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The main lineup at this year’s SXSW Film Festival was announced last week, and while it features a ton of great-looking content it wasn’t complete. The list was missing the dozens of shorts that will be playing next month, but more importantly it was absent any hint of the Midnighters that some of us look forward to all year long.

That changes today.

SXSW have revealed the films from both categories, and the nine Midnighters look to be a fun and exciting mix of established names and interesting newcomers. One of the stand-outs is the highly praised and long-delayed You’re Next from Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett, which I’m hoping lives up to the hype and the wait. We’re also getting two Sundance holdovers with The Rambler and S-VHS (curiously called V/H/S 2 here). Rob Zombie’s The Lords of Salem will be making an appearance too, but more exciting are the presence of new films from Vincenzo Natali (Cube, Splice) and Dennis Iliadis (The Last House on the Left remake).

SXSW 2013 runs March 8th-16th, and the complete list of shorts and Midnighters can be found below.

FEATURES

MIDNIGHTERS

Scary, funny, sexy, controversial – provocative after-dark features for night owls and the terminally curious.

Big Ass Spider!

Director: Mike Mendez, Screenwriter: Gregory Gieras – When a giant alien spider escapes from a military lab and rampages across the city of Los Angeles, it is up to one clever exterminator and his security guard sidekick to kill the creature before the city is destroyed. Cast: Greg Grunberg, Lombardo Boyar, Clare Kramer, Ray Wise, Lin Shaye, Patrick Bauchau (World Premiere)

Cheap Thrills

Director: E.L. Katz, Screenwriters: Trent Haaga, David Chirchirillo – Recently fired and facing eviction, the married father of a newborn has his life turned upside down when he meets a wealthy couple who offer a path to financial security…but at a price. Cast: Pat Healy, Ethan Embry, Sara Paxton, David Koechner, Amanda Fuller (World Premiere)

Haunter (Canada)

Director: Vincenzo Natali, Screenwriter: Brian King – Lisa Johnson is one day shy of her 16th birthday and will be forever. She and her family are doomed to repeat the fateful day before they were all killed in 1985.  Cast: Abigail Breslin, Stephen McHattie, Peter Outerbridge, Michelle Nolden, David Hewlett  (World Premiere)

Kiss of the Damned

Director/Screenwriter: Xan Cassavetes – Beautiful vampire Djuna tries to resist the advances of human screenwriter Paolo, but eventually gives in to their passion. When her sister Mimi comes to visit, Djuna’s love story is threatened, and the whole vampire community becomes endangered… Cast: Joséphine de la Baume, Milo Ventimiglia, Roxane Mesquida, Anna Mouglalis, Michael Rapaport, Riley Keough, Ching Valdes-Aran (U.S. Premiere)

The Lords of Salem

Director/Screenwriter: Rob Zombie – From the singular mind of horror maestro Rob Zombie comes a chilling plunge into a nightmare world where evil runs in the blood. Cast: Sheri Moon Zombie, Bruce Davison, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Ken Foree, Patricia Quinn (U.S. Premiere)

Plus One

Director: Dennis Iliadis, Screenwriter: Bill Gullo – When the party of the decade is disrupted by a supernatural phenomenon, the night soon descends in to chaos.  Cast: Rhys Wakefield, Logan Miller, Ashley Hinshaw, Natalie Hall (World Premiere)

The Rambler

Director/Screenwriter: Calvin Lee Reeder – After being released from prison, a man known as The Rambler stumbles upon a strange mystery as he attempts a dangerous journey through treacherous back roads and small towns en route to reconnecting with his long lost brother. Cast: Dermot Mulroney, Lindsay Pulsipher, Natasha Lyonne, James Cady, Scott Sharot

V/H/S/2

Directors: Adam Wingard, Gareth Evans, Screenwriters: Simon Barrett, Timo Tjahjanto, Gareth Evans, Jamie Nash, Jason Eisener, John Davies – Searching for a missing student, two private investigators break into his abandoned house and find another collection of mysterious VHS tapes. In viewing the horrific contents of each cassette, they realize there may be terrifying motives behind the student’s disappearance. Cast: Adam Wingard, Lawrence Levine, L. C. Holt, Kelsy Abbott, Hannah Hughes

