The SXSW Film Festival line up is out! We’re excited to share that several Tribeca Film Institute® funded films and alums made the cut. Put these must-see films on your list if you’re heading to SXSW from March 11th-19th.
JEAN OF THE JONESES (2014 Tribeca All Access® grantee)
Directed by TFI alum Stella Meghie
Jean Jones, a gawky, 25-year-old finds new love unexpectedly in the back of a Brooklyn ambulance with paramedic Ray Malcolm on the day the grandfather she’s never met shows up on her doorstep and drops dead with her book in his pocket. Against the advice of her family, who all seem to be stewing in their own secrets, Jean plans the funeral for Gray Jones and uncovers some tough truths about the Jones women, her failing career and a crippling inability to move on from a past relationship.
TOWER (2016 TFI Documentary Fund grantee)
Directed by TFI alum Keith Maitland
On August 1st, 1966, a sniper rode the elevator to the top floor of the University of Texas Tower and opened fire, holding the campus hostage for 96 minutes. When the gunshots were finally silenced, the toll included 16 dead, three dozen wounded, and a shaken nation left trying to understand. Combining archival footage with rotoscopic animation in a dynamic, never-before-seen way, TOWER reveals the action-packed untold stories of the witnesses, heroes and survivors of America’s first mass school shooting, when the worst in one man brought out the best in so many others.
TFI alums premiering new works at SXSW include:
Frances Bodomo, recipient of the 2014 TFI Sloan Filmmaker Award, is part of COLLECTIVE: UNCONSCIOUS, a five-person supergroup of acclaimed independent filmmakers. They are presenting the world premiere of a collection of new works at SXSW. Featuring new works by Lily Baldwin, Bodomo, Daniel Patrick Carbone, Josephine Decker, and Lauren Wolkstein, COLLECTIVE: UNCONSCIOUS will transport you to a place in-between sleep and consciousness.
David Terry Fine, recipient of a Tribeca All Access® Award, co-directed the new feature documentary HIT IT HARD. The documentary follows the story of the “rockstar of golf” John Daly. The film explores why, despite his myriad mistakes, he’s still so universally loved for being John Daly.
Darius Clark Monroe, recipient of a Tribeca All Access® Award, directed the short documentary TWO CITIES which will have its festival premiere at SXSW. Locked inside the mind and memory of Dr. Mtangulizi Sanyika, he reflects what it means to be part of the displaced New Orleans population in Houston.
Musa Sayeed, a TFI teaching artist, co-directed A STRAY having its world premiere at SXSW.
In Minneapolis’ large Somali refugee community, Adan has nowhere to go. His mom kicked him out, and his friends are tired of his headstrong ways. As a last resort, he moves into the mosque, praying for a little help. Surprisingly, God seems to answer. Adan quickly lands a good job, devout friends, and a newfound faith. When Adan nearly hits a stray dog on the job, he’s forced to take it in for a night. But one of his new mosque friends considers the dog impure, and he throws Adan out. With Adan back on the streets, surrounded by his old crew, ex-girlfriends, prying FBI agents, and his estranged family, the dog may be his only friend as he tries to keep his faith and get through the night.
Check out the full SXSW line up here.