The SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas is one of my favorite events to attend each year but it's not just about film screenings. In addition to the wonderful movies are the panels which make up the SXSW Film Conference
. It's an experience in itself and the topics and speakers are as highly anticipated as the lineup of films. In addition, the Digital Domain
lineup has been announced. This new program focuses on web-based media. There will be over 1200 panels taking place from March 9-13.
A number of films have also been added to the calendar, including 15 features and four shorts. They are listed below the panels along with the section in which they will appear. With these additions, the 2012 lineup consists of 132 full-length features, including 58 films from first-time directors. There are 74 World Premieres, 17 North American Premieres, and 11 U.S. Premieres. These were selected from a record 1,957 submissions, including 1,387 from the U.S. and 570 international features. 138 shorts have been chosen out of 3,306 submissions to screen in 12 shorts programs. Submissions overall went up 7% to a total of 5,243. For the first time, Audience Awards will be selected in all categories. The 2012 SXSW Film Conference & Festival kicks off March 9 with nine days of the best that today's cutting-edge filmmakers have to offer. The festival runs from March 9-17, 2012 in Austin, Texas.
The Opening Night Film
will be the World Premiere of The Cabin in the Woods
, the directorial debut of writer Drew Goddard (Cloverfield, Lost, Alias
). Produced and co-written by Joss Whedon, the thriller stars Kristen Connolly, Fran Kranz, Anna Hutchison, Chris Hemsworth, Jesse Williams, Richard Jenkins, and Bradley Whitford. A handful of other titles, including the World Premiere of the HBO series Girls
from writer/director Lena Dunham, winner of the SXSW 2010 Audience Award for Tiny Furniture
, were revealed
in mid-January. Then the complete lineup
of feature films was announced (except for Midnighters), including the World Premiere of 21 Jump Street
on March 12 as the Centerpiece Film. Starring Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Brie Larson, Dave Franco, Rob Riggle, and Ice Cube, the movie will be released through Columbia and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Emmett Malloy's documentary Big Easy Express
, featuring Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, and Old Crow Medicine Show, will be the official Closing Night Film on March 17. Features in the Midnighters section, along with the complete list of short films, were announced last week
The complete schedule of panels, including dates, times, and locations, is now available at schedule.sxsw.com
. The SXSW Film Conference and Festival runs from March 9-17, 2012 in Austin, Texas.
Here are some key panels not to be missed:
• A Conversation with Seth MacFarlane
As the creator of Family Guy and one of the co-creators of American Dad!, Seth MacFarlane has brought his boundary-pushing brand of humor to millions each week. Join Seth for a no-holds-barred discussion about his groundbreaking work in TV, his recent foray into the music world with his debut album and his transition to Hollywood with his upcoming directorial debut Ted, a live-action/CG-animated comedy starring Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis.
(Sunday, March 11, 11:00am, Vimeo Theater, Austin Convention Center)
• Funny or Die: Future of Comedy & Everything Else
An intimate look into the corruption, lies and deceit that transformed a website into the most powerful media company in the world! How FOD transformed into a new model media company and how comedy pretty much rules the world…and everything else.
(Sunday, March 11, 3:30pm – Room 18ABCD, Austin Convention Center)
• Meat is Might: Epic Meal Time Rules the Web
Join the Epic Meal Time team in a discussion of the key factors to their initial success and continued expansion throughout the digital and entertainment sphere.
(Saturday, March 10, 3:30pm – Room 18ABCD, Austin Convention Center)
• Restoring History: 100 Years of Universal Films
Experience the process of restoring, archiving and curating a centennial of movie magic with Universal's Centennial titles. (Monday, March 12, 11:00am – Paramount Theatre)
• We Are Legion: Digital (R)Evolution
Armed with colleagues from the filmmaking and digital communities, writer/director Brian Knappenberger weighs in on the challenges of making the film WE ARE LEGION: The Story of the Hacktivists (official selection SXSW 2012), the roots of the "hactivist" collective Anonymous, and their current battles with Hollywood.
