Spike Lee doc makes cut on SXSW lineup
'Passing Strange' among 108 films screening at festSpike Lee, Sebastian Gutierrez, Kathryn Bigelow and Greg Mottola will be representin' at this year's South by Southwest film festival in Austin.
The complete lineup of 108 movies includes an even split of world premieres and films already barnstorming the fest circuit. Lee's documentary "Passing Strange," which premiered at Sundance, will screen at the nine-day fest along with Gutierrez's "Women in Trouble," Bigelow's "Hurt Locker" and Mottola's "Adventureland."
Cary Fukunaga's "Sin Nombre," Duncan Jones' "Moon" and Lynn Shelton's "Humpday" -- all recent Sundance screeners -- will show at SXSW as well.
Already announced are John Hamburg's latest comedy, "I Love You, Man," which will open the festival, and Jody Hill's "Observe and Report," which will play as the festival's centerpiece screening.
Eight films each will compete for the grand jury prize in of the festival's main competition categories: narrative features and documentary features. Among the narrative entrants are "Artois the Goat," directed by Kyle Bogart; "Made in China," directed by Judi Krant; "The Overbrook Brothers," directed by John Bryant; and "True Adolescents," directed by Craig Johnson.
The documentary competition includes "45356," directed by Bill Ross; "Garbage Dreams," directed by Mai Iskander; "Say My Name," directed by Nirit Pered; and "The Way We Get By," directed by Aron Gaudet.
"We couldn't be more delighted with the SXSW 2009 lineup," film conference and festival producer Janet Pierson said. "It's a great continuation of the quality SXSW is known for: plenty of compelling, new filmmaking talent across all budget lines, engaging documentaries ranging from the socially conscious to the hilarious, electrifying music films, prominent Texas themes, cutting-edge and smart Hollywood films, and an even greater exploration into global cinema."
The program directors chose their lineup from 1,511 feature-length film submissions, including 1,220 from the U.S. The film conference and festival takes place March 13-21.