You’re Next

Director: Adam Wingard, Screenwriter: Simon Barrett – A fresh twist on home-invasion horror. A gang of masked murderers descend upon a family reunion, and the victims seem trapped…until an unlikely guest proves to be the most talented killer of all. Cast: Sharni Vinson, Nicholas Tucci, Wendy Glenn, AJ Bowen, Joe Swanberg

SHORT FILMS

NARRATIVE SHORTS

A selection of original, well-crafted films that take advantage of the short form and exemplify distinctive and genuine storytelling. The winner of our Grand Jury Award in this category is eligible for a 2014 Academy Award nomination for Best Narrative Short.

The Audition

Director: Celia Rowlson-Hall – A young woman auditions for the role of “Clipboard Woman”

Black Metal

Director: Kat Candler – After a career spent mining his music from the shadows, the actions of one fan creates a chain reaction for the lead singer of a black metal band.

Boneshaker

Director: Frances Bodomo – An African family, lost in America, travels to a Louisiana church to find a cure for its problem child.

Cavalier

Director: Steven Schardt – An alcoholic father, recently served restrictive custody papers, kidnaps his son to go on a road trip.

Chiralia (Germany)

Director: Santiago Gil – Around an isolated lake, the experience of a tragedy travels like a wave through space and time, from person to person, from memory to imagination.

Dotty (New Zealand)

Directors: Mick Andrews, Brett O’Gorman – A stubborn old lady struggles to send a text message to her daughter.

Ellen Is Leaving (New Zealand)

Director: Michelle Savill – On the eve of departing overseas, Ellen makes the fateful decision to gift her boyfriend a new girlfriend.

Indoor (UK)

Directors: Simon Atkinson, Adam Townley – An eleven year old boy, unable to fly his kite alone, befriends a peculiar girl who can not leave her caravan.

It’s Not You, It’s Me

Director: Matt Spicer – A young woman’s relationship takes a dark turn when every sound her boyfriend makes starts to annoy her.

Kelly

Directors: Nathan Honnold, Alex Zhuravlov – Kelly, a female entrepreneur, gives personal advice and insight into business and beauty. She finds inspiration in her personal experiences and in her role model Mary Kay.

LaDonna

Directors: Nathan Honnold, Alex Zhuravlov – An elderly couple finds excitement in breaking and entering.

Mobile Homes (USA/France)

Director: Vladimir de Fontenay – MOBILE HOMES tells the story of a young woman, trapped in sex trafficking, and her son who explores an unlikely way out.

Mousse (Sweden)

Director: John Hellberg – What could be easier than robbing a small bookie place on the outskirts of town?

Natives

Director: Jeremy Hersh – Rachel, a young Manhattanite, is so in love with her girlfriend’s Native American roots that she begin to lose sight of their relationship.

Necronomica

Directors: Kyle Bogart, Cliff Bogart – A friendship is tested as two Black Metal bandmates lose hope that they will ever achieve their ultimate goal: To be the most evil band in the world.

#PostModem

Directors: Jillian Mayer, Lucas Leyva – #PostModem is a comedic satirical sci-fi pop-musical based on the theories of Ray Kurzweil and other futurists. It’s the story of two Miami girls and how they deal with the technological singularity, told in a series of cinematic tweets.

Sequin Raze

Director: Sarah Gertrude Shapiro – Behind the scenes of a hit reality TV show, a jaded producer and a spurned beauty queen face off in mental mortal combat. One driven by cash rewards and ambition, the other clinging to her last shred of dignity. Only one can leave victorious.

Shale

Director: Jed Cowley – John, a stubborn shale pit owner, and his once dutiful wife, Sheila, have a grave confrontation after months of separation.

Si Nos Dejan

Director: Celia Rowlson-Hall – If they let us, we will love each other all our lives.

Skin

Director: Jordana Spiro – A child taxidermist, an outsider in his small town, is entranced by a girl who finds his work beautiful. But just as their relationship begins to progress, he does something that drastically changes everything.

