Film Panel Lineup For SXSW 2011 Announced

When it comes to the average film festival, while most of the focus may be on the films debuting or showing, one of the most interesting aspects happens to be the panels.

Focusing on nearly every aspect of the film world, from distribution, to writing, to even film criticism and journalism, these panels are often some of the most insightful and interesting aspects of a given festival, for those in, or even out of the film business.

Well, the lineup for the 2011 SXSW Film Conference has been revealed, and spearheaded by two key speakers; Todd Phillips (The Hangover) and Paul Reubens (The Pee-Wee Herman Show), this is one hell of a lineup.

Duncan Jones will have a discussion after his film, Source Code, debuts (the opening night film), as will James Gunn, who will be discussing his film, Super, which stars Ellen Page and Rainn Wilson, both of whom will be there as well.   Brian Johnson from Intel will be discussing entertainment and social networking in his ‘Last Broadcast’ discussion, and Harry Knowles will be discussing the 15th Anniversary of his iconic web outlet, Ain’t It Cool News, and these are in the first few days.

Here is the full list of panels:


(Moderators listed in parentheses)

Friday, March 11

BattleDecks 2011 (Mike Monteiro, Mule Design)

Beginner’s Guide to SXSW Film (Agnes Varnum, Austin Film Society)

Filmmaker’s Lounge: Press/Bloggers Meet Up

The Sexual Survival Guide For Geeks (Violet Blue, Tiny Nibbles)

How To Rawk Out At SXSW Interactive (Min Jung Kim)

Saturday, March 12

A Conversation With Todd Phillips (Elvis Mitchell, KCRW)

Artistic Collaborations via Skype: Turning Distance Into Drama (Beth Burns, Hidden Room Theatre)

Can Transmedia save the Entertainment Industry? (Daniel Lorenzetti, transmediamatrix)

Catherine Hardwicke’s Directing Workshop

Cinematic Titles: From Conception to Reality (Cassandra Del Viscio, Edgeworx Studios LLC)

Discoveries vs. Advance Buzz: Getting Your Film Noticed at Festivals (Tiffany Pritchard, AllCity Media)

Filmmaker’s Lounge: International Meet Up

Go Green: Save Green (Larry Engel American University)

Makers of Geek Documentaries: A Nerd’s Life (Rachel Lovinger, Razorfish)

Making The Magic Happen: The Art Of Producing

Mentors – Distribution 1

Mentors – Legal

Mentors – Production 1

Mentors – Programming 1

Motion Paintings, Visual Storytelling and Deaf Film (Robyn Girard, Robyn Girard Film)

New Tools for Filmmakers: Virtually Augmented 3.0 Reality (Wendy Levy, BAVC)

Pen to Paper – Creating Conceptual Marketing Campaigns (Charlie Loft, AllCity Media)

Sound for Picture: Pre-production through Post      (Andrew Garrison, Trash Dance)

Star Wars Uncut: The Force Of Crowdsourcing (Casey Pugh, Star Wars Uncut)

Straight From the Source (Code)

SUPER-Talented: A Conversation with James Gunn, Ellen Page and Rainn Wilson

The Art of Casting: Unraveling the Myth (Alexa Fogel, Beech Hill Films)

The Last Broadcast: Entertainment is Social – What’s Next? (Brian Johnson, Intel)

The Plight of the Indie Animator: How To Make It As An Independent Animator (Bill Plympton)

Watching Windows: Constructing Your DIY Distribution  (Michael Murphy, Gravitas Ventures)

Sunday, March 13

A Conversation with Paul Reubens

Branded Documentary: A Case Study, Concept to Cannes (David Modigliani, Flow Nonfiction)

Crafting the Footage: Editing Your Film (Kyle Henry, AOK Productions LLC)

Decision Trees: YouTube’s New Breed Of Interactive Storytelling (Marc Hustvedt, Tubefilter News)

IDFA DocLab: Investigating New Documentary Narratives (Caspar Sonnen, IDFA DocLab)

Emotional-Response Cinema…Plug In And Go Deep? (Gawain Morrison, Filmtrip)

Evolving Cinematic Storytelling to Span Multiple Screens (Jason Brush, Schematic)

Filmmaker’s Lounge: Funders Meet Up

From the Sausage Factory: Inside the Film Press (James Rocchi, MSN Movies)

Getting to Know the Guilds (SAGIndie, WGAW, PGA, VIE, SAG)

Hollywood Lessons: What Film School Didn’t Teach Me  (John Lang, Rough & Tumble Films)

Sunday, March 13 (cont’d)

I Thought We Were Friends! Business In Film (Alicia Van Couvering, Champion Films)

