Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson star as former Texas Rangers on the trail of Bonnie and Clyde.
On the initial list of over 102 features and episodic installments announced Wednesday for the 2019 SXSW Film Festival in Austin, one title stands out as especially promising: The Highwaymen, a Netflix production starring C&I reader favorite Kevin Costner as Texas lawman Frank Hamer, who hunted down Depression Era outlaws Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker, and Woody Harrelson as Manny Gault, Hamer’s partner in the posse that eventually caught up with the infamous criminal couple.
According to the official Netflix press release: “The outlaws made headlines. The lawmen made history. From director John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side), The Highwaymen follows the untold true story of the legendary detectives who brought down Bonnie and Clyde. When the full force of the FBI and the latest forensic technology aren’t enough to capture the nation’s most notorious criminals, two former Texas Rangers (Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson) must rely on their gut instincts and old school skills to get the job done.”
In keeping with a festival tradition of long standing, SXSW 2019, set to run March 8-17, also has programmed several documentaries about notable music and musicians. Among the standouts on the initial lineup:
Discover the origin stories of megastars like Garth Brooks and Taylor Swift while following emerging singer-songwriters as they chase their dreams inside The Bluebird Cafe, Nashville’s accidental landmark that has altered the course of music history. (Director: Brian Loschiavo)
The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash
Johnny Cash stands among the giants of 20th century American life. But his story remains tangled in mystery and myth. This documentary brings Cash the man out from behind the legend. (Director: Thom Zimny)
Nothing Stays the Same: The Story of The Saxon Pub
Nothing Stays the Same celebrates the last 30 years of live music in Austin, while also examining the challenges faced by musicians and music venues in one of the fastest-growing cities in the country, all through the lens of the legendary Saxon Pub. (Director: Jeff Sandmann)