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Discover the Startups Disrupting Entertainment at SXSW Film Startup Alley


Startup Alley offers two places to discover and interact with entertainment entrepreneurs with the Launchpad-a curated exhibition featuring 16 top film, television and digital media startups-and Fastball Speed Pitches-a fast-paced elevator pitch event. This new track within SXSW Film takes place on Sunday, March 10 on the 4th Floor of the Austin Convention Center.

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Learn About SXSW Comedy's Live Podcast Recordings

Photo by Cassie Wright


There are lots of you-had-to-be-there moments at SXSW; when so many people from the film, interactive, music and comedy worlds hang out in the same place, amazing things happen. If only there was some way to record it all...

Comedy fans, get ready for a week of live podcast recordings (alongside SXSW Comedy's packed schedule of standup, improv and sketch showcases, panels and parties). All live podcast recordings will be at the Esther's Follies (525 E. 6th Street) stage, presented by TuneIn, and they're open to all SXSW badge and wristband holders. Here's your guide to the shows you can check out next week (and look forward to listening to forever):

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5 LGBT Characters We Love

It’s June, y’all – which means the LGBT and their friends, families, and allies are putting on their tank tops, taking to the streets, and waving their rainbow flags.  And though the “do we still need Pride?” debate rages on (read here and rebuttal here), it’s hard for a young-ish person like me to believe that not so long ago – and still in some parts of our country and the world – it’s NOT ok to be who you are, 365 days a year. 

We’ve made huge advancements in being recognized as an important part of our communities, and we have a lot of people to thank for that: Those who fought (sometimes literally) for our rights when we had none, those who proudly lived their lives in full view when most people didn’t want to see us, and the artists who told personal gay stories on stage and screen, without regard for their careers.

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August Now Playing

Check out these Sundance Institute and Sundance Film Festival supported films hitting theatres across the country this month.

Opening Friday, August 3:

Celeste and Jesse Forever, directed by Lee Toland Krieger

Mosquita y Mari, directed by Aurora Guerrero

Opening Friday, August 10:

Red Hook Summer, directed by Spike Lee

2 Days in New York, directed by Julie Delpy

Opening Friday, August 17:

Compliance, directed by Craig Zobel

Robot and Frank, directed by Jake Schreier

Opening Wednesday, August 22:

Teddy Bear, directed by Mads Matthiesen

Opening Friday, August 24:

Sleepwalk with Me, directed by Mike Birbiglia

Opening Wednesday, August 29:

The Ambassador, directed by Mads Brugger

Little Birds, directed by Elgin James

Opening Friday, August 31:

For a Good Time, Call..., directed by Jamie Travis


BuzzMedia PureVolume House Returns to SXSW, Bigger, Better - and Presented by iHeartRadio

-1_10.pngIt's been seven years since The BuzzMedia PureVolume House first exploded onto the SXSW scene, and this year's #PVHOUSE promises to be nothing short of epic. Featuring exclusive showcases by high profile acts like LIGHTS, Wallpaper, Cher Lloyd, Motion City Soundtrack, ZAMBRI and more, this year's performances and The Buzzmedia iHeartRadio Lounge prove the late-night legend remains the place to be.

Need a place to log in, download, check in or check out? The Buzzmedia iHeartRadio Lounge is serving up free food, drinks, and WiFi March 11th-13th daily from 1 - 5 PM. Sound good? The #PVHOUSE HUB is now accepting RSVPs - but hurry, as space is limited. Hey- you can only contain so many thought leaders and musical awesomeness!


Buzz Screenings Presented by Tugg.com: TCHOUPITOULAS at 2pm

tchoupitoulas.jpegTugg utilizes social media to give people the power of choice in moviegoing, by bringing an on-demand experience to local theaters. You voted, we listened! TCHOUPITOULAS has attracted buzz at SXSW, including votes placed on tugg.com. Be sure to catch this film at 2:00pm today at Violet Crown 1.

