SXSW: James Franco's 'The Disaster Artist' Among New Additions to Lineup

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Buzz Aldrin, Kesha and Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards are among the fest's new featured speakers.

James Franco's comedy The Disaster Artist is among the latest batch of announced SXSW screenings.

The Austin-based fest on Tuesday announced midnight screenings that will include 68 Kill directed by Trent Haaga, Game of Death from Laurence “Baz” Morais and Sebastien Landry and Joe Lynch's Mayhem, among others.

Diane Lane starrer Paris Can Wait will also screen, along with festival favorites David Lynch: The Art Life and big-game hunting doc Trophy.

SXSW's shorts selections — documentary, animated and narrative — have also been announced. In all, 128 short films were selected from 4,975 submissions. And the fest's inaugural VR program boasts 38 projects.

SXSW also announced entrepreneur and author Jessica Shortall as the keynote speaker. Featured speeches will be given by astronaut Buzz Aldrin, Senator Cory Booker and Veep actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus. GLAAD president Sarah Kate Ellis and Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards also will speak, along with Mick Fleetwood, Kesha, Bob Odenkirk, Tinder founder Sean Rad and Seth Rogen.

They will be joining previously announced speakers Lee Daniels, Jennifer Doudna, Gareth Edwards, Adam Grant, Zane Lowe, Cory Richards, Nile Rodgers and Jill Soloway.

As previously announced, SXSW will open with Terrence Malick’s Song to Song. Previously revealed screenings include Edgar Wright’s action feature Baby Driver and Ben Wheatley’s '70s-style shoot-'em-up Free Fire.

SXSW is set to run March 10-19. The full fest lineup of screenings and speakers can be found here.

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