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SXSW Baby Podcast: Marianne Dissard

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

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# Posted by Ewan on March 20, 2015; Comments Off.
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Wherefore Art Thou SXSW Film?

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.

# Posted by Eric on March 20, 2015; Comments Off.
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Things To Do Today at SXSW: Friday March 20th

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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# Posted by Eric on March 20, 2015; Comments Off.
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SXSW Baby Podcast: The Last Man On The Moon

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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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# Posted by Ewan on March 19, 2015; Comments Off.
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SXSW Baby Podcast: Mark Schulze and Clover

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Ewan interviews Mark Schulze from Clover, a new way for retailers to take card payments, and for developers to create relevant applications.

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# Posted by Ewan on March 19, 2015; Comments Off.
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Things To Do Today at SXSW: Thursday March 19th

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

Music Panels

•  Redefining “Radio” for the Digital Age
2:00pm ACC Room 12AB

Film

• Super Secret Screening
9:00pm Stateside

Music

• Stone Foxes
9:00pm Maggie Mae’s Rooftop

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# Posted by Eric on March 19, 2015; Comments Off.
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Sign up for SXSW Softball (Did you know about this?)

In the off chance you did not know this, SXSW concludes with a Barbeque and Softtball Tournament. Players may sign up on Thursday March 19th from 1p until 5pm and Friday March 20th, also from 1p until 5pm at Austin Convention Center (ACC) 4th floor near the Day Stage. SIGN UP!!!  DO IT!!!!!!

BBQ and Softball Tournament

The 29th annual South By Southwest Closing Barbecue and Softball Tournament, the traditional closing social event of the SXSW week, runs from 12:30-5:30pm on Sunday, March 22.
Free for all SXSW Music and Platinum registrants!

Sunday, March 22: Schedule

11:45am First shuttle buses leave hotels
Noon-1:00pm Player check-in and warmup
12:30pm Barbecue & beer service begins
1:00pm First round games begin
2:30pm Semifinals (fields available for pick-up games)
4:00pm Championship game

Food available while it lasts – usually until about 3:30-3:45pm

Eat and Drink

The SXSW Barbecue is an authentic Texas spread, with all the trimmings (vegetarian options as well), prepared by Austin’s own Ruby’s BBQ, plus beer, water, and soft drinks.

Menu: Beef brisket, chopped beef, pork spare ribs, smoked chicken, sausage, vegetarian jambalaya, potato salad, beans, 2 varieties of coleslaw, bread, butter, pickles, onions, sauce and a variety of cookies.

Drinks: Beer, water and iced tea.

It’s free for all music and platinum registrants (one meal per badge; you MUST bring your badge), but the area is also open to the general public, with food and soft drink tickets available for sale.

Showcasing Artists: If you choose the registration packet, your artist packet envelope gets you one free barbecue meal. The area is also open to the general public, with food and soft drink tickets available for sale.

Note: For insurance reasons, we cannot sell beer to non-registrants; however, you’re welcome to bring your own (no glass containers, please).

There’s plenty of bleacher seating, three rounds of usually entertaining softball to watch, and a great chance to catch up with other registrants in a relaxed setting, and make plans for Sunday night’s closing showcases.

Play in the Softball Tournament

Any SXSW music or platinum registrant can sign up to play in the SXSW Softball Tournament. Performing artists with performing artist wristbands can sign up and play as well; one player per band, please. There are three rounds of games: quarterfinals, semifinals, and a final that starts at 4pm, with live announcers and a rendition of “Take Me Out To The Ball Game.”

We recommend you bring your own glove, if you have one, but we have a lot of loaners as well, which you can sign out with proper ID.

IMPORTANT: TO PLAY IN THE *TOURNAMENT, YOU MUST REGISTER FOR A TEAM IN ADVANCE.

Musicians
Print Media
Mixed Media
Record Companies
Agents/Managers
Clubs/Talent Buyers
(SXSW staff and SXSW volunteer teams will be filled from within)

Our tournament staff will reconfirm with you closer to the event, and is available to answer any questions you may have. In addition, there will be a Player Registration Table on the 4th floor of the Austin Convention Center, 1-5pm on Thursday and Friday during the Music Conference.

The 29th annual South By Southwest Closing Barbecue and Softball Tournament, the traditional closing social event of the SXSW week, runs from 12:30-5:30pm on Sunday, March 22nd.

Free for Artist wristbands holders and SXSW Music and Platinum registrants!

Transportation

Krieg Fields are located at 517 Pleasant Valley, about a 10-minute drive from downtown, and about 15 minutes from Austin-Bergstrom airport. SXSW will run a van shuttle between the fields and the Hyatt, Hilton and Sheraton downtown hotels, beginning around 11:45am, and running every 20 minutes or so. With advance notice, we can also take you directly to the airport from the field; please notify the softball table at the convention center if you’re going to need that.

Driving directions: From downtown, south of the river, take Riverside Drive east. Turn left on Lakeshore Blvd., a couple of blocks past I-35. Make another left on Pleasant Valley when Lakeshore dead ends, and then take the first right, at the traffic light, into the first parking lot for the Krieg Softball Complex. Follow the park road around until you can’t go any further.

Rain plan: Barbecue will be served 1-4pm, or until it runs out, at the Fiesta Gardens Pavilion on Bergman Street and Lady Bird Lake. (From the Convention Center head east on Cesar Chavez Street about 10 blocks. Turn right on Chicon and the Fiesta Gardens Pavilion is on your left two blocks before Chicon dead-ends at Lady Bird Lake.) If the weather looks iffy on Sunday morning, call the SXSW Softball Hotline, (512) 467-7979, to find out whether the game is on or not.

# Posted by Wendy K. on March 19, 2015; Comments Off.
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