See This From SXSW: Star Wars and More!
We’re about to hit maximum summer movie season, so get your taking points ready by reliving some of the illuminating SXSW 2018 film content.
To celebrate the release of “The Director and the Jedi,” an intimate documentary about the making of “Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi,” watch Joanna Robinson, Senior Writer at Vanity Fair, interview Rian Johnson (pictured above). Johnson directed “The Last Jedi” after establishing his indie cred with significant films including “Looper” and “The Brothers Bloom.” Their wide-ranging conversation covers his filmmaking process throughout his career, including touching memories of the late, great Carrie Fisher and details on the character development of Luke Skywalker. You’ll learn even more about that aspect when Mark Hamill himself makes a surprise appearance about halfway though. The Jedi Master talks about all the behind-the-scenes professionals who make the on-screen action so incredible.
Ethan Hawke will be coming to a screen near you May 18, in the starring role in Paul Schrader’s timely political and environmental thriller “First Reformed.” Watch his lively conversation with Eric Kohn, Deputy Editor, Chief Film Critic, Indiewire, which covers the span of his diverse career. The multi-talented Hawke has recently received acclaim for “Blaze,” the biopic of country blues singer Blaze Foley that he co-wrote, produced and directed, which has just been picked up for U.S. distribution.
You can also listen to the audio of the film keynote from Academy Award winner Barry Jenkins, who won Best Adapted Screenplay for his second feature Moonlight, which won Best Picture at both the Oscars and the Golden Globes (Drama). His upcoming projects include adaptations of “If Beale Street Could Talk” and “The Underground Railroad.”
Find more great SXSW video content here. SXSW podcast content is available by exploring the SXSW online schedule. When you click on a session and see an audio bar, then you’ve got your listening assignment for the day! We’ve made it easier by recapping some of the SXSW highlights. Check out previous roundups of audio content related to Senator Bernie Sanders, The Future of Work, Boosting Benefits, Politics Matters, Culture Changers, Fresh Media Voices, Tech and News, Community Rules, Fake News Facts, Lessons from Vets, Love Rules and Building Inclusion.
If you have an idea for a session for SXSW 2019, mark your calendar for Monday, June 25. That day, we will begin accepting speaking proposals for next year’s event via the SXSW PanelPicker interface. This application process will close Friday, July 20.
Hugh Forrest serves as Chief Programming Officer at SXSW, the world’s most unique gathering of creative professionals. He also tries to write at least four paragraphs per day on Medium. These posts often cover tech-related trends; other times they focus on books, pop culture, sports and other current events.