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August 4, 2017

PanelPicker Community Voting Begins Monday, August 7

We need YOU – the community – to lend us your expertise and weigh-in on the proposals we have received for the 2018 SXSW season during PanelPicker Community Voting from August 7-25. Browse submitted ideas, leave comments, and vote on what programming you would like to see at the 2018 SXSW Conference, SXSW EDU, and SXSW Gaming in March.

How to Vote

To be a part of the voting process beginning Monday, August 7, visit panelpicker.sxsw.com and login or create an account. If you created a SXSW account in 2013 or later, you will be able to use the same login and password.

Once you are logged in to PanelPicker, you can begin the voting process. Filter through proposals by session format, programming track, and level. You can also search for by title, description, tags, and speakers in the search field.

Each voter can vote once per proposal – selecting “arrow up” for yes or “arrow down” for no. You can also leave a constructive comment about the proposals you vote on. Have a question for the organizer? This is also a great place to post all of your questions.

During Community Voting, it’s also important for anyone who submitted a proposal to rally online support for your idea and encourage voting through your personal blog or social media channels. We have created handy “Vote For My PanelPicker Idea” graphics for you to use for social media sharing on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Inside the PanelPicker Process

Each year, SXSW PanelPicker helps shape the majority of the SXSW Conference programming. Community Voting comprises 30% of the SXSW Conference programming decision, plus input of the SXSW Staff (30%) and Advisory Board (40%) helps ensure that less well-known voices have as much of a chance of being selected to speak at SXSW as individuals with large online followings. Together these percentages help determine the final content lineup.

For more information about the Community Voting process, read the PanelPicker FAQ and visit the SXSW PanelPicker page.

Cast Your Votes August 7-25

Join Us in March

SXSW 2018 registration and housing are open for business! The SXSW early-bird has a lot of advantages including the biggest discount on registration fees and the best choice of Austin hotel rooms – register before September 8 and save.

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SXSW 2017 Music Industry Track Panel – Photo by Judy Won

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August 3, 2017

Hari Nef and Ana Fabrega Flirt Awkwardly in Dark Lesbian Comedy ‘Let Me Die a Nun’ — Exclusive Clip

When stand-up comedian Ana Fabrega first read the script for “Let Me Die a Nun,” the comedy was so dark she didn’t think it was a comedy at all. “She thought it was a drama just from reading the script, because it was such a dry comedy,” said writer and director Sarah Salovaara. “She was very confused as to why I was interested in her, but we worked it out.”

Salovaara wanted a comedian in the lead role, even though she’s the straight woman. “Everyone around her is very heightened, and she has to be the one that grounds the experience in her emotional turmoil,” said Salovaara. “I wanted someone who could play drama, but in a comedic context, which comedians can do really well.” Fabrega stars alongside trans model and “it” girl Hari Nef, whom viewers may recognize from the flashback scenes in season two of “Transparent.” A fan of “Transparent,” Salovaara was thrilled when Nef agreed to do the micro-budget series.

Let Me Die a Nun // Trailer from Sarah Salovaara on Vimeo.

Salovaara, who transitioned from film journalism to filmmaking a few years ago (she even has clips on IndieWire), drew from personal experience for the zany premise. “I started writing this story when I was coming out, and then I finished writing when I was with my first girlfriend,” she said. “We’re all very familiar with coming out narratives in LGBTQ cinema, and they’re not necessarily the most stirring of genres. So I wanted to look at it in a heightened context like the church, where the realization that you are gay alters the entire course of your life.”

Growing up in a very religious family not only provided dramatic inspiration, but helped when it came to finding shooting locations. “This was actually shot at my second cousin’s church in midtown Manhattan,” she said.

Salovaara’s film savvy comes through when discussing with the male suitor/stalker character, played by Carl Kranz. “That was a satire of a lot of male leads in romantic comedies, especially from the 80s,” she said. “John Cusack types who relentlessly pursue the female characters until they succumb to their wishes, and it’s actually just kind of creepy more so than romantic.”

In this exclusive clip, tension is ripe when Fabrega and Nef’s characters meet for the first time. Check it out:

“Let Me Die a Nun” premieres in Brooklyn at Secret Project Robot on August 3, after which it will be available on Vimeo.

Source: IndieWire Digital TV

August 3, 2017

SXSW 2017 World Premiere Becoming Bond Available on Hulu [Video]

“I had read George’s story, much of it I couldn’t quite believe if it was true or not, and I said yeah, let’s go meet him and sit down and have lunch. First of all, his story was incredible, more importantly he’s an incredible story teller, but it took some convincing, ” – Director Josh Greenbaum.

Becoming Bond won the 2017 SXSW Film Festival Audience Award in the Visions category and tells a unique tale chronicling the stranger-than-fiction true account of a poor Australian car mechanic who, through an unbelievable set of circumstances, landed the role of James Bond in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969), despite having never acted a day in his life.

Greenbaum is an Emmy Award-winning director in film, TV, and commercials. In addition to winning an audience award at this year’s film festival, Greenbaum’s feature documentary The Short Game won the Audience Award at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival and was acquired by Netflix to launch their Originals film division.