Indie Success: What is it? Who’s Got It?  (Mike Ryan,

Inside Sony’s F3: Affordable 35mm PL Mount Camcorder (Mike DesRoches, Sony Electronics Inc)

Live Digital Streaming: The Split Screen Experience (Ariel Elazar, Dick Clark Productions)

Mentors – Distribution 2

Mentors – Filmmakers 1

Mentors – Press/Bloggers

Mentors – Publicity

Of Fanboys & Fidelity – Adapting Comics For Broad Audiences (Howard Gertler, Howard Gertler)

Putting It Together: The Film Financing Equation (Aaron Kaufman, Troublemaker Studios)

Sound Decisions: A Reality Check on Using Music in Film  (Doreen Ringer-Ross, BMI)

The Making of IT’S ABOUT YOU, A Super 8 Documentary (Rhonda Vigeant, Pro8mm)

Transmedia Storytelling: Constructing Compelling Characters and Narrative Threads (Barbara Vance, UT Dallas)

Your Baby Is Ugly: Evaluating Your Film Honestly  (Nicholas Baisley, FilmSnobbery)

Monday, March 14

Ain’t it Cool News’ 15th Anniversary Panel (Harry Knowles, AICN)

Can P2P Save Filmmaking? (Michael Masnick, Floor64 Inc)

“Did You Kill Anyone?” Reality in War Movies  (Paul Rieckhoff, IAVA)

DIY Production Contracts: 7 Agreements Every Filmmaker Needs  (Deena Kalai, Deena Kalai PLLC)

Documentary Deities: Dispelling The Director Myth  (Eddie Schmidt, IDA)

Filmmaker’s Lounge: Agents Meet Up

Fundraising in a Box: Crowdsourcing Microgrants (Dianne Debicella, Fractured Atlas)

Let’s Blow Something Up!!!  Live Action Special Effects (Steve Wolf, Special FX International)

Love, Music, & APIs (Dave Haynes, Soundcloud)

Marketing Your Movie: Making A Great Trailer  (Monica Brady, Golden Trailer Awards)

Mentors – Distribution 3

Mentors – Managers & Agents

Mentors – Production 2

Mentors – Programming 2

Music & Metadata: Do Songs Remain The Same? (Jess Hemerly, UC Berkeley School of Information)

No Reservations: A Highly Spirited Film Panel (Owen Egerton, Comedian)

Neither Moguls nor Pirates: Grey Area Music Distribution (Heitor Alvelos, UPTEC)

Pimp My Movie: Online Marketing Makeovers (Chris Shellen, Open Face)

Selecting Films for Festivals: Science or Serendipity?  (Nick Roddick, London Film School)

Sex It Up!  (Lisa Vandever, CineKink)

The Blogger Centipede: How Content is Eroding Credibility  (Moises Chiullan, Badass Digest)

The Female Funny: Is It Different For Girls? (Rachel Sklar, Change The Ratio)

The Nitty Gritty on 3D (Keefe Boerner, UT Austin)

The State of 3D in Cinema and Home

You Are Not a Publicist: Criticism vs. Advertising (Neil Miller Film, School Rejects)

Tuesday, March 15

A Conversation with Randall Poster & Richard Linklater

Alternative Financing For Independent Film  (Dan Satorius, Satorius Law Firm PLLC)

Beyond 3D: How Interactive Screenings Will Save Cinema (Henri Mazza, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema)

Data Customization and Privacy – Can They Coexist? (David Ring, Universal Music Group)

DSLR Workshop (Lan Bui, The Bui Brothers)

Filmmaker’s Lounge: Composer Meet Up

Heard But Not Seen: Capturing Music History Cinematically  (Warren Cohen, VH1)

How Digital Music Drives International Collaboration in Music (Troy Campbell, House Of Songs)

Mentors – Filmmakers 2

Mentors – Open Call

Mentors – Sales & Acquisition

Mentors – Writers

Metadata: The Backbone Of Digital Music Commerce (Bill Wilson, NARM)

Practically Funny: How Alternative Comedy Kings Have Learned To Reach the Masses   (Baratunde Thurston, The Onion)

Preparing the Next Generation of Diverse Filmmakers (Vicente Williams, Signal 40 Films)

Production For Emerging Platforms (Michael Donaldson, Donaldson & Callif LLP)

Reel Murder: From Crime Scene to Big Screen  (Corey Mitchell, Reel Crime)

The Convergence of Traditional and Internet TV (Michael Petricone, Consumer Electronics Association)

The Epic Fail of Bittorrent Indie Film Lawsuits (Eva Galperin, Electric Frontier Foundation)

The Ultimate Backup – Keeping Media Alive  (Edwin Outwater lll, Iron Mountain)

Where’s The Money? Finding The Right Funding  (Bryan Poyser, Lovers of Hate)

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