a tribute to his memory," Brand tweeted on March 14.
Despite the fact that he could be taken to jail at any moment, Brand reportedly hasn't fled New Orleans. He's currently down there working on a new film.
Source: TMZ & Twitter
There is a widely held assumption that movie geeks and sports fans are two mutually exclusive groups. In all fairness, those who hold to this assumption have plenty of evidence to support it. On the Venn diagram of obsessions, the overlap of the cinephile and sports fanatic circles would read: aberrant. I happen to be one such aberrant. What this typically means is that I watch sporting events with careful consideration of the dramatic qualities of the games and their larger-than-life personalities all the while contemplating how they might translate to the screen. Sports movies are among my favorite genre because they are a perfect encapsulation of this inherent relationship.
It is because of this fanaticism for sports cinema that Sunday’s Super Bowl XLVI sparked an epiphany. Both that game and the previous Super Bowl matchup between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII are ripe for silver screen immortalization. As I break down all the undeniably cinematic components of their storied rivalry, as well as a few carefully placed creative liberties, it is important to note that I am an Indianapolis Colts fan and the New England Patriots have been a nasty thorn in our sides for years. I therefore resign all guise of subjectivity and warn that these films will be thusly biased. However, I think most of the theatrical elements of the story demand being told in precisely this fashion.
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you…Bleed Blue
The year is 2007, the New England Patriots are amassing win after win in their quest for a perfect season. This is a team accustomed to victory, having netted three Super Bowl titles in just five years. But their dedication to success is not so much admirable as it is ruthless and bearing no regard for the tenets of fair play. That same year, they were caught cheating; having videotaped the defensive signals of an opposing team to ensure a win. They were tried and fined by an inept, sniveling Commissioner, but their sinister coach was only too happy to buy off his most recent indiscretion. All of their previous Super Bowl victories became suspect. They continued their streak, accomplishing a perfect regular season record despite the public knowledge of their egregious misdeeds. They cut an easy path through the playoffs and “earned” their ticket to another Super Bowl.
The Patriots are the villains of this film, the arrogant bullies begging for a fall. They are the Galactic Empire asserting their dominance by any means they deem necessary with coach Bill Bellichick cackling on the sidelines like a sweatshirt-clad Palpatine. Their quarterback is a longhaired, UGG-Boot-wearing, pretty boy who cheats on his supermodel girlfriend with Hollywood starlets. If this were an 80’s movie, Brady would be played by Billy Zabka. The Patriots are the Cobra Kai, the NFL’s Ivan Drago, the football conversion of those dastardly peewee-hockey-playing punks from Team Iceland. They not only stomped out any lingering belief in the purity of professional football, but they were on pace to choke out the game’s variety and entertainment value. What we needed desperately were heroes to standup to these Goliaths.
Not far away, another NFL team struggles through their lackluster season. Having just watched his older brother win his first Super Bowl, a big-hearted, but browbeaten young quarterback, Eli Manning, feels further overshadowed by his highly acclaimed sibling. But with determination that rivals that of Rocky Balboa, he struggles week in and week out to get his team, the once great New York Giants, to the playoffs and maybe, just maybe, their first taste of Super Bowl glory under his leadership. They chalked up an unimpressive 10-6 season and managed to make the playoffs as a wild card team. But these scrappy kids from the Empire State would not be denied; they fought and clawed through a series of nail-biting finishes to punch their own ticket to the big game.
You can already imagine how the climax of this first film plays out. The overwhelming underdogs, the Giants, travel to Arizona, a place harboring deserts as desolate as their hopes for victory. Helicopter shots reveal an empty stadium the night before the big game, sportscasters and sports radio pundits espousing the assurance of victory for the heavily favored Patriots. But they will not quit, they fight with every ounce of their courage and keep the game far closer than the complacent Patriots were expecting. But then, with the Patriots up by four points with just over a minute left in the fourth quarter, another title seemed all but in their clutches; the pressure bearing down on poor Eli. Facing a big third down, basically their last chance, the Pats send the full fury of their defense at the young Manning. Time seems to stop as Eli catches a glimpse of his family sitting in the stands, his brother Peyton nodding silent encouragement. Not once, but twice, the defense snares him in what should have been game-ending tackles, but he miraculous breaks away and fires a Hail Mary down the field.
Cut to an under-appreciated wide receiver named David Tyree, a sixth-round pick in 2003. Tyree is in no shape to make the vital catch, his left hand having been stomped on by a vindictive Patriots defender (creative license). But in spite of his injury, and in glorious slow motion, Tyree grasps the ball in his good and secured it against his helmet in a moment of quick thinking ingenuity. The completion stands, a touchdown to a veteran receiver follows. The Giants win; derailing the Patriots unscrupulous quest for perfection.
Cue the rise of triumphant music and the tearful embraces of teammates; brothers of the gridiron. Eli Manning lifts the Vince Lombardi trophy as Peyton salutes from the stadium seats. We see handshakes between rivals; bitter hatred ceding ground to begrudging respect Goliath had been slain by Giants; Giants held small by the doubts of the populous.
