South by Southwest will be here before you know it, and here’s another sign of the impending takeover: Today, the festival released its lineup for SXSW Film, including 65 world premieres and ten U.S. premieres.
High profile picks include the reboot of “21 Jump Street,” starring Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, and Ice Cube. The comedy has been named a “Centerpiece” film; SXSW Film producer Janet Pierson tells The Austin Chronicle she went into the screening “with total skepticism,” but came away impressed, calling the film “a real social commentary.”
Also receiving special designation as closing night film was “Big Easy Express,” a documentary on a train powered concert tour spearheaded by indie revivalists Mumford & Sons (which included an Austin stop.)
Other notable films include festival opener, “The Cabin In the Woods”, a horror genre-bender co-produced by "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" showrunner Joss Whedon; “The Raid,” an ultraviolent Indonesian import that’s garnered considerable buzz; and documentaries on Wikileaks (“Wikileaks: Secrets & Lies”) and the hacker collective known as Anonymous (“WE ARE LEGION: The Story of the Hacktivists”).
Austin-connected entries include "Trash Dance", a documentary about Allison Orr’s art piece choreographing the movement of City of Austin trash trucks.
We’ve embedded trailers for several of these films below. You can find the full film lineup on the SXSW website.
The Cabin in the Woods:
The Raid (Contains strong violence):
Wikileaks: Secrets & Lies
WE ARE LEGION: The Story of the Hacktivists