Karen Valby and Adam B. Vary
March 23, 2012 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Gimme the Loot
The winner of the Grand Jury narrative prize, Gimme told the joyous, epic tale of two working-class Bronx teenagers — graffiti artists who are good kids despite some goofy criminal activity. ”I hadn’t seen a story set in a gritty, urban environment that wasn’t a social message piece,” says first-time writer-director Adam Leon. ”I wanted to make something that was more of a celebration.”

We are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists
A mostly one-sided doc about Anonymous — the anticorporate hacking collective that’s taken on PayPal, PlayStation, and Scientology — Legion played like gangbusters in Austin.

Hunky Dory
This charming ensemble musical starred Minnie Driver as a freethinking drama teacher at a Welsh high school in 1976 and featured songs by David Bowie (hence the title), the Beach Boys, and Nick Drake.

Family Guy‘s Seth MacFarlane screened roughly 12 minutes from Ted, his feature debut as a writer-director, about a grown man (Mark Wahlberg) still living with the teddy bear his childhood wish brought to life. The sneak peek at the R-rated comedy, out July 13, included a killer sequence in which a foulmouthed Ted (voiced by MacFarlane) beats the crap out of Wahlberg — who made a surprise return to SXSW for the event. ”I was here 21 years ago,” Wahlberg told EW. ”As a rapper. Tore up the town. Seriously! Big bag of weed and running around Texas doing the two-step with every hooker that would give us the time of day.”

Big Easy Express
The world premiere of Emmett Malloy‘s gorgeous documentary about the cross-country train ride enjoyed by the bands Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, and the Old Crow Medicine Show brought the film portion of the festival to a most triumphant close March 17. ”This is the first time we showed it, and I hope it doesn’t end here,” the director said. The many musicians then crowded onto the Paramount stage for a rousing acoustic set. It was an afternoon that embodied the very best SXSW has to offer.

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