But that’s not the end of this story…
Click . At one point he spars with his new trainer…an advanced model android whose developed human emotions. Well, he’s actually only developed one emotion: rage. Finally the day of the first playoff game arrives.
The Giants decimate the Atlanta Falcons, the poor, unsuspecting roadblocks on their path to retribution. The next few games are more reminiscent of their 2007 playoff run: barn-burning, back-and-forth, shootouts. Meanwhile, the Patriots experience a mostly impediment-free run and secure their spot in Super Bowl XLVI. The showdown is set, the rematch brews, and Eli’s robot tracks down and kills all the guilty ninjas.
The two teams enter the stadium, the film’s editor trades close-ups of Eli’s, Brady’s, and Belichick’s squinted, fuming eyes. The battle that rages is once again epic, but the Patriots are winning at the half. In the locker room, Eli reveals to them the secret of his brother’s injury and beseeches to win one for Peyton…who may or may not have also contracted some sort of disease by this point depending on the reaction from test audiences. In the second half, the Giants defense brings a wrathful hammer down on Brady and helps Eli lead the team to another victory.
In the house that Peyton built, Eli proves the hero once again. His brother’s honor restored, Eli marches to the Patriots sidelines and informs Belichick that his robot beat a confession out of one of the ninjas. The police escort him away as he spits threats of his return. “I’ll be here,” Eli coolly responds. The city exults and all is right with the world. Tom Brady cries.
Seriously? Who wouldn’t see those movies? Even the sequel has some interesting things going for it. I’m thinking the third film will involve time travel and be in 3D.
If Sundance is the studious valedictorian of film festivals, than South by Southwest is the party animal younger broth—who's just as smart (if not more) as his stuffy sibling. Held in Austin, Texas every March, SXSW is a rootin' tootin' celebration of cinema, hosting big Hollywood premieres, the best of the best from Sundance and plenty of off-beat indies primed and ready for discovery. Some of the year's best films premiere at the festival—need I remind you of Kill List—and most make their way to release, making SXSW a festival to keep your eye on.
The line-up for this year's fest has been officially release, and sports highly anticipated movies like Jonah Hill's 21 Jump Street and Cabin in the Woods, the long-awaited meta-horror from Lost/Cloverfield writer Drew Goddard and producer Joss Whedon, the premiere of Judd Apatow's new TV show Girls (written and starring Lena Dunham) and new projects from acclaimed directors like William Friedkin (The Exorcist), Kevin McDonald (Last King of Scotland), Will Ferrell, Jay Chandrasekhar of Broken Lizard and the Duplass Brothers (Cyrus).
Check out the films below and let us know which ones you want to hear more about!
Big names, big talent: Headliners bring star power to SXSW, featuring red carpet premieres and gala film events with some major and rising names in cinema.
Films screening in Headliners are:
21 Jump Street
Directed by: Phil Lord & Christopher Miller, Screenplay by: Michael Bacall, Story by: Michael Bacall & Jonah Hill
Police officers Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) get sent back to high school as undercover cops in the action-comedy 21 Jump Street. Cast: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Brie Larson, Dave Franco, Rob Riggle, with Ice Cube (World Premiere)
BIG EASY EXPRESS
Director: Emmett Malloy
Emmett Malloy’s latest film invites us aboard a train ride unlike any other with Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros and Old Crow Medicine Show.
The Cabin in the Woods
Director: Drew Goddard, Screenwriters: Joss Whedon & Drew Goddard
Five friends go to a remote cabin in the woods. Bad things happen. If you think you know this story, think again. From fan favorites Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard comes The Cabin in the Woods, a mind-blowing horror film that turns the genre inside out. Cast: Kristen Connolly, Fran Kranz, Anna Hutchison, Chris Hemsworth, Jesse Williams, Richard Jenkins, and Bradley Whitford (World Premiere)
Director: Gotham Chopra
Filmmaker Gotham Chopra spends a year on the road decoding his father and spiritual icon Deepak Chopra. (World Premiere)
Director/Screenwriter: Lena Dunham
Created by and starring Lena Dunham (Tiny Furniture), the HBO show is a comic look at the assorted humiliations and rare triumphs of a group of girls in their early 20s.
Cast: Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke, Zosia Mamet, Adam Driver (World Premiere)
The Hunter (Australia)
Director: Daniel Nettheim, Screenplay by: Alice Addison, Novel by: Julia Leigh, Original Adaptation by: Wain Fimeri
A mercenary is dispatched from Europe to the Tasmanian wilderness by a mysterious biotech company to search for the last surviving Tasmanian tiger.