The Slaughter

Director: Jason B. Kohl – A pig farmer tests his unemployed son’s resolve to join the family business.

Social Butterfly (France/USA)

Director: Lauren Wolkstein – A 30-year-old American woman enters a teenage party in the South of France. Some of the guests wonder who she is and what she is doing there.

Top Floor

Director: Aaron David DeFazio – When Ron, a high powered hedge fund manager, finds out that his biggest investor may be pulling out of the fund, his world begins to collapse on him, as he juggles fatherhood, his ex-wife, and one very big secret.

Weighting

Directors: Dustin Bowser, Brie Larson – A relationship ends.

When We Lived in Miami

Director: Amy Seimetz – Filmed in Miami during Hurricane Isaac, When We Lived in Miami is a hypnotic short about the lengths one woman will go to keep her family from falling apart.

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS

Unfiltered slices of life, from across the documentary spectrum.

After (UK)

Director: Lukasz Konopa – ‘After’ is a film about contemporary life in Auschwitz. In an observation from dusk till dawn, it portrays the theatre of everyday life around the grim confines and captures the energies and activities of a world fascinated by this former concentration camp.

Contents of C______’s Box, in no particular order

Director: Ian Berry – An exploration of a failed relationship through a box of mementos.

Endless Day (Germany)

Director: Anna Frances Ewert – This film is about an insomniac’s inner journey through a sleepless night.

Flutter (USA/Canada)

Director: Dara Bratt – “Flutter” is a short observational documentary about an ordinary man obsessed with the extraordinary.

I Kill

Directors: David White, Paul Wedel – The kindest slaughter: a short documentary about one man’s bloody job.

Introducing: Bobby.

Director: Roger Hayn – A character portrait of a debt-ridden man with a violent past in pursuit of a fresh start.

The Knife Maker

Director: Keith “keef” Ehrlich – Writer turned knife maker Joel Bukiewicz discusses the human element of craft–the potential for a skill to mature into an art. In sharing his story, he alights on the real meaning of handmade—a movement whose riches are measured in people, not cash.

KRS ONE: Brooklyn to the Bronx

Directors: Brimstone, Joshua Moise – Hip Hop pioneer, KRS-One, takes us through his years as a homeless teenager in New York City. Traveling from Brooklyn to the Bronx, he begins to visualize his steps to becoming an MC.

Magnetic Reconnection (Canada)

Director: Kyle Armstrong – A short documentary film contrasting the Northern Lights with the harsh landscapes and decaying manmade debris littered throughout the northern Canadian town of Churchill, Manitoba.

The Other Dave

Director: Pasquale Greco – Life changes people; especially when it involves 1 billion volts of electricity. “Super Dave” Manning, was on his way to a pro golf career when lightning struck and permanently changed his perception of reality.

Recollections (Japan)

Director: Nathanael Carton – A community of tsunami survivors hold onto their existence through pictures recovered from the debris.

The Roper

Directors: Ewan McNicol, Anna Sandilands – A black man with hip-hop and zydeco roots hard-grafts through the local, all-white rodeo circuits in the Deep South as he dreams of competing in the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.

SLOMO

Director: Josh Izenberg – Depressed and frustrated with his life, Dr. John Kitchin abandons his career as a neurologist and undergoes a radical transformation into SLOMO, trading his lab coat for a pair of rollerblades and his IRA for a taste of divinity.

The Village (Brazil)

Director: Liliana Sulzbach – The daily life of the dwellers of a microtown in the the south of Brazil which is about to vanish.

Vladimir Putin In Deep Concentration

Directors: Dana O’Keefe, Sasha Kliment – Vladimir Putin is the most powerful man in the world

ANIMATED SHORTS

An assortment of stories told using a mix of traditional animation, computer-generated effects, stop-motion, and everything in-between. The winner of our Grand Jury Award in this category is eligible for a 2014 Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Short.

The Blue Umbrella

Director: Saschka Unseld – It is just another evening commute until the rain starts to fall, and the city comes alive to the sound of dripping rain pipes, whistling awnings and gurgling gutters. And in the midst, two umbrellas—one blue, one not—fall eternally in love.

