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Beginners Guide to SXSW Film


Don't Forget About Me! Remember Everything at SXSW


The Opening Act: Making of the SXSW Film Bumpers


Brothers Gonna Talk it Out


Collaborations in Film: Writers & Producers


Festribution: Film Festivals as Distributors
    Do festivals represent the future of independent film distribution? Where are the opportunities? What are the risks? This panel will explore emergent models and speculate on ways independent producers (and distributors) may leverage a robust film festival circuit for commercial exploitation. With major festivals like Sundance, sxsw and Tribeca already in the game in varying ways, it seems this will be a developing trend. Will smaller regional festivals organize to create a theatrical circuit? Can a festival brand or screening translate into viable, direct revenues for the independent film sector? Is this what festivals should be doing? This panel explores one of the most compelling new developments in the business of film festivals.

    Dir #ArtistServices | Sundance Institute | I run #ArtistServices...

    Co-Pres | RADiUS-TWC

    n/a | Nancy Schafer | Nancy Schafer is currently a consultant...

    Proprietor | Ripping Reality | Sean Farnel is a consultant specializing...

    Type Film, Panel
    Level Intermediate
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_FP990262


Your Film's Unique Digital Distribution Strategy
    Since its inception, digital distribution has promised independent filmmakers direct access to audiences, but has it delivered? In this panel, three pioneers of digital distribution – Snag Films, Pre Screen, EPIX and Fandor – will explore this question and discuss the ways in which independent filmmakers can bring their films to digital audiences. Moderated by Richard Lorber, President & CEO of Kino Lorber, each digital platform will discuss their success (and failures), the evolution of their business models, the changing world of free, and what options filmmakers have to access the widest online audience possible through such platforms as cable VOD and SVOD and (drum roll) how to make money. For filmmakers seeking a frank and open discussion about the best way to approach the digital marketplace (whether by working with a distributor or going it alone), this is a not-to-be-missed panel dealing with the next frontier of indie film distribution.

    Dir of Documentary Programming & Acquisitions | EPIX

    VP Acquisitions & Dev | Fandor | Fandor co-founder Jonathan Marlow...

    CEO | Kino Lorber Inc

    Founder/CEO | Prescreen | Shawn is the Founder and CEO of Prescreen...

    COO | SnagFilms

    Type Film, Panel
    Hashtag #sxsw #digitalnow
    Level Intermediate
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_FP100012


The Evolution of the Douchebag in Modern Cinema
    Once upon a time at the movies, the noble everyman triumphed at the end while the shady operator got his comeuppance. It was the natural order of things. Then, in 1987, everything changed. Michael Douglas, in the guise of Wall Street power broker Gordon Gekko, proclaimed, "Greed is Good." These magic words opened the floodgates of Douchedom, whetting viewer’s appetites for all that was loud, selfish and posturing. Nowadays, films are overrun with characters afflicted with the scourge of male pattern badness: Vince Vaughn in Swingers, Owen Wilson in The Royal Tenenbaums, Bradley Cooper in The Hangover, just to name a few. Our panel of scintillating experts will explore the depths of today's Douchebag Revolution, its staggering economic model, what it means for the future of cinema and the ultimate question: Is High Douchebaggery the new Punk Rock?

    Senior editor, culture | Slate | Dan Kois is a senior editor...

    Writer, Acrtress, Stand Up Comedian | Eliza Skinner is a comedian...

    Doctoral Candidate | Georgia State University | P.E. Oppenheim...

    Dear Mr. Vernon, we accept the fact that we had to sacrifice...

    Type Film, Panel
    Hashtag #sxsw #DOUCHEBAGS
    Level Beginner
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_FP10596



Arts Criticism 140 Characters At A Time


The Great Cinematography Shootout


In The Cloud: Your Film in a Post-Ownership World
    We are in the early stages of a massive paradigm shift that will forever change people's attitudes towards “consuming” film and TV. With shelves of books, video and music reincarnated in the Cloud, opportunities for indies are rapidly changing. A $10 gross profit on a DVD is now a nickel for a stream. The proliferation of digital platforms--with Microsoft, Amazon, Google and Netflix leading the charge--calls for nimbleness, flexibility and DIY savvy. These skills are old-hat to the indie producer. And as we know, connecting social media between your film and its audience is key. New Video moderates a panel of filmmakers and technology experts who will share their vision of the future, critical insights on new trends, and concrete strategies for survival in a post-ownership world. Specializing in indie, documentary and art house films, New Video distributes across streaming, downloading and cable VOD platforms and hard goods to a broad spectrum of stores and platforms.

