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Apple TV+ to screen 'Cha Cha Real Smooth' at SXSW Film Festival

Apple Tv Cha Cha Real Smooth
Apple Tv Cha Cha Real Smooth (Image credit: Apple TV+)

What you need to know

  • "Cha Cha Real Smooth" is set to screen at the SXSW Film Festival.
  • "WeCrashed," "They Call Me Magic," "Shining Girls," and "The Big Conn" are also premiering then.

Another Apple TV+ film is set to premiere at this year's SXSW Film Festival.

Today, Apple announced (opens in new tab) that "Cha Cha Real Smooth" will be screening at the 2022 film festival which is being held in Austin, Texas from March 11-19. The film, which stars Dakota Johnson and is directed by Cooper Raiff, recently won the Audience Award at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival.

Fresh out of college and without a clear life path going forward, 22-year-old Andrew is stuck back at home with his family in New Jersey. But if there's one thing that belongs on his nonexistent résumé, it's how to get a party started, which lands him the perfect job of motivational dancing at the bar and bat mitzvahs for his younger brother's classmates. When Andrew befriends a local mom, Domino, and her daughter, Lola, he finally discovers a future he wants — even if it might not be his own. Cooper Raiff writes, directs and stars alongside Dakota Johnson, Brad Garrett, Leslie Mann, and newcomers Vanessa Burghardt and Evan Assante in this tale of unconventional love that brims with emotional honesty. Following its acclaimed, Audience Award-winning debut at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival, "Cha Cha Real Smooth" will host a screening at SXSW on Friday, March 18 followed by a conversation with the cast and filmmakers.

Janet Pierson, VP, Director of Film, SXSW, said that they are excited to host "the outstanding selection of wide-ranging work that Apple TV+ is bringing to SXSW this year."

"It's so exciting to be able to add two wonderful new titles to the lineup for the 2022 Film Festival, as part of the outstanding selection of wide-ranging work that Apple TV+ is bringing to SXSW this year. Not only did we fall in love with 'Cha Cha Real Smooth' at Sundance, we jumped at the chance to finally host SXSW 2020 Grand Prize Award-winning filmmaker Cooper Raiff for his first in-person festival premiere (ever) with this new film. 'The Big Conn' is a riveting, fascinating limited series we know our audience will embrace. We're thrilled to have these join the other compelling Apple series that are premiering at the festival, including 'WeCrashed,' 'Shining Girls' and 'They Call Me Magic.'"

In addition to "Cha Cha Real Smooth," Apple is also screening "WeCrashed," "They Call Me Magic," "Shining Girls," and "The Big Conn" at the festival.

Apple Original series that will make their debut at SXSW include the eagerly awaited limited series "WeCrashed" starring Academy Award winners Jared Leto and Anne Hathaway; Earvin "Magic" Johnson docuseries, "They Call Me Magic"; drama series "Shining Girls" starring and executive produced by Elisabeth Moss and created by Silka Luisa; and docuseries "The Big Conn" from acclaimed "McMillion$" filmmakers James Lee Hernandez and Brian Lazarte.

It's currently unclear when "Cha Cha Real Smooth" will premiere on Apple TV+. If you want to see it in the best quality possible when it does premiere, check out our list of the Best TVs for Apple TV 2022.

Joe Wituschek
Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.