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SXSW Reveals Christine Vachon as Keynote, More Films Announced

SXSW Reveals Christine Vachon as Keynote, More Films Announced

The South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival has revealed its fourth keynote speaker, producer Christine Vachon, as well as the complex conference lineup for this year’s fest, including Conversations with Ryan Gosling, Sally Field, Amy Schumer, Jeff Nichols & Michael Shannon, Henry Rollins and more Convergence sessions. From the release:
Christine Vachon Keynote
Christine Vachon is an Independent Spirit Award and Gotham Award winner who founded indie powerhouse Killer Films with partner Pamela Koffler in 1995. Over the past twenty years, the two have produced some of the most celebrated American indie features including “Boys Don’t Cry” (Academy Award Winner), “Far From Heaven” (nominated for 4 Academy Awards), “One Hour Photo,” “I’m Not There,” “Hedwig And The Angry Inch,” “Happiness,” “Velvet Goldmine” and “Safe.” In television, Vachon executive produced “Mildred Pierce” for HBO (winner of 5 Emmys and a Golden Globe). Her most recent work includes Nasty Baby (Sundance 2015) and current Oscar-nominee “Still Alice.” 
Additional Featured Sessions announced for the 2015 SXSW Film Conference include:
A Conversation with Ryan Gosling
Join Ryan Gosling in discussion with Guillermo del Toro as he prepares for the release of his most recent project, “Lost River.” In a candid conversation, Gosling will discuss the transition from actor to filmmaker, the road to discovering his own unique style that is depicted onscreen, and the genesis of “Lost River,” a dark fairy tale set in a dying town.
A Conversation with Sally Field
Two-time Academy Award winner Sally Field will participate in a conversation about her extraordinary career spanning over 50 years. Through pivotal roles in films such as Norma Rae, Places in the Heart, “Steel Magnolias,” “Mrs. Doubtfire,” “Lincoln” and “Hello, My Name Is Doris” (world premiering at SXSW), Field has proven to be a force in the industry. The discussion will cover choice in roles and how she continues to find projects that inspire her.
A Conversation with Amy Schumer
Join writer/actress/producer Amy Schumer in a candid conversation with Entertainment Weekly’s Danielle Nussbaum. From her early days on the road as a stand-up to her transition from the stage to television as the creator of the Emmy-nominated Inside Amy Schumer—and fresh off a SXSW screening of her new film, “Trainwreck” — Amy will talk about working with Judd Apatow to bring her story to the screen.
A Conversation with Jeff Nichols and Michael Shannon
Writer/director Jeff Nichols and actor Michael Shannon discuss their successful creative partnership, beginning with “Shotgun Stories,” winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Austin and Seattle Film Festivals, and the International Jury Prize at the 2007 Viennale.  The pair have since collaborated on “Take Shelter” and “Mud.” “Take Shelter” won the Critics Week Grand Prize and the SACD Award for Best Feature at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and also earned Nichols the Austin Film Award and Shannon the Best Actor Award from the Austin Film Critics Association. “Mud” was the recipient of the Film Independent Robert Altman Spirit Award and was one of the highest grossing independent films of 2013.
A Conversation with Henry Rollins
Henry Rollins has been involved in music, radio, voice-over, film, scripted television, documentary, spoken word and print journalism for over three decades. He’s traveled to nearly 90 countries including, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Iran. He’s written and published over 25 books through his own publishing company, 2.13.61 Publications that he started in 1983. In his Conversation, he will talk about his work including his starring role in the film, He Never Died, a SXSW World Premiere. 

