Austin Film Society presents SXSW Film @ 25
To cap off SXSW Film’s Anniversary year, AFS presents a month-long series of some of the favorite discoveries from the festival’s 25-year history. The small selection includes breakouts of now sought-after directors and unforgettable diamonds in the rough. Most screenings will be introduced by SXSW Director of Film Janet Pierson or Senior Film Programmer Jarod Neece.
- March 2: 45365 - A peripatetic portrait of a hometown and slices of memories become a cinematic story. The breakout, award-winning debut is from documentary filmmakers and brothers Bill and Turner Ross.
- March 3 (2 pm): Audience of One - God visits Pentecostal clergyman Richard Gazowsky to send him on a mission: make a Christian movie as big and epic as Star Wars. Richard gets into action, though he’s never made a movie before, and also had never seen one. This is a documentary.
- March 3 (10 pm): Attack The Block - A gang of teenage thugs in south London meet their match when they must defend their neighborhood from an alien invasion. One of the most fun, inventive and surprising debut features to recently premiere at SXSW, featuring a breakout performance by John Boyega.
- March 4: Weekend - No one knew British director Andrew Haigh’s name when he showed up at SXSW in 2011 with his tiny independent film in hand. By the end of the festival, Andrew and this film were the revelation of the festival. This simmering queer romance is still a knock-out.
- March 5: Sun Don't Shine - For her feature directorial debut, writer/director/actor Amy Seimetz chose her favorite subject, her home state of Florida, where she says people go when they are “running away from something.” Her sweat-drenched noir, with its hapless would-be Bonnie and Clyde, is one of the strongest indie debuts you’ll ever see, and predicted Amy’s great success with future projects such as Showtime’s The Girlfriend Experience.
- March 21: Marwencol - 2010’s SXSW Grand Jury Prize winner. After suffering a brain injury, a man learns to cope by creating an extensive WWII town in miniature in his backyard.