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SXSW Baby Interview: I Am Not Your Guru

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

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Ewan talks to Director Joe Berlinger, and subject Tony Robbins from ‘I Am Not Your Guru’.

Joe Berlinger’s twelfth feature documentary, captures internationally renowned life and business strategist and best-selling author, Tony Robbins, in a revelatory cinéma vérité film that goes behind the scenes of his mega once-a-year seminar “Date With Destiny,” attended by over 2,500 people, to give an insider look at how one man can affect millions. Granted never before seen access, this film is an emotional tour de force, pulling back the curtain on Tony Robbins and unveiling the inner-workings of this life-altering and controversial event, the zealous participants and the man himself.

More on ‘I Am Not Your Guru’ at SXSW.com.

SXSW Baby Interview: Silicon Cowboys

Monday, March 14th, 2016

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Ewan talks to Producer Ross Dinerstein, Director Jason Cohen, and Compaq Co-Founder Rod Canion from the documentary film ‘Silicon Cowboys’.

Launched in 1982 by three friends in a Houston diner, Compaq Computer set out to build a portable PC to take on IBM, the world’s most powerful tech company. Many had tried cloning the industry leader’s code, only to be trounced by IBM and its high-priced lawyers. Silicon Cowboys explores the remarkable David vs. Goliath story, and eventual demise, of Compaq, an unlikely upstart who altered the future of computing and helped shape the world as we know it today. Directed by Oscar-nominated director Jason Cohen, the film offers a fresh look at the explosive rise of the 1980′s PC industry and is a refreshing alternative to the familiar narratives of Jobs, Gates, and Zuckerberg.

More on Silicon Cowboys at SXSW.com.

SXSW Baby Interview: Yarn

Sunday, March 13th, 2016

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Ewan talks to Producer and co-directors Heather Millard and Thordur Jonsson from the documentary film ‘Yarn’.

The traditional crafts of crochet and knitting have become one of the hottest movements in modern art. We follow a few International artists and knitters as they bring yarn to the streets and into our lives in new ways. Starting in Iceland, this quirky and thought-provoking film takes us on a colourful and global journey as we discover how yarn connects us all.

More on Yarn at SXSW.com.

SXSW Baby Interview: Cassie Hay, ‘The Liberators’

Friday, March 11th, 2016

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Ewan talks to Cassie Hay, director of the documentary film ‘The Liberators’.

Medieval art treasures seized by the Nazis go missing at the end of World War II. Were they destroyed in the chaos of the final battles? Or were these thousand-year-old masterpieces stolen by advancing American troops? For over forty years, the mystery remained unsolved. A true detective story, The Liberators follows a dogged German art detective through the New York art world and military archives to the unlikeliest of destinations: a small town on the Texas prairie. The film raises intriguing questions as to the motivations of the art thief and the whereabouts of the items that, to this day, remain waiting to be discovered.

More on The Liberators at SXSW.com.

The SXSW 2016 Music Sampler From SXSW Baby

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

As the time comes to commit to the music, you need to be able answer the question of who you might want to see at SXSW. It’s a lot easier with the internet and lots of samples, but there are still far too many bands for the overage attendee to plough through. Aafter the reaction to our MP3 Samplers from previous years we all knew going in that we’d be putting together another eighty acts you really must listen to at this year’s South by Southwest music.

DOWNLOAD the SXSW Baby! “Best of SXSW 2016″ sampler
Mega.co.nz link (423 Mb)

A little bit about the process. Through the friends of the parish over on ‘Operation Every Band‘ we built our initial “long list” of acts to listen to. Into that mix the SXSW Baby! team threw in the music we’ve been discovering along the way. We also asked a number of our friends in the music industry to suggest a few names as well.

From then it was a matter of listening to them all again, debating favourites, comparing a few songs that were incredibly similar in head-to-head decisions, and once we had a provisional list, any new song that demanded to be included had to bump an existing song out of the playlist.

After all that, we’re left with 80 tracks (all of which are freely available to listen to online folks, we’ve just got them in one place), and a big jigsaw to get a great running order. As previous years, I wanted to create some great moments when listening to the songs, to have the music flow into each other, to have sequences that would allow you to both dip in and out of the sampler, or stick it on a five hour playlist (which should just about reach from the TSA screening at your local airport to the reception desk of your hotel – or twice through if you’re flying from Europe).

If the eighty tracks feels too much for you, then you can break it down to eight ten-track playlists.

  • Welcome to Austin (Tracks 1-10)
  • Ten More Songs That You’ll Love Like The First Ten (Tracks 11-20)
  • Chilling On The Town Lake (Tracks 21-30)
  • Only In America (Tracks 31-40)
  • Distorition Days (Tracks 41-50)
  • The Global Village Of SXSW Music (Tracks 51-60)
  • Texas Is Electric (Tracks 61-70)
  • It All Ends, Like Tears In The Rain (Tracks 71-80)

If you’re not sure, here’s the deal. Listen to the first ten tracks. I’m confident that not only will this give you a great hit of SXSW Music, but you’ll want to listen to the rest of the sampler.

The biggest problem in the 21st century is not piracy but obscurity”, Cory Doctorow.

– @Ewan and the @SXSWbaby team


SXSW Film Spotlight: “Silicon Cowboys”

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

One of the best entries in the Documentary Spotlight screenings this year is “Silicon Cowboys“.

It tells the story of the founding of Compaq Computer in Houston in the early ’80s, and reveals the logic behind the early decisions made at the company,

Having “come of age” during that time (I was actually studying Computer Science) it is very reminiscent of the original “Clone Wars” (sorry Star Wars fans, that’s just the way it is) and tells th amazing story of how Compaq, along with the other “Davids” took down the “Goliath” of IBM, and in doing so ushered in the next wave of innovation in the personal computer industry.

Please make time time see it while in Austin, even if it’s only to laugh out loud out what was once considered fast processing speeds and large large memory capacities.

Screenings are:

Friday, March 11
5:15PM – 6:33PM
Alamo Lamar A

Saturday, March 12 
2:15PM – 3:33PM
Satellite Venue: Alamo Slaughter

Monday, March 14 
12:00PM – 1:18PM
Satellite Venue: Marchesa

Tuesday, March 15 
5:00PM – 6:18PM
Alamo Lamar D

SXSW Film Spotlight: “Vice Principals”

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

Taking time to highlight another “must see” from my list. This time, “Vice Principals” in the Episodic Lineup (Television and Web Series programming).

The Episodic programming is a relatively recent addition to the Film programming at SXSW and focuses material created specifically for the small screen, including “including serialized TV, webisodes and beyond”.

Vice Principals“, a dark comedy series, tells the story of a high school and the two people who almost run it, the vice principals, who are an in epic power struggle, vying for the top spot: to be school principal.

Now the best part, and what attracted me to this screening: Danny McBride stars in and helped write the program. I loved McBride in Pineapple Express (I think he was the best part of the film) and cannot wait to see wht he brings to the small screen,

The screening will be followed by an extended 30 minute Q&A with creators and talent.

Friday, March 11

8:45PM – 9:45PM

Alamo Ritz 1 
320 E 6th St