SXSW Film Keynotes

For the first time at SXSW Film, 2014 featured daily Keynotes to launch each day with a bang, so Conference attendees can hit the ground running, inspired by these diverse visionaries from the ever-evolving world of Film.

These speakers embody the DIY spirit, ingenuity and entrepreneurial drive that SXSW uniquely cultivates. Each Keynote session aimed to galvanize and empower our audience to do the same.

The Keynote speakers for SXSW 2014 were:

Marc Webb, courtesy of Sony Pictures EntertainmentMarc Webb

Webb most recently directed the smash hit The Amazing Spider-Man starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, and Sally Field, which grossed over $750 million worldwide. Upcoming, he helmed the latest chapter in the Spider-Man legacy The Amazing Spider-Man 2, out May 2. Webb made his feature film debut with the acclaimed (500) Days of Summer, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel. The film was nominated for two Golden Globe® Awards, including Best Picture, and The National Board of Review honored Webb with their Spotlight Award, which recognizes outstanding directorial debuts. Webb began his career as a music video director.

He has been honored with several MTV Video Music Awards, including the Best Director Award for Green Day’s “21 Guns,” Best Rock Video in 2006 for AFI’s “Miss Murder” and Best Group Video for The All-American Rejects’ “Move Along.” The Music Video Production Association also honored him as Director of the Year for his work with Weezer, AAR and My Chemical Romance.


Photo courtesy Blumhouse ProductionsJason Blum

Jason Blum is the founder and CEO of Blumhouse Productions, a multi-media production company that has pioneered a new model of studio filmmaking - producing high-quality micro-budget films for wide release.

Since its launch in 2000, Blumhouse has produced more than 30 feature films including the highly-profitable Paranormal Activity and Insidious franchises, The Purge and Sinister. Blumhouse's recent films include The Purge, under its first-look deal with Universal Pictures, which opened to more than $34 million with a budget of just $3 million and Insidious: Chapter Two which opened to over $ 40 million with just a $5m budget.


Photo of Lena Dunham, courtesy Jessica Miglio / HBOLena Dunham

Lena Dunham stars in the HBO series, Girls, which she created and serves as executive producer, writer, and director. A two-time Golden Globe winner, Dunham made history as the first female director to win a DGA Award for “Television Comedy Series.”

Additionally, for Girls, she received seven Emmy® nominations, was honored by AFI as one of the best “TV Programs of the Year," and won a WGA Award for "Best New Series.” In 2010, her feature Tiny Furniture world premiered at SXSW, winning the Jury Award, and ultimately earning her an Independent Spirit Award for “Best First Screenplay.”


Photo courtesy Casey NeistatCasey Neistat

Casey Neistat is a New York-based filmmaker. He is the writer, director, editor and star of the series The Neistat Brothers on HBO and won the John Cassavetes Award at the 2012 Independent Spirit Awards for producing the film Daddy Long Legs.

His main body of work includes dozens of short films he has released exclusively on the Internet. His online films have been viewed over 50,000,000 times in the last 3 years. His first job in New York City was as a bike messenger.


Photo credits:
Marc Webb courtesy Sony Pictures Entertainment
Lena Dunham by Jessica Miglio / HBO
Jason Blum courtesy Blumhouse Productions
Casey Neistat courtesy Casey Neistat