SXSW Unveils Midnighters, Festival Favorites Programs

The South by Southwest Film Festival has unveiled the remainder of its program, including films starring Ashley Bell and Rory Culkin and documentaries about Richard Linklater and Robert Klein.

SXSW announced Tuesday its Midnighters, Festival Favorites, Shorts Programs and Special Events for its 23rd edition, running March 11-19 in Austin, Texas. The festival opens with the previously announced Richard Linklater comedy-drama “Everybody Wants Some.”

Bell stars in Mickey Keating’s “Carnage Park,” in which a team of wannabe crooks botch a small-town bank heist and flee with their hostage deep into the California desert. Pat Healy, Alan Ruck, Darby Stanchfield, Larry Fessenden, Graham Skipper, James Landry Hebert and Michael Villar also star.

Rory Culkin stars in the world premiere of “Jack Goes Home” from Thomas Dekker. After his father is killed in a car crash, his character travels home to Colorado to help nurse his mother (who was injured in the crash) back to health. There, he uncovers long-buried secrets and lies within his family, among his friends and within his very identity. Lin Shaye, Daveigh Chase, Natasha Lyonne, Louis Hunter, Nikki Reed and Britt Robertson also star.

The Midnighters section includes the world premiere of Mike Flanagan”s “Hush” (pictured above) in which a deaf woman (Kate Siegel) is stalked by a psychotic killer in her secluded home.

The festival will also screen “Richard Linklater – Dream Is Destiny” from directors Louis Black and Karen Bernstein along with the world premiere of “Robert Klein Can’t Stop His Leg,” directed by Klein.

The nine-day festival will screen 139 films, including 52 films from first-time filmmakers, 89 world premieres, 14 North American premieres and seven U.S. premieres.

“Deep and dark character studies, crazy Japanese Manga come to life, daddy issues, handicaps, survival, revenge and even a little remastering are all on display this year,” said SXSW producerand senior programmer Jarod Neece.

The 114 short films were selected from 4,784 short film submissions.

Joining the previously announced features, the additions to the 2016 SXSW lineup are:



Carnage Park Director/Screenwriter: Mickey Keating

Hush Director: Mike Flanagan, Screenwriters: Mike Flanagan, Kate Siegel A deaf woman is stalked by a psychotic killer in her secluded home. Cast: Kate Siegel, John Gallagher Jr, Michael Trucco, Samantha Sloyan (World Premiere)

I Am a Hero (Japan) Director: Shinsuke Sato, Screenwriter: Akiko Nogi

Jack Goes Home Director/Screenwriter: Thomas Dekker

Johnny Frank Garrett’s Last Word Director: Simon Rumley, Screenwriters: Ben Ketai, Marc Haimes, Tony Giglio

My Father Die Director/Screenwriter: Sean Brosnan

Pet Director: Carles Torrens, Screenwriter: Jeremy Slater

PHANTASM: Remastered Director/Screenwriter: Don Coscarelli

Under the Shadow (Jordan, Qatar, UK) Director/Screenwriter: Babak Anvari

Untitled Fede Alvarez/ Ghost House Thriller Director: Fede Alvarez, Screenwriters: Fede Alvarez, Rodo Sayagues


Cameraperson Director: Kirsten Johnson

Chevalier (Greece) Director: Athina Rachel Tsangari, Screenwriters: Efthimis Filippou, Athina Rachel Tsangari

Free In Deed Director/Screenwriter: Jake Mahaffy

Gleason Director: Clay Tweel, Screenwriters: Seth Gordon, Clay Tweel

The Greasy Strangler Director: Jim Hosking, Screenwriters: Jim Hosking, Toby Harvard

Hunt For The Wilderpeople (New Zealand) Director/Screenwriter: Taika Waititi

Morris from America Director/Screenwriter: Chad Hartigan

Newtown Director: Kim A. Snyder

Operation Avalanche Director: Matt Johnson, Screenwriters: Matt Johnson, Josh Boles

Presenting Princess Shaw (Israel) Director: Ido Haar

Richard Linklater – dream is destiny Directors: Louis Black, Karen Bernstein

Sing Street (USA/Ireland) Director/Screenwriter: John Carney

Trapped Director: Dawn Porter, Screenwriters: Dawn Porter, Sari Gilman



Robert Klein Can’t Stop Shaking His Leg Director: Robert Klein

Sidemen – Long Road To Glory Director: Scott Rosenbaum, Screenwriters: Scott Rosenbaum, Jasn Cadic


Semana Santa (Mexico) Director/Screenwriter: Alejandra Márquez Abella


Boone Director: Christopher LaMarca