Cast: Willem Dafoe, Frances O'Connor, Sam Neill (U.S. Premiere)
Director: William Friedkin, Screenwriter: Tracy Letts
A garish, Southwestern tale - a violent black comedy about a desperate Texas debtor (Hirsch) who plots to kill his mother with help of his family (Haden Church, Gershon). They hire a crazy Dallas cop who moonlights as a contract killer (McConaughey) to do the job, but Killer Joe asks for their teenage daughter (Temple) as a retainer. The film is based on Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy Letts' (August: Osage County) award winning play. Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Emile Hirsch, Gina Gershon, Juno Temple, Thomas Haden Church (U.S. Premiere)
MARLEY (UK / USA)
Director: Kevin Macdonald
The definitive life story of Bob Marley - musician, revolutionary, legend - from his early days to his rise to international superstardom. Made with the support of the Marley family, the film features rare footage, incredible performances and revelatory interviews with the people that knew him best. Directed by Academy-Award-Winner Kevin Macdonald. (North American Premiere)
NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION
This year’s 8 films were selected from 1,112 submissions. Each film is a World Premiere.
Films screening in Narrative Feature Competition are:
Director/Screenwriter: Matt Ruskin
When Simon’s brother is arrested for armed robbery, he is asked to commit a string of similar crimes in an attempt to get his brother acquitted.
Cast: Nico Stone, Adam DuPaul, Seymour Cassel, Kristin Dougherty, Brian McGrail (World Premiere)
Director: Megan Griffiths, Screenwriters: Richard B. Phillips, Megan Griffiths, Story by: Richard B. Phillips & Chong Kim
A young Korean-American girl, abducted and forced into prostitution by domestic human traffickers, joins forces with her captors in a desperate plea to survive. Cast: Jamie Chung, Matt O'Leary, Beau Bridges, Jeanine Monterroza, Scott Mechlowicz (World Premiere)
Director/Screenwriter: Jonathan Lisecki
Jenn and Matt, best friends since college who are now in their thirties, decide to have a child together, the old-fashioned way - even though Matt is gay and Jenn is straight. Cast: Jenn Harris, Matthew Wilkas, Mike Doyle, Anna Margaret Hollyman, Jack Ferver (World Premiere)
Gimme the Loot
Director/Screenwriter: Adam Leon
When Malcolm and Sofia’s latest graffiti masterpiece is buffed by a rival gang, these two determined Bronx teens must hustle, steal, and scheme to get spectacular revenge and become the biggest writers in the City. Cast: Tashiana Washington, Ty Hickson, Meeko, Zoe Lescaze, Sam Soghor
Los Chidos (Germany / Mexico / USA)
Director/Screenwriter: Omar Rodriguez Lopez
The Gonzales family tries hard to hold on to their beautiful Latino traditions of misogyny and homophobia when a tall, white, industrialist stranger appears, challenging their place in the exploitative food chain. Cast: Kim Stodel, María De Jesús Canales Ramírez, Manuel Ramos, Cecillia Gutiérrez, (World Premiere)
Director: Martha Stephens, Screenwriters: Martha Stephens, Karrie Crouse
A pink-slipped music teacher ponders his stalled relationship and place in the world during an arduous trek across Kentucky’s Sheltowee Trace Trail. Cast: Timothy Morton, Bryan Marshall, Karrie Crouse, Harrison Cole, Michael Abbott Jr. (World Premiere)
Director: Sean Baker, Screenwriters: Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch
The film explores the unlikely friendship between 21-year-old Jane (Dree Hemingway), and 85 year-old Sadie (Besedka Johnson), two women whose worlds collide in California's San Fernando Valley.
Cast: Dree Hemingway, Besedka Johnson, Stella Maeve, James Ransone, Karren Karagulian
The Taiwan Oyster
Director: Mark Jarrett, Screenwriters: Mark Jarrett, Jordan Heimer, Mitchell Jarrett
Two Ex-Pat Kindergarten teachers in Taiwan embark on a quixotic odyssey to bury a fellow countryman. Cast: Billy Harvey, Jeff Palmiotti, Leonora Lim (World Premiere)NARRATIVE SPOTLIGHT
High profile narrative features receiving their World, North American or U.S. Premieres at SXSW.
Films screening in Narrative Spotlight are:
Director: Jay Chandrasekhar, Screenwriters: Peter Gaulke, Gerry Swallow
Unable to impregnate his wife, Tommy and friends rob a sperm bank - to get Tommy's long-ago donated sperm back. The crazy plan goes hilariously awry and shows how far a couple will go to create a new life.
Cast: Paul Schneider, Olivia Munn, Kevin Heffernan, Wood Harris, Nat Faxon (World Premiere)
Director: Adam Sherman, Screenwriters: Adam Sherman, Dave Reeves & Rachel Hardisty
Just another story about love.
Cast: Lukas Haas, Madeline Zima, Jake Busey, Tania Raymonde, Regine Nehy (World Premiere)
Director/Screenwriter: Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass
Two brothers compete in their own private 25-event Olympics.
