This smorgasbord of our favorite SXSW titles is filled with films that are funny, sad, and beautifully weird. From dark comedies to documentaries of fascinating subcultures, these films run a brilliant gamut of substance and style.
from don hertzfeldt
WINNER: SXSW Best Animated Short. Envisioned as a top secret digital exercise, Don Hertzfeldt's newest film surpasses all expectations.
from Planetary Collective
We are in the midst of a global crisis of perspective. We have forgotten the undeniable truth that everything is connected. Are you ready for your wakeup call?
from Hal Hartley
In the closing chapter of Hal Hartley’s trilogy about the fractured Grim family, young son Ned embarks on a quest to kill his father for wrecking his mom's life.
A fatherless 13 year-old boy sent north during the Civil War by his bounty hunter gang on a dangerous mission to retrieve a wanted man under false pretense.
from Invincible Entertainment
A man's attempts to construct the ultimate romantic weekend backfire when his quest for perfection traps his lover in an infinite loop.
from Mighty Coconut
After the seas have disappeared, a courageous young female pilot fights against vicious sky pirates for control of the last remaining source of water: the clouds.
from Screen Media Films
To help their daughter escape an evil and dangerous cult, two parents recruit an expert to kidnap and deprogram her.
from Improvement Club
Art imitates art in award-winning choreographer Dayna Hanson’s first feature, which fictionalizes a show that addressed the ironies of American history.
A rebellious teen parties across Portland's underground music scene while struggling with unrest at home.
This modern mystery tells the story of an online romance, where the couple has never met because he is in Brooklyn and she is supposedly in Berlin.
This powerful film odyssey across America explores the sea change in our national attitude from pride in big dams to wariness of the life and health of our rivers.
from Gaiam TV
The story of two eccentric scientists struggling to create eternal youth with medical breakthroughs in a world they call “blind to the tragedy of old age.”
from Wolfe Video
A heroic portrait of former U.S. Navy SEAL Christopher Beck as he embarks on a new mission as Kristin Beck, a transgender woman.
From Oscar-nominated writer-director Nacho Vigalondo comes an action-packed world of voyeurism and suspense in his thriller starring Elijah Wood and Sasha Grey.
from MPI Media Group
A blind war veteran's thirst for justice turns into a one-man vendetta against the monster that killed his seeing-eye dog and is terrorizing his neighborhood.
From the producer of Cheap Thrills and Jodorowsky’s Dune, STARRY EYES is an occult tale of ambition, possession, and the true cost of fame.
from Amplify Releasing
From writer/director Stuart Murdoch (lead singer of beloved indie pop group Belle & Sebastian) comes the most delightfully different musical of the year.
“The Internet’s Own Boy” is a dynamic portrait of a brilliant tech millionaire (Aaron Swartz) who renounced the values of Silicon Valley to fight for social justice.
This is the true story of survival told from a Somali pirate's perspective.
from Drafthouse Films
Filmed over the course of a 10-year period, this documentary captures the many sides of John Wojtowicz’s larger-than-life persona, the basis of Dog Day Afternoon.
Follow the story of a 20 something supervisor at a foster case facility for at-risk teenagers in this lovingly realized film that finds truth and humor in unexpected…
from Avi Weider
Upon becoming the father to triplets, filmmaker Avi Zev Weider explores the nature of technology and about what it really means to be human.
from Factory 25
"Convento is Hallucinogenic, No Drugs Required"
from Monoduo Films
"Last Days Here" is a raw yet unexpectedly touching portrait of cult metal legend Bobby Liebling.
Before Bad Brains, the Sex Pistols or even the Ramones, there was a band called Death.
Packed with interviews and clips, this dynamic portrait of the legendary Divine brings to life a complex understanding of John Waters’s favored muse.
"The best American queer film of the year." — Film.com
“This powerful, iconoclastic pic could gain a cult following.” – Ronnie Scheib, Variety
This acclaimed film from director Jennifer Phang (Advantageous) combines live action with amazing animation to tell the powerful story of three young people.
"Seventy ephemeral minutes. You slip from image to image, pulled along by their beauty."
