The South by Southwest Film Festival announced its lineup Tuesday, and it looks like a good one. The big news: Austin director Richard Linklater will screen his latest feature, “Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Childhood,” about growing up in Houston during the race to the moon. It stars Jack Black, Zachary Levi, Glen Powell and Josh Wiggins.
Other notable films include “The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent,” directed by Tom Gormican and starring Nicolas Cage as himself; “Sheryl,” a documentary about singer/songwriter Sheryl Crow; and “The Return of Tanya Tucker,” directed by Kathlyn Horan.
Two standouts from Sundance will also being screening. They are former Austinite Margaret Brown’s devastating “Descendant,” about the residents of Africatown, Al., and “Fire of Love,” which looks at a couple who explore volcanoes.
The opening night film will be “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” directed by Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, and the closing night film will be the “Atlanta” Season 3 premiere directed by Hiro Murai.
Every film will have an in-person premiere, the festival says. There will be additional in-person screenings for most films. Films that have opted in will also have an online screening for badge holders only, starting at 9 a.m. the next day, with a 48-hour viewing window. Online screenings are subject to geo-blocking and capacity limits.
“The last two years have been complicated, and full of uncharted new waters for all of us,” said Janet Pierson, VP, director of film. “While there’s been innovation in building community in isolation and figuring out how to pivot, we’ve intensely missed being able to gather,” she aid.
“For our 29th edition of SXSW Film Festival, we are thrilled to share a bounty of creative work to experience together, in-person, with some virtual possibilities, as well,” she added.
For more details about the lineup and other information about attendance, visit sxsw.com. The festival takes place March 11-20.