30 Years of SXSW Since 2000-2010 part 3

SXSW 2000

“SXSW, the music, film and multimedia conference… exposed the ferocious effects of new technology on the record business.”

-The New York Times

Steve Earle at SXSW 2000. Photo by Martha Grenon. Tenacious D at SXSW 2000. Photo by Martha Grenon. Chuck D, Peter Case, Roger McGuinn, Joe Nick Patoski, Ian McLagan, Bernie Worrell, & Terri Clark at SXSW Music 2000. Photo by Gary Miller. Patti Smith at SXSW 2000. Photo by Gary Miller. SXSW 2000 Poster Jeanine Garafalo at SXSW Film 2000. Photo by Gary Miller.

970 Showcasing Artists
67 Panels, Workshops & Sessions
47 Venues & Stages

Keynote Speaker: Steve Earle

Notable Speakers: Patti Smith (interview with Chuck Phillips of the Los Angeles Times), JD Souther (Songwriting), Bob Ezrin (Internet Radio), Chuck D (Artist’s panel), Elliot Roberts (interview with David Fricke of Rolling Stone), Thomas Dolby Robertson (“Making Noise on the Net”), John Perry Barlow (“Legal Concerns in the Digital Music Era”), teenage singer-songwriter Shannon Curfman and her mother Mary (“The Kids are Alright”), John Paul Jones (inteview with Jim DeRogatis of the Chicago Sun-Times), Sean Parker (Napster)

Notable Showcasing Artists: At The Drive-In (El Paso TX), Cypress Hill (Los Angeles CA), Doug E Fresh (New York NY), David Gray (London UK), Glen Hansard of the Frames (Dublin IRELAND), Helio Sequence (Portland OR), John Paul Jones (London UK), Jungle Brothers (New York NY), Robert Earl Keen (Austin TX), Jim Lauderdale (Nashville TN), Shelby Lynne (Palm Springs CA), The Mekons (Leeds UK), Modest Mouse (Issaquah WA), Okkervil River (Austin TX), Chuck Prophet (San Francisco CA), Ray Price (Perryville TX), Puffy (Tokyo JAPAN), Rhymesayers Collective (Minneapolis MN), Bob Schneider (Austin TX), Elliott Smith (Portland OR), Patti Smith (New York NY), Tegan & Sara (Calgary CANADA), Tenacious D (Los Angeles CA), M. Ward (Portland OR), Hank Williams III (Nashville TN)

Shifting perceptions: The New York Times notes, “SXSW crowd filling theaters this year rather than going to the panels is of course, a very good sign for the filmmakers with movies playing here.”

Notable Speakers: D.A. Pennebaker & Chris Hegedus, Hughes Brothers, John Carpenter, Guillermo del Toro, Jeff Dowd, Liz Garbus, Janeane Garofalo, Monte Hellman, Harry Knowles, Richard Linklater, Elvis Mitchell, Jonathan Sehring

Memorable Film Festival Screenings: George Wallace: Settin’ the Woods on Fire (Paul Stekler & Daniel McCabe), Grass (Ron Mann), How’s Your News Sneak Preview (Arthur Bradford), Just, Melvin (James Ronald Whitney), The Target Shoots First (Chris Wilcha)

During his memorable Keynote presentation, Stewart Brand explains the concepts behind the Long Now Foundation and why we should adopt a 5-digit approach to years (02000 as opposed to 2000). First year of the SXSW Dewey Winburne Community Service Award celebrating technology do-gooders in honor of the man who co-founded this event. NASDAQ hits its Dotcom Boom peak on Monday of SXSW Interactive. Derek Powazek adds the confessional storytelling event known as Fray Cafe to the increasing list of evening activities. More great memories from SXSW 2000 can be found via SapphireBlue

Keynotes: Rob Burgess & Kevin Lynch (Macromedia), Denise Caruso (New York Times), Stewart Brand (author)

Notable Speakers: Meg Hourihan (Pyra), Jason Kottke (B-Swing Inc), Tiffany Shlain (The Webby Awards), Lucy Mohl (RealNetworks), Jennifer Neiderst (Littlechair Design), Brad Phillips (Milkshake Media), Pamela Ribon (pamie.com), Mika Salmi (AtomFilms)

Notable Sessions: Webcasting Do’s and Don’t; Power Convergence: The New Medium; User Centric Design

SXSW 2001

"...it’s the best way you can spend 10 culture-filled days in the US. It really is that good.”

-The Herald (Scotland)

Ray Davies at SXSW 2001. Photo by Gary Miller. Black Crowes at SXSW 2001. Photo by Gary Miller. SXSW 2001 Brochure

1,012 Showcasing Artists
69 Panels, Workshops & Sessions
48 Venues & Stages

Keynote Speaker: Ray Davies

Notable Speakers: David Byrne, Hal Willner, Sharon Osbourne , Miles Copeland III, Jello Biafra, Jennifer Toomey, Ike Turner, Glen Phillips, Jazzy Jay

Notable Showcasing Artists: Astrid (Helsinki FINLAND), Black Crowes (New York NY), Black Eyed Peas (Los Angeles CA), David Byrne (New York NY), Kasey Chambers (Avoca Beach AUSTRALIA), Deerhoof (San Francisco CA), Drive-By Truckers (Athens GA), Elbow (Lancashire UK), Explosions in the Sky (Austin TX), Idlewild (Edinburgh UK), Interpol (New York NY), Jurassic 5 (Los Angeles CA), Los Super Seven (Austin TX), Yngwie Malmsteen (Stockholm SWEDEN), Thomas Mapfumo (Harare ZIMBABWE), Mogwai (Glasgow UK), My Morning Jacket (Louisville KY), New Pornographers (Vancouver CANADA), Peaches (Berlin GERMANY), Robert Randolph (Maplewood NJ), The Shins (Albuquerque NM), The Strokes (New York NY), White Stripes (Detroit MI)

It’s good to be king: Annual favorite Jeffrey Tambor makes his first trip to SXSW Film with Eric Schaeffer’s Never Again.

