As the clock ticks closer to opening day, SXSW Film has placed the final bow on its gift to film fanatics, announcing a keynote speaker, several additions to the screening lineup, and silver screen icons taking part in the featured Conversations sessions.
The final keynote speaker is Marc Webb, director of countless music videos; the cult classic (500) Days of Summer; and the latest blockbuster superhero series, The Amazing Spider-Man, and its forthcoming sequel (set to release on May 2). He also received various MTV Video Music Awards for his work with bands such as Green Day, AFI and All-American Rejects. Webb is the opening keynote speaker for SXSW Film, joining Lena Dunham, Jason Blum and Casey Neistat.
SXSW Conversations are filled with star power. Tilda Swinton opens the sessions, discussing her work in Jim Jarmusch’s new film Only Lovers Left Alive, as well as her decorated acting career.
In addition, two comedic actors are set to discuss their directorial debuts. Jason Bateman, of Arrested Development fame, talks about his film Bad Words when it screens as SXSW. Mike Myers, of Wayne’s World, Austin Powers and Shrek, speaks about Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon.
British cartoonist Ralph Steadman, best known for his work with Hunter S. Thompson, discusses his career creating iconic artwork. Last but most certainly not least, screen legend Robert Duvall chats about his long and fruitful career from To Kill a Mockingbird and beyond with Leonard Maltin acting as moderator.
SXSW Film also announced an additional eight features to the screening lineup, bringing the total count to 133 features, including 89 world premieres. Among the additions are May the Best Man Win, Yakona and For Those About to Rock: The story of Rodrigo y Gabriela.