2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

The Liberators

Friday, March 11
8:30PM - 9:45PM

Stateside Theatre
719 Congress Ave


Hashtags: #sxsw #theliberatorsmovie

Medieval art treasures seized by the Nazis go missing at the end of World War II. Were they destroyed in the chaos of the final battles? Or were these thousand-year-old masterpieces stolen by advancing American troops? For over forty years, the mystery remained unsolved. A true detective story, THE LIBERATORS follows a dogged German art detective through the New York art world and military archives to the unlikeliest of destinations: a small town on the Texas prairie. The film raises intriguing questions as to the motivations of the art thief and the whereabouts of the items that, to this day, remain waiting to be discovered.

Section: Documentary Feature Competition
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Country: United States
Language: English, German
Year: 2016
Runtime: 75min

Director: Cassie Hay

Executive Producer: David Bryant

Producer: Cassie Hay

Cinematographer: Serena Kuo

Editor: Cary Lin

Sound Designer: Eric Friend

Music: Curtis Heath

Principal Cast: Willi Korte, Dick DeGuerin, Tom Kline, William Honan, Robert Edsel


Cassie Hay was raised in Denison, TX. She earned a BFA in Film/TV from NYU and an MFA in Creative Non-Fiction Writing from FDU and now lives in Austin. Other film and television work includes LAW & ORDER, BORED TO DEATH, THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, and most recently, THE LEFTOVERS. THE LIBERATORS marks her feature-film directorial debut.

Sales Agent: Bill Straus, Bridge Independent

Public Film Contact
Cassie Hay
Death and Taxes LLC
(917) 455-7223

Publicity Contact
Matt Johnstone



Film Badge, Gold Badge, Platinum Badge, Film Festival Wristband
Event Type
Thanks to our sponsors
Esurance Logo Mazda Logo Monster Energy Logo CapitalOne logo Bud Light logo McDonald's logo Austin Chronicle Logo
Music sponsor
Sonic Bids Logo Pandora Logo Marriott Rewards Logo
Interactive sponsor
Deloitte Digital Logo Ten-X Logo United Airlines Logo Samsung Logo