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December 15, 2017

On the Menu: Introducing the SouthBites Trailer Park Food Trucks

SouthBites Trailer Park

Everyone’s favorite food truck lot returns in 2018! That’s right, the SouthBites® Trailer Park will provide nourishment and indulgence to attendees as well as the general public in its sixth year at SXSW.

Whether you’re looking for lunch or a little late night bite, the SouthBites Trailer Park has you covered. Open daily March 9-17 from 11am to midnight, the park will let you taste some of the best food trucks from Austin and across the nation.

Read on for descriptions from the food trucks on the menu for SouthBites Trailer Park at SXSW 2018. Warning: SXSW is not responsible for broken keyboards or mobile phones due to intense, mouth-watering salivation. Stay tuned for more trucks in the coming months!

Briggo Coffee Haus

Briggo is an Austin-based specialty coffee company which empowers people to create their perfect cups of coffee. By combining the best specialty ingredients with modern mobile technology, cloud computing, and robotics, Briggo is transforming the entire coffee experience. Quality, consistency, and convenience, all in a small retail footprint.

DFG Noodles

DFG Noodles is the baby of Cheryl Chin, ex-Singapore celebrity turned Steven Seagal’s chef, turned food truckpreneur serving up famous street food from Southeast Asia. DFG has become one of Austin’s favorite food trucks with a strong loyal following all over town. With a slogan like “Go ahead, get addicted,” you can expect to find authentic street food flavors that’ll blow your mind.

Four Brothers

Four Brothers is a family-owned food truck creating the best authentic Venezuelan food. The Austin community and foreigners alike are crazy for the Four Brothers’ arepas and bowls. Four Brothers…You Better Try it!

Ghost & Grits

Ghost & Grits is a fresh take on the satisfying richness of classic southern standards (slow-smoked pork butt, coarse-ground white grits, sweet iced tea) combined with the intensity of spice, flavors, and heat native to Assam, India. Edible Brooklyn hailed Ghost & Grits unique flavors as “startling novel, yet addictively familiar.” Ghost & Grits made its debut this summer at Brooklyn’s wildly popular outdoor weekly food festival “SMORGASBURG” where it emerged as a fan & vendor favorite.

Happy Lobster

In 2014, the founders of the Happy Lobster Truck decided to leave their desk jobs for their dream of opening a food truck. Their mission: Bring people together through their love of the lobster roll. From their famous lobster rolls to their gooey lobster grilled cheese, their food is sure to put a smile on your face.


Kebabalicious is a local, Austin family-run company that specializes in doner kebabs, also known as a Turkish-style wrap (flame-kissed beef/lamb, chicken, or falafel). They also offer falafel shots, hummus and K-fries.

Lick Honest Ice Creams

Lick Honest Ice Creams has been making seasonal and sustainable artisan ice creams that celebrate the flavors and culture of Texas since 2011. Lick’s milk and cream come from the grass-fed cows of a single-source Central Texas dairy. The other ingredients are sourced from across the Lone Star State and are grown naturally and responsibly whenever possible. Every component is made from scratch in Lick’s kitchen and each pint and tub is packed by hand.


mmmpanadas is brought to you by two people who love food, travel, each other, and Austin, TX. They are a locally owned artisan empanada maker that uses only the freshest ingredients to create unexpected flavor combinations. Eat them while you walk from one venue to the next and be super satisfied with the optimal nutrition and taste that is mmmpanadas. mmmpanadas are the perfect SXSW snack!

Noble Sandwich Co

Noble Sandwich Co is a local restaurant that focuses on high quality, made from scratch, made-to-order sandwiches. They also provide top notch customer service with a friendly attitude. Noble was founded in Austin during the fall of 2010 by John Bates and Brandon Martinez with the idea that you could serve real food that was made by people who care at an affordable price.

Tamale Addiction

In 2010, they felt the first symptoms, the urge to start their own healthy contemporary version of the traditional pre-hispanic tamales. So they experimented with Grandma’s old recipes, using only gluten-free natural ingredients with no lard or trans-fat oils. Today, Tamale Addiction honors this culinary heritage of producing by traditional ways and hand-crafting from scratch.

The Waffle Bus

The Waffle Bus is one of Houston’s top food trucks serving up sweet and savory gourmet waffle sandwiches. The Waffle Bus has been awarded Houston’s Favorite Food Truck by the 2014 My Table Magazine Houston Culinary awards and also featured on Food Network, Cooking Channel, and Insider Food.

