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SXSW 2014 Announces Lena Dunham, Producer Jason Blum and More as All-New Keynote Speakers; Plus, First Round of Panels

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood October 15, 2013 at 12:00PM

SXSW revealed today that daily Keynote sessions, offered for the first time, will feature filmmakers Lena Dunham (HBO’s “Girls”), Jason Blum (producer of “Insidious,” “Purge and “Paranormal Activity” franchises) and Casey Neistat (HBO’s “The Neistat Brothers”).
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Lena Dunham
Lena Dunham

SXSW revealed today that daily Keynote sessions, offered for the first time, will feature filmmakers Lena Dunham (HBO’s “Girls”), Jason Blum (producer of “Insidious,” “Purge and “Paranormal Activity” franchises) and Casey Neistat (HBO’s “The Neistat Brothers”).

Also announced were the first batch of confirmed panels, workshops and Digital Domain sessions for 2014, and the all-new Future 15 track. Included among these activities are a Sound and Story panel with Skywalker Sound, a How to Book Your Next Audition workshop with SAG, and an After Wrap panel with Kino Lorber on distribution. All the announced panels can be checked out here.

These sessions join the previously announced content for the new SXsports, including ESPN’s Bill Simmons and Nate Silver in conversation.

The SXSW Film Conference and Festival will take place March 7–15, 2014 in Austin, Texas. The final Film Keynote speaker and complete Conference lineup, additional major featured Conversations and a multitude of Convergence sessions (open to both Film and Interactive registrants) will be announced in early 2014.  

The next Whitewater Films roundtable on November 4, to be moderated by Dana Harris of Indiewire, will focus on how to navigate SXSW, with film festival director Janet Pierson and programmers as well as the creative team behind last year's SXSW breakout, "Short Term 12." 

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.