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Stern Pinball Celebrates the Family from 1313 Mockingbird Lane with THE MUNSTERS Pinball Machines

Posted: 16 Jan 2019 06:21 PM PST

If you grew up spending a lot of afternoons at 1313 Mockingbird Lane (when you weren't busy at the Addams family mansion), then you'll likely be thrilled and chilled by Stern Pinball's new Munsters pinball machines based on the beloved CBS series that originally aired from 1964–1966.

As reported by Bloody Disgusting, The Munsters pinball machines are available in three different versions: Pro, Premium, and Limited Edition. Each game features impeccably detailed artwork based on the series, with prices ranging from $5,999 to $8,999.

Read on for more details, visit Stern Pinball's website for additional information, and check out the photos and video below to get a closer look at Stern Pinball's latest releases.

From Stern Pinball: "An original pinball experience celebrating the iconic American TV hit sitcom, The Munsters. Players will be transported to 1313 Mockingbird Lane, joining the entire Munsters family on this haunted pinball adventure. Featuring Herman, Raven, Lily, Spot and Grandpa, players will work their way towards Munster Madness in this frightfully funny and action-packed pinball world under glass. The Munsters pinball machines will be available in Pro, Premium, and Limited Edition models.

Stern's The Munsters Pro, Premium, and Limited Edition models feature stunning and distinctive hand-drawn art. Each game features a custom sculpted Herman bash toy with magnetized ball catch, highlighting Herman multiball. In addition, all models include a pop-up Spot bash toy hidden under the left ramp, a custom sculpted Drag-U-La toy car featured near a left shooter lane kicker, as well as a metal turn-around, flip-up ramp.

The Premium and Limited Edition models both feature Grandpa's laboratory, a lower playfield that features 2 mini flippers, 2 ramps, a Grandpa bash target, a digital number display, and a multiball feature. The Premium model features an exclusive black and white custom art package in homage to classic black and white TV.

Games shipped to North America operate on 60 cycle electricity only.

These games will not operate in countries with 50 cycle electricity (Europe including the UK)."

Pro Edition Price: $5,999

Premium Edition Price: $7,599

Limited Edition Price: $8,999

Photos from Stern Pinball:

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Full Release Details for Scream Factory’s THE MOLE PEOPLE (1956) Blu-ray

Posted: 16 Jan 2019 04:09 PM PST

Before he played Ward Cleaver—a familiar face in living rooms across the US from 1957–1963—on Leave it to Beaver, Hugh Beaumont portrayed
Dr. Jud Bellamin in The Mole People. Scream Factory will release the 1956 adventure horror film on February 26th, and we've been provided with full release dates for the new Blu-ray of the vintage creature feature.

From the Press Release: "Los Angeles, CA – From a lost age…horror crawls from the depths of the earth! Scream Factory proudly presents The Mole People on Blu-ray for the first time in North America on February 26th, 2019. Scream Factory's release presents the film in two aspect ratios (1.85:1 and 2.00:1) and comes complete with special features including new featurette, new audio commentary with Film Historians Tom Weaver and David Schecter and the Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode of "The Mole People."

John Agar (Attack of the Puppet People), Hugh Beaumont (Leave It to Beaver) and Nestor Paiva (Creature from The Black Lagoon) star as three archaeologists who discover the remnants of a mutant five-millennia-old Sumerian civilization living beneath a glacier atop a mountain in Mesopotamia.

The party of archeologists come upon an unusual race of albino beings who shun all forms of light and have mutant mole men as their slaves. Because of their "magical cylinders of fire" (what we know as flashlights), these archaeologists are treated like gods – until they try to liberate the mole people. Can the archaeologists escape this hallowed mountain in Asia … or will they be destroyed in a strange underground world?

Special Features:

· The film presented in two aspect ratios – 1.85:1 and 2.00:1

· NEW Audio Commentary with film historians Tom Weaver and David Schecter

· NEW Of Mushrooms and Madmen: The Making of THE MOLE PEOPLE

· Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode "The Mole People" (2/15/97) in standard definition

· Still Galleries – movie stills, posters and lobby cards

· Theatrical Trailer"

Trailer via ObscureTrailers:

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Interview: Actor James Badge Dale Talks THE STANDOFF AT SPARROW CREEK

Posted: 16 Jan 2019 03:27 PM PST

Arriving in theaters and on VOD and digital platforms this weekend is writer/director Henry Dunham's taut and tension-filled thriller The Standoff at Sparrow Creek. Starring James Badge Dale, Brian Geraghty, Chris Mulkey, Gene Jones, Happy Anderson, Patrick Fischler, and Robert Aramayo, Dunham's debut feature follows an ex-cop named Gannon (Dale), who joined a militia group after he gave up his career. Eager to put his law enforcement days behind him, Gannon is reluctantly tasked with figuring out which one of his fellow militia members are behind a shooting at a police funeral once it's discovered that one of the men might have motives bigger than minding the interests of their controversial group.

Daily Dead recently spoke with Dale about his role in The Standoff at Sparrow Creek, and he discussed what initially drew him into the project, trusting his co-stars, and more. Look for the film in theaters and on a variety of digital outlets this Friday, courtesy of RLJE Films.

Great to speak with you today, James. From your perspective, what was the biggest appeal coming into this film? Was it the character itself of Gannon, was it getting to dive into this world in a way we probably have never seen before, working with Henry, or this cast?

James Badge Dale: The first thing is the script. It was just a special script, and in the first 20 pages you realize you're reading something different, and you're reading something that's a little risky. I like chewing on dialogue, too. There is also a stage play element to this. I'm an old theater guy from New York, and this was an opportunity to come in and chew on some things, and it was a very character-driven story. I think for all of us, we all wanted to come in and play with this world.

When you guys were getting ready for production, did Henry sit you all down and give you time to work out different beats between the characters and everything? I know a lot of that is on the page, but there's also that rhythm that you have to get once you're in the actual scenes and going back and forth. Or did everything fall into place once you guys started filming?

James Badge Dale: There's this saying that, and actually, I'm probably going to butcher this thing so I'm just going to paraphrase it, but casting is very important, and he put together a great group of actors. I'm not even talking about myself. I was like, "What am I doing here?" All these other guys, they show up ready, prepared, and they're talented and they're ready to swing, they're ready to play. On a smaller film like this, you don't have a lot of time. Sometimes you don't have a lot of time to talk about it or rehearse it, or refine it to that point.

You just trust that everyone has done their homework and will show up and is a professional. You're ready to go. Then you just keep filming it, tweak it this way, tweak it that way. It was just a special little film. We shot it in three weeks—three six-day weeks—mostly nights. And me, I'm obsessive with my work. It's not like you read the script once and then show up to work and then it goes on. You know what I mean? And I'm constantly redoing things, going back and doing homework when I'm on a film.

On this, we would go shoot 12 hours, and then I was lucky enough I stayed in this little neighborhood. So I'd go out, I'd meet people really quickly who owned restaurants and places. They would keep them open for me, and I'd call them, and I'd be like, "Hey, man, can you have the chef throw in a last order? I got to come in and do some work." While they're closing these restaurants, they'd let me sit in the back for two hours, eat dinner, and that's where I'd learn all my dialogue for the next day. It was great.

You touched on something that I wanted to ask about, in terms of who Gannon is as a character. I think it's interesting that we get to peel back a lot of layers to a lot of the other characters in this movie, but with Gannon, I feel like there's a lot more to him than we just see on the screen. It's not explicitly put out there, but yet there's a sense of him. You get the sense that it's not just a character we're meeting on "the first day" of his life or anything like that. Can you talk about finding him as this character in this world?

James Badge Dale: That's an excellent point, because you're seeing things through Gannon's eyes. This is, I think, one of the genius parts of Henry's scripts. You're learning what's happening as Gannon's learning what's happening. Yes, you learn less about Gannon, because Gannon is discovering things about other people and the circumstances they're in. The movie almost takes place in real time, where it starts with an inciting incident, and it ends the same night.

There are a lot of things that as an actor you've got to fill in the blanks here, because some of the answers are not for you on the page. The audience won't see them, and so you try to find things that you can personalize and things that you can draw on from your own life. If you're coming from someplace deep within you, it's always better than manufacturing something that is not there at all.

