SXSW Film 2013 is on! We want to start the party right, so we're delighted to announce a taste of the exciting lineup we're putting together for you, including our Opening Night world premiere of The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.
As superstar Vegas magicians and former best friends Burt and Anton grow to secretly loathe each other, their long-time act implodes, allowing an ambitious rival street performer the big break he’s been waiting for. Steves Carell and Buscemi star in the hilarious, uproarious comedy. They're joined by stellar cast featuring Jim Carrey, Olivia Wilde, Alan Arkin and James Gandolfini in a film that pretty much guarantees a raucous start to SXSW Film 2013.
Joining The Incredible Burt Wonderstone are 6 lively films that encompass the spirit of the SXSW experience, including Alex Winter’s Napster documentary Downloaded, the long awaited Evil Dead remake and new films from Harmony Korine and Joe Swanberg. The unique documentary Good Ol’ Freda and the fresh debut of Everyone’s Going to Die round out the exciting half dozen to launch the 20th SXSW Film Conference and Festival.
Downloaded (World Premiere)
Director: Alex Winter
Downloaded is a documentary that explores the rise and fall of Napster and the birth of the digital revolution. It's about the teens that helped start this revolution, and the artists and industries who continue to be impacted by it.
Drinking Buddies (World Premiere)
Director/Screenwriter: Joe Swanberg
You know what makes the line between "Friends" and "More Than Friends" really blurry? Beer.
Cast: Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick, Ron Livingston, Joe Swanberg
Everyone's Going to Die (World Premiere)
A guy whose life is falling apart, meets a girl whose life can't get started. Two people, one chance, a million reasons why not. A story of weirdness and redemption with talking cats, roller-skating beavers and nobody dying.
Cast: Nora Tschirner, Rob Knighton, Kellie Shirley, Madeline Duggan, Stirling Gallacher
Evil Dead (World Premiere)
Director: Fede Alvarez, Screenwriters: Fede Alvarez & Rodo Sayagues
Five friends, holed up in a remote cabin, discover a Book of the Dead that unwittingly summons up dormant demons which possess the youngsters in succession until only one is left to fight for survival.
Cast: Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci, Jessica Lucas, Elizabeth Blackmore
Good Ol' Freda (World Premiere)
Director: Ryan White
Good Ol’ Freda tells the story of Freda Kelly, a shy Liverpudlian teenager asked to work for a young local band hoping to make it big: the Beatles. Their loyal secretary from beginning to end, Freda tells her tales for the first time in 50 years.
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (World Premiere)
Director: Don Scardino, Story by Chad Kultgen & Tyler Mitchell and Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley. Screenplay by Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley
As superstar Vegas magicians and former best friends Burt and Anton grow to secretly loathe each other, their long-time act implodes, allowing an ambitious rival street performer the big break he’s been waiting for.
Cast: Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde, with Alan Arkin, James Gandolfini and Jim Carrey
Spring Breakers (US Premiere)
Director/Screenwriter: Harmony Korine
Four sexy college girls plan to fund their spring break getaway by burglarizing a fast food shack. But that’s only the beginning...
Cast: James Franco, Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, Rachel Korine, Gucci Mane
We're also pleased to reveal some awesome new additions to the SXSW Film Conference lineup, as well as emerging details of the inaugural Fastball Speed Pitches event at the new SXSW Film Startup Alley
Major new additions to the 2013 Conference include:
- A Conversation with Matthew McConaughey (pictured)
An in-depth discussion with the incredibly fascinating actor, whose career continues to evolve in exciting and unexpected ways, including his bold choices with recent projects like *Magic Mike*, *Killer Joe*, *Bernie* and *Mud*.
- Humanizing Heroes: Storytelling Beyond Sports
The leading authorities behind some of today's most notable sports films, Connor Schell (ESPN Films), Ken Rodgers (NFL Films) and Ross Greenburg (Ross Greenburg Productions), discuss the evolution of storytelling in sports filmmaking, its influence on pop culture and its continued resonance across all cultures and backgrounds.
- Bates Motel: Story to Screen with Carlton Cuse
In a Special Event combining the SXSW Film Festival and Conference in one, attendees will get an exclusive first look at the pilot of Bates Motel, the thrilling new series from A&E. Following the screening, Executive Producer Carlton Cuse (Lost) will sit down with A&E Marketing EVP Guy Slattery for an inside look and Q&A on the process for bringing this contemporary prequel to life.
- Jeffrey Tambor’s Acting Workshop
Jeffrey Tambor continues the tradition of his much loved acting and life workshop by returning to SXSW Film 2013. Part one-man show, part seminar, part question and answer and endlessly entertaining, Jeffrey’s hilarious and empowering presentation inspires the viewer to discover the artist within.
Jacob Soboroff host of AMC News and host/producer of HuffPost Live, will emcee the Fastball Speed Pitches at Startup Alley. Additions to that lineup also include Franklin Leonard, Founder and CEO of The Black List, who will speak on a panel focusing on entrepreneurs shaping the entertainment industry. Find out more about Startup Alley at this page.