SXSW reveals competition line-up

The SXSW Film Festival will see docs on bartenders, seven-year-old golfers and a Ozark Mountain town going up against each other in the documentary feature competition. (Pictured: Twenty Feet from Stardom)
February 1, 2013

The SXSW Film Festival will see docs on bartenders, seven-year-old golfers and a Ozark Mountain town going up against each other in the documentary feature competition.

The eight films selected to take part in the documentary feature competition, each a world premiere, include 12 O’Clock Boys, directed by Lotfy Nathan, on a young boy who falls into a group of illegal dirt bike riders; Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton, from directors Stephen Silha and Eric Slade, on embracing passions, disguised as a biopic of filmmaker and poet James Broughton; and Hey Bartender, from Douglas Tirola, on bartenders in the era of the craft cocktail.

Los Wild Ones, from Elise Salomon, looks at the indie label Wild Records; The Short Game, from director Josh Greenbaum, looks at eight young golfers who compete in the world championships of junior golf; and Touba, from director Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, chronicles Sufi Muslims’ annual pilgrimage to the city of Touba.

Rounding up the competition category are We Always Lie To Strangers, from AJ Schnack and True/False co-founder David Wilson, on the community, music and traditions of a remote Ozark Mountain town; and William and the Windmill, from Ben Nabors, on a man who built a windmill to rescue his family from famine, and is now a success story on the world stage.

In addition to the films in competition, the documentary spotlight slate includes Continental, from Malcolm Ingram, on the infamous Continental Baths NYC circa 1968-1976; Downloaded by Alex Winter on the rise and fall of Napster;  Good Ol’ Freda by Ryan White on the shy teenager who became The Beatles’ career-long secretary; and I Am Divine from Jeffrey Schwarz on John Waters’ cinematic muse.

The 24 Beats Per Second section includes music docs Artifact, on Thirty Seconds to Mars; Broadway Idiot from Doug Hamilton on the Green Day Broadway show ‘American Idiot;’ Nelson George’s Finding the Funk, Sundance opening doc Twenty Feet from Stardom (pictured above), from Morgan Neville; and Dave Grohl’s doc debut Sound City.

Also having its world premiere is Hawking, the Stephen Hawking auto-biographical documentary from Darlow Smithson Productions, PBS, and Channel 4, ahead of its PBS airing.

The full list of films can be seen here.

SXSW Film Festival runs from March 8-16 in Austin, Texas.

About The Author
Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.