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Early Fest Highlights Include Apatow, Dunham & Macdonald

Austin, Texas – January 12, 2012 – The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and
Festival is pleased to announce the world premiere of Lionsgate’s The Cabin in the Woods as the
2012 Opening Night Film. In addition to premiering the film, Whedon will participate in a key
Conversation 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 marks
Emmy®-nominated writer Drew Goddard’s (Cloverfield, Lost, Alias) first foray into directing. This
mind-blowing horror film starts typically enough, as we join five young adults embarking on a
weekend of debauchery at an abandoned cabin in the woods. But as layer after layer of the film’s
truly kaleidoscopic world is revealed, everything we know about horror is deconstructed, and
everything 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 will
be in theaters everywhere on April 13, 2012. For more information about the film please visit:

SXSW also revealed a handful of exciting titles that will premiere at the 2012 event, comprised of
diverse perspectives that exemplify the unique range of the SXSW program. This includes Lena
Dunham’s return to SXSW with her HBO series GIRLS, which will premiere the initial three episodes
publicly for the first time. Dunham, Executive Producer Judd Apatow and other key members of the
GIRLS production team will also appear at the SXSW Film Conference to discuss GIRLS before it
kicks 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 Marley
documentary, MARLEY, Small Apartments, a black comedy from acclaimed music video director
Jonas Åkerlund, Neil Berkeley’s doc Beauty is Embarrassing about multi-faceted artist Wayne
White, special event The Oyster Princess (1919) with original live score by Bee vs. Moth and
CITADEL, the psychological horror debut from writer/director Ciarán Foy. The complete festival
lineup will be announced in early February 2012. The 19th annual South by Southwest Film
Conference 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 have
such a smart, unpredictable and highly entertaining headliner like The Cabin in the Woods as our
Opening Night film,” said SXSW Film Conference and Festival Producer Janet Pierson. “We're also
happy to offer a peek at a handful of wonderful films that demonstrate the breadth and range of
terrific work we plan to show at SXSW Film 2012.”


The 2012 SXSW Film Festival will feature:

Beauty is Embarrassing (World Premiere)
Director: Neil Berkeley
A funny, irreverent and insightful look into the life and times of one of America's most important
artists, Wayne White.
The Cabin in the Woods (World Premiere)
Director: Drew Goddard, Writers: Joss Whedon & Drew Goddard
Five 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, a
mind-blowing horror film that turns the genre inside out. Cast: Kristen Connolly, Fran Kranz, Anna
Hutchison, Chris Hemsworth, Jesse Williams, Richard Jenkins, and Bradley Whitford

CITADEL (World Premiere)
Director & Writer: Ciarán Foy
An agoraphobic father teams up with a renegade priest to save his daughter from the clutches of a
gang of twisted feral children. Cast: Anuerin Barnard, James Cosmo, and Wumni Mosaku, Jake
Wilson, Amy Shiels

GIRLS (World Premiere)
Director & Writer: Lena Dunham
Created by and starring Lena Dunham (Tiny Furniture), the HBO show is a comic look at the
assorted 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 Macdonald
The 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 Lubitsch
The Oyster Princess is Ernst Lubitsch’s tart 1919 silent comedy that parodies the rich and the
spoiled. Austin jazz/rock band Bee vs. Moth performs their original score live with the film for the
first time.

Small Apartments (World Premiere)
Director: Jonas Åkerlund, Writer: Chris Millis
When Franklin Franklin accidentally kills his landlord, he must hide the body; but, the wisdom of his
beloved 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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