On Eve Of SXSW Preem ‘Oculus,’ Filmmakers Set ‘Diver’ As Next Pic

By | Friday March 7, 2014 @ 12:07pm PST
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SXSW 2014EXCLUSIVE: Writer-director Mike Flanagan and Intrepid Pictures’ Trevor Macy are reteaming on the supernatural thriller Diver, setting a summer production start. Flanagan will direct a script by Diane Ademu-John and Carter Blanchard with revisions by Flanagan and writing partner Jeff Howard. Macy will produce the film, with Marc D. Evans, Asha Kurian, and Julie Wilke also serving in various producing capacities.

Diver revolves around a secret project based in New Orleans that involves a team sent to enter the minds of the recently dead to experience their final memories in order to solve the most heinous crimes. When the Divers breach the barrier between the living and the dead, they must contend with the supernatural force they unleash. Read More »

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Exclusive SXSW Clip: ‘The Legend Of Shorty’

By | Friday March 7, 2014 @ 11:47am PST

The documentary about the notorious Mexican drug lord is particularly timely now that Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has been captured after more than a decade on the run. The Legend Of Shorty chronicles the hunt for the near mythical figure who is alternately described as a brilliant business visionary, … Read More »

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SXSW: Picturehouse Picks Up ‘The Guest’

By | Friday March 7, 2014 @ 10:34am PST

The-Guest-2-1024x681Bob Berney‘s company has grabbed all U.S. rights to the latest from the team behind the Lionsgate slasher pic You’re Next. The Guest, from director Adam Wingard, writer Simon Barrett and Snoot Entertainment, Read More »

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Hot SXSW Teaser: ‘Honeymoon’

By | Wednesday March 5, 2014 @ 1:05pm PST

SXSW2014_badgeGame Of Thrones‘ Rose Leslie and Harry Treadaway star in writer-director Leigh Janiak’s horror thriller that will have its world premiere Friday in the Midnighter section at SXSW. Honeymoon centers on a couple who travel to remote lake country … Read More »

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Hot SXSW Teaser: ‘Starry Eyes’

By | Tuesday March 4, 2014 @ 11:46am PST

Starry Eyes SXSW TrailerEXCLUSIVE: Genre pics are a hot commodity on the fest circuit and here’s an exclusive first look at one SXSW Midnighters title to watch this week. Alexandra Essoe stars in Starry Eyes as Sarah, a wannabe starlet in L.A. who lands a lead role in a film only to find herself undergoing a series of terrifying mental and physical transformations. Pic is written and directed by longtime collaborators Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer, whose credits include 2003′s Postcards from the Future: The Chuck Palahniuk Documentary. For Starry Eyes the duo teamed up with Snowfort Pictures producer Travis Stevens (Cheap Thrills, Jodorowsky’s Dune) and turned to Kickstarter to raise funds. Amanda Fuller (Last Man Standing), Fabianne Therese (John Dies At The End), Noah Segan (Looper), Shane Coffey (Pretty Little Liars), and Pat Healy (Cheap Thrills) also star in the psychological body horror pic which will be looking to make an impression on buyers next week in Austin.

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“In today’s world, people gauge their own celebrity by the amount of followers they have on Twitter, by how many ‘Likes’ they get on Facebook,” said co-director Widmyer. “We’re living in an age where everyone wants to feel famous. So we wanted to focus on a young woman caught up in that hunger, that is given an opportunity to do something horrible to attain her dreams, and she dives in head first.” Read More »

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SXSW: Oscilloscope Acquires Joel Potrykus’ Comedy ‘Buzzard’

By | Tuesday March 4, 2014 @ 9:04am PST

BuzzardJoel Potrykus‘ comedy Buzzard is set to world premiere this Saturday at SXSW. Today Oscilloscope Laboratories announced it acquired North American rights to the pic which follows a small-time scam artist named Marty who makes ends meet … Read More »

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SXSW: BFI Extends Fund Encouraging U.S. Distributors To Acquire UK Films

By | Tuesday March 4, 2014 @ 5:27am PST

bfiThe British Film Institute created a pilot scheme in January to give a leg up to UK films premiering at Sundance with a view to helping them attract theatrical distribution in the U.S. The program has now … Read More »

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SXSW: Tentsquare Launches First Crowdsourcing-Based Production Studio

By | Monday March 3, 2014 @ 5:47pm PST

EXCLUSIVE: The rush to build new filmmaking ecosystems based on crowdsourcing is still in full effect, as industry-watchers have seen with the high-profile success of crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter, its peer site Indiegogo, and online financing communities like Slated.tentsquareRead More »

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‘Veronica Mars’ Movie Opening Scene Hits Web: Video

By | Saturday March 1, 2014 @ 12:30pm PST

Rob Thomas and Kristen Bell‘s crowdfunded Veronica Mars movie is slated to make its world premiere next Saturday at the SXSW Film Festival, but an early sneak peek at the film’s first two minutes has been released online. The … Read More »

