SXSW 2017: Features Lineup Announced

sxswSXSW has just announced their feature film line-up, following a sneak peek announcement of a handful of titles earlier this month. 125 features will screen in total, which will include some future announcements of additional titles. Following is the list of documentary features so far, broken down by section:

Headliners:
on-the-road-f70911Big names, big talent.

ON THE ROAD (pictured)
Director/Screenwriter: Michael Winterbottom
Michael Winterbottom follows acclaimed British rock band and Grammy nominees Wolf Alice on their tour, recording their gigs as well as the romance and routine of their daily life backstage.

Documentary Feature Competition:
the-blood-is-at-the-doorstep-f69708Ten world premieres selected from 973 submissions.

BILL FRISELL, A PORTRAIT
Director/Screenwriter: Emma Franz
An intimate, behind-the-music portrait of one of the most unassuming yet influential creative artists of our time, guitarist Bill Frisell.

THE BLOOD IS AT THE DOORSTEP (pictured)
Director: Erik Ljung
After Dontre Hamilton, a black, unarmed man diagnosed with schizophrenia, was shot 14 times and killed by police in Milwaukee, his family embarks on a quest for answers, justice, and reform as the investigation unfolds.

DEALT
Director: Luke Korem, Screenwriters: Bradley Jackson, Luke Korem
Sixty-two year old Richard Turner is renowned as one of the world’s greatest card magicians, yet he is completely blind. This is an in-depth look at a complex character who is one of magic’s greatest hidden treasures.

I AM ANOTHER YOU
Director/Screenwriter: Nanfu Wang
Through the eyes of a young drifter who rejects society’s rules and intentionally chooses to live on the streets, Chinese filmmaker Nanfu Wang explores the meaning of personal freedom – and its limits.

LET THERE BE LIGHT
Director/Screenwriter: Mila Aung-Thwin
The story of dedicated scientists working to build a small sun on Earth, which would unleash perpetual, cheap, clean energy for mankind. After decades of failed attempts, a massive push is now underway to crack the holy grail of energy.

MAINELAND
Director: Miao Wang
Chinese teenagers from the wealthy elite, with big American dreams, settle into a boarding school in small-town Maine. As their fuzzy visions of the American dream slowly gain more clarity, their relationship to home takes on a poignant new aspect.

MOMMY DEAD AND DEAREST
Director: Erin Lee Carr
Child abuse, mental illness, and forbidden love converge in this mystery involving a mother and daughter who were thought to be living a fairy tale life that turned out to be a living nightmare.

THE SECRET LIFE OF LANCE LETSCHER
Director: Sandra Adair
Witness the collision of memory, color, and chaos in this unprecedented journey through the visionary mind of collage artist Lance Letscher.

SERVED LIKE A GIRL
Director: Lysa Heslov
Five women veterans who have endured unimaginable trauma in service create a shared sisterhood to help the rising number of stranded homeless women veterans by entering a competition that unexpectedly catalyzes moving events in their own lives.

THE WORK
Directors: Jairus McLeary, Gethin Aldous
Set entirely inside Folsom Prison, this film follows three men during four days of intensive group therapy with convicts, revealing an intimate and powerful portrait of authentic human transformation that transcends what we think of as rehabilitation.

Documentary Spotlight:
spettacolo-f66684Non-competitive nonfiction section.

BARBECUE
Director: Matthew Salleh
Barbecue is about more than grilling a piece of meat. It’s a ritual performed religiously across the world. For some it’s a path to salvation. It is the pride of nations. And the stories told around the fires become a way to bring the world together.

BILL NYE: SCIENCE GUY
Directors/Screenwriters: David Alvarado, Jason Sussberg
A famous television personality struggles to restore science to its rightful place in a world hostile to evidence and reason.

DISGRACED
Director: Pat Kondelis
The untold story of the summer of 2003 at Baylor University that exposes the attempted cover-up, and the corruption that became the most bizarre scandal in college sports history.

KIM DOTCOM: CAUGHT IN THE WEB
Director: Annie Goldson
Discover the story of the most wanted man online.

