Listen to Austin 360 Radio

Five of the top panels at SXSW Film

Matthew Odam
modam@statesman.com

Must-attend panels, from ‘Source Code' to Pee-wee

Dozens and dozens of panels will be held during the South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival. Here's a look at five must-attend events.

1. Straight from the Source (Code)

Duncan Jones' debut feature, "Moon," wowed SXSW attendees in 2009. The director comes to Austin this year with his second film, "Source Code," in tow. Stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Michelle Monaghan join the director for a discussion about the time-space-continuum-melting thriller that opens the film festival. (11 a.m. Saturday, Austin Convention Center, Room 16AB)

2. SUPER-Talented: A Conversation with James Gunn, Ellen Page and Rainn Wilson

Take a peek inside the mind of Troma Entertainment alumnus writer-director James Gunn and see how this filmmaker devised his superhero-meets-camp horror-meets-parable flick. Expect Page and Wilson to dazzle with their astonishing superpowers of charm and wit. (12:30 p.m. Saturday, Austin Convention Center, Room 18ABCD)

3. Catherine Hardwicke's Directing Workshop

McAllen native and University of Texas graduate Catherine Hardwicke got her start in the movie business as a production designer. But she marked herself as a filmmaker to be watched with her stirring debut, the indie coming-of-age tale "Thirteen." The director whose reimagining of "Red Riding Hood" screens at the festival will discuss her process while sharing exclusive clips, concept drawings and storyboards. (2 p.m. Saturday, Austin Convention Center Room, 16AB)

4. A Conversation with Todd Phillips

Chances are, Todd Phillips has made you laugh countless times, whether you want to admit it or not. The director has helmed some of the funniest and highest-grossing comedies of the past decade, including "Old School," "Due Date" and "The Hangover." Later this year, he will try to top his box-office feat of 2009 with "The Hangover II," which should provide plenty of fodder for your annoying friend who likes to retell movie jokes in their entirety. (3:30 p.m. Saturday, Austin Convention Center, Room 18ABCD)

5. A Conversation with Paul Reubens

The creator of the most memorable comedy character of the 1980s embedded his laugh into the national consciousness with his television series "Pee-wee's Playhouse," which earned the actor multiple Daytime Emmy Awards. Decades later, he has reinvigorated his career with a successful Broadway run of "The Pee-wee Herman Show," which will air on HBO starting March 19. Separate fact from fiction, and the character from the character who created him, at what promises to be a wildly entertaining discussion. (12:30 p.m. Sunday, Austin Convention Center, Room 18ABCD)

— Matthew Odam