You Were My First Boyfriend – 2023 SXSW Film & TV Festival Official Selection

SXSW Film & TV Alumni Releases – November & December 2023

The nights are longer, the cozy socks are out, and our 2023 SXSW Film & TV Festival official selections are here to bring unique stories, unseen perspectives, and hidden histories to your holiday season. This November, bounce between hallucination and reality in Cecilia Aldarondo and Sarah Enid Hagey's You Were My First Boyfriend or dig into archival audio in The Lady Bird Diaries from award-winning filmmaker Dawn Porter, and many other titles below.


World Premiere Documentary Shorts 2023

Puffling - 2023 SXSW Film & TV Festival Official Selection

Every summer, on a remote island off the coast of Iceland, teenagers Birta, 18, and Selma, 16, rescue pufflings (adolescent puffins) from imminent danger. As the young birds leave their nests and embark on their first journeys out to sea, lights from the town draw them inland: leaving them trapped. Over one night, we follow Birta and Selma as they exchange night-time parties for nocturnal puffin rescues: saving lost pufflings, whilst also grappling with their own uncertain futures. A coming-of-age documentary about growing up, making choices, and dealing with encroaching environmental pressures, Puffling explores the delicate interplay between wildlife, our surroundings, and human life.

Now Available on The New Yorker and Short of the Week.

You Were My First Boyfriend

World Premiere Documentary Feature 2023

What if you could rewrite your adolescence? In this high school reunion movie turned inside out, filmmaker Cecilia Aldarondo embarks on a fantastical quest to reconcile her tortured teen years. She ‘goes back’ in more ways than one, tracking down old foes and friends while also reenacting visceral memories of youthful humiliation and desire.

Streaming on Max November 8.

Take Me Home

Texas Premiere Narrative Feature 2022

Take Me Home - 2022 SXSW Film & TV Festival Official Selection

Anna is an adult with a Cognitive Disability living with her mother in Midland Florida. When her mother is unresponsive, she calls her sister for help, but without the language to be believed, Anna is brushed aside.

Available on Vimeo November 5.

The Lady Bird Diaries

World Premiere Documentary Feature 2023

The latest nonfiction feature from Dawn Porter John Lewis: Good Trouble draws on archival audio of the first lady Lady Bird Johnson and assesses the part she played in President Lyndon B. Johnson’s administration.

Streaming on Hulu November 13.

Frybread Face and Me

World Premiere, Narrative Feature 2021

Two adolescent Navajo cousins from different worlds bond during a summer herding sheep on their grandmother's ranch in Arizona while learning more about their family's past and themselves.

Streaming November 24.

Pay or Die

World Premiere Documentary Feature 2023

Today, nearly 2 million Americans are being held for ransom. Without insulin, they’ll be dead in days. Pay or Die follows 3 families on the receiving end of these ransom notes, revealing the harrowing reality of life with chronic illness in the richest country in the world.

Streaming on Paramount+ November 14.

The Dads

World Premiere Documentary Short 2023

The Dads – 2023 SXSW Film & TV Festival Official Selection

Six dads gather in rural Oklahoma for a weekend fishing trip. As the men cast their rods into the river, share their catch over dinner, and swap stories beside the bonfire, we learn what has brought them to this scenic idyll: the love for their trans and LGBTQ children, their fears for their kids' safety, and the urgency to fight for the ground on which they all stand. The Dads is a quiet meditation on fatherhood, brotherhood and manhood amid the changing American landscape.

Streaming on Netflix November 23.


International Premiere Documentary Short 2022

Birdsong explores the dying whistling traditions of the Hmong people of northern Laos, whose sonic exchanges straddle the boundary between music and speech. The film follows the personal stories of three individuals from Long Lan village, as they reflect on their experience as practitioners of a vanishing musical language. "Birdsong" portrays the collision of an ancient linguistic practice with the modern condition of urban life in Laos. The film explores how listening can change our perception of both society and nature, offering a glimpse into the philosophical relationship between sound and reality.

Free on YouTube November 29.

Raging Grace

World Premiere Narrative Feature 2023

A bold coming-of-rage story. Joy is an undocumented Filipina immigrant who is struggling to do the best she can for her daughter when she secures the perfect job; taking care of an extremely wealthy but terminal old man. The new position pays well and guarantees a roof over their heads but very soon, Joy and her daughter Grace start to realize everything is not as it seems. Something is festering beneath the surface, threatening all they have worked for.

In Select Theaters December 1 and On Demand December 8.

A Disturbance in the Force

World Premiere Documentary Feature 2023

In 1977, "Star Wars" became a cultural phenomenon that single-handedly revitalized a stagnant film industry, and forever changed how films were sold, made, and marketed. Movies would never be the same again. A year later, neither would television.

Released on digital December 5.

Great Photo, Lovely Life

World Premiere Documentary Feature 2023

Photojournalist Amanda Mustard returns home to Pennsylvania to investigate the sexual abuse crimes committed by her grandfather. A visual whirlwind of memories from her family’s archive unravels a world of secrets through interviews, photographs and home movies. An eight-year cinematic journey, Great Photo, Lovely Life chronicles a granddaughter’s attempt to disrupt a cycle of intergenerational trauma through the voices of the survivors and her grandfather himself.

Streaming on Max December 5.

More to Watch

From Iconic Moments to chance encounters that lead to dream jobs, SXSW remains one of the most anticipated events of the year. If that’s not enough to get you pumped for the 2024 event, check out additional SXSW Alumni Films and past Red Carpet Q&As for a taste of what's to come.

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