METH STORM: ARKANSAS USA
Directors: Craig Renaud, Brent Renaud
With unparalleled access on both sides of the law, this is a thrilling non-fiction cops and robbers drama told from inside the American drug war.

MUPPET GUYS TALKING: SECRETS BEHIND THE SHOW THE WHOLE WORLD WATCHED
Director: Frank Oz
Five of the original Muppet performers come together for the first time ever to share behind-the-scenes secrets of the Muppets. Includes rare performance footage, surprising stories, and insights into how Jim led his team to produce legendary work.

PORNOCRACY
Director: Ovidie
Never before have we watched as much porn as today yet the traditional porn industry is dying. The arrival of web sites showing amateur clips has transformed the way porn is made and consumed. Behind this transformation lies one opaque multinational.

SPETTACOLO (pictured)
Directors: Jeff Malmberg, Chris Shellen, Screenwriter: Chris Shellen
Once upon a time there was a tiny hill town in Tuscany that found a remarkable way to confront their issues – they turned their lives into a play.

STRANGER FRUIT
Director/Screenwriter: Jason Pollock
What happened on August 9th, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri? On that hot summer day, Officer Darren Wilson killed 18-year-old Michael Brown. This is the unraveling of what took place that day, told through the eyes of Mike Brown’s family.

TODRICK HALL DOCUMENTARY
Director: Katherine Fairfax Wright
After building an empire on YouTube, Todrick Hall leaps beyond his comfort zone and deep within his own backstory to create his most dazzling and vital work yet, but with only a few weeks and a few coins, will he crush it or will it crush him?

THE UNTOLD TALES OF ARMISTEAD MAUPIN
Director: Jennifer M Kroot
Celebrating one of the world’s most beloved storytellers, following his evolution from a conservative son of the Old South into a gay rights pioneer whose novels inspired millions to reclaim their lives.

WALK WITH ME
Directors: Max Pugh, Marc J Francis
Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch, this is a cinematic journey into the world of a monastic community who practice the art of mindfulness with Zen Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hanh.

Visions:
becoming-bond-f70033The festival’s risk-taking, innovative section.

BECOMING BOND (pictured)
Director/Screenwriter: Josh Greenbaum
The stranger-than-fiction true story of George Lazenby, a poor Australian car mechanic who, through an unbelievable set of circumstances, landed the role of James Bond despite having never acted a day in his life.

CALIFORNIA DREAMS
Director: Mike Ott
A look at how the American Dream and Hollywood affect those they touch.

PAA JOE & THE LION
Director: Benjamin Wigley
A true story about the art of love and death. A thought provoking and cinematic documentary film rooted in the universal themes of love, death and legacy set against one of the most beautiful art-forms in the world – Ghana’s very own fantasy coffin.

RAT FILM
Director/Screenwriter: Theo Anthony
Across walls, fences, and alleys, rats not only expose our boundaries of separation but make homes in them.

24 Beats Per Second:
g-funk-f70960The fest’s music and musician focused section.

AS I WALK THROUGH THE VALLEY
Directors: Ronnie Garza, Charlie Vela
A journey into the underground music scene of Texas’ southernmost border-region. Follow four generations of Valley musicians as they struggle to find a voice of their own in the land of charro beans and Tejano legends.

G-FUNK (pictured)
Director/Screenwriter: Karam Gill
The untold story of three childhood friends from East Long Beach who helped commercialize hip hop by developing a sophisticated and melodic new approach – merging Gangsta Rap with elements of Motown, Funk, and R&B.

GIVE ME FUTURE
Director: Austin Peters
Cuba as you have never seen it before.

A LIFE IN WAVES
Director: Brett Whitcomb, Screenwriter: Bradford Thomason
An exploration of the life and innovations of composer and electronic music pioneer, Suzanne Ciani.

LONG STRANGE TRIP
Director: Amir Bar-Lev
Emerging from the Bay Area’s vibrant 1960s counterculture, the Grateful Dead were a motley crew whose unique sound sprang from an eclectic blend of influences: bluegrass, folk ballads, R&B, free-form jazz, classical, and jug band.

