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“FAULTS”, Dick Miller and “TEXAS CHAIN SAW” Lead Genre in First SXSW Lineup Announcement

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Sundance has wrapped, the next major U.S. Film Festival is gearing up and true to trend, it seems all of the genre and all of the weird can’t be confined to a singular midnight section. In anticipation of the Midnighters announcement to come, take a look at the first wave of horror within SXSW 2014, which includes Riley Stearns’ feature debut, a documentary on legendary character actor Dick Miller, highly anticipated new films from Alejandro Jodorowsky and Nacho Vigalondo and celebrations of towering classics GODZILLA and THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE.

Spread throughout Narrative Spotlight, Documentary Spotlight, Visions, Special Events and a new screening section highlighting the growing prominence of “television” (which hosts advanced looks at FROM DUSK TILL DAWN: THE SERIES and PENNY DREADFUL), the genre-centric works hitting Austin this March 7-16 are so far a healthy blend of filmmaker favorites, repertory highlights and new curiosities including New Zealand’s HOUSEBOUND and CREEP, a horror teamup from producer Jason Blum and Mark Duplass. The titles of interest are as follows:

NARRATIVE SPOTLIGHT

FAULTS (Director/Screenwriter: Riley Stearns) (Pictured, above)

An expert on cults is hired by a mother and father to kidnap and deprogram their brainwashed daughter. He soon begins to suspect the parents may be more destructive than the cult he’s being hired to save her from. Cast: Leland Orser, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Chris Ellis, Lance Reddick, Jon Gries (World Premiere)

DOCUMENTARY SPOTLIGHT

doc_of_the_dead_posterDOC OF THE DEAD (Director: Alexandre O. Philippe)

The definitive zombie culture documentary, from the makers of The People vs. George Lucas. Doc of the Dead traces the rise and evolution of the zombie genre, its influence on pop culture, and investigates the possibility of an actual zombie outbreak. (World Premiere)

THAT GUY DICK MILLER (Director: Elijah Drenner)

That Guy Dick Miller is the incredible true story of the wannabe-writer, turned accidental character-actor.  (World Premiere)

VISIONS

CREEP (Director/Screenwriter: Patrick Brice, Screenwriter: Mark Duplass)

When a videographer answers a Craigslist ad for a one-day job in a remote mountain town, he finds his client is not at all what he initially seems. Cast: Mark Duplass, Patrick Brice (World Premiere)

• THE DANCE OF REALITY (Chile / France) (Director/Screenwriter: Alejandro Jodorowsky)

The Dance of Reality is a 2013 independent autobiographical film written, produced and directed by Alejandro Jodorowosky. Cast: Brontis Jodorowsky, Pamela Flores, Jeremias Herskovits, Cristobal Jodorowsky, Bastián Bodenhöfer, Alejandro Jodorowsky (U.S. Premiere)

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Alejandro Jodorowsky’s “THE DANCE OF REALITY”

HOUSEBOUND (New Zealand) (Director/Screenwriter: Gerard Johnstone)

When Kylie Bucknell is sentenced to home detention, she’s forced to come to terms with her unsociable behaviour, her blabbering mother and a hostile spirit who seems less than happy about the new living arrangement. Cast: Morgana O’Reilly, Rima Te Wiata, Glen-Paul Waru, Cameron Rhodes, Millen Baird (World Premiere)

OPEN WINDOWS (Spain) (Director/Screenwriter: Nacho Vigalondo)

Nick’s a lucky guy – he’s having dinner with Jill Goddard, the hottest actress on earth. Then a guy named Chord calls: dinner’s been canceled. And it’s Jill’s fault. But Chord’s got something better… A 21st Century Rear Window. Cast: Elijah Wood, Sasha Grey, Neil Maskell, Adam Quintero, Ivan Gonzalez (World Premiere)

SPECIAL EVENTS

• GODZILLA: THE JAPANESE ORIGINAL (Japan) (Director: Ishiro Honda, Screenwriters: Takeo Murata, Ishiro Honda)

The 1954 classic that inspired the modern monster movie (national re-release from Rialto Pictures in April). Q&A with Gareth Edwards, director of the summer 2014 film Godzilla, from Warner Bros Pictures and Legendary Pictures. Cast: Takashi Shimura, Akira Takarada, Momoko Kochi

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THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE 40th Anniversary Screening (Director/Screenwriter: Tobe Hooper, Screenwriter: Kim Henkel)

An idyllic summer afternoon becomes a terrifying nightmare for five young friends after they stumble upon the home of a depraved Texas clan. Cast: Marilyn Burns, Paul A. Partain, Edwin Neal, Jim Siedow, Gunnar Hansen

For more on SXSW, visit the festival’s official site here

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