For years now, South by Southwest (SXSW) has been more than a film festival. It’s also more than a music festival. There really is no category that does it justice, but it’s safe to say that if you’re in Austin for the next week plus (March 13-22), you’ll be immersed in something unlike what any other festival has to offer.
On the cinema side, there are some unique and powerful films in the Narrative Competition, including “Manson Family Vacation,” written and directed by J. Davis. Also be on the lookout for the Headliner section at SXSW this year. Film Slate favorite Ondi Timoner (click here for FSM’s interview with Timoner) brings “Brand: A Second Coming” to Austin this year. Love him or hate him, Brand has become a polarizing figure in recent times. Timoner has a talent for shining a light on subjects we think we know about. “Ex Machina,” written and directed by Alex Garland, has had people buzzing since the teaser trailer popped up a while ago.
Timoner and J.M Logan, producer of “Manson Family Vacation,” will also be taking part in the Canon Spotlight: The Cinematography of Comedy Panel on March 16.
FSM has partnered up with Canon once again to give you a sneak peek at the behind the scenes goings on of one the most important artistic festivals of the year. Stay tuned as we connect with working filmmakers as they discuss what’s important to them when it comes to every aspect of filmmaking: screenwriting, cinematography, and the technology they use to make it all happen.
As the technology gap continues to shrink, giving indie filmmakers access to equipment which gives their productions the look of major films, cameras like the Canon EOS C300 are popping up on more sets than ever. Just ask Zephyr Benson, the subject of a recent Film Slate Magazine interview.
Here’s a look at what Canon has going on at this year’s SXSW:
Filmmakers Lounge Hosted by Canon
The Lounge, centrally located in the Austin Convention Center (500 E Cesar Chavez St, Meeting Room 2) will feature light snacks & drinks provided by SXSW, and a hands-on display of some of Canon’s latest products.
Filmmakers Lounge Hours:
Friday, March 13: 12pm-6pm
Saturday, March 14 – Thursday, March 19: 9am-6pm
Friday, March 20: 9am-1pm
*Filmmakers badge required for entry between 9am-1pm; Film, Gold, or Platinum badges required from 1pm-6pm.
Saturday, March 14:
Join “Sneakerheadz” directors David T. Friendly and Mick Partridge in a conversation about the passionate collecting culture they profile in their film and the Cinema EOS C300 camera they used to capture it.
Sunday, March 15:
Justine Ezarik, also known as iJustine, served as an executive producer on festival film “A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story.” She will describe the filmmaking process and how they used the EOS C300 and EOS C100 cameras to capture Lizzie’s inspiring story.
Monday, March 16:
Alternative means of transportation meet alternative forms of film distribution when director Fredrik Gertten discusses his festival selection “Bikes vs. Cars” alongside Nick Gonda, the founder of Tugg.
Press Suite Hosted by Canon
In the SXSW Press Suite, Canon offers registered, accredited members of the media with a SXSW Press Badge free on-site clean and checks, on a first-come, first-serve basis, for up to two items of current Canon equipment (excluding Cinema digital video cameras or lenses)***, serviced by Canon Professional Service (CPS) technicians. The Press Suite is located in the Austin Convention Center (500 E Cesar Chavez St, Meeting Room 14).
Press Suite Hours:
Friday, March 13: 12pm-6pm
Saturday, March 14 – Tuesday, March 17: 9am-6pm
Wednesday, March 18 – Friday, March 20: 10am-6pm
Saturday, March 21: 11am-4pm
**Cameras and lenses will be treated as separate items. All items must picked up on the same day as they were dropped off. “Current” refers to professional cameras and lenses in Canon’s current lineup of equipment.
Canon Spotlight: The Cinematography of Comedy Panel
Celebrated filmmakers Ondi Timoner (Director, “BRAND: A Second Coming,” “The Last Mile”), J.M. Logan (Producer, “Manson Family Vacation”), and Abe Epperson (Cinematographer and Director of Original Series, “Cracked.com”) will participate in a conversation moderated by Tim Smith (Sr. Film and Television Advisor, Canon U.S.A.) on the craft of cinematography.
Canon Spotlight Date and Location:
Monday, March 16: 11am-12pm
Intercontinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel
Capital Ballroom B
701 Congress Avenue
**** Film, Gold, or Platinum badges required for entry to attend the panel. Subject to room capacity.