Before opening wide in the U.S. on April 10, "Observe and Report" will be having its world premiere at the 2009 South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival. On Monday, January 12, the SXSW Film Fest. has announced that the comedy movie from "The Foot Fist Way" director/co-writer Jody Hill will be filling the centerpiece slot on Monday, March 16.
Starring Seth Rogen, Anna Faris and Ray Liotta, the comedy movie follows a deluded, self-important head of mall security named Ronnie Barnhardt in his effort to be real cop and win his dream girl's heart. When the mall is struck by a flasher, Ronnie seizes the opportunity to showcase his talents. But his pursuit of glory creates a war with Detective Harrison of the Conway Police. Now, he must not only catch the flasher, but get him before the real cops do.
In another news related to the festival, SXSW also has added panelists for the conference, they include "Twilight" director Catherine Hardwicke, "Sin City" co-director Robert Rodriguez and "King of the Hill" actor/director Mike Judge. Four documentaries, Gary Hustwit's "Objectified," Andrew Neel's "New World Order," Ben Steinbauer's "Winnebago Man" and Brett Gaylor's "RiP: A Remix Manifesto", have also been added to the line-up.
The 2009 SXSW Film Conference and Festival will run from March 13 to 21 in Austin, Texas. It will be kicked off with the premiere of John Hamburg-directed comedy starring Paul Rudd and Jason Segel, "I Love You, Man".