SXSW Film 2002 News

It's shaping up to be a banner year for SXSW Film 2002 (March 8-17), with both badges and wristbands now available. Film badges, which get you into all the panels and screenings (with preferential treatment over lesser, pass-holding mortals), are now $225, and if you think that's pricey you have only yourselves to blame, oh citizen of procrastination nation. Film passes are available only at Waterloo Records (600-A N. Lamar) for a paltry $50 a pop. As for the lineup, recent additions include the They Might Be Giants doc Gigantic: A Tale of Two Johns (with Johns Linnell and Flansburgh in attendance for at least one screening); Tony Shalhoub's directorial debut Made-Up; Austinites Rusty Martin and Susan Kirr's bike-culture doc "Bike Like U Mean It" -- and that's not even getting into the celebs on hand for the fest, like Ethan Hawke, who'll introduce his feature directorial debut, Chelsea Walls; Russell Crowe, talking up Texas, the doc about Crowe's band; and director Guillermo del Toro, writer David Goyer, and actor Ron Perlman, who'll be here for the world premiere of Blade 2. In addition, SXSW's online registration directory ( is up and running, insuring that you, the registrant, have easy access to the sordid private lives of your fellow SXSW participants. Well, okay, maybe not their private lives, so to speak, but you can track down info like phone and e-mail contacts. Let the schmoozing begin!

Web Extra!

Read Chronicle contributor Anne S. Lewis' interview with Alexandra Pelosi, director of the wildly anticipated Bush campaign doc Journeys With George, online at , starting Monday, March 4. Journeys With George has its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival Friday, March 8.

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