After you watch this intriguing narrative/documentary hybrid, be sure to check out our Q&A with Greenbaum, George Lazenby, and Josh Lawson, who plays Bond in the film.

Join Us For SXSW 2018

Learn how to successfully enter your film to the 2018 SXSW Film Festival with our How to Submit Your Film video and find out more information about deadlines and fees here.

Join us for SXSW 2018 – register to attend by Friday, September 8 for the biggest savings of the season. Make your hotel reservations through SXSW Housing & Travel for the best available rates. Platinum badge remains your best bet with primary access to all of SXSW. We hope to see you in March!

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

Photo by Steve Rogers Photography/Getty Images for SXSW

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August 3, 2017

Discover What’s Next: Spotlight on SXSW 2018 Video

Dive into our spotlight video on SXSW 2018 and begin gearing up for another memorable SXSW next March 9-18 in Austin, Texasregistration and housing are now open.

SXSW Conference & Festivals celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries during 10 days of sessions, screenings, showcases, exhibitions, parties, art installations, and networking.

SXSW is the premier destination for thousands of creatives from a vast and diverse range of industries to discover what’s next. From compelling conversations with industry heavy weights and forging new connections, to buzz-worthy film screenings and fresh new sounds at showcases, SXSW fosters creative and professional growth. This March, get ready for the perfect mix of learning, discovery, innovative visions, personal points of view, new friends, a serious amount of tacos, and beyond. This is only a sampling of the multitude of unexpected adventures to come next March… with many exciting programming announcements on the way.

Browse our first SXSW Conference announcement of the season including Keynotes Academy Award-winning writer and director Barry Jenkins (Moonlight, Medicine for Melancholy), psychotherapist and best-selling author Esther Perel, and technology entrepreneur and quantum computing expert whurley, plus Featured Speakers.

Learn how you can apply to participate in one of the many prestigious SXSW categories – Film Submissions, Showcase Applications, Interactive Innovation Awards, SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event, and more. Then help shape the March event during PanelPicker Community Voting from Monday, August 7 – Friday, August 25.

It’s never too early to begin planning your SXSW adventure! With expanded access to events for all registrants, attendees will receive primary access to programming associated with their badge type but now also enjoy secondary entry to most other SXSW events. Take the Tracks Quiz to select SXSW Conference programming tracks and festivals that most interest you to discover which badge fits your needs.

Register before Friday, September 8 for the biggest savings of the season and book your hotel to get the best available housing rates and selections. Hint: Early birds catch the best SXSW rates and hotel locations – great downtown accommodations are still available for all SXSW dates.

Sign up for SXSW Event Updates and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to stay up-to-date on the latest SXSW happenings.

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Teaser photo by Phil Nacionales

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August 3, 2017

How to Break into UX Design: Tips from Design Instructor Beth Koloski

For many aspiring UX designers, Beth Koloski has been the teacher and mentor that’s helped them turn their professional dreams into realities. She …
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August 2, 2017

Ready, Set, Book Your Hotel With SXSW Housing


Good news — great downtown accommodations are still available for all SXSW dates if you register and book your hotel now!

SXSW Housing & Travel has contracted rooms at some of Austin’s finest hotels to provide the broadest selection of rooms at the best available rates for SXSW 2018 from March 9-18 in Austin, Texas. Experience all that SXSWeek has to offer and keep in mind that hotel rates are significantly lower for check-in after Tuesday, March 13 when several SXSW Conference tracks and the SXSW Music Festival are in full swing. Options that are even more budget-friendly can be booked at dozens of central hotels at the lowest SXSW rates.

Navigating all the hotel options can be an overwhelming process, especially for first-time attendees, but we have practical tips, guidelines, and news to help you through the process. Use these helpful resources so you’re ready to book your hotel online immediately upon registering.

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Questions? Email housing@sxsw.com.

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July 30, 2017

Emilia Clarke and Chewbacca Celebrate on the ‘Han Solo’ Set with an Instagram Video — Watch

We haven’t had much good news from the untitled Han Solo movie lately, but at least Emilia Clarke and Chewbacca appear to be enjoying themselves. The actress, whose time on “Game of Thrones” is nearing its end now that the series has just 11 episodes spread across two truncated seasons remaining, is looking beyond Westeros and into a galaxy far, far away; there, she took a brief Instagram video featuring everyone’s favorite wookie.

Intended to celebrate the fact that the Mother of Dragons now has 10 million followers on Instagram, the video features Joonas Suotamo (who’s taking over for Peter Mayhew and somehow has the perfect name for an actor portraying Chewbacca) in the furry suit. Clarke is all gratitude: “Those dreamboats at @starwars said yes, this fury ball of joy could help me thank you personally… @joonassuotamo you are more than just a cute nose and lotta hair to me,” she writes.

Ron Howard recently stepped in to direct the Han Solo movie after Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were relieved of their duties. Disney will release it on May 25, 2018 and presumably give it a title sometime before then.

