SXSW 2016 Announces Midnighters, Festival Favorites, Shorts & Special Events

Filmmakers Mike Flanagan, Fede Alvarez, Thomas Dekker, Sean Brosnan and stand-up comedian Robert Klein are just some of the names making their world premieres at the 23rd South by South Southwest Film Festival in their Midnighters, Festival Favorites, Shorts Programs and Special Events linup. In addition, for anyone who missed them in Park City, Utah, there’s a slew of familiar titles from the Sundance Film Festival here including Carnage Park in the Midnighters section and Gleason, The Greasy Strangler, Morris From America, Richard Linklater – dream is destiny and Sing Street in the Festival Favorites section.

Midnighters includes 10 genre films, six world premieres comprised of thrillers, sci-fi and dark comedies. These 10 Midnighters as well as the 13 Festival Favorites, 5 Special Events, and additional feature titles are included in 139 total features screening at SXSW Film 2016.

Flanagan returns to SXSW after his 2014 Oculus with Hush, produced by Jason Blum and Trevor Macy about a deaf woman who is stalked in her home by a crazy killer. Kate Siegel, John Gallagher Jr, Michael Trucco, Samantha Sloyan star. Flanagan is also directing Blumhouse’s upcoming Ouija 2 out on Oct. 21.

Flanagan is one of five SXSW alums heading back to SXSW. Don Coscarelli, who was last seen here with 2012’s John Dies in the End and 2002’s Bubba Ho-Tep, comes back with a4K remastered version of his 1979 title Phantasm thanks to Bad Robot. Mickey Keating, who directed Carnage Park, world premiered POD at SXSW last March. Fede Alvarez made his world premiere in 2013 with his redux of Evil Dead and returns to the fest with an untitled Ghost House thriller. Simon Rumley has Johnny Frank Garrett’s Last Word starring Sean Patrick Flanery about a convicted murderer taking revenge on those connected to his trial via a curse letter. Rumley had Red White & Blue at the 2010 fest, which was snapped up by IFC Midnight.

Dekker of the 2010 The Nightmare on Elm Street fame has Jack Goes Home about a young man who uncovers ugly family secrets following his father’s death. Rory Culkin, Lin Shaye, Daveigh Chase, Natasha Lyonne, Louis Hunter, Nikki Reed and Britt Robertson star. Klein has a self-doc looking back on his career: Robert Klein Can’t Stop Shaking His Leg.

SXSW runs from March 11-19, 2016 in Austin, Texas.


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Sidemen – Long Road To Glory

Director: Scott Rosenbaum, Screenwriters: Scott Rosenbaum, Jasn Cadic

An intimate look at the lives and legacies of piano player Pinetop Perkins, drummer Willie ‘Big Eyes’ Smith and guitarist Hubert Sumlin, all Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf sidemen. (World Premiere)