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    SXSW FILM 2012

    By | February 8, 2012

    In addition to SXSW’s feature film selections that were announced last week, The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival just announced the features in the Midnighters section, as well as the complete short films lineup, which will debut at this year’s Festival, March 9 – 17, 2012 in Austin, Texas.

    A key component of the SXSW Film lineup, the long-standing Midnighters section has hosted the premieres and fostered the careers of such filmmakers as Joe Cornish, Ti West, and Eli Roth. The eleven films announced in the 2012 program include a feast of titles that promise to rouse, haunt and thrill the eager SXSW late-night audiences with an eclectic mix of thrills from genre filmmakers at the top of their game.

    135 short films were selected from 3,306 short film submissions, and will screen as part of twelve overall shorts programs. A comprehensive list of the short films lineup is detailed below. For more information on Midnighters and the complete SXSW Film Lineup (features and shorts), visit www.sxsw.com/film.

    MIDNIGHTERS

    The Aggression Scale (World Premiere)
    Director: Steven C. Miller
    Starring: Fabianne Therese, Ryan Hartwig, Dana Ashbrook, Derek Mears, Jacob Reynolds, Joseph McKelheer, Boyd Kestner, Lisa Rotondi, Ray Wise
    Synopsis: 4 hitmen + $500,000 of stolen cash + 1 family = WAR

    Citadel (World Premiere)
    Director: Ciarán Foy
    Starring: Anuerin Barnard, James Cosmo, Wumni Mosaku, Jake Wilson, Amy Shiels
    Synopsis: An agoraphobic father teams up with a renegade priest to save his daughter from the clutches of a gang of twisted feral children.

    Girls Against Boys (World Premiere)
    Director: Austin Chick
    Starring: Danielle Panabaker, Nicole LaLiberte, Liam Aiken, Michael Stahl-David, Andrew Howard
    Synopsis: A psychological thriller about two girls on a killing spree. With edgy and ironic humor and a darkly meditative tone, it is also a coming-of-age story about a girl learning how the world really works.

    Intruders (U.S. Premiere)
    Director: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo
    Starring: Clive Owen, Carice Van Houten, Daniel Brühl, Pilar López de Ayala
    Synopsis: The haunting story of two children living in different countries, each visited nightly by a faceless being who wants to take possession of them.

    Iron Sky (North American Premiere)
    Director: Timo Vuorensola
    Starring: Julia Dietze, Götz Otto, Christopher Kirby, Peta Sergeant, Stephanie Paul, Tilo Prückner, Michael Cullen, Udo Kier
    Synopsis: In 1945 the Nazis went to the moon; in 2018 they are coming back.

    John Dies At The End
    Director: Don Coscarelli
    Starring: Chase Williamson, Rob Mayes, Paul Giamatti, Clancy Brown, Glynn Turman
    Synopsis: On the street it’s called “soy sauce,” a drug that promises an out-of-body experience with each hit. Suddenly, a silent otherworldly invasion is underway. Can college dropouts John and Dave save humanity? No, they can’t.

    Modus Anomali (World Premiere)
    Director: Joko Anwar
    Starring: Rio Dewanto, Hannah Al Rashid, Izziati Amara Isman, Aridh Tritama, Surya Saputra, Marsha Timothy, Sadha Triyudha, Jose Gamo
    Synopsis: A man tries to save his family who go missing during a vacation in the forest.

    [REC] ³ GENESIS (World Premiere)
    Director: Paco Plaza
    Starring: Leticia Dolera, Diego Martin (World Premiere)
    Synopsis: Koldo and Clara’s wedding is horrifically interrupted when some of the guests start showing signs of a strange illness. Before they know what’s happening, the bride and groom find themselves in the middle of a hellish ordeal, as an uncontrollable torrent of violence is unleashed on the wedding.

    The Tall Man (World Premiere)
    Director: Pascal Laugier
    Starring: Jessica Biel, Jodelle Ferland, Stephen McHattie, William B.Davis
    Synopsis: When her child goes missing, a mother looks to unravel the legend of the Tall Man, an entity who allegedly abducts children.

