SXSW 2012: Added Feats Include SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED, LCD Docu, & Todd Rohal's Latest

Ryland Aldrich, Festivals Editor


SXSW dropped one last salvo on us today with the addition of 15 features and 4 shorts to their film festival lineup.

With these additions, the 2012 SXSW Film Festival will host a total of 132 features, consisting of 74 World Premieres, 17 North American Premieres and 11 U.S. Premieres, with 58 films from first-time directors. 138 shorts will screen as part of 12 overall shorts programs. The nearly 275 films were selected from a record number of overall submissions, over 5,300, comprised of approximately 2,000 features and 3,300 shorts. This was a 7% increase over 2011 despite moving submission deadlines a month earlier than in previous years.

A few Sundance faves are in the mix, including LCD docu Shut Up and Play the Hits (Review), fest darling Safety Not Guaranteed (Review), and Mike Birbiglia's Sleepwalk With Me (Review). See the full additions including Todd Rohal's Nature Calls with its impressive comedian-packed cast (Patton Oswalt, Johnny Knoxville, Rob Riggle, and more) below.


NARRATIVE SPOTLIGHT

 

Blue Like Jazz

Director: Steve Taylor, Screenwriters: Donald Miller, Steve Taylor, Ben Pearson

A Texas college student flees the hypocrisy of his religious upbringing for life in the Pacific Northwest at 'the most godless campus in America.' Based on the New York Times bestseller by Donald Miller.

Cast: Marshall Allman, Claire Holt, Tania Raymonde, Justin Welborn, Eric Lange (World Premiere)

 

Nature Calls

Director/Screenwriter: Todd Rohal

Polar-opposite brothers Randy (Oswalt) and Kirk (Knoxville) never saw eye-to-eye, but their rivalry is taken to a new level when Randy hijacks Kirk's son's sleepover, taking the boys on a Scout Trip to remember. Cast: Patton Oswalt, Johnny Knoxville, Rob Riggle, Maura Tierney, Patrice O'Neal, Darrell Hammond (World Premiere)


EMERGING VISIONS

 

King Kelly

Director: Andrew Neel, Screenwriter: Mike Roberts

Made entirely from camera-phone footage, King Kelly is a sensational journey into hedonistic American youth culture and the YouTube generation.

Cast: Louisa Krause, Libby Woodbridge, Roderick Hill, Will Brill, Patrick Murney (World Premiere)

 

LOW & CLEAR

Directors: Kahlil Hudson, Tyler Hughen

Two formerly close friends reunite for a fly-fishing trip and struggle to understand how much they've each changed - and how these changes now threaten the friendship. (World Premiere)

 

24 BEATS PER SECOND

 

Lost and Sound (UK)

Director: Lindsey Dryden

Music may be an essential part of being human - but what if you lost the ability to hear it? A dancer, a pianist and a music critic attempt to re-discover music after deafness, with astonishing results.

(World Premiere)

 

Searching for Sugar Man (Sweden/UK)

Director: Malik Bendjelloul

The true story of the greatest '70s US rock icon who never was, how he was rediscovered and finally became the legend he deserved to be. A story of hope, inspiration and the power of music.

 

SX GLOBAL

 

GLOBAL HOME (Germany)

Director: Eva Stotz

Director Eva Stotz visited interesting people all over the world whom she found through online-host-networks and emerged for a limited time in their every-day-life.

(World Premiere)

 

The Will

Director: Christian Sønderby Jepsen (Denmark)

Henrik dreams of a new beginning. But when Henrik's grandfather dies, leaving behind a fortune of millions, old skeletons come to light. (North American Premiere)

 

FESTIVAL FAVORITES

 

Chasing Ice

Director: Jeff Orlowski

Photographer James Balog was once a skeptic about climate change, but he discovers undeniable evidence. Balog reveals hauntingly beautiful, time-lapse videos of vanishing glaciers, while delivering hope to our carbon-powered planet.

 

Monsieur Lazhar

Director/Screenwriter: Philippe Falardeau, Based on the Stage Play by: Evelyne de la Chenelière

The story of an Algerian immigrant substitute teacher who brings emotional stability to a Montreal middle school class shaken by the tragic death of their well-liked teacher. Cast: Mohamed Fellag, Sophie Nélisse, Emilien Néron, Danielle Proulx, Brigitte Poupart


Safety Not Guaranteed

Director: Colin Trevorrow, Screenwriter: Derek Connolly

A trio of magazine employees investigate a classified ad seeking a partner for time travel.

Cast: Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass, Jake Johnson, Karan Soni

 

Shut Up and Play the Hits (UK)

Directors: Will Lovelace, Dylan Southern

The final days of LCD Soundsystem.

 

Sleepwalk With Me

Director/Screenwriter: Mike Birbiglia, Screenwriter: Ira Glass, Joe Birbiglia, Seth Barrish

An aspiring comedian reluctant to confront his fears of love, honesty, and growing up; a budding standup comedian has both a hilarious and intense struggle with sleepwalking.

Cast: Mike Birbiglia, Lauren Ambrose, James Rebhorn, Carol Kane, Cristin Milioti

 

SPECIAL EVENTS

 

Coffin Joe's "This Night I Will Possess Your Corpse" with live score by Gary Lucas (Brazil)

Director/Screenwriter: Jose Mojica Marins, Screenwriter: Aldenora De Sa Porto

Gary Lucas' live original solo guitar soundtrack accompanying the legendary 1967 Brazilian cult horror film classic directed by and starring Jose Mojica Marins a/k/a Coffin Joe.

Cast: Jose Mojica Marins a/k/a Coffin Joe, Tina Wohlers, Nadia Freitas, Antonio Fracari, Jose Lobo

 

Yellow Submarine (1968) Newly Restored (UK)

Director: George Dunning

Once upon a time in an unearthly paradise called Pepperland, the Blue Meanies threaten to destroy all that is good.  Enter John, Paul, George and Ringo to save the day! Armed with their humour, songs, and yellow submarine, the Fab Four tackle the rough seas in an effort to bring down evil. 

Cast: The Beatles, Paul Angelis, John Clive

 

NARRATIVE SHORTS

 

Inquire Within

Director: Jay Rosenblatt

A hypnotic, apocalyptic film about false choices and faith.

 

MIDNIGHT SHORTS

 

going to the store

Director: David Lewandowski

A normal man walks to a place.

 

SX GLOBAL SHORTS

 

The Little Team (Spain)

Directors: Roger Gómez, Daniel Resines

Fourteen little kids go over an unsolved football mystery, and they end up teaching an unexpected life lesson to grown-ups.

 

The Perfect Fit (Scotland, UK)

Director: Tali Yankelevich

Ballet shoes may be worn by delicate girls, but they're crafted by burly men...

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