You're an actor who has worked at pretty much every level in Hollywood. You've worked on really big movies, you've worked on very intimate movies like this, and you've worked on the in-betweeners, as I like to call them. So when you're looking at new projects to take on, what is it that you're looking for these days?

James Badge Dale: I love what we get to do as actors. I love making movies. I love what we do. I try to do things that I'm passionate about. I'm no good if I'm not passionate about something, you know what I mean? You're better off hiring another actor. They'll do a better job than me. When I find scripts that excite me, it's different. I've been really fortunate. Over the last 15 years, I've played characters that I care about, I've worked on things that I care about deeply, and I've worked with people that I care about deeply. It's all been good to me. Maybe this is the year it ends, and maybe it isn't. You just never know in this business. It's funny, as an actor you're basically an independent contractor. Someone said to me a long time ago, "You treat every job like your first, and you also treat it like your last." And that's something I've always taken to heart.

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Photos from SUPERNATURAL Episode 300 Feature the Return of Jeffrey Dean Morgan as John Winchester

Posted: 16 Jan 2019 02:51 PM PST

Years before he showed viewers his lethal swing on AMC's The Walking Dead, Jeffrey Dean Morgan was fighting demonic forces on Supernatural as John Winchester, the father of Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles). In the upcoming 300th episode of the series this February, Morgan will reprise his role as John for the first time in more than a decade, and Entertainment Weekly shared new photos from the long-awaited reunion.

Morgan will return as John Winchester this season (the show's 14th season overall) on Supernatural in an episode titled "Lebanon." Directed by Robert Singer from a script by Andrew Dabb and Meredith Glynn, "Lebanon" will air on The CW on February 7th, 2019, so viewers won't have to wait much longer to see the return of John Winchester. Morgan last played the beloved character in the 2008 episode "Long Distance Call," and he appeared onscreen as John in 2007's "All Hell Breaks Loose: Part 2."

According to EW, here's what Ackles had to say about how John Winchester returns:

"Dean is faced with essentially a genie in a bottle, and this is what he would truly wish for if his heart could speak."

EW also reveals that in the "altered reality" of the 300th episode, the Winchester brothers will encounter Zachariah (Kurt Fuller) and a "different (though familiar) version" of Castiel (Misha Collins). As indicated by the photos below, the 300th episode will also feature Samantha Smith as Mary Winchester.

In a previous statement via Deadline, executive producer Andrew Dabb hinted that Morgan won't be the only familiar face returning to the series:

"We're incredibly excited to have Jeffrey back for this milestone episode, and think fans will love what we have planned for his character… and a few other surprise guest stars."

It looks like the 300th episode of Supernatural will be quite the celebration, and we'll be sure to keep Daily Dead readers updated on further details.

Photos by Dean Buscher/The CW via EW:

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Comics Corner: ELVIRA: MISTRESS OF THE DARK #4, FIREFLY #3, APPALACHIAN APOCALYPSE #1, CONAN THE BARBARIAN #2, BABYTEETH #14

Posted: 16 Jan 2019 01:42 PM PST

David Avallone and Dave Acosta's Elvira: Mistress of the Dark #4 continues the story of Elvira's travel through time—and did I mention her adventures on a horror movie set?! Also in today's Comics Corner: Firefly #3, Appalachian Apocalypse #1, 2019's Conan the Barbarian #2, and Babyteeth #14.

Elvira: Mistress of the Dark #4: "(W) David Avallone (A) Dave Acosta (CA) Joseph Michael Linsner

Elvira's trip through time finally gets her back home, to Los Angeles...but eighty years too early! The Mistress of the Dark lands on the set of a horror movie classic, pursued by real -- not reel -- ancient evil! Would you sell your soul for riches and fame? Faust things Faust! Terrible puns just like that one, plus the usual thrills and chills await you in Chapter Four of ELVIRA: TIMESCREAM brought to you by David Avallone (Bettie Page) and Dave Acosta (Twelve Devils Dancing), the team who brought you DOC SAVAGE: RING OF FIRE and TWILIGHT ZONE: THE SHADOW.

In Shops: Jan 16, 2019
SRP: $3.99."

For more information, head on over to Dynamite Entertainment's website.

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Firefly #3: "With the Unificators closing in, Mal and Zoe must take some big risks to try to throw the enemy off their scent, as the crew of the Serenity starts to grapple with the fact that their captain and a first mate might not be who they say they are.

CREATORS
(W) Greg Pak (A) Dan McDaid (CA) Lee Garbett
$3.99."

To learn more about this new and very fun series, visit Boom! Studios' website.

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Appalachian Apocalypse #1: "(W) Billy Tucci (A/CA) Ethan Nicolle

After the ancient staff of Lilith, mother of the damned reanimates the dead, country boy J.B. and his estranged upper-crust wife Anne must come together to stop the zombie hordes and save the people of Appalachia!

In Shops: Jan 16, 2019
SRP: $3.99."

For more details on this wild take on the zom-ocalypse, go to Previews World on behalf of Cave Pictures Publishing.

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Conan the Barbarian #2 (2019): "Published:
January 16, 2019
Writer: Jason Aaron
Penciler: Mahmud Asrar
Cover Artist: Esad Ribic

BEYOND THE SAVAGE BORDER! CONAN finds himself beyond the Black River, surrounded by the warlike PICTS! But the tribesmen may be the least of his worries if he cannot fight his way through the demonic beasts slithering around the forest! The epic return of the mighty Conan continues…"

For more information, visit Marvel Comics.

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Babyteeth #14: "(W) Donny Cates (A/CA) Garry Brown

So, hey, welcome back, folks. How about that issue 13, huh? I told you it was bananas. Anyway, look, I'd like to be able to tell you this one is easier or nicer somehow, but real-ly...have any issues of this book not been insane and weird? Would you even believe me If I said it was? No. You wouldn't. So, yeah, this issue is more of all that. Plus: BETRAYAL! (Dramatic music cue!)

From Donny Cates (RELAY, Thanos, Venom, Doctor Strange, God Country, Redneck) and Garry Brown (THE REVISIONIST) comes BABYTEETH-a pulse-pounding horror series that just HAD to be told-and AfterShock is telling it!

In Shops: Jan 16, 2019
SRP: $3.99."

To learn more, go to Previews World on behalf of AfterShock Comics.

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New Movie Adaptation of Roald Dahl’s THE WITCHES to Star Anne Hathaway as Grand High Witch

Posted: 16 Jan 2019 01:11 PM PST

Since its release in 1990, Nicolas Roeg's The Witches has delighted and chilled generations of viewers, the latter largely due to Anjelica Huston's performance as the Grand High Witch (a role that was enhanced by amazing makeup effects overseen by John Stephenson from Jim Henson's Creature Shop). Last summer, it was revealed that a new adaptation of Roald Dahl's 1973 book was in the works with Robert Zemeckis directing and Guillermo del Toro producing, and now it's being reported that Anne Hathaway will be the next person to play the Grand High Witch.

Variety reports that Hathaway (Colossal, Interstellar) "has closed a deal" to play the Grand High Witch in Zemeckis' new The Witches movie for Warner Bros. We'll have to wait and see what type of effects will be used on the character this time around to hopefully give nightmare fuel to a new generation of viewers.

Variety previously reported that Zemeckis was in "final negotiations" to direct a new adaptation of Dahl's The Witches (originally published in 1983) for Warner Bros. Should the deal be finalized, he would also write the adaptive screenplay. On the producing side of the project are Jack Rapke (backing the project through his and Zemeckis' ImageMovers banner) and directors Alfonso Cuaron and Guillermo del Toro, the latter of whom is also co-writing and producing a Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark movie.

Warner Bros. previously adapted The Witches in the 1990 movie that was directed by Nicolas Roeg, produced by Jim Henson, and starred Anjelica Huston as the Grand High Witch, the leader of all witches on Earth who share the goal of destroying children by any means necessary. Variety mentions that Zemeckis' film is expected to be a closer adaptation of Dahl's novel than the beloved 1990 movie.

We'll keep Daily Dead readers updated as more details are revealed. In the meantime, we have the synopsis and cover art for The Witches book below, as well as the trailer for the 1990 film. Are you looking forward to a new adaptation of Dahl's chilling children's novel?

