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Comedies top new SXSW film titles

Matthew Odam
modam@statesman.com

The South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival announced this week the remainder of its film lineup and the screening schedule, along with the full list of panels.

Funnymen Patton Oswalt and Johnny Knoxville star as dysfunctional brothers in "Nature Calls," which makes its world premiere at SXSW. The movie co-stars late comedian Patrice O'Neal.

"Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane should add to the laughs. The irreverent writer and producer will participate in a conversation that will include updates on his directorial debut, "Ted," the upcoming live-action/CG-animated comedy that stars Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis.

"Safety Not Guaranteed," the time-traveling comedy that was a hit at the Sundance Film Festival, finds Aubrey Plaza of "Parks and Recreation" fame stepping into the leading-lady spotlight. She's joined in the film by University of Texas alumnus Mark Duplass, who plays a paranoid hermit.

Comic-turned-filmmaker Mike Birbiglia, a familiar name with the National Public Radio set, brings his Sundance hit, "Sleepwalk with Me," to SXSW. The comedy co-scripted by "This American Life" host Ira Glass stars Birbiglia and Lauren Ambrose ("Six Feet Under") as a couple weathering the discomfort of their relationship being used as stand-up fodder.

Austin High School graduate Marshall Allman ("True Blood") portrays author Donald Miller in the screen adaptation of Miller's memoir, "Blue Like Jazz."

The movie, making its world premiere, follows the post-modern spiritual coming-of-age of the writer who left his Texas home for the liberal bastion of Portland, Ore.

The new titles bring the SXSW's total to 132 features, consisting of 74 world premieres, 17 North American premieres and 11 U.S. premieres.

modam@statesman.com