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Netflix and Apple TV+ head to SXSW

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Netflix and Apple TV+ are heading to SXSW this year.

The streamers are out in full force for the festival, where they will debut a number of new original films and series.

Apple’s slate includes a live documentary film from Spike Jonze, an original series from Emmy-winning creator Loren Bouchard and a docuseries from award-winning producers Doug Pray and Matt Weaver:

Beastie Boys Story

A new nonfiction film from Grammy Award-winning Beastie Boys members Mike Diamond and Adam Horovitz and Academy Award-winning director Spike Jonze. A special cut of the documentary feature will open exclusively in select IMAX Theatres for a limited engagement 3rd April, before premiering globally on Apple TV+ on 24th April. Beastie Boys Mike Diamond and Adam Horovitz tell you an intimate, personal story of their band and 40 years of friendship in this live documentary experience directed by their longtime friend and collaborator, and their former grandfather, filmmaker Spike Jonze.

Central Park

From Emmy Award winner Loren Bouchard (“Bob’s Burgers”), executive producer Nora Smith (“Bob’s Burgers”) and Josh Gad (“Frozen”), “Central Park” is an animated musical series that tells the story of how a family of caretakers, who live and work in Central Park, end up saving the park, and basically the world. Cast: Josh Gad, Leslie Odom Jr., Tituss Burgess, Kristen Bell, Stanley Tucci, Daveed Diggs and Kathryn Hahn.


From the creative minds behind “Chef’s Table” and “The Defiant Ones,” “Home” is an inventive, new docuseries that offers viewers a never-before-seen look inside the world’s most innovative homes, and unveils the boundary-pushing imagination of the visionaries who dared to dream and build them. “Home” is executive produced by Joe Poulin, Matt Weaver, Bruce Gersh, Ian Orefice, Doug Pray, Collin Orcutt, Matt Tyrnauer, Corey Reeser and Kim Rozenfeld. Nick Stern serves as co-executive producer, and the series hails from MediaWeaver, Four M Studios and Altimeter Films.

Netflix’s line-up includes a new film from Prentice Penny and a portrait of an iconic, gender non-conforming astrologer:

Uncorked (Dir. Prentice Penny)

Elijah (Mamoudou Athie of UNICORN STORE) must balance his dream of becoming a master sommelier with his father’s expectations that he carry on the family’s Memphis BBQ joint. Courtney B. Vance and Niecy Nash also star.

La Originals (Dir. Estevan Oriol)

A documentary exploring the culture and landmarks of the chicano and street art movement that cemented Mister Cartoon and Estevan Oriol’s status as behind-the-scenes hip hop legends.

A Secret Love (Dir. Chris Bolan)

A triumphant love story about two trailblazing women — Terry Donahue, catcher for the Peoria Redwings, and Pat Henschel — who break barriers and conventional norms, coming out to their conservative families as they face the difficulties of aging

Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics (Dir. Donick Cary)

The documentary tells the epic story of psychedelics through the surprising and often hilarious drug trips of celebrity storytellers.

Mucho Mucho Amor (Dir. Cristina Costantini & Kareem Tabsch)

The doc follows Walter Mercado, the iconic, gender non-conforming astrologer who mesmerized millions of Latino viewers with his extravagance & positivity for decades. Then, one day, he vanished from the public eye.

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