Full Conference Lineup Announced for SXSW

If you weren’t already excited about the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival after last week’s announcement of the feature film lineup, festival organizers have just unveiled over 80 conference panels and the 130 short films that will be playing during the 2010 event.

And boy, is this shaping up to be an exciting week. With so many amazing sounding panels scheduled and a ton of movies that look like must-sees, it’s becoming obvious that there will just not be enough time in the day to experience everything at SXSW.

The conference portion of SXSW Film begins Friday, March 12 and runs through March 16. Panelists recently announced include Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), Quentin Tarantino (Inglourious Basterds) and David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express).

Some of the highlights of the conference will include:

A Conversation with Michel Gondry — The stratospheric rise of Academy Award-winning visionary Michel Gondry is one of the great success stories of modern film. Working with fellow travelers like Spike Jonze, Charlie Kaufman and Bjork, Gondry has made his mark on the film landscape with iconic work like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Science of Sleep. Come and enjoy what promises to be a fascinating discussion as Gondry discusses his latest, highly personal and emotionally raw documentary A Thorn in the Heart with TCM’s Elvis Mitchell.

Directing the Dead: Genre Directors Spill Their Guts — How does modern horror take gore beyond the purely grisly to the level of grand guignol art and imagination? How does bone-cracking violence and flesh-rending horror contribute to the hallowed pantheon of art and cinema? Join five of the most striking genre filmmakers in modern movies as they lock horns over the all-important issues of blood, guts and gratuitous gore. Featuring Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland), Matt Reeves (Let Me In) Eli Roth (Hostel), Quentin Tarantino (Inglorious Basterds), Ti West (House of the Devil), moderated by Scott Weinberg (Cinematical)

Filmmakers in TV: A Case Study — Carving a niche in the world of film is tough enough, and achieving the same feat on the small screen is no easier. Successfully mastering both is in yet another league, but somehow the creators of HBO’s Eastbound & Down are pulling it off with style. Find out how Danny McBride (Your Highness), and filmmakers David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express) and Jody Hill (Observe and Report) made it look easy in this illuminating, entertaining glimpse at the art of combining technical skill, sharp comedy writing and moving from the packed auditorium to the living room couch.

Other participants for the 2010 SXSW Film Conference include Jeffery Tambor’s Acting Workshop and a Kick-Ass Conversation panel with director Matthew Vaughn, actors Aaron Johnson, Cholë Grace Moretz and Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and comic creators Mark Millar and John S. Romita Jr.

For full panel descriptions and participants, more information about the festival’s line-up and information about obtaining a badge or day passes, visit www.sxsw.com/film.

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