Out-of-towners and big-name celebrities flock to SXSW, but the homegrown festival always takes time to shine a light on our city's top talent. Here, we spotlight the best Austin films premiering at SXSW 2016. Each movie will have multiple screenings throughout the festival, giving you ample time to check out your favorite.
Everybody Wants Some
The most buzzed-about premiere this year, Austin director Richard Linklater's newest film, Everybody Wants Some, is said to be a spiritual sequel to his cult classic Dazed and Confused. While the latter explored 1970s high school slackerdom, Everybody Wants Some chronicles a "group of college baseball players as they navigate their way through the freedoms and responsibilities of unsupervised adulthood" in the 1980s. The film, which has already inspired a craft beer spin-off, is the opening night selection for SXSW.
Premieres March 11 at Paramount Theatre
Richard Linklater: Dream is Destiny
This documentary from Louis Black (SXSW and Austin Chronicle co-founder) and Karen Benstein (Grammy and Emmy award-winning Austin filmmaker) explores how Linklater shaped the Austin film scene, film in the 1990s, and the future of film. There will also be a Linklater-inspired art show at Mondo Gallery during SXSW.
Premieres March 11 at Marchesa Hall & Theatre
Honky Tonk Heaven: Legend of the Broken Spoke
The Broken Spoke has stood firm against a tide of new developments, restaurants, and bars in South Austin. Honky Tonk Heaven serves as a monument to the legendary dance hall and the family that has kept it running all these years.
Premieres March 13 at Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar
Directed by Keith Maitland, this documentary chronicles the mass shooting that rocked the University of Texas at Austin in 1966. The intriguing tagline draws us in: "When the worst in one man brought out the best in so many others."
Premieres March 13 at Stateside at the Paramount
A Song For You: The Austin City Limits Story
For four decades, Austin City Limits has shared amazing music with the world, and this little flick honors that legacy. Also directed by Keith Maitland, A Song For You includes performances and interviews from Terry Lickona, Willie Nelson, Townes Van Zandt, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Matthew McConaughey, and more.
Premieres March 17 at Paramount Theatre