Synopsis: "Grandmamma loves to tell about witches. Real witches are the most dangerous of all living creatures on earth. There's nothing they hate so much as children, and they work all kinds of terrifying spells to get rid of them. Her grandson listens closely to Grandmamma's stories—but nothing can prepare him for the day he comes face-to-face with The Grand High Witch herself!"

Cover art from Scholastic:

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SXSW 2019 to Feature World Premieres of New TV Series WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS and NOS4A2

Posted: 16 Jan 2019 12:39 PM PST

In addition to hosting world premieres of some of the most exciting horror films of 2019, including Jordan Peele's Us, the 2019 South by Southwest Film Festival will also be home to the debuts of the premiere episodes of some of the most anticipated TV series of the year, including FX's What We Do in the Shadows and AMC's NOS4A2.

Here is the official info on the SXSW world premieres of What We Do in the Shadows and NOS4A2:

NOS4A2
Showrunner/Screenwriter: Jami O'Brien
NOS4A2 introduces Vic, a young woman who has a supernatural ability to find lost things. This ability puts her on a collision course with the evil and immortal Charlie Manx, a supernatural villain who feeds off the souls of children. Cast List: Zachary Quinto, Ashleigh Cummings, Jahkara J. Smith, Olafur Olafsson, Virginia Kull, Ebon Moss-Bachrach (World Premiere)

What We Do in the Shadows
Showrunners: Jemaine Clement, Paul Simms, Screenplay: Jemaine Clement
Based on the feature film of the same name from Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, FX's new comedy What We Do in the Shadows follows vampire roommates who have lived together for hundreds and hundreds of years. Cast: Matt Berry, Kayvan Novak, Natasia Demetriou, Harvey Guillén, Mark Proksch (World Premiere)

We also have the official press release with more details on SXSW's episodic and feature premieres, and check here to keep up to date on all of our SXSW coverage!

Press Release: Austin, Texas, January 16, 2019 — South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conference and Festivals announced the features and episodic premieres lineup for the 26th edition of the Film Festival, running March 8-17, 2019 in Austin, Texas. The acclaimed program draws thousands of fans, filmmakers, press, and industry leaders every year to immerse themselves in the most innovative, smart and entertaining new films of the year. Jordan Peele's Us was previously announced as the Festival's Opening Night film, while Olivia Wilde, Jessica Brillhart and Marti Noxon have been announced as this year's Film Keynotes.

The 102 features and episodics in this release will be shown across the nine days of SXSW, with dozens of additional titles to be announced February 6. The complete SXSW Film Festival program typically includes between 320 and 340 total projects. The 2019 program was selected from 2,351 feature-length film submissions, with a total of 8,490 films submitted this year.

"As we head into our 26th edition, we couldn't be more excited to once again share a completely fresh SXSW 2019 slate with our uniquely smart and enthusiastic SXSW audience," said Janet Pierson, Director of Film. "As always, we looked for a wide range of work, contemplating scale, style, tenor and tone. We hope that this year's outstanding array of films from accomplished to emerging talent will entertain, surprise, and provoke."

Interactive, Film, and Music badges include expanded access to more of the SXSW Conference and Festivals experience. With one unified conference that spans 25 tracks of programming SXSW offers more opportunities for networking, learning, and discovery than ever before. SXSW's next registration deadline is January 18, 2019 at 11:59pm PT. Early registrants benefit from discounted rates. Platinum badges give primary access to all SXSW programming.

Feature films in the SXSW lineup screen in the following categories: Narrative Feature Competition; Documentary Feature Competition; Headliners; Narrative Spotlight; Documentary Spotlight; Visions; Midnighters; 24 Beats Per Second; Global; Festival Favorites; and Special Events. The Episodic program consists of Episodic Premieres and the Episodic Pilot Competition.

Films screening in Festival Favorites, Midnighters, Shorts, Virtual Cinema, Episodic Pilot Competition, Title Design Competition, Music Videos and late-breaking Features will be announced on February 6. All categories, with the exception of Special Events, will be eligible for section-specific Audience Awards.

A selection of feature highlights include: The Beach Bum directed by Harmony Korine; Booksmart directed by Olivia Wilde; Breakthrough directed by Bill Haney; The Garden Left Behind directed by Flavio Alves; The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash directed by Thom Zimny; Good Boys directed by Gene Stupnitsky; I Love You, Now Die: The Commonwealth Vs. Michelle Carter directed by Erin Lee Carr; J.R. "Bob" Dobbs and The Church of the SubGenius directed by Sandy K Boone; Pink Wall directed by Tom Cullen; Sakawa directed by Ben Asamoah; Untitled Seth Rogen/Charlize Theron Comedy directed by Jonathan Levine; and Us directed by Jordan Peele. Episodic premiere highlights: David Makes Man directed by Michael Francis Williams; NOS4A2 directed by Kari Skogland; Shrill directed by Jesse Peretz and Carrie Brownstein; Ramy created by Ramy Youssef, Ari Katcher and Ryan Welch; and What We Do In the Shadows directed by Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement.

The Narrative Feature Competition includes: Alice directed by Josephine Mackerras; Extra Ordinary directed by Mike Ahern and Enda Loughman; Go Back to China directed by Emily Ting; Mickey and the Bear directed by Annabelle Attanasio; Ms. White Light directed by Paul Shoulberg; Pig Hag directed by Sam Probst and Colby Holt; Porno directed by Keola Racela; Saint Frances directed by Alex Thompson; South Mountain directed by Hilary Brougher; and Yes, God, Yesdirected by Karen Maine.

The Documentary Feature Competition includes: Ernie & Joe directed by Jenifer McShane; For Sama directed by Waad al-Khateab and Edward Watts; Museum Town directed by Jennifer Trainer; Nothing Fancy: Diana Kennedy directed by Elizabeth Carroll; Stuffed directed by Erin Derham; Tread directed by Paul Solet; Vision Portraits directed by Rodney Evans; We Are The Radical Monarchs directed by Linda Goldstein Knowlton; Well Groomed directed by Rebecca Stern; and Why Can't I Be Me? Around You directed by Harrod Blank and Sjoerd Dijk.

The 2019 SXSW Film Festival will include:

NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION
Ten world premieres, ten unique ways to celebrate the art of storytelling. Selected from 1,346 narrative feature submissions in 2019.

Alice (France)
Director/Screenwriter: Josephine Mackerras
She did everything right until it all went wrong. Cast: Emilie Piponnier, Martin Swabey, Chloe Boreham (World Premiere)

Extra Ordinary (Belgium)
Directors/Screenwriters: Mike Ahern, Enda Loughman
Rose, a mostly sweet and mostly lonely small-town driving instructor, must use her supernatural talent to save the daughter of Martin (also mostly sweet and lonely), from a washed-up rockstar who is using her in a satanic pact that will reignite his fame. Cast: Maeve Higgins, Barry Ward, Will Forte, Claudia Doherty(World Premiere)

Go Back to China (China, U.S.)
Director/Screenwriter: Emily Ting
After spoiled rich girl Sasha Li (Anna Akana) blows through half of her trust fund, she is cut off by her father (Richard Ng) and forced to go back to China and work for the family toy business. Cast: Anna Akana, Richard Ng, Lynn Chen, Kelly Hu, Kendy Cheung, Aviva Wang (World Premiere)

Mickey and the Bear
Director/Screenwriter: Annabelle Attanasio
Faced with the responsibility to take care of her addict, veteran father, headstrong teen Mickey Peck keeps her household afloat. When she has the opportunity to leave for good, she must choose between familial obligation and personal fulfillment. Cast: Camila Morrone, James Badge Dale, Calvin Demba, Ben Rosenfield, Rebecca Henderson (World Premiere)

Ms. White Light
Director/Screenwriter: Paul Shoulberg
Lex Cordova's business is dying. She has a unique ability to connect with her clients that are terminally ill. It's just everyone else that she has a problem with. Valerie is a no bullshit woman who loves living her life. Her only way out is thru Lex. Cast: Roberta Colindrez, John Ortiz, Judith Light, Carson Meyer, Zachary Spicer(World Premiere)

