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The upcoming SXSW Film Conference and Festival released final details for its lineup, adding 15 features and four shorts bringing its 2012 roster to 275 titles. SXSW recently unveiled its competition and genre lineups earlier this month. As previously announced, Lionsgate’s The Cabin In The Woods will open SXSW March 9th.
More panels were added today, joining more than 40 previously announced sessions for the 2012 SXSW Film Conference. Highlights include A Conversation with Joss Whedon, the return of Jeffrey Tambor’s Acting Workshop, a dialogue with Lena Dunham, Judd Apatow and more on the HBO series Girls, A Conversation with Cliff Martinez, and The Business of Kevin Smith among others. For full panel descriptions and participants, browse the schedule. The festival runs March 9th – 17th.
Key panels announced for the 2012 SXSW Film Conference include:
A Conversation with Seth MacFarlane
As the creator of Family Guy and one of the co-creators of American Dad!, Seth MacFarlane has brought his boundary-pushing brand of humor to millions each week. Join Seth for a noholds-barred discussion about his groundbreaking work in TV, his recent foray into the music world with his debut album and his transition to Hollywood with his upcoming directorial debut Ted, a live-action/CG-animated comedy starring Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis.
(Sunday, March 11, 11:00am, Vimeo Theater, Austin Convention Center)
Funny or Die: Future of Comedy & Everything Else
An intimate look into the corruption, lies and deceit that transformed a website into the most powerful media company in the world! How FOD transformed into a new model media company and how comedy pretty much rules the world…and everything else.
(Sunday, March 11, 3:30pm – Room 18ABCD, Austin Convention Center)
The South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival unveiled its feature lineup today. Colombia Pictures and MGM’s 21 Jump Street will screen as the festival’s centerpiece world premiere March 12th and Emmett Malloy’s world debut documentary Mumford & Sons will close out the event, which takes place in Austin from March 9-17. As previously announced, Lionsgate’s thriller The Cabin In The Woods from Emmy-nominated writer Drew Goddard will open the eight-day event. 130 features will screen at SXSW 2012 with 65 world and 17 North American premieres. The lineup also includes 51 films from first-time filmmakers.
SXSW has been a magnet for indies since the film component began in 1994 as an adjunct to its older music festival, but it has attracted some higher-profile releases in recent years including Jodie Foster’s The Beaver and Duncan Jones’ Source Code last year and Matthew Vaughn’s Kick-Ass in 2010. Still, the festival says it is keeping Hollywood at bay. ”We’re sparing in Hollywood offerings,” SXSW producer Janet Pierson told Deadline. “We have a dialogue and meet with studios, and we don’t take whatever they have available that Friday [screening time]. It’s active programming on our part.” SXSW continues to have increased submissions, with 7% more projects making their way to festival programmers compared with the year before.
Here’s the feature lineup:
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 and 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 (World Premiere)
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 andhomophobia 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 (World Premiere)
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)
The SXSW Film Festival released its initial slate of films Thursday, including six world premieres and one North American debut. The festival launches March 9 with the world premiere of Lionsgate’s The Cabin In The Woods. The thriller is the directorial debut of Emmy-nominated writer Drew Goddard (Cloverfield, Lost, Alias) and is produced and co-written by genre storyteller Joss Whedon (Buffy The Vampire Slayer). The film joins five young adults who head to the woods for a weekend of debauchery and is described by SXSW as a “mind-blowing horror.” It stars Kristen Connolly, Fran Kranz, Anna Hutchison, Chris Hemsworth, Jesse Williams, Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford, and Lionsgate opens the film wide April 13. Here’s the lineup so far:
The trailer for The Cabin In The Woods went online today. The horror thriller that stars Chris Hemsworth was finished before his breakthrough as Thor. Directed by Cloverfield scribe Drew Goddard, who co-wrote it with Joss Whedon, the MGM project stalled because of that company’s financial problems and Lionsgate made …