SXSW Film Conference is creating quite a buzz at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference & Festival. The conference features film, music, and emerging technology and is the place to be if you’re involved in any of these arenas. The event takes place once a year in Austin Texas and is a big draw for people across the nation.
The Buzz on Directors and Actors at SXSW
A few noteworthy projects premiering at SXSW includes Duncan Jones @ManMadeMoon – director of Source Code offers a mix of sci-fi and terror as the movie is about a Afghanistan war veteran on a mission to stop a Chicago terror attack. Source Code is Jones second film. Jones won critical acclaim from his previous sci-fi film Moon in 2009. Jones work offers striking imagery and continues to leave the audience with in suspense.
Rodman Flender and Conan O’Brien in Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop @TeamCoco keeps the audience laughing as Rodman Flender takes us on a tour with Conan O’Brien. Rodman Flender’s documentary chronicles O’Brien’s tour after the completion of his run with “The Tonight Show”. Flender manages to capture the many facets and moods of Conan O’Brien.
Director Greg Mottola @gregmottola offers an adventure out of this world with the film ‘Paul’. Tribeca NY director Mottola offers up a comedy, featuring two geeky guys who set out on a road trip to America’s UFO heartland and encounter a cool alien Paul.
Actress Kristin Wiig @kristenwiigfan actress from ‘Bridesmaids’ independent film. The Rochester, New York native has been keeping audiences laughing in Saturday Night Live since she made her debut in 2005. Wiig plays the role of Annie a brides-maid who shares her experiences in best friends wedding played, by actress Maya Rudolph also of Saturday Night Live.
Veteran actor Mel Gibson @Real_MelGibson stars in ‘The Beaver’ starring Mel Gibson, directed by Jodie Foster offers some call his performance Oscar Worthy. Gibson stars as a manic depressed middle age father struggling with life that rediscovers the meaning of family and life with help of a beaver puppet.
Comedic actors Simon Pegg @simonpegg and Nick Frost star in ‘Paul’ a funny film about two guys on an adventure who encounter an alien. Pegg and Frost offer brilliant performances as two nerds working with an alien.
Bloggers, Publicists and SXSW staff
SXSW would not be the huge success it is without Janet Pierson @JanetPierson producer of SXSW film. Janet provides great leadership in offering compelling films. Jarod Neece @jneece conference & Production Manager can give you a behind the scenes view of what it takes to put SXSW together. Jarod handles the panels and programs for SXSW. Last but not least, is Louis Black, founder of SXSW. Louis, whose not yet on Twitter, yet you can follow the latest on SXSW and Louis Black at @SXSW .
Popular Publicists for SXSW include Rebecca Feferman @RebFef SXSW Film press & publicity is part of the National Publicity Department for Warner Bros. Pictures where she worked with clients from Julia Louis Dreyfus to Justin Kirk.
Scott Macaulay @FilmmakerMag of Filmmaker magazine offers all the buzz on SXSW conference. Scott gives attendees the skinny on everything from checking into the event as well as the hottest events to check out.
Nikki Finke @NikkiFinke Hollywood journalist Nkki Finke of Deadline Hollywood keeps the audience on the edge of their seats about the hottest films coming out of SXSW.
Bloggers to watch are The Playlist @ThePlaylist blog for Indiewire keeps their pulse on the latest with directors, films and actors. Erik Davis @ErikDavis editor and writer for Cinematical, Aol Moviefone, Fandango and movies.com is keeps readers in touch with the latest updates and events for film buffs in the Austin area. Executive Features Editor Kathy Blackwell @kathyblackwell for the Austin American Statesman offers complete movie coverage at SXSW conference.
Critics and Other Commentary
Lastly, I must mention our beloved critics, who constantly keep filmmakers and actors on edge. Critics to follow include Daniel Carlson managing editor of Pajiba.com @danielwcarlson . Daniel delivers raw and uncut reviews of films at this years SXSW 2011. Also, nationally recognized film critics Leonard Maltin @leonardmaltin and Sean O’Connell @Sean O’Connell of Rotten tomatoes are tweeting about the latest movies at SXSW.
Terrance Russell, Duncan Jones Dodges Sophmore Slump with Source Code’s Softer Sci-Fi, Wired
Dave Itzkoff, Conan in the Wilderness, New York Times
Brian Brooks, ToolkitI Meet the SXSW Film Festival Programmers (In Their Own Words), Indie WIRE
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