Photo by Aaron Rogosin

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December 15, 2017

Take Your Team to the Next Level with Group Registration Rates

SXSW audience at Gareth Edwards Keynote. Photo by Alexa Gonzalez Wagner

People from across the globe and every corner of the interactive, film, and music industries come to SXSW each March looking for new ideas, new collaborators, and an opportunity to create meaningful connections. We want to help you take your company to the next level and make amazing new connections and discoveries while saving big on group registration rates.

Fostering creative and professional growth alike, SXSW is the premier destination for global professionals and discovery. Experience 10 days of sessions, exhibitions, screenings, showcases, startup competitions, workshops, and much more. Watch our Spotlight on SXSW 2018 video for a preview of what’s in store for you and your team this March and then register your group today for big savings by filling out the Group Registration Form below.

If you haven’t decided who will be attending yet, you can still purchase registrations using placeholder names. Once your group is registered, book hotel accommodations through SXSW Housing & Travel. Our local team of travel professionals is available to help you with your large group housing needs throughout the season. It is always a good idea to get an early start if you plan to bring a large group, as rooms are available on a first come, first served basis.

Join us March 9-18 in Austin, Texas for SXSW 2018 and be a part of one of the most diverse, collaborative, and inventive communities in the world. Fill out the Group Registration form below then browse the SXSW Schedule and SXSWeek® Timeline to start planning your team’s customized SXSW experience!

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Audience at the 2017 SXSW Conference – Photo by Alexa Gonzalez Wagner

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December 14, 2017

25 Years of SXSW Film Festival – Sean Baker

To commemorate the 25th edition of the SXSW Film Festival, we continue our weekly alumni spotlight on careers launched, artists discovered, powerful performances, and more with filmmaker Sean Baker.

Baker’s directorial debut Four Letter Words premiered at SXSW in 2001. In 2012, he brought his drama Starlet starring Dree Hemingway which premiered in Narrative Feature Competition. Besedka Johnson won a special jury recognition for her performance. In 2015, Baker wrote and directed his fifth feature Tangerine, a breakout hit shot on an iPhone 5. Baker’s critically-acclaimed The Florida Project is currently playing in theaters and is being praised for Baker’s direction and performances by Willem Dafoe, and newcomer Brooklynn Prince. The film is on numerous “Top Ten Lists” with many nominations and awards this season.

We are honored to share his #SXSWFilm25 story with you.

“I might not have kept going if it wasn’t for SXSW. Four Letter Words was my first feature and getting into SXSW meant everything. The festival was my first champion and supporter – I don’t know if I would be here if not for them.”

Stay tuned to SXSW News for more 25th edition stories.

Join Us For SXSW 2018

Grab your Film Badge today for primary access to all SXSW Film events including world premieres, roundtables, workshops, and parties. Register to attend by Friday, January 12 and save. Book your hotel through SXSW Housing & Travel for the best available rates.

Stay tuned for the 2018 SXSW Film Festival lineup which will be announced in January.

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See you in March!

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December 13, 2017

Filmmaker In Focus: The Ballad of Lefty Brown [Video]

The Ballad of Lefty Brown world premiered at the SXSW Film Festival in the Narrative Spotlight section. Take a closer look at this Western with our Q&A with director Jared Moshe. The Ballad of Lefty Brown starts playing in theaters Friday, December 15. Be sure to check out our red carpet coverage from the premiere!

Q: Tell us a little about your film?

JM: The Ballad of Lefty Brown is a coming-of-age Western for a 63 year old cowboy. Aging sidekick Lefty Brown (Bill Pullman) has ridden with Eddie Johnson (Peter Fonda) his entire life. But when a rustler kills Eddie, Lefty is thrust from his partner’s shadow and must confront the world’s ugly realities to bring the killer to justice.

Q: What motivated you to tell this story?

JM: The idea for The Ballad of Lefty Brown grew out of my fascination with the unappreciated. The men and women relegated to supporting roles in other people’s epic stories. Lefty Brown is an old man, lanky with white hair and intense eyes. His wide-brimmed hat flopped on his head, and his lips in a half-formed smile. He waits alone in a one-room jail, atop a gnarled wagon or in the muck behind a saloon. He’s Walter Brennan or Andy Devine or Hank Worden – the fool, the crank, the comic relief. Yet this joke of a man has been entrusted with guarding a prisoner, protecting the food and defending the hero’s back. I wanted to understand why. This script was developed with the belief that there is an intrinsic strength in these characters, and that becoming a “sidekick” was a conscious choice.

Q: What do you want the audience to take away from this film?

