Every year, SXSW draws an international crowd ready to take part in the smorgasbord of incredible touring bands, film premieres, interactive panels that cater to the tech, music, film, and sports industry, incredible bands, and of course, the afterparty/networking scene. For me, there’s nothing more exciting than seeing a film premiere during SXSW. That’s why I’ve combed through all the upcoming debuts in the week ahead. Excitement, people. Let these picks guide you in your own SXSW viewing schedule. Don’t see your favorite on the list? Share yours in the comments section.
From the director of School of Rock, Before Midnight, and the Oscar-nominated Boyhood, Richard Linklater returns with Everybody Wants Some, a film many are calling the sequel to his cult classic, Dazed and Confused. Based loosely on Linklater’s life, this film looks like pure fun, combining his knack for great writing and his ability to cast undiscovered talent. Premieres on Friday, March 11.
The Art of Organized Noise is a documentary about the rise and fall of Organized Noise, a hip-hop music-producing trio and their quest to break back into the music industry. This film features one-on-one interviews with some of rap’s most influential people, such as LA Reid, P.Diddy, and OutKast. Premieres on Wednesday, March 16.
As part of SXSW’s “technology in film” theme, Silicon Cowboys is a gift for the tech nerd in all of us. Set in the explosive 1980s computer-manufacturing race, Oscar-nominated director Jason Cohen’s film explores the rise and eventual demise of the unlikely computer startup, Compaq. I can’t wait to see Cohen’s fresh perspective on the PC industry and how this small company impacted the world of computing. Catch this film on Friday, March 11.
If you consider yourself a music aficionado, then A Song For You: The Austin City Limits Story has to be on your must-see list! This film chronicles the evolution of the PBS special, ACL, through pivotal bookings, personnel changes, and its ability to adapt with the ever-changing music scene. Featuring interviews from music legends such as Dave Grohl and Willie Nelson, this film takes a look at how the longest-running music television show in music history came to be, all while giving you a backstage pass to some of the most memorable ACL performances thus far. See this film on Thursday, March 17.
This film marks Susan Glatzer’s directorial debut and with it, Alive and Kicking shares an intimate look at the history of swing dance and the recent resurgence of it. Travel back in time and watch energetic dancers take the floor. Alive and Kicking will debut on Monday, March 14.
When I heard about the new Pee-wee Herman movie, my inner child screamed with delight! In this new adventure, Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, Pee-wee leaves his hometown and ventures cross-country to New York. In typical fashion, I expect this Pee-wee journey will be filled with high jinx, misadventures, and lots of odd jokes. Don’t miss this Netflix and Judd Apatow-produced film — set to premiere at SXSW on Thursday, March 17.