SXSW Film Recommendations

Official SXSW Films recommended by SXSW Eco

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SXSW Eco is proud to recommend official SXSW Film selections that examine and illuminate many of the issues discussed at SXSW Eco each October. 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. Don't miss these compelling documentaries, click the titles for more information and to add to your SXSW Schedule.

Above All Else
Above All Else

One man risks his family and future when he rallies a group of landowners and activists to blockade the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline in rural East Texas.

World Premiere: Monday March 10, 12:00pm, Paramount Theatre
Tuesday, March 11, 4:30pm, SXSatellite: Alamo Village
Saturday, March 15, 2:00pm, Topfer Theatre at ZACH


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.

World Premiere: Monday, March 10, 4:00pm, Vimeo Theater
Thursday, March 13, 11:00am, SXSatellite: Alamo Slaughter
Friday, March 14, 7:00pm, Vimeo Theater

The Great Invisible
The Great Invisible

On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico. It killed 11 workers and caused the worst oil spill in American history. 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 go beyond the media coverage to examine the crisis in depth through the eyes of oil executives, survivors and Gulf Coast residents who experienced it first-hand and then were left to pick up the pieces while the world moved on.

World Premiere, Sunday, March 9, 4:15pm, Stateside Theatre
Monday, March 10, 7:00pm, AMC Theater at VCC
Wednesday, March 12, 11:00am, Paramount Theatre

Seeds of Time
Seeds of Time

A perfect storm is brewing as agriculture pioneer Cary Fowler races against time to protect the future of our food. Gene banks of the world are crumbling, crop failures are producing starvation inspired rioting, and the accelerating effects of climate change are already affecting farmers globally.

North American Premiere, Monday March 10, 11:00am, AMC Theater at VCC
Wednesday, March 12, 4:30pm, Rollins Theatre at The Long Center
Friday, March 14, 11:30am, Rollins Theatre at The Long Center

Song from the Forest
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.

North American Premiere, Saturday March 8, 2:00pm, AMC Theater at VCC
Monday, March 10, 9:30pm, SXSatellite: Marchesa
Wednesday, March 12, 2:00pm, SXSatellite: Alamo Village


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. Experience its relationship with the natural world and its interactions with humankind.

World Premiere, Saturday, March 8, 9:30pm, SXSatellite: Marchesa
Tuesday, March 11, 11:00am, Paramount Theatre

Photos courtesy SXSW Film 2014 Screenings