Good news arrives eight months ahead of the international meeting of minds, musicians, influencers, auto engineers, geeks, filmmakers, fintech programmers, biometric scientists, artists, iconoclasts, doctors, entrepreneurs, and policy makers: SXSW 2017 will provide expanded access to all attendees for its Interactive, Film, and Music programming.
SXSW is intense. It’s massive. There’s an opportunity at every turn to make friendships, to make connections that are mutually beneficial for your business, career, or for hitting the parties. This year attendees using the SXSW® GO will notice a new in-app social networking feature, Around Me, introduced by the app’s developer, Eventbase.
“We’re ground zero,” said Ricardo Baca in regards to our home of Colorado, the first state to legalize marijuana for recreational use. The first-ever marijuana editor for Denver’s news outlet, The Cannabist, Baca had just emerged from the private screening of Rolling Papers, the documentary that will premier at this year’s SXSW.
At week five until SXSW 2014, we offered up tips on tech tools that come in handy during your SXSW experience. This week SXSW released its official schedule for interactive, film and music, which includes music showcases, film screenings, panel sessions for all three, plus keynotes, conversations and more. At four weeks out, this week's Countdown to SXSW hits on the helpful apps and online resources that will provide you information on the go, making this wonderful but chaotic time a bit less hectic.
“I met Wolf in early 2012, actually. So we’ve only known each other for about a year and a half to two years,” said Jeff Broadway, the director of the documentary, Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton, which tells the life and career story of Peanut Butter Wolf and the birth and life of his record label, Stones Throw Records.
Ukraine’s Femen is a topless protest movement, taking a literal ‘in your face’ approach to address the exploitation of women that’s taken place in their country for decades. Stating that 99% of Ukraine women don’t know what feminism is, their aim is to turn that statistic on its head.
As a veteran of SXSW, I’ve learned many tricks of the trade over the years to not only survive the ‘marathon, not a sprint’ annual conference and party extravaganza, but come out the other end thriving. Most of these lessons have been learned the hard way by being ill prepared or just not knowing what to expect, since things change from year to year. I’m sharing my SXSW veteran tips and tricks so you can enjoy an event better SXSW experience.
Through the ages, music has been and is more than ever, so many things to so many people. In "Good Vibrations," this narrative that made its U.S. debut at SXSW 2013, tells the true story of a moment in time during The Troubles in Belfast, and how one man's fervor for music helped to bridge the lines in a highly divided and violent city in Northern Ireland.
Relationships can be funny and maddening, if you look at them in hindsight and with a large slice of both humor and sarcasm. "I Give It A Year" is hilarious from beginning to end, taking the typical romantic comedy mold and blowing it up through a ceiling fan with feathers flying, a highly welcomed gesture (and a hint at one of the THE funniest scenes).
The Gits (Kerri O'Kane)
“When Jessy and I first heard The Gits, we both knew that this band was truly unique and innately talented,” says documentary filmmaker, Kerri O’Kane.
And the Jessie she refers to is Jessica Bender, a friend and film colleague that would go on to produce her film, which chronicles the life of a Seattle band that was on the rise until the fateful day when they lost their leading lady, Mia Zapata.