    V/H/S
    Directors: Ti West, Adam Wingard, Joe Swanberg, David Bruckner, Glenn Mcquaid, Radio Silence
    Starring: Joe Swanberg, Calvin Reeder, Kate Lynn Shiel, Sophia Takal, Lane Hughes, Helen Rogers, Adam Wingard
    A group of misfits are hired to burglarize a house in the countryside and acquire a rare tape. The guys are confronted with a dead body and an endless supply of cryptic footage, each video stranger than the last…

    NARRATIVE SHORTS

    Aaron Burr, Part 2
    Director: Dana O’Keefe
    History is a contest.

    Another Bullet Dodged
    Director: Landon Zakheim
    In the fading echoes of a relationship, character is revealed.

    Bear
    Director: Nash Edgerton
    Jack means well, but sometimes good intentions have horrible consequences.

    The Black Balloon
    Director: Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie
    In New York City, a lone black balloon, once part of a huge 100-balloon bouquet, learns that humans are complicated creatures with extreme highs and lows. Part Sci-Fi, part children’s film.

    The Chair
    Director: Grainger David
    The story of one boy’s reaction to a mysterious outbreak of poisonous mold in his small town.

    A Chjána (The Plain)
    Director: Jonas Carpignano
    Inspired by real events, A Chjàna (The Plain) follows Ayiva, an African migrant worker who seeks to reunite with his best friend in the wake of the most significant race riot in Italian history.

    A Fábrica
    Director: Aly Muritiba
    An inmate convinces his mother to take a risk smuggling a cell phone for him into the penitentiary.

    FOXES
    Director: Lorcan Finnegan
    A young couple trapped in a remote estate of empty houses and shrieking foxes are beckoned from their isolation into a twilight world. A world of the paranormal or perhaps insanity.

    Heimkommen (Coming Home)
    Director: Micah Magee
    When Robert’s girlfriend dies, he turns his grief against his younger sister Jo. Jo plays ice hockey with the boys, hoping to gather strength to bring her brother back to the land of the living.

    In The Pines
    Directors: Zeek Earl, Chris Caldwell
    Simultaneously an exploration of nature and psyche, the film documents a young woman’s hunt for extraterrestrial meaning. Part science fiction, part psycho-thriller, part poetry – this film crafts a memorable scene rooted in the Pacific Northwest.

    Joy
    Director: Colm Quinn
    Nicola reluctantly introduces her newborn daughter to her best friend Tess.

    Liar
    Director: Adam Garnet Jones
    When a brutal teenage revenge plot gets pushed too far, 14 year-old Tara is forced to choose between standing helplessly on the sidelines or stepping in to defend the boyfriend that hurt her.

    Life and Freaky Times of Uncle Luke
    Directors: Jillian Mayer, Lucas Leyva
    A modern Miami adaptation of the 1962 French short film La Jetee, starring Uncle Luke of the 2 Live Crew.

    Little Dad
    Director: Noah Pritzker
    An insecure father prepares for a party at his in-laws.

    Mouthful
    Director: Robert G. Putka
    Bobby and Bliss are a happy couple, that is, until they begin to tell each other things probably better left unsaid. A single question leads them down a highway to relationship hell.

    My Friend Kills Time
    Director: Jakob Rørvik
    Thomas moves to a remote cabin in an attempt to disappear completely… even from himself. My Friend Kills Time mixes visual textures and haunting soundscapes to create a cinematic diary of a young man’s isolation.

    Not Far From The Abattoir
    Director: Kyle Thomas
    A story of a man controlling his demons and trying to imagine a better life outside of the only town he has ever called home.

    Pitch Black Heist
    Director: John Maclean
    Two men, professional safe crackers, meet on a simple job to relieve an office safe of its contents. The catch; a light activated alarm system impelling them to embark on a pitch black heist.

    Playtime (Spielzeit)
    Director: Lucas Mireles
    A seamless journey through the lives of German youth on a Sunday afternoon.

