Jake Gyllenhaal and Producer Sarah Green Among Featured Conversations
Sam Esmail, Rami Malek and Christian Slater Return for MR. ROBOT Session & Kerry Washington to Discuss The New Rules of Social Stardom
Two of 400+ Convergence Sessions Open to More Than One Badge
Austin, Texas (October 20, 2015) – The South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Film Conference and Festival announced actor Jake Gyllenhaal and Producer Sarah Green as two of its Featured Conversations. Also announced, is the first batch panels and workshops 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 SXSW Film Conference is designed to give creatives the tools they need to achieve their goals. There is nowhere else where talent from so many fields come together and generate that special SXSW creative combustion,” said Head of SXSWFilm Conference and Festival Janet Pierson. “We’re excited that Jake Gyllenhaal and Sarah Green are among our 2016Featured Conversations. Jake continues to deliver outstanding performances in brave, outside-the-box roles. Sarah Green is a talented hands-on creative producer working with some of our most unique and visionary directors. Both Jake and Sarah have fascinating careers full of excellent, non-formulaic work, which is a SXSW sweet spot.”
In addition to the Festival’s nine days of film screenings, SXSW Film Conference features 200 informative and entertaining Keynotes, Conversations, Panels, Workshops and Mentor Sessions, plus an additional 400+ Convergence sessions. Convergence sessions, co-curated by SXSW Music, Film and Interactive, exist throughout the March event and are open to more than one badge type, featuring a range of topics that straddle the cultural and technological intersection at the heart ofSXSW. For example, while SXSW has long been a hotbed for the most creative minds and innovative technology working in Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality, new this year is an expansive VR/AR track available to all badgeholders.
Last year’s Film Conference participants included creative leaders and industry experts such as Mark Duplass, Ava DuVernay, Christine Valchon, RZA, Amy Schumer and Ryan Gosling. For the 2016 event, additional Featured Sessions include Sam Esmail, Rami Malek and Christian Slater, who will take part in a “Coding on Camera: MR. ROBOT & Authenticity on TV” panel; Kerry Washington in a conversation about “The New Rules of Social Stardom”; and Zach Anner in “The Art of Starting From Nothing” panel. The 2016 SXSW Film Keynote Speakers and complete Film Conference lineup will be announced in the coming months. A recap of Convergence programming will be announced later this week.
Many of the SXSW sessions were received through the PanelPicker™ proposal entry process. Votes from the community, along with feedback from SXSW Advisory Boards and the SXSW Music, Film & Interactive staff help determine programming for the 2016 event. For more information on the SXSW PanelPicker™, visit panelpicker.sxsw.com.
Featured Sessions spotlight the people and trends important to the SXSW Community and the filmmaking world as a whole. They include the well-known Conversation series, which offer attendees the unique opportunity to witness acclaimed actors, directors, producers and composers in an intimate environment.
A Conversation with Jake Gyllenhaal
Academy Award nominated actor JAKE GYLLENHAAL most recently starred in Antoine Fuqua’s Southpaw; Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler, which he also produced (SAG, PGA, BAFTA, Golden Globe, Independent Spirit noms) ; David Ayer’s End of Watch; Dennis Villeneuve’s acclaimed films Prisoners and Enemy. Other credits include: Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain (BAFTA Best Supporting Actor win), Richard Kelly’s Donnie Darko (Independent Spirit nom), Duncan Jones’ Source Code, David Fincher’s Zodiac, Sam Mendes’ Jarhead, Joe Johnston’s October Sky, among many others. He can next be seen in Jean-Marc Vallee’s Demolition, and is currently shooting Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals.
A Conversation with Sarah Green
Sarah Green is 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.
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.
Internet phenomenon Zach Anner will present “The Art of Starting From Nothing” a panel of online entertainers and independent artists sharing how to make and market online content that’s original, sustainable and sharable, find a niche, connect with collaborators and brands, and make a living doing what you love.
2016 FILM CONFERENCE SESSIONS
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. The first confirmed sessions are:
Inspiration from thought leaders, experts and innovators including Keynotes and conversations.
