Canadian projects nab world-premiere screenings at SXSW

Ricky Tollman's Run This Town, Brent Hodge's Who Let The Dogs Out and Kari Skogland-directed series NOS4A2 are among those headed to the Texas festival.
Run This Town

Ricky Tollman’s Run This Town is among a number of Canadian projects set for world premieres at South by Southwest (SXSW).

The Canadian feature (pictured) makes its world bow in the festival’s Narrative Spotlight program alongside a number of international projects including Tom Cullen’s Pink Wall (U.K.), Kestrin Pantera’s Mother’s Little Helpers (U.S.) and Chris Morris-directed The Day Shall Come (U.K., U. S.). Produced by Randy Manis, Tollman and Jonathan Bronfman and distributed by Elevation in Canada, the feature tells the story of a young journalist who discovers a scandal involving an unpredictable politician.

Meanwhile, Erin Derham’s Canada/U.S. project Stuffed world premieres in the Documentary Feature Competition. Directed by Erin Derham and produced by Kaleena Kiff and Galen Fletcher, the doc explores the world of taxidermy.

Canadian writer/director Grace Glowicki’s Tito, about a man who seeks refuge from the predators hunting him, will have its world premiere in the Visions section. The dramedy is produced by Miriam Levin-Gold, Ben Petrie and Glowicki.

Elsewhere, Who Let The Dogs Out, directed by Brent Hodge and penned by Hodge, John Diemer and Jasleen Kaur, has its world-premiere screening in the 24 Beats Per Second program. The film, which is backed by the Telus Original fund, tells the story behind hit song “Who Let the Dogs Out.”

Also screening in the 24 Beats Per Second section is Carmine Street Guitars (Sphinx Productions), directed by Ron Mann and written by Len Blum. The film made its world premiere at the Venice film festival in 2018. The 24 Beats section is intended to showcase music-related projects, with a particular emphasis on documentary.

Elsewhere in the lineup, Kari Skogland-directed AMC series NOS4A2 (U.S.) will make its world premiere in the Episodic Premieres section. The supernatural horror, based on a novel of the same name by American author Joe Hill, tells the story of a gifted young woman who discovers she has a supernatural ability to find lost things.

This year’s SXSW runs from March 8 to 17.