SXSW Alumni Film Releases – October 2016

Discover some of the SXSW alumni films on release this month, such as THE ALCHEMIST COOKBOOK, IN A VALLEY OF VIOLENCE, and TOWER. Continue on for a complete list with trailers and more info.

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THE ALCHEMIST COOKBOOK
World Premiere, 2016
Website | Trailer

A social renegade and amateur chemist hiding out in the woods turns to black magic on a mission to crack nature. This could only be the work of visionary filmmaker Joel Potrykus.
On demand October 7

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A STRAY
World Premiere, 2016
Website | Trailer

A beautiful melding of image and performance, this portrait of Somali refugee Adan is a potent, timely exploration of the interplay of faith and the realities of daily survival.
Now in theaters

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BOYHOOD
2014
Website | Trailer

Richard Linklater’s tour de force follows young Mason Evans over the course of 11 years, and was filmed from 2002-2013. A don’t miss coming of age story like you’ve never seen before.
Blu-ray available October 11

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CALLS TO OKIES: THE PARK GRUBBS STORY
World Premiere, 2015
Website | Trailer

SXSW vets Bradley Beesley & Ben Steinbauer perfectly capture the ragamuffin spirit of the teenage phone prank in this sublimely entertaining ode to 80s suburban rebellion.
Now Online

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DASTAAR
World Premiere, 2016
Website | Trailer

Deceptively simple in form, devastatingly astute in theme and sheer timeliness, Javian Ashton Le’s beautifully structured film is an exemplary example of the power of short filmmaking.
Now Online

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GREASY STRANGLER
2016
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How greasy? This movie is so greasy, you might want to watch it inside a dishwasher. It’s the greasiest film since Grease.
In Theaters October 7

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THE HIGH FIVE
World Premiere, 2014
Website

One of the most iconic gestures in pop culture receives the biography you never knew it needed, in this long overdue documentary, part of ESPN’s 30 for 30 Shorts strand.
Now Online

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HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE
2016
Website | Trailer

Offbeat, funny, poignant and brimming with surprises, this tale of a hip hop loving kid and his foster dad in the New Zealand outback is a delight from the first frame.
Now available on demand
Blu-ray available October 25

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IN A VALLEY OF VIOLENCE
World Premiere, 2016
Website | Trailer

Tough, lean, and steeped in classic western and genre lore, Ti West’s latest brings out some wonderfully idiosyncratic performances from John Travolta and Ethan Hawke.
In Theaters October 6

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HONEYTRAP
2015
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Rebecca Johnson’s debut feature is tender, raw and devastating by turns, featuring striking performances from a young, promising cast.
In Theaters September 23

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JACK GOES HOME
World Premiere, 2016
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Actor Thomas Dekker makes his directorial feature debut with this unusual thriller, tackling memory and bereavement, and featuring a startling performance from Rory Culkin.
In Theaters October 14

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JEAN OF THE JONESES
World Premiere, 2015
Website | Trailer

Stella Meghie’s wondrous debut feature is a masterclass in ensemble acting and razor-sharp writing. Don’t miss the TV premiere, this weekend!
TV premiere October 23

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NEWTOWN
2016
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A film that we shouldn’t need, but one that couldn’t be more timely. Newtown is a sensitive, and devastating snapshot of the complex relationship between Americans and guns.
In Theaters October 7

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PHANTASM: REMASTERED
2016
Website | Trailer

Don Coscarelli’s horror classic gets a shimmering update in this 4K restored version, overseen by JJ Abrams.
In Theaters October 7

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TOWER
World Premiere, 2016
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Innovation, sensitivity and political urgency coalesce in this extraordinary film from Keith Maitland. A film to discuss for years to come.
In Theaters October 7

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TRAPPED
2016
Website | Trailer

Dawn Porter’s urgent documentary is an utterly timely examination of the mounting threat against a woman’s right to choose. Essential viewing, and now streaming on Netflix.
Now Streaming

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UNDER THE SHADOW
2016
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This remarkable film from Iranian filmmaker Babak Anvari goes above and beyond traditional horror tropes to deliver an intelligent, allegorical, and of course terrifying exercise in atmosphere and filmmaking chops.
In Theaters October 7

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WE ARE X
2016
Website | Trailer

A technicolor journey into the world of X Japan frontman Yoshiki as he emerges from an almost implausible string of personal tragedies to bring his iconic band back to the limelight.
In Theaters October 21

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WE LIKE IT LIKE THAT
World Premiere, 2015
Website | Trailer

This sparkling documentary shines a long overdue light on a thrilling music genre, Latin Boogaloo. Features luminaries like Joe Bataan and Johnny Colon.
Now Streaming
Now on DVD

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