South by Southwest (SXSW) is an annual festival that features music, independent film and new technology. Austin, Texas’ famed festival will be held March 8-17. Festivals like SXSW are great venues for indie filmmakers to debut their work as the attendance to such festivals is staggering. In 2011, over 68,000 people visited the film installment of the festival alone. Not to mention the over 2,000 film media in attendance at the conference.
Texas may not be your first thought when you think of breakout films and directors. However Texas is the birthplace of Richard Linklater (Before Sunset, Dazed and Confused), Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight, Thirteen), Robert Rodriguez (Sin City, Once Upon a Time in Mexico) and Wes Anderson (Moonrise Kingdom, Rushmore).
Check out this list of films to be presented at this year’s festival; straight from the horses mouth, SXSW.com:
Director/Screenwriter: Eric Heisserer
Set mostly in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Hours is the story of a man who battles looters, the elements and exhaustion for two days in a hospital while his newborn daughter clings to life inside a ventilator powered only by a manual crank.