SXSW Preview: ‘Splinterheads’ Has Us Laughing Already


The fine folks over at Atlantic Pictures were kind enough to send over a little preview video for their upcoming SXSW Emerging Visions premiere Splinterheads, from writer/director Brant Sersen. For those who don’t remember the name, Sersen won the 2004 SXSW Audience Award with his comedy Blackballed: The Bobby Dukes Story, a film that I quite liked. Splinterheads tells the story of Justin (newcomer Thomas Middleditch), an average guy just trying to figure out what he’s going to do with his life — in between practicing improvised karate and mowing lawns for his best friend’s landscaping business, of course. But when a traveling carnival makes a stop in his small town, Justin falls for a sexy con artist (Transformers hottie Rachael Taylor) and wakes up to the life that he’s yet to begin living.

Judging from the comedic talent in the featurette below — which includes Christopher McDonald (Happy Gilmore’s Shooter McGavin), Back to the Future’s Lea Thompson and The Wire’s Frankie Faison — it stands to reason that Splinterheads could deliver laughs on performance alone. Add to that the proven comedic success of its young writer/director and we’ve got more than enough reason to be interested in this when it rolls into Austin for SXSW later this month.

Check out the featurette below, followed by the screening dates and times for its SXSW run and the film’s teaser poster.


  • Premiere – Saturday, March 14th at 7:00pm – Alamo Ritz 1
  • Public Screening 2 – Tuesday, March 17th at 1:30pm – Paramount
  • Public Screening 3 – Thursday, March 19th at 12:00pm – Alamo Lamar 1


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