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Levon Helm in the Final Stages of Bout with Cancer

levon.jpegSad news has developed in the last couple of days as word emerges that Levon Helm is in the final stages of his battle with cancer. Levon, formerly of the legendary The Band was the subject of SXSW 2009's Ain't In It For My Health: A Film About Levon Helm, by Jacob Hatley.

Head to the film's Facebook page to read more, including a statement from Levon's family.


Image courtesy Bona Fide Productions


Weekly News Reel - Monday, May 14

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SXSW Alumni - Films in Release, Friday, May 25

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THEATRICAL

Hide Away (screened at SXSW as A Year in Mooring)
Narrative Competition, 2011
Opens today, Ltd

DVD/BLU-RAY

96 minutes
Narrative Competition, 2011
May 29

The Aggression Scale
Midnighters, 2012
May 29

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SXSW: The World Comes to Austin

It can be hard to explain exactly what SXSW is to a first-timer.

Held each March in Austin, Texas, SXSW a 10-day event geared towards professionals and creatives in the music, film and interactive industries from every city, state, nation and continent. SXSW encompasses quality programming featuring experts in their respective fields, a multitude of networking opportunities, nine days of film screenings from the best and brightest filmmakers the world has to offer and six nights of great music performed by thousands of musicians spanning from Los Angeles, California to Mali, Africa. Additionally, the 4-day SXSW Trade Show is where the future of media is defined and features the world's most renowned and innovative companies and brands.

Those are the very basics...but what does SXSW look like? Check out the video above for a better understanding.

Want to watch more videos? Check out our YouTube Channel.

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SXSW Films on Release: Friday, July 13, 2012

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THEATRICAL

The Imposter
Festival Favorites, 2012
Friday, July 13

Shut Up And Play The Hits
24 Beats per Second, 2012
Wednesday, July 18 (one night only)

DVD/BLU-RAY

Casa de mi Padre
Special Events, 2012
July 17

Intruders
Midnighters, 2012
July 17

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SXSW Films on Release: Friday, July 20, 2012

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TV/VOD/STREAMING

American Animal
Narrative Feature Competition, 2011
Now available

Apart
Lone Star States, 2011
Now available

Attenberg
Festival Favorites, 2011
Now available

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SXSW Alumni Dominate Lineup in The Wrap's New Shorts Contest

Grainger David's The ChairImage from Grainger David's The Chair, courtesy Marker 96 Films

Congratulations to the 8 short films from our 2012 program that made it to the short list of The Wrap's new short film contest, The Short List.

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Q&A with Detropia filmmakers on ditching the status quo and distributing their own movie

The Motor City and Indiewood are in no immediate danger of being awarded Sister City status. On paper, independent filmmakers and Detroiters are two populations whose fates seemingly couldn’t be less aligned and intertwined; and even the savviest student of American culture would be hard-pressed to name traits shared by the two.

Or so it would seem. The two communities share more than one might suspect (think: pluck, grit, perseverance, and a facility with creative problem solving). Many of these similarities have recently come to light as a result of Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing’s decision to forego traditional distribution and self-release Detropia, their intimate and inspiring documentary about Detroiters’ resilience and creative survival strategies in the wake of the financial crisis.

Even more interesting and revealing are the ways in which the filmmakers mirrored their subjects’ pioneering spirit in the seven months since the film screened in the U.S. Documentary Competition at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the award for Best Documentary Editing. For Grady and Ewing, self-distribution was not an option of last resort (they turned down several offers from traditional distributors); but rather a choice to raise their stake in how, when, and where their film reaches its audience.

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5 Things You Should Know About the Making of ESCAPE FIRE

Matthew Heineman and Susan Froemke’s new documentary can’t come soon enough. As millions of Americans descend further into a media fray wrought with glaring sensationalism and compulsive hyperbole surrounding the 2012 Presidential Election, the directing duo offer an unparalleled, unflinching, and—quite frankly—unflattering look at one of the most pressing contemporary American issues: our broken healthcare system. 