Notable Speakers: Allison Anders, Anthony Bregman, Jill Clayburgh, Brunson Green, Gil Holland, Jim Jarmusch, Ron Jeremy, John Lee Hancock, Richard Linklater, Tommy Pallotta, Bill Plympton, Gregory Rhem, Robert Rodriguez, Keith Simanton, John Sloss, Chris Smith, Liz Smith, Jeffrey Tambor, Quentin Tarantino, Rip Torn, Barry Tubb, Doris Wishman

Memorable Film Festival Screenings: Frontier (Zellner Bros.), Low Self Esteem Girl (Blaine Thurier), Never Again (Eric Schaeffer), Okie Noodling (Brad Beesley), The Sweetest Sound (Alan Berliner)

"There are thousands of delegates and journalists, mostly North American, and frankly it’s the best way to spend 10 culture-filled days in the US. It really is that good."

-The Herald, Scotland

DJ Spooky covers the logistics and ethics of remixing content during his Keynote discussion with Ian Clarke. Evan Williams (who years later will co-found Twitter) makes his first SXSW Interactive appearance to talk about his relatively new company Pyra Labs. Burning Man founder Larry Harvey talks about community - and why showering is overrated.

Keynotes: John Battelle (Standard Media Int'l) & John Heilemann (author), Ian Clarke (The Freenet Project) & DJ Spooky (musician), Michael Hirschorn (music journalist)

Notable Speakers: Danni Ashe (Danni’s Hard Drive), Larry Harvey (Burning Man), Nathan Shedroff (nathan.com), Evan Williams (Pyra.com), Sean Parker (Napstar), Larry Page (Google), Caterina Fake (Sonoma), Michael Nolan (New Riders)

Notable Sessions: Industry Trend 2001: Is Anyone Making Money?; Possibility and Constraint in Design; Weblogs: Microcontent

SXSW 2002

“It is the industry event where buzz is born...”


Courtney Love at SXSW 2002. Photo by Gary Miller. Robbie Robertson at SXSW 2002. Photo by Gary Miller. Russell Crowe at SXSW Film 2002. Photo by Sarah Kerver. SXSW 2002 Brochure

1,035 Showcasing Artists
63 Panels, Workshops & Sessions
49 Venues & Stages

Keynote Speaker: Robbie Robertson (guitarist for The Band)

Notable Speakers: Courtney Love, Hilary Rosen, Miles Copeland III, Peter Guralnick, Gerard Cosloy of Matador, Wanda Jackson (“Rockabilly Fillies”), Jason Schwartzman of Phantom Planet, Patty Schemel, Nic Harcourt

Notable Showcasing Artists: Acid Mothers Temple (Nagoya JAPAN), Cravo Carbono (Belem BRAZIL), The Darkness (London UK), David Baerwald & the New Folk Underground (Austin TX), The Dears (Montreal CANADA), Freddy Fender (San Antonio TX), Neil Finn (Te Awamutu NEW ZEALAND), The Flatlanders (Lubbock TX), Grupo Fantasma (Austin TX), John Butler Trio (Fremantle AUSTRALIA), Norah Jones (New York NY, Kinky (Monterrey MEXICO), La Mafia (Houston TX), Los Lonely Boys (Austin TX), Mastodon (Atlanta GA), Minus The Bear (Seattle WA), The Octopus Project (Austin TX), OK Go (Chicago IL), Polyphonic Spree (Dallas TX), Rock Four (Tel Aviv ISRAEL), Sahara Hotnights (Robertsfors SWEDEN), Shearwater (Austin TX), The Soundtrack Of Our Lives (Goteborg SWEDEN), They Might Be Giants (Brooklyn NY), Don Walser (Austin TX), Yeah Yeah Yeahs (New York NY), The Datsuns (Auckland NEW ZEALAND)

Milestones & Highlights: First outdoor stage performances at Auditorium Shores

Logorrhea! Documentary premiere Spellbound (Jeff Blitz) is the first breakout film for SXSW.

Notable Speakers: Peter Bogdanovitch, Roman Coppola, Dennis Hopper, Lloyd Kaufman, Danny Leiner, Cheech Marin, Albert Maysles, Molly Parker, John Sayles, Wayne Slater, Jeffrey Tambor

World Premiere Film Festival Highlights: Blade 2 (Guillermo del Toro), Gigantic: A Tale of Two Johns (A.J.Schnack), Journeys with George (Alexandra Pelosi), Last Party 2000 (Donovan Leitch & Rebecca Chaiklin), Spellbound (Jeff Blitz)

Notable Talent: Russell Crowe, Ethan Hawke

Lawrence Lessig explains the Creative Commons and the importance of a robust public domain. Social activities include the Sexiest Geek Alive pageant and the Iron Webmaster competition (an ambitious but ultimately unsuccessful takeoff on the popular Iron Chef TV series). Entire event still fits comfortably into one wing of the Austin Convention Center.

