Dark rainy days make the perfect backdrop for movie marathons, so it’s pretty fitting that both last year’s edition of SXSW Film and the 2013 festival would kick off with moody weather. For the next nine days, Austin will host filmmakers, actors, writers, movie fans and the requisite hipster hordes for SXSW Film.
If you’ve got $650 to spare, you can buy a Film Badge at the walk-up rate. But if, like us, you’d like to see some movies and still make rent, there are a few other options. The first is the $80 SXSW Film Wristband. With a wristband, you’re not guaranteed admission to any movies, but since you’re admitted after badgeholders, you’ve got a pretty good shot of getting into the larger venues like the Paramount Theater. (The labyrinthine line/badge/pass/ticket access process is explained here.) Or if there are just a couple movies you’re interested in, you can always try waiting in line for a ticket. It’s a gamble, but at the Paramount, it can definitely the wait can definitely be worth it (like the year I got in to see the Foo Fighters doc that way).
Without further ado (but including a film with a lot of ado about not much), in no particular order, here are some of the flicks we’re looking forward to over the next nine days:
“Sound City”: Dave Grohl, who is obviously both the most awesome and hardest working guy in rock and roll, makes his directorial debut with a documentary on the legendary Sound City analog recording studio, where Nirvana’s “Nevermind” and Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours,” among other greats, came to life
“Evil Dead”: Your favorite horror classic remade with a chick in the lead. Will she still have a boomstick?
“Much Ado About Nothing”: Our favorite Shakespeare play done as lo-fi noir and directed by the singular Joss Whedon. Plus it stars wonderful Whedon regulars Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Nathan Fillion, Sean Maher, Reed Diamond, Clark Gregg, Tom Lenk and (be still, my beating heart) Fran Kranz.
“Before Midnight”: I don’t know how we got so lucky as to get another installment in the beloved “Before Sunrise” series. This time, we check in with Celine and Jesse in Greece.
“Spring Breakers”: Hanna from our guilty pleasure “Pretty Little Liars” gets into some sordid Spring Break trouble with Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens and James Franco.
“Mud”: The newest effort from “Take Shelter” writer/director Jeff Nichols
“Don Jon“: A comedy directed by(!!) and starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt
“Upstream Color”: The second film from Dallas-based Shane Carruth, who won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance in 2004 with the time-travel movie “Primer”
“Drinking Buddies”: Mumblecore acolyte Joe Swanberg’s latest stars two of our current favorite actors, Jake Johnson and Anna Kendrick.
“The Spectacular Now”: Coach Taylor alert! Plus Shailene Woodley, Brie Larson, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Mary Elizabeth Winstead
“Milo”: UT alum Jacob Vaughan’s “Milo” wins for best description (“A man discovers that his chronic stomach problems are due to the fact that he has a demon baby living in his colon”). Plus Ken Marino, Gillian Jacobs and Peter Stormare!
“Prince Avalanche”: The newest from “All the Real Girls” director David Gordon Green stars Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch
“Zero Charisma”: Another local effort, this time by husband and wife Katie Graham and Andrew Matthews and about Dungeons and Dragons.
“In Your Dreams – Stevie Nicks”: A doc about our favorite Gold Dust Woman
“The East”: This mystery flick is written by and starring festival darling Brit Marling, who made big waves at SXSW 2011 with “Sound of My Voice” and “Another Earth.”
What movies are you excited to check out at SXSW?