The complete SXSW 2009 film line-up has been unveiled, the first under new head Janet Pierson and, arguably, its first post-mumblecore iteration. Not that there aren’t still plenty of names familiar to anyone acquainted with the movement — it was already announced that Joe Swanberg would be premiering his fifth feature in five years, “Alexander the Last,” at this year’s festival, but his wife and sometimes costar Kris Swanberg will also be debuting her first feature, “It Was Great, But I Was Ready to Come Home,” and collaborators David Lowery and Dia Sokol each have a film of their own, “St. Nick” and “Sorry, Thanks.” And Andrew Bujalski, the One Who Started It All, and who incidentally stars in Sokol’s film, will be bringing his first directorial effort since 2005’s “Mutual Appreciation,” “Beeswax,” to the festival after premiering it at Berlin.
Elsewhere, I’m happy to finally have my chance to see “Anvil! The Story of Anvil,” which has been gathering insane praise on the festival circuit for over a year now, still with no distributor in sight; “Zift,” a Bulgarian black and white noir I’ve heard good things about; “The Square,” an Australian noir from Nash Edgerton, whose short films I’ve really liked; “Best Worst Movie,” a doc about “Troll 2”; “New World Order,” from “Darkon” directors Andrew Neel and Luke Meyer; and “Sweethearts of the Rodeo,” a doc about prison rodeos from “Okie Noodling”‘s Bradley Beesley. And I’ll be first in line for the live presentations of Trailers from Hell.com with Joe Dante and the 10th anniversary of “Office Space” with Mike Judge.
And let me join others in putting out this request — if you want to send a screener for review or interview consideration, please email me at ifcnews (at) ifctv dot com and I’ll give you the address. In an ideal world I’d see every film in a theater at the festival, but I’m not able to bend time and space the way I used to.
[Photo: “St. Nick,” Beautiful Confusion Films, 2009]