‘21 Jump Street,’ Bob Marley doc to premiere at SXSW

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Next month’s South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival in Austin will premiere the Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum comedy ’21 Jump Street’; ‘Marley,’ a much-anticipated documentary about musician Bob Marley; and ‘Decoding Deepak,’ a film about spiritual icon Deepak Chopra directed by his son, Gotham Chopra, organizers announced Wednesday.

The lineup, including the previously announced premiere of the Joss Whedon-produced horror film ‘The Cabin in the Woods,’ continues the Texas film festival’s historic focus on genre movies, comedies and music documentaries.

‘We look for stuff that’s smarter, edgier, raunchier and with a point of view,’ Film Conference and Festival Producer Janet Pierson said. ‘If there’s something that makes people uncomfortable and is pushing boundaries, we’re embracing it.’

‘Marley,’ which was directed by ‘Last King of Scotland’ filmmaker Kevin MacDonald with the participation of the Marley family, is one of multiple music films SXSW is showcasing: ‘Under African Skies,’ about the making of Paul Simon’s historic ‘Graceland’ album, will also screen; and ‘Big Easy Express,’ which follows the bands Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros and Old Crow Medicine Show on the road, will close the festival.


The SXSW lineup also includes ‘Killer Joe,’ William Friedkin’s dark comedy starring Matthew McConaughey as a contract killer; ‘Fat Kid Rules the World,’ Matthew Lillard’s directorial debut about a depressed overweight teen; and ‘Small Apartments,’ an urban murder story starring Billy Crystal and Johnny Knoxville.

Multiple documentaries of interest to a Los Angeles audience are premiering, including ‘The Announcement,’ about Magic Johnson’s 1991 revelation that he was HIV-positive and retiring from basketball; ‘Uprising: Hip-Hop & the L.A. Riots;’ and ‘Sunset Strip,’ a 100-year history of the so-called loudest street on the planet.

A total of 130 features will screen at the 19th annual festival, which will take place March 9-17.


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