Short films about TV on the Radio, a Chopin piano competition and a lyrical absurdist who the Beatles signed to Apple Records in the 1960s will be screened during the SXSW Film festival in Austin, Texas, March 9-17.
The Film Conference and Festival announced Feb. 8 the 11 films that will be screened in the Midnighters section and the lineup of 135 short films. Music and musicians play roles in a few of the selections.
Chioke Nassor's "Minor/Major: The TV on the Radio Tour Documentary" captures the band as they transition from independent act to major label successes. Ben Steinbauer's "Brute Force" chronicles the story of Stephen Friedland, a former member of the Tokens, who made the oddest album in the Apple Records catalog as Brute Force. "The Contest" is Jakub Cuman's observational documentary made during the International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition Preliminaries in 2010.
Trevor Anderson's "The Man That Got Away" is a musical about his uncle, a Canadian farm boy who becomes a Broadway dancer and appears with Judy Garland. "Walt Disney Square" is Renata Pinheiro and Sergio Oliveira "quasi-musical" about contemporary Brazilian society.
Tom Waits narrates "A Brief History of John Baldessari" about the conceptual artist from directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman.
Keith Schofield's funny promo for Duck Sauce's single "Big Bad Wolf" will screen as will two dozen music videos, among them Battles' ''My Machines," Cults' "You Know What I Mean," OK Go's ''All Is Not Lost'' and Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know."
"The Midnighters section highlights those that go a bit crazier, gorier, and all-around balls out-ier," Jarod Neece, SXSW senior programmer and operations manager, said in a statement. "This year's program includes both veteran names with anticipated follow-ups and fresh discoveries with new voices, and charts otherworldly, insane territories that breathe new life into horror conventions."
Among the titles are Austin Chick's "Girls Against Boys," "John Dies at the End" with Chase Williamson, Paul Giamatti and Glynn Turman, and Pascal Laugier's " The Tall Man" starring Jessica Biel.
For more information, visit SXSW.com/film.