MAY IT LAST: A PORTRAIT OF THE AVETT BROTHERS
Directors: Judd Apatow, Michael Bonfiglio
An intimate portrait of the acclaimed North Carolina band the Avett Brothers, as they create their hit album “True Sadness.”

RESIDENTE
Director: René Pérez Joglar
After taking a DNA test, Latin America’s most decorated artist, Rene Perez (AKA Residente), embarks on a global adventure to trace the footsteps of his ancestors and record his latest album.

THANK YOU, FRIENDS: BIG STAR’S THIRD LIVE… AND MORE
Director: Benno Nelson
A celebration of the musical legacy of Memphis’ best-known secret – Big Star – performed by a collective featuring members of Big Star, the dBs, Let’s Active, the Posies, REM, Semisonic, Wilco, and Yo La Tengo with the Kronos Quartet and more.

Global:
schultersieg-english-title-win-by-fall-f65255An international showcase.

THE CHALLENGE
Director/Screenwriter: Yuri Ancarani
Cross the Persian Gulf to accompany a falconer to an important competition. Among SUVs, Lamborghini, private jets, and MAD MAX-like dune bashing contests, the film tells the story of an intense weekend in the desert.

THE CLOUD FOREST
Director/Screenwriter: Mónica Álvarez Franco
A small community in Veracruz is the guardian of one of the ecosystems facing the most risk: the cloud forest. By redesigning their needs, education, and relationship with other people and with nature, they search for a simpler and sustainable life.

DIVINE DIVAS
Director: Leandra Leal, Screenwriters: Carol Benjamin, Leandra Leal, Lucas Paraizo, Natara Ney
Eight iconic performers of the first generation of Brazilian transvestite artists go on stage to celebrate their 50th career jubilee. The film depicts the human, personal dimension behind these icons, deconstructing gender stereotypes.

WIN BY FALL (pictured)
Director: Anna Koch, Screenwriters: Anna Koch, Julia Lemke
At the age of 12, Janny, Lisa, Debby, and Michelle leave their home for a sports school in the East German province to become wrestlers. A documentary about coming-of-age between boarding school corridors, wrestling gyms, and boy band posters.

Festival Favorites:
78-52-f71004Standouts from other festivals.

78/52 (pictured)
Director/Screenwriter: Alexandre O. Philippe
A feature-length documentary about the iconic shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s PSYCHO, the film takes an unprecedented look at the “man behind the curtain” and the screen murder that profoundly changed the course of world cinema.

CHASING CORAL
Director: Jeff Orlowski, Screenwriters: Davis Coombe, Vickie Curtis, Jeff Orlowski
Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. A team of divers, photographers, and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world.

NOBODY SPEAK: TRIALS OF THE FREE PRESS
Director/Screenwriter: Brian Knappenberger
The trial between wrestler Hulk Hogan and Gawker Media pitted privacy rights against freedom of the press, but ended up as a case study in how big money can silence media through legal means. An examination of the free press in an age of inequality.

UNREST
Director: Jennifer Brea
When Harvard PhD student Jennifer is struck down at 28 by a fever that leaves her bedridden, doctors tell her it’s “all in her head.” Determined to live, she turns her camera on herself and a hidden world of millions confined to their homes.

Special Events:
le-ride-f69787Unique one-off film events.

HYPE!
Director: Doug Pray
20th Anniversary Screening. HYPE! rocks the definitive story of the birth and explosion of the Pacific NW music scene known globally as “grunge.” With humor and intense live performances, the film immerses you in the vibrant subculture and media madness of early ‘90s Seattle.

LE RIDE (pictured)
Director: Phil Keoghan, Screenwriters: Phil Keoghan and Louise Keoghan
Television personality Phil Keoghan retraces the 1928 Tour de France riding an original vintage bicycle, with no gears, as he tells the forgotten “underdog” story about the first English-speaking team to take on the toughest sporting event on earth.

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