Thornton's Willie Nelson docu to end fest
South by Southwest has set Billy Bob Thornton’s “The King of Luck,” a documentary on Willie Nelson, as its closing night film on March 19.
Screening will be the world premiere of the docu, focusing on “the man, the songwriter, the friend, the father, legendary performer and champion of the family farmer.”
Additional announcements made Wednesday include a work-in-progress screening of Paul Feig’s “Bridesmaids”; “Umshini Wam,” a short film from Harmony Korine; and “Hit So Hard,” a documentary on Hole drummer Patty Schemel.
SXSW said the fest, which opens March 11 with “Source Code” as its opening night screening, will host a total of 140 features, consisting of 66 world premieres, 15 North American premieres and 15 U.S. premieres.
The fest also announced Wednesday that it will also screen films from R.E.M.’s latest album “Collapse Into Now” followed by a Q&A with Michael Stipe: the North American preem of “Night Fishing,” the first collaboration between Park Chan-wook and Park Chan-kyong; and a showing of “The Pee-wee Herman Show on Broadway.”