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SXSW 2008: Seeing the Light, Coming Up For Air

SXSW 2008: Seeing the Light, Coming Up For Air

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SXSW 2008 has come, conquered, and gone. The few remaining out-of-towners are boarding flights Monday night and Tuesday morning. It was an insane 10 days, probably one of our best festivals ever and also one of the most emotional and rewarding. Expect a few more retrospectives in the weeks to come, but for now, here are some cool SXSW coverage links to share with you:

Of course, we’ve got the number one spot on our site for video coverage from various film panels, screenings, and more.

Make sure to check out the IFC thunderstorm of interviews and video clips. They really impressed us this year with the weight of coverage provided.

Our family at The Austin Chronicle brought it hard this year with their extensive SXSW recaps and previews.

indieWIRE was on the scene at SXSW, complete with reviews, features, photos, and interviews.

Variety was in full force for both the film and music festivals, highlighted by fun interviews with the likes of Rosario Dawson, Josh Brolin, Harmony Korine, and much more.

Meanwhile, The Hollywood Reporter had their fair share of video interviews and news items.

I was blown away by just how comprehensive Cinematical covered the festival, with reviews and tons of great tips.

Andrew O’Hehir has done another terrific job covering SXSW for Salon, as he filed several reports on the films both big and small.

Steve Rose from The Guardian was in attendance for the first time this year, and he’s got a break-down of what he saw and experienced at SXSW.

Los Angeles Times writer Chris Lee dispatched two great articles: one about the festival’s role in the industry, and the other about the marijuana-minded thread of programming.

Over at the Filmmaker blog, both Scott Macaulay and Durier Ryan make some flattering notes about the programming they witnessed during SXSW.

Spike TV has some very cool interviews with SXSW filmmakers and actors, as well as coverage from some of the hedonistic party scenes.

Ain’t It Cool News has been showing us the love for over a decade now, and their SXSW 2008 coverage was among the best yet.

The IGN crew gives you a video taste of what went down during the first five days of this year’s festival.

The Spout team was everywhere during SXSW 2008. And, thankfully, they have recently summarized all of their reports/reviews/interviews/fun into one post.

AP’s Christy Lemire offers up the goods from her on-stage interview with actress/filmmaker Helen Hunt during SXSW.

Film Threat came to have fun and get the job done. And, you can get their nice wrap-up article here.

Austin360’s Austin Movies Blog was there to capture the sights, sounds, and cinema during the film festival.

It was an honor to be among one of the first festivals covered by the new indie film site Hammer To Nail. As promised, they did a fantastic job spotlighting some of the smaller films at the festival.

The Austinist didn’t miss a beat, and filed a plethora of locally-minded interviews, reviews, and more.

In their first-ever bevy of SXSW coverage, Peter and the /Film team leave no stone unturned.

As usual, the always-reliable GreenCine Daily offers up plenty of links as well as their own coverage both from main man David Hudson as well as the podcasting prodigy Aaron Hillis.

Speaking of Hillis, he also contributed a few entries about the festival on Glen Kenny’s Premiere blog.

For Twitch, Peter Martin shares his Top 6 picks from the two dozen features he saw at SXSW.

I know there’s much more coverage that I missed or forgot about, so please don’t hold it against me. Or, even better, feel free to share the links in the comments section. Thanks so much to all of the journalists who came out to cover SXSW 2008. We hope you had as much fun as we did!

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