- Manohla Dargis, The New York Times, Critics Pick
from rob curry
A heartfelt ode to his agrarian roots, filmmaker Tim Plester goes on a deeply personal journey from the barleyfields of his childhood to the killing fields of Somme.
"A shrewdly psychological first feature...smartly blends the allure of genre with do-it-yourself intimacy." - Richard Brody, The New Yorker
from First Run Features
With a camera in tow, 14-year-old Laura Dekker sets out on a two-year voyage to be the youngest person ever to sail around the world alone.
from Republik Film Productions
Shot mostly on Super-8 and 16mm, "Grandma Lo-fi" was created over a period of seven years, capturing the most productive period in the life of Sigríður Níelsdóttir.
"Absurd and wrenching coming-of-age tale."
-Peter Keough, Boston Pheonix
A seminal movie in the history of independent film, "Omaha: The Movie" was the film that spearheaded the birth of the Slamdance Film Festival.
from BOND Strategy & Influence
Amor Cronico follows Grammy nominated, Cuban-born CuCu Diamantes as she embarks on a whirlwind tour of her home country.
from Gravitas Ventures
Deep in the San Fernando Valley, behind the train tracks and amidst dilapidated warehouses, was rock n' roll's best kept secret.
"Mesmerizing." -Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine, CRITICS PICK
from Cinema Libre Studio
An all-organic, mostly vegetarian comedy about Bill, a struggling poet who pours his heart, soul, and last few dollars into starting a healthy food stand. Yeah!
"[A] furiously expressive drama blending the moody rambles of a road movie with the tightly ratcheted criminal tension of a film noir." - The New Yorker
from Monterey Media VOD
From the wonderfully inventive director Guy Maddin comes the story of a house haunted with memories and the gangster who arrives home to shake things up.
Follow the down-but-not-out Medora Hornets varsity basketball team over the course of the 2011 season, seeing the players' stories both on and off the court.
from TDC Entertainment
A true movie for the digital age with adrenaline-fueled performances by mash-up phenomenon Girl Talk.
A documentary on Brazilian Formula One racing driver Ayrton Senna, who won the F1 world championship three times before his death at age 34.
from Ignite Channel
“An oasis of creativity blooms in Spark. Since we can’t all attend Burning Man, we can be thankful for Spark, which is probably the next best thing!” - New York Times
Five female artists – Nancy Spero, Marina Abramovic, Kiki Smith, Ghada Amer and Swoon – are examined at different stages of life and their careers.
"Enigmatic and thoroughly original."
- New York Magazine
from Some Girl(s)
A dark comedy about break ups starring Adam Brody, Kristen Bell, Zoe Kazan, Mia Maestro, Jennifer Morrison and Emily Watson. Written by Neil LaBute.
"It's Such a Beautiful Day" was recently ranked #16 in Time Out New York's list of the "100 Best Animated Films Ever Made."
It's 1972, a time of social upheaval, radical fervor, and the rise of new religions and communes across the country. This was the time of The Source Family.
Alternatively quiet and delirious, "Bad Fever" is a witness to one man’s broken American dream and his eternal longing to find someone who understands.
It’s the beginning of the summer of 1976 in South Wales. But school’s not out yet, so Viv (Minnie Driver), a fiery high school drama teacher, is determined to fire…
from Zach Clark
A new comedy about an apathetic nurse who moonlights as a dominatrix, her aspiring model roommate, and the sad, strange world they live in.
"$ellebrity" explores how fame has changed from the highly-structured studio system to the current free-for-all press and paparazzi frenzy.
Go behind-the-scenes in this look at the making of Green Day’s “American Idiot” musical.
from Oscilloscope Laboratories
Part psychological thriller, part provocative character study, "A Teacher" explores the unraveling of a young high school teacher after she begins an affair with…
Pug will stop at nothing to join the 12 O’Clock Boys, a notorious dirt bike pack who perform death-defying stunts while evading the police.
from American Film Institute
When the producer of a hit reality TV show receives inside information about a contestant from the show's psychologist on its closing night, her moral compass is…