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By Mark Bell | February 13, 2014

The SXSW Film Festival has revealed its full conference panel lineup, added other films to its program and announced Marc Webb as the fourth and final keynote speaker for the 2014 event, running March 7-15, 2014. From the official press release:

The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival announced today filmmaker Marc Webb will serve as the fourth Keynote on Saturday, March 8, as well as the final additional features to screen at the festival. Also announced were featured Conversations with Jason Bateman, Mike Myers, Ralph Steadman, Robert Duvall and Tilda Swinton, and the complete Conference lineup including Convergence sessions. SXSW Film will open on Friday, March 7, 2014 with the world premiere of Chef, and run through March 15 in Austin, Texas. The schedule, complete with both screening and conference dates and times, is now available at

An additional eight features have been announced, and descriptions follow below. With these additions, the 2014 SXSW Film Festival will host a total of 133 features, consisting of 89 World Premieres, 11 North American Premieres and 8 U.S. Premieres, with 70 first-time directors. 113 shorts will screen as part of 11 overall shorts programs. The 246 films were selected from a record number of overall submissions, nearly 6,500, comprised of approximately 2,200 features and 4,300 shorts, with an overall increase of 14% over 2013. For more information and the complete SXSW Film Lineup, visit

In addition to nine full days of film screenings, the SXSW Film Conference (Friday, March 7 – Tuesday, March 11), will feature over 150 informative and entertaining sessions. Also announced were Convergence sessions, open to all Film, Interactive, Gold and Platinum Badges, and taking place in multiple locations for 2014. For more information on Convergence at SXSW, visit

The panels released today join over 40 previously announced sessions for the 2014 SXSW Film Conference, including its first-ever daily keynotes, previously announced to include Lena Dunham (Monday, March 10 – new date), Jason Blum (Sunday, March 9) and Casey Neistat (Tuesday, March 11), and major Conversations with luminaries like Alejandro Jodorowsky and the return of Jeffrey Tambor’s Acting Workshop. For complete programming for the all new SXsports, Digital Domain, Future 15s, Mentor Sessions, Meet the Insiders, Workshops, Startup Alley, Come & Capture Demo Pavilion and Conference descriptions and participants, browse the schedule at

Announced today:

Marc Webb Keynote
Webb most recently directed the smash hit The Amazing Spider-Man starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, and Sally Field, which grossed over $750 million worldwide. Upcoming, he helmed the latest chapter in the Spider-Man legacy The Amazing Spider-Man 2, out May 2. Webb made his feature film debut with the acclaimed (500) Days of Summer, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel.   The film was nominated for two Golden Globe® Awards, including Best Picture, and The National Board of Review honored Webb with their Spotlight Award, which recognizes outstanding directorial debuts. Webb began his career as a music video director. He has been honored with several MTV Video Music Awards, including the Best Director Award for Green Day’s “21 Guns,” Best Rock Video in 2006 for AFI’s “Miss Murder” and Best Group Video for The All-American Rejects’ “Move Along.” The Music Video Production Association also honored him as Director of the Year for his work with Weezer, AAR and My Chemical Romance.

(Saturday, March 8, 11:00am – 12:00pm – Vimeo Theater, Austin Convention Center)

Additional Featured Sessions announced for the 2014 SXSW Film Conference include:

