Riverside Drive, in front of the Long Center
"...Over nine days of SXSW Film, we churned out so many reviews and interviews and photo galleries, it’s hard to keep track. Here’s a handy rundown of all our SXSW Film 2015 coverage...."
"...Just like that, SXSW returns (March 9-18) to take over Downtown Austin. From free parties to great bands, loads of outta town talent and a never-ending barrage of social media updates on what to see where – it’s straight chaos..."
"...The key to a successful festival experience is preparation. Our insiders' guide to SXSW Film is all the prep work you'll need...."
"...SXSW is undeniably chaotic, but there is order to be found in this universe. Keep reading for our Austin insider’s guide to film venues, the line system, and tips on how to get fed and when you'll need to pack a sweater...."
"...Knowledge is power, and the only way to survive the circus of SXSW is with some serious know-how. We’ve got the Austin insider’s guide to film venues, the queue system, and tips to get you from here to there to your best fest ever...."
"...Part of the tired, poor, college-debt ridden, huddled masses looking to get a foot in the door at SXSW without breaking the bank? Never fear. SXSW offers its usual round of events free to the general public with a guest pass as well as some new festival phenomenon sure to get an eyebrow raise out of even the most curmudgeonly and disgruntled of Austinites...."
"...Events get canceled at SXSW every year. Bands drop out, films have technical issues, panelists and moderators oversleep..."
"...Let’s start with some math: SXSW throws more than 150 feature films at you over 10 days’ time. You’re never gonna get to them all..."
"...Tradition has March coming in like a lion and going out like a lamb, but here in Austin there's also a part when March goes full hyena, laughing like crazy, and that's all due to SXSW Comedy. The 2018 lineup shows just why that's so with the presence of such comedy greats as Rachel Bloom, Jim Gaffigan, Nick Offerman, James Adomian, and … Dick Cavett?..."
"...SXSW may not be in a galaxy far, far away, but the Force will be strong this year with the announcement that Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson and his longtime producer Ram Bergman will be speaking at the conference...."
"...Smartly dressed folks flipped their phones off airplane mode and exclaimed, "I just booked a meeting through Twitter!" and "Why isn't my Uber app working?!" Meanwhile, a gaggle of black-clad limo drivers held up iPads displaying the names of tech entrepreneurs and Hollywood starlets. That's when I realized there was a problem, NASA: I don't stare at my screens enough to recognize TV and tech stars arriving for SXSW Film and SXSW Interactive...."
"...A source at SXSW says that Saturday door totals for their venues on the local equivalent to New Orleans' Bourbon Street came in at one-third of the previous year's numbers, and that Friday was down as well. Bartenders up and down the street confirm that they netted significantly less tips over the last two Festivals..."
"...SXSW Film attendees, time to finesse your calendars. The conference just announced its final list of speakers, with author/filmmaker Nelson George, legendary producer Gale Anne Hurd, and indie icon Joe Swanberg all delivering keynotes..."
"...As Austin was flooding and Twitter was flooded with warnings and closures, SXSW Interactive Director Hugh Forrest announced an Online Harassment Summit and apologized for sending “an unintended message that SXSW not only tolerates online harassment but condones it.”..."
"...Variety foreshadowed the phenomenon with the article "For SXSW Music, Bigger Isn't Necessarily Better," in which music festival general manager James Minor revealed he's been focused on quality over quantity the last three years. And indeed the hysteria whipped up by SXSW has ebbed since 2014's overblown year of Lady Gaga equating Doritos dust with "bold" lifestyle choices, but last week played out especially manageable..."
"...SXSW is upon us once again, which means the city is not only packed with things to do, but also packed with people to navigate around. With so many travel options, we’re here to give you the rundown, that way you can be sure transportation plans won’t hit any speed bumps...."
"...Booking a film festival is about whittling. This year, the SXSW Film Festival staff received about 1,500 narrative features and 1,000 documentaries, and narrowed that down to about 150 titles..."
"...It may not have the day parties and world premieres of Music or Film, but SXSW Interactive is where the future is formed. Now the technological fest has confirmed Andy Puddicombe of mindful meditation app Headspace as its closing speaker...."
"...Whether you are a veteran or a complete n00b virgin, have we got the clues for you. Welcome to The Gay Place's SXSW 2015 guide to all things LGBTQIA...."
"...And look who scored the ultimate SXSW gig: Snoop Dogg. The lanky Long Beach native has been tapped for the Music conference's keynote address..."
"...With just over 100 days before SXSW 2011, cue the deluge of announcements. The first bands were announced: Interactive confirmed The Guild co-creator Felicia Day and 4chan founder Christopher "moot" Poole as keynote speakers and added SXSWedu..."
"...This morning SXSW Film announced its opening night film: comic book adaptation Kick-Ass, about a high school wannabe superhero who figures if he dresses the part, the rest will fall into place. Don’t be surprised if you see some homespun tights, capes, and codpieces at the screening; turns out Austinites like to play dress up...."
"...SXSW has never shied away from controversy, and today's latest round of speakers carries one of the most divisive figures to be added to the roster: Peter Thiel, the Silicon Valley billionaire famous for killing Gawker. That's not the only surprise, because today's wave of speakers stretches from tech to daytime TV favorites...."
"...No film has baffled, befuddled, and split audiences this year quite like Mother!, but love it or hate it, there's no doubt it secured Darren Aronofsky's reputation as one of the great directors of this era. Now he adds another accolade: SXSW 2018 Keynote speaker...."
