Maybe it’s because it stars Alia Shawkat, who famously played Maeby in Arrested Development, or maybe it’s because it plumbs narcissist millennials in Williamsburg (aka hits close to home), but it’s safe to say Search Party is the comedy we’re most anticipating now that the current seasons of BoJack Horseman and Vice Principals are out of the bag. Back in March, we saw the pilot at SXSW and heard from Shawkat about her character, an aimless post-grad who becomes obsessed with finding out what happened to a classmate who went missing. Now the show has a new trailer and a release date of November 21.
It’s hard to get accepted by the South by Southwest film festival — especially if you’re not from New York. This year’s festival features eight films, chosen from 1,324 submissions, and more than half of them have roots here: The Heart Machine, directed by Village Voice film critic Zachary Wigon; Wild Canaries, Lawrence Levine’s Brooklyn-based film; The Mend, set in Harlem and directed by John Magary, who attended Columbia University’s graduate film program; Brooklyn resident Leah Meyerhoff’s I Believe in Unicorns; and the world premier of Fort Tilden, about two girls’ “needlessly complicated” bike ride from Williamsburg to Rockaway’s Fort Tilden beach, co-directed by two NYU MFA film candidates.