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SXSW Announces Over 80 Film Conference Panels

The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival has announced over 80 Film Conference panels to take place at the festival, which runs March 12-March 20, 2010 in Austin, Texas. A sampling of key panels follows below, as well as the complete panel breakdown, by date and title. For full panel descriptions (provided by the festival) and participants, visit the festival's website.

A Conversation with Michel Gondry
The stratospheric rise of Academy Award-winning visionary Michel Gondry is one of the great success stories of modern film. Working with fellow travelers like Spike Jonze, Charlie Kaufman and Bjork, Gondry has made his mark on the film landscape with iconic work like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Science of Sleep. Come and enjoy what promises to be a fascinating discussion as Gondry discusses his latest, highly personal and emotionally raw documentary A Thorn in the Heart with TCM's Elvis Mitchell.

Directing the Dead: Genre Directors Spill Their Guts
How does modern horror take gore beyond the purely grisly to the level of grand guignol art and imagination? How does bone-cracking violence and flesh-rending horror contribute to the hallowed pantheon of art and cinema? Join five of the most striking genre filmmakers in modern movies as they lock horns over the all-important issues of blood, guts and gratuitous gore. Featuring Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland), Matt Reeves (Let Me In) Eli Roth (Hostel), Quentin Tarantino (Inglorious Basterds), Ti West (House of the Devil), moderated by Scott Weinberg (Cinematical)

Filmmakers in TV: A Case Study
Carving a niche in the world of film is tough enough, and achieving the same feat on the small screen is no easier. Successfully mastering both is in yet another league, but somehow the creators of HBO's Eastbound & Down are pulling it off with style. Find out how Danny McBride (Your Highness), and filmmakers David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express) and Jody Hill (Observe and Report) made it look easy in this illuminating, entertaining glimpse at the art of combining technical skill, sharp comedy writing and moving from the packed auditorium to the living room couch.

Creating a Graphic Novel Hollywood Will Buy
Graphic novels are red hot in Hollywood now. With its combination of words and visuals in one attractive package, a comic book can be a great sales tool when pitching your project to studios. Ean Mering (Pomegranate) talks to David Wohl (Radical Publishing), Martin Shapiro (Night Owl Productions), Matt Hawkins (Top Cow) and Ted Adams (IDW Publishing) will explain how to create a graphic novel that will attract the attention of movie producers.

Previously announced participants for the 2010 SXSW Film Conference include Jeffery Tambor's Acting Workshop, a Kick-Ass Conversation panel with director Matthew Vaughn, actors Aaron Johnson, Chole Grace Moretz and Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and comic writers Mark Millar and John S. Romita, Academy Award-winning Argentine composer, solo artist and producer Gustavo Santaolalla in Conversation with BMI's Doreen Ringer Ross, and Cult comics legend Gilbert Shelton in Conversation with Harry Knowles

Complete Panel Lineup (with moderators in parenthesis)

Friday, March 12
Black Blogging Rockstars (J. Smith, mrjsmith)
Cooking for Geeks: Science, Hacks, & Good Food (Jeff Potter, Cooking for Geeks)
How Sci-Fi Shaped the Internet (Adria Richards, butyouareagirl.com)
How to Rawk SXSW Film (Agnes Varnum, Austin Film Society)

Saturday, March 13
A Conversation with Kick-Ass
Beyond Advertising: Can Online Video Finally Pay? (Robert Millis, Will Coghlan, Dynamo Player)
Blow Something Up!: Live Action Special Effects (Steve Wolf, Special FX International)
Directing the Dead: Genre Directors Spill Their Guts (Scott Weinberg, Cinematical/FEARnet)
Distribution Deals: Caveat Seller (Deena Kalai, Deena Kalai PLLC)
DocLab @ SXSW (Caspar Sonnen, IDFA)
The Kids Are Alright
Filmmakers in TV: A Case Study
From Screening Room to Living Room (Heather Courtney, Quincy Hill Films)
How to Create a Viral Video (Jason Wishnow, TED)
Mentors: Programmers
Mentors: Distribution
Mentors: Producers
Mentors: Publicity
Nobody Wants to Watch Your Film: Realities of Online Film Distribution (Efe Cakarel, The Auteurs)
Power Shift: Who Stands Between Creator and Audience (Liesl Copland, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment)
Remix Goes Mainstream: Making Mashups Pay (Patricia Aufderheide, Center for Social Media American University)
Ripping Reality - Creativity and the New Documentary (Sean Farnel, Hot Docs)
The Insider's Guide to Independent Film Packaging in a Troubled Economy (Gregory Slewett, Bloom Hergott et al)
The Power of Super 8 Film (Philip Vigeant, Pro8mm)

