Ondi Timoner‘s BRAND: A Second Coming, a doc about Russell Brand that was largely shot by HE’s own Svetlana Cvetko (Red Army, Inside Job), will be the opening night film at Austin’s South by Southwest Festival (3.13-21). Also showing during the nine-day fest will be Karyn Kusama’s The Invitation, Alex Garland’s Ex Machina (w/ Oscar Isaac) and Michael Showalter’s Hello, My Name is Doris w/ Sally Field. I wasn’t totally delighted with my SXSW experience three or four years ago, but maybe I’ll give it another shot. The tab will be in the vicinity of $1500, I’m guessing. More? It’s cheaper now that I don’t drink.

During filming of BRAND: A Second Coming — (l. to r.) dp Svetlana Cvetko, Russell Brand, some guy, director Ondi Timoner.