(Tuesday, March 13, 11:00am – Room 18ABCD, Austin Convention Center)
COMPLETE FILM CONFERENCE LINEUP BY DAY:
(Moderators listed in parentheses)
Friday, March 9
Beginners Guide to SXSW Film (Agnes Varnum, Austin Film Society)
Don't Forget About Me! Remember Everything at SXSW (Mark Channon, Memory School)
Future of Entertainment: Viewer Becomes User
Man Vs. Algorithm: Online Video Curation Face-Off
The Opening Act: Making of the SXSW Film Bumpers
Speed Tweaks: How Fast Can Audiences Drive Edits?
Saturday, March 10
A Conversation with Joss Whedon (Adam B. Vary, Entertainment Weekly)
Alternative Film Events: Site Specific & Beyond (Delicia Harvey, Aurora Picture Show)
Beyond The 1 Sheet - Pen to Paper Returns (Charlie Loft, AllCity Media)
Brothers Gonna Talk it Out (Christy Lemire, AP/Ebert Presents At The Movies)
Casting on a Budget: Get the Best & the Rightest (Josh Pais)
Collaborations in Film: Writers & Producers
Coppola vs Kittens: Pro Filmmaking's Online Future (Adam Glickman, The IdeaLists)
Creating the Code: A BBC Transmedia Documentary
DSLR Gear: Film Production in a Carry-On (Or Two). (Lan Bui, The Bui Brothers)
Entertainment After Transmedia (Zak Kadison, Blacklight Transmedia)
Everything is a Remix; So Steal Like An Artist
Festribution: Film Festivals as Distributors (Sean Farnel, Ripping Reality)
Hollywood Lessons: What I Learned The Hard Way (John Lang, Rough & Tumble Films)
Iron Sky: Forging the Future of Film
Meat is Might: Epic Meal Time Rules the Web
Mentors - Artist Development
Mentors - Managers & Agents
Mentors - Open Call
Mentors - Press & Bloggers
Mentors - Publicity
Rewards! Emotions! Design with the Brain in Mind (M. A. Greenstein, The George Greenstein Institute)
The Evolution of the Douchebag in Modern Cinema (Robyn Sklaren)
Tough Love: Why You're Still Not Festival Ready (Amy Dotson, IFP)
Warp’ed Filmmaking - More Execution, Less Budget (Barry Ryan, Warp Films/Warp X)
Your Film's Unique Digital Distribution Strategy (Richard Lorber, Kino Lorber)
Sunday, March 11
3 R's of Horror: Remakes, Reboots & Rediscoveries (KW Low, Dread Central Media)
A Conversation with Seth MacFarlane
Arts Criticism 140 Characters At A Time (Linda Holmes, NPR)
Can a Social Web of Things Keep TV Cords Connected
Does HTML5 Offer a Montage Moment for Web Cinema? (Ingrid Kopp, Shooting People)
Empowering Filmmakers: Marketing/Distribution Keys (Marc Schiller, BOND Strategy And Influence)
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Grants (Dianne Debicella, Fractured Atlas)
Filmmaker's Guide to Capitol Hill Politics (Jody Arlington, Impact Arts + Film Fund)
Funny or Die: Future of Comedy & Everything Else
The Great Cinematography Shootout (David Lowery, Sailor Bear Films)
Harnessing the Crowd - Internet Funding 101 (Erica Labovitz, IndieGoGo)
In The Cloud: Your Film in a Post-Ownership World (Susan Margolin, New Video)
Jeffrey Tambor's Acting Workshop (Jeffrey Tambor)
Lights, Camera, Social Action!
Mentors - Industry Buyers
Mentors - International
Mentors - Legal
Mentors - Producers
Mentors - Sales & Acquisitions
Multiplatform Storytelling: Frontline War Stories
Putting a Carbon Footprint in Your Production Bid (Steffen Gentis, Proximity/BBDO)
Reinventing the Graphic Novel for the iPad
Shooting and Editing the Non Scripted Feature (Barry Jenkins, Futurestates)
Welcome to the Pitching Palace (Bonnie Orr, Palm Tree Productions)
Monday, March 12
A to Z Doc Distribution: Emphasis on E for Education (Elizabeth Sheldon, Kino Lorber)
AICN Presents: Todd & The Book of Pure Evil (Harry Knowles, Aint It Cool News)
Art and Advertising: Two Sides of the One Sheet (Roger Erik Tinch, Tinch Co./Reelizer)
Branded Documentary: Cause Marketing's Best Media?
