Portland filmmaker Matt McCormick’s debut feature film, "Some Days are Better than Others," starring James Mercer (The Shins) and Carrie Brownstein (ex Sleater-Kinney), will be debuting next month at this year’s South by Southwest Film + Music Festival in Austin Texas.

Screening details (times, days, and locations) will be announced to fans via Twitter and Facebook. The film will screen multiple times during both the film and music portions of the festival March 12-20, 2010. So far no word on a Portland premiere but follow these links (www.twitter.com/somedays_movie, www.facebook.com/pages/Some-Days-Are-Better-Than-Others, and www.somedaysthemovie.com) for the latest news.

In other Shins-y and Sleater-Kinney-y tidbits, here’s the first song and video from Broken Bells, the side-project from Mercer and beat-master Danger Mouse:

And here’s Brownstein with her sometime comedic partner Fred Armisen (also known as Thunder Ant) making a rather hilarious appearance in the new St. Vincent video for her song, "Laughing with a Mouth of Blood.":

Oh, and did I hear you say you wanted to hear a new Decemberists song? Thought so. Here’s good ol’ Colin debuting one called "Springville" during a solo gig in Australia. Nice beard, man!