The Art of Starting From Nothing
(Organized by: Zach Anner / Zach Anner Productions)
A Conversation with Jake Gyllenhaal
A Conversation with Sarah Green
Creating Your Content
Learn everything you need to know about developing and crafting your project
360 Degree Editing
(Organized by: Kyle Henry / Northwestern University School of Law)
Across the Border: Finding International Partners
(Organized by: Elizabeth Sheldon / Kino Lorber Inc)
(Organized by: Jason Tobias / Broad Green Pictures)
Documentary to DocuSeries and Beyond
(Organized by: Elsa Ramo / Ramo Law)
Everything You Need: Producer Bootcamp for Digital
(Organized by: Julie Gomez / Upright Citizens Brigade Theater)
FairUse-Docs & Fiction Films-Everybody is Welcome!
(Organized by: Michael Donaldson / Donaldson & Callif LLP)
How To Make (The Most Of) Your Music Budget
(Organized by: Amanda Thomas / Neophonic Music & Media)
Latino Filmmaker Meetup & Quick Pitch
(Organized by: Liz Arreaga / Mercury Mambo)
The Making Of: How to Create iTunes Extras
(Organized by: Brian Ellis / Apple)
Peace Officer: A Character Film Driven by Issues
(Organized by: Scott Christopherson)
Round Tables: Legal
(Organized by: Erik Metzger / Intel Corporation)
US-Europe Co-Prods Grow Without Treaty!
(Organized by: Holger Carlsson / Little W Productions USA)
Finding Your Audience
Essential tools of the trade for distribution, marketing, sales and more.
1 Month and a Small Wad of Cash: Speed Marketing
(Organized by: Tiffany Pritchard / StudioCanal UK)
Con Man: The Fan Revolt 13 Years in the Making
(Organized by: Drew Lewis / Wunderman)
How Crowdfunding Can Screw Your Distribution Plan
(Organized by: Missy Laney / Sundance Institute)
Humanity Rising: Storytelling to End Injustice
(Organized by: Christina Hollenback / Televised Revolution)
New Dealmakers Talk New Distribution
(Organized by: Zac Bright / Preferred Content)
Theatrical + Festival DIY Power Combo
(Organized by: Bryan Glick / The Film Collaborative)
Explore how filmmaking is evolving to embrace new forms and technologies.
Enter the Void
(Organized by: David Kaplan / Animal Kingdom)
A Filmmaker’s Exploration of Outer Space
(Organized by: Allison Hirata / IMAX Corporation)
New Partnerships in Digital Storytelling
(Organized by: Jennifer Samani / ITVS Interactive)
Through Our Eyes: Female Filmmakers Tell All
(Organized by: Catherine Eaton / Corsetless Productions)
Underage@SXSW: No Parties? No Problem!
(Organized by: Jessikha Block / PhoneFlip Productions)
Wake Up Streaming: Future Film-Loving Communities
(Organized by: Tom Roston)
Your Character & New Technology in Storytelling
(Organized by: Alexandra Barnett / Sunshine Sachs)
Collaboratively curated by Interactive, Film and Music. All of these sessions, screenings and events are open to more than one badge type, and encompass issues that are relevant and exciting to attendees from more than one of the core industry events. Select Future of Entertainment and VR/AR sessions are listed below. A recap of all Convergence programming will be announced on October 22. Other Convergence tracks include: SXSW Comedy, Continuing Legal Education, Next Stage, SouthBites™, SXgood, SXsports®, and SXstyle.
Future of Entertainment
Explore the changing landscape of entertainment, focusing on TV, episodic content, boundary-pushing digital storytelling.
Better than Sync: Why Music Partnerships Work
(Organized by: Jeremy Peters / Ghostly International+Ghostly Songs)
Brandvertainment: How Norton Hacked Hollywood
(Organized by: Shauna Sweeney / FilmBuff)
Breaking Down Borders Between TV and Online Video
(Organized by: Bob Gohn / Text100 Global Communications)
Breaking into TV in the Digital Age
(Organized by: Dani Leonard / Big Vision Empty Wallet)
Coding on Camera: MR. ROBOT & Authenticity on TV
(Organized by: Kayra Contreras / USA Network)
Creating a Meaningful Dialogue Through Video
(Organized by: Alana Zeitchik / Vimeo)
Creating Brand Fans: Lessons From Game Marketers
(Organized by: Jessica Andersen / The Concept Agency)
Creative Thievery = What’s Yours Is Mine.
