Invitation To Kick Ass: 10 Frightening & Exciting Films to Discover At SXSW 2015

By March 17, 2015Events, Festivals, News

Post-apocalyptic mayhem, sinister parties and soul music: discover 10 frightening and exciting films to discover at the South By Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas.

Summary: Midnighters | Narrative Spotlight | Documentary Spotlight



The Invitation by Karyn Kusama


While attending a dinner party at his former home, a man thinks his ex-wife and her new husband have sinister intentions for their guests.

The Invitation
Director: Karyn Kusama
Screenwriters: Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi
Cast: Logan Marshall-Green, Tammy Blanchard, Michiel Huisman, Emayatzy Corinealdi
World Premiere – March 13, 14, 18

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Turbo Kid by Anouk Whissell, François Simard & Yoann-Karl Whissell

TURBO KID is a post-apocalyptic action comedy with lashings of splatter & the iconic MICHAEL F*****G IRONSIDE.

Directors: RKSS Collective a.k.a Anouk Whissell, François Simard, Yoann-Karl Whissell
Screenwriters: Anouk Whissell, François Simard, Yoann-Karl Whissell
Cast: Munro Chambers, Laurence Leboeuf, Michael Ironside, Aaron Jeffery, Edwin Wright
Canada/New Zealand – 89 Min – March 17, 18, 20

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Narrative Spotlight

Fresno by Jamie Babbitt


Fresno is a comedy that follows lonely but stoic lesbian Martha (Natasha Lyonne), whose sister Shannon (Judy Greer), a sex addict with no impulse control and a long history of poor decisions, winds up back in Fresno cleaning hotel rooms with her.

Directed by: Jamie Babbitt
Written by: Karey Dornetto
Cast: Natasha Lyonne, Judy Greer, Aubrey Plaza, Fred Armisen, Jessica St. Clair, Molly Shannon, Michael Hitchcock, Ron Livingston.
World Premiere – March 14, 16, 18

Find Karey Dornetto on the Hollywomen Screenwriters Board

I Dream Too Much by Katie Cokinos


Dora Welles is an imaginative college grad ready to experience all the excitement of life. Instead she finds herself in snowy upstate New York caring for her reclusive great aunt, who has lived a much more exciting life than anyone realizes.

Written and directed by: Katie Cokinos
Cast: Eden Brolin, Diane Ladd, Danielle Brooks, James McCaffrey, Christina Rouner.
World Premiere – March 16, 17, 20

Life in Color by Katharine Emmer


With no place to live, two strangers are stuck house sitting together. To get back on their feet, this odd couple reluctantly help each other overcome the very personal obstacles that are holding them back in life and from each other.

Written and directed by: Katharine Emmer
Cast: Josh McDermitt, Katharine Emmer, Adam Lustick, Fortune Feimster, Jim O’Heir.
World Premiere – March 14, 15, 19

Documentary Spotlight

A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story by Sara Hirsh Bordo

From the producers of the most viewed TEDWomen event of 2013 comes A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story, a documentary following the inspiring journey of 25-year-old, 58-pound Lizzie from cyber-bullying victim to anti-bullying activist.

Directed by: Sara Hirsh Bordo
World Premiere – March 14, 16, 19

GTFO: Get the F&#% Out by Shannon Sun-Higginson


Almost half of all gamers are women; yet, female gamers are disproportionately subject to harassment and abuse. GTFO seeks to investigate misogyny in video game culture and questions the future of this 20 billion dollar industry.

Directed by: Shannon Sun-Higginson
World Premiere – March 14, 16, 18, 20

24 Beats Per Second

Mavis! by Jessica Edwards

Her family group, the Staple Singers, inspired millions and helped propel the civil rights movement with their music. After 60 years of performing, legendary singer Mavis Staples’ message of love and equality is needed now more than ever.

Director: Jessica Edwards
World Premiere – March 15, 16, 19

They Will Have To Kill Us First (UK) by Johanna Schwartz

Islamic extremists have banned music in Mali, but its world-class musicians won’t give up without a fight. From conflict, to exile, to homecoming, this film follows the story of Mali’s musicians as they fight for their right to sing.

Director: Johanna Schwartz
Screenwriters: Johanna Schwartz, Andy Morgan
World Premiere – March 16, 17, 20

Y/OUR MUSIC (Thailand/UK) by David Reeve & Waraluck Hiransrettawat Every

The sounds of Thailand from ricefield to leftfield.

Directors: David Reeve, Waraluck Hiransrettawat Every
North American Premiere – March 17, 18, 19


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