I’ve been away from the blog, primarily because there was just so much going on with the festival, it was hard to find a minute to come up for air.
But, now the fest has ended, and I can breathe all I want… It’s safe to say that this year seems to have been a success, a nice leap forward from years past… what more can you ask for? To summarize and finalize the blog perspective on my end of SXSW 2005, here’s what blogs do best… a list:
10 Random Things I’ll Never Forget About SXSW 2005:
1. Getting a chance to hang out with and see so many friends from the international film business. It was so cool to have regulars like Ron Mann or Alison Bourke or Jeff Dowd showing the ropes to SXSW virgins like Ryan Werner, Anne Hubbell, Steven Beer, Diana Holtzberg, Brian Brooks, Mystelle Brabee, and tons more.
2. Elijah Wood DJing his Hooligans after-party… who would have thought we’d ever see that!?!?
3. The “Making Fun of Filmmaking” panel, featuring Sarah Silverman, Thomas Haden Church, Patton Oswalt, and more. It’s nice when you program something and it turns out to be as fun, informative, and hilarious as you’d hoped.
4. Lyle Lovett popping in to the Be Here To Love Me party to play a few tunes, and then a big finale with Jimmie Dale Gilmore and company.
5. Watching Murderball subject Mark Zupan go from Austin resident to local celebrity overnight.
6. The Wilson brothers wanted to walk to their premiere from the hotel to the theater. This is like a mile and several blocks long, during Friday night traffic!
7. Witnessing our Bob Odenkirk festival trailers become something like the Rocky Horror Picture Show in terms of audience enthusiasm and interaction, by the end of the week.
8. Chilean filmmaker Nicolas Lopez had his dreams come true with the U.S. Premiere of Promedio Rojo. Not only did he win a champion in hero Harry Knowles, but he spent his birthday at the Austin office of another hero, Robert Rodriguez.
9. For some reason, Garry Shandling was at the Diamond Smugglers gig on the last night of the festival… anyone know why?
10. The Comedians of Comedy party hosted by Netflix. Great people, great DJ, great food, new friends. It was very nice.
…more to come as I think of them… my brain is just now beginning to function properly.