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SXSW Lures Panel Speakers Michel Gondry, Quentin Tarantino, David Gordon Green

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood February 11, 2010 at 12:51AM

Between March 12 and 20th, Austin's SXSW Film Fest will mount some 80 film panels featuring guests such as Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), Pixar exec Susan Bradley, David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express), and Quentin Tarantino (Inglorious Bastards), who is speaking on a genre directors panel.
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Thompson on Hollywood

Between March 12 and 20th, Austin's SXSW Film Fest will mount some 80 film panels featuring guests such as Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), Pixar exec Susan Bradley, David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express), and Quentin Tarantino (Inglorious Bastards), who is speaking on a genre directors panel.

Film Conference producer Janet Pierson has also booked "The Insider's Guide to Independent Film Packaging in a Troubled Economy," "Reel To Reality: How Good Film Does Good," "Sustainable Filmmaking Workshop," and "A Conversation with MacGruber."

Here's a taste of the 130 shorts over ten categories, including Midnight ("bite-sized bits for all of your sex, gore, and hilarity needs"),Texas ("somehow relating to the Lone Star state") and Future States ("What is the America of the future?"):

Narrative: Televisnu (Prithi Gowda). An Indian woman’s computer leads to a magical web of wires, memories and more.
Documentary: Solitary/Release (Holden Abigail Osborne). Explores the life of a recovering drug addict on the verge of great change.
Experimental: The Bellows March (Eric Dyer). Hand-paints 3-D "cinetropes."
Texas: Mnemosyne Rising (Miguel Alvarez). A deep-space pilot is told he’s being sent back to Earth.
Future State: Plastic Bag (Ramin Bahrani). Follows a bag as it searches for its long lost master through a barren American landscape.

This article is related to: Directors, Festivals, Quentin Tarantino, SXSW


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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.