The South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival confirms today that indie multi-hyphenate Mark Duplass will be one of its four daily Keynote speakers. More announcements about SXSW Conversations, panels, and workshops also arrive. SXSW runs in Austin, Texas from March 13 to 21, 2015.
Duplass, alongside brother and co-director Jay, exploded onto the indie scene in 2005 with their made-on-a-dime dramedy “The Puffy Chair.” They’ve since directed more mainstream-skewing films like “Cyrus” and “Jeff, Who Lives at Home.” Their upcoming HBO series “Togetherness,” co-starring Mark Duplass, hits in 2015. Mark Duplass now pops up on FOX’s “The Mind Project” and is a series regular on FX hit comedy “The League.” As we learned in our recent Q&A discussing his starring/producing vehicle “The One I Love,” Duplass is more than ready to address the shifting indie filmmaking paradigm.
Golden Globe-nominated director Shekhar Kapur (1998’s “Elizabeth”) will partake in a SXSW Conversation on his roles in Bollywood and Hollywood cinema, as well as Indian-led climate change efforts. In 2006, he co-founded Virgin Comics — now reshuffled as Liquid Comics — as a venue for turning Indian and Hindu myths into pop culture icons.
Announced last week, the first round of 2015 SXSW Convergence Programming released included over 60 sessions, among them, notables Cam Newton, Brian Grazer, Russell Brand, Rich Eisen, Megan Rapinoe, James Frey and more. More announcements, including talks with Morgan Spurlock, Skywalker Sound, Pixar, the Screen Actors Guild, Vimeo, The Orchard and many more, over at SXSW here.