Uber drivers, improv groups and vice principals are all in the mix at the next South by Southwest film festival in Austin, Tex. On Tuesday, organizers announced the majority of their feature lineup, this year including 89 world premieres.
The lineup usually ranges from smaller work to Hollywood productions, and also includes movies from festival alumni. One of those is Ti West, who has made his name in the indie horror scene and brings his latest, the revenge western “In a Valley of Violence” with Ethan Hawke, to the festival. The comedian, writer and actor Mike Birbiglia also has a new film making its world premiere, “Don’t Think Twice,” about an improv group that loses the lease on the theater where it performs.
While Janet Pierson, the film festival’s producer, said she saw fewer trends in the narrative selections compared with previous lineups, the documentaries frequently shared one similarity.
“I noticed a vein of people who had created something themselves, often with community,” Ms. Pierson said in a phone interview. Examples include “Thank You Del: The Story of the Del Close Marathon” about the improv comedy mentor. And “The Hollywood Shorties,” about a group of dwarf actors who, wanting to be athletes, put together a basketball team. “Insatiable: The Homaro Cantu Story” looks at a chef and inventor who tried to change the way people eat.
The narrative spotlight section includes “9 Rides,” about an Uber driver who gets big news during a busy shift. And “From Nowhere” looks at three undocumented Bronx teenagers trying to finish school and remain in the United States.
The festival is continuing with its showcase of television premieres. “Girls,” “Silicon Valley” and “Mr. Robot” have all gotten their starts there. This year’s potential TV lineup includes “Vice Principals,” a show from Danny McBride and Jody Hill about competitive administrators at a high school, and “Outcast,” based on a comic book, about a man burdened by demon possession.
These titles join the announcement of the opening-night film, Richard Linklater’s “Everybody Wants Some,” along with other prominent entries like “Pee-wee’s Big Holiday” and the Jeff Nichols film “Midnight Special.” Midnighters, festival favorites and the shorts program will be announced Feb. 9. The festival runs March 11-19.