Cast: Mark Kelly, Steve Zissis, Elton LeBlanc (World Premiere)
Fat Kid Rules The World
Director: Matthew Lillard, Screenwriters: Michael M.B. Galvin, Peter Speakman
Troy, a depressed overweight teenager, gets sucked into the punk rock world by Marcus, a charming street musician. But when Troy discovers Marcus’ drug addiction, he suddenly must figure out the true boundaries of friendship.
Cast: Jacob Wysocki, Matt O'Leary, Billy Campbell, Lilli Simmons, Dylan Arnold (World Premiere)
frankie go boom
Director/Screenwriter: Jordan Roberts
a flick by bruce about his little brother frank who's a crybaby fuck who shouldn't do lame-ass embarrassing shit if he dozn't want people 2 see it
Cast: Charlie Hunnam, Chris O'Dowd, Lizzy Caplan, Ron Perlman, Chris Noth (World Premiere)
Hunky Dory (UK)
Director: Marc Evans, Screenwriter: Laurence Coriat
From the producer of Billy Elliot comes this funny, coming of age film featuring songs from artists such as David Bowie, Lou Reed, The Beach Boys, Simon and Garfunkel, Dusty Springfield and Electric Light Orchestra. Cast: Minnie Driver, Aneurin Barnard, Danielle Branch, Robert Pugh, Haydn Gwynne
(North American Premiere)
In Our Nature
Director/Screenwriter: Brian Savelson
Taking place over a single weekend, an estranged father and son accidentally end up in the same country house with their two girlfriends.
Cast: Zach Gilford, Jena Malone, John Slattery, Gabrielle Union (World Premiere)
Director: Guy Maddin, Screenwriters: Guy Maddin, George Toles
I'm only a ghost... but a ghost isn't nothing.
Cast: Isabella Rossellini, Jason Patric, Udo Kier, Kevin McDonald, Tattiawna Jones (U.S. Premiere)
See Girl Run
Director/Screenwriter: Nate Meyer
What happens when a 30-something woman allows life's "what ifs" to overwhelm her appreciation for what life actually is. Disregarding her current obligations, she digs into her romantic past in hopes of invigorating her present.
Cast: Robin Tunney, Adam Scott, Jeremy Strong, William Sadler, Josh Hamilton (World Premiere)
Director: Jonas Åkerlund, Screenwriter: Chris Millis
When Franklin Franklin accidentally kills his landlord, he must hide the body; but, the wisdom of his beloved brother and the quirks of his neighbors, force him on a journey where a fortune awaits him. Cast: Matt Lucas, Billy Crystal, James Caan, Johnny Knoxville, Juno Temple (World Premiere)
Somebody Up There Likes Me
Director/Screenwriter: Bob Byington
Time flies for everyone: Thirty-five years in the life of Max, his best friend Sal, and a woman they both adore. A deadpan fable about time sneaking up on and swerving right around us.
Cast: Keith Poulson, Nick Offerman, Jess Weixler, Stephanie Hunt, Kevin Corrigan (World Premiere)
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE COMPETITION
This year’s 8 films were selected from 845 submissions. Each film is a World Premiere.
Films screening in Documentary Feature Competition are:
Bay of All Saints
Director: Annie Eastman
As the last of the notorious water slums is demolished in Bahia, Brazil, will three single mothers face homelessness or rally for a better life? (World Premiere)
Beware of Mr. Baker
Director: Jay Bulger
Ginger Baker is the original rock ‘n roll madman junkie drummer superstar who everyone thought was dead but somehow survived 50+ years of heroin abuse, disastrous experiments and 5 marriages on 4 continents. (World Premiere)
The Central Park Effect
Director: Jeffrey Kimball
The film reveals the extraordinary array of wild birds who grace Manhattan’s celebrated patch of green, and the equally colorful, full-of-attitude New Yorkers who schedule their lives around the rhythms of migration. (World Premiere)
Director: Chris James Thompson
A documentary about the people around Jeffrey Dahmer during the 1991 summer of his arrest for the murder of 17 people in Milwaukee. (World Premiere)
Seeking Asian Female
Director: Debbie Lum
When an American man with "yellow fever" meets a Chinese woman half his age online, documenting their attempt to build a marriage from scratch reveals hilarious and troubling complications for the couple and the filmmaker. (World Premiere)
The Sheik and I
Director: Caveh Zahedi
Commissioned by a Middle Eastern Biennial to make a film on the theme of "art as a subversive act," independent filmmaker Caveh Zahedi (I am a Sex Addict) is threatened with a fatwa. (World Premiere)
Directors: Jodi Wille, Maria Demopoulos
The Source Family was a radical experiment in '70s utopian living. Their popular restaurant, rock band, and beautiful women made them the darlings of Hollywood; but their outsider ideals led to their dramatic undoing. (World Premiere)
Welcome To The Machine
Director: Avi Zev Weider
Upon fathering triplets, filmmaker Avi Zev Weider explores the nature of technology, seeking answers about what it means to be human. (World Premiere)
Shining a light on new documentary features receiving their World, North American or U.S. Premieres at SXSW.
