A Bag of Hammers - SXSW 2011 Selected Films

"A Bag of Hammers" has been added to the SXSW 2011 Selected Films, and this one seems destined to be a sleeper comedy favorite, if I know the SXSW crowd.

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Simon Pegg and Nick Frost return to the flick screen with what seems to be another comedic ride, but this time it's in an RV with an alien who's riding shotgun. The movie is “Paul” and it's playing at the SXSW 2011 Film Conference and Festival.

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16 Mar 2010

As technology evolves and continues to help us to handle life in a more convenient manner, making every-day tasks like carrying maps in a car seem silly when we have a GPS system, or carry around cash when we have a debit card, lots of 0s and 1s in our name are being stored. “Erasing David” is a scary wake up call as to just how the days of privacy may be long gone.

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The first night in Austin, I attended a party that was outside at Emo’s. Typically it’s fairly warm in Austin during this time of year, but not this night. And I was ill prepared (pun intended). Freezing in fact.

That next morning I felt a cold coming on, and as the days wore on, between the minimal sleep and the constant on-the-go schedule my body’s immune system gave up on me by the time Monday morning came around. Plus, a client project, which I hoped to finish prior to boarding the plane to Austin, was still in the final stages.

Holed up in my hotel all day, writing and overdosing on vitamin C, I finally emerged (post-shower, of course) to meet the gang at the Mashable party.

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It’s been two years since Twitter first started out as an “I’m eating cereal” micro blog and the winner of the SXSW Web Award.

In 2009, the benefits of social media platforms and tools have moved from trivial to critical when it comes to marketing, business development, sales and customer service strategies for both corporations and small businesses alike.

This morning at the Day Stage, Alan Moore, the author of “Social Media Marketing: An Hour a Day” spent an hour presenting the key points of what’s contained in his book, which takes a beginner through the paces of social media marketing over a three-month period.

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As someone who has been freelancing for over 12 years, as one who loves to work from home on a snow day but whose walls start to close in after a few days inside, I definitely gravitated to the panel SXSw Interactive “Working Alone Sucks: Join the Coworking Revolution.”

I honestly hadn’t come across the term “coworking” before. What I found is that people like me have been renting out a desk within a space, which not only allows you to experience a collaborative environment sans the office politics or cubical hell world. I found out later that one of my hotel roommates utilizes a coworking space back in San Francisco, and that it has business advantages as well. Writers are able to meet and potentially subcontract designers, web developers and the like, and in turn, be hired in an exchange fashion, reaping the benefits of a virtual agency and still being able to keep one’s solo status.

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SXSW has been rockin’ and rollin’ for over two decades, and for a few years the main interest that pulled people to Austin was focused mainly on music. But, as independent film gained ground and technology played a larger roll in the business and distribution of music and film, the SXSW format expanded into three areas of focus - Interactive, Film AND Music.

As the number of music fans and bands coming in from all over the world has increased significantly in the past six or seven years, causing one to proactively plan as to not be shut out from a show, the same has happened with Interactive. Before, you could stroll in, find a seat, and that that was it. But as I walked into my first panel, “User Generated Content,” ten minutes before it started I found myself sitting on the only seat left. The floor.

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AftermathAs an annual tradition, Day Five kicks off with the Bay Area BBQ at the house where I stay. It ends up being an all SF Bay Area day, as we venture out for music later; but in the meantime, we’ve got Oakland’s Saviours represented at the BBQ, as well as Frisco’s Thee Oh Sees, who’s singer/guitarist John Dwyer (Coachwhips, Ziegenbach Kapf, Pink & Brown) picks me out from across the room. “You’re everywhere I go,” he tells me. “There’s actually two of me,” I reply.
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VinesSXSW is perfect for those afflicted with Attention Deficit Disorder. For those with focus and specific goals, it can be a miserable nightmare.

Conflicting schedule entries become a lottery of choices involving mile-long walks that often result in a rush to a venue just to wait for a tardy band. Or worse, you arrive to find that you have missed the act you’re trying to see because they decided to run early.

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N.E.R.D., Today is starting off slow and low in the SXSW Day Stage at Austin Convention Center. Thanks to Center-wide free Wi-Fi and a constant flow of live music, this is the perfect place to re-cap the 17 bands I saw yesterday, sort through photos, and still not feel like I’m missing out on the action.

As I hammer away at the keys, Ravens and Chimes from Brooklyn, NY hammer at their own with a brief set (all sets on the Day Stage are a scant twenty minutes long) of piano-and-synth-driven jangly pop. Dare I say, cute? Well, it’s a good eye-(or, ear-)opener.

Heading in to the land of wax (ok, ok, Serato), Chicago, DJ duo The Hood Internet kicks out the jams mano-a-mano on the ones-and-twos, mashing up everything from MIA to Phil Collins in an intentionally brash, but nonetheless skilled fader collision sesh.

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