Cicada Princess

Director: Mauricio Baiocchi – Cicadas spend a long time planning…

The Event (USA/UK)

Director: Julia Pott – Love and a severed foot, at the end of the world.

The Gold Sparrow

Director: Daniel Stessen – In a black and white world artists must defend their color.

In Hanford

Director: Chris Mars – In Hanford is artist Chris Mars’s fantastic exploration of real incidents in Hanford, Washington, where the local environment was poisoned as a result of cold war era nuclear arms manufacture.

Kishi Bashi – ”I Am The Antichrist To You”

Director: Kishi Bashi – A surreal stop motion collaboration between avante-pop/violinist Kishi Bashi and acclaimed animator Anthony Scott (Coraline, Paranorman). An abandoned puppy awakes in a post-apocalyptic world with vivid memories of his love and all that he lost.

Marcel, King of Tervuren

Director: Tom Schroeder – Greek tragedy enacted by Belgian roosters.

Oh Willy… (Belgium/France/ Netherlands/Luxembourg)

Directors: Emma De Swaef, Marc James Roels – Forced to return to his naturist roots, Willy bungles his way into noble savagery.

Old Man

Director: Leah Shore – For more than 20 years Charles Manson has refused to communicate directly with the outside world. Until Now.

The Places Where We Lived

Director: Bernardo Britto – A man wakes up with a weird feeling. His parents are selling his childhood home.

Shelved (New Zealand)

Director: James Cunningham – Two loser robots discover they are being replaced… by humans

MIDNIGHT SHORTS

Bite-sized bits for all of your sex, genre, and hilarity needs.

The Apocalypse

Director: Andrew Zuchero – Four uninspired friends try to come up with a terrific idea of how to spend their Saturday afternoon. The Apocalypse.

Boy Friends

Director: Hugo Vargas-Zesati – A man disturbed by a dream awakens to realize his unconscious has called his self-awareness into question. When confronting himself, misfortune brings the temporal world into perspective.

Cats

Director: Michael Reich – A master groomer explains the sensual methods of dog grooming to his young and beautiful apprentice. Her mind begins to wander into a profane dream that melds the grossness of dog bathing with voyeuristic and domineering sexuality.

Child Eater (USA/Iceland)

Director: Erlingur Thoroddsen – A simple night of babysitting takes a horrifying turn when Helen realizes the boogeyman really is in little Lucas’ closet.

Dance Till You Drop

Directors: Eric M. Levy, Juan Cardarelli – She thought the house was safe, but under the right circumstances, anything can be dangerous. Even a dance montage.

Follow

Director: Owen Egerton – Follow is a dark thriller centered on a young couple’s dangerous bedroom games.

Hell No

Director: Joe Nicolosi – Hell No is a new type of terror, a reality-based horror film that pits real smart people in terrifying horror situations…

Play House

Director: Brandon LaGanke – Harold’s crumbling family is bound only by his unconditional love for them.

Root

Director: Caleb Johnson – A young woman has an affair that leaves a hideous mark. Her attempts to remove it only make it worse.

Two Fingers – ‘Vengeance Rhythm’ (UK)

Director: Chris Ullens – This is the story of a very angry teddy bear.

Under the Lion Crotch (Hong Kong)

Director: Wong Ping – Daily life living in Hong Kong.

MUSIC VIDEOS

A range of classic, innovative, and stylish work showcasing the scope of music video culture.

∆ (Alt-J) – ”Breezeblocks”

Director: Ellis Bahl

CHRISTEENE – “Big Shot”

Director: PJ Raval

Daniel Bedingfield – ”Secret Fear”

Director: Daniel Bedingfield

Flying Lotus – ”Until The Quiet Comes”

Director: Kahlil Joseph

Foster The People – ”Houdini”

Director: DANIELS

HEALTH – ”Tears”

Directors: David Altobelli, Jeff Desom

Keaton Henson – ”Small Hands”

Director: Joseph Mann

Killer Mike – ”Reagan”

Directors: Daniel Garcia, Harry Teitelman

Lushlife – “Magnolia”