Pig Hag
Directors: Sam Probst, Colby Holt, Screenwriter: Colby Holt
Jodie, a woman in her mid-thirties, struggles with the pressure to find a partner and have children. When she attends a Guns N' Roses concert, she thinks she may have met a potential match — until he immediately ghosts on her. Cast: Anna T Schlegel, Tony Jaksha, Pete Zias, Michael Henry, Nate Stoner, Maxwell Esposito, Amanda DeSimone, Alex Myerchin, Andrew Kudla (World Premiere)

Porno
Director: Keola Racela, Screenwriters: Matt Black, Laurence Vannicelli
When a group of naive teens working at a movie theater in a small Christian town discover a mysterious film hidden in its basement, they unleash an alluring succubus who gives them a sex education...written in blood. Cast: Evan Daves, Larry Saperstein, Jillian Mueller, Glenn Stott, Robert Tann, Bill Phillips, Katelyn Pearce, Peter Reznikoff (World Premiere)

Saint Frances
Director: Alex Thompson, Screenwriter: Kelly O'Sullivan
At the start of the summer, Bridget has an abortion just as she lands a much-needed job in affluent Evanston, Illinois — nannying a six-year old. Cast: Ramona Edith-Williams, Kelly O'Sullivan, Lily Mojekwu, Charin Alvarez, Jim True-Frost, Max Lipchitz, Mary Beth Fisher, Francis Guinan, Bradley Grant Smith (World Premiere)

South Mountain
Director/Screenwriter: Hilary Brougher
When her teenagers head off to camp and her husband abruptly leaves her to begin a new family, Lila is left to her own curious and chaotic devices for a summer in her rural home in the Catskill mountains. Cast: Talia Balsam, Scott Cohen, Andrus Nichols, Michael Oberholtzer, Naian Gonzalez, Midori Francis, Macaulee Rusnak Cassaday, Isis Masoud, Violet Rea, Guthrie Mass (World Premiere)

Yes, God, Yes
Director/Screenwriter: Karen Maine
After an innocent AOL chat turns racy, a Catholic teenager in the early 00s discovers masturbating and struggles to suppress her urges in the face of eternal damnation. Cast: Natalia Dyer, Timothy Simons, Wolfgang Novogratz, Francesca Reale, Susan Blackwell, Parker Wierling, Alisha Boe, Donna Lynne Champlin (World Premiere)

Narrative Feature Competition Jury: Barbara Chai, Senior Editor for the Wall Street JournalIra Madison III, Writer and Host of the podcast Keep It!Jada Yuan, Inaugural 52 Places Traveler for the New York Times

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE COMPETITION
Ten world premieres: ten real world stories that demonstrate innovation, energy and bold voices. Selected from 1,005 feature documentary submissions in 2018.

Ernie & Joe
Director: Jenifer McShane
Ernie & Joe follows two officers with the San Antonio Police Department mental health unit who are diverting people away from jail and into mental health treatment — one 911 call at a time. (World Premiere)

For Sama (United Kingdom)
Directors: Waad al-Khateab, Edward Watts
For Sama tells the epic story of a young woman's journey through love, war and motherhood across five years of the uprising in Aleppo, Syria. (World Premiere)

Museum Town
Director: Jennifer Trainer, Screenwriters: Noah Bashevkin, Pola Rapaport, Jennifer Trainer
From the ashes of a deserted factory, an ambitious center for contemporary art has emerged. With MASS MoCA, a familiar story of deindustrialization in a rural American town finds an unconventional route to recovery. (World Premiere)

Nothing Fancy: Diana Kennedy (United Kingdom, U.S.)
Director: Elizabeth Carroll
Award-winning cookbook author, diehard environmentalist and feisty British nonagenarian Diana Kennedy reflects on an unconventional life spent mastering the cuisines of Mexico. (World Premiere)

Stuffed (Canada, U.S.)
Director: Erin Derham
Stuffed is a documentary feature film about the surprising world of taxidermy and the passionate artists across the world who see life where others only see death. (World Premiere)

Tread
Director: Paul Solet
Pushed to his breaking point, a master welder in a small town at the foot of the Rocky Mountains quietly fortifies a bulldozer with 30 tons of concrete and steel and seeks to destroy those he believes have wronged him. (World Premiere)

Vision Portraits
Director/Screenwriter: Rodney Evans
A feature-length documentary that chronicles the creative paths of blind and visually impaired artists including a photographer (John Dugdale), dancer (Kayla Hamilton), writer (Ryan Knighton) and the film's director, Rodney Evans. (World Premiere)

We Are The Radical Monarchs
Director: Linda Goldstein Knowlton
Meet the Radical Monarchs, a group of young girls of color at the front lines of social justice. Set in Oakland, the film documents the journey of the group as they form, grow, and earn badges for units like "Black Lives Matter" and "Radical Beauty" (World Premiere)

Well Groomed
Director/Screenwriter: Rebecca Stern
Well Groomed travels the humorous, visually stunning world of Competitive Creative Dog Grooming alongside the colorful women transforming their beloved poodles into living sculptures. (World Premiere)

Why Can't I Be Me? Around You
Directors/Screenwriters: Harrod Blank, Sjoerd Dijk
Rusty, a male race enthusiast, decides at 53 to get breasts.  His father cuts his pay, his motorcycle friends abandon him and the women he dates all reject him. Rusty pursues her new identity and only hopes to gain acceptance from others. (World Premiere)

Documentary Feature Competition Jury: Karen Han, Entertainment Reporter at Polygon; Adam B. Vary, Senior Film Reporter for BuzzFeed News; Katie Walsh, Film Critic for the Tribune News Service

HEADLINERS
Big names, big talent: Headliners bring star power to SXSW, featuring red carpet premieres and gala film events with major and rising names in cinema.

The Beach Bum
Director/Screenwriter: Harmony Korine
The Beach Bum follows the hilarious misadventures of Moondog (Matthew McConaughey), a rebellious rogue who always lives life by his own rules. Co-starring Snoop Dogg, Zac Efron, and Isla Fisher, The Beach Bum is a refreshingly original and subversive. Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Snoop Dogg, Isla Fisher, Stefania Lavie Owen, Jimmy Buffett, Zac Efron, Martin Lawrence (World Premiere)

Booksmart
Director: Olivia Wilde, Screenwriters: Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins, Susanna Fogel, Katie Silberman
On the eve of graduating high school, two academic superstars and best friends realize they should have worked less and played more. Determined to not fall short of their peers, the girls set out on a mission to cram four years of fun into one night. Cast: Kaitlyn Dever, Beanie Feldstein, Jessica Williams, Will Forte, Lisa Kudrow, Jason Sudeikis (World Premiere)

Good Boys
Director: Gene Stupnitsky, Screenwriters: Lee Eisenberg, Gene Stupnitsky, Beth Stelling, John Phillips
The writers of Superbad and the producers of Sausage Party take on sixth grade in Universal Pictures' Good Boys, an R-rated comedy about three friends on an epic one-day odyssey of bad decisions. Cast: Jacob Tremblay, Keith L. Williams, Brady Noon, Molly Gordon, Midori Francis, Josh Caras (World Premiere)

The Highwaymen
Director: John Lee Hancock, Screenwriter: John Fusco
The outlaws made headlines. The lawmen made history. From director John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side), THE HIGHWAYMEN stars Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson in the untold true story of the legendary detectives who brought down Bonnie and Clyde. Cast: Kevin Costner, Woody Harrelson, Kathy Bates, Kim Dickens  (World Premiere)

Untitled Seth Rogen/ Charlize Theron Comedy 
Director: Jonathan Levine, Screenwriter: Dan Sterling
An ambitious diplomat with a spotless reputation and a hard-partying journalist hilariously redefine "international relations" as they try to keep their red-hot romance under wraps. Cast: Seth Rogen, Charlize Theron, O'Shea Jackson Jr., Andy Serkis, June Diane Raphael, Ravi Patel and Alexander Skarsgård (World Premiere)

Us
Director/Screenwriter: Jordan Peele
An original nightmare from Oscar-winner Jordan Peele (Get Out), starring Lupita Nyong'o and Winston Duke, Us pits an average American family against a terrifying opponent: doppelgängers of themselves. Cast: Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss, Tim Heidecker, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Anna Diop, Evan Alex, Shahadi Wright-Joseph, Madison Curry, Cali Sheldon (World Premiere)

