Priscilla Presley, Olivier Assayas, Richard Linklater to speak at SXSW

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"Elvis Presley: The Searcher" focuses on Elvis the musician.

Mrs. Presley is coming to Austin.

Priscilla Presley, who is executive producing “Elvis Presley: The Searcher,” a new documentary about her late husband, will join doc director (and longtime Bruce Springsteen filmmaker) Thom Zimny as well as writer and director Olivier Assayas; director and noted Austinite Richard Linklater; and “Westworld” showrunners and creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy as featured speakers at South By Southwest in March.

These folks join previously-announced SXSW Film Keynotes Darren Aronofsky and Barry Jenkins.

Assayas is a French author, screenwriter and director. He’s written and directed films such as “Demonlover,” “Something in the Air” and the 2016 psychological thriller “Personal Shopper” starring Kristen Stewart. 

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He also co-wrote 2017’s “Based on a True Story,” with Roman Polanski, which was directed by the latter, so that will be interesting to ask him about.

Linklater you might know from such game-changing-for-Austin movies as “Slacker” and “Dazed and Confused,” as well as “Boyhood,” the “Before” trilogy with Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke, and many other pictures. 

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Linklater also serves as the artistic director for the Austin Film Society, which he founded in 1985.

Presley and Zimny join legendary Memphis music writer and producer David Porter, Bruce Springsteen producer Jon Landau and moderator John Jackson to discuss “Elvis Presley: The Searcher,” a three-hour documentary about Elvis that will premiere on HBO on April 14. The film takes the audience on a creative journey from the man’s childhood through the final 1976 Jungle Room recording sessions.

"Westworld" returns to HBO in the spring.

SXSW 2018 will take place March 9-18.