    Random Strangers
    Director: Alexis Dos Santos
    Lulu and Rocky meet, fall in love, spend the night together, and fall asleep looking at each other…except for the fact that he is in Berlin and she is in Buenos Aires.

    Reinaldo Arenas
    Director: Lucas Leyva
    Told from the point of view of a dying shark, Reinaldo Arenas is the story of an unintentional immigrant in Miami.

    REMAINS
    Directors: Jeremiah Zagar, Nathan Caswell
    A blend of documentary and fiction, Remains is about recollection and fading memories. Combining three years of recorded voice messages with stunning macro photography, the film documents a relationship from its inception to its end.

    Sea Meadow
    Director: Lily Baldwin
    A disoriented young woman stumbles upon an empty estate. There are signs of a lush life, but the inhabitants have disappeared. Or have they? Sea Meadow revamps the thriller with pop mashups and stylized dance tableaux.

    Shoot the Freak
    Director: Bradford Willingham
    Through the freak’s musings, this film chronicles the last days of the iconic, abrasive Coney Island attraction Shoot the Freak. In masked anonymity, the nihilistic teen indulges in drug-induced daydreams of violence and oceanic abandon.

    A Short Film About Ice Fishing
    Director: Jason Shahinfar
    In rural South Dakota two friends go out for the most explosive day of ice fishing either will ever experience.

    Syndromes
    Directors: The Golden Filter, Kristoffer Borgli
    A young girl’s bizarre and unexplained ability to help others leads to her involvement in a sinister underworld.

    Would You
    Directors: Brian McGinn, Rod Blackhurst
    Two friends play ‘Would You Rather.’ When their choices magically start to come true, they find themselves in a variety of awkward and funny situations.

    DOCUMENTARY SHORTS

    Aisha’s Song
    Director: Orlando von Einsiedel
    Musically lush and stunningly shot, Aisha’s Song is a touching and uplifting story of female empowerment from a part of the world where women are all too often overlooked.

    A Brief History of John Baldessari
    Directors: Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman
    No more boring films! Everything you need to know about the godfather of Conceptual Art… narrated by Tom Waits.

    BRUTE FORCE
    Director: Ben Steinbauer
    The story of Apple Records notoriously irreverent recording artist, Brute Force.

    CatCam
    Director: Seth Keal
    When a German engineer creates a tiny camera for his newly adopted stray cat to wear, the photographs reveal more than ever expected.

    Cutting Loose
    Directors: Finlay Pretsell, Adrian McDowall
    “I’m trusted with a pair of scissors and I’m in here for murder.” A snapshot of prison life in the build up to the annual hairdressing competition.

    Family Nightmare
    Director: Dustin Guy Defa
    Unearthed home movies and haunting dubbed voices collide to create a personal portrait of family dysfunction.

    The Fuse: or How I Burned Simon Bolivar
    Director: Igor Drljaca
    A nine-year-old boy thinks he is responsible for the civil war in Bosnia.

    Kudzu Vine
    Director: Josh Gibson
    This ode to the climbing, trailing, and coiling species Pueraria lobata evokes the agricultural history and mythic textures of the American South.

    The Love Competition
    Director: Brent Hoff
    The World’s First Love Competition.

    The Man That Got Away
    Director: Trevor Anderson
    A musical documentary that tells the true life story of Trevor’s great-uncle Jimmy in six original songs.

    Meaning of Robots
    Director: Matt Lenski
    Mike Sullivan’s world is overrun by an army of miniature sex robots with no end in sight.

    Minor/Major: The TV on the Radio Tour Documentary
    Director: Chioke Nassor
    An intense documentary portrait on the band TV on the Radio as they transition from minor label darlings to major label success.

    New York Accent
    Director: Caleb Slain
    Once a man with all the answers, Dr. Ed Dobson is struggling to resolve his own questions before succumbing to the unusual disease eating away his body.

    Written in Ink
    Director: Martin Rath
    Can one change what has already been written in ink?

