SXSW Film announces 2012 Features lineup, including Closing Night andCenterpiece screenings
SXSW Film, which runs from March 9 – 17 this year, has released their 2012 Features lineup, which includes the highly anticipated 21 Jump Street remake as the fest’s esteemed Centerpiece film and Emmet Malloy’s rock doc Big Easy Express as the Closing Night film.
The world premiere of 21 Jump Street will screen on Monday, March 12. The film stars Channing Tatum and (Oscar nominee!) Jonah Hill as newly-minted police officers going undercover to bust a high school drug ring.
Big Easy Express follows the 2011 tour that took Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros and Old Crow Medicine Show on a train ride through the West (including a stop in Austin). Closing out the film conference, the world premiere of the doc will be Saturday, March 17.
The Narrative Feature Competition and Documentary Feature Competition are each comprised of eight world premieres, all in the running for Grand Jury Prizes and Audience Awards.
The eight films in the Narrative Competition are Booster, directed by Matt Ruskin; Eden, directed by Megan Griffiths; Gayby, directed by Jonathan Lisecki; Gimme the Loot, directed by Adam Leon; Los Chidos, directed by Omar Rodriguez Lopez; Pilgrim Song, directed by Martha Stephens; Starlet, directed by Sean Baker; The Taiwan Oyster, directed by Mark Jarrett.
The eight films in the Documentary Feature Competition are Bay of All Saints, directed by Annie Eastman; Beware of Mr. Baker, directed by Jay Bulger; The Central Park Effect, directed by Jeffrey Kimball; Jeff, directed by Chris James Thompson; Seeking Asian Female, directed by Debbie Lum; The Sheik and I, directed by Caveh Zahedi; The Source, directed by Jodi Wille & Maria Demopoulos; Welcome to the Machine, directed by Avi Zev Weider.
Additional programming highlights include Nelson George’s The Announcement, Gotham Chopra’s Decoding Deepak, Jay & Mark Duplass’ Do-Deca-Pentathalon, Mark Ford’s Uprising: Hip Hop & The LA Riots, Patrick Forbes’ Wikileaks: Secrets & Lies, Adam Sherman’s Crazy Eyes, Jacob Rosenberg’s Waiting for Lightning, Tom Kingsley & Will Sharpe’s Black Pond, Kristen Sheridan’s Dollhouse, Gareth Huw Evans’ The Raid, Ben Shapiro’s Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters, Kristy Guevara-Flanagan’s WONDER WOMEN! The Untold Story of American Superheroines and William Friedkin’s Killer Joe.
Previously, SXSW Film announced their Opening Night film, The Cabin in the Woods, plus narrative features Citadel and Small Apartments, and documentaries MARLEY and Beauty is Embarrassing.
Attendees will also get a sneak peek at HBO’s new series Girls — the first three episodes of the show, written by and starring Lena Dunham, will screen at SXSW.
Additionally, we’re excited to see the much-hyped The Comedy, starring Tim Heidecker; Casa de mi Padre, a Spanish-language film about a drug lord, starring Will Ferrell, Nick Offerman, Gael Garcia Bernal and Deigo Luna; the innovative Girl Walk // All Day, which follows dancers around Manhattan as they improvise moves to Girl Talk’s All Day; and Austinite Bob Byington’s Somebody Up There Likes Me.
You can check out the full lineup at sxsw.com/film.
The festival received a record-setting number of submissions this year; of the 1,957 submitted features, 130 will screen. 51 of those are from first-time filmmakers, and attendees will be treated to 65 world premieres (plus 17 North American premieres and 10 US premieres).
The Midnighters features and the Short Film program will be announced on Feb. 8, so stay tuned for more SXSW Film news.