SXSW 2018: Documentary Spotlight

by IMDb-Editors | created - 07 Feb 2018 | updated - 02 Mar 2018 | Public

Shining a light on new documentary features receiving their World, North American or U.S. premieres at SXSW.

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1. Agave: The Spirit of a Nation (2018)

79 min | Documentary

In Mexico, families have passed down the tradition of distilling agave for generations. Discover how this delicate plant has carried the weight of a nation and the people trying to protect it.

Directors: Nick Kovacic, Matthew Riggieri | Stars: Damián Alcázar, Carlos Camarena, Graciela Angeles Carreño, Aquilino García López

Votes: 14

2. Ali & Cavett: The Tale of the Tapes (2018)

95 min | Documentary

The life and times of Muhammad Ali, as shown through the lens of his numerous appearances on The Dick Cavett Show.

Director: Robert S. Bader | Stars: Muhammad Ali, Jimmy Breslin, Jim Brown, Dick Cavett

Votes: 6

3. Alt-Right: Age of Rage (2018)

104 min | Documentary

67 Metascore

In the first year of Donald Trump's presidency, Daryle Lamont Jenkins, an Antifa activist, combats the rise of the alt-right movement, while Richard Spencer, an alt-right leader, fights to ... See full summary »

Director: Adam Bhala Lough | Stars: John Carico, David Duke, Daryle Lamont Jenkins, Lacy MacAuley

Votes: 472

4. The Bill Murray Stories: Life Lessons Learned from a Mythical Man (2018)

TV-MA | 70 min | Documentary

This documentary explores various urban legends around Hollywood's most elusive star.

Director: Tommy Avallone | Stars: Tommy Avallone, John Barnhardt, Christopher Beaumont, Johnathan Davis

Votes: 1,320

5. Brewmaster (2018)

95 min | Documentary

The story of craft beer as told through a young New York lawyer who dreams of opening his own brewery and a Milwaukee based beer educator trying to pass the Master Cicerone exam.

Director: Douglas Tirola

Votes: 33

6. Daughters of the Sexual Revolution: The Untold Story of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders (2018)

78 min | Documentary

63 Metascore

The never-before-told story of Suzanne Mitchell, the fiercely-loyal den mother of the original Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. Seen by many as regressive and exploitative, this diverse ... See full summary »

Director: Dana Adam Shapiro | Stars: Cindy Bennett, Tami Barber, Kim Bateman Bue, Tammie Curren Caruthers

Votes: 111

7. The Dawn Wall (2017)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary, Adventure, Biography

81 Metascore

In an unbelievable story of perseverance, free climber Tommy Caldwell and climbing partner Kevin Jorgeson attempt to scale the impossible 3000ft Dawn Wall of El Capitan.

Directors: Josh Lowell, Peter Mortimer | Stars: John Branch, Tommy Caldwell, Kevin Jorgeson

Votes: 5,808 | Gross: $0.07M

8. The Director and the Jedi (2018)

135 min | Documentary

An intimate documentary delving into Rian Johnson's process as he comes in as a director new to the Star Wars universe.

Director: Anthony Wonke | Stars: Ram Bergman, John Boyega, Dave Chapman, Jamie Christopher

Votes: 743

9. From All Corners (2018)

93 min

From unnecessary to important. We throw our things away. What do we throw away? The things my ex-girlfriend gave to me for Christmas? I thought it was precious when I was in love with her. ... See full summary »

Director: Ryusuke Okajima | Stars: Michael Keida, Fuyuki Shimazu

10. Getting Over (2018)

79 min | Documentary

A man discovers a box of interviews with his father, a heroin addict who died of AIDS in 1997. What he finds will uncover generations of family secrets, forcing him to redefine his own past, doubt his present, and question his future.

Director: Jason Charnick | Stars: Jason Charnick, Arnie Charnick, Raymond Charnick, Denny McLain

Votes: 15

11. Nossa Chape (2018)

101 min | Documentary, Sport

80 Metascore

NOSSA CHAPE tracks the rebuilding of the Chapecoense football club in Brazil after an airplane carrying the team crashed on November 28th, 2016, leaving all but three of the players dead. ... See full summary »

Directors: Jeff Zimbalist, Michael Zimbalist, Julián Duque, Julian Duque

Votes: 140

12. Operation Odessa (2018)

TV-MA | 95 min | Documentary

From the director and producers of The Seven Five comes Operation Odessa, a true crime thriller about a Russian mobster, a Miami playboy and a Cuban spy who teamed up to sell a nuclear ... See full summary »

Director: Tiller Russell | Stars: Juan Almeida, Ludwig Fainberg, Richard Gregorie

Votes: 1,636

13. Take Your Pills (2018)

TV-14 | 87 min | Documentary

54 Metascore

Every era gets the drug it deserves. In America today, where competition is ceaseless from school to the workforce and everyone wants a performance edge, Adderall and other prescription stimulants are the defining drugs of this generation.

Director: Alison Klayman | Stars: Eben Britton, Dr. Wendy Brown, Anjan Chatterjee

Votes: 3,401

14. They Live Here, Now (2018)

64 min | Documentary

They Live Here, Now is an intimate portrait into the lives of residents at the refugee house, Casa Marianella, which is based in Austin, Texas.

Director: Jason Outenreath

15. Time Trial (II) (2017)

82 min | Documentary, Sport

An immersive fllm capturing the very essence of professional cycling.

Director: Finlay Pretsell | Stars: David Millar, Thomas Dekker

Votes: 190

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