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SXSW Film 2015 Rundown
Reviews, interviews, photo galleries, and more
DAILY SXSW  March 22, 2015
"...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...."

Your Queer Guide to SXSW
Keeping things kweer in 2018
DAILY Qmmunity  March 2, 2018, by Sarah Marloff
"...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..."

2018 SXSW Film Venue Guide
Where to go, how to get there, and how to navigate the lines
DAILY SXSW  March 1, 2018
"...The key to a successful festival experience is preparation. Our insiders' guide to SXSW Film is all the prep work you'll need...."

2017 SXSW Film Venue Guide
Where to go, how to get there, and how to navigate the lines
DAILY SXSW  March 3, 2017
"...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...."

2016 SXSW Film Venue Guide
Where to go, how to get there, and what that line’s going to be like
DAILY Screens  March 7, 2016
"...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...."

SXSW Cancels Panels, Cites Safety Threats
Harassment panel pulled; BuzzFeed threatens boycott
DAILY SXSW  October 27, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...Events get canceled at SXSW every year. Bands drop out, films have technical issues, panelists and moderators oversleep..."

2019 SXSW Film Venue Guide
Where to go, how to get there, and how to navigate the lines
DAILY SXSW  January 29, 2019
"...The key to a successful festival experience is preparation. Our insiders' guide to SXSW Film is all the prep work you'll need...."

Free Events for the Cash-Strapped at SXSW
Festival films, music, and more, on the cheap
DAILY SXSW  March 3, 2018, by Mae Hamilton
"...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...."

SXSW Film Announces Keynotes
Fest releases full schedule, plus convergence details
DAILY SXSW  February 16, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...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..."

SXSW Film Pro Tips
What to see, where to be, and how to relax
DAILY Screens  March 4, 2015, by Kimberley Jones
"...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..."

SXSW Comedy: Your 2018 Lineup
March mirth blows in with Bloom, Offerman, Gaffigan, & Cavett
DAILY Arts  February 27, 2018, by Robert Faires
"...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?..."

Spike Lee, Rian Johnson, and Chelsea Manning for SXSW
Plus major tech names, Westworld panel, and more added
DAILY SXSW  January 30, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...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...."

Playback: Starf**king SXSW
SXSW’s bubble burst? Sure, okay – if you say so. Leave the starfucking to us, then.
Music Column  March 16, 2017, by Kevin Curtin
"...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...."

Transportation Options at SXSW
How to get around during the clusterfuck of festival season
DAILY SXSW  March 1, 2017, by Katarina Brown
"...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...."

Playback: Welcome to Terrordome: Sixth Street During SXSW
Appraising APD's solution to Sixth Street during SXSW
Music Column  April 7, 2016, by Kevin Curtin
"...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 Adds Midnighters and More
Horror lineup announced, plus shorts and more
DAILY Screens  February 9, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...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..."

SXSW Announces Online Harassment Summit
Apologizes for “unintended message” that condones harassment
DAILY News  October 30, 2015, by James Renovitch
"...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.”..."

Playback: Rap Reigns at SXSW
Snoop Dogg crowns SXSW hip-hop as keynote, the Cherubs may have topped Heroin Man, and Sparkplug becomes part of musicians’ shared economy
Music Column  March 12, 2015, by Kevin Curtin
"...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..."

Playback: Does Size Matter at SXSW?
A smaller SXSW Music week still satisfies
Music Column  March 22, 2018, by Kevin Curtin
"...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..."

Tech Guru to Close SXSW Interactive
Headspace founder Andy Puddicombe to speak at 2016 fest
DAILY SXSW  September 21, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...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...."

Finding community in the land of overstimulation
DAILY Qmmunity  March 17, 2015, by Kate X Messer and Andy Campbell
"...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...."

SXSW Interactive Goes International
Festival adds technology summit, keynotes
DAILY SXSW  November 30, 2010, by Richard Whittaker
"...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..."

SXSW 2010 Kicks Ass, Drops Some Names
SXSW Film announces Opening Night Film Kick-Ass, docs on SNL and Motörhead
DAILY Screens  January 6, 2010, by Kimberley Jones
"...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 Gets Virtual
VR film pioneer Jessica Brillhart announced as 2019 keynote
DAILY SXSW  November 27, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...Get ready for the fourth wall to vaporize at SXSW 2019, as the conference has just announced VR cinema pioneer Jessica Brillhart as its latest keynote speaker...."

Hey, SXSW, How You Doin'?
Tech pioneers, music innovators, and a daytime fave added
DAILY SXSW  November 9, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...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...."

Darren Aronofsky Speaking at SXSW
Mother! director, plus Keith Urban and more added
DAILY SXSW  October 10, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...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...."

Playback – SXSW Recap: Love, Hate, Garth & Trump
Final love / hate SXSW listicles
Music Story  March 23, 2017, by Kevin Curtin
"...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!..."

