SXSW 2015 Sets Mark Duplass Keynote, First Wave Of Film Panels

Mark Duplass SXSW 2015

Cyrus and Jeff, Who Lives At Home filmmaker Mark Duplass will return to South by Southwest to keynote the 2015 edition of the annual Austin film conference, organizers announced today. Like 2014’s popular keynote speaker Lena Dunham, Duplass is making a homecoming of sorts to SXSW where he launched his career in 2005 by winning the SXSW Audience Award with brother Jay for The Puffy Chair. Last year at SXSW he and director/co-writer/co-star Patrick Brice debuted their microbudget horror Creep which Radius-TWC and Blumhouse Tilt jointly acquired.

Also stopping by the Austin fest held from March 13-21, 2015 will be Bollywood actor and director Shekhar Kapur (Elizabeth, The Four Feathers), who will lead a Conversation session. Over 150 keynotes, conversations, panels, and mentor sessions are in the works for the annual confab, which has yet to announce its full lineup.

As for film panels, I’ll be talking shop at “So You Want to Make a Midnight Movie,” hosted by Snoot Entertainment producer Roxanne Benjamin (V/H/S, V/H/S 2). Joining us to discuss the business of genre movies will be Magnolia Pictures’ Peter Van Steemburg, XYZ Films’ Mette-Marie Katz, and Channel 83 Films writer/director/producer Joe Begos (Almost Human). Check out today’s SXSW panel line-up reveal:

10 Lessons From a Decade Watching Pixar Make Movies
(Organized by Erica Milsom / Pixar Animation Studios)

Acting & Performance: Directors Share Their POVs
(Organized by Caroline O’Connor / Screen Actors Guild Foundation)

Always Talk to Strangers: Telling True Stories
(Organized by Alicia Van Couvering / Epic Magazine)

Art of Amazing: 4K Film from Conception to Viewing
(Organized by Mandy Cudahy / Sharp Electronics Marketing Corporation of America)

DIY Theatrical Distribution for Independent Films
(Organized by Annie Bush / Untitled Films)

How “High Maintenance” is Redefining Storytelling
(Organized by Jessica Casano-Antonellis / Vimeo)

How New Technology is Changing War Zone Filmmaking
(Organized by Molly Swenson / RYOT)

Is This Normal? A Look at Success in Indie Film
(Organized by Travis Stevens / Snowfort Pictures Inc)

Meet the Creative Game Changers
(Organized by Alison Emilio / Creative Future)

Secret is Out! Distributors Reveal Their Numbers
(Organized by Mat Levy / Passion River Films)

Setting the Tone: Evoking Emotion Through Sound
(Organized by Amy Hale / Skywalker Sound)

So You Want to Make a Midnight Movie
(Organized by Roxanne Benjamin / Snoot Entertainment)

Studio Star Power – How Casting Really Works
(Organized by Rochelle Rose / Screen Actors Guild Foundation)

USA/Europe Co-Production and Funding Opportunities
(Organized by Holger Carlsson / European Film Commission)

To Window Or Not To Window: Film Release Strategies
(Organized by Diana Wollach / The Orchard)

Future15s (solo presentations)

Breaking Up with TED
(Organized by George Burroughs / The Brookings Institution)

Good Guys Vs. Bad Guys
(Organized by Jim Cummings / Ornana Films)

VHS: Never Forget
(Organized by Zack Carlson / Bleeding Skull)

Why the Future of Film Depends on Social Media
(Organized by Jenn Deering Davis / Union Metrics)

Meet Ups

Latino Filmmaker Meet Up & Quick Pitch
(Organized by Liz Arreaga / Mercury Mambo)

Stronger Together: The Film Fatales
(Organized by Merete Mueller / Film Fatales)


Alfred Molina’s Shakespeare Workshop for Everyone
(Organized by Jesse Bush / Screen Actors Guild Foundation)

The Film Score Workshop
(Organized by Lucas Mayer / DaHouse Audio/DaFne Music)

Finding Big Power in the Small Moments
(Organized by Jeanie Finlay / Success Takes Courage ltd)

Hacking Technology For Your Indie Film Release
(Organized by Missy Laney / Sundance Institute)

Pro Bono Legal Services for Filmmakers
(Organized by Erik Metzger / Intel Corporation)

Sound Designing Authenticity in Documentary
(Organized by Jason Sussberg & David Alvarado / Dogpatch Films)

What’s the Value of Your Digital Rights?
(Organized by Elisabeth Copper / ITVS Independent Television Service)

Mentor Sessions

Basil Tsiokos (Programmer Nantucket/Sundance/DocNYC)

Benjamin Braun (Submarine Entertainment)

Camille Bertrand (Wild Bunch)

Carl Spence (Seattle FF/Palm Springs FF)

Courtney Sexton (CNN Films)

Dan Fisher (Entertainment One)

Dan Satorius (Satorius Law Firm PC)

Daniel Guando (Weinstein Co)

David Hudson (Fandor)

David Magdael (David Magdael & Associates, Inc.)

David Reilly (BAMcinematek)

Deborah McIntosh (WME Entertainment)

Diego Marambio (INCAA)

Greg Rhem (HBO)

Hugues Barbier (Ithaca International Fantastic Film Festival)

Jim Dobson (Indie PR)

Katie Krentz (Cartoon Network)

Kate Hurwitz (Cinetic Media)

Kristen Konvitz (Indiegogo)

Landon Zakheim (Sundance Institute/AFI Fest)

Linda Olszewski (ShortsHD/Shorts Intl)

Lois Vossen (Independent Lens)

Matt Grady (Factory 25)

Marian Koltai-Levine (PMKBNC)

Meghan Oliver (Paradigm Talent Agency)

Molly Thompson (A&E Television Networks)

Nicholas Ogiony (CAA)

Peter Goldwyn (Samuel Goldwyn Films)

Peter Trinh (ICM Partners)

Peter Van Steemburg (Magnolia Pictures)

Ryan Kampe (Visit Films)

Sean Berney (IFC Films)

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