  • A Conversation with Jason Bateman
    With Bad Words, his audacious feature directorial debut, Jason Bateman expands an already packed career portfolio with this subversive comedy that critics are calling a smart, uproarious and exuberant crowd-pleaser. Well-known to audiences as a successful and beloved actor, Bateman makes the long-planned move to director with confidence and subtlety, acing laugh-out-loud R-rated humor while also getting at the outrageous characters’ surprising cores. While everyone has their own favorite of his acting roles (Identity Thief, Juno, Arrested Development), we invite you to hear from this newly minted filmmaker – as his movie screens at SXSW just before hitting theaters in March – about his creative and cinematic inspirations, and the art of creating irreverent characters.
    (Saturday, March 8, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Room 16AB, Austin Convention Center)
  • A Conversation with Mike Myers
    Moderator Jon Favreau will speak with Myers for a lively session examining the diverse and exceptional range of his career, culminating in his directorial debut with Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon. Mike Myers made his debut as a featured performer and writer on Saturday Night Live in 1989, and brought his popular SNL character, Wayne Campbell, to the screen in Wayne’s World and Wayne’s World 2, which he also wrote.  Myers also created, wrote, produced, and starred in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, and Austin Powers: Goldmember. His other film credits include Shrek franchise, Inglourious Basterds, The Love Guru, Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat, View from the Top, Mystery Alaska, 54, and So I Married an Axe Murderer. Myers has won an Emmy, multiple MTV awards, AFI Star Award, the prestigious Jack Benny award, and has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one for himself and one for his Academy Award winning character, Shrek.
    (Monday, March 10, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Room 16AB, Austin Convention Center)
  • A Conversation with Ralph Steadman
    Steadman participates in an intimate discussion with moderator Douglas Brinkley about his vast body of work and the new documentary on the artist, For No Good Reason, directed by Charlie Paul and starring Steadman and Johnny Depp. Ralph began his career as a cartoonist satirising the British social and political scene of the 60s. In the 1970s, responding to what he called ‘the screaming lifestyle of America’ he teamed up with Hunter S. Thompson which resulted in his iconic drawings for ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’ and collaborations ranging from ‘The Kentucky Derby’ to ‘The Curse of Lono’. Many of his drawings were featured in Rolling Stone magazine and he produced a book of collected impressions of America in 1974. His work has appeared in many newspapers and magazines, from Punch and Private Eye in the early years to the New Statesman, The New Yorker and the Independent. Early in his career he turned his creative energy to the literary classics, beginning with ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and then ‘Alice Through The Looking Glass’, then on to other works including ‘Treasure Island’, ‘Animal Farm’ and ‘Fahrenheit 451′. He then looked into the lives of Sigmund Freud and Leonardo da Vinci, reinterpreting their genius in both words and drawings.  Ralph has written multiple books, including Doodaa in 2002, The Grapes of Ralph, Untrodden Grapes and Still Life with Bottle.
    (Sunday, March 9, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM – Room 16AB, Austin Convention Center)
  • A Conversation with Robert Duvall
    Moderator Leonard Maltin joins the legendary actor for an in-depth discussion about the scope of his career. One of Hollywood’s most distinguished, popular, and versatile actors, Robert Duvall possesses a rare gift for totally immersing himself in his roles. The legendary actor has been nominated for six Academy Awards, winning for his performance in Tender Mercies and six Golden Globes nominations, winning for his performances in Stalin, Lonesome Dove, Tender Mercies and Apocalypse Now. Duvall will long be remembered as one of the great naturalistic American screen actors. His performances as "Boo Radley" in To Kill a Mockingbird, "Jackson Fentry" in Tomorrow, "Tom Hagen" in the first two Godfather movies, "Frank Hackett" in Network, "Lt. Col. Kilgore" in Apocalypse Now, "Bull Meechum" in The Great Santini, "Mac Sledge" in Tender Mercies, "Gus McCrae" in Lonesome Dove and "Sonny Dewey" in The Apostle rank as some of the finest acting ever put on film. It’s a body of work that few actors can equal, let alone surpass
    (Tuesday, March 11, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Room 16AB, Austin Convention Center)
  • A Conversation with Tilda Swinton
    Join Swinton for an in-depth discussion with moderator Eugene Hernandez about her exciting and prolific filmography, including her work in Jim Jarmusch’s new film Only Lovers Left Alive. Swinton, a native of Scotland, started making films with the English director Derek Jarman in 1985, with Caravaggio. She gained international recognition in 1992 for her starring role in Orlando, directed by Sally Potter. Swinton has established ongoing filmmaking relationships with Lynn Hershman-Leeson with whom she made Conceiving Ada, Teknolust and Strange Culture, John Maybury (Man 2 Man and Love is the Devil), and Luca Guadagnino (The Protagonists, The Love Factory, and most recently the acclaimed I Am Love, which she co-produced). Swinton has also appeared in Spike Jonze’s Adaptation; David Mackenzie’s Young Adam; Mike Mills’ Thumbsucker and Francis Lawrence’s Constantine; Béla Tarr’s The Man from London, Andrew Adamson’s two blockbusters The Chronicles of Narnia tales; Erick Zonca’s Julia, which won her the Evening Standard’s Best Actress award, and Tony Gilroy’s Michael Clayton – for which Swinton received BAFTA and Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actress in 2008. Swinton starred in Lynne Ramsay’s We Need To Talk About Kevin, which screened In Competition at Cannes 2011 and was received as a critical triumph. She followed up by appearing in Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom. In 2013, she appeared in David Bowie’s video for The Stars Are Out Tonight, and her acclaimed performance art piece titled The Maybeat New York’s Museum of Modern Art.
    (Saturday, March 8, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM – Room 16AB, Austin Convention Center)