JM: I hope to encourage my audience to question the stories and myths that they hold true. Whether it’s ISIS, gun violence, productivity culture or the American Dream, we use stories to hide from truths we’d rather not face. The Western has always provided a fertile ground for storytelling, capturing the innate conflicts of American identity and enabling us to dig into modern day problems in a historical setting. The Classical Western provided us with a creation myth. The Revisionist Western asked us to reconsider our identification with it. With The Ballad of Lefty Brown, I’m embracing the myth while accepting the brutal history beneath it.

Join Us For SXSW 2018

Grab your Film Badge today for primary access to all SXSW Film events including world premieres, roundtables, workshops, and parties. Register to attend by Friday, January 12 and save. Book your hotel through SXSW Housing & Travel for the best available rates.

Stay tuned for the 2018 SXSW Film Festival lineup which will be announced in January.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and SXSW News for the latest SXSW coverage, announcements, and updates.

See you in March!

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December 10, 2017

Inside the ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ World Premiere: Hollywood Celebrates Rian Johnson’s Movie

Misdirection: Keep that in mind when you check out the eighth “Star Wars” installment, “The Last Jedi,” next weekend.

That’s what writer-director Rian Johnson does throughout this dense, careening, seemingly unstructured movie’s 2-hour, 32-minute running time. The movie is worth a second viewing, as it demands that you pay attention. Every little detail pays off.

Daisy Ridley and Kathleen Kennedy pose together at the after party for the world premiere of LucasfilmÕs Star Wars: The Last Jedi at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, December 9, 2017..(Photo: Alex J. Berliner / ABImages ).

Daisy Ridley and Kathleen Kennedy


At the world premiere — the first-ever public screening — Saturday night at downtown L.A.’s Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall, security guards swept under every car, guests wore individual badges with seat assignments, carried their own smartphones in locked security bags to their seats, and kept their collectible “Last Jedi” popcorn buckets with them all night.

On crutches, veteran director and puppeteer Frank Oz headed into the auditorium to see the film for the first time. No one else gets to voice Yoda, he confirmed. As 2,200 guests at the Shrine watched red-carpet video of 25-year-old movie star John Boyega explaining how he almost didn’t make it out of snowbound Atlanta in time, director Jon Favreau (“Jungle Book,” “Lion King”) chatted with Edgar Wright and Jon Watts.

Seemingly the entire LA press corps and the extended Disney/Marvel/Lucasfilm/Pixar family were on hand, revved to see this movie, which was deemed so strong that Disney and Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy has already signed Johnson up for three more “Star Wars” installments.


Lining up on the Shrine stage were returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Daisy Ridley (Rey), John Boyega (Finn), Gwendoline Christie (Captain Phasma), Lupita N’Yongo (Maz Kanata), Domhnall Gleeson (General Hux), and Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), as well as newcomers Andy Serkis (Supreme Leader Snoke), Laura Dern (Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo), Benicio del Toro (DJ), and Kelly Marie Tran (Rose Tico), who has built a rabid following ahead of anyone seeing the movie. The biggest applause of the night went to Anthony Daniels (Spoiler: both C-3PO and R2-D2 are back). Missing in action was Oscar Isaac (cocky fighter pilot Poe Dameron), who’s in France shooting Julian Schnabel’s Vincent Van Gogh movie “At Eternity’s Gate.”

Andy Serkis and Frank Oz share a moment at the after party for the world premiere of LucasfilmÕs Star Wars: The Last Jedi at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, December 9, 2017..(Photo: Alex J. Berliner / ABImages )

Andy Serkis and Frank Oz


Johnson choked up as he dedicated the screening to the missing Carrie Fisher, whose role as Princess Leia in the movie is central, and was expected to be pivotal in the ninth “Star Wars” movie.

That was the subject of much speculation at the after-party that featured plenty of photo opportunities, blackjack tables, and wandering Storm Troopers (“May I take a picture?” “Affirmative!”). The reaction was largely positive (the movie is under review embargo until December 12), although some mentioned the long running time. Other hot topics: The movie is often funny (yes, the Porgs are used as comic relief), there’s a number of gorgeously designed new creatures, and a plot that not only deals with the balance of The Force but also power dynamics between men and women.

Domhnall Gleeson and Kelly Marie Tran pose with Praetorian guards at the after party for the world premiere of LucasfilmÕs Star Wars: The Last Jedi at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, December 9, 2017..(Photo: Alex J. Berliner / ABImages )

Domhnall Gleeson and Kelly Marie Tran


Hanging anxiously just inside the entrance to the after party, Johnson admitted that the movie took a long time to write and featured “many moving pieces.” The filmmaker held court to such admirers as Ryan Coogler, whose Marvel entry “Black Panther” is up in February. He told me he had to get back to the editing room, but now has an even higher quality standard to meet. Gina Prince-Bythewood thanked Johnson for giving her some tips as she heads into her next assignment, Marvel’s “Silver Sable.”

