South By Southwest (SXSW) has unveiled the first titles set to play this year’s Texas festival, with zombie culture film Doc of the Dead and Fox’s reboot of classic science series Cosmos featuring among the non-fiction works.
Doc of the Dead, from director Alexandre O. Philippe, will have its world premiere at the Austin festival, which this year holds its Film program from March 7-15.
The film, from the makers of The People vs. George Lucas, is billed as being the definitive zombie culture documentary, tracing “the rise and evolution of the zombie genre” and its influence on pop culture, according the festival.
Also world premiering at SXSW will be Christian Larson’s Leave the World Behind, which follows the final tour of the band Swedish House Mafia. The film “depicts the EDM scene at its peak, as well as telling a story of friendship and success,” according its synopsis.
Finally, the festival will host a special preview screening of Fox and National Geographic Channel’s forthcoming science series Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey, as well as a special event with renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.
The series, which is exec produced by Seth MacFarlane, Ann Druyan, Brannon Braga and Mitchell Cannold, is a reboot of the classic PBS series Cosmos: A Personal Journey, and is slated to have its TV premiere the same month.