Heineman and Froemke’s ESCAPE FIRE manages to transcend party lines in its unwavering pursuit of a veracious answer to an enduring question: What’s wrong with our healthcare system and how do we fix it?

Co-director Matthew Heineman recently offered his thoughts on entering a public dialogue already saturated with news coverage, and spoke of the challenges in finding a narrative backbone for an intrinsically convoluted issue and storyline. ESCAPE FIRE premiered in Documentary Competition at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and is available in theaters, on demand, and on

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Introducing the SXSW Film Scholarship

Image courtesy Michael BucknerWe're delighted to introduce another exciting new element to SXSW Film. The SXSW Film Scholarship extends our mission to recognize and champion new talent by offering a limited number of Austin area high school and college students the opportunity to attend and experience the SXSW Film Conference and Festival.

If you meet the eligibility requirements on this page, complete the application form-which includes a written and video component-to apply. After reviewing all applications, the submissions will be assessed for originality, clarity and style. Winning selections will be awarded one of 5 Film Badges or one of 20 Conference passes for the 2013 festival.

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Register By Tomorrow And Save!

Auditorium Shores at SXSW 2012. Photo Courtesy: Extreme AirshotsAuditorium Shores at SXSW 2012. Photo Courtesy: Extreme Airshots

The third registration deadline is nearing! Register for SXSW 2013 by 11:59 CT this Friday, January 11th to save off of the walk-up rate of a Platinum, Gold, Music, Film, or Interactive badge.

Come join us in Austin, Texas on March 8-17 and experience all the great showcases, screenings, panels, keynotes, and parties SXSW has to offer! SXSW 2013 is sure to be the best yet so register today to make sure you're part of the action this spring!

Music Film Interactive

2013 Sundance Film Festival Livestream Schedule

Some 50,000 artists, film fans, and industry professionals descend upon Park City, Utah, each January for the Sundance Film Festival. And, in so many words, supply simply cannot meet the demands of each and every Festivalgoer. Accordingly, Sundance Institute will once again offer live broadcasts of handpicked events for audiences around the world at www.sundance.org/live. This year’s coverage kicks off with the Day One press conference and extends throughout the 10 days of the Festival, ranging from panel conversations to music performances and awards shows.

Visit Sundance.org/live anytime to view recorded livestreams from previous Festival years, and check back beginning January 17 for live event coverage. Note: All times listed below are Eastern Standard Time.

Day One Press Conference with Robert Redford, Festival Director John Cooper, and Executive Director Keri Putnam

Thursday, January 17, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST

Collection Screening Q&A with El Mariachi Director Robert Rodriguez

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Paul Qui to Curate a Gourmet Selection of Eateries at SouthBites!

Photo Courtesy of Rebecca Fondren We are excited to announce that local food maven, Paul Qui is partnering with SXSW to curate a selection of gourmet food trucks for SXSW attendees this year. Paul is the executive Chef at Qui, opening in Spring 2013, the owner of Austin's renowned East Side King trailers, winner of Top Chef Season 9, and is the recipient of the James Beard Award for Best Chef: Southwest 2012.

Music Film Interactive

Power of Good Gets Better: Adrian Grenier & Peter Glatzer (SHFT) to Join Ryan Bingham and More!

Photos Courtesty of Ryan Bingham and SHFT

This accomplished panel brings together the minds actor Adrian Grenier (SHFT), musician Ryan Bingham, as well as Peter Glatzer (SHFT), Stephen Fox (Drink Water), Lisa Pike Sheehy (Patagonia) with Theo Ianuly and Geoff Stanfield of Gist Lab to discuss how they try to inspire each other and their audiences towards social change.

Sit in on Monday, March 11th from 5pm-6pm at Next Stage as these panelists deliberate on what it takes to engage today's media-driven consumers and share their experiences on mobilizing the masses for the greater good.

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