20 Movies We Can't Wait to See at SXSW 2018

From a definitive doc on Lynyrd Skynyrd to lo-fi sci-fi thrillers, everything you need to see at the Austin, Texas film fest

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'If I Leave Here Tomorrow: A Film About Lynyrd Skynyrd'
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Emerson Loew10/20

'If I Leave Here Tomorrow: A Film About Lynyrd Skynyrd'

Say the words "Southern rock," and chances are good you hear the three-guitar attack and Ronnie Van Zant's voice; next to the Allman Brothers, no other band better personified that Seventies strain of below-the-Mason-Dixon boogie than Lynyrd Skynyrd. Veteran music-documentarian Stephen Kijak (Stones in Exile, Scott Walker: 30 Century Man) takes on the legend and legacy of the group, detailing everything from their first demos to the death of Van Zant and others in a fatal 1977 plane crash. There's concert footage, wild-time anecdotes (those boys could hellraise with the best of them), some ambivalence about how the star-and-bars became associated with them – and a harrowing blow-by-blow account of the accident from surviving members. P.S.: The first person to yell "Play Freebird!" at a screening will get a beer poured on his or her head.

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