You know, when SXSW Film Festival producer Matt Dentler posted an entry to his blog on Monday about how The Lookout now has its own website ... I suspected ulterior motives. Turns out Dentler has some extra interest in monitoring that film: it's going to be the opening-night premiere at SXSW this March. The thriller is the directorial debut for writer Scott Frank, whose screenwriting credits include Minority Report, the fabulous Out of Sight (for which his script was Oscar nominated), Get Shorty, and Dead Again. It stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who's been getting a lot of attention for his role in last year's teen-noir Brick, and Jeff Daniels, who was marvelous in The Squid and the Whale. SXSW will host the world premiere of the The Lookout at The Paramount, Austin's downtown theater that holds more festival attendees than any other SXSW film venue, so hopefully there will be room for all of us. No word yet on whether Frank or any cast members will attend the premiere.
SXSW has also announced a couple of other world premieres: Manufacturing Dissent, a documentary about Michael Moore's tour with Fahrenheit 9/11; Alan Cumming's film Suffering Man's Charity; and Joe Swanberg's Hannah Takes the Stairs, making this the third consecutive SXSW in which Swanberg has premiered a movie. Cast members in Hannah Takes the Stairs include filmmakers Mark Duplass and Andrew Bujalski, so it'll be like one big indie-film love-in. Swanberg is also creating the in-house trailers for this year's film festival.
Other films announced include the U.S. premiere of Black Sheep, which Scott and Kim enjoyed at TIFF last year, and several documentaries, my favorite part of SXSW: 638 Ways to Kill Castro, the music doc The Last Days of Left Eye and a Morgan Spurlock-produced look at the commercialization of Christmas called What Would Jesus Buy?. The SXSW Film Festival runs from March 9-17 this year.