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SXSW: Participant And FilmBuff Team To Acquire Aaron Swartz Docu ‘The Internet’s Own Boy’

InternetsOwnBoyA June theatrical and VOD release is tentatively planned for Brian Knappenberger’s documentary The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz followed by a broadcast TV premiere on Participant-owned Pivot during the the fourth quarter. Knappenberger made the hacker … Read More »

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SXSW: Funny Or Die’s Austin Assault Includes Team-Up With Universal For ‘Neighbors’ & Bill Cosby Concert

By | Thursday February 20, 2014 @ 2:59pm PST

EXCLUSIVE: The South By Southwest Festival continues to grow in popularity and influence, SXSW 2014 moviesand the Hollywood marketing machine has taken notice. With last year’s fest drawing an estimated 64,000 plugged-in registrants, entertainment companies again are salivating at … Read More »

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Hot SXSW Trailer: Nicolas Cage’s ‘Joe’

By | Friday February 14, 2014 @ 12:04pm PST

David Gordon Green directed Nicolas Cage in the adaptation of Larry Brown’s novel, about an Southern ex-con trying to stay out of trouble. Spoiler alert: He can’t, especially after befriending a hard-luck kid (Tye Sheridan) he tries to protect from an evil father. Sheridan won the Best Newcomer prize … Read More »

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SXSW: Marc Webb Keynote, Jason Bateman, Mike Myers Set For Film Conference Chats; Full Lineup Set

By | Wednesday February 12, 2014 @ 11:00am PST

SXSW 2014 moviesA keynote session with The Amazing Spider-Man 2 helmer Marc Webb leads the final lineup for the 2014 SXSW Film Conference slate which also includes chats with filmmakers Jason Bateman (Bad Words), Mike Myers (Supermensch) moderated by Jon Favreau, Ralph Steadman (For No Good Reason), and actors Robert Duvall and Tilda Swinton. The SXSW Film Festival runs March 7-15:

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Magnet Acquires Horror-Musical ‘Stage Fright’ Ahead Of SXSW Debut

By | Wednesday February 5, 2014 @ 1:26pm PST

Stage Fright movie musicalThe Wagner/Cuban Company’s Magnet Releasing snagged U.S. rights to horror comedy musical Stage Fright, which is set to debut next month at SXSW. The Midnighters premiere from first-time feature director Jerome Sable (The Legend of Beaver Dam) stars Allie MacDonald and Douglas Smith in the tale of a starry-eyed teenager with Broadway dreams who sneaks out of kitchen duty at the snobby performing arts camp where she works to audition for the summer showcase and lands the lead, only to find herself in the middle of a bloodbath when rehearsals begin. Meat Loaf and Minnie Driver also co-star. Magnet is planning an Ultra VOD release with Stage Fright hitting iTunes/On Demand on April 3 ahead of a May 9 theatrical debut. The pic is produced by Ari Lantos and Jonas Bell Pasht of Serendipity Point Films. Original music and lyrics are by Sable and collaborator Eli Batalion, who also appears in the film as the camp’s music director. For a taste of Sable’s chops check out his 2010 Legend of Beaver Dam short which made the film fest rounds and similarly blended music, dark comedy, and children being hacked up at camp:

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SXSW: ‘The Guest,’ ‘Oculus,’ ’13 Sins’ Among Midnighters; Full Shorts Slate Unveiled

By | Wednesday February 5, 2014 @ 11:00am PST

SXSW 2014 moviesThe final wave of programming set to unspool at SXSW next month will include Midnighter selections The Guest, starring Downton Abbey‘s Dan Stevens and directed by Adam Wingard (You’re Next), 13 Sins from Daniel Stamm (The Last Exorcism), Late Phases from Adrián García Bogliano (Here Comes the Devil), and Mike Flanagan‘s Oculus, the festival announced today. Today’s newly unveiled genre and shorts slate round out SXSW 2014′s full film lineup, which includes already-announced premieres for Universal’s Neighbors, Jon Favreau’s Chef, the Veronica Mars movie, and David Gordon Green’s Joe. Scroll down for the full Midnighters and Shorts program:

Related: SXSW: ‘Neighbors,’ ‘Joe,’ Wes Anderson Round Out Features Lineup

MIDNIGHTERS

The Guest Dan StevensThe Guest
Director: Adam Wingard, Screenwriter: Simon Barrett
A soldier on leave befriends the family of a fallen comrade, only to become a threat to all around him when it’s revealed he’s hiding dangerous secrets from his past.
Cast: Dan Stevens, Maika Monroe, Leland Orser, Lance Reddick, Sheila Kelley