Keynotes: Kevin Lynch (Macromedia) & Jeff Veen (HotWired), Simon Assaad & David Carson (Heavy), Cory Doctorow (EFF) & Bruce Sterling (author)

Notable Speakers: William Hurley (Invisisoft.com), Bob Regan (Macromedia), Erick Schonfeld (Business 2.0), Doc Searls (Doc Searls Weblog), Derek Sivers (CD Baby)

Notable Sessions: I-Mode and Asian Culture; Small Business Survival Skills: Find Your Niche; P2P Journalism, Weblogs and Collaborative Media

SXSW 2003

"After more than a decade, South by Southwest, a.k.a. SXSW - the annual film, interactive-media and music festival - remains one of the hippest destinations on the pop-culture map.”

-The Globe and Mail

Daniel Lanois at SXSW 2003. Photo by Charlie Fonville. Jean Grae at SXSW 2003. Photo by Gary Miller. Liz Phair at SXSW 2003. Photo by Gary Miller. Joel Schumacher at the premiere of "Phone Booth" at SXSW Film 2003. Photo by Gary Miller. Joel Schumacher at the premiere of "Phone Booth" at SXSW Film 2003. Photo by Gary Miller.

1,100 Showcasing Artists
72 Panels, Workshops & Sessions
53 Venues & Stages

Keynote Speaker: Daniel Lanois (renowned producer and musician)

Notable Speakers: Lyle Lovett, Pharrell Williams, Anthony Wilson, FCC commisioner Jonathan Adelstein Michael Dorf, Don, Scott McCaughey, Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, David Ritz, Steve Schnur

Notable Showcasing Artists: The Black Keys (Akron OH), James Blunt (London UK), Blur (London UK), Broken Social Scene (Toronto CANADA), Tia Carrera (Austin TX), Concrete Blonde (Los Angeles CA), Decemberists (Portland OR), Kathleen Edwards (Ottowa CANADA), El-P (New York NY), Explosions In The Sky (Austin TX), Jean Grae (New York NY), Richie Havens (New York NY), Hot Hot Heat (Victoria CANADA), I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness (Austin TX), Iguana Men of Galapagos (Puerto Villamil ECUADOR), Iron & Wine (Miami FL), Joe Jackson Band (London UK), Junior Senior (Copenhagen DENMARK), Daniel Lanois (Toronto CANADA), Sondre Lerche (Bergen NORWAY), Lucero (Memphis TN), Molotov (Mexico City MEXICO), Mountain Goats (Claremont CA), Mudhoney (Seattle WA), Patrice Pike & the Black Box Rebellion (Austin TX), Michael Penn (Los Angeles CA), Pinback (San Diego CA), The Raveonettes (Copenhagen DENMARK), Sound Team (San Antonio TX), Stellastarr (New York NY), Billy Bob Thornton (Los Angeles CA), Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players (New York NY), Yardbirds with Slash, Skunk Baxter & Steve Vai (London UK)

Milestones & Highlights: The Flatstock poster show comes to SXSW for the first time

Viva la Revolucion: Controversial documentary on Venezuela's Hugo Chavez, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, sells out the Paramount Theatre on Closing Night.

Notable Speakers: Peter Fonda, Harry Knowles, Joel Schumacher

World Premiere Film Festival Highlights: Cabin Fever (Eli Roth), Flag Wars (Linda Goode Bryant & Laura Poitras), Go Further (Ron Mann), Sexless (Alex Holdridge)

Notable Talent: Brooke Adams, Tony Shalhoub

Best-selling author Richard Florida talks about the growing importance of über-creative cities (like Austin) in his Keynote speech. Also part of the Keynote lineup is artificial intelligence innovator Doug Lenat from Austin. Other speakers include Cory Doctorow (who warns of the Hollywood Agenda) and open source advocate Richard Stallman (who delivers an appropriately free-and-open-to-the-public presentation on the opening Friday of the event).

Keynotes: David Weinberger, (author) (Opening Remarks), Doug Lenat (Cycorp), Joshua Davis (School of Visual Arts, New York), Richard Florida (author)

Notable Speakers: Anil Dash (dashes.com), Richard Stallman, Scott Heiferman (Meetup), Eric Meyer (meyerweb.com), Jim Munroe (author), Philip Kaplan (Fucked Company), Kevin Smokler (centralbooking.com)

Notable Sessions: Beyond the Blog: The Future of Personal Publishing; Trends in How the Internet Connects People; Between the (Style) Sheets: CSS, Browsers and You

SXSW 2004

"South by Southwest is an annual conference and festival for Web, Music and Film Industries, and has grown among the ranks as a premiere industry event."

-The Mac Observer

Little Richard at SXSW 2004. Photo by Gary Miller. N.E.R.D with Pharrell Williams at SXSW 2004. Photo by Charlie Fonville. The Walkmen at SXSW 2004 Paramount Theatre marquee at SXSW Film 2004

1,279 Showcasing Artists
70 Panels, Workshops & Sessions
55 Venues & Stages

Keynote Conversation: Little Richard

Notable Speakers: Interviews with Walter Yetnikoff, Wayne Coyne, Andrew Loog Oldham, Ani DiFranco, and Joan Baez; Mark Cuban, Nils Bernstein, Megan Jasper, Jim Pitt, Robyn Hitchcock

Notable Showcasing Artists: Against Me! (Gainesville FL), The B-52’s (Athens GA), Big Star (Memphis TN), Cake (Sacramento CA), Calexico (Tucson AZ), Chamillionaire (Houston TX), The Church (Sydney AUSTRALIA), Alvin Crow & the Pleasant Valley Boys (Austin TX), Death From Above 1979 (Toronto CANADA), Dirty Projectors (Hartford CT), Dizzee Rascal (London UK), Dresden Dolls (Boston MA), Franz Ferdinand (Glasgow UK), Hives (Fagersta SWEDEN), The Hold Steady (Brooklyn NY), Shooter Jennings (Los Angeles CA), Joan Jett & the Blackhearts (New York NY), The Killers (Las Vegas NV), Kris Kristofferson (Brownsville TX), Mission Of Burma (Boston MA), Modest Mouse (Issaquah WA), The National (New York NY), N.E.R.D. (Virginia Beach VA), Ozomatli (Los Angeles CA), Petty Booka (Tokyo JAPAN), Razorlight (London UK), Snow Patrol (Glasgow UK), Sufjan Stevens (Petosky MI), Joss Stone (Devon UK), Toots & the Maytals (Kingston JAMAICA), TV On The Radio (New York NY), Uzbegim Taronasi (Tashkent UZBEKISTAN), The Walkmen (New York NY), What Made Milwaukee Famous (Austin TX)

And they say nothing good happens after Midnight: Guillermo Del Toro brings down the house with a rambunctious screening of Hellboy.