    SX GLOBAL SHORTS

    Abuelas
    Director: Afarin Eghbal
    In Buenos Aires, an old woman looks forward to all the joys of becoming a grandmother. However, unfolding historic events mean she is forced to wait over 30 years.

    The Contest
    Director: Jakub Cuman
    Observational documentary made during the International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition Preliminaries in 2010.

    Chronicle of Oldrich S.
    Director: Rudolf Smid
    Mr Sedlacek wrote one-sentence entries in his chronicle from 1981 to 2005, everyday stories of his life, his village, and of international events. This animated documentary is based on 80 of those entries.

    The Contract
    Director: Lina Mannheimer
    On the 5th of May 2005, Beverly Charpentier declares an oath of allegiance to Catherine Robbe-Grillet. Hereby she gives up her freedom, for the rest of her life.

    Doctor Rao
    Directors: Alexej Tchernyi, Wu Zhi
    Doctor Rao passed away. Family and friends are celebrating his last journey.

    Walt Disney Square
    Directors: Renata Pinheiro, Sergio Oliveira
    A “quasi-musical” approach to contemporary urban life that reflects Brazilian society and many others throughout the world, this documentary describes at the same time a place, a city and a country.

    ANIMATED SHORTS

    663114
    I am a 66-year cicada. There was a big earthquake. There was a big tsunami. There also was a big accident.

    Belly
    Director: Julia Pott
    I can feel you in my belly.

    Caldera
    Director: Evan Viera
    A young girl goes off her medication to leave a bleak metropolis and immerse herself in a vibrant oceanic cove.

    Chocolate Milk
    Director: Eliza Kinkz
    Growing up in a Texas drug rehab, a teenage girl learns the rules of life and dairy products.

    Combustion
    Director: Renaud Hallée
    Fire used as a visual and musical tool.

    Giraffe Danger
    Director: Randall Hopkins
    A giraffe with personal space anxiety has a bad day.

    The Hunter
    Director: Marieka Walsh
    A hunter searches for a missing boy deep in the snow covered mountains. He must make decisions that will forever change his relationship with the wilderness he fears. The Hunter is a stop-motion sand animation.

    “it’s such a beautiful day”
    Director: Don Hertzfeldt
    Bill finds himself in a hospital struggling with memory problems, in this third and final chapter to Don Hertzfeldt’s “Everything will be OK” trilogy.

    Little Boat
    Director: Nelson Boles
    One little boat, one big journey.

    The Maker
    Director: Christopher Kezelos
    Life is what you make it.

    (notes on) biology
    Director: Danny Madden
    An animated account of an organism adapting to its environment.

    Once It Started It Could Not End Otherwise
    Director: Kelly Sears
    A terrifying look back at high school.

    Paint Showers
    Director: Miguel Jiron
    Swirling cosmos of paint give way to a storm of color and drips.

    Photographs
    Directors: Christina Manrique, Robert Clogher
    An elderly woman living in an abandoned town finds a camera, which becomes a means for her to recreate her past life and remember a lost love.

    Reddish Brown and Blueish Green
    Director: Samantha Gurry
    Child services, schwag, and the American dream.

    The Shrine / An Argument
    Director: Sean Pecknold
    An elk wanders through a world of madness.

    Summer Bummer
    Director: Bill Plympton
    A man daydreams about what terror could be lurking in his backyard pool.

    MIDNIGHT SHORTS

    Cheap Extermination
    Director: Minka Farthing-Kohl
    For Ernst, the perfect disguise was to play himself.

    Cherry On Top
    Director: Mike Damanskis
    A prostitute finds new ways to attract business.

    Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared
    Directors: Rebecca Sloan, Joseph Pelling
    A short film about teaching creativity—by This Is It Collective.

    Duck Sauce, “Big Bad Wolf”
    Director: Keith Schofield
    Keith Schofield’s original, outrageous and very, very funny promo for Duck Sauce’s single Big Bad Wolf has been burning up the internet, causing millions of pelvises to be thrust worldwide. An instant classic.

