The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival has revealed two additional Keynote speakers for the 2015 event. Filmmaker Ava DuVernay, who just became the first black woman to be nominated for a Best Director Golden Globe award for “Selma,” and music producer-rapper-screenwriter RZA will join previously announced Keynote speaker Mark Duplass.
“Ava DuVernay’s career evolution is fascinating,” said Head of SXSW Film Janet Pierson. “Her passion, fearlessness, and excellence are extraordinary.”
Pierson added: “RZA may seem like a somewhat out-of-the-box choice for a Film keynote given his prominence as a musician. What is inspiring is how his love of film has informed his entire career and creativity. We’re intrigued by his increasing work as a multi-hyphenated filmmaker, actor and curator.”
SXSW will take place from March 13-21 this year.