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SXSW 2014 Film Lineup Includes ‘Neighbors,’ ‘Boyhood’ & More - Buzzweep

SXSW 2014 Film Lineup Includes ‘Neighbors,’ ‘Boyhood’ & More

By Christopher.Rosen@huffingtonpost.com (Christopher Rosen)

The worldwide debut of a work-in-progress edit of the new comedy “Neighbors,” Sundance hit “Boyhood” and David Gordon Green’s “Joe” are among the 115 films that will screen during the 2014 South By Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas this March. The features join previously announced premieres, such as “Veronica Mars” and Jon Favreau’s “Chef.”

“I’m very, very pleased with the lineup. There are so many films here that I just can’t wait for audiences to be able to see,” Janet Pierson, head of SXSW Film, told HuffPost Entertainment. “I just know how strong we think the films are.”

In addition to 68 films from first-time filmmakers, 76 World Premieres, 10 North American Premieres and seven U.S. Premieres, the 2014 SXSW Film Festival lineup includes some other special events. The fest’s new Episodic section highlights some brand-new television series, such as Mike Judge’s “Silicon Valley” (HBO) and Robert Rodriguez’s “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series” (El Rey Network).

“I’m really thrilled about the Episodic section. We’ve been watching quality television for years, and when I started working at this festival in 2009, we were trying to think about how to approach TV,” Pierson said. “We had this incredibly successful experience with ‘Girls’ in 2012, with talent in Lena Dunham, who we had discovered and could see her evolution. Television is such a big subject, but why would we do it? Why should we be involved? Like all our film curation, we’re looking for individual voices. This year we got our heads around how we could do this well. We’re thrilled with the six projects we’re presenting. They’re by great creators, individual voices, cool subjects that work without our audience. They have edgy themes, they’re funny, they’re genre-based.”

Also included in this year’s festival, another first: Wes Anderson. The “Grand Budapest Hotel” director will take part in a Q&A session at SXSW.

“Wes went to UT. He’s been on the top of everybody’s wish list. People are like, ‘Hey, can we get Wes Anderson?'” Pierson said about the coup of getting Anderson. “As far as I know this is the first time he’s been here in decades.”

Check out the 2014 SXSW lineup below. The fest runs from March 7 through March 15.

Austin, Texas – January 30, 2014 – Today the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival announced a diverse features lineup for this year’s Festival, the 21st edition and running March 7 – 15, 2014 in Austin, Texas. The 2014 program expands on SXSW tradition of embracing a range of genres and span of budgets, featuring a wealth of vision from experienced and developing filmmakers alike. For more information visit http://sxsw.com/film.

Listed in the announcement are 115 of the features that will screen over the course of nine days at SXSW 2014. The lineup below includes 68 films from first-time filmmakers, and consists of 76 World Premieres, 10 North American Premieres and 7 U.S. Premieres. These films were selected from a record 2,215 feature-length film submissions composed of 1,540 U.S. and 675 international feature-length …read more

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