13 Sins
Director/Screenwriter: Daniel Stamm, Screenwriter: David Birke
A cryptic phone call sets off a dangerous game of risks for Elliot, a down-on-his luck salesman. The game promises increasing rewards for completing 13 tasks, each more sinister than the last.
Cast: Mark Webber, Rutina Wesley, Devon Graye, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Richard Burgi, Tom Bower, Ron Perlman (World Premiere)

Among The Living (France)
Director/Screenwriter: Julien Maury, Alexandre Bustillo
After horror favorites Inside and Livid, Maury and Bustillo pair up again for a horror-thriller at the cross roads between Stand by Me and Friday the13th. Cast: Anne Marivin, Béatrice Dalle, Francis Renaud, Fabien Jegoudez, Nicolas Giraud (World Premiere)

Exists
Director: Eduardo Sánchez, Screenwriter: Jamie Nash
Five friends on a camping weekend in the remote woods of East Texas struggle to survive against a legendary beast that is stronger, smarter and more terrifying than they would have ever believed exists. Cast: Chris Osborn, Dora Madison Burge, Roger Edwards, Denise Williamson, Samuel Davis (World Premiere)

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Alejandro Jodorowsky’s ‘Dance Of Reality’ Acquired By ABKCO

By | Tuesday February 4, 2014 @ 1:17pm PST

Jodorowsky's Dance of RealityThe first film in 23 years from Chilean auteur Alejandro Jodorowsky has been picked up by ABKCO Films, which distributed his El Topo and The Holy Mountain in 2007 and will release the autobiographical Dance Read More »

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SXSW: ‘Neighbors,’ ‘Joe,’ Wes Anderson Q&A Round Out Features Lineup; New Episodic TV Section Unveiled

By | Thursday January 30, 2014 @ 12:00pm PST

SXSW 2014 moviesUniversal’s May comedy Neighbors, David Gordon Green’s Nic Cage starrer Joe, and Mike Myers’ directorial debut docu Supermensch are just a few of the newly announced titles set to screen at SXSW 2014, which debuted its full Features line-up today. They join previously announced opener Chef, from Jon Favreau, the world premiere of the Veronica Mars movie in a slate packed with over 115 features, 76 world premieres, Nic Cage in Joe10 North American premieres, including the latest films from Alejandro Jodorowsky (The Dance of Reality), Jason Bateman (Bad Words), Nacho Vigalondo (Open Windows), a special screening of 1954′s original Gojira with Q&A with Godzilla remake helmer Gareth Edwards, and a rare Texas appearance by UT grad Wes Anderson who will present his new film Grand Budapest Hotel in an extended Q&A session.

Related: Jon Favreau’s ‘Chef’ To Open SXSW; ‘Veronica Mars’ Movie Among Premieres

In recent years SXSW has increased its television-focused programming, debuting SXSW alum Lena Dunham‘s Girls in 2012 and presenting a Bates Motel panel in 2013. fromdusktilldawnThis year the Austin film fest is introducing an entire Episodic programming section devoted to small screen works. In addition to a previously announced screening of Fox’s COSMOS: A SpaceTime Odyssey with Neil deGrasse Tyson, the Episodic section will include Hulu and Lionsgate TV’s supernatural comedy Deadbeat starring Tyler Labine with cast and crew Q&A, a screening of El Rey and Robert Rodriguez’s From Dusk Till Dawn pilot, AMC’s 1980s-set computer drama Halt and Catch Fire, Showtime’s John Logan-created Penny Dreadful, and HBO’s new sitcom Silicon Valley co-created by Mike Judge. Read More »

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Jon Favreau’s ‘Chef’ To Open SXSW; ‘Veronica Mars’ Movie Among Premieres

By and | Thursday January 9, 2014 @ 12:00pm PST

sxsw__131015160212-200x183Look’s like something’s really going to be cooking in Austin this spring and we don’t mean BBQ. The SXSW Film Conference and Festival said today that Jon Favreau’s Chef will open the confab this year on March 7. It … Read More »

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Lena Dunham, Jason Blum Set For Inaugural SXSW Film Keynotes; 2014 Conference Lineup Unveiled

By | Tuesday October 15, 2013 @ 9:00am PDT

The SXSW Film Festival is adding a series of daily keynote sessions to its 2014 lineup, led by a trio of forward-thinkers who “embody the DIY spirit, ingenuity and entrepreneurial drive” of the annual Austin fest. Lena Dunham, who launched her career out of SXSW with Tiny Furniture and came full circle last year with a panel on her HBO show Girls, is scheduled to deliver a keynote along with micro-budget horror whiz Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, Insidious, The Purge) and Spirit Award-winning indie filmmaker Casey Neistat (HBO’s The Neistat Brothers, Daddy Long Legs). Each keynote session will be held at 11 AM from Saturday, March 8 through Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Here’s the first wave of SXSW panel announcements, including talks from the fest’s first-ever SXSports conference: Read More »

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