The Business of Kevin Smith (Bob Moczydlowsky, Topspin)
Changing the Channel: The New Golden Age of TV
The GeekFamily Guide To the Movies (Jason Cranford Teague, Wired/GeekDad)
How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love VOD (Orly Ravid, The Film Collaborative)
HTML5 for Film: Leading Edge or Bleeding Edge
In Search of the Muslim Sassy Gay Friend
In The Cut: Editing a Killer Feature Sample (Kyle Henry, Northwestern University)
Market Place Live (Charlie Bloye, Film Export UK)
Mentors – Distribution 2: Narrative
Mentors – Distribution 1: Documentary
Mentors – Distribution: Open Call
Mentors – Production 1
Mentors – Production 2
The Power of Super 8 Film (Phil Vigeant, Pro 8mm)
Print to Portal: Turning a Film Mag into a Brand (Danny Miller, The Church of London)
Restoring History: 100 Years of Universal Films
Sony in 35mm: Options and Applications (Mike DesRoches, Sony Electronics, Inc.)
Timing is Everything: How to Maximize Your PR (Lewis Kay, PMK*BNC)
Tweaking Your Living Room to Director Standards (Chris Armbrust, THX, Ltd.)
WebOriginals: Televisions New Guinea Pigs
WTFair Use?! An Interactive Fair-Use Workshop (Deena Kalai)
Tuesday, March 13
A Conversation with Cliff Martinez (Brian Satterwhite, Nuance Music)
A Conversation with Mark Mothersbaugh (Doreen Ringer-Ross, BMI)
Artists Scoring Film: New Trends in Composing (Robert Kraft, Fox Music Inc)
Bringing Sexy Back: Where's the Line Today? (Lisa Vandever, CineKink)
Clearing Rights: What "Borat" Wrought (Dan Satorius, Satorius Law Firm PLLC)
Dig Deep: Libraries, Archives and Filmmaking (Jo Angela Oehrli, University of Michigan Masters)
Diversity Counts: Auteur's, Actors and Audiences (Vicente Williams, Producers Guild of America Diversity Committee)
DIY: Short Film Distribution. Who's Got This? (Liz Shannon Miller, GigaOM.com)
Girls Revealed (Alex Karpovsky)
The Great White Whales of Music Docs (Warren Cohen, VH1 Networks)
Making it Happen: Financing an Independent Film (Aaron Kaufman, Quick Draw Productions)
Maximizing Film Revenues (Dan Satorius, Satorius Law Firm PLLC)
Mentors - Filmmakers 1: Documentary
Mentors - Filmmakers 2: Narrative
Mentors - Programming 1: Narrative
Mentors - Programming 2: Documentary
Mentors - Writers
Movie Screens with Frickin' Laser Beams
The Not So Sexy Side Of Music For Film & TV (Dominique Preyer, Hear It - Clear It Music Supervision)
Richard Linklater and Randall Poster in Conversation (Randall Poster, Search Party Music)
Second Screen Dashboard: Cover Live Events Better
Shoot, Share, Repeat: Capture History in Real Time (Jonathan Klein, Getty Images)
To 3D or Not to 3D. That is the Question. (Jeffrey Merrihue, MOFILM)
We Are Legion: Digital (R)Evolution (Brian Knappenberger, Luminant Media)
When Filmmakers Meet Interactive Teams (Amit Breuer, Amythos Media)
The World is Watching: An Int'l Sales Workshop (Andy Whittaker, dogwoof)
COMPLETE DIGITAL DOMAIN LINEUP BY DAY:
Saturday, March 10
Fact Checkers Unit: Making a Web Series
The creators of award winning web series Fact Checkers Unit talk partnering with NBC, MTV, Samsung and a whole host of celebrities to produce an unusual production. Learn how this project went from Sundance short film to hit online series.
