Any art-house junkies bummed out by the much too hasty end of Sundance? Hang in there, as we’re a measly five weeks away from the official start of the 2014 SXSW Film Festival. And boy, does this year’s lineup look stellar, especially in the out-of-competition sections.
We’ve got five high-profile “headliners”, though not all of them fit your traditional independent movie concept. There’s Jon Favreau’s “Chef”, starring the “Iron Man” and “Iron Man 2” director, Sofia Vergara, Scarlett Johansson, Dustin Hoffman and Robert Downey Jr.
Then, you have “Neighbors”, “from the guys who brought you This Is the End”, which is no indie, no matter your definition of the word. But it looks amusing… enough, and comes to Austin, Texas a full two months ahead of its theater premiere.
David Gordon Green’s “Joe”, the Kickstarter-backed big-screen adaptation of Veronica Mars, and the Ethan Hawke-headlined “Predestination” wrap things up here, while the narrative feature title contenders are led by “Before I Disappear”, a full-length picture based on “Curfew”, Shawn Christensen’s 2013 Oscar short winner.
What else? Oh, yeah, “The Mend” may have title aspirations too, as it’s directed by John Magary, an SXSW 2008 short victor. Also, “The Heart Machine”, starring John Gallagher Jr. of “Short Term 12”.
An interesting new addition to the fest’s program is a non-competitive episodic segment, where Robert Rodriguez’s From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series pilot, as well as Penny Dreadful, from writer-director John Logan (“Gladiator”, “The Aviator”), will be screened. Now that sounds fun.