We are a few days into the SXSW Festival and we have already been treated to several great films such as Beach Bum, Booksmart and Netflix’s The Highwaymen. During the festival, several trailers for some of these films have also debuted, so for those unable to make the fest, be sure to check out any of these when they hit your local theater or streaming service.
First up is Snatchers, one of the Midnighter films for the festival.
Synopsis: After a popular teen has sex for the first time, she finds herself pregnant… with an alien. With no one to turn to but her ex-best-friend, she’ll have to risk her neck and social status to fight the freaky extraterrestrial threat.
Riley Stearns’ The Art of Self Defense makes its way to the festival and stars Jesse Eisenberg.
The Art of Self Defense is a dark comedy set in the world of karate. The film centers on Casey (Jesse Eisenberg), who is attacked at random on the street and enlists in a local dojo led by a charismatic and mysterious Sensei (Alessandro Nivola), in an effort to learn how to defend himself. What he uncovers is a sinister world of fraternity, violence and hypermasculinity and a woman (Imogen Poots) fighting for her place in it. Casey undertakes a journey, both frightening and darkly funny, that will place him squarely in the sights of his enigmatic new mentor.
Check out the teaser trailer below:
Mother’s Little Helpers, which is a drama directed by Kestrin Pantera. In the film, When Joy Pride, a groovy 70’s burn-out on the caboose of the flower power movement, learns she has weeks to live, her estranged children come together to do right by a mother who always did them wrong. Starring Kestrin Pantera, Breeda Wool, Milana Vayntrub, David Giuntoli, Melanie Hutsell, Sam Littlefield, Cool Benson. Directed by Kestrin Pantera.
WELL GROOMED travels a year in the humorous and visually stunning world of competitive creative dog grooming alongside the women transforming their beloved poodles into living sculptures.
The Horror/Comedy Porno makes its debut during the festival as well. Here is a clip of the upcoming film.
Synopsis: When a group of naive teens working at a movie theater in a small Christian town discover a mysterious film hidden in its basement, they unleash an alluring succubus who gives them a sex education…written in blood.
Starring are Evan Daves, Larry Saperstein, Jillian Mueller, Glenn Stott, Robert Tann, Bill Phillips, Katelyn Pearce, and Peter Reznikoff.
I Am Richard Pryor tells the life story of the legendary performer and iconic social satirist, who transcended race and social barriers by delivering his honest irreverent and biting humor to America’s stages and living rooms until his death at 65.
Directed by Jesse James Miller.
The Atomic Tree is a virtual reality journey into the memories of one of the most revered trees in the world’s 400-year-old Japanese White Pine bonsai that witnessed and survived the atomic blast in Hiroshima. From Japan’s ancient cedar forests and Buddhist temples to the family home in Hiroshima where the pine was nurtured for five generations, this VR experience explores the unbroken chain of living stories held within the rings of this tree. The delicate shape of this bonsai contains sacred forests, human family, and deep time, inviting us to reflect on the living strands of kinship that are woven between human and non-human worlds. The Atomic Tree is a stereoscopic 360 experience filmed with the Kandao Obsidian R.
Stay tuned as we update this with more trailers to premiere!