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SXSW Adds Lonelygirl15 Creators, Linklater, and More to 2007 Panels

SXSW Adds Lonelygirl15 Creators, Linklater, and More to 2007 Panels

From a new press release:

Austin, TX – November 6th, 2006 – The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference & Festival is happy to announce additional panels and guest speakers for the 2007 edition of the event, March 9-17, in Austin, TX. Among the highlights announced, is the first public festival appearance from the three creators of the popular “Lonelygirl15” online short video phenomenon. Created by three Los Angeles-based artists, “Lonelygirl15” was an instant success around the world, and recently made waves in the media when it was revealed to be a work of fiction. The three creators – Miles Beckett, Mesh Flinders, and Greg Goodfried – will attend SXSW for a “Lonelygirl15 Case Study” on March 11, 2007.

“‘Lonelygirl15’ already has, and will continue to change the way we look at online video and filmmaking. The ‘Lonelygirl15’ creators are an exciting example of old-fashioned filmmaking ingenuity combined with new media technology,” says SXSW Festival Producer Matt Dentler. “We’re just as eager as our attendees to hear the story of how they did what they did and what it has produced for their filmmaking futures.”

The “Lonelygirl15 Case Study” will be one of many new media sessions at SXSW 2007. Others include: “The Pros and Cons of Mobile Video,” “New Media Goes to the Movies,” “Building an Online Fan Base,” and much more. These sessions will be joint panels with the SXSW Interactive Conference.

In addition, SXSW has announced “A Conversation with Richard Linklater,” in which the Oscar-nominated filmmaker will discuss his past, present, and future as one of the world’s leading independent writer/directors. Linklater has two films in theaters this year, the acclaimed A Scanner Darkly and the upcoming release Fast Food Nation. He will be interviewed by John Pierson of Grainy Pictures, who helped shepherd Linklater’s first feature, Slacker, to international acclaim.

Other SXSW Film Panels updates include:

– Karina Longworth (Netscape) will moderate Eamonn Bowles (Magnolia Pictures), Jim Miller (Brave New Foundation) and Chris Hyams (Bside Entertainment) for a session called “Which Niche is Which?: Finding the Target Audience, scheduled for March 10, 2007.

– Harry Knowles of Ain’t It Cool News, will moderate a session entitled “Panel of the Dead: Horror Films of Today,” in which horror filmmakers and members of the industry will chat about current and upcoming trends in the ever-successful genre. This panel will take place on March 11, 2007.

SXSW 2007 Film Panels occur in the Austin Convention Center from March 10 to March 13, and are open to all SXSW Film, Gold, and Platinum registrants. To register for a badge, attendees should access the festival’s official Web site, for more information.

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