August 2, 2021

SXSW announces lineup for March film festival

Virtual event will launch seven films in two-hour increments, organizers say

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The South by Southwest Film Festival announced its lineup for the its virtual online event on Wednesday, set for March 16 through 20.

The festival will launch seven films at a time in two-hour increments from 10 a.m. to 8 pm CT, with most of the films launching during the first three days of the event (Tuesday through Thursday), starting with the films with global access and no audience capacity limits, according to a press release.

Once a film is available, it remains available on-demand until it hits its audience capacity or the event ends. Many films do not have a capacity limit and will be available for the duration of the event. While SXSW is a global event, certain films will be restricted to access in the United States due to rights and/or filmmaker or distributor discretion.

“It’s been a year unlike any we’ve experienced, first marked by the cancellation of SXSW 2020,” said festival director Janet Pierson. “SXSW Online will bring attendees a multifaceted event that speaks to so many areas of creativity in one five-day experience that everyone can access on their laptops, phones and TVs. While we won’t have the wonderful in-person SXSW that we know and love, we can gather together to be inspired by the work.”

The Narrative Feature Competition includes: “Here Before” directed by Stacey Gregg; “I’m Fine (Thanks For Asking)” directed by Kelley Kali, Angelique Molina; “Islands” directed by Martin Edralin; “Our Father” directed by Bradley Grant Smith; “Potato Dreams of America” directed by Wes Hurley; “The End Of Us” directed by Henry Loevner, Steven Kanter; “The Fallout” directed by Megan Park; and “Women is Losers” directed by Lissette Feliciano.



The Documentary Feature Competition includes: “Introducing, Selma Blair” directed by Rachel Fleit; “Kid Candidate” directed by Jasmine Stodel; “Lily Topples The World” directed by Jeremy Workman; “Not Going Quietly” directed by Nicholas Bruckman; “The Oxy Kingpins’ directed by Brendan FitzGerald; “The Return: Life After ISIS” directed by Alba Sotorra Clua; “Subjects of Desire” directed by Jennifer Holness; and “United States vs. Reality Winner” directed by Sonia Kennebeck.

Headliners include: “Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil” directed by Michael D. Ratner; “Alone Together,” directed by Bradley Bell, Pablo Jones-Soler; “Tom Petty, Somewhere You Feel Free” directed by Mary Wharton.

Narrative Spotlight includes: “The Drover’s Wife: The Legend of Molly Johnson” directed by Leah Purcell; “The Fabulous Filipino Brothers” directed by Dante Basco; “Language Lessons” directed by Natalie Morales; “Ludi” directed by Edson Jean; “Paul Dood’s Deadly Lunch Break” directed by Nick Gillespie; “Recovery” directed by Mallory Everton, Stephen Meek; “See You Then” directed by Mari Walker; “Swan Song” directed by Todd Stephens.

Documentary Spotlight includes: “Allen On Stage” directed by Danielle Kummer, Lucy Harvey; “Fruits of Labor” directed by Emily Cohen Ibanez; “The Hunt for Planet B” directed by Nathaniel Kahn; “Hysterical” directed by Andrea Nevins; “The Lost Sons” directed by Ursula Macfarlane; “Man” directed by Benji Bergmann, Jono Bergmann; “Spring Valley” directed by Garrett Zevgetis; “WeWork: Or the Making and Breaking of a $47 Billion Unicorn” directed by Jed Rothstein; “When Claude Got Shot” directed by Brad Lichtenstein; “Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America” directed by Emily Kunstler.

Festival Favorites include: “Dear Mr. Brody” directed by Keith Maitland; “How It Ends” directed by Daryl. Wein, Zoe Lister-Jones; “In the Same Breath” directed by Nanfu Wang; “Ma Belle, My Beauty” directed by Marion Hill; “R#J” directed by Carey Williams; “Violation” directed by Madeleine Sims-Fewer, Dusty Mancinelli.

For more screenings, including Midnighters, Visions, 24 Beats Per Second, Global, Episodic Premieres and other categories, including shorts, panels and events, visit sxsw.com/festivals/film/


Charles Ealy
Charles Ealy is a former movies editor for The Dallas Morning News and Austin American-Statesman.

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