Notable Speakers: Jonathan Demme, John Landis, Gary Ross, Todd Wagner

World Premiere Film Festival Highlights: A League of Ordinary Gentlemen (Christopher Browne), Blackballed: The Bobby Dukes Story (Brant Sersen), Bush’s Brain (Joseph Mealey & Michael Shoob), Dear Pillow (Bryan Poyser), The End (Kirby Dick), Last Man Standing (Paul Stekler)

Notable Talent: Guillermo del Toro, Crispin Glover, Jim Jarmusch, Jason Lee, Ron Perlman

Texas opinion writer and political firebrand Molly Irvins introduces Zack Exley / Eli Pariser Keynote presentation, as the 2004 event is dominated by content focused on the upcoming elections. Also keynoting is Friendster founder Jonathan Abrams, blazing the way for the social media explosion that will occur at SXSW Interactive over the next several years. Final year for Bruce Sterling's legendary come-to-my-house party on Cedar Street.

Keynotes: Brenda Laurel (Purple Moon) (Opening Remarks), Eli Pariser & Zach Exley (MoveOn), Howard Rheingold (author), Jonathan Abrams (Friendster)

Notable Speakers: Derek Powazek (powazek.com), Joe Trippi, Joi Ito, Brenda Laurel (author), Dave Shea (CSSZenGarden.com), Jane Pinckard (GameGirlAdvance), Anne Lin (annielin.com)

Notable Sessions: Wireless and Grassroots Innovation; Interactions as Interventions; Drop the MP3

SXSW 2005

"... SXSW is first and foremost about art, not industry."

-Paste Magazine

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Bill Flanagan & Robert Plant at SXSW 2005. Photo by Charlie Llewellin. Mavis Staples at SXSW 2005. Photo by Gary Miller. Elvis Costello & Hubert Sumlin at SXSW 2005. Photo by Gary Miller. MIA at SXSW 2005. Photo by Charlie Llewellin. Al Franken at SXSW 2005. Photo by Gary Miller.

1,331 Showcasing Artists
72 Panels, Workshops & Sessions
56 Venues & Stages

Keynote Conversation: Robert Plant

Notable Speakers: Interviews with Jacob Slichter, Elvis Costello, Shawn Fanning, Mavis Staples, Erykah Badu; Brian Wilson and Van Dyke Parks, Mac McCaughan, Ian McLagan, Marty Diamond, Dan Reed

Notable Showcasing Artists: Erykah Badu (Dallas TX), Beto y los Fairlanes (Austin TX), Blind Boys of Alabama (Birmingham AL), Bloc Party (London UK), Blowfly (Miami FL), John Cale (New York NY), Chingo Bling (Houston TX), Dr. Dog (Philadelphia PA), Fatboy Slim (Brighton UK), The Go! Team (Brighton UK), The Grates (Brisbane AUSTRALIA), Robyn Hitchcock (London UK), Ian Hunter (Hoboken NJ), Billy Idol (Los Angeles CA), Kaiser Chiefs (Leeds UK), LCD Soundsystem (New York NY), Amos Lee (Philadelphia PA), M.I.A. (London UK), Kathy McCarty (Austin TX), Menomena (Portland OR), New York Dolls (New York NY), Ariel Pink (Los Angeles CA), Kermit Ruffins (New Orleans LA), The Silos (New York NY), Sleater-Kinney (Portland OR), Slim Thug (Houston TX), Son Volt (St. Louis MO), ST-37 (Austin TX), Mavis Staples with Marty Stuart (Chicago IL), Swishahouse (Houston TX), We Are Scientists (Brooklyn NY), Wolfmother (Sydney AUSTRALIA)

And then there was Mumblecore: The Duplass Brothers (The Puffy Chair), Joe Swanberg (Kissing on the Mouth) and Andrew Bujalski (Mutual Appreciation) come together for the first time.

Notable Speakers: Wayne Coyne, Al Franken, Chris Gore, Thomas Hayden Church, Harry Knowles, Todd Solondz, Christine Vachon

World Premiere Film Festival Highlights: The Boys of Baraka (Heidi Ewing & Rachel Grady), Cavite (Ian Gamazon & Neill Dela Llana), The Kings of Comedy (Michael Blieden), Our Brand is Crisis (Rachel Boynton), Wendell Baker Story (Luke & Andrew Wilson)

Notable Talent: Maria Bamford, Claire Forlani, Zach Galifianakis, Patton Oswalt, Brian Posehn, Sarah Silverman, Harry Dean Stanton, Andrew, Owen & Luke Wilson, Elijah Wood

Fresh off the "The Tipping Point," best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell graces the Keynote stage – attendees are amazed by his brilliance as well as his hair. Comedian Laura Swisher emcees the SXSW Web Awards.

