SXSW Film & TV Alumni Releases – July, August, & September 2022

Don't let the summer heat get you in a slump. Hunker down somewhere with AC and watch the latest SXSW Film & TV Festival alumni releases.

Here’s your watchlist with July, August, and September new releases including an inspiring documentary on the former Arizona Congresswoman’s relentless fight to recover following an assassination attempt in 2011, Gabby Gifford’s Won’t Back Down; this generation's teen slasher film, Bodies Bodies Bodies; and I Love My Dad, a story inspired by true events of a father catfishing his own son.

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DIO: Dreamers Never Die

World Premiere, Documentary Feature, 2022

This career-spanning documentary on heavy metal legend Ronnie James Dio delves deep into his incredible rise from 50’s doo-wop crooner, to his early classic rock days in Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow, to replacing the iconic lead singer Ozzy Osborne in Black Sabbath, to finally cement his legend with DIO. Ronnie’s biography is completely unique to the tired sex, drugs, and rock and roll cliches. The film is about perseverance, dreams, and the power to believe in yourself.

In theaters worldwide September 28

Fire of Love

Texas Premiere, Documentary Feature, 2022

From National Geographic Documentary Films comes the extraordinary love story of intrepid French scientists Katia and Maurice Krafft, who died just as explosively as they lived — capturing the most spectacular imagery ever recorded of their greatest passion: volcanoes.

Released in theaters July 6

Gabby Giffords Won’t Back Down

World Premiere, Documentary Feature, 2022

The extraordinary story of former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords: her relentless fight to recover following an assassination attempt in 2011, and her new life as one of the most effective activists in the battle against gun violence.

In theaters July 15

Facing Nolan

World Premiere, Documentary Feature, 2022

Flash-points have emblazoned him onto our sub-conscience: like pitching with his jersey covered in blood. Running a cattle ranch during the off-season. The iconic brawl where Ryan walloped the 20 years younger Robin Ventura. Despite mythical moments and statistical brilliance, Ryan’s career is a study in extremes. Not only does he hold the record for most walks and most wild pitches, but he’s also given up the most grand-slams and the most stolen bases. Many of today's baseball analysts don’t consider him to be among the greats. With all this in mind, where does Ryan fit in the ever-evolving game of baseball?

On Demand July 17.

The Last Movie Stars

World Premiere, Episodic, 2022

2022 SXSW Film, The Last Movie Stars

The Last Movie Stars is an epic 6-part documentary from CNN Films and HBO Max that chronicles Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward’s iconic careers and decades-long partnership. Director Ethan Hawke brings life and color to this definitive history of their dedication to their art, philanthropy and each other.

Streams on HBO Max July 21

Hypochondriac

World Premiere, Narrative Feature, 2022

A young potter's life devolves into chaos as he loses function of his body while being haunted by the physical manifestation of his childhood trauma.

Releases in theaters July 29, On Demand August 4

Bodies Bodies Bodies

World Premiere, Narrative Feature, 2022

2022 SXSW Film, Bodies Bodies Bodies - Narrative Feature

When a group of rich 20-somethings plan a hurricane party at a remote family mansion, a party game turns deadly in this fresh and funny look at backstabbing, fake friends, and one party gone very, very wrong.

Releases on August 5

I Love My Dad

World Premiere, Narrative Feature

Narrative Grand Jury Winner

Inspired by writer, director, and star James Morosini’s true life experience, I Love My Dad follows Chuck (Patton Oswalt), a hopelessly estranged father who desperately wants to reconnect with his troubled son, Franklin (Morosini). Blocked on social media and concerned for his son’s life, Chuck impersonates a waitress online and starts checking in with Franklin.

Releases in theaters August 5, On Demand August 12

Spin Me Round

World Premiere, Narrative Feature, 2022

Flown to an Italian immersion program on her company's dime, what starts as a romantic getaway devolves into chaos in this wild new comedy from director Jeff Baena (The Little Hours). Featuring Alison Brie, Alessandro Nivola, Molly Shannon, Tim Heidecker, Ayden Mayeri, Zach Woods, Ben Sinclair, Fred Armisen, and Aubrey Plaza.

In theaters and VOD August 19

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Teaser Images: 2022 SXSW Film, Hypochondriac; SXSW 2022 Film, Bodies Bodies Bodies

By Julia Pinto

08/31/2022

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