Films screening in Documentary Spotlight are:
Director: Kevin Mazur
Renowned celebrity photographer, Kevin Mazur, gives us an all access pass to the life behind the velvet rope and in front of the camera. Candid, revealing and bold interviews with Jennifer Aniston, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jennifer Lopez, Elton John and more, take us inside the blurred lines of privacy, pliable journalism, celebrity, fame and what it feels like to be consumed. (World Premiere)
America's Parking Lot
Director: Jonny Mars
Pull up a front row seat as two die-hard fans of 'America's Team' spend their last season with the Dallas Cowboys at historic Texas Stadium, and scramble to preserve their place in America’s Parking Lot. (World Premiere)
Director: Nelson George
On Thursday, November 7, 1991, Earvin “Magic” Johnson made the stunning announcement that he was HIV-positive and would be retiring from basketball immediately. The Announcement gets to the core of Magic’s incredible personal journey. (World Premiere)
Beauty Is Embarrassing
Director: Neil Berkeley
A funny, irreverent and inspirational look into the life and times of one of America's most important artists, Wayne White. (World Premiere)
Director: Katie Dellamaggiore
Amidst financial crises and unprecedented public school budget cuts, Brooklyn Castle takes an intimate look at the challenges and triumphs facing members of a junior high school’s champion chess team. (World Premiere)
Code of the West
Director: Rebecca Richman Cohen
Frames a high stakes showdown in the halls of the Montana State Legislature. The future of medical marijuana is at stake. (World Premiere)
Degenerate Art: The Art and Culture of Glass Pipes
Director: M. Slinger
A true document of the art and culture of glass pipe-making. It is the first film to ever bring to light this invisible sub-culture in a comprehensive and well-informed format. (World Premiere)
Directors: A. Sabin, David Redmon
Young Russian girls join a modeling agency to seek work in Japan, but get caught up in an unregulated system that reveals an unseemly side of the fashion industry. (U.S. Premiere)
Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters
Director: Ben Shapiro
Acclaimed photographer Gregory Crewdson’s 10-year quest to create a series of haunting, surreal, and stunningly elaborate portraits of small-town American life — filmed with unprecedented access as he makes perfect renderings of a disturbing, imperfect world. (World Premiere)
Just Like Being There
Director: Scout Shannon
Through the eyes of Daniel Danger, Jay Ryan, and the gig poster community, Just Like Being There focuses on poster artists, the music they commemorate, MONDO film posters, fans, bloggers, galleries, collectors and everything in between. (World Premiere)
Scarlet Road (Australia)
Director: Catherine Scott
The film follows the extraordinary work of Australian sex worker, Rachel Wotton. Impassioned about freedom of sexual expression and the rights of sex workers, she specializes in a long over-looked clientele - people with disability. (North American Premiere)
Director: Andrew Garrison
A choreographer finds beauty and grace in garbage trucks, and against the odds, rallies reluctant city trash collectors to perform an extraordinary dance spectacle. On an abandoned airport runway, two dozen sanitation workers -- and their trucks -- inspire an audience of thousands. (World Premiere)
Waiting For Lightning
Director: Jacob Rosenberg
From the producers of Step into Liquid, comes the story of visionary skateboarder Danny Way, who jumped China’s Great Wall and created a new movement in sport. (World Premiere)
Wikileaks: Secrets & Lies (UK)
Director: Patrick Forbes
The in-depth story of Wikileaks told by all the key players. Sulphurous, personal and moving, it documents history in the making at the lawless frontier of new technology and mainstream media. (North American Premiere)
WONDER WOMEN! The Untold Story of American Superheroines
Director: Kristy Guevara-Flanagan
This documentary examines the fascinating evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman and introduces audiences to a dynamic group of real life superheroes who continue to fight the good fight both on and off the screen. (World Premiere)
Audacious, risk-taking artists in the new cinema landscape that demonstrate raw innovation and creativity in documentary and narrative filmmaking.
Films screening in Emerging Visions are:
Black Pond (UK)
Directors: Tom Kingsley, Will Sharpe, Screenwriter: Will Sharpe
An ordinary family is accused of murder when a stranger dies at their dinner table. Stars BAFTA-winner Chris Langham and British Comedy Award Winner Simon Amstell. Cast: Chris Langham, Simon Amstell, Amanda Hadingue, Colin Hurley, Will Sharpe (North American Premiere)
Director/Screenwriter: Kirsten Sheridan
Five street teens break into a house in a rich Dublin suburb for a night of partying. But games are twisted into something more emotional and ultimately out of control through a series of surprising revelations. Cast: Seana Kerslake, Johnny Ward, Kate Stanley Brennan, Shane Curry, Ciaran McCabe (North American Premiere)
Director: Andrew Beck Grace
A quest to eat locally becomes a meditation on community, the South and sustainability. Eating Alabama is a story about why food matters. (World Premiere)
Director/Screenwriter: Rebecca Thomas
Rachel, a 15-year-old fundamentalist Mormon, believes she's had an immaculate conception by listening to rock and roll. She flees to Las Vegas to escape an arranged marriage, seeking answers to her mysterious pregnancy.