Keynotes: Jeffrey Zeldman (Web designer, author) (Opening Remarks), Malcolm Gladwell (author), Ana Marie Cox (Wonkette.com), Alex Steffan (WorldChanging.com) & Bruce Sterling (author)

Notable Speakers: Peter Merholz (Adaptive Path), Min Jung Kim (minjungkim.com), Laura Swisher (lauraswisher.com), Jane Wells (janeforshort.net), Molly Holzschlag (molly.com), Daniel Pink (author), Jason Santa Maria (jasonsantamaria.com), Robert Scoble (Microsoft), Irinia Slutsky (Red Herring)

Notable Sessions: Building Your Brand with Blogs; Where are the Women of Web Design?; The Flash vs. HTML Game Show

SXSW 2006

"... anything can happen if you are standing in the right place at the right time."

-The Los Angeles Times

Neil Young & Jonathan Demme at SXSW 2006. Photo by Gary Miller. Beastie Boys at SXSW 2006. Photo by Gary Miller. Morrissey at SXSW 2006. Photo by Gary Miller. 2006 Interactive Bruce Sterling Closing Remarks. Photo by Brian Birzer. David Cross at SXSW Film 2006. Photo by Jenn Starr. John C. Reilly at SXSW Film 2006. Photo by Charlie Llewellin. Charlize Theron at SXSW Film 2006. Photo by Gary Miller.

1,493 Showcasing Artists
71 Panels, Workshops & Sessions
64 Venues & Stages
Keynote Conversation: Neil Young

Notable Speakers: Interviews: Ted Cohen (EMI Music), Beastie Boys, Sam Moore, Morrissey, k.d. lang, Kris Kristofferson, Judy Collins, Pretenders, Billy Bragg, and Matthew Knowles; Hank Shocklee, Steve Earle, Dave Allen U.S. Representive Mary Bono

Notable Showcasing Artists: Animal Collective (Baltimore MD), Arctic Monkeys (Sheffield UK), Art Brut (London UK), Belle & Sebastian (Glasgow UK), The Black Angels (Austin TX), Blackalicious (Oakland CA), Camera Obscura (Glasgow UK), Rosanne Cash (New York NY), Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (Brooklyn NY), The Cribs (Wakefield UK), The Datsuns (Auckland NEW ZEALAND), dEUS (Antwerp BELGIUM), Devin The Dude (Houston TX), Echo and the Bunnymen (Liverpool UK), Flight Of The Conchords (Wellington NEW ZEALAND), Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly (Southend UK), Glass Eye (Austin TX), Jose Gonzalez (Gothenburg SWEDEN), Talib Kweli (New York NY), Little Willies (New York NY), Mr. Lif (Boston MA), Morrissey (Manchester UK), The Pretenders (London UK), Rhys Chatham’s Guitar Army (featuring Thurston Moore, Chris Brokaw, Doug McCombs and Ernie Brooks) (Paris FRANCE), Silversun Pickups (Los Angeles CA), Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings (Brooklyn NY), Sia (Adelaide AUSTRALIA), Standing Waves (Austin TX), Tapes ’N Tapes (Minneapolis MN), KT Tunstall (London UK), Voxtrot (Austin TX)

News from Lake Wobegon: The North American premiere of A Prairie Home Companion, the final film from legendary director Robert Altman, opens the festival.

Notable Speakers Miranda Bailey, Bill Banowsky, Peter Bart, Alan Berliner, Doug Block, Josh Braun, Margaret Brown, Burnie Burns, Kirby Dick, Eugene Hernandez, David Hudson, Andy Langer, Karina Longworth, Tim McCanlies, Ted Mundorff, Bob Odenkirk, Maggie Renzi, Henry Rollins, John Sayles, Alex Smith, Charlize Theron, Diane Weyermann, Banker White

World Premiere Film Festival Highlights: 95 Miles to Go (Tom Caltabiano), Al Franken: God Spoke (Al Doob & Chris Hegedus), Before the Music Dies (Andrew Shapter), Dance Party USA (Aaron Katz), Darkon (Andrew Neel & Luke Meyer), Jumping Off Bridges (Kat Candler), The Life of Reilly (Barry Poltermann), LOL (Joe Swanberg), Manhattan, Kansas (Tara Wray), Nobelity (Turk Pipkin)

Notable Talent: Erykah Badu, Beastie Boys, Felipe Cazals, David Cross, Jonathan Demme, Andy Dick, Al Franken, Kris Kristofferson, Ray Romano, Questlove, Neil Young

With a nod to the emerging popularity of video games, SXSW ScreenBurn® joins the ever-expanding SXSW Interactive lineup. Mild-mannered Weblog Award emcee Nikolai Nolan thrills the assembled audience by singing an unapologetic cover version of “Stacy’s Blog.” Call it Fountains of Geek! Meanwhile, celebrity bloggers Heather Armstrong and Jason Kottke cover the ethics of over-sharing your personal life as well as pay-to-read revenue models in a fascinating Keynote conversation. Late night on Sixth Street, Limor Fried and Phil Torrone (who will Keynote at the 2007 event) play real-life Frogger with a tricked-out Roomba.

Keynotes: Jim Coudal (Coudal Partners) & Jason Fried (37 Signals) (Opening Remarks), Heather Armstrong (dooce.com) & Jason Kottke (kottke.org), Craig Newmark (Craigslist) as interviewed by Jimmy Wales (Wikipedia), Burnie Burns (Rooster Teeth Productions), Bruce Sterling (author) (Closing Remarks)

Notable Speakers: JD Lasica, Mena Trott, Faruk Ateş, (Happy Cog), Khoi Vinh (subtraction.com), Shawn Henry (w3.org), Tara Hunt (horsepigcow.com), Liz Danzico (Boxes and Arrows), Joel Spolsky (Fog Creek Software), Rufus Griscom (nerve.com), Reuben Steiger (Linden Labs), Lisa Stone (BlogHer)

Notable Sessions: The Five Most Important Startup Decisions; Increasing Women’s Visibility Online; Web 2.1: Making Web 2.0 Accessible

SXSW 2007

"...it seems, everyone is here because everyone else is here."

