SXSW Unveils Slate of Panels for 2004 Film Conference
by Eugene Hernandez
Organizers of the annual South by Southwest Film Conference have announced the lineup of panels and panelists for the four-day series of seminars, which will run March 13-16 at the Austin Convention Center. The fifty panel programs will include a range of topics.
Industry sessions will welcome a number of notables from the film business. On the morning of Saturday, March 13th Sony Classics' Michael Barker, Newmarket's Bob Berney, Cinetic's Micah Green, Film Movement's Larry Meistrich, producer and author John Pierson, and former UA president Bingham Ray will survey the state of the independent film business.
Paul Stekler will moderate a discussion about politics in film with doc filmmaker Ron Mann ("Go Further"), Zack Exley from MoveOn.org and "Bush in 30 Seconds," Udy Epstein of Seventh Art Releasing, Ed Helms from "The Daily Show with John Stewart," political columnist Molly Ivins, and Harry Thomason, director of "The Hunting of the President."
Todd Wagner, a partner in 2929 Entertainment, which recently acquired Landmark Theaters and Magnolia Pictures, will offer insight about his plans for the company during a conversation on Tuesday the 16th. Just added is a special one-on-one on stage interview between filmmakers Jim Jarmusch and Richard Linklater for the same day. Other participants in the solo conversations will include directors Gary Ross and John Landis.
"The panels at the SXSW Film Festival are amazing," said Festival Producer Matt Dentler in a prepared statement. "It's not every day that you find so many leaders of the independent film business together, chatting about the industry. We're honored that they've let SXSW host these discussions."
Other sessions will include a look at adapting work from script to screen, with participants Marc and Marla Halperin from Magic Lamp Releasing, producer Beau Flynn and more, a BMI music panel with director George Hickenlooper and music supervisor Tracy McKnight among others, a discussion on the state of film exhibition, a look at cable and video distribution, a case study of the documentary "DIG!," and an exploration of queer independent cinema with Mocha Jean Herrup ("A Few Good Dykes"), Richard Day ("Girls Will Be Girls"), Scott Dinger from the Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival and others.
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[Eugene Hernandez will be in Austin next month to cover SXSW 2004.]