Fleshlife: The Making of a Webseries
A behind-the-scenes look at the challenges of creating "safe-for-work" web content for the Adult Sex Toy Industry.
Condition ONE - The Future of Mobile Video
In this session, the producers of the film, Hell and Back Again, will demo Condition ONE, a new immersive video application built for the iPad.
SU2C: Reinventing the PSA
In this panel, SU2C will discuss how entertainment brands, celebrities, technology & cancer research can intersect to drive non-profit campaigns into mainstream culture.
Sunday, March 11
Prototyping The Future
Lance Weiler and FUTURESTATES unveil participatory storytelling project WISH FOR THE FUTURE and lead a rapid prototyping lab with audiences.
Screaming with Laughter: FEARnet TV's Holliston
FEARnet debuts its first original series "Holliston," a new type of horror sitcom. The panel will explore the path taken to make a show about two friends chasing the dream of becoming successful horror movie filmmakers.
Screw the Big Screen, We Have the Web!
The battle between web and TV is vicious. Hear from three heavy hitters in the interactive video business and find out what works and what doesn’t.
The Rise of Co-Created Storyworld Communities
Learn what co-created storyworlds are, discuss the benefits/risks of a shared storyworld model, explore ways to leverage the community to help grow the story universe contextually and commercially, and examine the legal implications of co-creation.
Monday, March 12
The Best of DocLab
Caspar Sonnen, Curator and New Media coordinator at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, showcases the best examples of interactive documentary storytelling and other digital non-fiction projects that defy definition.
Dreams of Your Life: A Darkly Playful Experience
Commissioned in parallel with feature doc DREAMS OF A LIFE, www.dreamsofyourlife.com, was developed by agency Hide & Seek, as a thought-provoking & immersive experience to engage users in the themes explored by the film. This panel will explore the creative process between the commissioner, digital agency, novelist and photographer, from idea to execution, right through to audience.
Next Gen Content: A Conversation w/ Maker Studios
Join Maker Studios as they discuss the studio’s history, strategic growth, talent and their thoughts on the future of online video content.
Times Are a'Changin: Digital Storytelling Today
Technology has created a new breed of storytellers. Find out how the storytelling paradigm has shifted in this new digital age.
Tuesday, March 13
1,000 Voices: Redefining Creative Collaboration
Girl Walk // All Day creators talk about the changing definition of creative collaboration and preserving your voice on big group projects.
Funny Or Die's How To Succeed In Videos By Trying
Sit down with writers, directors and producers from Funny Or Die to find out how they make the videos that make you laugh.
Let's Big Happy: Fox Digital Music & Comedy Series
Join us for a screening of Fox Digital's hilarious new comedy, Let's Big Happy, along with a Q&A with the creators and stars.
Make a BTS Web Series and Survive
Forget using the web to promote your film and start focusing on creating content that supports your film.
Your Web Series: From Concept to Distribution
Learn how to make your own web series. Discussion to include concept, target audience, budget, distribution and contracts.
Blue Like Jazz
Director: Steve Taylor, Screenwriters: Donald Miller, Steve Taylor, Ben Pearson
A Texas college student flees the hypocrisy of his religious upbringing for life in the Pacific Northwest at ‘the most godless campus in America.’ Based on the New York Times bestseller by Donald Miller.
Cast: Marshall Allman, Claire Holt, Tania Raymonde, Justin Welborn, Eric Lange (World Premiere)
Director/Screenwriter: Todd Rohal
Polar-opposite brothers Randy (Oswalt) and Kirk (Knoxville) never saw eye-to-eye, but their rivalry is taken to a new level when Randy hijacks Kirk’s son’s sleepover, taking the boys on a Scout Trip to remember.
Cast: Patton Oswalt, Johnny Knoxville, Rob Riggle, Maura Tierney, Patrice O’Neal, Darrell Hammond (World Premiere)
Director: Andrew Neel, Screenwriter: Mike Roberts
Made entirely from camera-phone footage, King Kelly is a sensational journey into hedonistic American youth culture and the YouTube generation.