    Research Director, Digital MEdia | IHS Screen Digest | Dan joined...

    CEO | Constellation Holdings LLC

    Strategic Content Partnership, Film/TV | Google/YouTube | Jonathan...

    Founder/CEO | Prescreen | Shawn is the Founder and CEO of Prescreen...

    Co-Pres | New Video | As Co-President of New Video with partner...

    Founder | Connected the Film | Honored by Newsweek as one of...

    Type Film, Panel
    Hashtag #sxsw #filmcloud
    Level Intermediate
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_FP10401


Empowering Filmmakers: Marketing/Distribution Keys


3 R's of Horror: Remakes, Reboots & Rediscoveries


Art and Advertising: Two Sides of the One Sheet
    The movie poster is dead! Long live the movie poster! Such are the proclamations that have cycled through the decades as movie poster design has ebbed from art form to dumbed downed marketing piece. Sometimes it rises to the former with a significant push from designers like Saul Bass and Neil Kellerhouse, but most of the time it recedes into the latter, wrenched down by the generic photomontages of studio film posters. However, in the last decade there’s been an interesting new wave taking place that brings these two disparate sides of the one sheet together. It’s being harnessed by collectible art boutique Mondo and embodied by artists (and panelists) Sam Smith, Justin Erickson and Akiko Stehrenberger; who are all striving to make movie marketing as engaging as the movie it’s representing. So how did this new wave take place and will it last? Can studios learn to embrace art in advertising? And can artists balance the advertising in their art?

    Owner/Artist | Akikomatic LLC | Akiko Stehrenberger began her...

    Creative Dir | Phantom City Creative | As creative director and...

    Creative Dir | Mondo | Justin Ishmael is the Creative Director...

    Online & Digital Media | Alamo Drafthouse Cinema | Online and...

    Artist | Sam's Myth | Sam Smith is a graphic artist and musician...

    Type Film, Panel
    Hashtag #sxsw #MovieArt
    Level Beginner
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_FP990232


A Conversation with Willem Dafoe


A to Z Doc Distribution: Emphasis on E for Education
    Are all film distributors equal? (Of course not!) What do the most successful distributors have in common? How can a filmmaker find out? In A to Z of Distribution (with an emphasis on 'E'), come learn what distinguishes four of the leading documentary distributors in the marketplace: Kino Lorber, Women Make Movies, Cinema Guild and New Day. Moderated by Elizabeth Sheldon, VP of Kino Lorber, each distributor will discuss how they select films, their different paths to market, what makes each company unique, and what they all have in common (hint, hint: starts with the letter ‘E’). Whether it is a theatrical department, digital distribution, specialty collections, or a strength in reaching the college/university/library market, each of the featured distributors has survived and thrived over the decades. Come learn why, how you and your film can benefit, and what they are looking for at SXSW.

    Exec Dir | Women Make Movies | Debra Zimmerman has been the Executive...

    SVP | Kino Lorber Inc | As Senior Vice President of Kino Lorber...

    Filmmaker | Heavy Weather Films | Jeff Tamblyn began his professional...

    Dir of Distribution | The Cinema Guild | Ryan Krivoshey is the...

    Type Film, Panel
    Hashtag #sxsw #emphasis
    Level Intermediate
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_FP100013


AICN Presents: Todd & The Book of Pure Evil
    Join Ain't It Cool News' uber-fan Harry Knowles as he leads a panel about the insane machinations that brought the cult TV series Todd & The Book of Pure Evil from a short film to television screens all over the world. Taking its influences from teen comedies and horror films of the 80's, Todd & The Book of Pure Evil shines a humourous light on the horrors of high school. Harry will pepper the showrunner and stars with questions about the show's humble beginnings, its unique tone and what it's like to work with an 18-foot penis monster. With the second season premiering on FEARnet in March, get to know Todd & The Book of Pure Evil before it becomes too cool for its own good.