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” opens on December 15.

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December 10, 2017

‘Ready Player One’ Trailer: Steven Spielberg Takes Us to the Oasis of the Future — Watch

If you’re done obsessing over the fact that a newly released “Ready Player One” poster makes it look like Tye Sheridan has a freakishly long leg, avail yourself of the new trailer for Steven Spielberg’s upcoming nostalgia fest.

Spielberg’s adaptation of the Ernest Cline novel of the same name tells of a virtual-reality game that brings together an array of ’80s pop-culture touchstones: “Back to the Future,” Freddy Krueger, “Mad Max,” and so on and so forth. That’s fitting of the director, whose own output in that most reminisced-upon of decades has inspired everything from “Super 8” to “Stranger Things” in recent years.

Sheridan stars as Wade Watts, a wayward youth living in Columbus, Ohio in 2045 whose visits to “The Oasis” are his only reprieve from the drudgery of daily life in the mid-21st century. Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, T. J. Miller, Simon Pegg, and Mark Rylance will co-star in “Ready Player One,” which Warner Bros. will release on March 30, 2018.

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December 10, 2017

Sufjan Stevens Says ‘I, Tonya’ Didn’t Want His Tonya Harding Song, but You Can Listen to It Anyway

Sufjan Stevens contributed two highly acclaimed tunes to the “Call Me by Your Name” soundtrack, with both “Mystery of Love” and “Visions of Gideon” considered likely nominees for the Academy Award for Best Original Song. To hear the indie-rock icon tell it, he almost had another in the mix this fall: “Tonya Harding,” which, despite his efforts, bears no relation to “I, Tonya.”

Margot Robbie stars as the disgraced figure skater in Craig Gillespie’s biopic, which has earned strong reviews since premiering in Toronto and opens later this month. Stevens writes on his website that he’s “been trying to write a Tonya Harding song since I was 15” and that the final product is “not at all related to the new biopic” because he “sent it to the music supervisors but they couldn’t find a way to use it.”

Here are his full liner notes, which evince a deep love of Harding:

“I wrote a song for Tonya Harding. It’s not at all related to the new biopic (I sent it to the music supervisors but they couldn’t find a way to use it). This song has been years in the making. I’ve been trying to write a Tonya Harding song since I was 15. I wrote a short piece about it here. There are two versions of the song and we are releasing them on tape cassette (available now) and on 7-inch (available soonish). All digital versions are available now:


“Please enjoy. If you don’t know who Tonya Harding is, go see the movie, or read her Wikipedia page. She’s amazing. My prayer is peace on earth. Lord help us.

“I love you Tonya.”

Listen to the song below:

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December 10, 2017

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ First Reactions Are Highly Positive: ‘It Will Shatter You — and Then Make You Whole Again’

Star Wars: The Last Jedi” had its long-awaited premiere last night in Los Angeles, and early word is highly positive for Rian Johnson’s contribution to the space-opera franchise. Formal reviews won’t be published for another few days, but praise like “so beautifully human, populist, funny, and surprising,” “spectacular and unpredictable,” and especially “SPACE DERN” indicate that they’ll be similarly enthusiastic.

Here’s what people are saying:

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December 9, 2017

‘Call Me by Your Name’ Meets ‘Monsters University’ in Hilarious Trailer — Watch

Later, Sully. Now that “Call Me by Your Name” has emerged as an awards-season favorite and bonafide art-house hit, two things are certain: hot takes and memes. “We Are Bears” writer Mikey Heller has gifted us with the latter, recutting the “Call Me by Your Name” trailer using clips from “Monsters University.” Why, you ask? No, reader — why not?

Like most of these exercises, this one cleverly capitalizes on the two films’ superficial plot similarities — Luca Guadagnino’s acclaimed drama deals with academia, as does Pixar’s “Monsters, Inc.” sequel; too, both involve unexpected friendships. Only the former delves into romance, of course, which is where this gets truly inventive.

Watch as Mike and Sully realize that, like Elio and Oliver, there may be something between them — all as the dulcet tones of Sufjan Stevens gently guide them along. Watch the trailer below and long for a time when Michael Stuhlbarg tells you about love.

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December 7, 2017

Meet the 2018 SXSW Wellness Expo Advisory Board


As part of the SXSW Wellness Expo, we’re honored to present our 2018 Wellness Expo Advisory Board who will help ensure that SXSW is bringing the most reputable companies, ideas, and trends to the exhibition.