Cast: Julia Garner, Rory Culkin, Liam Aiken, Billy Zane (North American Premiere)
Director/Screenwriter: Nir Paniry
A scientist is trapped in the memories of a criminal and must solve a crime in order to get back home to his family.
Cast: Sasha Roiz, Dominic Bogart, Jenny Mollen, Nick Jameson, Brad Culver (World Premiere)
Francine (Canada / USA)
Director/Screenwriter: Brian M. Cassidy, Melanie Shatzky
Academy-Award-winner, Melissa Leo, plays Francine, a woman struggling to find her place in a downtrodden lakeside town after leaving behind a life in prison.
Cast: Melissa Leo, Keith Leonard, Victoria Charkut (North American Premiere)
Director/Screenwriter: Kevin Mcmanus, Matthew Mcmanus
For three 14-year-old boys at St. Mark's Middle School, it's always a good day for a funeral.
Cast: Dylan Hartigan, Alex Maizus, Jordan Puzzo, Charles Odei, Kevin Corrigan (World Premiere)
Hard Labor (Brazil)
Director/Screenwriter: Juliana Rojas, Marco Dutra
Helena prepares to open her own business: a neighborhood grocery store. She hires a maid. But when her husband Octavio is suddenly fired from his job, Helena is left to support the family alone.
Cast: Helena Albergaria, Marat Descartes, Naloana Lima, Marina Flores (U.S. Premiere)
La Camioneta - The Journey of One American School Bus
Director: Mark Kendall
On a 3,000-mile adventure across the borders between the Americas, La Camioneta follows the journey of one out-of-service American school bus as it is repaired, repainted and resurrected into a Guatemalan camioneta. (World Premiere)
The Last Fall
Director/Screenwriter: Matthew A. Cherry
An NFL journeyman struggles to deal with life's complexities after his professional career is over at age 25.
Cast: Lance Gross, Nicole Beharie, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Harry Lennix, Keith David
Leave Me Like You Found Me
Director/Screenwriter: Adele Romanski
Big trees, broken hearts. The story of a lovesick couple’s breakup & makeup while camping in the wilds of California. Cast: Megan Boone, David Nordstrom (World Premiere)
Director/Screenwriter: Tim Sutton
Max, a quietly troubled 15-year-old, leaves his lakeside town to live with his father on the sun-blasted fringe of suburban Arizona. What begins in a calm and lush environment ends in a drastic, frayed confusion. Cast: Max Schaffner, Zach Cali, Cody Hamric, Addie Barlett, Aaron Buyea (World Premiere)
Sun Don't Shine
Director/Screenwriter: Amy Seimetz
Two lovers, on the back roads of Florida, do very bad things.
Cast: Kate Lyn Sheil, Kentucker Audley, AJ Bowen, Kit Gwinn, Mark Reeb (World Premiere)
Directors: Silas Howard, Ernesto Foronda, Screenwriter: Valerie Stadler
When May returns to LA and runs smack into JP, the man she left behind, past and present collide sending them on a twenty-four hour journey in search of what they lost.
Cast: Monique Curnen, Sung Kang, Joshua Leonard, Mousa Kraish, Michelle Krusiec (World Premiere)
Director: Bill Ross, Turner Ross
Three young brothers' immersive journey into the sensory wonders of the New Orleans night.
Director/Screenwriter: Aleksander L. Nordaas
The film revolves around huldra, a mythical, tailed creature, found by two crime scene cleaners in a concealed cellar. Someone’s been keeping her down here for decades, for reasons soon to surface. Cast: Silje Reinåmo, Jon Sigve Skard, Erlend Nervold, Morten Andresen (North American Premiere)
Director/Screenwriter: Wu Tsang
A magical-realist portrait of the Silver Platter, a historic bar in Los Angeles that provides a safe space for Latin/LGBT immigrant and queer art communities to come together in love and conflict.
Director/Screenwriter: Ya'ke Smith
A family is shaken to the core when they discover their son has been molested. As they struggle to deal with the betrayal, their son heads towards a total mental collapse.
Cast: Irma P. Hall, Mikala Gibson, Jordan Cooper, Shelton Jolivette, Eugene Lee (World Premiere)
24 BEATS PER SECOND
Showcasing the sounds, culture and influence of music and musicians, with an emphasis on documentary.
Films screening in 24 Beats Per Second are:
Amor Cronico (Cuba / USA)
Director: Jorge Perugorria
Weaving footage of singer Cucu Diamantes’ Cuban tour into a fictional love story. The result is an energetic display of her glamorous and infectious performance style and a fascinating portrait of Cuba today.
