Keynotes with Nelson George, Gale Anne Hurd and Joe Swanberg plus Featured Conversations with Don Cheadle, Joel Edgerton, Gaby Hoffmann, Joe Berlinger, Barbara Kopple, Andrew Bujalski, David Lowery and More
Judd Apatow and Friends Stand Up Show and Silicon Valley Panel Among the 450+ Convergence Sessions Open to More Than One Badge
Austin, Texas – February 12, 2016 – The South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Film Conference and Festival announced its Conference Keynotes, Featured Conversations and Full Conference Lineup that will take place in Austin, Texas from March 11-19, 2016. The SXSW Film Conference is a crash course for working filmmakers, industry pros and film fans. Covering a breadth of topics, from content creation to new distribution models to what’s next in the film industry, attendees acquire first-hand knowledge from experts and entertaining speakers at the nexus of creative industries, innovation and business. The schedule, complete with both screening and conference dates and times is now available at http://schedule.sxsw.com/
In addition to the Festival’s nine days of film screenings, the SXSW Film Conference features 200 informative and entertaining sessions, including Keynotes, Conversations, Panels, Workshops, Round Tables and Mentor Sessions, plus an additional 450+ Convergence sessions, which have been announced on an ongoing basis, such as Future of Entertainment sessions with J.J. Abrams, Andrew Jarecki, Geena Davis, Sam Esmail, Rami Malek Christian Slater, Kerry Washington and the creators of Broad City; a SXgood Featured Session with Ken Burns & Henry Louis Gates; and SouthBites Featured Speaker Anthony Bourdain. Convergence sessions, co-curated by SXSW Music, Film and Interactive, exist throughout the March event to give SXSW registrants access to more networking and learning opportunities than ever before.
The 2016 SXSW Film Keynotes are Nelson George, Gale Anne Hurd and Joe Swanberg. Newly announced Featured Conversations include Don Cheadle, Joel Edgerton, Gaby Hoffmann, Joe Berlinger, Barbara Kopple, Andrew Bujalski and David Lowery, Louis Black and Leonard Maltin. Jake Gyllenhaal and Sarah Green were previously announced as Featured Conversations.
“The SXSW Film Conference is designed to give creatives the tools they need to achieve their goals, and what better way than bringing together a diverse slate of today’s most talented creators. We’re particularly proud of our expanded Convergence programming, which is open to more than one badge type and enhances the creative combustion that happens between SXSW Music, Film and Interactive,” said Head of SXSW Film Conference and Festival Janet Pierson. “At a time when media makers are creating content for ever expanding platforms, or hopscotching between them, we are pleased by the breadth of experience of this year’s speakers. They have rich, long careers that evolved using the tools of our changing times. Keynotes Nelson George, Gale Anne Hurd, Joe Swanberg, and many participating in our Featured Conversations report from the trenches with their hard earned wisdom.”
2016 FILM CONFERENCE SESSIONS BY TRACK
To improve navigation of the rich panoply of Conference sessions available for SXSW registrants, the Film Conference has been organized into four tracks: Influencers, Creating Your Content, Finding Your Audience, and What’s Next. Each session also has a format, ranging from one-on-one mentor sessions to hands-on workshops to panels with up to four industry experts.
Inspiration from thought leaders, experts and innovators including Keynotes and conversations.
Nelson George Keynote
Nelson George is the author of groundbreaking histories of African American music, including Where Did Our Love Go: the Rise and Fall of the Motown Sound and Hip Hop America. George has directed the HBO films Life Support and A Ballerina’s Tale about the career of Misty Copeland. He is a writer/producer on the Netflix series The Get Down, premiering in August. George will speak about transitions in careers and technology, how the two intersect, and how change is like your crazy best friend. (Sunday, March 13, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Vimeo Theater, Austin Convention Center)
Gale Anne Hurd Keynote
Producer Gale Anne Hurd (Terminator trilogy, Aliens, T
(Tuesday, March 15, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Vimeo Theater, Austin Convention Center)
Joe Swanberg Keynote
Joe Swanberg is the director of 20 feature films, including Hannah Takes The Stairs, Drinking Buddies, and Happy Christmas. As an actor, he has had leading roles in several horror successes, most notably You’re Next, The Sacrament, and V/H/S. Recently, through his Forager Film Company, he has produced the work of other filmmakers, including Alex Ross Perry, Harrison Atkin and Zach Clark. He and his wife, Kris, created the popular web series Young American Bodies which ran for four seasons on Nerve.com and IFC.com.
(Monday, March 14, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Vimeo Theater, Austin Convention Center)
A Conversation with Joe Berlinger and Barbara Kopple
Always true to their cinéma-verité roots in an ever-changing documentary landscape, Kopple and Berlinger remain two of the most fearless and authentic filmmakers in the business. This conversation offers formidable insight from a lifetime in the creative trenches.