-The New York Times

Pete Townshend at SXSW 2007. Photo by Gary Miller. Amy Winehouse at SXSW 2007. Photo by Peter Price. Public Enemy at SXSW 2007. Photo by Brian Birzer. "The Lookout" press conference at SXSW Film 2007. Photo by Charlie Llewellin. Bill Paxton at SXSW Film 2007. Photo by Gary Miller. Morgan Spurlock at SXSW Film 2006. Photo by Gary Miller. 2007 Interactive Keynote Dan Rather. Photo by Charlie Lewellin

1,580 Showcasing Artists
74 Panels, Workshops & Sessions
70 Venues & Stages

Keynote Conversation: Pete Townshend

Notable Speakers: Emmylou Harris in conversation with Jonathan Demme, Lou Adler, Michelle Phillips and Andrew Loog Oldham, Gilberto Gil, Booker T. Jones, Iggy Pop, Rickie Lee Jones, David Byrne, Marco Werman

Notable Showcasing Artists: Lily Allen (Hammersmith UK), Archie Bell (Houston TX), Black Lips (Atlanta GA), The Bravery (New York NY), Hoodoo Gurus (Sydney AUSTRALIA), Kings of Leon (Nashville TN), Mew (Copenhagen DENMARK), Tom Morello’s Nightwatchman (with Slash, Nuno Bettencourt, Wayne Kramer, Les Claypool & Perry Farrell) (Los Angeles CA), Paolo Nutini (Paisley UK), Lee “Scratch” Perry (Kingstown JAMAICA), Peter, Bjorn & John (Stockholm SWEDEN), Public Enemy (Long Island NY), Sam the Sham (Memphis TN), Shearwater (Austin TX), St. Vincent (Dallas TX), Stax 50 Revue (Booker T. & the M.G.’s with Isaac Hayes, William Bell & Eddie Floyd) (Memphis TN), The Twilight Sad (Glasgow UK), Amy Winehouse (London UK), YB (Seoul SOUTH KOREA)

Milestones & Highlights: Black Moth Super Rainbow and the Octopus Project combined for a massive instrumental psych set

Birth of a blockbuster: The audience could barely hear the dialog through the laughter at the world premiere of Judd Apatow’s Knocked Up.

Notable Speakers: Elizabeth Avellan, Eamonn Bowles, John Cameron Mitchell, Rob Corddry, David Gale, Richard Linklater, Seth MacFarlane, Ron Mann, Ken Marino, Thom Powers, Tom Quinn, David Wain

World Premiere Film Festival Highlights: Audience of One (Michael Jacobs), Billy The Kid (Jennifer Venditti), Does Your Soul Have a Cold? (Mike Mills), Frownland (Ronnie Bronstein), Hannah Takes the Stairs (Joe Swanberg), Helvetica (Gary Hustwit), Itty Bitty Titty Committee (Jamie Babbit), The Lookout (Scott Frank), Orphans (Ry Russo Young)

Notable Talent: Isla Fisher, Greta Gerwig, Matthew Goode, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shia Labeouf, Ken Marino, Morgan Spurlock, David Wain

In Year 14, SXSW Interactive features 150 panel sessions and more than 450 total speakers. The SXSW PanelPicker® is launched as a means to crowd-source programming proposals from the community. Registrants are thrilled by an addictive new app called Twitter, which won the Blog Category at the 2007 SXSW Web Awards. Little-known author Tim Ferriss gives an energetic presentation about reducing your work load -- shortly thereafter, his book "The Four-Hour Workweek" becomes a national best-seller. A review of SXSW Interactive penned by Dan Fost makes the front page of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Keynotes: Kathy Sierra (wickedlysmart.com) (Opening Remarks), Limor Fried (ladyadda.net) & Phil Torrone (Make), Dan Rather (journalist) as interviewed by Jane Harmsher (firedoglake.com), Will Wright (Maxis), Bruce Sterling (author) (Closing Remarks)

Notable Speakers: Justin Hall (links.net), Douglas Coupland (author), Tim Ferriss (author), Aza Raskin (humanized.com), Raph Koster (areae.net), James McNally (consolationchamps.com), Elisa Camahort (BlogHer)

Notable Sessions: Non-Developers to Open Source Acolytes; Virtual Worlds and Virtual Humans; The Death of the Desktop

SXSW 2008

"In its 22 years, SXSW has grown from a tiny music festival in the Texas capital into a massive, unavoidable media beast that reflects, discusses and showcases trends in culture and media but also often creates them. The trends that have forced massive changes upon the music industry are lamented in some SXSW panel discussions even as they're advanced and improved in others."

-National Post

SXSW Music 2008 Keynote Speaker Lou Reed. Photo by Gary Miller. Ben Harper & Tom Morello at SXSW Music 2008. Photo by Gary Miller. R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe at SXSW Music 2008. Photo by Anthony Ng. Van Morrison at SXSW Music 2008. Photo by Gary Miller. The premiere of "21" at SXSW Film 2008. Photo by Dustin Downing. 2008 Interactive Keynote room. Photo by Henry Jenkins. Cast of "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" at SXSW Film 2008. Photo by Ken Hitchcock. Jeffrey Tambor during an acting workshop at SXSW Film 2008. Photo by Ken Hitchcock. Neil Patrick Harris, John Cho & Kal Penn at SXSW Film 2008. Photo by Gary Miller. Helen Hunt at SXSW Film 2008.

