9 Innovative Films, Documentaries & Series To Watch At SXSW 2016

By March 12, 2016Festivals, News
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Mysteries, scandals & boogeymen: Discover 9 innovative films, documentaries and TV series by women filmmakers to watch at the South By Southwest Film Festival 2016.

Summary: Narrative Spotlight | Documentary Spotlight | Visions | Episodic

 

NARRATIVE SPOTLIGHT

High profile narrative features receiving their World, North American, or U.S. premieres at SXSW.
 

Jean of the Joneses by Stella Meghie

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Chaos ensues after the estranged patriarch of the Jones family dies on their doorstep. When the paramedic who answers their 911 call tries to win over acerbic Jean Jones, his attempts are disrupted by old conflicts that come to a boil at the funeral.

Director/Screenwriter: Stella Meghie
Cast: Taylour Paige, Sherri Shepherd, Gloria Reuben, Michelle Hurst, Erica Ash, Mamoudou Athie, Francois Arnaud, Demore Barnes, Anna Hopkins

Canada/USA – World Premiere – March 13, 14, 16

My Blind Brother by Sophie Goodhart

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Love for the same woman causes conflict between an over-achieving blind athlete and the brother who made him that way.

Director/Screenwriter: Sophie Goodhart
Cast: Adam Scott, Nick Kroll, Jenny Slate, Zoe Kazan, Charlie Hewson, Maryann Nagel, Greg Violand

World Premiere – March 12, 14, 18

DOCUMENTARY SPOTLIGHT

Shining a light on new documentary features receiving their World, North American, or U.S. premieres at SXSW.
 

Beware the Slenderman by Irene Taylor Brodsky

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Beware the Slenderman tells the story of a Boogeyman lurking on the internet and two 12-year-old girls who would kill for him. A horrifyingly modern tragedy, this film explores children’s accountability in the online age.

Director: Irene Taylor Brodsky

World Premiere – March 11, 14, 16

Fantastic Lies by Marina Zenovich

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Ten years after the Duke Lacrosse case exploded into the national media, we revisit the case which divided America and explore how it affected the lives of those involved.

Director: Marina Zenovich

World Premiere – March 11, 12, 17, 18

Seven Songs for a Long Life by Amy Hardie


Director: Amy Hardie
The intimate story behind our changing relationship with death – with great songs!

North American Premiere – March 12, 15, 17

VISIONS

Visions filmmakers are audacious, risk-taking artists in the new cinema landscape who demonstrate raw innovation and creativity in documentary and narrative filmmaking.
 

American Fable by Anne Hamilton

When an 11-year-old girl named Gitty discovers that her father is holding hostage a wealthy man on their family’s remote farm, she chooses to dive into a dark and magical world in this Midwestern-set, fairytale thriller.

Director/Screenwriter: Anne Hamilton
Cast: Kip Pardue, Peyton Kennedy, Gavin MacIntosh, Rusty Schwimmer, Zuleikha Robinson, Marci Miller, Richard Schiff

World Premiere – March 13, 15, 17 18

Find Anne Hamilton on Discover the Directors & Films of the AFI Directing Workshop for Women 2013
 

My Beautiful Broken Brain
by Sophie Robinson & Lotje Sodderland


Her brain is broken. Her mind is limitless. A film about a young woman’s cerebral hemorrhage with outcomes no one could have predicted.

Directors: Sophie Robinson, Lotje Sodderland

UK – Netflix Exclusive – North American Premiere – March 12, 15, 18

EPISODIC

Featuring innovative new work aimed squarely at the small screen, Episodic tunes in to the explosion of exciting material on non-theatrical platforms, including serialized TV, webisodes, and beyond.
 

Search Party by
Sarah-Violet Bliss & Charles Rogers

Search Party is a dark comedy about four self-absorbed twenty-somethings who become entangled in an ominous mystery when a former college acquaintance suddenly disappears.

Directors/Screenwriters: Sarah-Violet Bliss, Charles Rogers
Cast: Alia Shawkat, John Early, John Reynolds, Meredith Hagner

World Premiere – March 13

You Me Her by Nisha Ganatra & John Scott Shepherd

An impulsive “date” between suburbanite Jack and escort Izzy spins into a three-way affair including Jack’s wife Emma, posing the question: What if your truest, happiest life looked nothing like you imagined? Would you be brave enough to live it?

Director: Nisha Ganatra, Screenwriter/Showrunner: John Scott Shepherd
Cast: Greg Poehler, Rachel Blanchard, Priscilla Faia, Jarod Joseph, Melanie Papaila

World Premiere – March 15

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