On October 3rd President Obama and SXSW are teaming up to host their first one-day festival, South by South Lawn, at the White House. News of the event was announced in early September, but now a handful of performers and attendees have been revealed.
The festival will include all three elements of the annual event held in Texas: Interactive, Film and Music; and feature panel discussions, short student films and live performances that “will bring together creators, innovators, and organizers who work day in and day out to improve the lives of their fellow Americans and people around the world.”
For the film section, Leonardo DiCaprio will have a “conversation” with Obama and climate scientist Dr. Katharine Hayhoe about the importance of protecting the planet for future generations. Following the conversation, the Oscar winner’s documentary “Before the Flood,” which features an original soundtrack from Nine Inch Nails vocalist Trent Reznor, will be screened.
The White House is also hosting a student film festival which will include special guests “Stranger Things” creators Matt and Ross Duffer, executive producers Dan Cohen and Shawn Levy, and Alfre Woodard. The “Stranger Things” kids Millie Bobby Brown, Caleb McLaughlin, Finn Wolfhard and Gaten Matarazzo will also make special appearances at the screenings.
The Lumineers, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings and DJ Beverly Bond will headline the music portion, with more acts to be announced in the following days. There will also be a virtual reality experience that places viewers in a tiny jail cell to make them “understand the psychological impacts of confinement.” The documentary “Miss Sharon Jones!” from two-time Academy Award-winning director Barbara Kopple is an Oscar contender for Best Documentary.
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