SXSW will screen the world premieres of two films about Billie Joe Armstrong and Green Day as well as films about the racial mix in the 1960s Chicago blues world, Burning Man and the travels of Arhoolie Records founder Chris Strachwitz.
In addition, the festival will screen two films that were well-received at the recently completed Sundance Film Festival, Dave Grohl’s “Sound City” and Morgan Neville’s “Twenty Feet From Stardom.”
SXSW announced 109 of the feature films that will screen between March 8 and 16 in Austin as part of the 20th anniversary festival. The lineup features 68 films from first-time filmmakers, 69 world premieres, 14 North American premieres and five U.S. Premieres.
The dozen films chosen for the 24 Beats Per second section are:
“All the Labor” (Director: Doug Hawes-Davis; world premiere). The story of the Gourds told through performances and behind-the-scenes footage.
“Artifact” (Director: Bartholomew Cubbins). Jared Leto and his band Thirty Seconds to Mars battle their label in a brutal lawsuit and record their album “This Is War.”
“A Band Called Death” (Directors: Mark Christopher Covino, Jeff Howlett). Death was a punk precursor to the Sex Pistols and the Ramones.
“Born in Chicago” (Director: John Anderson; world premiere). The Chicago blues scene in he 1960s when young, white musicians were apprentices with Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf.
“Broadway Idiot” (Director: Doug Hamilton; world premiere). Behind the curtain with Green Day lead singer, Billie Joe Armstrong, as he ventures onto Broadway with “American Idiot.”
“Brothers Hypnotic” (Director: Reuben Atlas; world premiere). Eight brothers, brass musicians from Chicago’s South Side, test their brotherhood and their father’s legacy against mounting mainstream success.
“¡Cuatro!” (Director: Tim Wheeler). A peek inside the world of Green Day as they conceptualize and record the trilogy of “¡Uno!,” “¡Dos!” and “¡Tré!”
“Finding the Funk” (Director: Nelson George; world premiere). A look at funk’s past, present and enduring influence on contemporary music.
“Good Vibrations” (Directors: Lisa Barros D’sa, Glenn Leyburn, Screenwriters: Colin Carberry, Glenn Patterson; North American Premiere). A chronicle of Terri Hooley’s life, a record-store owner instrumental in developing Belfast’s punk-rock scene.
“The Punk Singer” (Director: Sini Anderson; world premiere). The story of singer and feminist icon Kathleen Hanna (Bikini Kill, Le Tigre).
“Reincarnated” (Director: Andy Capper; North American premiere). Snoop Dogg goes on a spiritual journey looking for light in a world of darkness.
“Twenty Feet from Stardom” (Director: Morgan Neville) The untold story of the backup singer in popular music.
Other music-related documentaries that will be screening include: “The Punk Syndrome” about a punk band in Finland; “Spark: A Burning Man Story” from directors Steve Brown and Jessie Deeter; “Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction,” director Sophie Huber’s look at the actor and musician; and Jeffrey Schwarz’s take on John Waters’ cinematic muse, “I Am Divine.” “Downloaded,” Alex Winter’s documentary on Napster, and “Good Ol’ Freda,” Ryan White’s film on Beatles secretary Freda Kelly, were previously announced.
Also making their world premieres are “This Ain’t No Mouse Music!,” Chris Simon and Maureen Gosling’s look at Strachwitz on a journey from Texas to New Orleans, Cajun country to Appalachia, searching for the musical soul of America, and Elise Salomon’s “Los Wild Ones” about Wild Records, an indie label that records young Latin musicians who write and perform 50s rock ‘n’ roll.
On the scripted side, “Nashville’s” Connie Britton, Harry Connick Jr., Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson star in “When Angels Sing,” and “Snap,” Youssef Delara and Victor Teran’s psychological thriller set against the underground dubstep DJ scene. Both are receiving their world premieres.