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SXSW gives a little taste of the film festival line-up

01.13.2011
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Today SXSW announced some of the films that will premiere this year for the SXSW Film Festival. One film, Duncan Jones' SOURCE CODE was previously mentioned to be playing.

Here's just a taste of the line-up that was given. This isn't all but it's a good start. Film Conference and Festival Producer Janet Pierson said this in the press release, “As we continue to solidify the lineup for 2011, it’s truly exciting to be able to announce this little taste of the program. Each of these films really showcases an artist stretching their wings in some way, whether it be a late-night talk show host taking his act on the road, an actress/filmmaker carefully and beautifully tackling a heartbreaking subject in her finest work yet, or a successful photographer trying out a new medium in a new landscape.”

The Beaver (World Premiere)

Director: Jodie Foster, Writer: Kyle Killen

Summit Entertainment and Participant Media Present in Association with Imagenation Abu Dhabi and Anonymous Content - Two-time Academy Award winner Jodie Foster directs and co-stars with two-time Academy Award winner Mel Gibson in an emotional story about a man on a journey to re-discover his family and re-start his life. Plagued by his own demons, Walter Black was once a successful toy executive and family man who now suffers from depression. No matter what he tries, Walter can’t seem to get himself back on track…until a beaver hand puppet enters his life. Cast: Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, Anton Yelchin & Jennifer Lawrence

Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop (World Premiere)

Director: Rodman Flender

After a much-publicized separation with his former employers, did Conan O'Brien hit the road on a 32-City tour to connect with his fans or fill a void within himself? Filmmaker Rodman Flender followed O’Brien on his “Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television Tour” and returned with an intimate portrait of an artist trained in improvisation, captured at the most improvisational time of his career.

The Innkeepers (World Premiere)

Director and Writer: Ti West

Hotel clerks by day, amateur ghost hunters by night, the last two employees of the historic Yankee Pedlar Inn set out to prove that their place of business is as haunted as its reputation. Cast: Sara Paxton, Pat Healy, Kelly McGillis

It’s About You (World Premiere)

Directors: Kurt & Ian Markus First-time filmmakers, photographer Kurt Markus and his son, Ian, document John Mellencamp's summer 2009 tour across America, and the recording of his new album, No Better Than This. This is a raw and personal film, celebrating the visual beauty and power of Super8 film and the human voice.

Paul (North American Premiere)

Director: Greg Mottola, Writers: Simon Pegg & Nick Frost

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead) reunite for Universal Pictures' comedy-adventure Paul as two sci-fi geeks whose pilgrimage takes them to America’s UFO heartland. While there, they accidentally meet an alien named Paul (voiced by Seth Rogen) who brings them on an insane road trip that alters their universe forever. Cast: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Blythe Danner, John Carroll Lynch, with Sigourney Weaver and Seth Rogen as Paul.

Square Grouper (World Premiere)

Director: Billy Corben

A colorful portrait of Miami’s pot smuggling scene of the 1970s, populated with redneck pirates, a ganja-smoking church, and the longest serving marijuana prisoner in American history.

Extra Tidbit: Does anyone have any plans to attend SXSW? Obviously we all care about the films, but the music is a damn good reason to go as well.
Source: SXSW Film

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11:29PM on 01/13/2011
Extra Tidbit: I always thought it was a bunch of generic indie bands like your deer ticks and minus the bears, etc. but after looking at the list of acts it looks like they have a good mix of everything. I am intrigued, might be an awesome getaway
Extra Tidbit: I always thought it was a bunch of generic indie bands like your deer ticks and minus the bears, etc. but after looking at the list of acts it looks like they have a good mix of everything. I am intrigued, might be an awesome getaway
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9:00PM on 01/13/2011
I will be there! One of the perks of writing for a entertainment website.
I will be there! One of the perks of writing for a entertainment website.
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7:40PM on 01/13/2011
I'd definately like to go if I could. Maybe someday....
I'd definately like to go if I could. Maybe someday....
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7:28PM on 01/13/2011
Would love to see the Conan O' Brien movie.

Source Code looks good as well.
Would love to see the Conan O' Brien movie.

Source Code looks good as well.
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