There is plenty of press about the festival itself, so instead of reporting, I may as well share what my most memorable moments were… from the POV of a Festival Producer:
20. The impromptu Louisiana Jazz parade that marched its way through Congress Ave. on Saturday afternoon.
19. Andy Dick. Filmmaker, actor, musician, etc… At SXSW, he was a charming ball of unpredictable behavior. The premiere of his film, Danny Roane, turned away crowds of hundreds. It was almost as if they knew about the Q&A that would follow. Defamer has this report.
18. The Refugee All Stars band came all the way from Sierra Leone for a trio of events scheduled around SXSW, including a screening of the popular documentary named after them. But what was almost as memorable as their film’s outstanding reception was their sudden acoustic performance in the foyer of the Austin Convention Center. People couldn’t help but stop, watch, and applaud.
17. Terrence Malick deciding to pop in for a few minutes of the Beastie Boys documentary, Awesome: I Fuckin’ Shot That.
16. The Air Guitar Nation party at Velvet Spade.
15. The team from The Lost bought everyone in their Alamo Drafthouse world premiere audience a bucket of beer, chips/salsa, and chicken wings. Well done.
14. Watching Giant Drag nail a punk-rock wave of fuzz on a cover of Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game.”
13. The Beastie Boys’ surprise show at Stubb’s, fulfilling the biggest-band-to-smallest-venue ratio rather well.
12. When audiences decided to play along with our festival trailer, by shouting-in-unison, “Shut the Hell Up!” (you’d have to see the trailer to understand)
11. Full-blown Darkon role-playing battles taking place outside the Austin Convention Center.
10. Local roller derby girls skating around downtown, passing out postcards for the documentary Jam.
9. Judah Friedlander.
8. Art Brut’s show @ the Parish.
7. Spotting Michael Eisner (yes, Michael Eisner) sitting front and center for one of the SXSW Interactive panels.
6. David Cross arriving late for his Studio SX interview, and plotting the best entrance possible.
5. The wonderful and talented SXSW Film Venue staff: theater managers, projectionists, panels volunteers, tech crew, everyone!
4. Jeffrey Ross.
3. Sleater-Kinney at the Film Conference Closing Party.
2. The informal, last-minute filmmaker meet-and-greet the night before the festival started, at Fado.
1. The SXSW 2006 filmmakers.