    Actor | Alex House started his career as a child actor. Alex...

    Actor | Chris stars as Atticus Murphy on the television series...

    Producer | Corvid Pictures | Craig Wallace is the Co-Creator...

    Headgeek | Ain't it Cool News

    SModCo | A New Jersey born and bred actor, who burst onto the...

    Type Film, Panel
    Hashtag #sxsw #pureevil
    Level Intermediate
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_FP100009


Market Place Live
    How are independent films developed, financed, produced and distributed? Through the unfolding story of an entirely fictitious film project, filmmakers and executives talk candidly about the all-too-real thrills, challenges and dilemmas of turning an idea into a film and successfully bringing it to the global market place. The scenarios are unrehearsed and the panelists’ decisions are live. The panel includes filmmakers, financiers, producers and domestic, international and digital distribution experts who will have no prior warning of the scenarios that will be presented to them. All the elements of the project are fictional - made-up cast, director and producer, financing partners and distributors – so panelists can speak freely about their reactions and thought processes. The Market Place Live format is intended to introduce new filmmakers to the concept of the Independent Film Value Chain. It was developed in England by Film London and Film Export UK with support from Skillset.

    Chief Exec | Film Export UK | Charlie Bloye is Chief Executive...

    HUNKY DORY | Dan Lupovitz, an LA-based independent producer works...

    CEO | D-Medi Network | Gina Fegan is an active film producer...

    Head of Inward Investment & Business Dev | Film London | Helena...

    Owner | Submarine Entertainment | Josh Braun is an American businessperson...

    Distribution Exec | British Film Institute

    Dir | Bankside Films | Stephen Kelliher is Head of Sales & Marketing...

    Type Film, Panel
    Hashtag #sxsw #MktPlace
    Level Intermediate
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_FP10981



A Conversation with Mark Mothersbaugh


Girls Revealed


Richard Linklater and Randall Poster in Conversation


Diversity Counts: Auteurs, Actors and Audiences
    In this panel we'll explore ways for storytellers to use diversity as a tool to enrich themselves, their projects and the audience in a positive way. We'll discuss programs in the industry that assist filmmakers of diverse backgrounds, the importance and benefits of having a diverse cast and crew, festivals that encourage diverse stories and ways of marketing your project to the audiences who will embrace them the most. While there will be a direction to the conversation, audience participation is highly encouraged. So bring your questions and join panelists from Screen Actors Guild, Alliance of Women Directors, Troublemaker Studios (Spy Kids, Sin City, and Grindhouse) and the Producers Guild of America Diversity Committee for a lively and informative dialogue.

    Interim Natl Dir of Affirmative Action & Diversity | Screen Actors...

    Pres EYA, VP Troublemaker | EYA Productions & Troublemaker Studios...

    Dir/Producer | MotivEdit | JULIE JANATA Director / Producer...

    Monkey | Neena's Boy, Inc. | Parvesh Cheena

    Producer | Producers Guild of America Diversity Committee | Vicente...

    Type Film, Panel
    Hashtag #sxsw #diversity
    Level Beginner
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_FP12246


The Great White Whales of Music Docs
    Every director and producer has a great white whale: the groundbreaking, fascinating, inspirational music documentary that just couldn't get made. Maybe the band got camera shy; maybe the music rights were controlled by an out-of-control lawyer; maybe the topic was too hot for film. Whatever the problem, this panel will feature producers and directors who will share war stories from their own failed projects and discuss their unmade/unfunded dream music documentaries. We'll also dish about famous forbidden footage (from bands like the Rolling Stones, Guns N Roses and more) and the prospects of those vaults being opened in our lifetimes. And we'll ask the audience to share their most desired music documentaries, the films they'd stand in line for at the theaters if only they could be made!

