The lineup for Independent Episodic, Midnighters, Shorts, Virtual Cinema, Title Sequences, Music Videos and late-breaking Features will be announced February 7.
For now, read the first wave of the feature lineup below.
(World Premiere) explores the sexual and social identity of contemporary black America through intimate, eye opening and often hilarious accounts from women and men who find love and community in the underground world of exotic dancing.
Director/Screenwriter: Matthew Newton Beth, recently released from prison, tries to get custody of her son again and find her way back into the outside world, along the way realizing who she is isn’t about where she’s been, it’s about where she’s going.
(Mexico, United States) Directors: Nicholas Kovacic, Matthew Riggieri, Screenwriter: Chantal Martineau In Mexico, families have passed down the tradition of distilling agave for generations and now, this once obscure Mexican drink is everywhere.
Director: Nick Budabin An underdog basketball player from Chicago goes on a meteoric rise to become one of the best college point guards in the nation.
But while he pursues dreams of the NBA, his success contrasts with the effects of gun violence on his friends back home.
The full lineup will include 44 films from first-time filmmakers, 86 World Premieres, 11 North American Premieres, and 5 U. Titles included this year in the Narrative Competition are starring Tracy Morgan and Tiffany Haddish.
The SXSW Film Festival is also launching a new Independent Episodic section which is an expansion of its Episodic section that started in 2014.The peace and freedom he has found in this safe haven disappears when Clara is assaulted, forcing him to face his old demons.Director: Julia Hart, Screenwriters: Julia Hart, Jordan Horowitz In this genre-bending supernatural drama, a woman is forced to go on the run when her extraordinary abilities are discovered.(Spain) Director/Screenwriter: Carlos Marques-Marcet When the best friend of a bohemian lesbian couple agrees to be their surrogate, the three friends set out on an unconventional journey to start a family.(Belgium, France) Director/Screenwriter: Jérémie Guez Attempting to lead a quiet reformed life, an ex-con finds refuge in a motel run by a single mother and her daughter Clara.is a comedy of money and access, a NY love story set in the Bronx and at a pricey school for girls on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.