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

Adopt a Highway
Director/Screenwriter: Logan Marshall-Green
After being released from prison following a twenty year sentence for a minor offense, an ex-con must learn to navigate the world while coming to terms with his own life which has moved on — all while caring for an abandoned baby he finds in a dumpster. Cast: Ethan Hawke, Elaine Hendrix, Diana Gaeta Marshall-Green, Betty Gabriel, Mo McRae, Chris Sullivan, Nate Mooney, Christopher Heyerdahl, Anne Marie Johnson (World Premiere)

The Art of Self-Defense
Director/Screenwriter: Riley Stearns
The Art of Self-Defense stars Jesse Eisenberg and is set in the world of karate. Eisenberg plays a man who is attacked on the street and enlists in a local dojo, led by a charismatic Sensei (Nivola), in an effort to learn how to defend himself. Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Alessandro Nivola, Imogen Poots (World Premiere)

Come As You Are
Director: Richard Wong, Screenwriter: Erik Linthorst
Three young men with disabilities embark on a road trip to a brothel in Montreal catering to people with special needs to lose their virginity and embrace their independence. Inspired by a true story and remake of the Belgian film Hasta La VistaCast: Grant Rosenmeyer, Hayden Szeto, Ravi Patel, Gabourey Sidibe, Janeane Garofalo, C.S. Lee, Jennifer Jelsema, Martha Kuwahara, Delaney Feener, Asta Philpot (World Premiere)

The Day Shall Come (United Kingdom, U. S.)
Director: Chris Morris, Screenwriters: Chris Morris, Jesse Armstrong
An impoverished preacher who brings hope to the Miami projects is offered cash to save his family from eviction. He has no idea his sponsor works for the FBI who plan to turn him into a criminal by fueling his madcap revolutionary dreams. Cast: Marchánt Davis, Anna Kendrick, Danielle Brooks, Denis O'Hare (World Premiere)

Frances Ferguson
Director: Bob Byington, Screenwriter: Scott King
A small town's reaction to scandal. Cast: Kaley Wheless, Nick Offerman, Keith Poulson, David Krumholtz (World Premiere)

I'm Just F*cking With You
Director: Adam Mason, Screenwriters: Gregg Zehenter, Scott Barkan
A young man and his sister endure a night of increasingly frightening practical jokes while spending the night at a secluded motel. Cast: Keir O'Donnell, Hayes MacArthur, Jessica McNamee (World Premiere)

Mother's Little Helpers
Director/Screenwriter: Kestrin Pantera
When Joy Pride, a groovy 70's burn-out on the caboose of the flower power movement learns she has weeks to live, her estranged children come together to do right by a mother who always did them wrong. Cast: Breeda Wool, Melanie Hutsell, David Giuntoli, Sam Littlefield, Kestrin Pantera (World Premiere)

Olympic Dreams
Director: Jeremy Teicher, Screenwriters: Alexi Pappas, Jeremy Teicher, Nick Kroll
In the Athlete Village at the Olympic Winter Games, Penelope (Alexi Pappas), a cross-country skier, befriends Ezra (Nick Kroll), a volunteer dentist, after a disappointing finish in her race. Penelope and Ezra share a special but limited time together. Cast: Nick Kroll, Alexi Pappas, Gus Kenworthy, Morgan Schild, Jamie Anderson (World Premiere)

The Peanut Butter Falcon
Directors/Screenwriters: Tyler Nilson, Michael Schwartz
A young man with Down syndrome runs away from the retirement home where he lives to chase his dream of becoming a professional wrestler. Cast: Shia LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson, Zack Gottsagen, John Hawkes, Bruce Dern, Thomas Haden Church, Jon Bernthal, Jake "The Snake" Roberts, Mick Foley (World Premiere)

Pink Wall (United Kingdom)
Director/Screenwriter: Tom Cullen
Six scenes. Six years. Six moments that shaped the relationship of Jenna and Leon. Pink Wall examines what defines us, the pressures of gender expectations, and our perpetual struggle between life and ambition. Cast: Tatiana Maslany, Jay Duplass (World Premiere)

Run This Town (Canada)
Director/Screenwriter: Ricky Tollman
A political aide tries to corral his brash, outspoken boss when a young researcher at a newspaper gets word of a scandal that could make or break both of their careers. Cast: Ben Platt, Nina Dobrev, Mena Massoud, Damian Lewis, Jennifer Ehle, Scott Speedman (World Premiere)

Sword of Trust
Director: Lynn Shelton, Screenwriters: Lynn Shelton, Mike O'Brien
A curmudgeonly pawnshop owner and his man-child sidekick team up with an out of town couple to cash in on a family heirloom: a sword believed by alt history conspiracy nuts to be proof that the South won the Civil War. Cast: Marc Maron, Jon Bass, Michaela Watkins, Jillian Bell, Toby Huss, Dan Bakkedahl, Tim Paul, Whitmer Thomas (World Premiere)

Villains
Directors/Screenwriters: Dan Berk, Robert Olsen
When a pair of amateur criminals break into a suburban home, they stumble upon a dark secret and two sadistic homeowners who will do anything to keep it from getting out. Cast: Bill Skarsgard, Maika Monroe, Kyra Sedgwick, Jeffrey Donovan(World Premiere)

The Wall of Mexico (U.S., Mexico)
Directors: Zachary Cotler, Magdalena Zyzak, Screenwriter: Zachary Cotler
A young white handyman, hired by a wealthy Mexican-American family to upkeep their ranch, finds himself caught between disgruntled locals and the family's outrageously decadent daughters and discovers that something quite unusual is happening at the ranch. Cast: Jackson Rathbone, Esai Morales, Marisol Sacramento, Carmela Zumbado, Alex Meneses, Moises Arias, with Mariel Hemingway, and Xander Berkeley (World Premiere)

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

Any One Of Us
Director: Fernando Villena
Through the inspiring journey of a recovering athlete, Any One of Us offers an unprecedented glimpse into the traumatic world of spinal cord injuries. (World Premiere)

Autonomy
Director: Alex Horwitz
A feature documentary about the emerging technology of self-driving vehicles and the big questions they raise: what is control and who do we become as we relinquish it to machines? (World Premiere)

Bellingcat — Truth in a Post-Truth World (Netherlands)
Director/Screenwriter: Hans Pool
Bellingcat — Truth in a Post-Truth World explores the exclusive world of Bellingcat, a highly-skilled and controversial collective of "citizen investigative journalists" dedicated to redefining breaking news in the 21st century. (North American Premiere)

Breakthrough
Director/Screenwriter: Bill Haney
Breakthrough tells the story of a renegade, blues-playing, Nobel prize-winning Texas scientist who created a cure for the world's deadliest disease. Narrated by Woody Harrelson with a country-blues soundtrack. (World Premiere)

Building the American Dream
Director: Chelsea Hernandez
In Texas, construction workers face the deadliest conditions in the country. Building the American Dream follows three immigrant families who are rising up to seek justice and equality in an industry rife with exploitation. (World Premiere)

Community First, A Home for the Homeless
Director: Layton Blaylock
Community First, A Home for the Homeless, is a feature documentary about a totally unique concept for mitigating homelessness. Conceived and created in Austin, Texas, Community First! Village is truly transforming the lives of homeless people. (World Premiere)

Human Nature
Director: Adam Bolt, Screenwriters: Adam Bolt, Regina Sobel
A once-in-a-lifetime scientific discovery called CRISPR gives us the power to change what it means to be human. Now it's up to us to decide how far we should go. (World Premiere)

I Love You, Now Die: The Commonwealth Vs. Michelle Carter
Director: Erin Lee Carr
Teen Michelle Carter's actions shocked a nation — but what really happened behind closed doors? This HBO special showcases the prosecution's point of view and alternately the defense's. Which side do you fall on? (World Premiere)

It Started As a Joke
Directors: Julie Smith Clem, Ken Druckerman
It Started As a Joke documents the decade-long run of the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival. The film celebrates Eugene's unique brand of humor and reminds us of the healing properties of comedy – even in the most challenging of life's circumstances. (World Premiere)

