10 Must-Sees at SXSW 2017

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Todrick Hall in his visual album ‘Straight Outta Oz’

The South by Southwest Film Festival has an impressive eclectic lineup of 125 feature films over the course of nine days. The selection includes 85 world premiers. In addition, 51 of the films are from first-time filmmakers. Here’s our pick for the 10 you need to keep an eye out for:

Behind the Curtain: Todrick Hall

Category: Documentary
Director: Katherine Fairfax Wright

In 2015, high profile Youtube artist and creator Todrick Hall released the “Straight Outta Oz” visual album that formed the basis for his 2016 international tour and it was met with excitement. This documentary will take a look behind the scenes on Hall’s creative process and why his art matters.

 

Baby Driver

Category: Narrative Feature
Director: Edgar Wright

When the talented getaway driver, Baby (Ansel Elgort), meets the girl of his dreams (Lily James), he plans to leave the criminal life behind. But soon enough Baby gets dragged back in by crime boss, Doc (Kevin Spacy) and knows that this heist might be his last.

 

Game of Death

Category: Narrative Feature
Directors: Laurence “Baz” Morais and Sebastien Landry

It’s kill or be killed for these seven millennials whose heads will literally explode if they don’t kill people. Divided and terrified in their middle-of-nowhere town, their drive for survival blurs with their desire to win the game.

 

Becoming Bond

Category: Documentary
Director: Josh Greenbaum

This documentary/narrative hybrid chronicles the true story of George Lazenby, a poor Australian car mechanic who, through an unbelievable set of circumstances, landed the role of James Bond in “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” (1969), despite having never acted a day in his life.

Terrence Malick’s ‘Song to Song’

Song to Song

Category: Narrative Feature
Director: Terrence Malick

Surrounded by the Austin, Texas music scene, Malick’s modern love story follows two entangled couples as they chase success through the rock n’ roll landscape.

 

Mayhem

Category: Narrative Feature
Director: Joe Lynch

All hell breaks loose when disgruntled attorney Derek Saunders and irate client Melanie Cross become trapped in a corporate law office quarantined due to a virus that prevents the infected from controlling their inhibitions. These two must fight and kill their way to the top in order to survive.

 

Easy Living

Category: Narrative Feature
Director: Adam Keleman

When Sherry, a self-destructive makeup saleswoman, finds that her aggressive plans to find a man are foiled, she takes control of her life in a dramatic turn of events.

 

American Gods

Category: Episodic
Director: David Slade

Based on the novel by Neil Gaiman, American Gods follows ex-convict Shadow when he meets the mysterious Mr. Wednesday and a storm begins to brew, a storm that will change the course of his entire life. Soon enough Shadow finds himself in the center of a world that he struggles to understand—a world where magic is real, where the Old Gods fear both irrelevance and the growing power of the New Gods.

Justin Simien’s ‘Dear White People’

Dear White People

Category: Episodic
Director: Justin Simien

Following the 2014 film of the same name, this series takes place at a predominantly white Ivy League university where racial tensions bubble just below the surface. A group of college students of color navigate this post-racial landscape of social injustice, cultural bias, political correctness and activism in the millennial age.

 

Barbeque

Category: Documentary
Director: Matthew Salleh

Journeying to 12 countries, director Matthew Salleh gives intimate portraits to those who barbecue meat for more than just eating. From South Africa to Sweden to Australia, every culture has a form of barbecue. It is the pride of nations. It brings the world together.

 

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