South By South West is underway and SVOD services are already capitalizing on the fresh content being screened at the festival. Netflix was quick to jump on the opportunity to grab hold of exclusive streaming rights to Aaron Burns’ psychological thriller “Madre” which is set for release on the platform by the end of 2017. “Madre” is about a mother who hires a Filipino caretaker to watch after her autistic son. The young boy quickly learns to communicate, but can only do so in Filipino. The mother begins to suspect that the caretaker is using the language barrier to turn her autistic child into something much more sinister.
If you’re at SXSW there is still time to check out the newly acquired thriller during the times listed below:
- Wednesday, March 15th at 9:00PM | Alamo Lamar D
- Friday, March 17th at 9:00PM | ZACH Theater
Though “Madre” may have been one of the few productions already acquired by Netflix, it isn’t the only film worth checking out. Here’s a quick list of five other films to watch.
This film follows the infamous trio, and members of the “dog pound,” Warren G, Snoop Dogg, and Nate Dogg. As childhood friends, the trio formed the group 213 and were discovered by Deathrow Records, but went on to only support Snoop and Nate, and while the two rose to international stardom, Warren moved back to Long Beach with hopes of making it on his own. The film follows his rise and the impact of G Funk on pop culture.
- Wednesday, Mar 15, 2017 at 7:15pm — 8:42pm, Stateside Theatre
John Carroll Lynch makes his directorial debut with “Lucky,” starring the iconic Harry Dean Stanton. The film follows the spiritual journey of a 90-year-old atheist and the interesting characters that inhabit his off the map desert town. Having out lived and out smoked all of his contemporaries, the fiercely independent Lucky finds himself at the precipice of life, thrust into a journey of self-exploration, leading towards that which is so often unattainable: enlightenment.
- Wednesday, Mar 15, 2017 at 6:00pm — 7:28pm, Alamo Ritz 2
- Saturday, Mar 18, 2017 at 3:00pm — 4:28pm, Alamo Lamar C
3. “The Ballad of Lefty Brown”
Lefty Brown is a 63-year-old sidekick. Loyal, crotchety and rarely taken seriously, he’s ridden with Western legend Eddie Johnson for his entire adult life. Now Johnson has been appointed Senator of Montana, and despite the objections of his spirited wife Laura, he plans to leave Lefty in charge of his ranch. But when a rustler kills Johnson, Lefty is forced from his partner’s shadow. Devastated by guilt, he sets out on a journey that will reunite him with old friends US Marshall Tom Harrah and Governor James Bierce as he confronts the ugly realities of frontier justice.
- Wednesday, Mar 15, 2017 at 2:00pm — 3:51pm, Rollins Theatre at The Long Center
4. “I’m Dying up Here”
This episodic genre, which holds Jim Carrey as and executive producer, is about a group of stand-ups at L.A.’s hottest comedy club. The group react to rising star Clay Appuzzo’s big Tonight Show with Johnny Carson appearance in unexpected ways. Comics Cassie and Bill are most affected while veteran performers Ralph and Edgar are happy to see one of their own succeed. Eager to join L.A.’s burgeoning comedy scene, Boston transplants Eddie and Ron are surprised by their unorthodox accommodations, and up-and-comer Adam is forced into a compromising situation.
- Wednesday, Mar 15, 2017 at 11:30am — 12:29pm in Paramount Theater
5. “Fits and Starts”
The screenwriter of 2015’s SXSW favorite “Hello, My Name Is Doris,” Laura Terruso returns to Austin with her directorial debut. David Warwik is a struggling writer who has been toiling away at the same novel for years. His wife Jennifer is a hot young literary figure, who has just released a new masterpiece. When her publisher invites the couple to an artists’ salon at his home in Connecticut, the pair embark on a twisted journey, and David must face his demons and try to “not be weird” among the waspy salon guests and competitive art set in attendance. He encounters a dentist with publishing aspirations, a book critic full of condescending advice, a fellow writer who may know his wife a little too well, an old “friend,” and a high powered bipolar literary agent who just might be able to help him…for a price.
- Wednesday, Mar 15, 2017 at 3:00pm — 4:24pm in Alamo Lamar E
If you missed any of the showings or didn’t have the opportunity to make it to SXSW this year, don’t beat yourself up too bad, these productions are sure to make it to an SVOD service near you; just as “Furious 7,” “Sausage Party,” “Trainwreck,” “Spy” and “Neighbors” all came to SXSW before dominating multiplexes across the country.