The SXSW Conference and Festivals in Austin, TX is almost upon us. It’s the 31st year and the 24th year for the Film and interactive parts of the festival. Not to be outdone it’s the 10th for the Comedy part of this nine day event. SXSW takes place March 10 – 19th.
Headlining the conference part of SXSW 2017 is Vice President Joe Biden where he will outline his plans for a Biden cancer initiative and call on attendees at SXSW to join him in taking on the disease. Keynotes Yasmin Green of Jigsaw and country music legend Garth Brooks are just some of the speakers this year, along with Featured Speakers Gabourey Sidibe, Nick Offerman, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, Chris Milk, and Dr. Vivek Murthy.
The Interactive Festival highlights the best new talent in the field. Included are a variety of compelling networking experiences that complement the many learning opportunities at SXSW.
Music is the backbone of SXSW and the Opening night party is sure to please just about everyone. Sure to please just about any music lover, the party has dance-punk staple !!! (Chk Chk Chk), Chance The Rapper collaborator and powerhouse Noname, BBC Radio1 DJ Huw Stephens, 4AD glam-pop outfit The Lemon Twigs, Montreal techno-futurist Marie Davidson and Ennio Morricone-esque big band Tredici Bacci.
The Comedy Festival is filled with an incredible lineup including Bob Odenkirk, Mike Lawrence, Liza Treyger, Doug Benson, Michael Ian Black, Wanda Sykes, Wyatt Cenac, and more.
My favorite, of course, is the SXSW Film Festival. Featuring provocative documentaries, comedies, and genre standouts, the SXSW Film Festival takes place over nine days, seven venues, and on thirteen screens. Interactive and Music registrants can take advantage of expanded access to the festival with secondary access to most screenings.
Here are just a few of the many films I am looking forward to at this years SXSW Film Festival:
Song to Song (2017) Three-time Oscar-nominated Terrence Malick brings us a tale of the music scene in his beloved Austin, TX. Ryan Gosling, Natalie Portman, Michael Fassbender, Cate Blanchett, and Rooney Mara are just some of the stars in this much-anticipated film,
Baby Driver (2017) Ansel Elgort is a getaway driver in director Edgar Wright’s first film in four years. Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm, and Lily James star in this movie that was shot in Atlanta, GA.
Prevenge (2016) British comedy about a pregnant woman (Alice Lowe) who goes on a killing spree but it’s not her idea, it’s her unborn baby giving orders from her womb. Alice Lowe not only stars in the film but also wrote and directed the film.
Infinity Baby (2017) Surely one of the strangest films of the festival, director Bob Byington brings us a comedy where “babies don’t age. The movie was filmed in Austin and stars Nick Offerman and his wife, Megan Mullaly,
Atomic Blonde (2017) Charlize Theron plays an MI6 spy who is sent to Berlin at the height of the Cold War. She enlists the help of James McAvoy to help her deliver needed intel and investigate the murder of a fellow agent.
The Most Hated Woman in the America (2017) Melissa Leo plays Madalyn Murray O’Hair, the true story of the head atheist activist in America. She held the position of president of the American Atheist organization, one of the most loathed organizations ever, which single handily got prayer taken out of public schools.
The Ballad of Lefty Brown (2017) Bill Pullman plays a man that has always been the sidekick of a legendary cowboy. Now he must live his life on his own. There are several westerns at this year’s festival.
Becoming Bond (2017) Documentary on the unbelievable story of George Lazenby, an Australian car mechanic who, through an incredible set of circumstances, is picked to be the next James Bond after Sean Connery had left the series.
The Disaster Artist (2017) James Franco directs and stars as Tommy Wiseau, the man responsible for one of the worst films of all time, The Room (2003).
The SXSW Conference and Festivals in Austin, TX takes place March 10 – 19th.
For more information go to www.sxsw.com