Check Out Our Official SXSW Film Recommendations

Written by Julie Yost | February 27, 2014

DamNation Still by Matt StoeckerSXSW Film is known for highlighting innovative, bold and energetic documentaries. We are proud to recommend six official selections premiering at this year's SXSW Film Festival. From the Keystone XL Pipeline to the fate of the planet's food systems, these compelling documentaries examine many of the issues discussed at SXSW Eco each October. See the list of films below and click through to learn more and see showtimes. To experience all that SXSW Film offers, buy your badge today. Single tickets to SXSW Film screenings are also available for $10 starting 15 minutes before showtime if seats remain after badge and wristband holders are seated.

  • Above All Else - Shot in the forests, pastures, and living rooms of rural East Texas, Above All Else follows David Daniel as he rallies neighbors and environmental activists to join him in a final act of brinkmanship: a tree-top blockade of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline.

  • DamNation - This powerful film odyssey across America explores the sea change in our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers.

  • The Great Invisible - At once a fascinating corporate thriller, a heartbreaking human drama and a peek inside the walls of the secretive oil industry, The Great Invisible is the first documentary feature to examine the Deepwater Horizen crisis in depth through the eyes of oil executives, survivors and Gulf Coast residents who experienced it first-hand.

  • Seeds of Time - A perfect storm is brewing as agriculture pioneer Cary Fowler races against time to protect the future of our food. From Rome to Russia and, finally, a remote island under the Arctic Circle, Fowler's passionate and personal journey may hold the key to saving the one resource we cannot live without: our seeds.

  • Song from the Forest - As a young man, US-born Louis Sarno heard a song on the radio that gripped his imagination. He followed the mysterious sounds back to the Central African rainforest, found his music with the Bayaka pygmies – and never came back.

  • Yakona - Yakona is a visual experience through the crystal clear waters of the San Marcos River and its headwaters at Spring Lake. Follow the river on an impressionistic journey from its point of view as it flows from source to sea, through the changing seasons, through time and memory.

DamNation Still by Matt Stoecker