    I Am Your Grandma
    Director: Jillian Mayer
    An autobiographical video diary log (vlog) that Jillian Mayer records for her unborn grandchildren.

    J.P.B.F.
    Director: Steve Collins
    A woman interviews for a job at a nefarious company that may or may not f**k b**ts.

    Jacuzzi Boys, “Glazin”
    Directors: Lucas Leyva, Jillian Mayer
    Glazin’ is part of a larger narrative where a group of 6 anonymous girls innocently paint their privates and rig them to lip-synch their favorite song as a gift to the band.

    Machines of the Working Class
    Directors: James Dastoli, Robert Dastoli
    Two robotic blue-collar workers take a brief hiatus to discuss delusions of grandeur.

    Man & Gun
    Director: Brian McOmber
    A post 9/11 fairy tale about a man’s love affair with guns.

    Merman
    Director: Jono Foley
    Harrison swims through the darkest recesses of his mind.

    Other
    Director: Daniel DelPurgatorio
    Patrick is a brilliant doctor in an obsessive race to alter his own grim prognosis. During a series of unconventional experiments, he discovers a scientific loophole unlike anything he had ever imagined.

    Perished
    Directors: Aaron McCann, Stefan Androv Radanovich
    Sometimes survival is worse than death.

    Zombie Chic
    Director: Todd Cobery
    A stuffy dinner party is interrupted by the zombie apocalypse.

    MUSIC VIDEOS

    Alexander, ”A Million Years”
    Director: Benjamin Kutsko

    Baskerville, ”Reloaded”
    Director: Marieke Verbiesen

    Battles, ”My Machines”
    Director: DANIELS

    Casey Veggies, ”Euphoria II”
    Director: John Bollozos

    Céline Desrumaux, ”Countdown”
    Director: Céline Desrumaux

    CHRISTEENE, “African Mayonnaise”
    Director: PJ Raval

    Cults, ”You Know What I Mean”
    Director: Kevin Lin

    Ganesh Rao, ”Empyrean”
    Director: Ganesh Rao

    The Good The Bad, “030”
    Jeppe Kolstrup

    Gotye (Feat. Kimbra), ”Somebody That I Used To Know”
    Director: Natasha Pincus

    Hawaaii, ”Welcome”
    Director: Churl Gwon

    Herman Dune, ”Tell Me Something I Don’t Know”
    Director: Toben Seymour

    Hooray For Earth, ”True Loves”
    Director: Young Replicant

    Hyperpotamus, ”De Camino”
    Director: Lucas Borras

    Kina Grannis,”In Your Arms”
    Director: Greg Jardin

    Little Tybee, ”Boxcar Fair”
    Directors: Brock Scott, Tom Haney

    Ok Go, ”All Is Not Lost”
    Director: Ok Go, Pilobolus, & Trish Sie

    Porter Robinson, ”Spitfire”
    Director: Saman Keshavarz

    Son of Kick,“Playing the Villain”
    Director: Matt Devine (Glues Society)

    When Saints Go Machine, ”Parix”
    Director: Daniel Kragh-Jacobsen

    Whomadewho, ”Every Minute Alone”
    Director: William Stahl

    Yip Deceiver, “Get Strict”
    Directors: Brandon LaGanke, John Carlucci

    Yuksek, ”ALWAYS ON THE RUN”
    Directors: David Hache, Marc-Edouard Leon

    TEXAS SHORTS

    foolproof
    Directors: Zach Anner, Marshall Rimmer
    Zach Anner, the freeloading roommate, and Marshall Rimmer, the responsible businessman, eat their morning cereal together.

    The Gathering Squall
    Director: Hannah Fidell
    A teenage girl is forced into adulthood after she is assaulted by a classmate.

    The Guessing Game
    Director: Angela Cheng
    A very short comedy set in a retirement home with senior citizens. On the morning of his birthday, Emmett asks his fellow residents to guess his age and is surprised by their answers.

    Hellion
    Director: Kat Candler
    All hell breaks loose when seven-year-old Petey is left with his hell-raising brothers. But things go from bad to really, really bad when Dad gets home.