Jump Shot
Director: Jacob Ryan Hamilton
Jump Shot uncovers the inspiring true story of Kenny Sailors, the developer of the modern day jump shot in basketball, and how he defined the game, but why the game never defined him. (World Premiere)

Kathy Griffin: A Hell of a Story
Director: Troy Miller, Screenwriter: Kathy Griffin
In her first ever comedy concert film, Comedian Kathy Griffin details the aftermath of lost work and being the subject of a federal investigation following the release of her now infamous photo depicting President Donald J Trump. (World Premiere)

Qualified
Director: Jenna Ricker
In the world of motorsports, the Indianapolis 500 has long been considered the only race. In May 1977, Janet Guthrie — the first woman to attempt Indy — earned herself a spot in the prestigious field of 33. (World Premiere)

Red Dog
Directors: Casey Pinkston, Luke Dick
In the early 1980's, the only family that toddler Luke knew were the strippers, bouncers, and outcasts that made OKC's rowdiest strip club their home. (World Premiere)

The River and the Wall
Director: Ben Masters
Five friends venture into the unknown wilds of the Texas borderlands to document the environment before a wall is built. As the wilderness gives way to the bustling Rio Grande Valley, they encounter the unexpected and enter uncharted emotional waters. (World Premiere)

Running with Beto
Director: David Modigliani
Follow Beto O'Rourke behind the scenes of his breakaway campaign to unseat Ted Cruz in the US Senate. With intimate access to the candidate, his family and team, the film captures Beto's rise from a virtual unknown to a national political sensation. (World Premiere)

Sunset over Mulholland Drive (Germany)
Director: Uli Gaulke, Screenwriters: Uli Gaulke, Marc Pitzke
The vital power of creativity — a behind the scenes look into Hollywood's retirement home. (North American Premiere)

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

Becoming Leslie
Director: Tracy Frazier, Screenwriters: Sandra Guardado, Tracy Frazier
Becoming LESLIE reveals the inner and bizarre world of Leslie Cochran, a cross-dressing homeless misfit who became the most iconic and unlikely civic symbol of Austin, Texas. (World Premiere)

The Garden Left Behind
Director: Flavio Alves, Screenwriters: John Rotondo, Flavio Alves
A Mexican trans woman struggles to build a life for herself as an undocumented immigrant in New York City. Cast: Michael Madsen, Ed Asner, Carlie Guevara, Danny Flaherty, Alex Kruz, Anthony Abdo, Dawn Young, Tamara M. Williams, Miriam Cruz, Brock Yurich (World Premiere)

J.R. "Bob" Dobbs and The Church of the SubGenius
Director: Sandy K Boone, Screenwriters: Sandy K Boone, Jason Wehling
This film explores the underground movement that has galvanized the imaginative, the artistic, the nerdy, even the deranged – to examine the simmering dystopia in their culture, and do absolutely nothing about it... except, maybe, poke fun at it all. (World Premiere)

Jezebel
Director/Screenwriter: Numa Perrier
A true story. In the last days of her mother's life, 19-year-old Tiffany crashes with five family members in a Las Vegas studio apartment. In order to make ends meet, her sister, a phone sex operator, introduces her to the world of fetish cam girls. Cast: Tiffany Tenille, Numa Perrier, Stephen Barrington, Bobby Field, Brett Gelman, Rockwelle Dortch, Zoe Tyson, Dennis Jaffee, Jessa Zarubica (World Premiere)

Leave the Bus Through the Broken Window (Hong Kong, U.S.)
Director: Andrew Hevia
A broken-hearted filmmaker navigates an unfamiliar city, an international art fair and his personal baggage in this intimate, playful and unexpectedly comedic documentary. (World Premiere)

One Man Dies a Million Times (Belarus)
Director/Screenwriter: Jessica Oreck
Set in the future, a story about seeds and genetic diversity, about growth and decay, about love and war, and about hunger of all kinds. Cast: Alyssa Lozovskaya, Maksim Blinov (World Premiere)

Red 11
Director: Robert Rodriguez, Screenwriters: Robert Rodriguez, Racer Rodriguez
Rob, an independent filmmaker, loses his investor's money only to find out his investors are the Cartel. He checks himself into a medical research facility to pay off his debt, but quickly realizes it won't be that easy. Cast: Roby Attal, Lauren Hatfield, Carlos Gallardo, Alejandro Rose Garcia, Rebel Rodriguez, Racer Rodriguez, Eman Esfandi, Steven Brudniak, Brently Heilbron, Pierce Foster Bailey (World Premiere)

Romantic Comedy (United Kingdom)
Director: Elizabeth Sankey
Musician and writer Elizabeth Sankey investigates the past, present and future of romantic comedies, assisted by a chorus of critics, actors and filmmakers. (World Premiere)

Sakawa (Belgium, Netherlands)
Director/Screenwriter: Ben Asamoah
What human story lies behind the phenomenon of 'internet fraud'? In Sakawa we meet three Ghanaian youngsters who, out of desperation, turn to internet scamming with the help of black magic. (North American Premiere)

Tito (Canada)
Director/Screenwriter: Grace Glowicki
A desperate man seeks refuge from the predators hunting him by befriending a cheerful intruder. Cast: Grace Glowicki, Ben Petrie (World Premiere)

EPISODIC PREMIERES
Presenting world premieres of prestige serials slated for release and accompanied by show-runners, directors and cast members featuring extended Q&As.

David Makes Man
Showrunner: Dee Harris-Lawrence, Screenwriter: Tarell Alvin McCraney
A richly layered, deeply personal work about a 14-year-old prodigy from the projects who is haunted by the death of his closest friend. Set in South Florida, the series is inspired by events in McCraney's own life, exploring childhood trauma and the power of imagination. Cast: Akili McDowell, Nathaniel McIntyre, Isaiah Johnson, Ade Chike Torbert, Cayden Williams, Jordan Bolger, Travis Coles, Phylicia Rashad, Alana Arenas (World Premiere)

NOS4A2
Showrunner/Screenwriter: Jami O'Brien
NOS4A2 introduces Vic, a young woman who has a supernatural ability to find lost things. This ability puts her on a collision course with the evil and immortal Charlie Manx, a supernatural villain who feeds off the souls of children. Cast List: Zachary Quinto, Ashleigh Cummings, Jahkara J. Smith, Olafur Olafsson, Virginia Kull, Ebon Moss-Bachrach (World Premiere)

Ramy
Showrunner: Bridget Bedard, Screenwriter: Ramy Youssef
Ramy, a first generation American Muslim on a spiritual journey, explores the challenges of being caught in between an Egyptian community that thinks life is moral a test, and a millennial generation that thinks life has no consequences. Cast: Ramy Youssef, Mohammed Amer, Hiam Abbass, Amr Waked, May Calamawy, David Merheje, Laith Nakli, Steve Way (World Premiere)

Shrill
Showrunner: Alexandra Rushfield, Screenwriters: Alexandra Rushfield, Lindy West and Aidy Bryant
From Executive Producers Lorne Michaels and Elizabeth Banks comes Shrill, a comedy series starring Aidy Bryant (Saturday Night Live) as Annie, a fat young woman who wants to change her life — but not her body. Annie is trying to start her career while juggling bad boyfriends, a sick parent, and a perfectionist boss. Cast: Aidy Bryant, Lolly Adefope, Luka Jones, Ian Owens, John Cameron Mitchell(World Premiere)

What We Do in the Shadows
Showrunners: Jemaine Clement, Paul Simms, Screenplay: Jemaine Clement
Based on the feature film of the same name from Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, FX's new comedy What We Do in the Shadows follows vampire roommates who have lived together for hundreds and hundreds of years. Cast: Matt Berry, Kayvan Novak, Natasia Demetriou, Harvey Guillén, Mark Proksch (World Premiere)

24 BEATS PER SECOND
Showcasing the sounds, culture and influence of music and musicians, with an emphasis on documentary.

