Attention Austin-ites: some last minute additions were just announced for the South by Southwest 2011 Film Festival lineup. They include the Closing Night Film, “The King of Luck,” a documentary about musician Willie Nelson and, judging from the publicity photo, old timey Western streets, directed by actor (and musician) Billy Bob Thornton. SXSW also added a bunch of cool special events, including a work-in-progress screening of the upcoming comedy “Bridesmaids,” which has an insane creative pedigree. It’s directed by “Freaks and Geeks” creator Paul Feig, produced by Judd Apatow, co-written and starring Kristen Wiig, with a cast that also includes Maya Rudolph and Rose Byrne. No word on who will be in attendance on that yet, but it should be a fun event (two years ago, Sam Raimi brought his “Drag Me to Hell” while it was still a work-in-progress for a raucous screening that’s become the stuff of Internet legend).
Plus there will also be a selection of films from R.E.M.’s “Collapse Into Now” with a Q&A with R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe, the North American premiere of “Oldboy” director Park Chanwook’s iPhone film “Night Fishing,” a new short about “wheelchair bound gangstas” from director Harmony Korine, and the concert special “The Pee-wee Herman Show on Broadway,” to complement Paul Reubens’s previously announced SXSW panel.
Here are the rest of the newly announced features. SXSW 2011 begins on March 11.
“Sound & Scene: Made in Israel”
SXSW Film and Wyatt Brand present a unique music/film/interactive convergence brunch, as two Israeli bands – Eatliz and Onili – play live to their stunning, award winning videos. GRAMMY®-nominated directors Yuval and Merov Nathan Skype in from Tel Aviv.
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“The Devil’s Box”
Director: Jason Hammond
Once a year, fiddlers across the country flock to Hallettsville to compete for the title of best Texas-style fiddler. The small town erupts into a musical jamboree in this offbeat and quirky portrait of Americana. (World Premiere)
“Hit So Hard”
Director: P. David Ebersole
The life and near-death story of Patty Schemel, the hard-hitting openly gay drummer of HOLE whose friendship with struggling musician Kurt Cobain unexpectedly led her to a path of fame, addiction, betrayal, survival and triumph. (World Premiere)
“Tell Your Friends”
Director: Victor Varnado
Featuring hot up-and coming comedians Reggie Watts, Kristen Schaal & Kurt Braunohler, Liam McEneaney, and Christian Finnegan, “Tell Your Friends! The Concert Film!” does for indie comedy what “Woodstock” did for Baby Boomer rock. (World Premiere)
Directors: Gruff Rhys & Dylan Goch
“Star Trek” meets “Buena Vista Social Club” in this psychedelic western musical as Welsh pop legend Gruff Rhys (Super Furry Animals) takes us on a pan continental road trip in search of his long lost Patagonian uncle, the poncho wearing guitarist Rene Griffiths.
Director: Stefano Odoardi, Writer: Sytske Kok
When the body of a little baby is found in the dirt, the rubbish dump workers soon have reason to suspect that Mira knows more about it. Cast: Sanneke Bos, Serge Price, Raymond Thiry, Ergun Simsek, Teun Kuilboer (U.S. Premiere)