ADDITIONAL FILMS
NARRATIVE SPOTLIGHT
“Moonwalkers” (France)
Director: Antoine Bardou-Jacquet, Screenwriter: Dean Craig
From Michel Gondry’s acclaimed producer comes a hilarious, high-concept action comedy, directed by the ad world’s boy genius Antoine Bardou-Jacquet (holder of the Guinness World Record for “Most Awarded Commercial”). Cast: Ron Perlman, Rupert Grint, Robert Sheehan (World Premiere)
SXGLOBAL
“Kings of Nowhere” (Mexico)
Director/Screenwriter: Betzabé García
Three families live in a village partially submerged by water in Northwestern Mexico. Despite their loneliness and fear, they refuse to leave. (North American Premiere)
SPECIAL EVENTS:
“Doug Loves Movies” 
Director: Doug Benson
Comedian Doug Benson (“Super High Me,” “Last Comic Standing”) invites his friends to sit down and discuss his first love: movies! (Live Podcast Recording)
“Human Highway” (Director’s Cut)
Directors: Dean Stockwell, Neil Young, Screenwriters: Neil Young, Jeanne Field, Dean Stockwell, Russ Tamblyn, James Beshears
The owner of a roadside diner, stuck in a town built around a nuclear power plant, plans to torch the place to collect insurance. However, an assortment of bizarre characters and weird events gets in his way. Cast: Neil Young, Russ Tamblyn, Dean Stockwell, Dennis Hopper, Charlotte Stewardt, Sally Kirkland, Geraldine Baron, Gerald V. Casale, Mark Mothersbaugh, Bob Casale
“NASA New Initiatives in Imagery for Public Use”
Presenting NASA initiatives in the film festival world; new technology and imagery opportunities in space; and new archives to open NASA imagery to the public for viewing, downloading and use.  
“Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation”
Director: Eric Zala, Screenwriter: Lawrence Kasdan
Heralded as the greatest fan film ever made, Raiders: The Adaptation is a shot-for-shot remake of the Indiana Jones adventure film Raiders of the Lost Ark made by teenagers in Mississippi in the 1980s. Cast: Chris Strompolos, Eric Zala, Angela Rodriguez, Allan Stenum, Kurt Zala
FILM CONFERENCE LINEUP BY DAY 
Friday, March 13
A Conversation with Ryan Gosling
Ain’t It Cool with Harry Knowles Session
An Insider’s Guide to SXSW
USA/Europe Co-Production and Funding Opportunities
Saturday, March 14
A Conversation with Jeff Nichols and Michael Shannon
A Guide to Live Action 360 VR Filmmaking
A Tribute to Kit Carson
Ava DuVernay Keynote
Deliverables Today
Every Artist Insured
The Future of Film Criticism: Diversify or Die
Future15s: Education
Future15s: Keeping The Dream Alive
Future15s: Social Media
Hacking Technology For Your Indie Film Release
Is This Normal? A Look at Success in Indie Film.
Meet the Insiders I
Meet the Insiders II
Meet the Insiders III
Mentors: Artist Support
Mentors: Funding
Mentors: Programming I
Production Designers Meet Up
Saturday, March 14 (cont’d)
Salem Season 2: Presented by WGN America
Secret is Out! Distributors Reveal Their Numbers
Studio Star Power – How Casting Really Works
Underage @ SXSW: No Parties? No Problem!
Sunday, March 15
10 Lessons From a Decade Behind the Scenes at Pixar
A Conversation with Sally Field
“Ex Machina”: Alex Garland & the Seductive Enigma of A.I.
The Film Score Workshop
Finding Big Power in the Small Moments
The Future of Viewing
Future15s: Animation
Future15s: Creators
Future15s: Hollywood Trends
“House of Cards” from Page to Screen 
International Filmmakers Meet Up
Latino Filmmaker Meet Up & Quick Pitch
Mark Duplass Keynote
Meet the Insiders IV
Meet the Insiders V
Meet the Insiders VI
Mentors: Distribution I
Mentors: Producers/Production 
Mentors: Sales and Acquisitions I
Mentors: Screenwriting
So You Want to Make a Midnight Movie
To Window Or Not To Window: Film Release Strategies
Monday, March 16 

A Conversation with Amy Schumer
A Conversation with Gina Prince-Bythewood
Always Talk to Strangers: Telling True Stories
Art of Amazing: 4K Film from Conception to Viewing
Black Filmmakers: Make/Distribute Global Content
Canon Spotlight: A Conversation on Creativity
Creating the Shows That We Like
DIY Theatrical Distribution for Independent Films
Film Finance and Distribution in 2015
For Those About to Lock: The Editing Workshop
How New Technology is Changing War Zone Filmmaking
Independent Directors on Working with Actors
Meet the Creative Game Changers
Meet the Insiders IX
Meet the Insiders VII
Meet the Insiders VIII
Mentors: Documentary Filmmakers
Mentors: International
Mentors: Narrative Filmmakers
Mentors: Publicity and Marketing II
Monday, March 16 (cont’d)
RZA Keynote
Sound Designing Authenticity in Documentary
Stronger Together: Film Fatales
Tuesday, March 17
Casting Meet Up
Christine Vachon Keynote
Doc Distribution: Get up to speed with PBS Indies
Intellectual Property in Film and Interactive Media 
Mentors: Agents and Managers
Mentors: Distribution II
Mentors: Programming II
Mentors: Sales and Acquisitions II
Other People’s Money: Investors and Crowdfunding 
Pro Bono Legal Services for Filmmakers
Shorts Filmmaker Meet Up
Something From Nothing – the No-Budget Way
What’s the Value of Your Digital Rights?

For more conference schedules, check the SXSW website.

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