South By Southwest (SXSW) is nearing its Austin takeover and we’re excited about the film festival! SXSW is an annual conglomerate of film, interactive media, and music festivals/conferences that take place in Austin, Texas. Beginning in 1987, SXSW has grown immensely in size and scale to the juggernaut that it is today. The 2017 festival/conference will run through March 10-19.
As with anything major, Black women are representing with their magic at this year’s film festival in Austin! Below are films where Black women are rocking the camera from the front and behind!
Synopses Provided by SXSW, LLC:
Michael Hyatt (Actress), Hope Olaide Wilson (Actress) – Dara Ju
A young Nigerian-American financier struggles with love, family, and a prescription drug dependency as his ambitions steer him down a criminal path.
Monique Shaw (Actress) – La Barricuda
A strange woman comes to Texas to meet her half-sister and stake a claim to the family music legacy—one way or another.
Heather Simms (Actress) – The Light of the Moon
After her world is irrevocably changed, a successful New York City architect struggles to regain intimacy and control in her life.
Miriam A. Hyman (Actress) – Most Beautiful Island
An undocumented young woman struggling to begin a new life in New York City is offered an opportunity she can’t pass up. But as day turns to night she discovers she’s been lured to the center of a dangerous game.
Melanie Nicholls-King (Actress) – The Strange Ones
Mysterious events surround the travels of two brothers as they make their way across a remote American landscape. On the surface all seems normal, but what appears to be a simple vacation soon gives way to dark and complex truths.
Leah Harvey (Actress) – On The Road (UK)
Michael Winterbottom follows acclaimed British rock band and Grammy nominees Wolf Alice on their tour, recording their gigs as well as the romance and routine of their daily life backstage.
Kyanna Simone (Actress) – The Archer
Archer champion Lauren Pierce escapes a corrupt juvenile correctional facility with Rebecca, a fierce but alluring inmate and together they must survive a desperate warden who is bow-hunting his prey to make sure his secret stays buried.
Quincy Tyler Bernstine (Actress), Natasha Demosthene (Actress) – Easy Living
Sherry Graham, a self-destructive makeup saleswoman, hopes a new man and business venture will provide her a fresh start. After her plans are foiled, she takes control of her life in a dramatic turn of events.
Zoë Kravitz (Actress) – Gemini
A heinous crime tests the complex relationship between a tenacious personal assistant and her Hollywood starlet boss. As the assistant unravels the mystery, she must confront her own understanding of friendship, truth, and celebrity.
Jasmin Savoy Brown (Actress) – Lane 1974
At 13 years old and the eldest of three kids, Lane struggles to keep her family together as her iconoclast mother moves without warning through the communes and dusty back woods of Northern California.
Octavia Spencer (Actress, Producer) – Small Town Crime
Ex-cop, Mike Kendall, finds the body of a young woman and, in an act of self-redemption, becomes hellbent on finding the killer. While his uncouth, quirky detective style helps break the case, his dogged determination puts his family in danger.
Tiffany Yvonne Cox (Actress) – Win It All
Small time Chicago gambler, Eddie Garrett, agrees to watch a duffel bag for an acquaintance who is heading to prison. When he discovers cash in the bag, he hatches a plan to win big, against the advice of his gambling sponsor and his brother.
Yvonne Huff (Actress) – Lucky
Lucky follows the spiritual journey of a 90 year old atheist (Harry Dean Stanton), having outlived and out smoked his contemporaries, as he comes to terms with his own mortality, and searches for ever elusive enlightenment.
Yetide Badaki (Actress) – American Gods
Adapted from Neil Gaiman’s award-winning novel, American Gods follows Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle) and Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane) in a hidden world where a battle is brewing between Old Gods and New.
Antoinette Roberston (Actress), Ashley Blaine Featherson (Actress), Nia Jervier (Actress), Presilah Nunez (Actress), Johanna Middleton (Actress), Stephanie Allain (Producer), Tina Mabry (Director) – Dear White People (TV Series)
Based on the critically-acclaimed 2014 film by the same name, Dear White People is a send-up of the now post “post-racial” America that weaves together a universal story of finding one’s own identity, as told from a biting millennial point of view.
Jessica Parker Kennedy (Actress), Tanisha Long (Actress), Rachael Holder (Writer/Director) – I Love Bekka & Lucy
Two inseparable and idiosyncratic best friends face the evolution of their friendship when one of them gets engaged.
Courtney Allegra (Actress), Adalgiza Chermont (Actress) – i’m Dying up here
Set in L.A.’s celebrated, infamous stand-up comedy scene of the 1970s, this new series delves into the inspired and damaged psyches that inhabit the hilarious, but complex business of making an audience laugh.
Ashley D. Merritt (Actress) – The Son
Based on the New York Times best-selling and Pulitzer Prize finalist novel, The Son is a sweeping family saga that spans 150 years and three generations of the McCullough family.
The Lady of Rage (Actress) – G-Funk
G-Funk is the untold story of three childhood friends from East Long Beach who helped commercialize hip hop by developing a sophisticated and melodic new approach – merging Gangsta Rap with elements of Motown, Funk, and R&B.
Rebecca Naomi Jones (Actress), Shana Solomon (Actress) – The Big Sick
A couple deals with their cultural differences as their relationship grows.
Rukiya Bernard (Actress) – Colossal
An unapologetic party girl (Anne Hathaway) dreams of a fresh start only to discover a mysterious and fantastical connection between herself and a city-wrecking monster on the other side of the globe.
Candice Coke (Actress) – The Hero
The Hero tells the story of movie star Lee Hayden whose career high as Western film icon is now several decades in the past.
Janicza Bravo (Writer, Director, Producer), Nia Long (Actress), Marla Gibbs (Actress), Juliette Jeffers (Actress), Jodie Turner-Smith (Actress), Joi McMillon (Editor) – Lemon
A man watches his life unravel after he is left by his blind girlfriend.
Jennifer Brea (Writer, Director, Actress, Producer), Kiran Chitanvis (Producer), Yvonne Huff (Producer) – Unrest
When Harvard PhD student Jennifer is struck down at 28 by a fever that leaves her bedridden, doctors tell her it’s “all in her head.” Determined to live, she turns her camera on herself and a hidden world of millions confined to their homes.