    Knife
    Director: James M. Johnston
    From the rugged cross-timbers of Texas comes a portrait of greed and vengeance.

    Magpie
    Director: Russell O. Buh
    On a trip to reconnect with his estranged and recently engaged daughter, Phillip finds a sex tape of the little girl he used to know. Dinner is going to be awkward.

    Spark
    Director: Annie Silverstein
    While a boy waits out his father’s tryst he is unexpectedly forced to deal with the lady-friend’s daughter. Set on a ranch in Bastrop, Texas, Spark uses the environment to explore the internal space of children.

    Tumbleweed!
    Director: Jared Varava
    The true and historically accurate tale of one tumbleweed that did not tumble.

    What It’s Like
    Director: Matt Naylor
    A magazine writer goes to an old folks home to buy mushrooms from one of the elderly residents. What starts as a bizarre transaction becomes a moment of connection across generations.

    TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL SHORTS

    The Apparition
    Director: Jonathan Munoz
    Paranormal Elimination 101.

    The Bench
    Directors: Kalen Doyle, Hirsh Elhence
    There’s a note for that.

    The Bench
    Director: Christian Benavides
    One son’s letter to his father.

    Boom
    Directors: Daniel Matyas, Brian Broder
    All around the mulberry bush, the monkey chased the weasel. The monkey thought ’twas all in fun, then Pop! goes the weasel.

    Burn Spark
    Directors: Maqui Gaona, J.J. Rubin
    In the future, one man fights the system to choose his own love.

    Chance
    Director: Jasmine DePucci
    A young girl experiences a transformation by an evil spirit contained within the fluffy seams of a teddy bear.

    Code Red
    Director: Zach Prengler
    Four nerdy guys buy the hottest video game of the year, but what they bought was not what they expected.

    Drawings
    Directors: Christian Larrave, Alex McKenna
    The story of two doodles in love.

    Drones
    Director: Micah Autry
    A social issue film that projects the life of the protagonist and how he overcomes constraints of a normal life.

    Drum Roll Please
    Director: Alexander Villanueva
    Opposable thumbs have allowed humans to become the dominant species. How dominant, you say?

    Janitor’s Laundry
    Director: Brian Broder
    A dark thriller exploring the actions of a murderous janitor, who attacks lonely victims at the local laundrymat.

    Josh Lumsden, “Guilty”
    Director: Josh Lumsden
    Josh Lumsden sings and dances while trapped in a mental asylum.

    Julian Edmonson: Who I Am
    Director: Jake Wangner
    Julian Edmonson is a point guard who graduated from Fossil Ridge High School. This is a video putting a spotlight on this student before he went off to college.

    Knit-Picky
    Director: Bobby Jorgenson
    Life socks.

    Language
    Director: Leah Schell
    Jason and his Korean foreign exchange student struggle to overcome a language barrier.

    Masterpiece
    Director: Anele Page
    An artist struggles to create a masterpiece for a special cause.

    McChange: a Manifesto
    Directors: Jonathan Griffin, Josiah Sandhu
    Mark McNeil is the president that Pasadena Memorial High deserves, but doesn’t need right now.

    Plasticine Dream
    Directors: Samantha Fine, Andrew Fields
    Romance molded into the shape of a dream.

    The Process
    Director: Ty Whittington
    Ty Whittington, a young artist, takes us through the process of creating an artistic illustration in his own way.

    The Proposal
    Directors: Marcella Jimenez, Susannah Rodrigue
    The story of a young boys hope for childhood love.

    SAFE
    Director: Pierce Harvell
    When a tornado threatens the lives of two brothers, one decides to take the initiative towards survival despite the reservations of his twin.

    Silent Night
    Director: James Bradford
    Run fat boy, run!

    Zwichensug
    Directors: Cole Martin, Josh Willis
    An anonymous man with skills of inexplicable origin infiltrates the corporate hideout of a shady, but high-ranking businessman. Using fast and fluid tactics, our protagonist is determined to complete his task.

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