We’ve all anxiously been waiting to see what kind of cinematic mayhem SXSW 2004 will bring…some us a little more anxious than others…and now the official program is finally here. Read on to find out what’s playing. This will no doubt be another great year!
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE COMPETITION
A Hard Straight Directed by Goro Toshima ^ Three parolees in their post-prison lives enjoy their newfound freedom, as well as negotiate the difficulties of re-entering an uncaring and sometimes hostile society.
A League of Ordinary Gentlemen Dir: Christopher Browne ^ A humorous look at the modern world of professional bowling, as well as a social commentary on sports as entertainment and the changing values of American society.
Still Doing It Dir: Deirdre Fishel ^ Women over 60 discuss their active sex lives, from dating to marriage, and all of the provocative landscape in between.
This Land Is Your Land Dir: Lori Cheatle ^ A funny and moving exploration of the impact of consumerism and capitalism on American society, culture, and democracy.
Up For Grabs Dir: Michael Wranovics ^ The stranger-than-fiction tale of the legal and publicity battle over the “million-dollar baseball” from Barry Bonds’ record-setting 73rd home run.
Witches In Exile Dir: Alison Berg ^ Filmmakers follow accused witches in Ghana through their daily struggle to survive in the Kukuo Witches Camp.
NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION
Blackballed Dir: Brant Sersen; Cast: Rob Corddry, Paul Scheer, Dannah Feinglass, Ed Helms ^ Caught cheating and banned for 10 years, Bobby Dukes – paintball’s first superstar – returns to reclaim his title and erase the memory of his tainted past.
I Love Your Work Dir: Adam Goldberg; Cast: Giovanni Ribisi, Franka Potente, Joshua Jackson, Marisa Coughlan, Christina Ricci, Vince Vaughn. ^ A fictional movie star suffers a gradual mental breakdown as he becomes obsessed with a young film student who reminds him of his own life before becoming famous.
Knots Dir: Greg Lombardo; Cast: Annabeth Gish, Scott Cohen, John Stamos, Paulina Porizkova, Tara Reid ^ When Dave finds out, in graphic fashion, that his marriage is anything but perfect, his life takes on some strange complications.
Luck Dir: Peter Wellington; Cast: Luke Kirby, Sarah Polley, Jed Rees ^ Paralyzed by his own obsession with luck and destiny, a gambling addict wonders if he’s lucky enough to win the girl of his dreams.
Male Fantasy Dir: Blaine Thurier; Cast: Robert Dayton, Cindy Wolfe, Steve Wood, Shane Nelken, Kim Cote ^ Divorced from his wife and reality, an eccentric man applies a magical philosophy to his romantic life to become a successful ladies man, rise from his depression, and achieve godhood.
Mind The Gap Dir: Eric Schaeffer; Cast: Alan King, Elizabeth Reaser, Eric Schaeffer, Jill Sobule, Charles Parnell, John Heard ^ Five seemingly unrelated adults decide to take huge risks with their lives, searching for the happiness constantly eluding them.
Rick Dir: Curtiss Clayton; Cast: Bill Pullman, Aaron Stanford, Sandra Oh, Agnes Bruckner, Dylan Baker ^ An egocentric businessman must juggle his responsibilities at work and home, all while suffering from a curse.
24 Hours On Craigslist Dir: Michael Ferris Gibson ^ A day in the life of the popular San Francisco-based online community board including Ethel Merman transvestites, diabetic cat support groups, and “casual encounters.”
Able Edwards Dir: Graham Robertson; Cast: Scott Kelly Galbreath, Keri Bruno, David Ury, Steve Beaumont-Jones ^ The clone of a famous entertainment mogul is created to revive the glory days of his predecessor’s corporation.
Brother To Brother Dir: Rodney Evans; Cast: Anthony Mackie, Roger Robinson, Larry Gilliard Jr., Duane Boutte ^ A rare glimpse of what it means to be a black, gay artist today as well as during the Harlem Renaissance.
Homework Dir: Kevin Asher Green; Cast: Isaach de Bankole, Paz de la Huerta, Evan Neumann ^ A 16-year old ballet dancer explores her sexuality in unexpected ways when she encounters predicaments outside her self- imposed environment.
The Naked Feminist Dir: Louisa Achille ^ A documentary challenging the mythology surrounding women in the porn industry head-on, through a series of candid interviews with porn stars, academics, and feminists.
Public Domain Dir: Kris Lefcoe; Cast: Don McKellar, Nicole de Boer, Lindy Booth, Mike Beaver, Dov Tiefenbach ^ A dark, wryly funny film about a game show run by smug pseudo-intellectuals that awards money to the contestant with the most pathetic life.
Straight-Jacket Dir: Richard Day; Cast: Carrie Preston, Adam Greer, Veronica Cartwright, Victor Raider-Wexler, Michael Emerson, Jack Plotnik ^ In 1950’s Hollywood, a movie star must marry a studio secretary in order to conceal his homosexuality. She has no idea her marriage is a sham, though, and turns his life upside-down.
Trading With The Enemy Dir: Jawad Metni ^ A documentary following an American looking to make a fast buck in Cuba’s illegal cigar trade.
More films in part two of SXSW ANNOUNCES 2004 PROGRAM>>>