Cast: Cucu Diamantes, Adela Legra, Liosky Clavero, Andres Levin, Jorge Perugorria (World Premiere)
Bad Brains: Band in DC
Directors: Mandy Stein, Benjamen Logan
How four young men from DC changed music forever. (World Premiere)
Charles Bradley: Soul of America
Director: Poull Brien
The incredible late-in-life rise of 62-year-old aspiring soul singer Charles Bradley, whose debut album rocketed him from a hard life in the projects to Rolling Stone magazine’s top 50 albums of 2011.
Director: Dave Boyle, Screenwriters: Dave Boyle, Michael Lerman, Joel Clark, Goh Nakamura
After a devastating breakup, musician Goh Nakamura hits the road with his irresponsible cousin to pursue a promising rebound with fellow musician Yea-Ming Chen.
Cast: Goh Nakamura, Michael Aki, Yea-Ming Chen, Lynn Chen, Ayako Fujitani (World Premiere)
Grandma Lo-fi: The Basement Tapes of Sigrídur Níelsdóttir (Iceland / Denmark)
Director: Kristín Björk Kristjánsdóttir
At the tender age of 70 she started making music - and then she couldn't stop! A tribute to the Danish/Icelandic artist and late bloomer Sigrídur Níelsdóttir.
Paul Williams Still Alive
Director: Stephen Kessler
A documentary filmmaker tracks down actor/singer/songwriter Paul Williams in an attempt to find out what happened to his idol. (U.S. Premiere)
Rock 'N' Roll Exposed: The Photography of Bob Gruen (UK)
Director: Don Letts
Iggy Pop, Debbie Harry, Yoko Ono, Alice Cooper, Billie Joe Armstrong and others discuss the incredible life and work of the world's foremost rock 'n' roll photographer, Bob Gruen.
(North American Premiere)
Director/Screenwriter: Hans Fjellestad
The 100-year history of the loudest street on the planet, The Sunset Strip. (World Premiere)
Under African Skies
Director: Joe Berlinger
Paul Simon returns to South Africa to explore the incredible journey of his historic Graceland album, including the political backlash he received for allegedly breaking the UN cultural boycott of South Africa designed to end the Apartheid regime.
Uprising: Hip Hop & The LA Riots
Director: Mark Ford
20 years after riots ripped through Los Angeles, Uprising documents how hip hop forecasted – and some say ignited – the worst civil unrest of the 20th century. (World Premiere)
A diverse panorama of international filmmaking talent, including premieres, interactive documentaries and shorts.
Films screening in SX Global are:
Director: Ashtar Sayed, Screenwriter: Dr. Mahendra Purohit
Inspired by a true event. Scarecrow tells the true story of a young woman who is attempting to escape from an abusive arranged marriage. Cast: Arti Rautela, Amit Purohit (North American Premiere)
Crulic - The Path to Beyond (Romania / Poland)
Director: Anca Damian
The animated documentary feature-length “Crulic – The Path to Beyond” tells the story of the life of Crulic, the 33-year-old Romanian who died in a Polish prison while on hunger strike.
Cubaton - El Medico Story (Estonia / Sweden)
Director: Daniel Fridell
El Medico - a Cuban house doctor who wants to become a cubaton star - is facing a serious choice between serving the state and becoming a popstar. (North American Premiere)
Her Master's Voice (UK)
Director: Nina Conti
Watching someone talk to themselves has never been so interesting. (World Premiere)
ITALY LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT (Italy / Germany)
Directors: Gustav Hofer, Luca Ragazzi
Gustav and Luca, two Italians, have to decide: Should they stay in Italy, or leave it? (North American Premiere)
Mustafa's Sweet Dreams (Greece / UK)
Director: Angelos Abazoglou
Mustafa, a 16-year-old pastry shop apprentice dreams of becoming a famous baklava chef in Istanbul. (North American Premiere)
Director: Tamae Garateguy, Screenwriters: Tamae Garateguy, Diego A. Fleischer
When a film director hires two screenwriters to make a gangster movie, a fiction feast starts: femmes fatales, mobs fighting for the same neighborhood and a limitless hero who defies every movie concept. Cast: José Luciano González, Joel Drut, Chang Sung Kim, Vladimir Yuravel, Miguel Forza de Paul
¡Vivan las Antipodas! (Germany / The Netherlands / Argentina / Chile)
Director: Victor Kossakovsky
Haven’t we all wondered at some point what was happening just at this moment beneath our very feet at the other side of the planet?
Acclaimed standouts and selected previous premieres from festivals around the world.
Films screening in Festival Favorites are:
Director/Screenwriter: Christoffer Boe
How long will you go, to hold on to the person you love?
Cast: Nicolas Bro, Marijana Jankovic, Nikolaj Lie Kaas
Director: Rick Alverson, Screenwriters: Robert Donne, Colm O'Leary
Indifferent even to the prospects of inheriting his father's estate, Swanson (Tim Heidecker), a desensitized, aging Brooklyn hipster, strays into a series of reckless situations that may offer the promise of redemption or the threat of retribution.
