We are about five weeks away from the big tech-film-music extravaganza SXSW. I, of course, will be there lurking in the movie theaters and enjoying all the one-of-a-kind films the fest has to offer and stuffing my face with queso and Chi’Lantro. Last week, they announced the feature film lineup and today they announced the “Midnighters” and “Shorts”. It is, as usual, full of festival faves, bizarro stories, weird movies, and the best in the offbeat and whimsical cinema — which is why I adore the film portion of the festival so much. The eccentric and crazy-ass loglines to some of the movies being featured at the fest alone are reason enough to make this one of the best events of movie counterculture ever. Here are some of the best ones:
Zero Chrisma: An obsessive fantasy nerd gradually becomes unhinged when a charismatic hipster joins his D&D game.
Director/Screenwriter: Jacob Vaughan, Screenwriter: Benjamin Hayes. Cast: Sam Eidson, Garrett Graham, Brock England, Anne Gee Byrd, Cyndi Williams, Brian Losoya, Vincent Prendergast, Katie Folger, John Gholson, Dakin Matthews.
Everyone’s Going to Die: A modern British story about coming home, getting by and the redemptive power of feeling you’re not alone. A story where porn hotlines rub shoulders with sexy beavers on rollerskates; where the past is laid to rest, two lives are changed and nobody, finally, is going to die.
Director/Screenwriter: Jones. Cast: Nora Tschirner, Rob Knighton, Kellie Shirley, Madeline Duggan.
The Fifth Season: In a village, a mysterious calamity strikes: spring doesn’t come.
Directors/Screenwriters: Peter Brosens & Jessica Woodworth. Cast: Aurélia Poirier, Django Schrevens, Sam Louwyck, Gill Vancompernolle.
Big Ass Spider!: When a giant alien spider escapes from a military lab and rampages across the city of Los Angeles, it is up to one clever exterminator and his security guard sidekick to kill the creature before the city is destroyed.
Director: Mike Mendez, Screenwriter: Gregory Gieras. Cast: Greg Grunberg, Lombardo Boyar, Clare Kramer, Ray Wise, Lin Shaye, Patrick Bauchau.
Milo: A man discovers that his chronic stomach problems are due to the fact that he has a demon baby living in his colon.
Director/Screenwriter: Jacob Vaughan, Screenwriter: Benjamin Hayes. Cast: Ken Marino, Gillian Jacobs, Peter Stormare, Stephen Root, Mary Kay Place.
Fuck for Forest: Have sex. Save the world.
Director: Michał Marczak, Screenwriter: Michał Marczak, Łukasz Grudziński.