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SXSW 2012 Announces Features Lineup

We just received the feature film lineup for SXSW 2012, taking place March 9th through 17th in Austin, Texas. Although the final conference lineup, including the no-doubt genre-heavy "Midnighters" feature section, won't be revealed until Febraury 15th, there are already a few titles that sound intriguing. Joining the previously announced opening night film Cabin in the Woods (pictured above), are works from filmmakers Eduardo Sanchez, William Friedkin, and Guy Maddin, as well as a couple of newcomers. Check 'em out after the jump.

Here are a few films from the SXSW 2012 features lineup that should interest horror nerds...

Director: Chris James Thompson
A documentary about the people around Jeffrey Dahmer during the 1991 summer of his arrest for the murder of 17 people in Milwaukee. (World Premiere)

Killer Joe
Director: William Friedkin, Screenwriter: Tracy Letts
A garish, Southwestern tale - a violent black comedy about a desperate Texas debtor (Hirsch) who plots to kill his mother with help of his family (Haden Church, Gershon).  They hire a crazy Dallas cop who moonlights as a contract killer (McConaughey) to do the job, but Killer Joe asks for their teenage daughter (Temple) as a retainer. The film is based on Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy Letts' (August: Osage County) award winning play.
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Emile Hirsch, Gina Gershon, Juno Temple, Thomas Haden Church (U.S. Premiere)

Keyhole (Canada)
Director: Guy Maddin, Screenwriters: Guy Maddin, George Toles
I'm only a ghost... but a ghost isn't nothing.
Cast: Isabella Rossellini, Jason Patric, Udo Kier, Kevin McDonald, Tattiawna Jones (U.S. Premiere)

Thale (Norway)
Director/Screenwriter: Aleksander L. Nordaas
The film revolves around huldra, a mythical, tailed creature, found by two crime scene cleaners in a concealed cellar.  Someone's been keeping her down here for decades, for reasons soon to surface.
Cast: Silje Reinåmo, Jon Sigve Skard, Erlend Nervold, Morten Andresen (North American Premiere)

Lovely Molly
Director: Eduardo Sanchez, Screenwriters: Eduardo Sanchez, Jamie Nash
Exploring the parallels between psychosis, addiction and demonic possession, Lovely Molly tells the story of what really happens before the exorcist arrives.
Cast: Gretchen Lodge, Johnny Lewis, Alexandra Holden (U.S. Premiere)

And here's the official press announcement from SXSW 2012...

"The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival is thrilled to announce the features lineup for this year's Festival, March 9 – 17, 2012 in Austin, Texas. We are also pleased to reveal the world premiere of Emmett Malloy's documentary Big Easy Express as our Closing Night Film, which follows a train ride unlike any other with Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros and Old Crow Medicine Show. Big Easy Express will screen on Saturday, March 17. The program will also include the world premiere of Colombia Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures' 21 Jump Street, screening in the Centerpiece slot on Monday, March 12. The 2012 lineup continues the SXSW tradition of celebrating ambitious experimentation with risk takers both in front of and behind the camera, and a deep immersion into cultural touchstones. The Midnighters feature section and the Short Film program will be announced on February 8.

"'SXSW has long been a haven for bold filmmaking and a launching pad for authentic voices,' says Film Conference and Festival Producer Janet Pierson. 'Every year we start anew, trying hard not to rely on our own formulas or expectations. This year we're excited to present a fresh slate of breakout talent, but one that's still uniquely SXSW.'

"Over the course of nine days, 130 features will screen at SXSW 2012.  The program features 51 films from first-time filmmakers, and consists of 65 World Premieres, 17 North American Premieres and 10 U.S. Premieres. These films were selected from a record 1,957 feature-length film submissions composed of 1,387 U.S. and 570 international feature-length films.  This year SXSW moved up submission deadlines a month earlier than previous years, and still saw a 7% increase in its overall submissions over 2011, with a record number of 5,243 total.

"The festival's main competition categories once again find eight Narrative Feature world premieres and eight Documentary Feature world premieres, vying for their respective Grand Jury Prizes. New for 2012, all feature categories will be eligible for Audience Awards. 

"The Narrative Feature Competition includes: Booster, directed by Matt Ruskin, Eden, directed by Megan Griffiths, Gayby, directed by Jonathan Lisecki, Gimme the Loot, directed by Adam Leon, Los Chidos, directed by Omar Rodriguez Lopez, Pilgrim Song, directed by Martha Stephens, Starlet, directed by Sean Baker, and The Taiwan Oyster, directed by Mark Jarrett. The Documentary Feature Competition includes: Bay of All Saints, directed by Annie Eastman, Beware of Mr. Baker, directed by Jay Bulger, The Central Park Effect, directed by Jeffrey Kimball, Jeff, directed by Chris James Thompson, Seeking Asian Female, directed by Debbie Lum, The Sheik and I, directed by Caveh Zahedi, The Source, directed by Jodi Wille & Maria Demopoulos, and Welcome to the Machine, directed by Avi Zev Weider.

"An additional selection of highlights includes: Nelson George's The Announcement, Gotham Chopra's Decoding Deepak, Jay & Mark Duplass' Do-Deca-Pentathalon, Mark Ford's Uprising: Hip Hop & The LA Riots, Matt Piedmont's Casa de mi Padre, Patrick Forbes' Wikileaks: Secrets & Lies, Adam Sherman's Crazy Eyes, Jacob Rosenberg's Waiting for Lightning, Tom Kingsley & Will Sharpe's Black Pond, Kristen Sheridan's Dollhouse, Gareth Huw Evans' The Raid, Ben Shapiro's Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters, Kristy Guevara-Flanagan's WONDER WOMEN! The Untold Story of American Superheroines and William Friedkin's Killer Joe.  They join previously announced films such as Opening Night film The Cabin in the Woods, as well as narrative films Citadel, Small Apartments, the HBO series Girls, and documentaries MARLEY, Beauty is Embarrassing, and the special event The Oyster Princess (1919) with original live score by Bee vs. Moth.

"In the action-comedy 21 Jump Street, Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) are more than ready to leave their adolescent problems behind. Joining the police force and the secret Jump Street unit, they use their youthful appearances to go undercover in a local high school.  As they trade in their guns and badges for backpacks, Schmidt and Jenko risk their lives to investigate a violent and dangerous drug ring.  But they find that high school is nothing like they left it just a few years earlier – and neither expects that they will have to confront the terror and anxiety of being a teenager again and all the issues they thought they had left behind. The film was directed by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller, screenplay by Michael Bacall with the story by Michael Bacall & Jonah Hill, and is based on the television series created by Patrick Hasburgh & Stephen J. Cannell. Neal H. Moritz and Stephen J. Cannell produced, with Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Ezra Swerdlow and Tania Landau executive producing.

"In addition to nine full days of film screenings, SXSW Film will ultimately feature over 100 informative and entertaining panels, workshops, mini-meetings and mentor sessions. Previously announced panels include A Conversation with Joss Whedon, a dialogue with Lena Dunham, Judd Apatow and more on the HBO series Girls, A Conversation with Cliff Martinez, Drive composer, and The Business of Kevin Smith among others. The final conference lineup will be announced February 15. Visit for more information and updates."