Open to Film, Gold and Platinum badgeholders

Friday, March 7
A Beginners Guide to SXSW
The Emotional Language of Film with Skywalker Sound
An Insider’s Preview to the SXSW Film Festival

Saturday, March 8
A Conversation with Tilda Swinton
A Conversation with Jason Bateman
Come and Capture: Choosing the Right Camera for You and Your Project
Future 15s: Funding
Future 15s: Distribution
Future 15s: Content
How To Book Your Next Audition
How to Shoot Stunts and Action on a Budget
Marc Webb Keynote
Meet the Insiders: Vicky Boone & Kerry Barden
Meet the Insiders: Funding & Special Organizations
Meet the Insiders: Col Needham & Kerry Trainor
Mentors: Sales and Acquisitions
Mentors: Publicity
Mentors: Legal
Mentors: Sales and Acquisitions 2
TV’s Decision Makers: AMC, FX, Showtime and HBO

Sunday, March 9
5 Lessons Learned from Movie Studios on How to Market Your Movie
A Conversation with Ralph Steadman
Come and Capture: Capture, Cut, Color, Deliver
Deliverables Today
Future 15s: Creativity
Future 15s: Grab Bag
Future 15s: New Media
Is This the 21st
Century Media Conglomerate?
Jason Blum Keynote
Meet the Insiders: Richard Lorber & Michael Barker
Meet the Insiders: Dean Silvers & Anne Thompson
Mentors: Digital Media
Mentors: Programming Narrative
Mentors: Programming Documentary
Mentors: International
Risk-Reward Profiles of Investments in Indie Film

Monday, March 10
After Wrap: Finding The Right Distribution Partner
Collaboration is King
Come and Capture: Content Creation with Soul
A Conversation with Alejandro Jodorowsky
A Conversation with Mike Myers
Damnation (Screening + Panel)
Digital Marketing Law for Filmmakers
Directing the Dead III
Lena Dunham Keynote
Meet the Insiders: Lauren Wolkstein & Christopher Radcliff
Meet the Insiders: Jay Van Hoy & Karen Murphy
Meet the Insiders: Carl Spence & Danny Rhee
Mentors: Distribution: Documentary
Mentors: Distribution: Narrative
Mentors: Filmmakers: Documentary
Mentors: Filmmakers: Narrative
Parlay Your Skills Beyond the Screen
U.S. Immigration Options for Film Professionals

Open to all Film, Interactive, Gold & Platinum badgeholders // Friday, 3/7–Tuesday, 3/11.

Austin Convention Center

Ballroom D: Featured Sessions
6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon: A Social Phenomenon Turns 20
Are We All Producers Now?
Be Awesome without Their Permission
Box’s Aaron Levie Talks w/ FORTUNE’s Jessi Hempel
Creativity Is the New Literacy
Do Algorithms Dream of Viral Content?
FEEDing the Future: The Power of Social Business (Convergence Day)
The Future of Making
How Tech Companies Can Renew Capitalism
Is Bitcoin the Future of Money?
Knocking Down the Door: The U.S. National Team and America’s World Cup Dreams (SXsports)
Media & The Personal Brand – ESPN, Grantland & 538 (SXsports)
Nasty Gal: Turning Heads While Turning Profits
Running the Show: TV’s New Queen of Comedy

Room 18ABCD: Featured Sessions
Accurate, Fair & Safe: The Ethics of Social News
Building a Social Media "Duck" Dynasty (Convergence Day)
Can Great Journalism Make for Great Business?
Check Online for Session Scheduled in This Timeslot
Code Monkey Save World: A Kickstarter Case Study (Convergence Day)
DIY App & eBook Publishing: A Live Demonstration
Fearlessly Funny: The Women Changing Digital Humor
The Form Factor Is the Message
Hunting for Elephants: Creating Enterprise Value in Sports Media (SXsports)
Inside Late Night with Seth Meyers
Instagramming the News
Is Online Video Killing TV?
Jeffrey Tambor’s Acting Workshop
Mobile Zen: The Data Behind Happiness
Online LEGO Fans & the People Who Love Them
The Pete Holmes Show Makes It Weird
Portlandia: Behind the Scenes with the Creators (Convergence Day)
SXSW Interview: Neil Young (Convergence Day)
Syrian Electronic Army Wuz Here
What’s the New "Having It All"?
Why Didn’t a Tech Journalist Break PRISM?