(Organized by: Mary Crosse / Pile O’ Bones Derby Club)
Film Music & TV Music: Who Gets Paid, Why and How?
(Organized by: Scott McKinlay / Film Musicians Secondary Markets Fund)
Fuck You, Sue Me: Artist Rights, Corporate Theft
(Organized by: Andrew Gerber / GAVL)
How A Viral Video Led to an Experiential Empire
(Organized by: Maria Gonima / Rooster Teeth Productions)
It’s My Two Cents With Larry King
(Organized by: Laura Hertzfeld / Ora TV)
Kerry Washington & The New Rules of Social Stardom
Laugh & Scream: 360 Video, Skybound, Conan O’Brien
(Organized by: Rich Jones / Fortyseven Communications)
LEGO Group & Cartoon Network, Building Future Fans
(Organized by: Michael Ouweleen / Cartoon Network)
Lighting Hollywood’s Real and Virtual Actors
(Organized by: Vicki Hanson / Rochester Institute of Technology)
Making Reality Shows for the Web (That Don’t Suck)
(Organized by: Chris Demarais / Rooster Teeth Productions)
Music in Trailers: How Music Drives Film Marketing
(Organized by: Dan Silver / RipTide Music)
New Hollywood: Social Media Storytelling
(Organized by: Brittany Frizzell / Moviepilot)
Political Satire & Its Comedic Effect on Policy
(Organized by: Natali Johnson / Turner Broadcasting)
Social Media: The New TV Show Launchpad
(Organized by: Kim Garcia / VaynerMedia)
What I Learned from Publishing a Book on Instagram
(Organized by: Mesa Dobek / RPA)
Writer’s Blockchain: Full Stack Storytelling
(Organized by: Ann Greenberg / Sceneplay Inc)
Discover how Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality will change the future.
5 Best Startup Ideas in VR / AR
(Organized by: Kevin O’Malley / TechTalk/Studio)
Can VR Deliver More Emotion than Movies and Games?
(Organized by: Nicole Lazzaro / XEODesign Inc)
Exploring a Holographic Mars
(Organized by: Jeff Norris / NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
The Future is Now: City Planning Using Social VR
(Organized by: Renee Cheng / University of Minnesota)
Game Design for VR Pioneers
(Organized by: Theresa Duringer / Temple Gates Games)
Mars Experience VR
(Organized by: Julian Reyes / Fusion Media Network)
New Advertising Models for Virtual Reality
(Organized by: René Pinnell / Kaleidoscope Media)
Prologue VR-Creating 360 films using stop motion
(Organized by: Kimberly Cooper / Prologue VR)
Sucked Into the Story: Virtual Reality and News
(Organized by: Eric Carvin / Associated Press)
Using Virtual Reality to Create Compassion
(Organized by: Chelsea Sanders / Sunshine Sachs)
Virtual Reality and the Rebirth of the Music Video
(Organized by: Randi Brant / Future Colossal)
Virtual Reality for Serious Sports Training?
(Organized by: Peter Fadde / Southern Illinois University)
Virtual Reality – Is It The Ultimate Brain Hack?
(Organized by: Amanda Purvis / SutherlandGold Group)
Virtual Tourism: VR, 360 & the Travel Industry
(Organized by: Susannah Dilallo / Rapid VR)
VR Porn: Future Is Upon Us, What’s Next?
(Organized by: Stephen Yagielowicz / XBIZ)
VR, AR & Digital Storytelling
(Organized by: Shadee Malekafzali / Beck Media & Marketing)
Your Brain on Virtual Reality
(Organized by: Zoltan Nadasdy / NeuroTexas Institute Research Foundation)