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Weekly News Reel - Monday, April 9, 2012

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Wind Down at the SXSW Film Late Night Saloon

Photo courtesy of JW Walthall Want to relax after a long day of screenings, panels and parties during SXSW Film? Swing by Stephen F's Bar at the InterContinental Hotel to wind down and network with other SXSW attendees. The bar will be serving until 2am, and is open to the general public.

Don't forget to check out the other great SXSW Film hot spots at the InterContinental Hotel this year, including the Come & Capture Film Factory and the Fandango Lounge.

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Humpday Highlights - More SXSW Film Bumpers!

Check out two more hilarious bumpers from SXSW 2012.

Directed by SXSW alum Geoff Marslett (Mars, SXSW 2010), these short films screened multiple times before films and screenings in the SXSW 2012 film program, and star Austin actors John Merriman (J.P.B.F.) and Chris Doubek (Slacker 2011).

View the first of Geoff's bumpers above, and see the second one here. Stay tuned to youtube.com/sxsw for more great videos.

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Image from Geoff Marslett's "Badgers" bumper

A Conversation with Seth MacFarlane accessible for Interactive Badge Holders!

sethmacfarlane-1.jpegWith plenty of chatter around the arrival of Seth MacFarlane at SXSW Film, it's a great opportunity to remind you that as well as access for Film, Gold and Platinum badge holders, A Conversation with Seth MacFarlane will also be accessible to Interactive Badge holders.

The 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. It takes place Sunday, March 11, 11am at the Vimeo Theater; add it to your schedule here!


Filmmakers in Focus: Catherine Scott on "Scarlet Road"

scarlet_road_director.jpegNext we talk to Catherine Scott, director of Scarlet Road, a documentary that will transform the way you see sex workers and people with disabilities forever.

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Thanks for Making 2012 Another Great Year!

A big thanks to our registrants, speakers, filmmakers, exhibitors, artists and sponsors for making SXSW 2012 such a great year! If you're already feeling nostalgic then you can head to our Videos and Podcasts page where we will be adding content from SXSW 2012 throughout the coming months.

SXSW 2013 will be here before you know it so keep checking SXSW.com for more content from this year and next year's dates. See you again soon!

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"Girls" Premiere at SXSW 2012 - Red carpet video Now Online!



HBO last night screened episode one of Lena Dunham's much anticipated Girls, produced with Judd Apatow.

Written, directed, produced by and starring Dunham, the series takes "a comic look at the assorted humiliations and rare triumphs of a group of girls in their early 20s". It's already picking up rave reviews, and you can still catch reruns or watch online ahead of episode 2 next Sunday.

We were delighted to premiere the first 3 episodes at SXSW 2012; see what Dunham & Apatow had to say in the Red Carpet interviews above. As always, stay tuned to this blog, and to our YouTube channel for more great videos.

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Image of Lena Dunham, Judd Apatow & Jenny Konner at Girls Q&A by Michael Buckner

Enter The Digital Domain, Now Via PanelPicker!

After a successful pilot year, we're delighted to re-launch The Digital Domain for SXSW 2013, now supported by the PanelPicker.

The inaugural Digital Domain presented projects that addressed latest trends in web series, interactive documentary, immersive mobile apps and much more.

Via PanelPicker, we are now accepting proposals for Digital Domain 2013. As the lines between Film and Interactive, art and commerce, fiction and non-fiction dissolve and diversify, we're eager to see how the latest generation of storytellers, innovators and digital creatives are exploiting this fertile new terrain.

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Wide Angle Thinker:  Evolutionary Psychologist Helen Fisher Discusses Film's Role

In addition to the 181 of films being presented at this year's Festival, there's also an ambitious slate of panels, populated by an eclectic mix of artists, film industry professionals and an array of leading edge thinkers, politicians and academics. What they all have in common is a shared interest and investment in how film impacts and intersects with the culture at large. To that end, we're conducting a series of conversations with some of the more notable participants whose expertise lies in disciplines, which on the surface might seem to have little to do with the filmmaking process. But after digging a little deeper, and it quickly becomes clear how their work has informed the art and craft of narrative and documentary storytelling and how film continues to inform and shape their research and ideas.

Professor, lecturer, author and sex columnist, Helen Fisher is a 21st century public intellectual. In addition to being a researcher and faculty member of the Center for Human Evolution Studies in the Department of Anthropology at Rutgers University, she serves as Chief Scientific Advisor to dating site Chemistry.com. She's written for outlets as varied as the New York Review of Books and O, the Oprah Magazine; and her TED talk on human love and cheating has been viewed by 1.5 million people online. Thanks to her five published books (the most recent of which is

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A Closer Look at This Year's Sundance-Supported Oscar Nominees: Margin Call

Leading up to the 84th edition of the Academy Awards this Sunday, February 26, we're profiling all seven of this year's Sundance-supported Oscar nominees. Click here for the full list of nominees.

