15 Kickstarter-Funded Films Are Headed to the 2019 SXSW Film Festival

Films include Boy Howdy! The Story of Creem Magazine, Strange Negotiations: The David Bazan Documentary, and festival favorite Knock Down the House

Another amazing lineup of Kickstarter creators will bring their documentaries, narrative features, and shorts to Austin, TX, for the SXSW Film Festival (March 8–16, 2019)).

“The SXSW Film Festival is known for welcoming fiercely independent, smart, fun, and often irreverent filmmaking. It’s no surprise that Kickstarter creators often make up a significant portion of the festival’s lineup,” says Kickstarter Film’s Liz Cook Mowe.

Kickstarter’s Film team will also be at SXSW this March cheering on Kickstarter-funded filmmakers at their films’ world premieres (Follow @Kickstarter on Instagram for live updates), enjoying too many breakfast tacos, and meeting with filmmakers interested in running campaigns. Will you be at SXSW too? Get in touch with our Film team at film@kickstarter.com

Learn more about the films headed to SXSW below.

Nothing Fancy by Elizabeth Carroll  

Award-winning cookbook author, diehard environmentalist and feisty British nonagenarian Diana Kennedy reflects on an unconventional life spent mastering the cuisines of Mexico. (World Premiere) 

Community First, a Home for the Homeless by Layton Blaylock 

Community First, A Home for the Homeless, is a feature documentary about a totally unique concept for mitigating homelessness. Conceived and created in Austin, Texas, Community First! Village is truly transforming the lives of homeless people. (World Premiere) 

Red Dog by Luke Dick and Casey Pinkston 

In the early 1980’s, the only family that toddler Luke knew were the strippers, bouncers, and outcasts that made OKC’s rowdiest strip club their home. (World Premiere)

J.R. “Bob” Dobbs and The Church of the SubGenius by Sandy K Boone 

This film explores the underground movement that has galvanized the imaginative, the artistic, the nerdy, even the deranged—to examine the simmering dystopia in their culture, and do absolutely nothing about it… except, maybe, poke fun at it all. (World Premiere) 

Tito by Grace Glowicki 

A desperate man seeks refuge from the predators hunting him by befriending a cheerful intruder. (World Premiere) 

Boy Howdy! The Story of CREEM Magazine by Scott Crawford 

Ripping back the curtain on legendary rock rag CREEM Magazine‘s wild and disruptive newsroom; a dysfunctional band of unruly outsiders who weren’t all that different from the artists they covered. (World Premiere) 

Brainiac: Transmissions After Zero by Eric Mahoney 

The film explores the seminal 90’s band Brainiac from Dayton, OH, and its creative force Tim Taylor. Just days before signing a major record contract Taylor was killed in a bizarre auto accident leaving his family and bandmates to pick up the pieces. (World Premiere) 

The Chills: The Triumph and Tragedy of Martin Phillipps by Julia Parnell and Rob Curry

The story of lyrical genius, Martin Phillipps and his band, The Chills, is a cautionary tale, a triumph over tragedy, and a statement about the meaning of music in our lives. (World Premiere)

Nothing Stays The Same: The Story of The Saxon Pub by Jeff Sandmann 

Nothing Stays the Same celebrates the last 30 years of live music in Austin, while also examining the challenges faced by musicians and music venues in one of the fastest-growing cities in the country, all through the lens of the legendary Saxon Pub. (World Premiere) 

Strange Negotiations by Brandon Vedder 

A documentary exploring the existential, artistic and family life of musician and former evangelical, David Bazan (Pedro The Lion), set against America’s own crisis of faith highlighted during the 2016 presidential election. (World Premiere)

Knock Down the House by Rachel Lears

Four women run for Congress, overcoming personal adversity to battle powerful political machines across the country. One of their races will change the country forever.

Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins by Janice Engel

Six-feet of Texas trouble, Molly Ivins, a legendary journalist and a warrior for the Bill of Rights, fought Good Old Boy corruption with razor-sharp wit that left both sides of the aisle laughing and craving ink in her columns. Raise Hell y’all!

Washed Away by Ben Kallam 

A teenage girl in an evangelical church youth group must deal with the fallout when her trust is publicly betrayed. (World Premiere)

In the Dark by Jessie King 

Reading isn’t natural. It’s a struggle for each of us to master, but those with dyslexia fight to read their entire lives. In the Dark is about performance, persistence and Phyllis, a woman in Austin, Texas, who says she can reverse dyslexia. (World Premiere)

Lavender by Matthew Puccini

In 2017, Brooklyn-based filmmaker Matthew Puccini’s short The Mess He Made premiered at SXSW and was later featured by Short of the Week. His newest short, Lavender, is a raw and realistic portrayal of a young gay man as he grows increasingly entangled in the marriage of an older couple.

Film descriptions courtesy of SXSW.

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