SXSW Film Festival Announces 2019 Features and Episodic Premieres


We are happy to announce the Features and Episodic Premieres lineup for the 26th edition of the SXSW Film Festival.

The acclaimed program draws thousands of fans, filmmakers, press, and industry leaders every year to immerse themselves in the most innovative, smart, and entertaining new films of the year. Jordan Peele’s Us was previously announced as the Festival’s Opening Night film, while Olivia WildeJessica Brillhart, and Marti Noxon have been announced as this year’s Film Keynotes.

The 102 features and episodics in this lineup will be shown across the nine days of the SXSW Film Festival, with dozens of additional titles to be announced on February 6. The complete SXSW Film Festival program typically includes between 320 and 340 total projects. The 2019 program was selected from 2,351 feature-length film submissions, with a total of 8,490 films submitted this year.

“As we head into our 26th edition, we couldn’t be more excited to once again share a completely fresh SXSW 2019 slate with our uniquely smart and enthusiastic SXSW audience,” said Janet Pierson, Director of Film. “As always, we looked for a wide range of work, contemplating scale, style, tenor, and tone. We hope that this year’s outstanding array of films from accomplished to emerging talent will entertain, surprise, and provoke.”

A selection of feature highlights include: The Beach Bum directed by Harmony KorineBooksmart directed by Olivia WildeBreakthrough directed by Bill HaneyThe Garden Left Behinddirected by Flavio AlvesThe Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash directed by Thom ZimnyGood Boys directed by Gene StupnitskyI Love You, Now Die: The Commonwealth Vs. Michelle Carterdirected by Erin Lee CarrJ.R. “Bob” Dobbs and The Church of the SubGenius directed by Sandy K BoonePink Wall directed by Tom CullenSakawa directed by Ben AsamoahUntitled Seth Rogen/Charlize Theron Comedy directed by Jonathan Levine; and Us directed by Jordan PeeleEpisodic Premiere Highlights: David Makes Man directed by Michael Francis WilliamsNOS4A2directed by Kari SkoglandShrill directed by Jesse Peretz and Carrie BrownsteinRamy created by Ramy YoussefAri Katcher and Ryan Welch; and What We Do In the Shadows directed by Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement.

Festival Favorites, Midnighters, Shorts, Virtual Cinema, Episodic Pilot Competition, Title Sequence Competition, Music Videos and late-breaking Features will be announced on February 6.


Well Groomed

Director/Screenwriter: Rebecca Stern

Competitive creative dog grooming is the most colorful competition in America and WELL GROOMED captures the hearts, minds and imaginations of the artists involved. Follow four champion groomers and their gorgeous, vibrant dogs through a year in the life on the technicolor competition circuit, playfully exploring their creative process. From South Carolina to California, New York to Arkansas, these women are revolutionizing the age old question – what is art? Director Rebecca Stern has captured an up-close and revealing look at pets, families, friendships and the glory of dog grooming through a bright spectrum of color.



Director:  Rebecca Stern
Executive Producer:  Chris Vivion, Annie Roney, Sue Turley
Producer:  Rebecca Stern, Justin Levy, Matthew C. Mills
Screenwriter: Rebecca Stern
Cinematographer: Alexander Lewis
Editor: Katharina Stroh
Sound Designer: Brian Goodheart (Sonic Union)
Music: Dan Deacon
Principal Cast: Adriane Pope, Angela Kumpe, Cat Opson, Nicole Beckman
Additional Credits: 2nd Unit Cinematographer : Lucas Millard , Additional Cinematographer: Samantha Panger , Colorist: Keith Jenson, Production Support: Marni Ellis, Production Coordinator: Erica Anderson, Production Assistant: Celeste Holben, Assistant Editor: Chang Wang, Editing Intern: Jordan Stanton


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