Cast: Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim, James Murphy, Kate Lyn-Sheil, Alexia Rassmusen
Dreams of a Life (UK / Ireland)
Director: Carol Morley
An imaginative quest to go beyond the newspaper reports and solve the mystery of who thirty-eight year old Joyce Vincent was and why she lay undiscovered for three years after her death in one of the busiest parts of London. (North American Premiere)
God Bless America
Director/Screenwriter: Bobcat Goldthwait
Loveless, jobless, possibly terminally ill, Frank has had enough of the downward spiral of America. With nothing left to lose, Frank takes his gun and offs the stupidest, cruelest, and most repellent members of society. Cast: Joel Murray, Tara Lynne Barr (U.S. Premiere)
The Imposter (UK)
Director: Bart Layton
In 1994 a 13-year-old disappears without trace in Texas. Three years later he resurfaces in Spain with accounts of a horrifying kidnap. His family is overjoyed – but all is not as it seems.
Indie Game: The Movie (Canada)
Directors: Lisanne Pajot, James Swirsky
With the twenty-first century comes a new breed of artist: the indie game designer. These innovators design and program their distinctly personal games in the hope that they may find connection and success.
Director/Screenwriter: David Zellner
A fever-dream fable about Annie, a rebellious girl devoid of parental guidance or a moral compass. She roams the countryside looking for adventure, and finds it one day in the form of an abandoned well. Cast: Sydney Aguirre, Susan Tyrrell, Nathan Zellner, David Zellner, David Wingo
Last Call at the Oasis
Director: Jessica Yu
A powerful argument for why the global water crisis will be the central issue facing our world this century.
Director: Eduardo Sanchez, Screenwriters: Eduardo Sanchez, Jamie Nash
Exploring the parallels between psychosis, addiction and demonic possession, Lovely Molly tells the story of what really happens before the exorcist arrives.
Cast: Gretchen Lodge, Johnny Lewis, Alexandra Holden (U.S. Premiere)
The Raid (Indonesia)
Director/Screenwriter: Gareth Huw Evans
Rama and his special forces team fight their way through a rundown apartment block with a mission to remove its owner, a notorious drug lord.
Cast: Iko Uwais, Joe Taslim, Doni Alamsyah, Yayan Ruhian, Pierre Gruno
WE ARE LEGION: The Story of the Hacktivists
Director: Brian Knappenberger
We Are Legion takes us inside the world of Anonymous, the radical "hacktivist" collective that has redefined civil disobedience for the digital age.
Live Soundtracks, cult re-issues and much more. Our Special Events section offers unusual, unexpected and unique film event one-offs.
Films screening in Special Events are:
An Evening With Sacred Bones Records
Director: Jacqueline Castel
Brooklyn-based record label Sacred Bones presents an evening of original and curated programming of music videos, short films, works in progress, and a rare screening of their first film production, Twelve Dark Noons. (World Premiere)
Director: Richard Linklater, Screenwriters: Richard Linklater, Skip Hollandsworth
Based on real-life events, this dark comedy follows Bernie Tiede, his recently deceased friend Marjorie Nugent and District Attorney Danny Buck Davidson who is determined to get to the bottom of the crime. Cast: Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine, Matthew McConaughey, Brady Coleman, Richard Robichaux
Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me
Director: Drew Denicola
A feature-length documentary about the massive critical acclaim, dismal commercial failure, and enduring legacy of pop music’s greatest cult phenomenon, Big Star. (Work in Progress)
Casa de mi Padre
Director: Matt Piedmont, Screenwriter: Andrew Steele
Will Ferrell plays a Mexican rancher who must defend his father's home against the country's most infamous drug lord. Cast: Will Ferrell, Gael García Vernal, Diego Luna, Genesis Rodriguez, Pedro Armendáriz Jr., Nick Offerman
Girl Walk // All Day
Director/Screenwriter: Jacob Krupnick
A feature-length dance music film that combines freestyle dance with the daily chaos of New York City, set to Girl Talk's recent mashup album, All Day. Cast: Anne Marsen, John Doyle, Daisuke Omiya
Director: Amir Bar Lev
5 DJ's Turn the Table on The History of Music.
Directors: Adam Russell, John Sear
A ground breaking feature-length show controlled entirely by the audience using laser pointers. It is the first viable example of a standalone interactive experience capable of running in commercial movie theatres. (North American Premiere)
The Oyster Princess (1919) with original live score by Bee vs. Moth (Germany)
Director: Ernst Lubitsch, Screenriters: Hanns Kraly & Ernst Lubitsch
The Oyster Princess is Ernst Lubitsch’s tart 1919 silent comedy that parodies the rich and the spoiled. Austin jazz/rock band Bee vs. Moth performs their original score live with the film for the first time. (World Premiere)