1,809 Showcasing Artists
68 Panels, Workshops & Sessions
83 Venues & Stages

Keynote Conversation: Lou Reed

Notable Speakers: Steve Reich, Seymour Stein, Louis Messina, Danny Goldberg, Sean Moriarty, Ice Cube and DJ Pooh, Carrie Brownstein, Mick Jones and Tony James, Daryl Hall, Roky Erickson, Alan Parsons

Notable Showcasing Artists: 127 (Tehran IRAN), David Banner (Jackson MS), Beangrowers (St. Julians MALTA), Bon Iver (Eau Claire WI), Billy Bragg (London UK), Debate (São Paulo BRAZIL), detroit7 (Tokyo JAPAN), Diplo (Philadelphia PA), Duffy (Wales UK), Fleet Foxes (Seattle WA), David Garza (Austin TX), Ice Cube (Hollywood CA), Jens Lekman (Gothenburg SWEDEN), MGMT (Brooklyn NY), Van Morrison (Dublin IRELAND), Nada Surf (Brooklyn NY), Katy Perry (Los Angeles CA), R.E.M. (Athens GA), Carrie Rodriguez (Austin TX), Mala Rodriguez (Cadiz SPAIN), She & Him (Los Angeles CA), The Soundtrack Of Our Lives (Gothenburg SWEDEN), The Ting Tings (Manchester UK), Vampire Weekend (New York NY), Volodja Balzalorsky (Ljubljana SLOVENIA), The Whigs (Athens GA), Wooden Shjips (San Francisco CA)

Keepin’ Austin Weird: Doug Benson premieres his pot doc Super High Me at 4:20pm.

Notable Speakers: Michael Eisner, Helen Hunt, Moby, Billy Bob Thornton

World Premiere Film Festival Highlights: A Necessary Death (Daniel Stamm), At the Death House Door (Steve James), Bi the Way (Josephine Decker), Forgetting Sarah Marshall (Nicholas Stoller), In a Dream (Jeremiah Zagar), Medicine For Melancholy (Barry Jenkins), My Effortless Brilliance (Lynn Shelton), Nerdcore Rising (Negin Farsad), Nights and Weekends (Joe Swanberg & Greta Gerwig), The Pleasure of Being Robbed (Josh Safdie), They Killed Sister Dorothy (Daniel Junge), Woodpecker (Alex Karpovsky)

Notable Talent: Kristen Bell, Russell Brand, Josh Brolin, John Cho, Neil Patrick Harris, Kal Penn, David Schwimmer, Jason Segel

Underwhelming Mark Zuckerberg Keynote interview on Monday of the event. A day later, the Q&A portion of Frank Warren's emotional Keynote speech features a surprise on-stage marriage proposal. She said "yes"! Daring Fireball's John Gruber speaks on a session titled "Blood, Sweat and Fear: Great Design Hurts." Registrants delight at seeing Jeff Bezos walking the hallways of the Austin Convention Center -- he purchased a registration and attended SXSW without entourage. Cheeseburgers are served to badgeholders at Ben Huh's panel on the last day of the event. Book Readings added to the programming mix.

Keynotes: Henry Jenkins (author) & Steven Johnson (FEED Magazine) (Opening Remarks), Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook) as interviewed by Sarah Lacey (BusinessWeek), Frank Warren (PostSecret), Jane McGonigal (avantgame.com)

Notable Speakers: Andy Baio, Merlin Mann, Jonathan Coulton, Jeff Jarvis (BuzzMachine), Lynne d Johnson (Fast Company), Dan Roam (author), Jared Spool (User Interface Engineering), Dave McClure (500 Hats)

Notable Sessions: Worst Website Ever; Startup Metrics for Pirates; Illusion to Simplify Design

SXSW 2009

"The U.S. economy is in the grip of recession, but you wouldn't know it from attending the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas, a 10-day music, film, and interactive industry networking marathon fueled by massive quantities of beer and barbecue."


Quincy Jones at SXSW 2009. Photo by Erin Fotos. Janelle Monae at SXSW 2009. Photo by Scott Melcer. Bun B at SXSW 2009. Photo by Hutton Supancic. Metallica at SXSW 2009. Photo by Scott Melcer. A screening of "Metropolis" with live score from Golden Hornet. Photo by Stephanie Black. "Observe and Report" premiere at SXSW Film 2009. Photo by Scott Melcer. "I Love You Man" premiere at SXSW Film 2009. Photo by Scott Melcer. Tony Hsieh (Zappos.com) at SXSW Interactive 2009. Photo by Chad Hardy. Chris Anderson (author) & Guy Kawasaki at SXSW Interactive 2009. Photo by Stephanie Black. Nate Silver (FiveThirtyEight) at SXSW Interactive 2009. Photo by William Dunn. Bruce Sterling at SXSW Interactive 2009. Photo by Courtney Dudley.

