Pink Floyd visionary Roger Waters and director/producer/writer Erin Lee Carr have been added as keynotes for South by Southwest 2020, organizers announced Tuesday.
Waters and Carr topped a list of more than a dozen new additions to the March 13-22 event. They join previously announced keynotes Kim Gordon of the influential New York band Sonic Youth and Reggie Fils-Aimé, former Nintendo president and chief operating officer.
Waters, 76, composed music for classic Pink Floyd albums including "The Wall," "The Dark Side of the Moon" and "Wish You Were Here." In 2017, he released "Is This the Life We Really Want?"(his first solo album in 25 years) and brought his Us + Them tour to the world (including a San Antonio date in July 2017).
Carr, 31, was at SXSW this year for the premiere of "I Love You, Now Die: The Commonwealth vs. Michelle Carter," an HBO documentary film. In April, HBO also released her documentary "At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal." The daughter of the late New York Times columnist David Carr, she also is the author of "All That You Leave Behind: A Memoir."
Janet Pierson, SXSW director of film, said in a news release that Carr "has established herself as an extraordinary filmmaker, able to create compelling cinematic work out of provocative subjects that don’t easily lend themselves to film."
SXSW also announced 11 featured sessions in a variety of political, entertainment and business tracks, with some notable names on the list. Highlights include a discussion between rapper-actor Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson and Courtney Kemp and Jeffrey Hirsch of the Starz network, about the Starz series "Power"; a behind-the-scenes conversation with Bon Appétit Test Kitchen chefs Brad Leone, Claire Saffitz, Andy Baraghani, Molly Baz, Chris Morocco, Carla Lalli Music and Alex Delanya; a panel called "Big Brother Is Racist: Surveillance vs. Persons of Color," with author-comedian W. Kamau Bell and Chad Marlow of the American Civil Liberties Union; "The Women Who Run the Shows," with TV showrunners Karey Dornetto and Jen Flanz plus comedian-actress Phoebe Robinson; and a Latino Film Institute conversation with panelists including actor Edward James Olmos.
New additions as featured speakers for SXSW 2020 include fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger, in conversation with his company’s global CEO, Daniel Grieder; composer Michael Abels, in conversation with Politifact creator Bill Adair; Grammy-winning musician and producer Ben Lovett; Jaroslav Beck, co-founder and head of music for Beat Games s.r.o.; Jade Raymond of Google Stadia Games and Entertainment; and Arlan Hamilton, founder of investment fund Backstage Capital.
Other additions include Sandy Carter of Amazon Web Services; Melanie Perkins, CEO and co-founder of Australian graphic design firm Canva; Bryony Cole, founder of the podcast "Future of Sex"; Ray Dalio, founder of investment firm Bridgewater Associates; bassist and composer Adam Neely; and Lydia Winters of Swedish video game developer Mojang Studios.
"SXSW continues to be a unique destination for innovation and discovery, and we’re excited about the addition of the many groundbreaking pioneers, influential voices and business leaders that we’ve added to this year’s lineup," SXSW chief programming officer Hugh Forrest said in the release. Further details on all the added sessions and speakers are at sxsw.com.