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SXSW 2015 Announces Midnighters and Shorts

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Okay Babies, the list of Shorts and Midnighters are here!!!!

For me, it is difficult to even recommend individual films in this category, because as far as I am concerned, if you have made a Midnight film-I am there! To be included in this category puts you automatically on my to be seen list.  With that being said, I confess to being a little extra giddy about:

The Corpse of Anna Fritz (Spain) Director: Hèctor Hernández Vicens

  • Because necrophilia is ALWAYS interesting!

He Never Died Director/Screenwriter: Jason Krawczyk

  • Because I really like Henry Rollins and also, cannibilism!

The Nightmare Director: Rodney Ascher

  • Billed as a horror documentary, I am too curious as to how this plays out. By the Director of Room 237.

Check out the full list, here:

SXSW 2015 Midnighters & Short Films

Okay sweet Babies, that is it, for the moment. Keep checking back for updates on all things SXSW, whether it is film, music, interactive or any of the new/newer additions to this monster conference, including food, SXsports, gaming, etc. etc. etc., one of us will be giving you the news you need to know. Hang in there, Babies, March is closing in!

The rush of Kickstarter to SXSW Film

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Variety’s Dave McNary has some nice numbers on the rise of Kickstarter funded films at SXSW this year.  Six of the twenty feature films ‘in competition’ have used Kickstarter to raise funds, while the full slate of 145 films includes  twenty-four films using the crowd funding site to raise a budget.

This follows in the trailblazing path of last year’s ‘Veronica Mars’ feature, which was a keystone of SXSW coverage for much of the mainstream press.

And to go alongside the kick-started films, there are two sessions to hear more about best practices and real-world examples… Science of Social Funding: 247 Campaign Patterns on Tuesday 17th, and the quirky story of How Potato Salad Killed/Saved Crowdfunding on Monday 16th.

SXSW Film 2015 Round 2 Announcements

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

Hey Babies! The second round of 2015 films are here. Start making your plans on what to see.

SXSW 2015 Film Line Up

SXSW 2015 Feature Films

There is a plethora of new stuff happening this year, so make sure you read up on all the info:

Convergence (what’s that?)
Episodic Screenings (say what?)

Keep checking back on SXSW Baby! for updates, insider tips, and all the SXSW you can stomach! Midnighters and Shorts programs will be announced on February 10th. Make sure you’ve got us bookmarked!

SXSW Lounges: Make Time to Chill

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

One of the best aspects of SXSW is the serendipity of networking with those around you, making new friends, finding new products and services, and maybe just catching your breath. For me, there is no place better to do this than at one of the many SXSW Lounges that the festival makes available to registrants.

Here is a run-down of some of the better lounges, expect to see more as we get closer to SXSW Week.

Registrants Lounge
March 13 – 21 // 11am-7pm
Brush Square Park

Open throughout Interactive, Film & Music, the official Registrants Lounge is a convenient and relaxing meeting point for SXSW attendees. Stop by each day for a complimentary drink courtesy of our sponsors or for one of our several networking events.

Casa Brasil
March 13-18 // 2pm-10pm
102 Trinity Street, (corner Trinity and Cesar Chavez)

MVPindex Sports Lounge
March 13 // 11am – 6pm
March 14 – 16 // 9am – 6pm
March 17 // 9am – 5pm
The Four Seasons Hotel, Stone’s Crossing – 98 San Jacinto Blvd
Food, drinks, and charging stations available.

PBS Anywhere Lounge
March 13 // 11am – 6pm
March 14 – 16 // 9am – 6pm
March 17 // 9am – 5pm
Austin Convention Center – Room 1

3M Interactive Lounge
March 13-15 // 9:30am – 5:30pm
Brush Square Park West, 409 E 5th St

The Girls’ Lounge @ SXSW
March 13 – 15 // 9am – 7pm
310-B E 3rd St
The Ipsos Girls’ Lounge energizes self, soul and sisterhood by providing a ‘girls only’ environment where we advocate for each other, inspire confidence and ignite sparks that drive real change.

Lounge in the IBM Cloud
March 13th // 11am – 6pm
March 14 – 16 // 9am – 6pm
March 17 // 9am – 5pm
Hilton, Room 406 – 500 E 4th St

PayPal Social Media Lounge (hosted by TechSet)
March 13 // 11am – 6pm
March 14 – 16 // 9am – 6pm
March 17 // 9am – 5pm
Austin Convention Center – Room 19AB
The PayPal Social Media Lounge, hosted by TechSet is returning to SXSW. You’ll be able to get your caffeine fix at our coffee bar, pick up essentials at the PayPal store, and recharge yourself and your devices at one of our many work stations. We’ll also be featuring a can’t miss lineup of content and speakers throughout each day of Interactive Week. See you there!

The TripIt Lounge
March 14 – 15  // 9am – 5pm
Four Elements, 314 Congress Ave Ste 200
Recharge yourself and your gadgets, in first-class style. Geek out on travel with globetrotting experts and refuel on Austin-inspired bites. Check TripIt.com/blog for the full schedule.

Get Your [SXSW] App On

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Tying in with your SXsocial account and all the planning you have been doing with the SXSW.com scheduler, the SXSW Go mobile app has been updated for 2015 and is now available to download from your online app stores.

McKenzie Jones, for SXSW:

SXSW Go allows you to browse our lineup and create your personal schedule, then log in to sync it with your other devices. You can also interact with other attendees by virtually participating in events, locating venues, getting directions and activating your SXSocial account to network and connect with friends!

New this year in the app is the “Around Me” feature, which shows which venues are around you, what’s happening at each, and which of your SXSocial contacts are nearby. Join a session discussion with other attendees and participate in real-time audience polls with SessionLive, now with more sessions for 2015. For a full list of features, check out the Mobile Guide.

Download the iOS or Android versions now.

Why RSVPs at SXSW aren’t worth your Twitter handle

Monday, January 19th, 2015

If you’ve ever wondered why an RSVP at SXSW is never a guarantee of entry, why you still have to queue, meet RSVPster. For forty dollars, you can have the site’s organisers sign up to every event at SXSW Interactive and SXSW Music and send you the details. It doesn’t matter if you only want to go to a few, your name will go down on every list out there.

While it provides great flexibility for you as a punter on the streets of Austin, speaking as a former SXSW Event Organiser it wreaks havoc on any planning. Services like RSVPster (it is not alone in offering this style of service) flood every invite list and tool out there. SXSW Baby! once had 785 people signed up to come to our meet and greet breakfasts in Austin – we got the normal numbers turning up (around thirty to forty, for an 8am event) but our invite list gave us an indication that it would be twenty times that number.

If you’re coming to SXSW and are looking for a list of parties, then there is some value here – just be aware that just because your name is on the list, downs;t mean you’ll get in everywhere.

After all, with services like this, everyone’s name is on everyone’s list.

Start planning your daytime adventures in Austin with the scheduler

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

One of the advantages of living with a digital SXSW are the online tools. SXSW’s own Schedule system allows you to navigate all the sessions, marking your favourite,s and building up your own itinerary. This can be viewed online, and presumably through this year’s mobile app when it arrives.

It’s not that long before we all move to Sixth Street, so grab a coffee and dip into the SXSW Scheduler to mark your favourites.

We here at SXSW Baby! would always suggest that you have alternatives marked out at each time slot. Planning is good, but listening to serendipity not he streets of Texas’ capital is always the way to guarantee an excellent adventure. It’s worth noting that the music showcases are not yet listed in the system, nor are the film screenings, but they’ll show up during February.

Or you could rely on a big marker pan, just like we did in the old days…