Austin Suite: Digital Domain
A Discussion on Viral Content with RSA Films
American Interior: 1 Story, 4 Formats: 3 Speakers
Build an Audience Without Selling Out Creatively
Can we beat DreamWorks and Pixar from Argentina?
Discover Your City Through the Movies Shot in It
Empire: Experimental Storytelling Across Platforms
FRANK: A Twitter Prequel by @jonburroughs83
IDFA DocLab presents the Emotional Arcade (and Other Interactive Stories That Move Us)
Interview with The Goggles: Immersive Storytelling
Last Hijack Interactive
McLaren Workshop: From Catalogue to KILLER App
New Narratives: Building An Interactive Storyworld
Our Lady Of Lourdes: From Short to Web Mini-Series
Social Video Player by CANAL PLUS
The New York Times’s Op-Docs: Online Documentaries

Ballroom G: The Day Stage
Digital Domain Presents: AMC’s The Walking Dead Webisodes
Digital Domain Presents: Wedlock
Filmmaker Pre-Fest Pitches
The Smartest Dumbass: Interactive vs. Film
Trailer Park Round 1
Trailer Park Round 2

Driskill Hotel
Sxsports // Friday, 3/7 – Sunday, 3/9
Future of Entertainment // Monday, 3/10 – Tuesday, 3/11

Driskill Ballroom
24-Hour Sports in the Age of Bite-Sized Content (SXsports)
Allyship: Becoming a Champion for Inclusion (SXsports)
Arena vs. Couch: The Battle of Game Day Experience (SXsports)
Crushing Second Screen: The Ultimate TV Companion (SXsports)
A Direct Distribution Odyssey-Indie Game:The Movie
The Future of Sports Can Be Found in the Data (SXsports)
The Golden Age of Drama on TV
Heads Up: Concussions in Sports (SXsports)
Innovation in Big-Time College Football (SXsports)
MCNs: The Next-Generation Media Companies (Convergence Day)
Multiplatform Strategies for Making Good Happen
NASCAR, NBA, MLS: Storytelling to Build Affinity (SXsports)
NHL Revealed: A Season Like No Other (SXsports)
Paid to Play: The Future of College Athletics (SXsports)
The Reel Score: Storytelling Through Sports (SXsports)
Search Is Dead: The Secret Sauce Behind Discovery
Stand Up to Content Bullies, Know Your Copy Rights (Convergence Day)
Trust-Based Campaigns: A Brand Ambassador w/ PTSD (Convergence Day)
TV or Not TV? Defining Networks in the Digital Age
What’s New in Fantasy Sports (SXsports)
User-Generated Content: Who Owns What? (Convergence Day)

Maximilian Room
Baller Status: Sports Brands’ Impact on Culture (SXsports)
Connected TVs & the Future of Sports Entertainment (SXsports)
Create Your Own Media Brand Through Collaboration
Cutting Through the Noise: How Big Ideas Emerge
Disruption of TV and the Future of "Online" Video (Convergence Day)
Drones in Sports: The Sky’s the Limit (SXsports)
Freediving – The Tanya Streeter Experience (SXsports)
How Future Star Athletes Are Being Discovered (SXsports)
How Spartacus Dominated the Facebook Arena (Convergence Day)
Notre Dame & Spotify: Our Playlist, Our Story (SXsports)
On YouTube, on TNT, in theaters: all together now! (Convergence Day)
Platforms vs. Publishers: A Big New Theory
The Printed Athlete: Sports Embraces 3D Printing (SXsports)
Social on the Field: Sports Stars & Social Goals (SXsports)
Sports Betting in the Mainstream Media (SXsports)
Stop Pricing Tickets Like It’s 1999 (SXsports)
A Texas Filibuster: How Streaming Politics Beat TV
We All Copy Stuff. But How Close Is Too Close? (Convergence

