SXSW Hits Austin: Film & Music at Tons of Venues!
SXSW – aka SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST the eponymous music and film & media extravganza for those who love film, music and media technologies. Cranking up on March 12 and going black on March 16, it’s bound to be a happening hotspot on the media map for every sort of genre.
There are a couple events occuring before those dates and I am spotlighting a few faves in the music and film mix to make sure you partake if at all possible.
SXSW is essentially three distinct things:
The SXSW INTERACTIVE FESTIVAL celebrates the creativity and passion behind the coolest new media technologies.
The SXSW FILM CONFERENCE AND FESTIVAL has gained international acclaim for the quality of its programming with a special focus on emerging talents who benefit from having their films in the company of the cinematic greats whose work is regularly presented.
HOT FILM ALERT!! Beautiful Losers !!!
For over a decade, outsider sub-cultures have influenced the mainstream. Now, a feature documentary finally explores that creative ethos driving youth culture and popular art today. First a traveling museum exhibition and book, Beautiful Losers, is now an unique documentary celebrating the independent and D.I.Y. spirit that unified a loose-knit group of American artists who emerged from the underground worlds of skateboarding, graffiti, punk and hip hop.
Directed by Aaron Rose and co-directed by Joshua Leonard, Beautiful Losers speaks to the collective memory of the 1990’s and sheds new light on those unbeknownst to mainstream America. The world premiere of Beautiful Losers will screen on March 9, 2008 at the Paramount Theatre at 1:15pm at SXSW.
Produced by Sidetrack Films, Beautiful Losers is an intimate and moving assessment of underappreciated yet wildly influential outcasts such as Shepard Fairey, Margaret Kilgallen, Mike Mills, Barry McGee, Jo Jackson, Chris Johanson, Harmony Korine, Stephen Powers, Geoff McFetridge, Thomas Campbell and Ed Templeton. Informed by their individual experiences and the generation’s “Do It Yourself” culture, these artists left an indelible mark on the worlds of fashion, music, literature, film and ironically, sports. The story of Beautiful Losers is a retrospective celebration of their contribution to artistic independence.
“The real magic lies not only in the fact that we were acknowledged, but that really, none of us were ever supposed to get there, said Aaron Rose. “This is art created by a group of individuals who, in the eyes of society, were considered outcasts. When we started making our work it was never even an option to think of having a career.”
Beautiful Losers will also show at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema on March 14th at 4:00pm. Get the deets at www.beautifullosers.com
Ok.. saved the best for last!!
The SXSW MUSIC AND MEDIA CONFERENCE showcases hundreds of musical acts from around the globe on over fifty stages in downtown Austin.
Some of the favorite “indie” and “alt” artists are heading to Austin including:
The Hotel Cafe Tour
March, 13, The Parish (SxSW) 214 East 6th Street,
featuring Sara Bareilles, Ingrid Michaelson, Cary Brothers, Meiko, Joshua Radin, Jim Bianco, Rocco Deluca, Priscilla Ahn, Jessie Baylin, Kate Havnevik, Greg Laswell & Buddy . Check the myspace site for show details
Habana Annex (708 E 6th St) (21+) Wed March 12
The Lifters 8:00 p.m. Austin TX Rock
Phantom Limb 9:00 p.m. Bristol UK Alt Country
Band of Thieves 10:00 p.m. New York NY Rock
Wholefoods 525 N Lamar BLVD
3/14–Friday Wholefoods Australian Showcase 12:00 PM
Iron Cactus— 6th & Trinity
3/15 Saturday SxSW Bluhammock Brunch 12:00 PM
Soho Lounge –217 E 6th St
3/15 Saturday SxSW MPress Records Party 12:00 PM
Spiro’s Thursday, 3-13-08 8:00 pm
Sponsored by Urban Outfitters, this collection of eventsw
From Concord Records— the amazing label that is home to so many different genres that you will find something for every music lover.
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