Every year at South by Southwest, there is a mess of films with Austin and Texas ties. The year, the obvious big dog is Terrence Malick, whose film “Song to Song” is the fest’s opening night picture. Here are five more worth keeping an eye on.
“A Bad Idea Gone Wrong.” Besides being a tremendous title, director/screenwriter Jason Headley’s comedy was shot entirely in Fort Worth, with plenty of Austin actors and an Austin-based production team, including increasingly prominent Austin producer Kelly Williams and Taylor-based composer/Hex Dispenser Alex Cuervo. (3:30 p.m. March 11, Stateside Theatre; 12:45 p.m. March 12, Alamo South Lamar; 6 p.m. March 15, Alamo South)
“The Secret Life of Lance Letscher.” Sandra Adair, best known as Richard Linklater’s longtime editor, makes her directorial debut with this documentary, a portrait of internationally known, Austin-based collage artist Lance Letscher. With music by Graham Reynolds. (11:15 a.m. March 12, Alamo Ritz; 5 p.m. March 13, Alamo South; 9:30 p.m. March 15, Alamo South)
“The Honor Farm.” Austin filmmaker Karen Skloss (“Sunshine”) goes full thriller here, complete with a failed prom night, a party in the woods, a haunted prison work farm and probably ghosts. Music by, what do you know, Graham Reynolds and the Black Angels. (11:55 p.m. March 11, Stateside; 11:45 p.m. March 13, Alamo South; 9:45 p.m. March 14, Alamo South; 12:15 p.m. March 16, Alamo South)
“As I Walk Through The Valley.” Ronnie Garza and Charlie Vela, Rio Grande Valley residents themselves, examine four generations of music in their home, from garage rock and Ranchera to blazing hardcore and extreme metal. (7:30 p.m. March 12, Rollins Theatre at the Long Center; 4 p.m. March 14, Zach Theatre; 1:45 p.m. March 17, Alamo Ritz)
“Disgraced.” Those of you who thought Baylor’s student athlete drama started in the past few years, feast your eyes upon this documentary by Austin director Pat Kondelis, which tells the completely horrifying 2003 murder of Baylor basketball star Patrick Dennehy, a killing to which fellow teammate and friend Carlton Dotson pleaded guilty. Featuring interviews with former head coach Dave Bliss, the film has already been acquired by Showtime. (3:45 p.m. March 12, Vimeo Theatre; 9:30 p.m. March 14, Alamo Ritz; 1:30 p.m. March 16, Zach)