Jim Hogg Parlor
Brands Can Champion the Power of Sport (SXsports)
Sports Don’t Look the Same Anymore (SXsports)
Sports Matter: The Need to Support Youth Sports (SXsports)
Talking the Talk: Sports Lingo in Pop Culture (SXsports)
Where Are the Fans? What Happened to Traditions? (SXsports)
Can You Spread The Virus?
Make or Buy? Is In-House Video Right for You?
McLuhan and the 5 Ps of Video. Huh?
TV Storytelling Adapted for Twitter

CONVERGENCE DAY // Tuesday, 3/11
Open to ALL SXSW badges
Level 4 of the Austin Convention Center + above noted “Convergence
Day” sessions in Ballroom D, 18ABCD & the Driskill Hotel

Room 9ABC
All About Hidden Camera & Investigative Reporting
What Filmmakers Can Learn From the Music Industry

Room 11AB
Mentors: Artist Development
Mentors: Press & Bloggers
Mentors: Producers/Production 1
Mentors: Producers/Production 2

Room 13AB
Creative Sound Design for Web Content
Navigating Partnerships: Film and Advocacy
Smart Glasses: The Future of Wearables & Content

Room 15
Can Digital Game Publishing Show Us The Way?
How NOT To Produce Movies
Working Remotely – Making Films Across States

Room 16AB
In the Lion’s Den with Schwartzman, Adebimpe, and Byington

Room 17B
Coogler & Vogt-Roberts process WTF just happened
Meet the Insiders: David Wingo & Graham Reynolds
Meet the Insiders: Julie Fallin & Rebecca Sosa
Meet the Insiders: Tim League & Hadrian Belove



May the Best Man Win
Director: Andrew O’Connor, Screenwriters: Matthew Robinson, Lee Hupfield, Andrew O’Connor
Two pranksters compete against each other in a series of increasingly outrageous stunts to win the affections of the girl they’ve both fallen for.Cast: Whit Thomas, Drew Tarver, Rosa Salazar (World Premiere)

Directors: Anlo Sepulveda & Paul Collins
A river’s dreams and memories told from the perspective of the water that runs through it – a visual journey from prehistoric times to the modern era along what is now known as the San Marcos River. (World Premiere)


Big in Japan
Director/Screenwriter: John Jeffcoat
Big in Japan is a comedic rock-and-roll road movie about struggling Seattle rock band, Tennis Pro, who decide to sell their tour-van and head to Tokyo for one last shot at acceptance. Cast: David Drury, Philip A Peterson, Sean Lowry, Alex Vincent, Adam Powers
(World Premiere)

For Those About to Rock. The story of Rodrigo y Gabriela
Director: Alejandro Franco Fernández
The amazing and inspiring journey of Mexican guitarists ‘Rodrigo y Gabriela’ who at a very young age decided to do only what they loved the most: music. (World Premiere)
*Title Change: Previously announced as Sheffield:
Sex City
, the Florian Habicht documentary is now entitled PULP


Last Hijack
Directors: Tommy Pallotta & Femke Wolting
A true tale of survival in Somalia told from the pirate’s perspective. Combining animation with documentary storytelling.


What We Do In the Shadows
Directors/Screenwriters: Taika Waititi & Jermaine Clement
From Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement who shared writing, directing and acting duties- What We Do In the Shadows is a hilarious comedy chock full of one-liners that showcases whether you’re immortal or human-life is better with friends. Cast: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Rhys Darby, Jonathan Brugh, Cori


The Doug Benson Movie Interruption
Comedian Doug Benson and a few funny friends take over the theater’s front row, providing a live comedy soundtrack to the classic film onscreen.

Hannibal Buress Live From Chicago
Director: Marcus Raboy
Hannibal Buress’ newest stand-up hour, Live From Chicago, is premiering at SXSW before it’s on Comedy Central, March 29th! (World Premiere)

As always, to take full advantage of the full range of sessions at SXSW Film, you must register for a Film, Gold or Platinum badge at Join us March 7-15, 2014 for unparalleled access to these energetic panels, exceptional films, exciting parties, the SXSW Trade Show and, of course, a creative and inspirational experience that only SXSW can deliver.  Be sure to register soon, and gain access to conveniently located hotels.

SXSW 2014 is sponsored by Miller Lite, Monster Energy, Esurance, Chevrolet, AT&T, IFC, Subway and The Austin Chronicle.

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