SXSW ’16 reveals doc short, “24 Beats Per Second” rosters

Sol Friedman's Sundance-winning Bacon & God's Wrath (pictured) and Lucy Walker's The Vodou Healer are among the short documentaries selected to screen in competition at this year's SXSW Film Festival.
February 9, 2016

Sol Friedman‘s Sundance-winning Bacon & God’s Wrath and Lara-Ann de Wet’s Alive & Kicking: The Soccer Grannies of South Africa are among the short documentaries selected to screen in competition at this year’s SXSW Film Festival.

The nine-day event runs from March 11 to 19 in Austin, Texas, and will feature 12 short documentary film entries, including nine world premieres.

Among the shorts screening in competition – selected from 4,784 short film submissions across all genres – are Friedman’s Bacon & God’s Wrath, which recently received the Sundance non-fiction jury prize for short filmmaking and documents a 90-year-old Jewish woman reflecting on her life experiences as she prepares to try bacon for the first time; Khaldiya Jibawi’s Another Kind of Girl, about a 17-year-old girl’s outlook on refugee camps; and Leah Galant and Maya Cueva’s The Provider, following abortion doctors as they attempt to provide legal and safe abortions.

Short documentaries enjoying their world premieres at the festival include De Wet’s Alive & Kicking: The Soccer Grannies of South, documenting the struggle of South African grandmothers through the game of soccer; director Margaret Brown’s The Black Belt, exploring the impact on voters after the closure of 31 DMVs in Alabama; Garrett Bradley’s Like, looking at a burgeoning digital industry in Bangladesh; Annie O’Neil and Jessica Lewis’ Phil’s Camino, in which a stage 4 cancer patient builds Spain’s Camino de Santiago in his backyard; and Lucy Walker’s The Vodou Healer, following a “captivating and cathartic” vodou ceremony in post-earthquake Haiti.

Elsewhere, the “24 Beats Per Second” category will feature 14 doc films, in which 10 will receive their world premieres.

Among the music-oriented films selected are Matthew Jones’ Artist & Repertoire, focused on music producer and trip hop mogul James Lavelle; Steve Read and Rob Alexander’s Gary Numan: Android in La La Land, following the electronic musician’s attempts to break into the American mainstream; Yoon-ha Chang’s I Go Back Home – Jimmy Scott, in which a veteran music producer creates a record with the nearly forgotten jazz icon; and Wendy Schneider’s The Smart Studios Story, documenting the seminal Madison, Wisconsin recording studio.

Meanwhile, the “Festival Favorites,” which screens acclaimed standouts and selected previous premieres from other festivals, will see Kim A. Snyder’s Newtown, about the aftermath of the deadly mass school shooting; Dawn Porter‘s Trapped, which documents the fight to keep abortions safe and legal across the U.S.; and Ido Haar’s Presenting Princess Shaw, in which music composer Kutiman befriends an American YouTuber.

The SXSW Film Festival last week revealed its feature-length documentary lineup.

The full list of selected films showing at this year’s festival can be viewed here.

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