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Filmmakers in Focus: Poull Brien on "Charles Bradley: Soul of America"

charles_bradley_soul_of_america_director_0.jpegNext we talk to director Poull Brien about his new film, Charles Bradley: Soul of America, which follows Charles from his 62nd birthday through the electrifying and transformative months leading up to his unprecedented debut.

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Levon Helm Passes Away

As reported last week, the legendary Levon Helm, a former member of The Band, was nearing the end of his long struggle with cancer. We're sad to report that Helm died on April 19.

See above for a clip from Ain't In It For My Health: A Film About Levon Helm, which premiered at SXSW 2010, and see the film's Facebook page here.

Humpday Highlights - A Conversation with Mark Mothersbaugh

Mark Mothersbaugh has been an influential figure since making his name with legendary art-rockers DEVO. He has gone on to become an iconic Music Producer and film composer, moving easily between fiction, dpocumentary, TV and video games, as well as a role in cult kids show Yo Gabba Gabba! He recently provided music for Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom, currently winning fans in theaters since its Cannes world premiere.

Check out what Mark had to say about his beginnings in the film world, during his conversation with Doreen Ringer-Ross (BMI) at SXSW 2012

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PanelPicker 2013: Entry Process Begins June 25

Got an amazing idea for a session for SXSW 2013? Then get ready for the 2013 SXSW PanelPicker, which will begin accepting entries on Monday, June 25. This entry process extends through Friday, July 20 (absolutely no late entries will be accepted). Community voting on these entries will begin Monday, August 13.

For the 2013 season, we have made several exciting interface improvements to the PanelPicker - stay tuned for more information on these interface improvements. You can improve your odds of being selected to speak in 2013 by submitting an idea to more than one conference (Music, Film or Interactive) but you can only submit one session idea per person per conference. Let the brainstorming begin!

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SXSW PanelPicker 2013: Tips for Submitting Your Proposal

gabe_garza_happinesscurrency_2.jpgWe announced that SXSW PanelPicker is open for the 2013 season last Monday. If you are gearing up to enter your brilliant idea, you'll want to know what's different about this year's process. For that, the PanelPicker FAQ is an excellent resource. But, today we'd like to focus on using the draft feature and how to submit the final version of your proposal.

Once you click the "Submit My Proposal" button on your PanelPicker proposal draft, you will no longer be able to edit it. Please take a moment to review your proposal, make any last edits, and then carefully read the agreements listed. If you can commit to the points, you are ready to send us your idea.

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SXSW Eco PanelPicker Voting Extended until 7/2!

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Good news! Voting for the SXSW Eco PanelPicker has been extended until Monday, July 2nd at 10am Central Time! That means you have even more time to let us know what sessions you'd like to see at SXSW Eco in October. Have questions about PanelPicker? Check out the FAQ! Otherwise, get started now at

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It's Easy Being Green: Sundance Earth Day Selections

In this eco-conscious age of hybrid vehicles, carbon-cutting cleaning products, and urban composting, Earth Day appears to have ascended the holiday hierarchy-to heights that perhaps even the crunchiest of its 1970's creators couldn't have envisioned. This Sunday, April 22, marks the 42nd Earth Day, and Sundance Institute's #ArtistServices program is currently offering a pair of documentaries for home viewing that confront vastly different (but equally alarming) stories addressing urgent threats to the environment. To commemorate Earth Day this year, we're offering a solution to Kermit the Frog's famous lament that "it isn't easy being green" with our hand-picked selection of sustainability-themed Sundance favorites below.

Clear Cut: The Story of Philomath, Oregon

Currently available through #ArtistServices. Watch Now

Peter Richardson's 2006 Sundance Film Festival selection probes the schism that develops between a thinning logging community and rising urban population in Philomath, Oregon, where high school graduates have their college tuition paid by the late local lumber tycoon Rex Clemens. Until now, that is. A descendant in charge of the Clemens foundation, unhappy with the opposing set of values emerging in Philomath, endeavors to redefine the scholarship curriculum in order to assist logging families exclusively. Richardson's shrewd, hands-off filmmaking leaves the storytelling to the subjects in this unique tale of a town divided.

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SXSW PanelPicker 2013: Creativity is the Bottom Line

dlsr_gear_film_productions_in_a_carry_on_or_two_panel_tim_strauss_small.jpgWe understand that one of the weaknesses of the SXSW PanelPicker process is that the tech, film and music industries can change very quickly - and trends that are hot in the summer of 2012 may have cooled by the spring 2013. However, please remember that the most successful sessions at SXSW usually focus on big picture issues such as creativity and innovation. In other words, we suggest your proposal focus less on the flavor-of-the-week and focus more on the out-of-the-box thought process that inspires trends.