Margin Call, written by J.C. Chandor

J.C. Chandor's anxiety-ridden Wall Street drama belies his relatively light filmmaking résumé. Margin Call boasts an enthralling ensemble cast (Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Stanley Tucci)  and a daunting premise tucked into a script that thrills without sacrificing plausibility-all courtesy of first-time director, Chandor. Equally smart and pertinent, the film follows a team of shot callers at a fictitious investment bank (although loosely modeled on Lehman Brothers and Bear Stearns) as a series of momentous events unravel at the onset of the 2008 financial crisis. Margin Call expertly probes a complex financial world at its most fragile moments, all the while examining the professional, personal, and moral obligations of those involved.

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Formula 1 Documentary Screening in Austin - Win Tickets!

Image courtesy Spitfire PicturesFormula 1? Racing fans worldwide are always excited at the prospect of a new circuit, and their eyes will be focused on Texas this month as the Circuit of the Americas opens right here in Austin.

By way of celebration, SXSW is pleased to present a special sneak peek screening of a brand new F1? documentary, 1. The film is directed by Paul Crowder, and produced by Spitfire Pictures, the company being the Oscar-winning Undefeated (World premiere, SXSW 2011).

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4 Sundance Films For Spring Break

Spring Break is, for most, but a faded reverie marked by fond (even if not lucid) memories of beach parties and similar presages of summer. While the sheer bliss of Spring Break is not likely to be recaptured anytime soon, these five films will help you summon the nostalgia of those carefree days.

Spring Breakdown

Before there was Spring Breakers, Ryan Shiraki’s Spring Breakdown offered a similarly absurdist take on the infamous week of college revelry. Judy, Gayle, and Becky (played by Rachel Dratch, Amy Poehler, and Parker Posey, respectively) are three less than chic women, all pushing 40, and collectively in over their heads when they arrive at South Padre Island unwittingly the same week as Spring Break. Between various acts of depravity, each manage to find their niche among the younger partygoers and quickly assume a god-like reputation around town.

Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter, and...Spring

In a stark departure from the decadence exhibited above,

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TFF 40 Poster Artist Dean Tavoularis

We proudly announce Oscar-winning production designer Dean Tavoularis as our 2013 poster artist. Tavoularis will attend the 40th Telluride Film Festival over Labor Day weekend to present his poster design to the public and hold a poster signing for festival guests.

As a student, Dean Tavoularis studied painting and architecture at different art schools and went on to work at Disney Studios as an in-betweener in the animation department where he worked on the 1955 film LADY AND THE TRAMP. He then transitioned to the live-action department where he worked on the 1954 film 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA. His career as a production designer began in 1967 when filmmaker Arthur Penn asked him to lead the artistic direction for BONNIE AND CLYDE. Three years later, he and Penn teamed up again on LITTLE BIG MAN. He began working with Francis Ford Coppola in 1972 on THE GODFATHER, which was the beginning of much collaboration including the latter two films in THE GODFATHER trilogy and APOCALYPSE NOW.
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Film & Interactive Day Events: Monday, March 12

Welcome to the fourth day of SXSW Film and Interactive 2012! Below is a list of just some of the events taking place Monday, March 12.

    Film Events for March, 12th 9:30am-5pm

    Interactive Events for March, 12th 9:30am-5pm

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Announcements!

Figuring out which films to see just became a whole lot easier with the Telluride Film Festival Mobile Application. Scheduling all of your screenings, seminars and soirées will seem like movie magic. Click here for iPhone and here Android. Don't have a smartphone? Don't worry! Check out our web version of the app here.


Documentary Audience Award winner "Bay of All Saints", repeat screening tonight!

bayofallsaints.jpegDon't miss Annie Eastman's mesmerizing Bay of All Saints, winner of Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature. The film is a lyrical portrait of three single mothers living in the water slums of Bahia, Brazil. Their individual stories of poverty unfold through visits from Norato, their big-hearted refrigerator repairman, born and raised in the palafitas. As these women rise to fight for their future, they begin to see the bay in a whole new light.
Bay Of All Saints screens tonight at 9:15pm, Alamo Lamar A


Don't Forget Your Swag!

SXswag logoWhile SXSW 2012 may have officially come to a close, you can still redeem some great offers at SXswag. Everything from a Texas music sampler download and a free movie from Film Fresh to Cisco's WebEx meeting software and a chance to win a free Chevy vehicle can be had at SXswag. Click over to SXsocial now and reap the many rewards!

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SXSW 2011 Artist Lounge. Photo by JW Walthall.

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SXSW PanelPicker Meet Up is Tonight at 6!

party9_250.jpgYou are invited to the SXSW PanelPicker 2013 Meet Up. Join us tonight to mark the final deadline week for the 2013 SXSW PanelPicker entry process! REMINDER: SXSW PanelPicker proposals for 2013 are due this Friday, July 20, 2012 by 11:59 pm (CT).

RSVP info below...

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Film PanelPicker Tips from Bonnie Orr ("The Pitching Palace")

There are just a few short days left to submit your panel or Digital Domain idea to the SXSW PanelPicker, and SXSW Film wants to ensure you're able to put your best foot forward for your proposal. Read below for some tips and tricks from past session organizer Bonnie Orr (Palm Tree Productions, pictured), on submitting a successful proposal for the 2013 festival.

What made you decide to submit a proposal to the PanelPicker for the 2012 Festival? I had participated as a mentor the previous year and loved being part of SXSW. So I was looking for a way to come back again and how I could help film attendees learn something.

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