Cast: Louisa Krause, Libby Woodbridge, Roderick Hill, Will Brill, Patrick Murney (World Premiere)
LOW & CLEAR
Directors: Kahlil Hudson, Tyler Hughen
Two formerly close friends reunite for a fly-fishing trip and struggle to understand how much they’ve each changed – and how these changes now threaten the friendship. (World Premiere)
24 BEATS PER SECOND
Lost and Sound
Director: Lindsey Dryden
Music may be an essential part of being human – but what if you lost the ability to hear it? A dancer, a pianist and a music critic attempt to re-discover music after deafness, with astonishing results.
Searching for Sugar Man
Director: Malik Bendjelloul
The true story of the greatest ‘70s US rock icon who never was, how he was rediscovered and finally became the legend he deserved to be. A story of hope, inspiration and the power of music.
Director: Eva Stotz
Director Eva Stotz visited interesting people all over the world whom she found through online-host-networks and emerged for a limited time in their every-day-life.
Director: Christian Sønderby Jepsen (Denmark)
Henrik dreams of a new beginning. But when Henrik's grandfather dies, leaving behind a fortune of millions, old skeletons come to light. (North American Premiere)
Director: Jeff Orlowski
Photographer James Balog was once a skeptic about climate change, but he discovers undeniable evidence. Balog reveals hauntingly beautiful, time-lapse videos of vanishing glaciers, while delivering hope to our carbon-powered planet.
Director/Screenwriter: Philippe Falardeau, Based on the Stage Play by: Evelyne de la Chenelière
The story of an Algerian immigrant substitute teacher who brings emotional stability to a Montreal middle school class shaken by the tragic death of their well-liked teacher.
Cast: Mohamed Fellag, Sophie Nélisse, Emilien Néron, Danielle Proulx, Brigitte Poupart
Safety Not Guaranteed
Director: Colin Trevorrow, Screenwriter: Derek Connolly
A trio of magazine employees investigate a classified ad seeking a partner for time travel.
Cast: Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass, Jake Johnson, Karan Soni
Shut Up and Play the Hits
Directors: Will Lovelace, Dylan Southern
The final days of LCD Soundsystem.
Sleepwalk With Me
Director/Screenwriter: Mike Birbiglia, Screenwriter: Ira Glass, Joe Birbiglia, Seth Barrish
An aspiring comedian reluctant to confront his fears of love, honesty, and growing up; a budding standup comedian has both a hilarious and intense struggle with sleepwalking.
Cast: Mike Birbiglia, Lauren Ambrose, James Rebhorn, Carol Kane, Cristin Milioti
Coffin Joe’s This Night I Will Possess Your Corpse
with live score by Gary Lucas (Brazil)
Director/Screenwriter: Jose Mojica Marins, Screenwriter: Aldenora De Sa Porto
Gary Lucas’ live original solo guitar soundtrack accompanying the legendary 1967 Brazilian cult horror film classic directed by and starring Jose Mojica Marins a/k/a Coffin Joe.
Cast: Jose Mojica Marins a/k/a Coffin Joe, Tina Wohlers, Nadia Freitas, Antonio Fracari, Jose Lobo
(1968) Newly Restored (UK)
Director: George Dunning
Once upon a time in an unearthly paradise called Pepperland, the Blue Meanies threaten to destroy all that is good. Enter John, Paul, George and Ringo to save the day! Armed with their humour, songs, and yellow submarine, the Fab Four tackle the rough seas in an effort to bring down evil.
Cast: The Beatles, Paul Angelis, John Clive
Director: Jay Rosenblatt
A hypnotic, apocalyptic film about false choices and faith.
going to the store
Director: David Lewandowski
A normal man walks to a place.
SX GLOBAL SHORTS
The Little Team
Directors: Roger Gómez, Daniel Resines
Fourteen little kids go over an unsolved football mystery, and they end up teaching an unexpected life lesson to grown-ups.
The Perfect Fit
Director: Tali Yankelevich
Ballet shoes may be worn by delicate girls, but they’re crafted by burly men...