You’ll have to roll the dice during this year’s South by Southwest Film & TV Festival. world premiere Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves will be the premiere film for this year’s event.
Festival organizers on Wednesday announced plans to screen films during the 30th festival, which runs from March 10 to 18. This year’s SXSW Film & TV Festival will be in-person only, with no online viewing, marking the reversal of the pandemic era.
Here’s what we know so far.
SXSW has already screened four headlining films.
Based on the popular RPG, Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves directed and co-written Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley. movie stars Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez, Hugh Grant, Rare-Jean Page, Justice Smith, Sophia Lillis, Chloe Coleman and Daisy Head. While details of the premiere have yet to be announced, expect some of these celebs to appear on the red carpet at the Paramount Theatre.
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On Wednesday, SXSW showed three other headlining films:
- “Problemist” world premiere comedy about the world of art and immigration, written and directed by a star Julio Torres (“Los Espuquis”). Tilda Swinton and RZA co-star and Emma Stone is one of the film’s producers.
- The expected next installment of the Evil Dead franchise. “Rise of the Evil Dead” will be shown at the festival. Lee Cronin (“Hole in the Ground”) wrote and directed the film, produced by the original director and star of the franchise: Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell respectively.
- Directed by own Texas Eva Longoria (previously announced as the main speaker for SXSW), “Hot Flame” will have its world premiere. The film tells the story of former Frito Lay janitor Richard Montañez and the creation of the Flamin’ Hot Cheetos.
What other stellar films will appear at SXSW?
SXSW has announced screenings of dozens of other feature films in its programming categories, including the Narrative and Documentary Competition and Spotlight Tracks.
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Some world premieres featuring famous names include:
- Screenwriter-director Ellie Pankiu “I used to be funny” about the stand-up comedian and the search for the missing girl she used to babysit, starring Rachel Sennott (“Bodies of the Body of the Body”)
- director “Late Flowers” by Lisa Steen. about an aimless young woman who ends up caring for an elderly Polish woman, starring Karen Gillan (“Guardians of the Galaxy”)
- Screenwriter-director “Moustache” by Imran J. Khan, about a Pakistani American child growing up in the 1990s starring Atharva Verma, Rizwan Manji, Alicia Silverstone and Hasan Minhai
- “Parachute,” What does the actress see? Brittany Snow jump behind the camera for a movie about food and romance, featuring actors like Courtney Eaton, Gina Rodriguez, Joel McHale, Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi and Dave Batista
- director Rightor Doyle “Low Down”. about “one wild night, a deeply depressed man, a hottie who gives him a happy ending, and all the lives they destroy along the way”, starring Zachary Quinto, Judith Light, Simon Rex, Audra McDonald and Lucas Gage, who also co-wrote the screenplay
- “If You Were the Last” astronaut will-not-will-they from the director Christian Mercado and stars Anthony Mackie, Zoe Chao, Natalie Morales and Jeff Stults
- “Self confidence”, starring and director, writer and producer jake johnson, about the reality show about life and death, starring Anna Kendrick, Andy Samberg, Natalie Morales, Christopher Lloyd, Wayne Brady, Gata, Emily Hampshire, Mary Holland and Boban Marjanovic
What documentaries will be released at SXSW?
As always, SXSW’s schedule will feature documentaries covering hot topics, cultural events and everyday stories. Some 2023 world premieres include:
- “Being Mary Tyler Moore” about the life of a cult actress, director James Adolphus
- “Disorder in Power” about the director’s “Star Wars Holiday Special” Jeremy Kuhn and Steve Kozak
- “Hurricanes” about the 1970s women’s soccer team the Houston Herricanes, led by Olivia Quan
- “Diaries of Lady Bird. exploring the audio diaries of Lady Bird Johnson, director Dawn Porter
- “Pay or Die” on the insulin cost crisis, led by Rachel Dyer and Scott Ruderman
- “Kingdom”, about a queer artist from Russia protesting in Moscow, director Agniya Galdanova
Which TV shows will premiere at SXSW?
This is the first year that the festival will officially add the word “TV” to its name as the SXSW Film & TV Festival, marking the increase in small screen programming over the years. Announced this week for 2023:
- “I’m a virgin” from the showrunner Riley’s boots (also described as a “fantastic coming-of-age jaunt”), about a young black man at 13 feet. TV series stars Jarrel Jeromewhich also produces.
- “Mrs. Davis”. written and produced Tara Hernandez and Damon Lindelof (also SXSW speakers) talks about a nun trying to destroy a powerful AI. Betty Gilpin (“SHINE”).
- “Slip off” from showrunner and star Zoe Lister-Jones is a “fantastic journey through parallel universes” in which a woman tries to find her way through alternative relationships and return to her partner. Emily Hampshire (“Shitta Bay”) plays one of the main roles.
- In addition, the second season of Starz “Blind Spot” looking Jasmine Cephas Jones and Helen Huntwill premiere at SXSW.
Any other important SXSW Film & TV Festival news?
As we said, at the moment there are dozens of films in the plans, and there will be more. Your humble film correspondent liked a few other people.
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The program track Midnighters, home of the weird and wild side of cinema, includes some funny movies. We are looking for “Late night with the devil,“A film from Australia/United Arab Emirates about a 1970s talk show host who unleashes an evil force on viewers. David Dastmalchyan (“Suicide Squad”). Then there is “The Wrath of Becky” about a woman living off the grid who goes into battle with a fascist planning an organized attack. Lulu Wilson and Seann William Scott star.
SXSW short programs are often a great window for up-and-coming talent. One of the participants in the short film competition in Texas, which may be of interest to local residents: “Exit 238”, producer Henry Davis, a short film about the purple martins that roost in Austin every year.
Wednesday’s announcement also included programs for the independent TV pilot competition, music video competition, narrative, documentary, midnight and animated short film competitions, as well as a host of XR titles.
This will be the first edition of SXSW since Janet Pearson, the film festival’s longtime director, stepped down from her role to become honorary director last year. Claudette Godfrey, formerly Pearson’s deputy director of film festival programs, now leads the festival as vice president of film and television.
According to the organizers, other films will be announced in early February. On Tuesday, SXSW announced a new keynote and many speakers. Check out the full list of movies and TV shows and find out how to purchase pins at sxsw.com.