Director of Film,
SXSW Film Festival
The 2020 SXSW Film Festival runs March 13 through March 21 at various venues. The festival opens with The King of Staten Island, the Pete Davidson semi-biographical dramedy directed by Judd Apatow. Other headliners include Bad Trip, Beastie Boys Story, La Originals, and The Lovebirds. The Narrative Feature Competition features Holler, I’ll Meet You There, Lapsis, Pink Skies Ahead, Really Love, Shithouse, Shiva Baby, Teenage Badass, Topside, and Violet. The Documentary Feature Competition features The Boy Who Sold the World, Bulletproof, The Donut King, An Elephant in the Room, Finding Yingying, For Madmen Only, Kenny Scharf: When Worlds Collide, Once Upon a Time in Uganda, Red Heaven, and We Don’t Deserve Dogs. Prominent narrative features in various programs include Arkansas, Aviva, Cut Throat City, Beast Beast, Charm City Kings, The Climb, Critical Thinking, Miss Juneteenth, The Outpost, and Promising Young Woman. Prominent documentary features in various programs include 9to5: The Story of A Movement, After Truth: Disinformation and the Cost of Fake News, Be Water, Boys State, Clerk, Coded Bias, Crazy, Not Insane, Hood River, andYou Cannot Kill David Arquette. 24 Beats a Minute music documentaries include: American Rapstar, Biography: The Nine Lives of Ozzy Osbourne, Dark City Beneath the Beat, Jose Feliciano: Behind This Guitar, Laurel Canyon: A Place in Time, Lydia Lunch: The War Is Never Over, The Mojo Manifesto: The Life and Times of Mojo Nixon, My Darling Vivian, and Zappa. The Nowhere Inn, a narrative comedy about the problems plaguing the making of a documentary about singer St. Vincent, will screen on SXSW's closing night. Episodic programing include Cursed Films, Motherland: Fort Salem, and Snowpiercer. Films and TV shows by Austin filmmakers or with local ties include Bull, The Carnivores, Good Ol Girl, One of These Days, Outcry, The Scheme, andWithout Getting Killed or Caught. Special Events includes restoration screenings of Out of the Blue and RAD!, Hannibal Buress: Miami Nights, Bait: Live Score with Gwenno, Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics with Live Performance by Yo La Tengo, Doug Benson and Master Pancake vs Leprechaun Returns, and the 360° immersive installation ISM Hexadome. Keynotes speakers include Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Damon Lindelof; Janelle Monáe; Lulu Wang; St. Vincent and Carrie Brownstein; and Erin Lee Carr. Featured conference sessions will feature Dispatches from Elsewhere's Jason Segel, The Sixth Sense's M. Night Shyamalan, Devs’ Alex Garland, City of a Million Soldiers’ Russo Brothers, The Plot Against America’s David Simon, Power’s Curtis “50” Cent, the creatives forces behind Little Fires Everywhere, Beastie Boys Story producer Spike Jonez, and Cheech Marin in conversation with his Desperado and Spy Kids director Robert Rodriguez.
Note: This interview aired before the City of Austin canceled SXSW 2020.
Aired: Feb. 28, 2020