Episodic Pilot Program 2

Episodic Pilot Program 2

Program Details:

Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband
Screening Section: Episodic Pilot Competition
Screening Category: Episodic
Runtime: 96:00 mins

Program Includes:

Episode One - The Commercial:
Daryl and Jonathan, two computer engineers, prepare for the launch of their product, a sentient machine that can read souls, by attempting to film a commercial. The machine proves difficult to work with, forcing them to find a compromise.

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Olive returns to her high school as it reopens two weeks after the mass shooting that shocked and brutalized this small West Texas town. Olive and her classmates, their parents, and the school's employees and teachers each must find some way to take the first steps to move forward as a community.

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John Hammond was born with Proteus syndrome -- the same condition as Joseph Merrick aka 'The Elephant Man' (although not nearly as severe). Faced with adversity his whole life, he is now ready to leave home after graduate school, move to New York City and SUCCEED. Faced with the roller-coaster of challenges that life and burning ambition bring -- and compounded by his appearance -- John decides through sheer force of will, rock-solid determination and strategy to OWN who he is while navigating his way through cruelty, undermining personalities, and his own emotional ups & downs. John Hammond is a character that you may feel sorry for at first -- but eventually -- when you see how sharp, strong and how damn smooth he is -- you will wish you WERE him.
'Hammerhead' is a challenge to our proclaimed social justice credo of 'accepting all people for what they are.' Do we really accept those who are 'different' as equals? Beauty is still the ultimate free pass. John is not just a maverick hero for those on the fringes -- he is all of us.
This is a dark comedy about an underdog that plans to keep going with a ferocity that will make us all root for him -- relate to him -- and eventually, envy him. A success story for modern times.

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Neuroscientist Dr. Merel Kindt has discovered a cure for phobias using common medication. It's a brief but intense exposure to the patient's fear, followed by taking a single pill. 24 hours later, the fear is gone. From animal phobias to PTSD, the potential impact is both profound and dazzlingly complex. A CURE FOR FEAR goes inside Dr. Kindt's radical treatments as she explores the ethically treacherous grounds of curing our most human ailment.

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Diane and Tim, a young American couple, give up their search for his father in Patagonia only to encounter a local con man, Alejandro, who lures them back into their journey. As the three travel deeper into the woods, mysteries abound and the forest plays tricks. Each searching for something, and ultimately discovering much more. They may be hunting a man...but what's hunting them?

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A darkly comedic series about a struggling new mom who ditches her dreary postpartum-depression support group for the stand-up comedy class next door. In this short-form pilot episode, Maggie struggles with inappropriate fantasies about her impossibly attractive live-in nanny.

Programming descriptions are generated by participants and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of SXSW.


Programming descriptions are generated by participants and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of SXSW.