NEW YORK - The South by Southwest Film Festival, in the heart of Texas, will celebrate some of the state's native sons with its opening-night premiere of "The Wendell Baker Story," a comedy from brothers Luke, Andrew and Owen Wilson.
The film is scheduled for March 11, the first night of the festival, which runs through March 19 in the capital city of Austin and will feature nearly 200 features and shorts.
Luke Wilson ("Old School") wrote and stars in the movie, which he co-directed with Andrew, the oldest of the three. He plays an ex-con working at a retirement hotel, where Owen Wilson ("Shanghai Noon") plays the head nurse.
The Wilsons grew up in Dallas, the setting for their first film, the low-budget "Bottle Rocket."
"As film fans and fellow Texans, we have nothing but admiration for the Wilson brothers," festival producer Matt Dentler said Tuesday. "I can't think of a better idea than having their directorial debut launch this year's festival. You want to give audiences a great time, and this is a fantastic way to do it."
Among the panels and discussions planned at the 12th annual South by Southwest is "A Conversation With Todd Solondz," the director of movies such as "Welcome to the Dollhouse" and "Happiness." The festival also will host a special screening of his latest film, "Palindromes," featuring Ellen Barkin and Jennifer Jason Leigh.
Wilson Bros. Film Premieres at Texas Fest
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