Amazônia Groove
Director/Screenwriter: Bruno Murtinho
Leaving Belem and crossing much of the Para State Amazon region, its towns and riverside villages, Amazônia Groove reveals artists and their traditions, faith and mysticism, music and life that pound in the northern region of Brazil. (North American Premiere)

Bluebird
Director: Brian Loschiavo
Discover the origin stories of megastars like Garth Brooks and Taylor Swift while following emerging singer-songwriters as they chase their dreams inside The Bluebird Cafe, Nashville's accidental landmark that has altered the course of music history. (World Premiere)

The Boy Band Con: The Lou Pearlman Story
Director: Aaron Kunkel
The Boy Band Con: The Lou Pearlman Story charts the life and crimes of boy band impresario Lou Pearlman. The film tracks his life from discovering NSYNC and Backstreet Boys, to his perpetration of one of the largest ponzi schemes in US history. (World Premiere)

Boy Howdy! The Story of CREEM Magazine
Director: Scott Crawford, Screenwriters: Scott Crawford, Jaan Uhelszki
Ripping back the curtain on legendary rock rag CREEM Magazine's wild and disruptive newsroom; a dysfunctional band of unruly outsiders who weren't all that different from the artists they covered. (World Premiere)

Brainiac: Transmissions After Zero
Director: Eric Mahoney
The film explores the seminal 90's band Brainiac from Dayton, OH and its creative force Tim Taylor. Just days before signing a major record contract Taylor was killed in a bizarre auto accident leaving his family and bandmates to pick up the pieces. (World Premiere)

Carmine Street Guitars (Canada)
Director: Ron Mann, Screenwriter: Len Blum
Five Days in the life of Greenwich Village guitar shop Carmine Street Guitars.

The Chills: The Triumph and Tragedy of Martin Phillipps (New Zealand)
Director: Julia Parnell, Rob Curry
New Zealand music genius Martin Phillipps fights his creative demons, conquers the music world, inspires a generation, and then retreats into depression, addiction and anonymity. (World Premiere)

David Crosby: Remember My Name
Director: A.J. Eaton
David Crosby reflects on his life of music stardom, while forging new paths to relevancy at his age of 77 in this deeply personal documentary. (World Premiere)

Everybody's Everything
Directors: Sebastian Jones, Ramez Silyan
Everybody's Everything is the story of artist Lil Peep (Gustav Ahr) from his birth in Long Island and meteoric rise as a genre blending pop star & style icon, to his death due to an accidental opioid overdose in Arizona at just 21 years of age. (World Premiere)

The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash
Director: Thom Zimny, Screenwriter: Warren Zanes
Johnny Cash stands among the giants of 20th century American life. But his story remains tangled in mystery and myth. This documentary brings Cash the man out from behind the legend. (World Premiere)

Mr. Jimmy
Director: Peter Michael Dowd
Dowd Akio Sakurai has dedicated his life to honoring Jimmy Page. For 30 years he recreated vintage Zeppelin concerts note-for-note in small Tokyo clubs. Moving to L.A. to pursue his tribute dream, cultures clash and Akio's idyllic vision meets reality. (World Premiere)

Nothing Stays The Same: The Story of The Saxon Pub   
Director: Jeff Sandmann, Screenwriters: Jeff Sandmann, Jeffrey Brown, Lisa Kay Pfannenstiel
Nothing Stays the Same celebrates the last 30 years of live music in Austin, while also examining the challenges faced by musicians and music venues in one of the fastest-growing cities in the country, all through the lens of the legendary Saxon Pub. (World Premiere)

Show Me The Picture: The Story of Jim Marshall (United Kingdom)
Director: Alfred George Bailey
Jim Marshall was a maverick with a camera. An outsider who captured the heights of Rock'N'Roll music and the seismic changes of an era, from the Beatles and Jimi Hendrix, to the civil rights movements and some of the most iconic moments of the 60's. (World Premiere)

Strange Negotiations
Director: Brandon Vedder
A documentary exploring the existential, artistic and family life of musician and former evangelical, David Bazan (Pedro The Lion), set against America's own crisis of faith highlighted during the 2016 presidential election. (World Premiere)

Teen Spirit (United Kingdom)
Director/Screenwriter: Max Minghella
The film follows Violet, a shy teenager who enters an international singing competition with the help of an unlikely mentor. Driven by a pop-fueled soundtrack, Teen Spirit is a visceral and stylish spin on the Cinderella story. Cast: Elle Fanning, Zlatko Buricteent, Rebecca Hall (U.S. Premiere)

Who Let The Dogs Out (Canada)
Director: Brent Hodge, Screenwriters: Brent Hodge, John Diemer, Jasleen Kaur<
The origin story of the smash hit "Who Let the Dogs Out" goes back further than anyone could have imagined; steeped in legal battles, female empowerment and artist integrity, which beckons the question: will we ever know who let the dogs out? (World Premiere)

Wild Rose (United Kingdom)
Director: Tom Harper, Screenwriter: Nicole Taylor
A musician from Glasgow dreams of becoming a Nashville star. Cast: Jessie Buckley, Julie Walters, Sophie Okonedo (U.S. Premiere)

GLOBAL
A diverse selection of international filmmaking talent, featuring innovative narratives, artful documentaries, premieres, festival favorites and more.

Aleksi (Serbia)
Director/Screenwriter: Barbara Vekarić
A character piece about funny and troubled girl in her 20s, forced to move back in with her overbearing family. Cast: Tihana Lazović, Goran Marković, Sebastian Cavazza, Nataša Janjić, Jason Mann, Aljoša Vučović, Neda Arnerić, Leon Lučev(North American Premiere)

Aurora (Finland)
Director/Screenwriter: Miia Tervo
Aurora, a commitment-phobic party animal, meets Iranian Amir one night at a hot-dog stand in Lapland. Amir is running from death and Aurora is running from love. They need each other in order to finally stop running. Cast: Mimosa Willamo, Amir Escandari, Oona Airola, Hannu-Pekka Björkman, Miitta Sorvali (North American Premiere)

Being Impossible (Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of)
Director: Patricia Ortega, Screenwriters: Patricia Ortega, Enmanuel Chávez
A young woman discovers she was submitted to several surgeries to correct her intersexual body as a baby. She has to find her own self outside gender binaries. (North American Premiere)

Cachada: The Opportunity (El Salvador)
Director/Screenwriter: Marlén Viñayo<
Five Salvadoran saleswomen want to take their cruel life stories to the stage. During the rehearsal process of their play, they'll discover themselves as victims and victimizers in a cycle of violence that has plagued their families for generations. (World Premiere)

Days of the Whale (Colombia)
Director/Screenwriter: Catalina Arroyave Restrepo
Two young graffiti artists of Medellín defy a criminal gang when they decide to paint the mural of a whale over a threat written in a wall. Cast: Laura Tobón, David Escallón, Carlos Fonnegra, Christian Tappan, Julián Giraldo, Natalia Castaño, Margarita Restrepo (World Premiere)

La Mala Noche (Ecuador, Mexico)
Director/Screenwriter: Gabriela Calvache
She is the perfect woman until she decides to be free. Cast: Nöelle Schönwald, Cristian Mercado, Jaime Tamariz, Ariana Freire (World Premiere)

Vai (New Zealand)
Directors: Nicole Whippy, 'Ofa-Ki-Levuka Guttenbeil-Likiliki, Matasila Freshwater, Amberley Jo Aumua, Mīria George, Marina Alofagia McCartney, Dianna Fuemana, Becs Arahanga
Vai is a portmanteau feature film by nine Polynesian directors and filmed on seven different pacific islands. It is about the journey of empowerment through culture, over the lifetime of one woman, Vai. (World Premiere)

X&Y (Denmark, Sweden)
Director: Anna Odell, Screenwriters: Anna Odell, Jakob Beckman
Swedish director and visual artist, Anna Odell (The Reunion), conducts a social experiment in which she aims to challenge the gender roles that men and women have in the society of today. Cast: Anna Odell, Mikael Persbrandt, Trine Dyrholm, Vera Vitali, Shanti Roney, Sofie Gråbøl, Jens Albinus, Thure Lindhardt (North American Premiere)

SPECIAL EVENTS
Live soundtracks, cult re-issues & much more. Our Special Events section offers unusual, unexpected and unique one-off film events.

How Rednecks Saved Hollywood with Joe Bob Briggs
Director/Screenwriter: Joe Bob Briggs
America's drive-in movie critic uses 200 video clips and photos to tell the 500-year history of the American redneck in a multimedia comedy performance.

