Pee-wee's Big Holiday, Midnight Special, Preacher and more set for 2016 SXSW Film Festival

Written by Christina Wiese | Thursday, Jan 7, 2016
SXSW Film reveals six additional titles including the world premiere of Pee-wee's Big Holiday. Photo by Glen Wilson.

Get ready for a wild ride – six more titles are set to premiere at the 2016 SXSW Film Festival!

Joining our previously announced Opening Night Film, Richard Linklater’s Everybody Wants Some, this sneak peek includes a diverse slate of smart and stylish films. Highlights include the return of beloved Pee-wee, an intimate behind-the-scenes experience with Tony Robbins, the highly anticipated comic book adaptation of Preacher and more. SXSW attendees will continue to discover great stories from some of the most exciting talent working today.

View the six newly added titles below, and remember, this is only the beginning. Stay tuned for the full SXSW Film Lineup in early February.

SXSW Film 2016 will feature nine days of innovative and entertaining film screenings and five days of inspiring panels, hands-on workshops, and more via the SXSW Film Conference. Network with other creatives and join the vibrant SXSW Film community by registering to attend – prices increase after Friday, February 12, so there’s no time to delay!


Beware the Slenderman
Director: Irene Taylor Brodsky
In this horrifyingly modern fairytale lurks an online Boogeyman and two 12-year-old girls who would kill for him. The entrance to the internet quickly leads to its darkest basement. How responsible are our children for what they find there? (World Premiere)

Chevalier (Greece)
Director: Athina Rachel Tsangari, Screenwriters: Efthimis Filippou, Athina Rachel Tsangari
Six men on a fishing trip on a luxury yacht decide to play a game to compete. Things will be compared. Things will be measured. Songs will be butchered, blood will be tested. Friends will become rivals and rivals will become hungry. Cast: Yorgos Kentros, Panos Koronis, Vangelis Mourikis, Makis Papadimitriou, Yorgos Pirpassopoulos, Sakis Rouvas.

Midnight Special
Director/Screenwriter: Jeff Nichols
A father goes on the run to protect his young son and uncover the truth behind the boy’s special powers in the sci-fi thriller Midnight Special, a film as supernatural as it is intimately human. Cast: Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver, Jaeden Lieberher, Sam Shepard. (North American Premiere)

Pee-wee’s Big Holiday
Director: John Lee, Screenwriters: Paul Reubens, Paul Rust
In Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, a fateful meeting with a mysterious stranger inspires Pee-wee Herman to take his first-ever holiday in this epic story of friendship and destiny. Cast: Paul Reubens, Joe Manganiello, Jessica Pohly, Alia Shawkat, Stephanie Beatriz. (World Premiere)

Directors: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Screenwriter: Sam Catlin
Preacher is a supernatural, twisted and darkly comedic drama that follows a West Texas preacher named Jesse Custer, who – along with his ex-girlfriend Tulip and an Irish vagabond named Cassidy – is thrust into a crazy world, much bigger than he is. Cast: Dominic Cooper, Ruth Negga, Joseph Gilgun, Ian Colletti, W. Earl Brown, Lucy Griffiths. (World Premiere)

Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru
Director: Joe Berlinger
Granted unprecedented access, Berlinger captures renowned life and business strategist Tony Robbins behind the scenes of his mega seminar Date with Destiny, pulling back the curtain on this life-altering and controversial event, the zealous participants and the man himself. (World Premiere)

Photo by Glen Wilson
Front page photo by Ben Rothstein

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