Austin bound? Your good friends at Rogers & Cowan integrated marketing communications, PR and entertainment agency have pored through all the Film and TV show session listings for the 2018 SXSW Conference, deployed our patented algorithms (OK, in some cases, SXSW’s and Twitter’s) and handpicked the events that we think will get the most bang for your buzz. All the excitement takes place March 9 through 18. To download the list, feel free to click this link:
3/9 FILM OPENING PARTY CLIENT ROSA SALAZAR FOR ALITA -9:30PM
20th Century Fox and Troublemaker Studios will kick off the 2018 SXSW Film Festival by sponsoring the after party to the opening night film, “Alita: Battle Angel.” The must-attend event takes place on Friday, March 9.
3/9 READY PLAYER ONE EXPERIENCE WITH VIVE VR -12:00PM
A two-story, city block takeover of Brazos Hall running from March 9 to 11 to showcase the sights, sounds and atmosphere of the futuristic Stephen Spielberg film, including VR content from HTC Vive. Space includes a disco, Avatar Outfitters pop-up shop and arcade where guests play games and track scores on RFID bracelets.
3/11 BARRY JENKINS: FILM KEYNOTE -11:00AM
“Moonlight” won Best Picture at last year’s Academy Awards. Our Film Keynote Speaker, director Barry Jenkins, also received an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. His upcoming projects include adaptations of “If Beale Street Could Talk” and “The Underground Railroad.”
3/11 TIME’S UP! SHIFTING THE IMBALANCE OF POWER -12:30PM
Our nation is undergoing an undeniable cultural shift in how we address sexual harassment in the workplace. In this session, Time’s Up and the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund leadership will discuss the movement to change power imbalances in the workplace.
Watch the finale of Spike Lee’s “She’s Gotta Have it” Netflix series, followed by Spike Lee lecture.
3/13 FEATURED SESSION: THIS IS US CAST PANEL -12:30PM
“This Is Us” chronicles the Pearson family across decades-as young parents in the 1980s to their grown children coping with present day issues. Join creator/executive producer Dan Fogelman and cast Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Chrissy Metz and Justin Hartley for an inside look at the Emmy Award-winning drama.
SXSW SURE BETS: TRENDING FILM FEATURES
Seen any good movies lately? Here’s what we plan to catch on the big screen at the 2018 SXSW Conference taking place in Austin, Texas, March 9-18.
A Quiet Place: “If they hear you, they hunt you…” In this modern horror thriller, a family of four must navigate their lives in silence after mysterious creatures that hunt by sound threaten their survival.
Isle of Dogs: Wes Anderson’s movie tells the story of Atari Kobayashi, 12-year-old ward to a corrupt Mayor. When all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast garbage-dump, Atari, his bodyguard Spots and a pack of new mongrel friends begin an epic journey that will decide the fate of the entire Prefecture.
Boundaries: Laura (Vera Farmiga) lives in Seattle and puts the needs of others before hers. When her estranged father Jack (Christopher Plummer) is kicked out of a retirement home, she drives him down to live with her sister in LA. Along for the ride is her bright but troubled son Henry, and several animal charity cases. Without telling Laura, Jack and Henry sell pot at every stop, resulting in unexpected reunions.
Blockers: When three parents discover their daughters’ pact to lose their virginity at prom, they launch a covert one-night operation to stop the teens from sealing the deal. Leslie Mann, Ike Barinholtz and John Cena star in Blockers, the directorial debut of Kay Cannon (Pitch Perfect).
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?: Fred Rogers was a puppeteer. A minister. A musician. An educator. A father, a husband and a neighbor. He spent 50 years on TV helping transform the concept of childhood. He used play to explore complicated issues—race, disability, equality and tragedy-and spoke directly to children and they forged a lifelong bond with him. “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” explores whether we have lived up to Fred’s ideal.