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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…

SXSW Film Announces Opening Night Film

Sunday, January 11th, 2015

Well the wait is over, dust off your scheduling tools and get ready, the SXSW Film crew has started releasing this years film listing!

This years opening night film is BRAND: A Second Coming. The lively film dives deep into the eye of the celebrity storm, with Russel Brand at its center as he grapples with fame, influence and where we are as a 21st century society.

In addition they’ve announced the following six films as well:

A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story (World Premiere)
Director: Sara Hirsh Bordo
From the producers of the most viewed TEDWomen event of 2013 comes A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story, a documentary following the inspiring journey of 25-year-old, 58-pound Lizzie from cyber-bullying victim to anti-bullying activist.

Ex Machina (North American Premiere)
Director/Screenwriter: Alex Garland
Alex Garland, writer of 28 Days Later and Sunshine, makes his directorial debut with the stylish and cerebral thriller Ex Machina, starring Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac and Alicia Vikander.
Cast: Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, Alicia Vikander

Hello, My Name is Doris (World Premiere)
Director: Michael Showalter, Screenwriters: Michael Showalter, Laura Terruso
An isolated 60-year-old woman is motivated by a self-help seminar to romantically pursue a younger coworker, causing her to stumble into the spotlight of the Brooklyn hipster social scene.
Cast: Sally Field, Max Greenfield, Beth Behrs, Wendi Mclendon-Covey, Stephen Root, Elizabeth Reaser, Jack Antonoff, Natasha Lyonne, Tyne Daly

The Invitation (World Premiere)
Director: Karyn Kusama, Screenwriters: Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi
A reunion of old friends turns into a nightmare when one guest, a haunted man whose ex-wife is among the hosts, begins to fear that the night is part of a terrifying agenda.
Cast: Logan Marshall-Green, Tammy Blanchard, Michiel Huisman, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Lindsay Burdge

Mavis! (World Premiere)
Director: Jessica Edwards
Her family group, the Staple Singers, inspired millions and helped propel the civil rights movement with their music. After 60 years of performing, legendary singer Mavis Staples’ message of love and equality is needed now more than ever.

Son of the Congo (World Premiere)
Director/Screenwriter: Adam Hootnick
Serge Ibaka’s improbable journey has taken him from the violence of Congo to the top of the NBA. In Son of the Congo, Ibaka returns home, hoping his basketball success can help rebuild a country and inspire a new generation to dream of a better life.

This is just the beginning! Get ready and register today!

Things To Do Today at SXSW: Monday March 17th

Monday, March 17th, 2014

•  Really, Go home!

Things To Do Today at SXSW: Sunday March 16th

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

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

•  Go Home


“Must-See” Film at SXSW 2014: “Butterfly Girl”

Saturday, March 15th, 2014

Butterfly Girl Abigail Evans

Not wanting to fight the downtown traffic and crowds but want to catch another SXSW film with great music and engaging characters?

Get over to the SXSW Satellite: Marchesa (6406 N IH-35, Austin TX 78752) near Highland Mall for the final screening of “Butterfly Girl” at 7 pm this evening. This film is a captivating story about 18 year old Abigail Evans who longs for a normal transition from teenager to adulthood.

Unfortunately for Abbie, she was born with a genetic skin disease that causes intense blisters on and within her body. She must be extremely cautious about physical activity as her skin can slough off easily, leaving her susceptible to infections. Abbie has depended on her divorced parents as caretakers throughout her life, but longs for independence and freedom to do as she likes.

Writer and director Cary Bell effectively captures the essence of Abbie — strong-willed, determined, bubbly — even as she struggles with the life-altering decision to have major surgery on one of her hands to separate the fused fingers. Abbie is just as stubborn when it comes to working the merch table at shows for her dad, local musician John Evans, but we always see the strong bonds between Abbie and her parents.

Editor Jessica Miller expertly fuses together Abbie’s home life with that on the road with her father or at the hospital for consultation or surgeries by her expert medical team.

A special Q & A tonight moderated by Austin Film Society Associate Creative Director Holly Herrick will feature members of Abbie’s medical team, so don’t miss this opportunity to find out more about a young woman who lived so brightly in her short life — unfortunately Abbie passed away in her sleep in December of 2013, and missed an opportunity to see the final cut of “Butterfly Girl”.


SXSW Film Audience Award Winners!

Saturday, March 15th, 2014

SXSW Film has announced the winners of the Audience Award Competition, they are:

Narrative Feature Competition: Before I Disappear
Director: Shawn Christensen
Stateside Theatre, 6:30pm

Episodic: Silicon Valley
Director: Mike Judge
Vimeo Theater, 7:00pm

SXGlobal: The Special Need
Director: Carlo Zoratti
Ritz 2, 7:00pm

Documentary Spotlight: DamNation
Directors: Ben Knight, Travis Rummel
Topfer at ZACH, 7:00pm

Documentary Feature Competition: Vessel
Director: Diana Whitten
Stateside Theatre, 9:15pm

Festival Favorites: The Case Against 8
Directors: Ben Cotner and Ryan White
Vimeo at ACC, 9:30pm

Visions: Yakona
Directors: Anlo Sepulveda and Paul Collins
Ritz 1 & 2, 9:30pm

Narrative Spotlight: Cesar Chavez
Director: Diego Luna
Topfer at ZACH, 9:30pm

Midnighters: Exists
Director: Eduardo Sánchez
Ritz 1 & 2, Midnight

Audience Award Winner: Big Significant Things
Designer: Corey Holmes

Audience Award Winner: True Detective
Designer: Patrick Clair for Elastic