"...In a year when experts widely predicted a smaller sideshow surrounding SXSW – and it did feel refreshingly manageable – the hallmarks remained: secret shows, celebrities walking among us, electrifying hype surrounding young buzz acts, and every local scene reppin' their milieu. The inclusion of Brooks, who also played a pop-up show Friday at venerable honky-tonk the Broken Spoke, represents the fact that anything can and does still happen in Austin during March madness. Didn't See That Coming!..."
"...Hype Hotel is taking a year off to focus on developing web and mobile products. Spotify has opted to forgo its fest-style concerts, instead hosting an artist lounge, recording Spotify Sessions, and debuting new digital integration programs with SXSW..."
"...Next year’s buzz bands are still six to eight months away from reveal, but we doubt Donald and Melania Trump will get the same keynote invitation the Obamas received earlier this year. Nevertheless, SXSW 2017 has begun taking shape with this morning’s announcement of 11 speakers...."
"...Just as important as planning your SXSW calendar of panels and parties? Planning how to get there, and how to get home or back to the hotel in one piece...."
"...After a brief discussion at last Thursday’s City Council meeting, Council passed unanimously a resolution directing City Manager Marc Ott to conduct “a full post-event evaluation of all events taking place during SXSW.” In a statement, SXSW officials welcomed the review, calling it “a terrific initiative.”..."
"...Beginning with 2,200 showcasing acts and hundreds of unofficial bands, plus panels, installations (Flatstock), and day parties, a singular experience escapes us. Nonetheless, the national headlines generated in Austin last week have largely reduced last week's SXSW's action down to a three-point narrative: the deadly Red River hit-and-run, Tyler, the Creator's arrest for inciting a riot, and Lady Gaga selling out to Doritos...."
"...• Daily keynote speakers are new to the lineup for 2014, and the first three are Jason Blum (founder and CEO of the production company behind the Paranormal Activity franchise), Lena Dunham (Girls), and Jason Neistat (HBO's The Neistat Brothers). “By adding a daily Keynote, we aspire to further highlight and draw all eyes to creators who impact our culture in diverse and fascinating ways,” said SXSW Film director Janet Pierson in a press release..."
"...First there was music, then film, then interactive, then education, and now SXSW is getting more environmentally aware with the launch of SXSW Eco this October...."
"...Even for a seasoned veteran, it can be overwhelming trying to navigate SXSW. But as they say, the best defense is a good offense, which we'll interpret to mean: Plan ahead..."
"...In 2008, a little-known filmmaker named Barry Jenkins premiered his first film, Medicine for Melancholy, at SXSW. A decade later, and with an Oscar for Moonlight on his shelf, he returns as the first announced keynote speaker for SXSW 2018...."
"...From moon explorers to tech investors, musicians to Muppets, and from the joint chiefs of staff to the wrestling ring: SXSW just unleashed a monster wave of guests, speakers, and extra film titles for the upcoming Fest...."
"...Six wins and you’re in, one slip-up and you’re history. Here in Austin, the word “March” coupled with anything sounding chaotic evokes another contest where a large field of aspirants go for glory: SXSW...."
"...Following January’s tease of six titles, SXSW Film has unloosed its 145-film strong slate for the 2015 festival...."
"...We didn't have time to brace for impact. As usual, South by Southwest hit earlier than expected, beginning last Friday during SXSW Interactive when newly anointed Grammy recipient and local boy Gary Clark Jr..."
"...UPDATE (11:34am): SXSW has released a statement from Managing Director Roland Swenson...."
"...As we mentioned in yesterday's Film Flam column, Chobot is on board to emcee the 17th annual SXSW Interactive Awards ceremony on Tuesday, March 11. She's the host of Nerdist News, as well as a veteran esports reporter and a lead writer on Daylight, a Zombie Studios game slated for PlayStation 4 release this year...."
"...Adam Savage, bespectacled genius, “obsessive maker of things,” and co-host of Discovery Channel’s long-running Mythbusters program, has been tabbed as the conference’s first keynote. SXSW Interactive’s Hugh Forrest indicated in a blog post today that Savage, who will speak on Monday, March 10, will “share his inspirational insights on the scientific method and creativity.”..."
"...I’m the son of a musician who’s played SXSW every year since it began. This year was my first rodeo showcasing as a solo act with my dad Jon Dee Graham at the Hill Country SXSW Friends & Family showcase and with my band the Seaside Swifts at the Palm Door...."
"...Janet Pierson has the coolest job – and the toughest job. As the SXSW Film Festival director, she leads the team that selected the 110 features announced today..."
"...Hoping to submit a panel for SXSW 2013? Well, today is your last chance, as the submission deadline for the panel picker is midnight tonight. That includes SXSW Film, Music, Interactive, and SXSWedu...."
"...More coverage can be found in previous issues of the Chronicle and the dailies, which will be published Thursday through Saturday during the Music Conference and Festival. Of course, complete details can be found at www.sxsw.com..."
"...After January's sneak peek of a half-dozen titles, SXSW Film has finally drawn back the curtain on its 2016 lineup...."
"...Packed airports, cramped planes, and overzealous TSA agents couldn't stop you. You've made it to SXSW Interactive! If the combo of being in a new town and jet lag has you overwhelmed, here are a few Austin tips to ensure access to the bare essentials...."
"...For his part, Interactive Director Hugh Forrest wrote in the Snowden announcement that "SXSW agrees that a healthy debate with regards to the limits of surveillance is vital to the future of the online ecosystem."..."
"...We talk to SXSW Interactive Director Hugh Forrest about expanding the brand with V2V...."
"...January has very little to recommend it – it heralds the season of dogs at the moviehouse (literally and figuratively) – but at least from SXSW Film we get the beginning of what I like to call The Long Tease, a deliciously slow reveal of all the goodies it’ll be showing come March...."