Documentaries on Mumford & Sons’ U.S. train tour, drummer Ginger Baker and the world of concert poster artists are among the films receiving their world premieres at the SXSW Film Festival Conference in Austin, Texas this March.
Kevin Macdonald’s Bob Marley documentary “Marley” will receive its North America premiere as will Mark Evan’s music-driven feature “Hunky Dory” and Drew Denicola will offer a “work-in-progress” screening of his Big Star documentary “Nothing Can Hurt Me.”
The festival, which opens March 9 with Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard’s “The Cabin in the Woods,” will present 10 films in its 24 Beats Per Second series of music-related films. World premieres in the section include Poull Brien’s “Charles Bradley: Soul of America,” Mandy Stein and Benjamen Logan’s “Bad Brains: Band in DC” and Mark Ford’s “Uprising: Hip Hop & The LA Riots.” Films on Paul Simon, Paul Williams and the Sunset Strip are also in the program.
The Mumford documentary, Emmett Malloy’s “Big Easy Express,” will close the festival on March 17. The film follows a train ride and concert tour with Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros and Old Crow Medicine Show.
Over nine days, 130 features will screen — 51 films from first-time filmmakers, 65 world premieres, 17 North American premieres and 10 U.S. premieres. The Midnighters feature section and the Short Film program will be announced on Feb. 8.
One world premiere expected to generate a fair amount of buzz is Columbia and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures’ “21 Jump Street,” starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, which will be screened March 12.
“Beware of Mr. Baker” is Jay Bulger’s look at Ginger Baker, the original rock ‘n roll madman who has survived 50-plus years of heroin abuse, disastrous experiments and five marriages on four continents. Scout Shannon’s “Just Like Being There” uses Daniel Danger, Jay Ryan and the gig poster community to examine poster artists, the music they commemorate, galleries, collectors and fans.
Also of interest for music fans are Jodi Wille and Maria Demopoulos’ “The Source” that chronicles the Source Family’s radical experiment in ’70s utopian living in Hollywood; Jacob Krupnick’s “Girl Walk // All Day,” a feature-length dance music film set to Girl Talk’s All Day; and “Re:Generation,” director Amir Bar Lev’s examination of the music history through five DJs’ perspectives.
Also, Bee vs. Moth will perform a live score to Ernst Lubitsch’s 1919 silent comedy “The Oyster Princess.”