Kickstarter Announces 16 Films Featured at the SXSW 2019 Film Festival

At this year’s SXSW Film Festival, held in Austin Texas from March 8-16, 2019, Kickstarter Film will have 16 Kickstarter-funded films. The SXSW Film Festival runs concurrent with the SXSW Interactive and SXSW Music festivals throughout the 9 days. The lineup will feature films by Kickstarter creators, including 13 of the 131 feature-length films. Some films that will stand out to Austin locals will be the “Becoming Leslie ” film and “Nothing Stays The Same: The Story of The Saxon Pub“ however the entire Kickstarter Film SXSW lineup is solid. Below are the 16 Kickstarter Film’s including descriptions of each to be featured at the SXSW 2019 Film Festival.

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 — 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 Zerooy / by Eric Mahoney — The film explores the seminal ‘90s 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) 

Becoming Leslie / by Tracy Frazier — A film that reveals the inner and bizarre world of Leslie Cochran, a cross-dressing homeless misfit who became the most iconic and unlikely civic symbol of Austin, Texas. (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!

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.

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).

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Source: SXSW, Kickstarter Film, In the Dark, Washed Away, Lavender, Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins, Knock Down the House, Becoming Leslie, Strange Negotiations, Nothing Stays The Same: The Story of The Saxon Pub, The Chills: The Triumph and Tragedy of Martin Phillipps, Brainiac: Transmissions After Zerooy, Boy Howdy! The Story of CREEM Magazine, Tito, J.R. “Bob” Dobbs and The Church of the SubGenius, Red Dog, Community First, a Home for the Homeless, Nothing Fancy