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SXSW 2008: New Panels and a Schedule!

SXSW 2008: New Panels and a Schedule!

As we’ve launched the full panels pages and schedule for SXSW 2008, you can spend lots of time surfing through the schedule to figure out what you wanna attend during the Film Conference (March 8-11). Check out the full schedule, and here are a couple of new highlights:

Filmmakers On Demand
The video on-demand (VOD) distribution market is gaining momentum. From web downloads to set-top boxes and DVR purchases, it is becoming increasing viable delivery vehicle for filmmaker’s work and a new revenue stream for producers and studios. Find out where the on-demand market is headed as we talk to the leaders in the industry.
Chris Hyams – B-Side Entertainment / CEO/Founder (moderator)
Lizzie Nastro – IFC Films / Dir Acquisitions & Co-Productions
Kip McClanahan – ON Networks / Founder
Joe Swanberg – Hannah Takes the Stairs / Dir

Gossip
Britney leaks iPhone upgrade on Facebook. w00t. The distinction between Gossip and News has never been smaller. Or perhaps it never was, and Net-era culture is just revealing that. Do we have time for facts? Where does authority come from now? What prompts us to dish? How is business is being restructured around what prompts us to communicate person to person? Geek comedian and talk show host Heather Gold, her panel of savvies and you will go deep on what seems to be the surface (but OMG, just might be driving business): Gossip.
Heather Gold – Writer/Performer / Subvert.com (moderator)
Owen Thomas – Managing Editor / Valleywag
Alan Citron – GM / TMZ
Shaila Dewan – Natl Correspondent / New York Times
Evan Williams – Co-Founder / Twitter, Obvious

Documentary Makers & Their Subjects
The relationship between a documentary filmmaker and his/her subject, is crucial to the success of the project. They don’t always have to get along, but they should at least have a common goal in the outcome of the film. Or, should they? Long production and editing schedules, as well as the unflinching truth of the camera, sometimes make for great war stories. These filmmakers and these doc subjects, will open up about the process.
Erik Nelson – Dreams With Sharp Teeth / Director (moderator)
Steve James – At the Death House Door / Producer/Dir
Carroll Pickett – At the Death House Door / Subject
Negin Farsad – Nerdcore Rising / Dir/Exec Producer
MC Frontalot – Nerdcore Rising/ Subject

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