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‘Pee-wee’s Big Holiday,’ Seth Rogen’s ‘Preacher’ to Premiere at SXSW Festival

Jeff Nichols’ ”Midnight Special“ and Joe Berlinger’s Tony Robbins documentary will also screen in Austin

Netflix is bringing its original movie “Pee-wee’s Big Holiday” to this year’s SXSW festival, which takes place March 11-20 in Austin, Texas.

SXSW organizers have also announced that Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg‘s upcoming AMC series “Preacher” will debut at the festival along with Jeff Nichols‘ sci-fi drama “Midnight Special,” Joe Berlinger‘s documentary “Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru” and the previously announced Richard Linklater movie “Everybody Wants Some.”

Additionally, SXSW will screen Irene Taylor Brodsky’s “Beware the Slenderman,” a searing expose on murder and Internet memes as well as Athina Rachel Tsangari’s festival favorite “Chevalier.”

“Though we are still in the thick of programming, each year we release a handful of films to provide an early peek into the festival. 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,” said Janet Pierson, Head of SXSW Film. “There is an iconic thread emerging, whether the return of beloved Pee-wee; explorations of larger than life characters like Tony Robbins, the imaginary Slenderman, and Preacher; the latest work from Jeff Nichols; and even “manhood” explored in ‘Chevalier.’ Audiences are in for a wild ride.”

Now in its 23rd year, SXSW Film brings together creatives of all stripes over nine days, and offers access to more than 500 conference sessions with visionaries from the entertainment and media industries.

The 2016 SXSW Film Festival will feature:

Beware the Slenderman (World Premiere)
Director: Irene Taylor Brodsky
In this horrifyingly modern fairytale lurks an online Boogeyman and two 12-year-old girls who would kill for him. The entrance to the internet quickly leads to its darkest basement. How responsible are our children for what they find there?

Chevalier (Greece)
Athina Rachel Tsangari, Screenwriters: Efthimis Filippou, Athina Rachel Tsangari
Six men on a fishing trip on a luxury yacht decide to play a game to compete. Things will be compared. Things will be measured. Songs will be butchered, blood will be tested. Friends will become rivals and rivals will become hungry.
Cast: Yorgos Kentros, Panos Koronis, Vangelis Mourikis, Makis Papadimitriou, Yorgos Pirpassopoulos, Sakis Rouvas

Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru (World Premiere)
Director: Joe Berlinger
Granted unprecedented access, Berlinger captures renowned life and business strategist Tony Robbins behind the scenes of his mega seminar Date with Destiny, pulling back the curtain on this life-altering and controversial event, the zealous participants and the man himself.

Midnight Special (North American Premiere)
Director/Screenwriter: Jeff Nichols
A father goes on the run to protect his young son and uncover the truth behind the boy’s special powers in the sci-fi thriller “Midnight Special,” a film as supernatural as it is intimately human.
Cast: Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver, Jaeden Lieberher, Sam Shepard

Pee-wee’s Big Holiday (World Premiere)
Director: John Lee Screenwriters: Paul Reubens, Paul Rust
In “Pee-wee’s Big Holiday,” a fateful meeting with a mysterious stranger inspires Pee-wee Herman to take his first-ever holiday in this epic story of friendship and destiny.
Cast: Paul Reubens, Joe Manganiello, Jessica Pohly, Alia Shawkat, Stephanie Beatriz

Preacher (World Premiere)
Directors: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg Screenwriter: Sam Catlin
“Preacher” is a supernatural, twisted and darkly comedic drama that follows a West Texas preacher named Jesse Custer, who – along with his ex-girlfriend Tulip and an Irish vagabond named Cassidy – is thrust into a crazy world, much bigger than he is.
Cast: Dominic Cooper, Ruth Negga, Joseph Gilgun, Ian Colletti, W. Earl Brown, Lucy Griffiths

Feature films (with the exception of Midnighters) will be announced on Tuesday, Feb. 2. Midnighters, all short films, and music videos will be announced on Tuesday, Feb. 9.