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Posted: 2:51 p.m. Thursday, March 6, 2014

Navigating SXSW Film without a badge 


“Joe,” directed by David Gordon Green
A gripping mix of friendship, violence and redemption erupts in the contemporary South in this adaptation of Larry Brown’s novel. With Nicolas Cage and Tye Sheridan.

By Matthew Odam

You don't need a badge to enjoy SXSW film. With a wristband ($80), you can still get into a lot of movies. And the biggest theaters (Paramount, Vimeo) and those a bit off-the-beaten path (Alamo Village & Slaughter, Marchesa and the large Topfer) make for decent opportunities for those who buy single tickets. You can even buy single tickets in advance for Paramount and State movies. If you do that, you move to the front of the single-ticket line, and if you don't get in you get refunded automatically.

Below I give a schedule for those with wristbands or single tickets. These things are always a gamble, so don't come yelling at me if it doesn't work out for you, but I think this is a decent plan.

FRIDAY

“Chef”: Jon Favreau stars and directs this movie about a guy who quits his job to chase his dream of being a chef. The movie was partially shot in Austin, and Favreau and film stars John Leguizamo and Sofia Vergara are expected to be in attendance. 6:30 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre

“Ping Pong Summer”: Austin director Michael Tully’s 1980s period comedy, which bowed at the Sundance Film Festival, follows a teenage boy on his family’s summer vacation. 9:30 p.m. at the Marchesa

SATURDAY

“No No: A Dockumentary”: This locally produced documentary tells the story of the legendary Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Dock Ellis, who allegedly threw a no-hitter while under the influence of LSD. 11:30 a.m. at the Paramount Theatre

“Things People Do”: After losing his job, a man faces a moral quandary in this film by Oscar-nominated editor-turned-director Saar Klein. The movie was produced by Austinite Sarah Green. 6:45 p.m. at the Marchesa

“Yakona”: Texas filmmakers Anlo Sepulveda and Paul Collins’ nature documentary traces the San Marcos River from source to sea. 9:30 p.m. at the Marchesa

SUNDAY

“Joe”: Nicolas Cage stars in this locally shot dark drama from Austin director David Gordon Green. 2:45 p.m. at the Paramount

“Harmontown”: Director Neil Berkeley trains his camera on the brilliant Dan Harmon, as the creator of NBC’s “Community” takes his Harmontown podcast on a cross-country tour. 4 p.m. at Alamo Village

“Obvious Child”: Comedian Jenny Slate stars in this movie about a woman who must take stock of her life in the wake of getting dumped, fired and pregnant. 10 p.m. at Topfer Theatre at Zach

MONDAY

“Silicon Valley”: Get a first look at Mike Judge’s new HBO series that satirizes the tech world. 1:30 p.m. at Vimeo

“Two Step”: Austin writer-director Alex Johnson’s feature debut centers on a character who becomes victim of a financial scam while in the middle of his own debt problems. 4:30 p.m. at Alamo Village

TUESDAY

“Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter”: This strange tale of a woman who becomes obsessed with the treasure in the Coen brothers’ “Fargo” earned praise for Austin filmmakers David and Nathan Zellner at Sundance. 1:45 p.m. at the Paramount

WEDNESDAY

“The Great Invisible”: Margaret Brown, who directed the excellent Townes Van Zandt documentary “Be Here to Love Me,” examines the Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster and its fallout. 11 a.m. at the Paramount

“Double Play: James Benning and Richard Linklater”: This doc offers a look at the friendship of two artists and former athletes. 7 p.m. at the Marchesa

THURSDAY

“Arlo and Julie”: Austin filmmaker and teacher Steve Mims, co-director of “Incendiary: The Willingham Case,” returns to narrative with this tale of a couple that becomes obsessed with a mysterious puzzle. 2 p.m. at Alamo Village

“Open Windows”: Elijah Wood and former adult film actress Sasha Grey star in Fantastic Fest veteran Nacho Vigalondo’s neo-noir. 4:30 p.m. at Alamo Slaughter

“Johnny Winter: Down and Dirty”: Warren Haynes of the Allman Brothers Band and Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top are just two of the great musicians who lend their voice to the chorus of praise for the bluesman from Beaumont who recently turned 70. 7 p.m. at Vimeo

MARCH 14

“Creep”: University of Texas graduate Mark Duplass makes a tonal shift as he stars in this chilling thriller co-produced by “Paranormal Activity” producer Jason Blum. 10 p.m. at Topfer Theatre

MARCH 15

“Thank You a Lot”: Austin writer-director Matt Muir’s feature debut blends reality with narrative fiction as local musician James Hand plays a character of the same name who is thrown together with his estranged son. 11 a.m. at Vimeo

Matthew Odam

About Matthew Odam

Matthew Odam is the restaurant critic and reporter at the Austin American-Statesman, where he also covers the local film scene and writes film criticism.

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