SXSW announced additions to its conference lineup today which is set for March 11-19 in Austin. Rather than focus on one area, the festival builds its panels with key industry executives and players who’ll largely discuss issues and topics in the converging sectors of film, digital and music.

Among the additional panels and keynotes (full list below), Netflix’s Pee-wee’s Big Holiday producer Judd Apatow will be holding a stand-up comedy show following the pic’s world premiere — let’s hope he does his brilliant Bill Cosby imitation. Also in the Influencers keynote lineup is Nelson George, the writer-producer of Netflix’s upcoming The Get Down; The Walking Dead and Fear The Walking Dead executive producer Gale Anne Hurd; and indie film director Joe Swanberg. Additional conversations include Don Cheadle, who’s at SXSW with his feature directorial debut Miles Ahead, as well as Joel Edgerton and Transparent actress Gaby Hoffmann.

Other previously announced highlights include J.J. Abrams and Andrew Jarecki sitting in for “The Eyes of Robots and Murderers,” and panels featuring Kerry Washington, Geena Davis, PBS president and CEO Paula Kerger and the Mr. Robot team of Christian Slater, Rami Malek and creator Sam Esmail (Mr. Robot world premiered in the Episodics section at last year’s SXSW).

Schedule and times can be found at the SXSW website.



Inspiration from thought leaders, experts and innovators including Keynotes and conversations.

Nelson George
Nelson George is the author of groundbreaking histories of African American music, including Where Did Our Love Go: the Rise and Fall of the Motown Sound and Hip Hop America. George has directed the HBO films Life Support and A Ballerina’s Tale about the career of Misty Copeland. He is a writer/producer on the Netflix series The Get Down, premiering in August. George will speak about transitions in careers and technology, how the two intersect, and how change is like your crazy best friend. (Sunday, March 13, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Vimeo Theater, Austin Convention Center)

Gale Anne Hurd
Producer Gale Anne Hurd (Terminator trilogy, Aliens, The Waterdance and many other films) will discuss her career, creative producing, and being a female producer in a predominately male industry. She will offer observations and advice for aspiring filmmakers coupled with practical insight based on her personal experiences. Gale is currently an Officer of the Producers Guild of America and Executive Produces AMC’s The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead. Her newest shows, Hunters, a Syfy original series, premieres April 11th and USA Network’s Falling Water will debut later this year.

(Tuesday, March 15, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Vimeo Theater, Austin Convention Center)

Joe Swanberg
Joe Swanberg is the director of 20 feature films, including Hannah Takes The Stairs, Drinking Buddies, and Happy Christmas. As an actor, he has had leading roles in several horror successes, most notably You’re Next, The Sacrament, and V/H/S. Recently, through his Forager Film Company, he has produced the work of other filmmakers, including Alex Ross Perry, Harrison Atkin and Zach Clark. He and his wife, Kris, created the popular web series Young American Bodies which ran for four seasons on and

(Monday, March 14, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Vimeo Theater, Austin Convention Center)


A Conversation with Joe Berlinger and Barbara Kopple
Always true to their cinéma-verité roots in an ever-changing documentary landscape, Kopple and Berlinger remain two of the most fearless and authentic filmmakers in the business. This conversation offers formidable insight from a lifetime in the creative trenches.

(Sunday, March 13 – Room 16AM, Austin Convention Center) 

A Conversation with Louis Black and Leonard Maltin

Richard Linklater: Dream Is Destiny director (with Karen Bernstein) and SXSW co-founder Louis Black will join friend and veteran critic Leonard Maltin for this special conversation.
(Monday, March 14, 12:30PM – 1:30PM – Room 16AM, Austin Convention Center)

A Conversation with Andrew Bujalski and David Lowery
This special conversation teams two restlessly inventive film artists with enviable resumes. Emerging from the community of creatives that developed around SXSW in the mid-2000s, Bujalski and Lowery will deliver invaluable perspective for the next wave of aspiring creatives.
(Day/Time TBC, Room 16AM, Austin Convention Center)

A Conversation with Don Cheadle

An intimate conversation Don Cheadle. Miles Ahead marks the directorial debut of the Academy Award nominee. Don’s credits include Boogie Nights, Traffic, Hotel Rwanda, Crash, Iron Man 2 & 3, Avengers: Age of Ultron and the upcoming Captain America: Civil War. Cheadle also stars in, executive produces, and occasionally directs Showtime’s House of Lies, for which he has earned a Golden Globe Award, NAACP Award, as well as Emmy and SAG nominations.

(Tuesday, March 15, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM – Room 16AM, Austin Convention Center)

A Conversation with Joel Edgerton

Joel Edgerton earned a 2013 Australian Film Institute Award for his performance in Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby. His recent projects include starring roles in Black Mass, Zero Dark Thirty, Wish You Were Here, Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings, Felony, Warrior, and The Gift, which he also directed, wrote and produced. Edgerton was recently seen in Jane Got a Gun, and will next be seen in the Jeff Nichols drama Loving.

(Saturday, March 12, 2:00PM – 3:00PM – Room 16AM, Austin Convention Center)

A Conversation with Gaby Hoffmann
Join actor Gaby Hoffmann for a career conversation spanning her early roles in Field of Dreams and Uncle Buck to her present-day performances in Girls and Transparent. She will reflect on her personal experiences and artistic influences that have informed and shaped her career. In addition, she will share valuable insights into her process, the craft and industry. Presented by the SAG-AFTRA Foundation.

(Sunday, March 13, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM – Room 16AB, Austin Convention Center)



Judd Apatow and Friends
Following the World Premiere of Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, comedic mastermind and Pee-wee producer Judd Apatow will perform stand up comedy with friends, to be announced. Attendees of the film are welcome to remain in their seats for this.


Showcasing the sounds, culture and influence of music & musicians, with an emphasis on documentary. (Open to Music badgeholders)

Hired Gun
Director: Fran Strine
Hired Gun is a compelling film about the dynamic personalities and creative genius of the best session players and back up musicians in the world. (World Premiere)

I Am The Blues (Canada)
Director: Daniel Cross
From juke joints to church halls, up the mountain and down to the bayou, I Am The Blues travels the back roads with the last of the blues legends. (North American Premiere)


Home (Albania)
Director/Screenwriter: Daniel Mulloy
As thousands of men, women and children attempt to get into Europe, a comfortable English family sets out on what appears to be a holiday. (World Premiere)