Gold Film/Interactive Badge and packet of party tickets in hand, I'm plugged into a power strip in the main courtyard at the Austin Convention Center. (The wi-fi sucks.) On my way downtown, I drove the wrong way onto several one-way streets, including a train track. I am safely parked in the convention lot, which costs $7 a day, but the guy let me in for free when I offered an out-of-state check.
The interactive panels are the most compelling; the interactive/film dynamic is exciting here. I'll watch some new films, sure, and interview folks along the way, but I have the luxury of knowing that indieWIRE is covering the films like a blanket. Kick-Ass starts things off Friday night; I'll talk to director Matthew Vaughn tomorrow, and producer Robert Rodriguez is previewing footage from Predators at 10 PM and again tomorrow, with a press conference. I spoke to Rodriguez last night at the Texas Film Hall of Fame; he says Predators is not a remake but more of a reinvention inspired by the title, which is owned by Fox. According to @theplaylist, who has read the script, it's a sequel set in the same world. Rodriguez shot both Predators and his own Machete at Austin's thriving Troublemaker Studios, which he founded ten years ago after El Mariachi.
At the Texas Film Hall of Fame, I videoed Rodriguez and talked SXSW with the fest's Rebecca Feferman and The Dallas/Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Chris Kelly, on the jump.
I'm back from a fun lunch at Guero's with about a dozen younger men, including Eugene Hernandez, Brian Brooks and Eric Kohn of indieWIRE, Rodrigo Perez of The Playlist, Aaron Hillis of GreenCine, Ryan Werner of IFC, James Rocchi of MSN, and Matt Dentler of Cinetic, who are all bloggers. Everyone wanted to know the twist ending of Remember Me. Elle critic Karen Durbin was also lunching there, with Toronto Fest's Thom Powers.
The folks around me are talking about FourSquare and unloading their bags, which contain:
Classic Zone bar.
Monster Hitmen Energy Shooter. Drink at your own risk.
Tito's Handmade Vodka XL white cotton t-shirt (nightgown).
Symbian mobile OS.
Microsoft Silverlight demo CD.
Natuba: share crazy and funny pictures.
HP's Magcloud self-publishing: Unleash your inner publisher.
Screenburn Arcade: game tournaments and product demos such as Comic Jumper: The Adventures of Captain Smiley, and game tournaments.
How Design Conference: Denver, Colorado, June 6-9.
YouTube: Filmmakers Wanted.
eDoorways.com: "why search when you can solve?"
Bigstock: Royalty-free photos, illos, graphics.
Bag tag for attaching to purse or backpack.
Stickybits: scannable with iphone or android app.
Shutterstock. Massive image and footage libraries.