SXSW ’20 bolsters doc lineup with new additions

Andrew Rossi’s After Truth: Disinformation and the Cost of Fake News, Sarah Brennan Kolb’s Good ol Girl and Mary Mazzio’s A Most Beautiful Thing are among the newest additions to the 27th ...
February 6, 2020

Andrew Rossi’s After Truth: Disinformation and the Cost of Fake News, Sarah Brennan Kolb’s Good ol Girl and Mary Mazzio’s A Most Beautiful Thing are among the newest additions to the 27th edition of the SXSW Film Festival lineup.

The 2020 festival, held March 13 to 22 in Austin, Texas, revealed the titles added to its program Wednesday (Feb. 5) for Midnighters, Festival Favorites, Shorts and Special Events, among other sections.

This year’s program has 135 feature films, including 99 world premieres, nine North American premieres, five U.S. Premieres and 75 films from first-time filmmakers.

Peter LoGreco’s six-part unscripted series We’re Here will host its world premiere as part of the Episodic Premieres lineup. The series recruits small-town residents across America to participate in a one-night-only drag show.

A full list of new additions to Documentary Spotlight and 24 Beats Per Second categories are below. To see the full SXSW lineup, including documentary shorts, visit the festival’s website.


After Truth: Disinformation and the Cost of Fake News (pictured)
Director: Andrew Rossi
After Truth captures the human toll of false news and conspiracies with unprecedented access to figures in the Pizzagate, Seth Rich, Jade Helm and Alabama special election cases. (World Premiere)

Good ol Girl
Director: Sarah Brennan Kolb
Good ol Girl is a documentary western following three modern day cowgirls as they hustle for land, cattle, and respect across Texas. Cast: Sara Lemoine Knox, Mandy Dauses, Martha Santos, Joyce Gibson Roach (World Premiere)

A Most Beautiful Thing
Director/Screenwriter: Mary Mazzio
A Most Beautiful Thing chronicles the first African American high school rowing team in this country, made up of young men in rival gangs from the West Side of Chicago, all literally coming together to row in the same boat. (World Premiere)

The Pushback
Director: Kevin Ford
Two women of color run for public office and fight against decades of institutional racism, redefining what it means to be a Texan. (World Premiere)

The Scheme
Director: Pat Kondelis
The true story of basketball insider Christian Dawkins, who hustled the FBI in a scandal that threatened to take down the NCAA. (World Premiere)


Dark City Beneath The Beat
Director: TT The Artist
Dark City Beneath the Beat is a musical documentary reimagining the narrative of Baltimore, a city rising above social and economic turmoil to develop a vibrant and close-knit community for the arts through its homegrown sound, Baltimore club music. (World Premiere)

Jose Feliciano: Behind This Guitar
Directors/Screenwriters: Frank Licari, Helen Murphy
The Official Biographical Documentary of the eight time Grammy Winner and international music icon, Jose Feliciano. From being blind at birth in the slums of Puerto Rico to Grammy winner, Jose Feliciano carved a path that few achieved before or since. (U.S. Premiere)

Laurel Canyon: A Place in Time
Director: Alison Ellwood
Laurel Canyon pulls back the curtain on a mythical world and provides an up-close look at the lives of the musicians who inhabited it. It paints an intimate portrait of the artists who created a music revolution that would change popular culture. (World Premiere)

Sisters with Transistors
Director: Lisa Rovner
Sisters with Transistors is the remarkable untold story of electronic music’s female pioneers, composers who embraced machines and their liberating technologies to utterly transform how we produce and listen to music today. (World Premiere)

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