Come March, the excitement of South by Southwest Conference & Festivals will take over Austin. Behind all our fun is a team of specialists and volunteers who make everything come together. This happens at the new SXSW Center on Lavaca Street, where the general public can enjoy SouthBites year-round.[Read more…]
As SXSW Film Festival roared through Austin, I was pleased to see the wide range of talent walking among us. SXSW Film encompassed movies, television, VR, AR, and motion capture film, full length features, and excellent shorts.
The programming for SXSW in general is mind-boggling, most especially because it’s run so efficiently. Kudos to the SXSW team! Another thing I loved was seeing so many badass women at the helm of Austin-based films, and speaking on panels.
Here is a sampling of the Austin-focused female filmmakers who really caught my attention this year. I want to add that I also loved another female-focused hilarious film, Olivia Wilde’s “Booksmart,” though there’s no Austin connection.
1/ Amy Bench, “A Line Birds Cannot See”[Read more…]
And just like that, it’s over. By the time you read this, the stages will be gone; streets once bulging with scooter-riding tourists will relax; and the city will deflate to normal. All we’ll have is our Instagram stories, swag bags filled with koozies, and the memory of 10 wild days of art, tech, film, and music.
For me, it’s all about SXSW Music. Over the course of six days, I saw over 20 bands, most of which were locals. Some well-known; some just discovered; all of them awesome in their own special way. As I do every year, I invent a random slate of awards you’d normally find in a high school yearbook to celebrate our hometown heroes. And the winners of this year’s Superlative Awards are… [Read more…]
Austin is a wonderful boiling pot of techies, film directors, musicians, fashionistas, and foodies and Austinites represented that mix well at SXSW 2019. Here are the best SXSW panels of 2019 featuring locals who touched on all things business, food, fashion, and tech in our capital city.
For 10 days, SXSW is the epicenter of entertainment, making it the perfect place for filmmakers to unveil their cinematic masterpieces. While many come from all over the world to do so, homegrown Austin film directors don’t have to go far to take advantage of the festival’s opportunities each year.
Here are five local directors who have premiered films during SXSW over the years. You’ll recognize some of the names, but hopefully you’ll also uncover a new favorite to follow.
If you’re planning to attend SXSW Film Festival 2019, you probably have a long list of screenings you want to attend. As you’re firming up your schedule, consider these four locally-oriented documentaries. From unforgettable personalities to irreplaceable communities, these films highlight bright lights across Austin’s past and present.
1/ Becoming Leslie
Now, I know what you’re thinking. “I didn’t shell out money for a badge, so why should I care about SXSW?” Well, because there are tons of free things to do! Things like panels, film screenings, and parties–all of which are accessible to those with no badge. So, read on to join in on all the free SXSW festival fun! [Read more…]
You bought the wristband, took time off work, and scoured Twitter for free drinks and swag. But guess what, stalwart SX’er? By Thursday afternoon, you’re asleep under the convention center awning covered with showcase posters and HBO totes. Do you know why? You forgot to eat.
But never fear, fan of the festival! Here at The Austinot, we’re providing an easy-to-follow meal plan to keep you nourished, noshing, and knocking out meals like a culinary ninja.
Batten down the hatches, y’all! SXSW is nigh! SXSW Film runs from March 8 to 16, 2019. This exciting film festival is in its 26th year. The film screenings, world premieres, and special events take place across nine Austin film venues. Here’s a rundown of what to expect from each.
A tidal wave of music is approaching. On March 11, SXSW Music 2019 launches 2,000 bands and musicians into Austin’s cultural stratosphere. Of these, over 200 hail from our beloved city. After listening to every local artist on the schedule, I’ve picked 15 must-sees for this year’s festival. It’s my favorite and most exhausting list of the year. But if you find a new favorite, it’ll all have been worth it! [Read more…]