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iW NEWS | SXSW Sets Haynes, Linklater For 2009 Events

iW NEWS | SXSW Sets Haynes, Linklater For 2009 Events

The South by Southwest Film Conference & Festival (SXSW) has announced the first round of confirmed speakers for the 2009 event. The event will feature Todd Haynes and Richard Linklater in conversation together, as well as a rare appearance by Col Needham, Founder and Vice President of IMDb Service Limited to discuss the nature of information in the entertainment industry. Longtime Stanley Kubrick producer Jan Harlan will also speak regarding his filmmaking experience. “I couldn’t be more pleased with this first round of speaker announcements, “said Janet Pierson, Producer of SXSW, in a statement. “These are vital innovators, and true ambassadors for the spirit of SXSW. In these turbulent times we feel this is more important than ever as we head further and faster into unknown territory.” The festival runs March 13-21, 2009, in Austin, Texas. [Peter Knegt]

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