2016 Schedule

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

The Bandit

Thursday, March 17
11:15AM - 12:37PM


Hashtags: #sxsw #TheBandit

THE BANDIT is a film about 70s superstar Burt Reynolds, his best friend, roommate and stunt-double Hal Needham, and the making of their unlikely smash-hit SMOKEY & THE BANDIT. The film tells the action-packed story of the making of SMOKEY, while tracing the vivid personal journeys of Reynolds and Needham from obscurity to stardom and highlighting one of the most extraordinary relationships in Hollywood history. Featuring new interviews with Reynolds, rare archive material, including footage from Reynolds’ personal archive, as well as candid interviews with the late Hal Needham, the documentary tells an exhilarating and moving story about loyalty, friendship and creative risk.

Section: Documentary Spotlight
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Country: United States
Year: 2016
Runtime: 82min

Director: Jesse Moss

Executive Producer: Jayson Dinsmore, Lewis Bogach, John Miller-Monzon

Producer: Jesse Moss, Amanda McBaine, Danny Breen

Editor: Aaron Wickenden

Sound Designer: Tom Paul

Music: T. Griffin

Additional Credits: Image Research: Rich Rembsberg, Design/Graphics: Scott Grossman

Principal Cast: Burt Reynolds, Hal Needham


Jesse Moss is a San Francisco-based filmmaker. His films include THE OVERNIGHTERS, which received the Special Jury Prize at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, a DGA nomination, and was theatrically released by Drafthouse Films; FULL BATTLE RATTLE (SXSW Special Jury Prize); SPEEDO (SXSW 2003); and CON MAN, for HBO.

Distributor: Cinetic

Sales Agent: Linzee Troubh

Public Film Contact
Jesse Moss
Mile End Films
(917) 208-1545

Publicity Contact
Tiffany Malloy



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