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‘Mother!’ director Darren Aronofsky added as SXSW Film keynote

Joe Gross

“Mother!” director Darren Aronofsky is the latest film-track keynote speaker for the 2018 South by Southwest Conference and Festivals, which will take place  March 9-18, 2018.

"A provocative, and virtuoso filmmaker, we’re thrilled to host Darren Aronofsky as one of SXSW Film’s 2018 Keynotes,” SXSW Film director Janet Pierson said Tuesday. “He’s been an original since his first independent work, and we know it will be a blast for our passionate SXSW audiences to hear his story.” 

“Mother!” stars Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem. Many critics, including our Charles Ealy, praised the allegorical film, though audiences haven’t been quite as enamored with it.

Aronofsky also directed “Black Swan,” “The Wrestler” and “Noah,” among other films, and produced “Jackie.”

He joins previously announced film keynote speaker Barry Jenkins, director of Oscar-winning “Moonlight.”

Other SXSW speakers announced Tuesday: 

  Luvvie Ajayi (Social Impact) - Luvvie Ajayi is a New York Times best-selling author, speaker and digital strategist who thrives at the intersection of comedy, technology and activism. She is the voice behind Awesomely Luvvie, a widely-respected humor blog that covers everything pop culture – from TV, movies and technology to travel, race and life’s random adventures. 

 Steve Ballmer (Startup & Tech Sectors) - Steve Ballmer is co-founder of Ballmer Group and owner of the Los Angeles Clippers. Ballmer retired as Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft in 2014 after leading the company for nearly 14 years. He remains a significant investor.

 W. Kamau Bell (Social Impact) - W. Kamau Bell is a sociopolitical comedian based in The People’s Republic of Berkeley, Calif. Bell is the host of the Emmy Award-winning CNN Original Series United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell.

 Stefan Blom with Josh Constine (Sync, Stream & License) - Stefan Blom is Chief Content Officer at Spotify. Josh Constine is the Editor-At-Large for TechCrunch.

 Sandy Carter (Startup & Tech Sectors) - Sandy Carter is an AWS VP focused on Enterprise Workloads and helping companies with innovation. 

 Ana Marie Cox, and Bree Newsome (Social Impact) - Ana Marie Cox is a political columnist and culture critic. She conducts the "Talk" interviews featured in The New York Times Magazine. She also hosts With Friends Like These, a podcast from Crooked Media. Bree Newsome is a community organizer and activist who removed the Confederate battle flag from the South Carolina State House.

 Ira Glass (News & Journalism) - Ira Glass is the host and creator of the radio program and podcast This American Life.

 Tristan Harris (Design) - Tristan Harris was previously a Design Ethicist at Google and left to lead Time Well Spent, a non-profit movement to align technology with our humanity.

 Hugh Herr, Aimee Mullins, and Professor Hans Georg Näder (Intelligent Future) - Time Magazine coined Dr. Hugh Herr the ‘Leader of the Bionic Age’ because of his revolutionary work in the emerging field of Biomechatronics - technology that marries human physiology with electromechanics. Athlete and model Aimee Mullins became the first amputee in history to compete in the NCAA and was the first person ever to be outfitted with woven carbon fiber sprinting prostheses. Hans-Georg Naeder heads one of Germany's largest orthopedic device makers, Otto Bock Group.

 Yiying Lu (Design) - Yiying Lu is an award-winning artist and designer with more than 10 years of experience in the creative realm.

 David Marcus (Intelligent Future) - David Marcus is the Vice President of Messaging Products at Facebook responsible for Messenger. 

 Bruce Mau (Design) - Bruce Mau is the founder of the design group the Massive Change Network.

 Daniel H. Pink (Workplace) - Daniel H. Pink is the author of several books about management, work and behavioral science, including The New York Times bestsellers DriveTo Sell is Human, and A Whole New Mind

Brian Solis (Brands & Marketing) - Brian Solis is Principal Analyst and Futurist at Altimeter, the digital analyst group at Prophet. 

 Roy Spence (Workplace) - Roy Spence is the chairman and co-founder of the advertising agency GSD&M and author of the books The Amazing Faith of Texas and It’s Not What You Sell, It’s What You Stand For: Why Every Extraordinary Business Is Driven By Purpose.

 Keith Urban (Music Culture & Stories) - Keith Urban is a premier songwriter, vocalist, musician and virtuoso guitarist.

 Lawrence Wright (Government) - Lawrence Wright is a staff writer for The New Yorker and the author of nine previous books of nonfiction, including In the New WorldRemembering SatanThe Looming TowerGoing ClearThirteen Days in September, and The Terror Years