The South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas, is known to have its finger on the pulse of pop culture when it comes to fashion, technology and food. Its film arm, SXSW Film, is no different, each year premiering a number of highly-anticipated pictures. Last year, for example, the Amy Schumer breakout hit “Trainwreck” debuted there.
On Thursday, SXSW announced some of its lineup set to debut at this year’s festival, which runs March 11-20. Among the films showing there are the new Pee-wee Herman film “Pee-wee’s Big Holiday,” a documentary about motivational speaker Tony Robbins (“Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru”) and an adaptation of the “Preacher” comic book series by Seth Rogen and his writing partner, Evan Goldberg.
“These smart, stylish, and diverse offerings from some of the most exciting talent working today reflect what the SXSW audiences have come to expect: great stories, well told,” Janet Pierson, head of SXSW Film, said in a statement. “Audiences are in for a wild ride.”
Directed by John Lee, “Pee-wee’s Big Holiday” features the fictional character played by Paul Reubens on his first-ever holiday. Judd Apatow and Reubens are producers of the film that also stars Joe Manganiello and Jessica Pohly. It will stream exclusively on Netflix once released.
Joe Berlinger’s “Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru” takes a behind-the-scenes look at the life of motivational speaker and self-help author Tony Robbins.
Other premieres at the festival include Jeff Nichols’ “Midnight Special,” Irene Taylor Brodsky’s “Beware the Slenderman” and Athina Rachel Tsangari’s “Chevalier.” These films join the previously announced opening night film, Richard Linklater’s “Everybody Wants Some.”