Confession: though I love Sundance and know it’s the preeminent domestic film festival, etc., my heart belongs to SXSW. It’s a warmer (literally — Texas in March is immeasurably more pleasant than Utah in January), friendlier, more relaxed and enjoyable fest, and the food doesn’t even compare. But that’s not what we’re there for, of course; what matters is the movies, and as usual, this year’s SXSW Film Festival offers a wide variety of studio fare, thoughtful indies, gutsy genre pics, and general weirdness. Here are just a few of their selections that you’ll be hearing more about in the weeks and months to come:
Marshmallows unite! A decade after its TV debut and seven years after it was unceremoniously yanked by those heartless bastards at “The CW” (like that’s even a thing), the Kickstarter campaign heard ‘round the world yields the cinematic follow-up its fans were literally willing to pay in advance for. Expect either breathless hyperbole or Arrested Development-style disappointment to hit your Twitter feed around 5pm CST on Saturday, but luckily, you won’t have to wait long to judge for yourself; the movie hits select theaters and digital platforms one week from today.