SXSW Alumni Film Releases – October 2018

Discover some of the SXSW Film Festival alumni films and shows on release this month, such as 1985, After Everything, and Heavy Trip. Continue on for a complete list with trailers and more info.


Narrative Feature, World Premiere, 2018

Yen Tan returns with his sophomore feature, a gorgeously rendered drama in glistening monochrome set during the height of the AIDS crisis.

In Theaters October 26

After Everything (world premiered at SXSW as Shotgun)   

Narrative Feature, World Premiere, 2018

Love is tested by illness and the threat of tragedy in this poignant romance from Hannah Marks and Joey Power, and featuring heartfelt performances from Maika Monroe and Jeremy Allen White.

In Theaters and On Demand October 12

Eighth Grade   

Narrative Feature, 2018

Painfully real, Bo Burnham's debut feature is an excruciatingly raw look at the middle school experience as a vision of paranoia, self-doubt, and a handful of good times.

Now On Demand


Narrative Feature, World Premiere, 2008

After surviving a setup by his criminal boss, a hitman rescues a young prostitute and flees with her to Galveston, Texas, where the two find strength in each other as dangerous pursuers and the shadows of their pasts follow close behind.

In theaters and VOD October 19

Heavy Trip   

Narrative Feature, World Premiere, 2018

Finnish mayhem as a small town metal band embarks on a hilarious and deeply weird journey that includes grave robbing, vikings and a potential war with Norway.

In Theaters October 5

On Her Shoulders   

Documentary Feature, 2018

Alexandria Bombach's deeply compassionate, layered film follow tenacious young human rights activist Nadia Murad as she struggles to balance the demands of an ordinary life with those of an extraordinary responsibility.

In Theaters October 19


Narrative Feature, World Premiere, 2018

A characteristically nuanced, humane psychological drama from Megan Griffiths leans on a stunning performance from Sophia Mitri Schloss in the title role.

In Theaters October 12

Sorry To Bother You   

Narrative Feature, 2018

Boots Riley more than earns the hype with his gonzo satire and an astonishing cast including Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Armie Hammer and Terry Crews.

On Demand October 9
On Blu-ray/DVD October 23

Summer ‘03   

Narrative Feature, World Premiere, 2018

A bitter sweet coming of age story with an acerbic edge, and led by a breakout performance from rising star Joey King.

Now in Theaters

Thunder Road   

Narrative Feature, World Premiere, 2018

Rising talent and serial SXSW alum Jim Cummings writes, directs and stars in this poignant, painfully real story of a cop navigating the trials of fatherhood in the wake of bereavement.

In Theaters October 12
On Demand October 26

Wobble Palace   

Narrative Feature, World Premiere, 2018

The neurotic world of tech-driven modern romance gets an idiosyncratic treatment from the singular mind of Eugene Kotlyarenko.

In Theaters October 5

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By Jim Kolmar