For those living in Austin, a recent press release about our local television series:
Austin, TX – September 26th – The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival is happy to announce the third season premiere of its Austin PBS television series, “SXSW Presents.” The 12-episode season is scheduled to debut October 3, 2006, on Austin’s KLRU-TV (cable channel 9, broadcast channel 18).
The show was created in 2004 as a way to share festival-circuit gems with television audiences. It is produced by SXSW in conjunction with Austin-based company, Beef & Pie Productions. The goal of “SXSW Presents” has been to offer a film festival experience in living rooms around Austin. The third season debut will feature the television premiere of Robert Brinkmann’s film, “Stephen Tobolowsky’s Birthday Party.” The film is a performance-based documentary that follows an evening of storytelling hosted by legendary character actor (and Texas native), Stephen Tobolowsky.
“’Stephen Tobolowksy’s Birthday Party’ is a great way to kick-off this third season of the show,” says SXSW Film Festival Producer, and “SXSW Presents” host, Matt Dentler. “It’s the kind of film that deserves a larger following, and should find an easy one, in the comfort of our audiences’ living rooms.”
The third season of “SXSW Presents” will differ from previous years in two major ways: 1. The show will now air weekly on Tuesdays at 9 p.m., and 2. Each episode will include a taped discussion with local film experts as they chat about the films selected. The line-up of “SXSW Presents” panelists include: Marjorie Baumgarten (film writer, The Austin Chronicle), Marc English (owner, Marc English Design), Kier-la Janisse (programmer, Fantastic Fest and Alamo Drafthouse), Jette Kernion (reporter, Cinematical), Liz Lambert (owner, Hotel San Jose), Lars Nilsen (programmer, Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas), Janet Pierson (co-president, Grainy Pictures), Bryan Poyser (director, “Dear Pillow”), Paul Stekler (director, “Last Man Standing”), and many more.
Upcoming titles for the third season include the documentaries: “Last Days of the San Jose,” “Viva Les Amis,” “Dreams of Sparrows,” “24 Hours on Craigslist,” “State vs. Reed,” “Witches in Exile,” “Light from the East,” “BBQ: A Texas Love Story,” “Pedal,” and several shorts that screened during the last few years of SXSW. The 2007 SXSW Film Festival takes place March 9-17, in Austin, TX.