    Dir | RE:GENERATION Music Project | Amir Bar-Lev's directorial...

    Bulletproof Film/CIMMfest | Ilko Davidov is a Director/Producer...

    Bad Brains: Band in DC

    Director | Uprising: Hip Hop | Mark Ford is a writer/producer/director...

    Executive Producer | Vh1 News | Warren Cohen is a two-time Emmy...

    Type Film, Panel
    Level Intermediate
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_FP12993



Banded Together: Touring as a Standup Comedy Group


Adventures in Songwriting with Paul Williams

    From the Austin Chronicle:

    "I did 48 Tonight Shows. I remember six."

    That's pretty exceptional, even by a drunk's standard. And Paul Williams was certainly that.

    Strange as it might seem now, Williams was also once borderline omnipresent in Hollywood. Not only did the diminutive entertainer appear in everything from Smokey and the Bandit to the Planet of the Apes franchise, but he was also the songwriter behind such monumental soft rock classics as "We've Only Just Begun" (the Carpenters) and "Evergreen" (Barbra Streisand). He wrote the lyrics to The Love Boat theme and appeared in multiple episodes as a passenger on the Pacific Princess. He has a star on Hollywood Boulevard and an Oscar nomination for penning The Muppet Movie anthem "The Rainbow Connection." He also loved drugs and alcohol.

    "In the Seventies, I was doing work I was really proud of, but somewhere I crossed the line from use to abuse to addiction," says Williams. "Twin addictions were running on parallel tracks with me: One was drugs and alcohol and the other was addiction to celebrity. I became better at showing off than showing up. The next thing you know, you've gone from being the center of attention to peeking out the venetian blinds at 3am looking for the tree police because you know they're out there and you haven't slept for two days and nights."

    Williams, sober for 22 years this March, is now the subject of the documentary Paul Williams: Still Alive. And while not the chart fixture of the past, the songwriter was paid an enormous compliment by his peers in 2009 when they elected him president of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Despite the potential political aspects of that position, Williams is and always will be a songwriter first. He's got the scars to prove it.

    "The reason you respond to something is because of what we have in common – our fears, our triumphs, and this full range of human emotion," he opines. "All this shit we write about, we all go through. If you're spectacularly brilliant and different from the rest of the world it makes it a tougher communication than if you're Paulie and you go, 'Ouch, mommy. I need to be held today.' Someone else out there is going, 'I need to be held today, too.'"

    Paul Williams Still Alive | Paul Williams is an Oscar, Grammy...

    Dir | Paul Williams Still Alive | Stephen Kessler premiered his...

    Type Music, SXSW Interview
    Hashtag #sxsw #pwilliams
    Info Y
    Tags AustinChronicle, Reggae
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MP990443


What Happened to the Big Idea in Music Technology?

    From Raoul Hernandez, The Austin Chronicle:

    In 1997, Rick Moody's second novel, The Ice Storm, a biting tragedy of Seventies malaise, was translated onscreen with an all-star cast by future Academy Award-winning director Ang Lee. Now a Criterion Collection DVD shown in December at the Blanton Museum with Moody present, the film didn't capture the era's soundtrack the way the book did, even if its author made mixtapes for his cinematic stand-in, Tobey Maguire.

    A lifelong musician and friend of Gang of Four bassist Dave Allen, who moderates this panel, Moody's way with words – "Actual music would subvert the immanence of music in novel writing, the incredible power of music described in words, the music suggested by words, the very music of prose," he wrote in an afterward to The Ice Storm – demanded an email interview. Why talk by phone when you can get a master of prose to write you? For the complete exchange, see the Earache! Music blog.

    Austin Chronicle: So what did 'Happen to the Big Idea in Technology'? Is there one? Do we need one? Didn't tech already liberate the industry?

    Ricky Moody: Yes, I think there is a de-centralization that has taken place in music as a result of digital technology. Now it's really possible to make a record at home without all the incredibly expensive equipment and studio time. And it's possible to distribute music yourself without a record label. (I have done it, in fact, though I cannot say I think I have done it very well.) That's good, that's democratic.

