joss whedon highlights south by southwest festival lineup gi SXSW 2013: Joss Whedon film highlights festival lineupThe South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Tex. has announced its 2013 film lineup. The festival will be presenting 109 movies, 69 of them being world premieres.

Among the standouts are a documentary on the life of famed scientist Stephen Hawking, and “Reality Show,” a dark satire about a reality TV producer trying to reinvent the genre. Arguably the most anticipated film, though, is “Much Ado About Nothing,” from “Avengers” director Joss Whedon.

Shot over 12 days in Whedon’s own house, the black and white film is a modern spin on the classic story, using the original text. The cast is made up of several Whedon regulars, including Nathan Fillion, Alexis Denisof, and Amy Acker.

The film portion of SXSW takes place March 8-16. The festival also includes a music portion, featuring live performances and keynotes from musicians, and an interactive portion, that features presentations from leading technology minds, as well as a series of live comedy shows.

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