(Sunday, March 13 – Room 16AM, Austin Convention Center)
A Conversation with Louis Black and Leonard Maltin
Richard Linklater: Dream Is Destiny director (with Karen Bernstein) and SXSW co-founder Louis Black will join friend and veteran critic Leonard Maltin for this special conversation. Sure to engage, with great humor and insight drawn from a shared, longtime love of cinema, this is a can’t-miss session for cinephiles.
(Monday, March 14, 12:30PM – 1:30PM – Room 16AM, Austin Convention Center)
A Conversation with Andrew Bujalski and David Lowery
This special conversation teams two restlessly inventive film artists with enviable resumes. Emerging from the community of creatives that developed around SXSW in the mid-2000s, Bujalski and Lowery will deliver invaluable perspective for the next wave of aspiring creatives.
(Day/Time TBC, Room 16AM, Austin Convention Center)
A Conversation with Don Cheadle
An intimate conversation Don Cheadle. Miles Ahead marks the directorial debut of the Academy Award® nominee. Don’s credits include Boogie Nights, Traffic, Hotel Rwanda, Crash, Iron Man 2 & 3, Avengers: Age of Ultron and the upcoming Captain America: Civil War. Cheadle also stars in, executive produces, and occasionally directs Showtime’s House of Lies, for which he has earned a Golden Globe® Award, NAACP Award, as well as Emmy and SAG nominations.
(Tuesday, March 15, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM – Room 16AM, Austin Convention Center)
A Conversation with Joel Edgerton
Joel Edgerton earned a 2013 Australian Film Institute Award for his performance in Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby. His recent projects include starring roles in Black Mass, Zero Dark Thirty, Wish You Were Here, Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings, Felony, Warrior, and The Gift, which he also directed, wrote and produced. He will next star in Jane Got a Gun, and the Jeff Nichols drama Loving.
(Saturday, March 12, 2:00PM – 3:00PM – Room 16AM, Austin Convention Center)
A Conversation with Gaby Hoffmann
Join actor Gaby Hoffmann for a career conversation spanning her early roles in Field of Dreams and Uncle Buck to her present-day performances in Girls and Transparent. She will reflect on her personal experiences and artistic influences that have informed and shaped her career. In addition, she will share valuable insights into her process, the craft and industry. Presented by the SAG-AFTRA Foundation.
(Sunday, March 13, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM – Room 16AB, Austin Convention Center)
The Big Short
There was a time when short films were made solely to launch careers but those days are gone. Today short-form storytelling is a big deal and is being embraced by auteur and amateur filmmakers alike. With outlets such as Field of Vision and The New Yorker Presents (Amazon Prime Video), there are more and more opportunities to showcase these powerful films. Join filmmakers, curators and producers as they discuss the ever-expanding landscape for getting these films made and seen. Moderated by Anne Thompson, Indiewire.
(Monday, March 14, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM – Room 16AB, Austin Convention Center)
Other Featured Sessions include:
Silicon Valley: Making the World a Better Place
Audiences and critics alike have lauded HBO’s hit comedy Silicon Valley for its hilariously spot-on depiction of Silicon Valley tech culture. What has the feedback been from the tech community itself? How has the reaction from that community impacted the show and its cast? Cast members Thomas Middleditch, Kumail Nanjiani, Martin Starr and Zach Woods, joined by executive producers Mike Judge and Alec Berg, return to SXSW for a discussion moderated by co-star Andy Daly.
(Saturday, March 12, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM – Room 18ABCD, Austin Convention Center)
*Future of Entertainment
Previously announced Influencer and Featured Sessions:
Anthony Bourdain as Interviewed by Nathan Thornburgh
Digital has overtaken print throughout the media, and it’s no different in the realms of food and travel. But can travel websites move beyond top ten lists and gauzy food porn? Can you build an audience while talking about the world as it really exists, with all its heartache and idiocy and occasional triumphs? Anthony Bourdain talks food, fear and the future of travel media with Roads & Kingdoms co-founder Nathan Thornburgh.
(Sunday, March 13, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM, Room D, Austin Convention Center)
A Conversation with Sarah Green
Filmmaker Athima Rachel Tsangari (Chevalier, Attenberg) will speak with Sarah Green, an Academy Award-nominated independent film producer known for her ongoing work with visionary directors including Jeff Nichols, Terrence Malick, Julie Taymor, David Mamet, Karyn Kusama and John Sayles. Green has produced such acclaimed films as Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life (Winner, Palme d’Or; Nominated, Academy Award for Best Picture), Jeff Nichols’ Mud, and Julie Taymor’s Frida. Upcoming releases include Jeff Nichols’ Midnight Special, and Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups, Weightless, and Voyage of Time. Green is currently in production on Jeff Nichols’ Loving.
