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By Daniel Carlson | Trade News | February 18, 2009 |


Lots of goodness in store for those planning to attend SXSW, as well as for those who can’t make it.

First up, the festival has announced the lineup for what’s being billed as “SXSW Presents Fantastic Fest at Midnight.” Fantastic Fest is a genre-oriented film festival in Austin, and the two are teaming this year to offer some world premieres at SXSW in addition to the midnight shows the March festival is already planning. Among the titles: Ong Bak 2, Black, and the aforementioned and highly-ish anticipated Lesbian Vampire Killers. Yep, the horror comedy that doesn’t even have a U.S. release date yet is making its world premiere in Austin.

What’s more, SXSW has added more features to its slate, including the new Broken Lizard flick, The Slammin’ Salmon, which will probably be like Waiting mixed with, well, Super Troopers. They’re also going to screen 500 Days of Summer on the closing night, a romantic comedy starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel that built some serious buzz at Sundance.

Also, for the actors attending, Jeffrey Tambor is returning to offer another workshop on the art of performance. A thousand dollars —¬†or at least a steak dinner — to anyone who gets him to do his impression of a chicken.

I also know that some folks who’ll be at the festival will be checking out the music as well as the film. (I will be doing my damnedest to see Justin Townes Earle, if anyone wants to help me out.) And so I would be remiss if I didn’t mention to you that SXSW Music will feature perhaps the whatthefuckiest supergroup of all time. It’s called Tinted Windows, and the lineup is … wait for it … James Iha (Smashing Pumpkins) on guitar, Bun E. Carlos (Cheap Trick) on drums, Taylor Hanson (Hanson) on vocals and Adam Schlesinger (Fountains Of Wayne) on bass. They’re playing Friday March 20 at Pangaea, and I demand someone take photos.

As for those who’d like to check out new films but won’t be making the trip to Austin, IFC and SXSW have partnered to provide five festival titles on demand to IFC subscribers. Beginning March 14, viewers will be able to order up Alexander the Last, a relationship drama starring Josh Hamilton and Jess Wexler; Zift, a noir film from Bulgaria that’s also that country’s Oscar submission (which come on, that’s gotta be at least worth checking out); a dark comedy called Three Blind Mice; and a pair of features from the 2008 edition, Paper Covers Rock and Medicine for Melancholy, the latter featuring Wyatt Cenac of “The Daily Show.”

On a final note, here’s the teaser for 500 Days of Summer:

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I Wasn't Kidding About Those Lesbian Vampire Killers


SXSW News Dump / Daniel Carlson

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