SXSW 2019 Unveils Features and Episodic Premieres, Including ‘Beach Bum’ and ‘What We Do in the Shadows’

IndieWire | 1/16/2019 | Staff
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SXSW 2019 has unveiled the current features and episodic premieres for the 26th edition of the film festival, running March 8 – 17, 2019 in Austin, Texas. Jordan Peele’s highly-anticipated “Get Out” follow-up “Us” was previously announced as the Festival’s Opening Night film, while Olivia Wilde, Jessica Brillhart, and Marti Noxon have already been announced as this year’s Film Keynotes.

Highlights of this year’s film lineup include a number of already-buzzed-about features, including Harmony Korine’s “The Beach Bum,” Wilde’s feature directorial debut “Booksmart,” and an untitled new feature from Jonathan Levine starring Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron (previously called “Flarsky”). A new documentary about Beto O’Rourke’s recent congressional run will debut in the documentary section, and Robert Rodriguez will screen his microbudget feature “Red 11” in the Visions section. The music-tinged festival will also screen new docs about David Crosby, Rick Rubin, Garth Brooks, and Taylor Swift.

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On the episodics side, Jesse Peretz and Carrie Brownstein’s “Shrill” will debut, as will the much-hyped “What We Do in the Shadows” series from Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement.

The 102 features and episodics in today’s announcement will be shown across the nine days of SXSW, with dozens of additional titles to be announced February 6, including Midnighters, Festival Favorites, Shorts, Episodic Pilot Competition, Virtual Cinema, Music Videos, and Title Sequence Competition. The complete SXSW Film Festival program typically includes between 320 and 340 total projects. The 2019 program was selected from 2,351 feature-length film submissions, with a total of 8,490 films submitted this year.

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“As we head into our 26th edition, we couldn’t be more excited to once again share a completely fresh SXSW 2019 slate with our uniquely smart and enthusiastic SXSW audience,” said Janet Pierson, Director of Film in an official statement. “As always, we looked for a wide range of work, contemplating scale,...
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