(Tuesday, March 15, 2:00:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Room 16AB, Austin Convention Center)
A Conversation With Jake Gyllenhaal
David Gordon Green will speak with Academy Award nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal, who has established himself as one of the finest actors of his generation. He can next be seen in Jean-Marc Vallee’s Demolition and is shooting Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals.
(Saturday, March 12, 12:30:00 PM – 1:30 PM – Room 16AB, Austin Convention Center)
The Art of Starting From Nothing
Want to make a living making online entertainment? This solo session explores how to develop your voice and your audience without having to sell out or rely on viral videos. Speaker: Zach Anner, Zach Anner Productions
(Tuesday, March 15, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM, Room 17B, Austin Convention Center)
Coding on Camera: MR. ROBOT & Authenticity on TV
Sam Esmail, Rami Malek and Christian Slater will take part in a “Coding on Camera: MR. ROBOT & Authenticity on TV” a panel in the Future of Entertainment Convergence track at SXSW 2016. Mr. Robot World Premiered in the Episodics section of the 2015 SXSW Film Festival and went on to win critical and audience acclaim.
(Sunday, March 13, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM, Room EFG, Austin Convention Center)
*Future of Entertainment
The Eyes of Robots and Murderers
A conversation with filmmakers and tech innovators JJ Abrams and Andrew Jarecki about the relevance of the human factor in digital communications. Advances in digital storytelling tools, and the mass adoption of social media promise to enhance our ability to share authentic human experience.
(Monday, March 14, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM, Room D, Austin Convention Center)
*Future of Entertainment
Gender in Media: Why It Matters
Join Geena Davis, Academy Award-Winning Actor, Founder and Chair, Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, and Paula Kerger, President and CEO of PBS, for a conversation about gender and the media. Geena and Paula have worked together to make changes in the way that women and girls are portrayed onscreen.
(Monday, March 14, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM, Room EFG, Austin Convention Center)
*Future of Entertainment
Kerry Washington and the New Rules of Social Stardom
A one-on-one discussion with Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actor, producer, philanthropist, and role model Kerry Washington about the new rules of modern personal branding. Kerry will be chatting with InStyle‘s Editorial Director Ariel Foxman about how she has successfully harnessed the power of social media to promote not only her career and hit TV Show, Scandal, but also positivity and social good.
(Sunday, March 13, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Room EFG, Austin Convention Center)
*Future of Entertainment
Marie Claire Talks to the Stars of Broad City
Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, the creators, executive producers and stars of Comedy Central’s critically-acclaimed hit show Broad City, sit down with Marie Claire’s editor in chief Anne Fulenwider for a broad ranging discussion on the transition of their show from web series to cultural phenom.
(Saturday, March 12, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM, Room EFG, Austin Convention Center)
*Future of Entertainment
Race in America with Ken Burns and Henry Louis Gates
Ken Burns and Henry Louis Gates will discuss why race is critical to their understanding of America and their work and how as a nation we deal with race today. They examine how race and conceptions of race, along with ideas about freedom and independence, influence our politics and policies, from abolitionism to civil rights to the war on poverty and what it means to have an African American as President.
(Saturday, March 12 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM, Room EFG, Austin Convention Center)
Through Our Eyes: Female Filmmakers Tell All
The industry is changing for female filmmakers. Let’s hear from the women on the front lines. Members of Film Fatales – all established independent filmmakers – tell all about the changing climate. Speakers: Judi Krant, Beachwood Pictures; Kat Candler, Candler Productions; Leah Meyerhoff, Film Fatales; Marielle Heller
(Saturday, March 12, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM, Room 17B, Austin Convention Center)
ADDITIONAL FILM PROGRAMS
24 BEATS PER SECOND
Showcasing the sounds, culture and influence of music & musicians, with an emphasis on documentary. (Open to Music badgeholders)
Director: Fran Strine
Hired Gun is a compelling film about the dynamic personalities and creative genius of the best session players and back up musicians in the world. (World Premiere)
I Am The Blues (Canada)
Director: Daniel Cross
From juke joints to church halls, up the mountain and down to the bayou, I Am The Blues travels the back roads with the last of the blues legends. (North American Premiere)
A selection of original, well-crafted films that take advantage of the short form and exemplify distinctive and genuine storytelling.
Director/Screenwriter: Daniel Mulloy
As thousands of men, women and children attempt to get into Europe, a comfortable English family sets out on what appears to be a holiday. (World Premiere)
Live soundtracks, cult re-issues & much more. Our Special Events section offers unusual, unexpected & unique one-off film events.
Judd Apatow and Friends
Following the World Premiere of Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, comedic mastermind and Pee-wee producer Judd Apatow will perform stand up comedy with friends, to be announced. Those seated for the Pee-wee film can stay through the performance!