SXSW FILM FESTIVAL
Heading to SXSW and ShoWest - Fun Times!
by Alex Billington
March 6, 2008
Just letting you know that Ken Evans and I are heading out to the SXSW Film Festival today in Austin, TX and will be there for 10 days - until next Sunday, March 16th. In addition, I'll be skipping out to Las Vegas for ShoWest next week from Tuesday to Thursday before heading back to Austin to finish out that fest. Although you might not hear about all the parties we're going to, you will hear about all the movies we're seeing, interviews we're coordinating, and everything else fun that's going on in Austin and Vegas. If you're a fan of the site and happen to be in Austin, drop us a line / e-mail, maybe we'll catch some drinks and BBQ one night! We've also posted a few of the things you can look forward to hearing about below.
Of course we'll be reviewing as many movies as we can see at the fest. The full line-up is posted here, and there are quite a few I know I'm interested in, same with Ken. 21, Battle in Seattle, Flawless, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Second Skin, and Dance of the Dead are the big ones I'm interested in. We're also arranging a few interviews, but not too many. More on those as the week goes on and the fest begins.
SXSW should be a great film fest and I'm looking forward to the more relaxed atmosphere. This the first time Ken will be attending any sort of major film fest, and I know he's excited as well. I'm sure you'll hear more about his experiences in his blog posts as the week goes on. We're actually staying at a house we rented in downtown Austin and will be rooming with Peter and Mel from SlashFilm, Neil and Brian from Film School Rejects, and our other friend Kevin Kelly. Beyond that we're going to be hanging out with everyone from Ain't It Cool News, Cinema Blend, and Film Threat, among many others.
As for ShoWest, there are a lot of goodies in-store for this industry show in Vegas. Not only will I be talking with Ben Stiller in-person, but trailers for The Incredible Hulk and Tropic Thunder will premiere there, I'll get to see Kung Fu Panda and Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D (uh oh), and I'll ranting about how 3D is NOT the future of cinema. Coverage from ShoWest begins on Tuesday, March 11th and goes until Thursday, March 13th.
Photo of Austin, Texas courtesy of DanHerron on Flickr.
Wow - lot's happening in Austin. The BBQ is a great idea - wish I were there. Looking forward to the reviews.
Maryann on Mar 6, 2008
Alex, Can I stow away in your suitcase on the way back to Austin? hehehe See you in Vegas
Dusty on Mar 6, 2008
Wow! That sounds amazing. I am curious on how 'The Battle in Seattle' is with such a huge A-list cast and not having any reviews out yet. Also Flawless looks good too. I know Sarah Marshall will be terrific already and 21 comes out in a week and looks great. Also the Hulk trailer, when is that thing coming out?!?!?! However, it will be great if "Journey" turns out to be an awesome movie, though that will probably never happen.
Ryan on Mar 6, 2008
"Journey" will be awesome.... as a ride at DisneyLand or Universal Studios. I have to support your dislike of 3D on this film Alex, but as bad as it looks, I know my 8 yr old is pumped (hahha).
Dusty on Mar 6, 2008
Hey! I'm a Brazilian fan of yours (although I live in the Chicago area now) and I'll be there reporting on the Music Festival do Rolling Stone Magazine Brazil. It would be great to crack a beer with you guys there. Just write me an email when you can.
Mateus Potumati on Mar 6, 2008
Man... how would one go about working for FirstShowing or /Film? lol, seems like you guys live a pretty sweet life.
Nick O. on Mar 6, 2008
The life of an online blogger and online business --- Live in the Belagio and eat the filet on travels and then head home to the macaroni and cheese ... hahaha... just kiddin... sorry couldn't resist... I think I am just thinking of myself.. love my mac and cheese. Nick#6 - find something you love, find people that love it as much as you do, and make an area for those people to meet, find businesses that market to the thing you love, and build that meeting place by staying involved in associations and events that you love. In the end, do what you love and be passionate about it, and people will follow you and trust your experiences in it. Easy enough ... right?
Dusty on Mar 6, 2008
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