Love, Death & Robots
Showrunners: David Fincher, Tim Miller, Josh Donen, Jennifer Miller
Love, Death & Robots, an animated anthology series presented by Tim Miller and David Fincher, is a genre orgy of Not-Suitable-For-Mainstream shorts. (World Premiere)
Followed by extended Q&A with with Tim Miller and David Fincher.

Ra: Path of the Sun God
Director: Lesley Keen
Austin based electronic and experimental label Holodeck Records is partnering with Austin Film Society for a special live re-score screening of the 1990 animated film Ra: Path of the Sun God, a beautiful re-telling of one of Ancient Egypt's most famous myths.

Rebel Without A Crew: Filmmaking Master Class with Robert Rodriguez
Join Robert Rodriguez as he gives a master-class in micro-budget guerilla filmmaking, featuring behind the scenes moments from his new $7,000 film, RED 11. The event will be followed by the World Premiere of RED 11.

Shangri-La ( Work-in-Progress)
Directors: Morgan Neville, Jeff Malmberg
An intimate look at the creative process through the lens of legendary music producer Rick Rubin.

True Stories
Director: David Byrne, Screenwriters: Stephen Tobolowsky, Beth Henley, David Byrne
David Byrne's 1986 musical comedy, inspired by theater director Robert Wilson, tabloid newspapers, and filmmakers Robert Altman and Federico Fellini, remains a unique artistic vision that celebrates the singular citizens of a fictional Texas town. David Byrne will appear in-person for Q&A following screening of new 4K restoration.

Midnighters, Festival Favorites, Shorts, Episodic Pilot Competition, Virtual Cinema, Music Videos and Title Sequence Competition will be announced on Wednesday, February 6, 2019.

SXSW is proud to be an official qualifying festival for the Academy Awards® Short Film competition. The Best Narrative Short, Best Documentary Short and Best Animated Short winners become eligible for the Academy Awards.

Film stills, director headshots here: https://filmmaker.sxsw.com/media

Publicists for projects in this release: 2019 Film Publicist List

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INVASION OF THE BLOOD FARMERS (1972) Coming to Blu-ray This February from Severin Films

Posted: 16 Jan 2019 11:13 AM PST

"Therefore, we warn you: don't eat before you see Invasion of the Blood Farmers." That's one of the ominous lines spoken in the trailer for Invasion of the Blood Farmers, and if you missed this one on the drive-in screen back in the '70s, Severin Films has you covered with their February 26th Blu-ray release of the 1972 horror film... just think twice about eating popcorn while you watch it.

Invasion of the Blood Farmers Blu-ray: "This item is a PRE-ORDER with a Release Date of 2/26/19. Any additional items purchased alongside this one will not be shipped out until everything is in hand at our shipping facility.

THE INVASION OF THE BLOOD BUNDLE INCLUDES OUR BRAND NEW INVASION OF THE BLOOD FARMERS BLU-RAY, LIMITED EDITION PATCH, AND 18X24 POSTER SIGNED BY THE DIRECTOR.

The Blu-ray is Region Free.

PLEASE NOTE: THE PATCH PHOTO IS A MOCK UP. THE SIGNED POSTER COMES ROLLED IN A TUBE.

In 1972, a team of New York City exploitation outlaws that included Ed Adlum (SHRIEK OF THE MUTILATED), Ed Kelleher (PRIME EVIL) and Michael & Roberta Findlay (THE TOUCH OF HER FLESH, SNUFF) – along with first-time assistant cameraman and future award-winning cinematographer Frederick Elmes (ERASERHEAD, BLUE VELVET) – descended on bucolic Westchester County with 8½ bottles of stage blood to make a movie about a Druid cult seeking to resurrect their dead queen. The budget was $24,000. The cast was paid in beer. And the result remains one of the greatest achievements in schlock/shock cinema history. Severin Films is proud to present this "accidental masterpiece" (Horror News) like you've never seen it before, now scanned from the original negative for the first time ever and spurting with all-new Special Features.

Special Features:

  • Audio Commentary with Director Ed Adlum and Actress Ortrum Tippel, Moderated by Kier-La Janisse, Author of House of Psychotic Women
  • Nothing You'd Show Your Mom: Eddie Adlum's Journey through Exploitation, Coin-Op & Rock n' Roll
  • Harvesting the Dead: Interview with Actor Jack Neubeck
  • Painful Memories: An Interview with Cinematographer Frederick Elmes
  • Trailer
  • Limited Edition Patch (SITE EXCLUSIVE)
  • Limited Edition 18×24 Poster Autographed by Director Ed Adlum (SITE EXCLUSIVE)"

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Distrust Spreads in Deep Space in A24’s Official Trailer for HIGH LIFE

Posted: 16 Jan 2019 10:30 AM PST

Death-row inmates are sent into deep space in the name of science in Claire Denis' High Life. Co-starring Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, André Benjamin, and Mia Goth, the trailer for the new sci-fi movie features dangers in the cold darkness of space, but it's what lives within the space vessel's walls that could be the most deadly threat to the crew.

A24 will release High Life in theaters on April 12th. Below, we have the official synopsis, trailer, and poster:

Synopsis: "Monte (Robert Pattinson) and his baby daughter are the last survivors of a damned and dangerous mission to deep space. The crew—death-row inmates led by a doctor (Juliette Binoche) with sinister motives—has vanished. As the mystery of what happened onboard the ship is unraveled, father and daughter must rely on each other to survive as they hurtle toward the oblivion of a black hole."

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CHANNEL ZERO Cancelled at SYFY

Posted: 16 Jan 2019 09:59 AM PST

After four deliciously dark seasons on SYFY, the network has decided not to move forward with a fifth installment of Channel Zero.

Channel Zero creator, executive producer, and writer Nick Antosca shared the somber news on Instagram. While the creepypasta-based series is no more on SYFY, that doesn't mean that we won't see new seasons in the future at another network or streaming service (as Antosca hints at the end of his Instagram post).

Channel Zero has found a resurgence in viewership on AMC's Shudder, with the first three seasons of the anthology series currently available to watch on the streaming service. With their new Creepshow anthology series premiering this year, Shudder has been expanding their original content, and it seems like new seasons of Channel Zero would be a perfect fit for the streaming service.

Time will tell, and we'll keep Daily Dead readers updated on all things Channel Zero in the future. In the meantime, thank you to everyone who worked on Channel Zero to make it so uniquely haunting. There has never been a show quite like this one, and I hope we see many more of its mind-burrowing nightmares in the future.

From Nick Antosca: "CHANNEL ZERO: CANCELLATION NEWS

After 4 seasons, Channel Zero is no more at SYFY.

I loved making this show and I would have loved to do more… but I can't complain too much about doing 4 stories I loved with people who I loved working with:

People like our writers, our actors, our extraordinary crew, the artists who contributed, our editors and post team, our composer Jeff Russo, our team at Syfy and UCP. And especially the four awesome directors, Craig Macneill, Steven Piet, Arkasha Stevenson, and Evan Katz.

And before all that, the authors of the original creepypasta stories. Kris Straub, Brian Russell, Kerry Hammond, and Charlotte Bywater.
I'm deeply grateful for this experience. Especially to everybody who watched and talked about and wrote about the show. There are stories we didn't get to tell and creatures you didn't get to see, but still might. 🍽🐈 Meanwhile, the first 3 seasons are currently on @shudder, and the 4th season will be soon. Enjoy."

 

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CHANNEL ZERO: CANCELLATION NEWS After 4 seasons, Channel Zero is no more at SYFY. I loved making this show and I would have loved to do more… but I can't complain too much about doing 4 stories I loved with people who I loved working with: People like our writers, our actors, our extraordinary crew, the artists who contributed, our editors and post team, our composer Jeff Russo, our team at Syfy and UCP. And especially the four awesome directors, Craig Macneill, Steven Piet, Arkasha Stevenson, and Evan Katz. And before all that, the authors of the original creepypasta stories. Kris Straub, Brian Russell, Kerry Hammond, and Charlotte Bywater. I'm deeply grateful for this experience. Especially to everybody who watched and talked about and wrote about the show. There are stories we didn't get to tell and creatures you didn't get to see, but still might. 🍽🐈 Meanwhile, the first 3 seasons are currently on @shudder, and the 4th season will be soon. Enjoy. 🤡💀🖤

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