SXSW Film Festival News

This year's South by SouthWet (SXSW) Film Festival wrapped up this past weekend, marred by a horrifying drunk driving accident earlier in the week, but continuing for a few days beyond that as the music part of the festival kicked off.

For whatever reason, this didn't seem like a year with any sort of real breakout film like last year's Short Term 12, but I also didn't see nearly as many movies at the festival as I would have liked and missed a number of movies I definitely wanted to see like David Gordon Green's Joe and Space Station 76, starring Patrick Wilson and Liv Tyler. Of course, it would have been nice to have seen some of this year's award winners as well, but I only caught one of those.

While I'm not going to do the normal "Best of the Fest" list because I'm not sure I saw enough movies I really loved to do one, I basically will write a little something about every movie I saw either before or during SXSW and what I thought of them. Many of them already have distribution and will be released over the next few months but a few of them are still looking. Just to make things a little more fun, we'll go from the best movie we saw to the worst, though really, we didn't see that many bad movies either.

The 2014 SXSW Film Festival comes to a close today and just a few days after the awards presentation of their jury prizes, they've announced this year's Audience Awards, selected by those who attended screenings in the festival's 10 venues across the Austin, Texas area. Shawn Christensen's Before I Disappear, expanded from his Oscar-winning short "Curfew" won the Audience Award in the Narrative Feature Competition, while Diana Whitten's Vessel won the same award in the Documentary Feature Competition. sat down at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin with The Mule co-writers and stars Angus Sampson and Leigh Whannell to talk about their crime-comedy based on the true story of a Melbourne football player caught smuggling drugs from Thailand inside himself who refused to give up the goods. has an exclusive video interview with legendary Oscar-winning actor Robert Duvall talking about his new movie A Night in Old Mexico , which played earlier this week at the SXSW Film Festival, as well as some of his upcoming projects, such as the drama The Judge opposite Robert Downey Jr. and whether he thinks Terry Gilliam's The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, in which he's been asked to play the title role, will ever happen.

The '80s were an interesting time for music, especially in London, with fashion and politics often playing as large a part in a band's image as the notes they played. One such band was Spandau Ballet, who formed during the late '70s, but who didn't become big until they released their global hit "True." Now the band is at the SXSW Film Festival with Soul Boys of the Western World, a new documentary directed by George Hencken, that looks at the band's incredible career going back to their working class roots, becoming London fashion icons and the careers leading up to and following their biggest hit. sat down to talk with them. has an exclusive interview with Neighbors director Nicholas Stoller (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) and producer Evan Goldberg (This is the End) talking about the new comedy starring Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne as new parents who get into a feud with a neighboring frat house run by Zac Efron. It opens on May 9, but sat down with the filmmakers at the SXSW Film Festival where the movie premiered as a "work in progress." teamed with Crave Online for an interview at the SXSW Film Festival with Bad Words director and star Jason Bateman, making his feature film directorial debut with the dark comedy. It opens in select cities on Friday, March 14. has not attended the SXSW Film Festival every year, but this will be our second year in a row at the Austin, Texas-based festival that grew from out of the long-running annual music festival.

Unlike Sundance and Toronto, SXSW is not necessarily all about the big stars and you'll find that a lot of the better indie films feature complete unknowns or actors who aren't normally known for big studio movies. This year, we've picked thirty movies that are premiering at SXSW, some of them in competition, some studio movies being sneak previewed before their official theatrical releases, and we've also included a few movies that premiered at Sundance and Berlin that we missed out in earlier previews, because they fell below our radar.

The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival today announced a diverse features lineup for this year’s Festival, the 21st edition and running March 7 – 15, 2014 in Austin, Texas.

Jon Favreau's upcoming film Chef has been selected to kick off the SXSW Film Festival, on the festival's opening night of March 7, 2014, two months before its release by Open Road Entertainment on May 9. The festival also announced that the new Veronica Mars movie, reuniting the original cast of Kristen Bell, Jason Dohring, Chris Lowell, Ryan Hansen and Krysten Ritter, will play at SXSW before its own March 13 release.

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