Featured Sessions in the SXSW Film Conference spotlight the people and trends important to the SXSW Community and the filmmaking world as a whole. Highlights from 2014 included Convergence Featured Sessions such as Running the Show: TV’s New Queen of Comedy with Mindy Kaling, Media & the Personal Brand - ESPN, Grantland & 538 with Bill Simmons and Nate Silver, and Jeffrey Tambor’s Acting Workshop.
Featured Sessions also include the well known Conversation series of the SXSW Film Conference. These Conversations offer attendees the unique opportunity to witness acclaimed actors, directors, producers and composers in an intimate environment. Conversations featured at the 2014 Film Conference included Tilda Swinton, Jason Bateman moderated by Jeffrey Tambor, Jon Favreau, Ralph Steadman, Nicolas Cage moderated by David Gordon Green, Alejandro Jodorowsky, and Robert Duvall moderated by Leonard Maltin.
For the 2015 Film Conference, Featured Sessions take place in the Austin Convention Center in Room 16AB, Room 18ABCD and Ballroom D. All sessions in Room 18ABCD & Ballroom D are part of SXSW Convergence Programming, and also open to Interactive badgeholders.
Stay tuned for another exciting lineup of Featured Sessions 2015.
Preliminary 2015 Featured Sessions Announced:
A Conversation with Shekhar Kapur
Golden Globe-winning director Shekhar Kapur makes lush, international period films including Elizabeth, The Four Feathers, and Indian hits like Mr. India and Bandit Queen. Kapur's short film Passages is a part of the October 2009 film anthology New York, I Love You. He has been a judge on both India's Got Talent, and 1 Minute to Save the World, a competition for short films about climate change. His forthcoming film Paani – the hindi word for water – explores Mumbai's shrinking supply of water and its distributed underworld. Equally at home in Hollywood and Bollywood, he's also a comics mogul; in 2006 he co-founded Virgin Comics as a venue for turning Indian and Hindu myths into pop-culture icons. For the company, now reorganized as Liquid Comics, he co-created the series Ramayan 3392 A.D., based on the Ramayana. His newest Liquid Comics series is Devi.
Nicolas Cage at SXSW 2014. Photo by Heather Kennedy/Getty Images