Compose Yourself

SXSW Film announces first wave of conference sessions

Compose Yourself

Late summer arthouse darling Drive drove the kids wild (and sometimes drove them to bizarre acts of derring-do). SXSW Film is catching the Drive wave with its just-announced conference session with Drive's composer, A Conversation with Cliff Martinez.

Martinez, former drummer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Dickies, scored Drive , as well as a raft of Steven Soderbergh pictures (Contagion, Traffic, Solaris, etc.).

The Martinez chat is just one of almost 40 conference sessions announced today by SXSW Film. Culled from proposals to the festival's PanelPicker interface, the panels range from trendspotting (The Evolution of the Douchebag in Modern Cinema, In Search of the Muslim Sassy Gay Friend) to practical advice for filmmakers (In The Cut: Editing a Killer Editing Sample – that one was proposed former Austinite Kyle Henry – and Casting on a Budget: Get the Best and the Rightest) to new media issues (In The Cloud: Your Film in a Post-Ownership World, WTFair Use?! An Interactive Fair-Use Workshop, Arts Criticism 140 Characters at a Time).

Another 14 Convergence sessions were announced; Convergence panels emphasize the cross-pollination between Film and Interactive. Austin-based Convergence speakers include Austin Kleon and Flow Nonfiction's David Modigliani and Matt Naylor.

The 19th annual SXSW Film Conference and Festival takes place March 9-17, 20112. See below for the whole list of first wave, confirmed sessions at the conference.

3 R’s of Horror: Remakes, Reboots and Rediscoveries
(Organized by KW Low / Dread Central Media)

A Conversation with Cliff Martinez

Alternative Film Events: Site Specific and Beyond
(Organized by Delicia Harvey / Aurora Picture Show)

Artists Scoring Movies: Creating an Original Music Catalog for the Latest Trend in Film Composing
(Organized by Kier Lehman / Sony Pictures)

Arts Criticism 140 Characters at a Time
(Organized by Jen Nedeau / TIME Magazine)

Behind the Pure Evil (The Saga of Todd & the Book of Pure Evil)
(Organized by Andrew Rosen / Aircraft Pictures)

Beyond Netflix and iTunes: Your Film’s Unique Digital Distribution Strategy
(Organized by Richard Lorber, Kino Lorber, Inc)

Beyond the 1 Sheet - Pen to Paper Returns
(Organized by Charlie Loft / AllCity Media)

Bringing Sexy Back: Where’s The Line Today?
(Organized by Lisa Vandever / CineKink)

Carbon Film Quote - Putting the Carbon Footprint in Your Production Bid
(Organized by Steffen Gentis / BBDO Proximity Germany)

Casting on a Budget: Get the Best and the Rightest
(Organized by Paul Schnee, Barden / Schnee Casting, Inc.)

Coppola Vs. Kittens: Pro Filmmaking’s Online Future
(Organized by Karyn Campbell / The IdeaLists)

Diversity Counts: Auteur's, Actors and Audiences
(Organized by Vicente Williams / Producers Guild of America Diversity Committee)

The DIY on Shorts Distribution. Who’s Got This?
(Organized by Christine Boulware / IndieFilmz)

Doc Distribution from A to Z with an Emphasis on “E” for the Educational Market
(Organized by Elizabeth Sheldon / Kino Lorber, Inc.)

Does HTML5 Offer a Montage Moment for Web Cinema?
(Organized by Brian Chirls / Three Eyed Labs, LLC)

Don't Forget About Me! How to Remember Everything at SXSW (and beyond)
(Mark Channon / Memory School)

Empowering Filmmakers: How to Take Control of Your Marketing & Distribution
(Organized by Marc Schiller / BOND Strategy and Influence)

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Grants
(Organized by Dianne Debicella / Fractured Atlas)

The Evolution of the Douchebag in Modern Cinema
(Organized by Robyn Sklaren / TV and Film Consultant)

Faster, Pussycat! Shoot! Shoot!
(Organized by Ryan O’Hara Theisen / Lucky Branded Entertainment)

Festivals and the Film Distribution Business
(Organized by Nick Roddick / London Film School)

Filmmaker’s Guide to Capitol Hill Politics
(Organized by Jody Arlington / Impact + Arts Film Fund)

The GeekFamily Guide to the Movies
(Organized by Jason Cranford Teague / GeekDad/Wired)

Hollywood Lessons: What I Learned the Hard Way
(Organized by John Lang / Rough & Tumble Films)

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love VOD
(Organized by Matt Harlock / American The Movie Ltd.)

How Libraries and Archives Can Help You in "Pre" and "Post"
(Organized by Jo Angela Oehrli / University of Michigan)

In Search of the Muslim Sassy Gay Friend
(Organized by Alyssa Rosenberg / ThinkProgress)

In The Cloud: Your Film in a Post-Ownership World
(Organized by Sommer Hixon / New Video)

In The Cut: Editing a Killer Editing Sample
(Organized by Kyle Henry / Northwestern University)

It’s Not About the Budget
(Organized by Barry Ryan / Warp Films/Warp X)

Jeffrey Tambor’s Acting Workshop

Market Place Live
(Organized by Charlie Bloye / Film Export UK)

The Power of Super 8 Film
(Organized by Jaclyn Vigeant / Pro8mm)

Print to Portal: Turning a Film Mag into a Brand
(Organized by Tiffany Pritchard / Little White Lies)

Shooting the Non Scripted Feature Film for Writing in the Edit
(Organized by Benjamin Kasulke / Director of Photography)

Timing is Everything: How to Maximize Your PR
(Organized by Lewis Kay / PMK*BNC)

Tweaking Your Living Room to Director Standards
(Organized by Chris Armbrust / THX Ltd.)

WTFair Use?! An Interactive Fair-Use Workshop
(Organized by Deena Kalai / Deena Kalai, PLLC)

The confirmed 2012 Convergence sessions, which will be open to all Film, Interactive, Gold and Platinum badge holders are:

Branded Documentary: Cause Marketing's Best Media?
(Organized by David Modigliani / Flow Nonfiction)

Can a Social Web of Things Keep TV Cords Connected
(Organized by Rhonda Lowry / Turner Broadcasting)

Creating the Code: A BBC Transmedia Documentary
(Organized by Adrian Hon / Six to Start)

Everything is a Remix, So Steal Like an Artist
(Organized by Austin Kleon /

Future of Entertainment: Viewer Becomes User
(Organized by Katie Campisano / Brew Media Relations)

HTML for Film: Leading Edge or Bleeding Edge?
(Organized by Pat Aufderheide / American University)

Man vs. Algorithm: Online Video Curation Face-Off
(Organized by Marc Hustvedt / Tubefilter)

Movie Screens with Frickin' Laser Beams
(Organized by Adam Russell / wallFour)

Multiplatform Storytelling: Frontline War Stories
(Organized by Brian Seth Hurst / The Opportunity Management Company, Inc.)

Reinventing the Graphic Novel for the iPad
(Organized by Daniel Burwen / Cognito Comics)

Second Screen Dashboard: Cover Live Events Better
(Organized by Brian Hamman / New York Times)

Speed Tweaks: How Fast Can Audiences Drive Edits?
(Organized by Matt Naylor / Flow Nonfiction)

Transmedia By Bravo: How Social Media Shapes TV
(Organized by Maile Marshall / Bravo!)

WebOriginals: Televisions New Guinea Pigs
(Organized by Dave Pedersen / CBS Interactive)

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