    On the other hand, I think iTunes has driven promotion into the ground, and file-sharing has destroyed the sense of music as a product. Which means that only one part of the business – live music – seems to have any vitality to it anymore. This is good for touring musicians, I guess. They can make money on tickets and t-shirts. But the retrenchment in the industry has meanwhile made the major labels risk averse, both in the recording and the promotion. People make records that risk nothing, and which are cookie cutter releases stylistically, and they promote them (if they do at all) in the same ways all the time.

    I can't think of a more depressing time in terms of what popular music is. And I was alive in the early Seventies, before punk. All of this, all of what remains of the revolution that was once rock & roll, is driven by capitalism and by the herd mentality of the record labels and technology companies. I hope the kids will take the ashes of popular song and remake it their own revolutionary way.

    Pres | Katalyst | Anthony Batt is the President of Katalyst...

    Dir, Interactive Strategy | NORTH | Dave Allen is the Director...

    Creative Dir | Uncorked Studios | David is Creative Director...

    Cash Music | Jesse von Doom is the co-Executive Director of CASH...

    Writer | Rick Moody writes about music at The Rumpus (www.therumpus.net...

    Asst Instructor | The University of Texas | I marshal the middle...

    Type Music, Panel
    Hashtag #sxsw #bigidea
    Info Y
    Tags AustinChronicle, Pop
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MP990263


Social Music Strategies: Viral & the Power of Free
    Facebook is launching a massive music integration, casting a spotlight on streaming music subscription service partners MOG, Rdio, Spotify & others. Leveraging a free model as a viral strategy and/or a trailing tool (an up-sell to a paid premium model) has proven successful for newcomers like Turntable.fm & Sirius XM, and will likely be a key strategy in subscriber acquisition through social music. In a major consumer shift away from music ownership, harkening a new culture where mainstream digital content consumption is primarily streamed from the cloud (or satellite) instead of downloaded, what recipe wins on Facebook’s silver platter? What should music services & content providers do to leverage new social opportunities, and how the carrot of freemium is baked into the carrot cake of paid subscriptions?

    Founder & CEO | turntable.fm | Billy Chasen is the founder and...

    CEO | MOG | DAVID HYMAN, a self-proclaimed music junkie, is CEO...

    Editor | The Echo Nest/Evolver.fm | Evolver.fm Editor Eliot Van...

    Strategic Partner Mgr | Facebook | Ime Archibong is the Director...

    Sr Vice President, Business Development | Sirius XM Radio | Rachna...

    Type Music, Panel
    Hashtag #sxsw #poweroffree
    Level Intermediate
    Tags Folk
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MP10793



Creating Your Second Act


Taking the Throne: The Brand is the New King


Funkytown Stories


How to Track and Capture Wild Root Songs of North America


Facebook Music Marketing: Pages, Feeds, Games
    Musicians are adopting Facebook as a core component of their online marketing strategy. But which of Facebook's social channels should artists focus on? Facebook Pages, the news feed, or social games? Several companies such as RootMusic have sprung up providing Myspace Music-style band profile apps, but fans don't often visit the Facebook Pages of musicians where they're hosted. Headliner.fm has focused on helping bands gain exposure in the news feed, but record labels want to see a direct return on investment, not just a bigger audience. MXP4's Bopler Games and other developers are now selling songs in social games, but do enough people play them to make deals with game companies worthwhile? Representatives of these companies debate which of these channels is most important, and discuss how bands can tie the channels together to conduct successful marketing campaigns that don't spam Facebook’s users.

    CEO | Bopler Games/Mxp4 | Albin Serviant; CEO: MXP4

    Writer - TechCrunch | TechCrunch | Josh Constine heads up social...

    CEO & Founder | RootMusic | J is the CEO & Founder of RootMusic.com...

    Facebook | MEREDITH CHIN is a Manager of Corporate Communications...

    CEO | Headliner.fm | Mike More is a serial entrepreneur with...

    Type Music, Panel
    Hashtag #sxsw #FBmusmktg
    Level Intermediate
    Tags Hip-Hop-Rap
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_MP13681


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