Playback: Collateral Events During SXSW Scale Back
SXSW Music's festival sideshow contracts
Music Column  March 2, 2017, by Kevin Curtin
"...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..."

SXSW Expands Music Festival
Pussy Riot speaker announced along with badge latitude
DAILY Music  July 25, 2016, by Kevin Curtin
"...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...."

SXSW Music News: Wednesday/Thursday
Dignitaries, cancellations, surprise pop-ups, and Thursday picks
DAILY SXSW  March 17, 2016, by Kevin Curtin
"...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...."

Getting Around Austin: SXSW Edition
Alternatives to driving your car (because that's a terrible idea)
DAILY SXSW  March 3, 2016, by Eloise Kirn
"...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...."

SXSW Film Announces 2015 Lineup
Circling the Thunderdome
DAILY Screens  February 3, 2015, by Kimberley Jones
"...Following January’s tease of six titles, SXSW Film has unloosed its 145-film strong slate for the 2015 festival...."

City to Review SXSW
Council directs staff to perform a 'post-event review'
DAILY News  March 31, 2014, by Michael King
"...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.”..."

Playback: Groping the SXSW Elephant
SXSW Music doesn't just boil down to three power points
Music Column  March 21, 2014, by Kevin Curtin
"...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...."

SXSW Interactive Just Got Nerdier – and More Fashionable
Meet the new names picked up by the Conference
DAILY SXSW  January 29, 2014, by Monica Riese
"...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...."

SXSW Film Hops on the Announcement Bandwagon
HBO's Lena Dunham and Casey Neistat, Jason Blum bound for Festival
DAILY Screens  October 15, 2013, by Monica Riese
"...• 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..."

Youngbloods Reflect on SXSW
U18 contingent weighs in on its 2013 festival experience
DAILY Music  March 21, 2013, by William Harries Graham
"...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...."

Last Day for SXSW Panel Picker
Extended submission deadline ain't extended no more
DAILY SXSW  July 22, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...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...."

How Green is My SXSW?
Festival launches new Eco component for October
DAILY SXSW  June 27, 2011, by Richard Whittaker
"...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...."

Stacey Abrams, Beastie Boys to Speak at SXSW
Nile Rodgers, Gwyneth Paltrow and more join the roster
DAILY SXSW  February 12, 2019, by Richard Whittaker
"...Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate (and putative 2020 presidential hopeful) Stacey Abrams and The L Word creator IIene Chaiken are some of many names just added to this year's SXSW speaker lineup. Plus ch-check it out: The surviving members of the Beastie Boys will deliver this year's Music keynote speech...."

How to Get Around at SXSW
Getting from airport to panels to parties without breaking a sweat
DAILY SXSW  February 28, 2018
"...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..."

Moonlight Director Returns to SXSW
Oscar-winner Barry Jenkins part of first speaker list for 2018
DAILY SXSW  July 24, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...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...."

SXSW Adds Speakers, Films
Buzz Aldrin, Kesha, Cory Booker, Cecile Richards, and more
DAILY SXSW  February 7, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...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...."

Playback – SXSW: Zero Hour
SXSW started early this year, but now – as usual – everything hits at once
Music Column  March 14, 2014, by Kevin Curtin
"...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..."

In Light of Tragedy, SXSW Programming Subject to Shift
UPDATED: SXSW Managing Director Roland Swenson releases statement
DAILY SXSW  March 13, 2014, by Monica Riese
"...UPDATE (11:34am): SXSW has released a statement from Managing Director Roland Swenson...."

No Myth: SXSW Interactive Announces Another Keynote
'Mythbusters' co-host Adam Savage will deliver address March 10
DAILY Screens  October 17, 2013, by Chase Hoffberger
"...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.”..."

SXSW Film 2013: The Janet Pierson Guide
Film fest chief talks themes, screens, and surprising changes
DAILY SXSW  January 31, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...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..."

SXSW 2009 Film Festival
Go out and explore. With so many options, it's hard to go wrong.
Film Review  March 20, 2009, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...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"

Pet Sematary Remake to Close SXSW Film
Midnighters, Festival Favorites, plus shorts all announced
DAILY Screens  February 6, 2019, by Richard Whittaker
"...Horror at the beginning, horror at the end: After SXSW Film (March 8-17) announced that Jordan Peele's eagerly awaited doppelganger chiller Us will be this year's opening night movie, today the festival confirmed it will close with the new adaptation of Stephen King's Pet Sematary...."

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Joins SXSW Speaker Roster
A$AP Rocky, Olivia Wilde, and the Fonz all join conference
DAILY Screens  January 15, 2019, by Richard Whittaker
"...Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been shaking up U.S. politics since her upset win last November; now she’s one of the big names just announced as a speaker for SXSW 2019...."

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