*Documentaries on A$AP Rocky, Rahsaan Roland Kirk and the soul music of Memphis, will make their world premieres at the SXSW Film Festival while the Jimi Hendrix movie starring OutKast’s Andre Benjamin will make its U.S. premiere.
Fourteen films that chronicle music and musicians are among the 76 world premieres at the festival running March 7 to 15.
Adam Kahan’s film on the blind jazz musician Rahsaan Roland Kirk, “The Case of the Three Sided Dream”; Dennis Scholl and Marlon Johnson’s “Deep City” about the early days of soul music in South Florida; Greg Olliver’s “Johnny Winter: Down & Dirty” and “SVDDXNLY,” director David Laven’s look at the life of A$AP Rocky and the A$AP Mob.
John Ridley’s “Jimi: All Is By My Side” comes to SXSW after playing the Toronto International Film Festival. Benjamin portrays the guitarist in 1966-67 as he is on the verge of becoming a rock legend.
Legends from Stax Records and Memphis mentor new artists during a recording in Martin Shore’s “Take Me to the River”; George Hencken’s “Soul Boys of the Western World” takes a trip to the 1980s with Spandau Ballet.
In addition, Mike Myers’ look at Shep Gordon, manager of Alice Cooper, Blondie and Luther Vandross, “Supermensch,” will screen in the Narrative Spotlight section.
The Midnighters feature section and the Short Film program will be announced on Feb. 5; the complete conference lineup and schedule follows on Feb. 12.