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SXSW Finalizes Their 24 Beats Per Second Film Lineup

January 31, 2013 | Posted by Jeffrey Harris

Billboard reports that SXSW will feature the world premiere of two films about Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong and also films abou tthe racial mix in the 1960’s Chicago blues world, Burning Man, and the travels of Arhoolie Records founder Chris Strachwitz.

The festival will also screen Davie Grohl’s Sound City which premiered at Sundance. Here are the dozen films chosen for the 24 Beats Per Second section:

All the Labor (Director: Doug Hawes-Davis; world premiere). The story of the Gourds told through performances and behind-the-scenes footage.

Artifact (Director: Bartholomew Cubbins). Jared Leto and his band Thirty Seconds to Mars battle their label in a brutal lawsuit and record their album “This Is War.”

A Band Called Death (Directors: Mark Christopher Covino, Jeff Howlett). Death was a punk precursor to the Sex Pistols and the Ramones.

Born in Chicago (Director: John Anderson; world premiere). The Chicago blues scene in he 1960s when young, white musicians were apprentices with Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf.

Broadway Idiot (Director: Doug Hamilton; world premiere). Behind the curtain with Green Day lead singer, Billie Joe Armstrong, as he ventures onto Broadway with “American Idiot.”

Brothers Hypnotic (Director: Reuben Atlas; world premiere). Eight brothers, brass musicians from Chicago’s South Side, test their brotherhood and their father’s legacy against mounting mainstream success.

¡Cuatro! (Director: Tim Wheeler). A peek inside the world of Green Day as they conceptualize and record the trilogy of “¡Uno!,” “¡Dos!” and “¡Tré!”

Finding the Funk (Director: Nelson George; world premiere). A look at funk’s past, present and enduring influence on contemporary music.

Good Vibrations (Directors: Lisa Barros D’sa, Glenn Leyburn, Screenwriters: Colin Carberry, Glenn Patterson; North American Premiere). A chronicle of Terri Hooley’s life, a record-store owner instrumental in developing Belfast’s punk-rock scene.

The Punk Singer (Director: Sini Anderson; world premiere). The story of singer and feminist icon Kathleen Hanna (Bikini Kill, Le Tigre).

Reincarnated (Director: Andy Capper; North American premiere). Snoop Dogg goes on a spiritual journey looking for light in a world of darkness.

Twenty Feet from Stardom (Director: Morgan Neville) The untold story of the backup singer in popular music.

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