Directors: Jesse Lamar High, Nik Harper

Mikhael Paskalev – ”I Spy”

Director: André Chocron

Modeselektor – “Evil Twin”

Director: Dent.De.Cuir

Moones – ”Better Energy”

Director: Peter Sluszka

Righchus – ”Stroker’s Row”

Director: Taylor Engel

Rudimental – ”Feel The Love”

Director: Bob Harlow

Slugabed – ”Sex”

Director: Chris Ullens

Sóley – “Bad Dream”

Directors: Ellen Ragnarsdóttir, Raam Reddy

Starcadian – ”HE^RT”

Directors: Rob O’Neill, Starcadian

The Shoes – ”Time To Dance”

Director: Daniel Wolfe

Wax Tailor Feat Aloe Blacc – “Time To Go”

Directors: Darcy Prendergast, Seamus Spilsbury

Vitalic – ”Stamina”

Director: Saman Keshavarz

Wild Belle – ”Keep You”

Director: Melina Matsoukas

Willow – ”Sweater”

Director: Filip Sterckx

TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL SHORTS

Texas High School students offer a glimpse of a bright future for Texas filmmaking.

Adam Mosley – Who I Am

Director: Jake Wangner

Adam Mosley is an amateur Fort Worth skateboarder. He spends his days rolling across the pavement learning new tricks. Take a quick look into his daily life.

Again

Director: Jade Basinski, Pearl Basinski

A sweet lullaby.

The Benefactress

Director: Alina Vega

Everything’s coming apart at the seams.

CaNnibal

Directors: Sophia Haid, Ivan Kumamoto

The can man can.

Charlie Hughes

Directors: Kyle Matthew, Hirsh Elhence

What did you do to mom?

The Cigarette Burns Slowly

Director: Connor Clift

Two individuals who work the night shift together decide to take a cigarette break. Chemistry unfolds.

Don’t Be Afraid Ashley

Director: Makena Buchanan

Don’t be afraid Ashley, It’s just a dark empty theater, there’s no one here but your friends.

Drop

Director: Zenzele Ojore

“Drop” is an experimental narrative that tells the story of a young drowning victim, her journey through the “in-between” and the many memories of her past to reach her alternate peace.

Dropoff

Director: Conner Miller

A man on the run–but from what?

THE EXCHANGE

Director: Louis J. Zylka

One night, a robbery took place at a museum and someone got murdered. It’s up to Detective Bones to solve this crime.

Gas Giant

Director: Andrew Haworth

Gas Giant is a stop motion animated short about a man who wakes up on his lawn and realizes he’s 50 feet tall.

GBFF

Director: Atheena Frizzell

More than anything else in the world, Reese wants a gay best friend. She sets out to get one but her plan goes terribly awry.

The Magic Lasso

Director: Amy Harvie

The Magic Lasso is a thriller about a young girl who wakes up from a coma in a post-apocalyptic hospital and the abandoned characters she discovers there.

Obsession

Director: Stephen Mendoza

Obsession is a thriller about a disturbed young woman who finally has the evening she has been dreaming of with the object of her affection.

Outbreak

Director: Maddison Lopez

What would the average high school student do to survive a zombie apocalpyse?

Partner

Directors: James Bradford, Max Montoya

Girl, you’ll be a woman soon.

Robert Cossman, Deceased

Director: Alexander Marking

The story around a mysterious briefcase

Sir Gawain & the Green Knight

Directors: Callan Harrison, Aidan Anders

Sir Gawain & the Green Knight is a hand cut paper animation chronicling the adventures of Sir Gawain and his attempts to uphold the code of chivalry.

Skin To Bone

Directors: Taha Dawoodbhoy, Brandon Torio

Skin To Bone is a fan made music video to the song “Skin To Bone” by Linkin Park. The video delves into the dark meeting behind the song.

TRAPPED (A Slenderman Short Film)

Directors: Jonathan Munoz, Kyle Curtis

An adaptation to the Slenderman urban legend. Inspired by the hit PC game SLENDER

True Story

Director: Miles Andres

Based on a true story.

Zipper

Director: Rachel Davis

A girl find a body and a zipper catches her attention….


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