SXSW ’14: Doc trailer round-up

Up to your ears in docs at SXSW and not sure where to start? As the Austin festival kicks off today, realscreen has compiled trailers for 20 world premieres, including Harmontown (pictured), The Immortalists and Print the Legend.
March 7, 2014

Up to your ears in docs at SXSW and not sure where to start? Realscreen has compiled trailers for a number of films receiving their world premieres at the festival, including HarmontownThe Great Invisible, The Immortalists, Doc of the Dead and Print the Legend.

Also be sure to check out our interviews with SXSW filmmakers running all next week.

The trailers follow below, with synopses provided by SXSW:

Documentary Feature Competition – World Premieres

Beginning With The End
Director: David Marshall

Beginning With The End takes viewers on a profound, and profoundly moving, journey with a group of high school seniors working as trained hospice volunteers — a story of beginnings and endings in a year of self-discovery and awakening.

Born to Fly

Director: Catherine Gund

Born To Fly pushes the boundaries between action and art, daring us to join choreographer Elizabeth Streb and her dancers in pursuit of human flight.

The Great Invisible
Director: Margaret Brown

Penetrating the oil industry’s secretive world, The Great Invisible examines the Deepwater Horizon disaster through the eyes of oil executives, explosion survivors and Gulf Coast residents who were left to pick up the pieces when the world moved on.

The Immortalists
Directors: Jason Sussberg, David Alvarado

Two eccentric scientists struggle to create eternal youth in a world they call “blind to the tragedy of old age.” As they battle their own aging and suffer the losses of loved ones, their scientific journeys ultimately become personal.

Impossible Light
Director: Jeremy Ambers

Impossible Light reveals the drama and the daring of artist Leo Villareal and a small team of visionaries who battle seemingly impossible challenges to turn a dream of creating the world’s largest LED light sculpture into a glimmering reality.

Print the Legend
Directors: Luis Lopez, Clay Tweel

The 3D Printing revolution has begun. Who will make it?


Documentary Spotlight – World Premieres

Above All Else
Director: John Fiege

A former stuntman and high wire artist puts his family and future on the line when he rallies a group of East Texas landowners and activists to blockade the controversial Keystone XL pipeline.

Butterfly Girl
Director: Cary Bell

Abbie came of age in honky tonks, defying her life threatening disease, but all the while longing for an identity of her own. Now that she is 18, how much is she willing to sacrifice for her independence?

Directors: Travis Rummel, Ben Knight

This powerful film odyssey across America explores the sea change in national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers.

Doc of the Dead
Director: Alexandre O. Philippe

The definitive zombie culture documentary, from the makers of The People vs. George Lucas. Doc of the Dead traces the rise and evolution of the zombie genre, its influence on pop culture, and investigates the possibility of an actual zombie outbreak.

Director: Neil Berkeley

A comedic, brutally honest documentary following self-destructive TV writer Dan Harmon (NBC’s Community) as he takes his live podcast on a national tour.

Directors: Ryan Moore, Leon Gast

From abject poverty to international hero, Manny Pacquiao rose to fame in the boxing ring. At the height of his career, Manny entered the political arena. As history’s only boxing Congressman, Manny is faced with a new challenge.

That Guy Dick Miller
Director: Elijah Drenner

That Guy Dick Miller is the incredible true story of the wannabe-writer, turned accidental character-actor.

Wicker Kittens
Director: Amy C. Elliott

Every January, the country’s largest jigsaw puzzle contest is held in St. Paul, Minnesota. Wicker Kittens invites you to choose your favorite team and watch them try to put the pieces back together.

Visions – World Premieres

Surviving Cliffside
Director: Jon Matthews

A West Virginia family faces illness, addiction, and gun violence—while their daughter makes a run for Little Miss West Virginia.

Directors: Anlo Sepulveda & Paul Collins

A river’s dreams and memories told from the perspective of the water that runs through it – a visual journey from prehistoric times to the modern era along what is now known as the San Marcos River.

24 Beats World Premieres

The Case of the Three-Sided Dream
Director: Adam Kahan

The documentary film on the life and legacy of Rahsaan Roland Kirk – a one of a kind musician, personality, activist and windmill slayer who despite being blind, becoming paralyzed, and facing America’s racial injustices – did not relent.

For Those About to Rock. The story of Rodrigo y Gabriela
Director: Alejandro Franco Fernández

The amazing and inspiring journey of Mexican guitarists ‘Rodrigo y Gabriela’ who at a very young age decided to do only what they loved the most: music.


Road to Austin
Director: Gary Fortin

Road To Austin, chronicles how Austin, Texas became the Live Music Capital of the World, dating from 1835 to present day. The film builds to a climax and weaves its way towards an all-star live performance led by Stephen Bruton and his 14-piece band.

The Winding Stream
Director: Beth Harrington

The Winding Stream is the story of the American music dynasty, the Carters and Cashes, and their decades-long influence on popular music.

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