Sunday, March 14
A Conversation with Michel Gondry (Elvis Mitchell, TCM)
Cinematic Titles: A Case Study (David Tecson, Edgeworx)
Editing Fiction, Non-Fiction and Everything In-Between
Fans, Friends & Followers: Creating Your Own Cult (of the Non-Apocalyptic Variety) (Scott Kirsner, CinemaTech)
FIVE FATAL F*CKUPS: The biggest legal mistakes every indie producer makes (Stephen Monas, Business Affairs Inc)
How to Cast Your Indie or New Media Production using the latest in Online Tools (William Marshall, SAG)
Hyperbole In Film Criticism & Analysis (Erik Childress, WGN Radio Chicago/eFilmCritic.com)
Jeffrey Tambor's Acting Workshop
Mentors: Filmmakers
Mentors: Filmmakers
Mentors: Legal/Clearance
Mentors: Press & Bloggers
Offering Your Content in 100 Languages (June Cohen, TED Conferences)
Reel To Reality: How Good Film Does Good (David J Neff, Lights.Camera.Help.)
Sound Decisions: A Reality Check on Using Music in Film (Doreen Ringer-Ross, BMI)
The Main Event: Finding an Audience for Your Film (Laure Parsons, X + X films)
What's Open Video and Why Does It Matter? (Elizabeth Stark, Open Video Alliance / Yale University)
Writing a Successful Screenplay: Considering the Source

Monday, March 15
3D Stereoscopic Production Tools, Production and Post
A Conversation with Gilbert Shelton (Harry Jay Knowles, Ain't It Cool News)
Anatomy of a Release; From Conception Through Exhibition (Todd Sklar, Range Life Entertainment)
Cash Flow Workflow: Funding Docs From Start to Finish (Cara Mertes, Sundance Institute Documentary Program)
Cinematography for Improvised Films: Lighting the Unknown (Paul Harrill, Self-Reliant Film)
Creating a Graphic Novel Hollywood Will Buy (Ean Mering, Pomegranate)
Direct a Great Film by Storyboarding with Stick Figures (Mark Bristol, Id Software)
Don't Get Sued! A Guide For Content Creators (Robert Strent, Grubman, Indursky & Shire, PC)
Finding the Money: NEH and ITVS (Michael Shirley, National Endowment for the Humanities)
First Impressions: The Art of Main Title Design (Karin Fong, Imaginary Forces)
Floating Heads are Dead - Why Traditional Posters Suck (Tiffany Pritchard, AllCity Media)
Getting to Know the Guilds
How to Avoid "Fixing it in the Mix" (James LeBrecht, Berkeley Sound Artists)
Making Content Relevant To Me, Here And Now (Liz Gannes, GigaOM)
Mentor: Programmers
Mentors: Distribution
Mentors: Managers/Agents
Mentors: Producers
Sound Unbound (DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid)
Sustainable Filmmaking Workshop (Larry Engel, American University)
Visual FX for Indies: Big Impact, Small Budgets (R Zane Rutledge, zanefilms+fx)

Tuesday, March 16
3DIY
A Conversation with Gustavo Santaolalla (Doreen Ringer-Ross, BMI)
A Conversation with MacGruber
Artists, Labels Embrace Virtual Worlds (Lee Clancy, IMVU, Inc.)
Festival Strategies for Independent Film (Jane Schoettle, Toronto International Film Festival)
Filmmaker War Stories
Financing Media Productions in the New World of Distribution (CLE) (Daniel Satorius, Lommen Abdo Law Firm)
How to Maximize the Value in your Media Assets (Steve Engel
Making Sure The World Doesn't Suck: How Independent Content Can Save The Media (Evan Shapiro, IFC TV/Sundance Channel)
Mentors: Writers
Music Licensing for Emerging Media: Apps, Widgets, Viral Videos (Joel Johnson, Gizmodo)
Remixing for the Masses (Paul Lamere, The Echo Nest)
Short Film Secrets: Festivals, Distribution, & Getting More Work (Christopher Holland, Short Film Secrets)
The Two Taqwacores
Does Your HD ‘Baby’ Have its “Pants on the Ground?” (Mike DesRoches, SONY)
Texas Filmmaker Production Fund Workshop (Bryan Poyser, Austin Film Society)

indieWIRE will be on the scene for the 2010 South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival. The festival's feature film lineup had been announced last week, and includes festival opener "Kick-Ass," directed by Matthew Vaughn and starring Aaron Johnson, Chole Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Nicolas Cage.

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