Source: IndieWire film

July 30, 2017

‘Dunkirk’ is Still #1 and ‘Girls Trip’ Holds, but the Top 10 Plummets

Dunkirk” and “Girls Trip” held well their second weekends, taking first and third place in the top 10, but the full list totaled $138 million — down 29 percent from the same weekend last year. And while a second weekend at #1 is great news for Christopher Nolan’s war film, at $28 million it’s the lowest #1 of the summer — and below any #1 for last summer as well.

The top spot was there for the taking for “The Emoji Movie,” Sony Animation’s latest offering (at $50 million in budget, economical). But with audiences reacting like critics (its 10 Metacritic score near record bad), the attempt to bring phone emojis to life did have one rare achievement for a new animated film: It fell Saturday from Friday, down 14 percent.

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Had “Atomic Blonde” performed somewhat better than half as well as the similar female action hero “Lucy” on exactly the same date in 2014, it also could have taken #1. But it fell short at $18.5 million and only #4. At $30 million and potential worldwide interest, it could be OK — but not good enough to help rescue wilting results at U.S. theaters.

“Dunkirk” did the minimum it needed to stay on track for at least a $175 million domestic total. Worldwide, it is at $234 million with some big territories waiting to open and some stronger holds elsewhere. Still, among Nolan’s films and also compared to other war films, the 44 percent drop is not stellar, even if it is better than most second weeks for top openers.

“Girls Trip”

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It also pales when compared to “Girls Trip.” Its 36 percent fall is better than “Bad Moms” last year in its second weekend (and $6 million higher in gross). Earning $100 million now seems certain, with a real chance of topping the $113 million “Moms” surprised with last year. “Trip” cost $19 million to make.

“Baby Driver” (Sony) is also holding very well, now at $92 million and also guaranteed a $100 million total. And “Wonder Woman” (Warner Bros.) is down a tiny 23 percent to stay in the Top 10. It should hit $400 million by next weekend or right after.


The Top Ten

1. Dunkirk (Warner Bros.) – Week 2; Last weekend #1

$28,130,000 (-44%) in 3,748 theaters (+28); PTA (per theater average): $7,505; Cumulative: $02,836.000

2. The Emoji Movie (Sony) NEW – Cinemascore: B; Metacritic: 10; Est. budget: $50 million

$25,650,000 in 4,075 theaters; PTA: $6,294; Cumulative: $28,650,000

3. Girls Trip (Universal) – Week 2; Last weekend #2

$20,086,000 (-36%) in 2,648 theaters (+57); PTA: $7,585; Cumulative: $65,525,000

4. Atomic Blonde (Focus) NEW – Cinemascore: B+; Metacritic: 63; Est. budget: $30 million

$18,554,000 in 3,304 theaters; PTA: $5,616; Cumulative: $18,554,000

5. Spider-Man: Homecoming (Sony) – Week 4; Last weekend #3

$13,450,000 (-39%) in 3,625 theaters (-505); PTA: $3,710; Cumulative: $278,357,000

6. War for the Planet of the Apes (20th Century Fox) – Week 3; Last weekend #4

$10,375,000 (-50%) in 3,374 theaters (-726); PTA: $3,075; Cumulative: $118,688,000

7. Despicable Me 3 (Universal) – Week 5; Last weekend #6

$7,726,000 (-41%) in 3,030 theaters (-495); PTA: $2,550; Cumulative: $230,426,000

8. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (STX) – Week 2; Last weekend #5

$6,800,000 (-60%) in 3,553 theaters (no change); PTA: $1,914; Cumulative: $30,626,000

9. Baby Driver (Sony) – Week 5; Last weekend #7

$4,050,000 (-33%) in 1,961 theaters (-542); PTA: $2,065; Cumulative: $92,046,0003,540,0

10. Wonder Woman (Warner Bros.) – Week 9; Last weekend #9

$3,540,000 (-23%) in 1,651 theaters (-320); PTA: $2,144; Cumulative: $395,444,000

Source: IndieWire film

July 30, 2017

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July 30, 2017

‘The Princess Diaries 3’ Might Happen ‘As a Tribute’ to Garry Marshall, Says Author Meg Cabot

Before she was Rachel Getting Married or Fantine, Anne Hathaway was Mia Thermopolis, Princess of Genovia. According to the author who wrote the books the two “Princess Diaries” books are based on, a return to that fictional kingdom may be the next chapter.

Meg Cabot, who’s written 14 books in the young-adult series, mentions the idea of making a third movie “kind of as a tribute” to director Garry Marshall, who passed away last year. “So, who knows? [It] could happen, as we say,” she tells Entertainment Weekly.

Cabot is “not allowed to say” what a new film might be about, however. “I would love to sit and talk about [it], but I can’t. I’m not allowed. But it’s really more following the movie than the books, so if she — the last version I read, she definitely did not find out that she has a biracial younger sister … which I personally would’ve thought was hilarious, but that was not the direction they were going.”

2001’s “The Princess Diaries” was followed three years later by “The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement,” and the two films are credited with launching Hathaway’s career. Read Cabot’s full interview here.

Source: IndieWire film