ILYSM Ep. 34: look back at SXSW 2018’s activations, red carpets and one big sleep

South by Southwest wrapped up last weekend, but "I Love You So Much: The Austin360 Podcast" hosts Omar L. Gallaga, Addie Broyles and Tolly Moseley are still recounting the buzzy bands, blockbuster films and chance encounters with celebrities and everyday fest-goers that made this year’s festival so memorable.

While the 10-day event was still fresh in their minds, they invited staffers into the studio to share what they took away from this year's festival and shared their own highlights, from catching Steven Spielberg in person to covering Rachael Ray's Feedback, the biggest food event of the festival.

Multimedia producer Alyssa Vidales spent a lot of the festival on the red carpet interviewing the celebrities behind "Isle of Dogs," "Ready Player One" and the latest "Star Wars" movie, and she learned that all of them love talking about Austin and Austin food. She shared some of her favorite clips from those red carpet interviews and talked about why being a fan of so many aspects of pop culture comes in handy during SXSW.

During SXSW, Austin360 social media editor Eric Webb attended an 8-hour overnight concert that included beds for the participants. In this week's "I Love You So Much" podcast, he talked about how the event has already affected how he thinks about sleep, music and technology.  (Contributed by Drew DeGennaro)

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On this week’s Webb Report, Austin360 producer Eric Webb chatted with Omar and Addie about one of the most unusual shows at SXSW this year, an eight-hour concert meant to put its audience to sleep. Webb explained why it was OK to sleep at this concert and how the experience changed how he thinks about his own sleep habits.

Director Rian Johnson explains how cheers of movie-goers at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Tx, made it into "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" at the South by Southwest Film Festival on March 12, 2018.

In our Toast recommendation segment, Omar squeezed in one more SXSW highlight: Watching Terrence Malick's new VR debut called "Together," a short film that viewers experience in the immersive environment of virtual reality. Having just returned from a long spring break road trip, Tolly recommended both Caprock Canyons State Park in the Panhandle and "Seeing White," a 14-part podcast series from Scene on Radio, a documentary project from Duke University's Center for Documentary Studies. Addie suggested family adventures to new grocery stores, which is one activity that has been keeping her and her sons busy this spring.

Keep up with us at @loveaustin360 on Twitter and through the @Austin360 Instagram page. Find our episode archive, including all our SXSW 2018 dispatches, and other podcast info at our home page.


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