Our mission is to showcase all that holistic living has to offer. From mental and physical fitness, to alternative healing, clean eating, and spiritual exploration, our esteemed Advisory Board members represent the best in these fields.

Read on for bios of advisory board members and make sure to mark your calendars! The SXSW Wellness Expo happens March 10-11 at the Palmer Events Center and will be open to SXSW attendees as well as the general public.

Lauren Ash

Lauren Ash is a visionary credited for centering black women in wellness. As founder of Black Girl In Om, she promotes self-love for women of color through BGIO’s online publication, podcast, creative agency, and social media platforms. Nike, Well+Good, Shape, Girlboss, NYLON, and ESSENCE recognize Lauren as an industry trailblazer.

Kelly Brogan, MD

Kelly Brogan, M.D. is a Manhattan-based holistic women’s health psychiatrist, author of the International and New York Times bestselling book, A Mind of Your Own, and co-editor of the landmark textbook, Integrative Therapies for Depression. She is board certified in psychiatry, psychosomatic medicine, and integrative holistic medicine, serves as Medical Director for Fearless Parent, and is a founding member of Health Freedom Action.

Toni Carey

Toni Carey’s passion for health and fitness led to the co-creation of Black Girls RUN!, a grassroots organization that encourages and inspires African-American women to live a healthy and active lifestyle.She is currently the Senior Manager of Marketing and Communications at a non-profit located in Washington, D.C. while she pursues her next entrepreneurial venture Keeping Balanced, an online platform that explores the true meaning of work/life balance, while helping women reclaim their time, health and sanity.

Daphne Cheng

Daphne Cheng is the founder/CEO of Superhuman, a food media e-commerce platform aiming to change the way China’s 1.4 billion populations eats and lives. Cheng is a pioneer in plant-based cuisine, focusing on making vegetables as delicious as possible. Superhuman’s approach uses psychology and behavioral economics principles to make it easy, fun, and appealing for people to change their unhealthy behaviors.


davidji is a globally recognized mindbody health & wellness expert, mindful performance trainer, meditation teacher & author, credited with creating the 21-day meditation process which spawned hundreds of 21-day meditation experiences & challenges around the world.

Derek Flanzraich

Derek Flanzraich is an entrepreneur on a mission to give everyone a healthyish attitude. He is the CEO & Founder of Greatist, a next-generation media startup working to make healthy living cool and build the first truly trusted consumer-facing healthy living brand for this generation. Greatist reaches 10-15 million unique visitors per month. Flanzraich graduated from Harvard, and has been building brands and organizations since founding a dog-walking business at 10 years old.

Tiffany Kieran

Tiffany Kieran’s passion and expertise is in film production and the planning and organization of film, art, music events and fundraisers aimed at raising awareness of social causes.

She has served on the PR and Advisory Council for the International Rescue Committee, worked as a City Leader for Call + Response and Free the Slaves and led yoga and wellness outreach programs for shelters and organizations.

Kyle Kingsbury

Kyle is a lifelong athlete who played Division 1 football at Arizona State and fought professionally in the Ultimate Fighting Championship for 6 years. As Director of Human Optimization at Onnit, Kyle is committed to understanding the ways we can better our lives physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

Alyssa Malehorn

Alyssa Malehorn is a spiritual teacher. Her work includes support and education in the healing arts and meditation along with the Raw Spirituality podcast.

Coss Marte

Coss Marte is the founder of ConBody, a prison-style bootcamp which hires formerly incarcerated individuals to teach fitness classes. After being sent to prison in 2009, Marte developed exercise techniques using simple movements and his own body weight to combat his own obesity, which he shared with other inmates and now with the general public.

Adriene Mishler

Adriene Mishler is an actress, yoga teacher and entrepreneur from Austin, Texas.. Her Youtube channel Yoga With Adriene provides high quality practices on yoga and mindfulness at no cost to inspire people of all ages, shapes and sizes across the globe. Drawing on a background in professional theatre, Adriene also works in television, voiceover, film and dance and is a regular contributor for magazines and blogs.

Reid Tracy

Reid Tracy is the president and CEO of Hay House, Inc. He has also produced more than 12 successful PBS Specials, raising more than $100 million for public television.

Shawn Ullman

Shawn Ullman is the co-founder and CEO of Feel Rich, the market leader in delivery branded celebrity health and wellness content, influencers, products, and live events. The network has a reach of over 300 million followers, delivering groundbreaking celebrity content in social media and live events.

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