Writer Nelson George, producer Gale Anne Hurd and actor/director Joe Swanberg will offer the keynote addresses at the SXSW Film Conference and Festival, it was announced Tuesday.
SXSW also released their full conference schedule which also included (deep breath) conversations with “Miles Ahead” director star Don Cheadle, actress Gaby Hoffmann, directors Joe Berlinger and Barbara Kopple, Texas filmmakers Andrew Bujalski and David Lowery and actor Jake Gyllenhaal.
George, a longtime journalist, critic, filmmaker and producer, directed the HBO films “Life Support” and “A Ballerina’s Tale” and is a writer/producer on the Netflix series “The Get Down,” which is slated to premiere in August. (It also sounds like it covers the same place and time as HBO’s “Vinyl” — New York’s wild ’70s are back!)
Hurd produced the “Terminator” trilogy, “Aliens,” and many other films and currently exec produces AMC’s “The Walking Dead” and “Fear the Walking Dead.” Look for her to survey her career and discuss her new shows, the Syfy series “Hunters, which premieres April 11 and USA Network’s “Falling Water” will debut later this year.
Swanberg has directed 20 features, including “Drinking Buddies” and “Happy Christmas,” and starred in “You’re Next,” “The Sacrament” and “V/H/S.”and has started producing for other filmmakers such as Alex Ross Perry and Zach Clark.
As for the conversations, Joe Berlinger (the “West Memphis 3” films) and Barbara Kopple (“Wild Man Blues,” “Harlan County U.S.A.”) are both brilliant and well-regarded documentarians; their chat should prove extremely insightful about their discipline.
Childhood buddies Louis Black ( SXSW co-founder, Richard Linklater: Dream Is Destiny directo ) and film critic Leonard Maltin will likely discuss, well, the fact that they are childhood buddies and serious movie nerds.
Look for Austin filmmaker Andrew Bujalski (“Computer Chess,” “Results” and Dallas filmmaker David Lowery (“Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” the “Pete’s Dragon” reboot) to talk about their time at past SXSW fests with various films.
Don Cheadle will probably talk mostly about his Miles Davis movie “Miles Ahead,” in which he also stars. I am hoping for weird stories about “Traffic,” the Avengers movies and possibly also his Showtime show “House of Lies.”
You might remember actor Joel Edgerton from his role as Tom in Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, the leader of the SEAL team in “Zero Dark Thirty” or The Gift, which he also directed, wrote and produced. Look for him in “Jane Got a Gun” and Austin filmmaker Jeff Nichols’ drama “Loving.”
Actress Gaby Hoffman has been in everything from “Uncle Buck” to “Girls” to “Transparent.” She is also the daughter of former Warhol superstar Viva and was raised for a spell in the Chelsea Hotel, which will never get old to some of us.
A few more highlights: Look for Austin filmmaker David Gordon Green to chat with Jake Gyllenhaal. The latter is shooting Tom Ford’s “Nocturnal Animals,” the former will be at SXSW with longtime friend and collaborator Danny McBride’s new HBO show “Vice Principals.”
There will also be a panel on the smash HBO series “Silicon Valley” and its relationship to the actual tech community. Look for cast members Thomas Middleditch, Kumail Nanjiani, Martin Starr and Zach Woods as well as executive producers Mike Judge and Alec Berg.
And last but very much not least, following the world premiere of “Pee-wee’s Big Holiday,” Pee-wee producer Judd Apatow will perform stand up comedy with special guests, to be announced. If you are seated for the premier, you can stay for the sets.