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JOSS WHEDON’S AND DREW GODDARD’STHE CABIN IN THE WOODS TO OPEN 2012 SXSW FILM
Early Fest Highlights Include Apatow, Dunham & Macdonald
Austin, Texas – January 12, 2012 – The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference andFestival is pleased to announce the world premiere of Lionsgate’s The Cabin in the Woods as the2012 Opening Night Film. In addition to premiering the film, Whedon will participate in a keyConversation panel at the SXSW Film Conference on Saturday, March 10.Produced and co-written by iconic genre storyteller Joss Whedon, The Cabin in the Woods marksEmmy®-nominated writer Drew Goddard’s (Cloverfield, Lost, Alias) first foray into directing. Thismind-blowing horror film starts typically enough, as we join five young adults embarking on aweekend of debauchery at an abandoned cabin in the woods. But as layer after layer of the film’struly kaleidoscopic world is revealed, everything we know about horror is deconstructed, andeverything we love is reconstructed before our eyes. The film stars Kristen Connolly, Fran Kranz,Anna Hutchison, Chris Hemsworth, Jesse Williams, Richard Jenkins, and Bradley Whitford, and willbe in theaters everywhere on April 13, 2012. For more information about the film please visit:www.discoverthecabininthewoods.com/.
SXSW also revealed a handful of exciting titles that will premiere at the 2012 event, comprised ofdiverse perspectives that exemplify the unique range of the SXSW program. This includes LenaDunham’s return to SXSW with her HBO series GIRLS, which will premiere the initial three episodespublicly for the first time. Dunham, Executive Producer Judd Apatow and other key members of theGIRLS production team will also appear at the SXSW Film Conference to discuss GIRLS before itkicks off its ten-episode season in April, exclusively on HBO. Moderated by actor Alex Karpovsky(Tiny Furniture), the panel will take place on Tuesday, March 13.
Additional films announced include Academy Award-winner Kevin Macdonald’s Bob Marleydocumentary, MARLEY, Small Apartments, a black comedy from acclaimed music video directorJonas Åkerlund, Neil Berkeley’s doc Beauty is Embarrassing about multi-faceted artist WayneWhite, special event The Oyster Princess (1919) with original live score by Bee vs. Moth andCITADEL, the psychological horror debut from writer/director Ciarán Foy. The complete festivallineup will be announced in early February 2012. The 19th annual South by Southwest FilmConference and Festival runs March 9 – 17, 2012 in Austin, Texas.“
Announcing the first films of our program is always energizing, but we're especially thrilled to havesuch a smart, unpredictable and highly entertaining headliner like The Cabin in the Woods as ourOpening Night film,” said SXSW Film Conference and Festival Producer Janet Pierson. “We're alsohappy to offer a peek at a handful of wonderful films that demonstrate the breadth and range ofterrific work we plan to show at SXSW Film 2012.”
SXSW FILM ANNOUNCES OPENING NIGHT & TEASERThe 2012 SXSW Film Festival will feature:
Beauty is Embarrassing (World Premiere)Director: Neil BerkeleyA funny, irreverent and insightful look into the life and times of one of America's most importantartists, Wayne White.The Cabin in the Woods (World Premiere)Director: Drew Goddard, Writers: Joss Whedon & Drew GoddardFive friends go to a remote cabin in the woods. Bad things happen. If you think you know this story,think again. From fan favorites Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard comes The Cabin in the Woods, amind-blowing horror film that turns the genre inside out. Cast: Kristen Connolly, Fran Kranz, AnnaHutchison, Chris Hemsworth, Jesse Williams, Richard Jenkins, and Bradley Whitford
CITADEL (World Premiere)Director & Writer: Ciarán FoyAn agoraphobic father teams up with a renegade priest to save his daughter from the clutches of agang of twisted feral children. Cast: Anuerin Barnard, James Cosmo, and Wumni Mosaku, JakeWilson, Amy Shiels
GIRLS (World Premiere)Director & Writer: Lena DunhamCreated by and starring Lena Dunham (Tiny Furniture), the HBO show is a comic look at theassorted humiliations and rare triumphs of a group of girls in their early 20s. Cast: Lena Dunham,Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke, Zosia Mamet, Adam Driver
MARLEY (North American Premiere)Director: Kevin MacdonaldThe definitive documentary on the life, music, and legacy of Bob Marley.The Oyster Princess (1919) with original live score by Bee vs. Moth (World Premiere)Director: Ernst Lubitsch, Writers: Hanns Kraly & Ernst LubitschThe Oyster Princess is Ernst Lubitsch’s tart 1919 silent comedy that parodies the rich and thespoiled. Austin jazz/rock band Bee vs. Moth performs their original score live with the film for thefirst time.
Small Apartments (World Premiere)Director: Jonas Åkerlund, Writer: Chris MillisWhen Franklin Franklin accidentally kills his landlord, he must hide the body; but, the wisdom of hisbeloved brother and the quirks of his neighbors, force him on a journey where a fortune awaits him.Cast: Matt Lucas, Billy Crystal, James Caan, Johnny Knoxville, Juno Temple, James Marsden,Dolph Lundgren, Saffron Burrows, Rosie Perez, DJ Qualls
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