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Richard Dorsett 1955-2012

Richard Dorsett 1955-2012Richard Dorsett, Credit: David Fox Our dear friend and colleague Richard Dorsett suddenly passed away on Friday, October 26th in his home in Austin. Richard had been associated with SXSW for many years as a music festival submissions curator and an Assistant Production Manager, supervising the production of music festival shows.

Richard was one of the original Inner Sanctum Records clerks at the seminal Austin indie record shop during the 1970s, where his trenchant in-store commentary became the stuff of legend. His status in the history of the early punk rock/new wave in Austin was cemented with his arrest by the Austin Police Department during the riot that accompanied the debut appearance at Raul's of punk band The Hun's, making him one of the "Huns 11."

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Superstorm Sandy, Film Submissions and You

Image of Superstorm Sandy courtesy flickr user snapnpiks

Tomorrow, Thursday, November 15 is the Final Late Deadline to submit films to SXSW, but we're aware that recent events will make this difficult for many. Superstorm Sandy sent mailing services, production offices and processes into disarray, and in many cases continues to do so.

If you're trying to submit a film to SXSW and have been affected by Sandy, please write to us at to let us know. We will do all we can to accommodate, on a case by case basis.

For general information on submitting your film, please read the submissions FAQ, and read the online application information here.


SXSW Alumni Films - Watch Now! Wednesday, November 21


Funeral Kings, Emerging Visions 2012. Image courtesy Funeral Kings LLC

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Upgrade Your Badge to Get the Most Out of SXSW

Image from SXSW 2012 Film & Interactive Fusion Party, courtesy Jojo Marion

If you are already attending SXSW Film take advantage of all that SXSW has to offer by upgrading your badge to Gold or Platinum. Gold badge holders get access to all things Interactive and Film including networking events, film screenings, parties, talks and more. Gold badge holders get the full SXSW experience by immersing in both events.


SXSW Film Venue Views - The Video!

2013 SXSW Film Venues & Shuttles from SXSW on Vimeo.

Hot off the press (well, the edit suite), check out this essential video detailing all the great venues in this year's SXSW Film Festival. There's also great info on shuttles during the event, which this year will run all nine days of SXSW Film.

For more information on Venues, check out this page, and head to this page to get the Shuttles lowdown...then plan your schedule!


Online Film Program Guide Now Available!

Pick up yours at SXSwag!Did you know that if you're registered at SXSocial, you can access a digital version of the Program Guide?

You will still receive a physical copy of the guide when you pick up your big bag at registration, but for the first time, we're offering a fully browsable online version. Simply log in to your SXSocial account, then access the guide via SXSwag.


Venue Views - Alamo Ritz & SXSatellites

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An Austin institution, the Alamo Drafthouse is as much a part of local lore as breakfast tacos and Willie Nelson, and SXSW will once again be hosting a whole range of films in some of their unique theaters.

The Alamo Ritz is in the heart of 6th Street, with two great theaters that allow you to order food and drinks (including liquor!) from the comfort of your seat. There's a whole host of film options, including Midnighters, Visions, Documentary and Narrative Spotlight categories and more!


What's Happening! March 8 - Film and Interactive

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Welcome to SXSW good people! What's Happening! is a look at a handful of Conference and Festival events published twice daily. With so much going on out there, we offer this handy guide full of groovy suggestions but it's just a drop in an ocean of kick-ass programming.

Some helpful informationals:

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2013 Film Entry Now Open

Our submission period is now open for all categories including student, short and feature length films. Professional and amateur filmmakers working in all aesthetic disciplines and genres including narrative, documentary, animation and experimental are welcome. Download the submission form here.

Shorts and student film submissions must be received no later than 5:00 pm, July 1, 2013. Feature film submissions must be received no later than 5:00 pm, July 15, 2013. All submissions must have been completed after July 15, 2012 and no works in progress will be accepted. Feature-length films (60 minutes or longer) will only be considered if they are to have their first North American screening at Telluride Film Festival. Final program determinations will be made by August 1, 2013. No early or late entries will be accepted. For more information, click here.

Telluride Film Festival is celebrating its 40th Anniversary August 29 – September 2, 2013 and to commemorate this special occasion an additional day has been added to the usual four-day Festival, making room for a five-day bounty of special programming and festivities.

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Watch euphonia for free on Vimeo!

SXSW has been keeping a close eye on the Ornana Films team since their film (notes on) biology won the Animated Short Award at SXSW 2012. They returned this year with the world premiere of their visionary feature film euphonia.


Secure Your Room for SXSW V2V in Las Vegas Today

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Did you know that SXSW V2V Housing has rooms held for our registrants at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas? We have secured several room type options, all at the lowest publicly-available rates. These fabulous rooms and rates are available to you as soon as you register for the inaugural SXSW V2V in August.

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