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Things To Do Today at SXSW: Monday March 23rd

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

•  Really, Go home!

Things To Do Today at SXSW: Sunday March 22nd

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

•  Barbecue and Softball Tournament
12:30PM – 5:00PM Krieg Fields

•  Go Home

 

Things To Do Today at SXSW: Saturday March 21st

Saturday, March 21st, 2015

Here are more highlights from the SXSW schedule, as chosen by the SXSW Baby! team:

Music Panels

•  Power Networking in the Music Business
3:30pm ACC Room 17a

Film

• 808
3:45pm Vimeo

Music

• Blacklist Royals
11:00pm Soho Lounge

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Why did we choose these sessions, films, and bands?  Find out by listening to the SXSW Baby! podcast, supported by HipChat.

SXSW Baby Podcast: Marianne Dissard

Friday, March 20th, 2015

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Ewan interviews French chanteuse Marianne Dissard ahead of a unique setlist for SXSW Music.

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Wherefore Art Thou SXSW Film?

Friday, March 20th, 2015

This is my tenth year attending SXSW Film. I have always loved it. Some years I only had time to see a few films, other times I saw upwards of 30. I have always loved the Documentaries most, the stories being told and the beauty with which they were being told. I accept that I am not a film buff, I cannot speak to aspect ratios, cinematographic effects, and the like. I freely admit that I don’t know squat about how films are made, and I flat out do not have the attention span to sit through a bad movie as do the people who screen films for festivals.

That being said……

I stood in the line to see the ‘Super Secret Screening’ at the Alamo Ritz this year. There was a lot of energetic discussion on what the film could be: Was it ‘Entourage’? Was it a rough cut of ‘Star Wars Episode VII‘? Was it even “something zombie related?” We were all very excited, recalling other Secret Screenings, including ‘A Scanner Darkly’ and  ’Hunger Games’.

Three hours later, we were admitted. Jarod Neece of SXSW Film took the stage and announced the film was ‘Roar’, a re-release of a 1981 film that took 10 years to make and during which 70 crew members were injured working with untrained lions. I actually thought he was joking.

Then he brought up Tim League, who continued the joke.

Then the film started.

What were they thinking? I actual flagged the server, paid my bill with a healthy tip, and bailed as soon as I could. I cannot believe that SXSW would deem such poor filmmaking to be worthy of addition to the Festival, let alone the Secret Screening, Its inclusion really is a slap in the face of all the filmmakers whose work was not admitted to the festival. I’ve heard the saying “It’s so bad, it’s good”… Er, no.

Now, so as to not seem too one-sided in my venom for this decision here are a few random quotes from Twitter on the ordeal: (Twitter Handles removed to protect the innocent, feel free to take ownership of these in the comments)

@drafthouse uses elite secret showcase to promote their distro deal of 1981′s Roar. A campy film for afternoon viewing. Not #SXSW caliber.”

“Mystery Movie was “Roar”.One of the worst films ever made.#SXSW #SXSWFilm

“Thanks #sxsw for wasting 5 hours of my life #roar #roarmovie #garbagemovie #imadeatwitterforthis

“Cool of #SXSW to let people wait hours in line for a Drafthouse commercial. ROAR has freakshow appeal but little else.”

“Glad I wasted four hours to watch the most niche bullshit movie. Worst. Commercial. Ever. #SXSW #Roar @drafthouse

And in the interest of fairness here are some positive quotes about the film: (Twitter handles NOT removed)

“Roar was amazing. Thanks @timalamo and @drafthouse for putting it on! #drafthouseflims #sxsw #drafthouse” – @_brian_s

ROAR was fantastic and one of the highlights at #sxsw. What a crazy movie! Thanks @timalamo, @drafthousefilms, and @sxsw for showing it!” – @tomzimmermann

“I am thrilled that Roar is a surprise #sxsw screening. Mainly because it’s amazing but also because I’ve already seen it. #selfish” – @scottEweinberg

In my ten years attending SXSW there has always been a ‘best friends’ relationship between SXSW Film and the Alamo, indeed the Alamo locations are my favorite places to see screenings at the Festival. Now it seems as if that relationship has been abused, does SXSW feel it can’t say no to Tim League? Did they drink the Kool-Aid too? I can find no reason why this film was screened other than momentary lapse of reason on someone’s part.

There are other move venues and festivals to promote this. Not at SXSW. Not at my SXSW.

Things To Do Today at SXSW: Friday March 20th

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Here are more highlights from the SXSW schedule, as chosen by the SXSW Baby! team:

Music Panels

•  Tour Merch: The Most Overlooked Revenue in Music
3:30pm ACC Ballroom E

Film

• All Things Must Pass
8:45pm Stateside

Music

• Jamestown Revival
10:00pm The Gatsby

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SXSW Baby Podcast: The Last Man On The Moon

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

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Ewan interviews director Mark Craig, and Captain Gene Cernan, about their film ‘Last Man On The Moon‘.

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