1,987 Showcasing Artists
79 Panels, Workshops & Sessions
88 Venues & Stages

Keynote Speaker: Quincy Jones

Notable Speakers: Little Steven Van Zandt, Devo, Oak Ridge Boys, Tab Kubler and Craig Finn, Martin Atkins, Carlene Carter, Michael Ochs , Alexandra Patsavas, Rick Rogers, Panos Panay, Jarvis Cocker

Notable Showcasing Artists: Tori Amos (Los Angeles CA), ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead (Austin TX), The Avett Brothers (Concord NC), Big Boi (Atlanta GA), Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears (Austin TX), Bomba Estereo (Bogota COLOMBIA), Bun B (Port Arthur TX), Camera Obscura (Glasgow UK), Choc Quib Town (Bogota COLOMBIA), Devo (Los Angeles CA), Justin Townes Earle (Nashville TN), Grupo Fantasma (Austin TX), Mayer Hawthorne & the County (Ann Arbor MI), Heartless Bastards (Cincinnati OH), Kid Cudi (Cleveland OH), Metallica (Los Angeles CA), Janelle Monae (Atlanta GA), The Moog (Budapest HUNGARY), Mumford & Sons (London UK), Primal Scream (Glasgow UK), Ra Ra Riot (Syracuse NY), Tinted Windows (New York NY), Tokyo Sex Destruction (Barcelona SPAIN), Patricia Vonne (Austin TX), We Were Promised Jetpacks (Glasgow UK)

A Girl is born: Lena Dunham debuts with Creative Nonfiction and meets future collaborators for 2010’s Award Winning Tiny Furniture. Joe Swanberg’s Alexander the Last has first ever, day-and-date release at festival & on VOD.

Notable Speakers: Jan Harlan, Todd Haynes, Richard Linklater, Col Needham, Robert Rodriguez, Henry Selick, Jeffrey Tambor’s Acting Workshop, Mark Woollen

World Premiere Film Festival Highlights: 45365 (Ross Brothers), Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo (Jessica Oreck), Best Worst Movie (Michael Paul Stephenson), Breaking Upwards (Daryl Wein), Brock Enright: Good Times Will Never Be the Same (Jody Lee Lipes), I Love You, Man (John Hamburg), It was great but I was ready to come home (Kris Swanberg), Trust Us: This Is All Made Up (Alex Karpovsky), True Adolescents (Craig Johnson), Winnebago Man (Ben Steinbauer)

Memorable Film Festival Screenings: Hurt Locker (Kathryn Bigelow)

Notable Talent: Jennifer Coolidge, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Amber Heard, George Kuchar, Spike Lee, Zoe Lister-Jones, Danny McBride, Sam Rockwell, Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd, Jason Segel

Against the backdrop of an extremely shaky US and world economy, the SXSW Accelerator pitch competition launches to serve the growing startup ecosystem. Klout.com makes it to the finalist round in the “Innovative Web Technologies” category. FourSquare and Gowalla both launch on the same day at SXSW. Big Data makes its first big appearance at SXSW, witness the Nate Silver Keynote interview. Bre Pettis demonstrates a beta version of his MakerBot 3D printer to attendees at various Sixth Street bars. The first ride-sharing service Uber launches.

Keynotes: Tony Hsieh (Zappos) (Opening Remarks), Nate Silver (FiveThirtyEight.com) as interviewed by Stephen Baker (BusinessWeek), James Powderly (G.R.L.) as interviewed by Virginia Hefernan (New York Times Magazine), Chris Anderson (Wired, author, 3D Robotics) as interviewed by Guy Kawasaki (VC), Bruce Sterling (author) (Closing Remarks)

Notable Speakers: John Gruber (Daring Fireball), Tom Serres (Piryx Inc), Werner Vogels (Amazon), Donna Kidwell (herdomain), Kellee Santiago (thatgamecompany), Michael Fertik (reputationdefender.com)

Notable Sessions: Being Indie and Successful in the Video Game Industry; Politics, Technology, and Pop Culture; Digital Narc’ing

SXSW 2010

"But for music executives that flocked to the event on Sunday, the 10-day music, film, and interactive industry networking marathon was a chance to live on the razor's edge of technology and glimpse of the industry's changing face."


SXSW Music 2010 Keynote Speaker Smokey Robinson. Photo by Scott Melcer. Cheap Trick at SXSW Music 2010. Photo by Scott Melcer. Sharon Jones at SXSW Music 2010. Photo by Heather Leah Kennedy. Toro y Moi at SXSW Music 2010. Photo by Matthew Comer. Filmmakers & cast of "Monsters". Photo by Liz Garcia. Premiere of "Get Low" at SXSW Film 2010. Photo by Jesse Knish/Getty Images. The premiere of "Kick-Ass" at the Paramount Theatre during SXSW Film 2010. Photo by Sean Mathis. Will Forte & Jorma Taccone at the "MacGruber" premiere during SXSW Film 2010 Danah Boyd (Microsoft Research) at SXSW Interactive 2010. Photo by Damon Webster. Daniel Ek (Spotify) at SXSW Interactive 2010. Photo by Michael Cummings. Evan Williams (entrepreneur) at SXSW Interactive 2010. Photo by Mary Sledd. Valerie Casey (founder of Designers Accord) at SXSW Interactive 2010. Photo by Ken Yeung. The 2010 SXSW Web Awards (hosted by Doug Benson). Photo by Hans Watson.

1,978 Showcasing Artists
138 Panels, Workshops & Sessions
89 Venues & Stages

Keynote Conversation: Smokey Robinson

Notable Speakers: Lemmy Kilmister, Cheap Trick, Derek Sivers, Feargal Sharkey, Mac McCaughan and Laura Balance, Andrew WK, Lenny Kaye, Hugh Padgham, Dr. Ike Padnos, Suzanne Vega, Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth, Clem Burke

Notable Showcasing Artists: Bajofondo (Buenos Aires ARGENTINA), Band Of Horses (Charleston SC), Best Coast (Los Angeles CA), BettySoo (Austin TX), Broken Bells with James Mercer (Los Angeles CA), Court Yard Hounds (Austin TX), Death (Detroit MI), Hole (New York NY), Wanda Jackson (Maud OK), Sarah Jarosz (Austin TX), Local Natives (Los Angeles CA), Man Or Astro-man? (Auburn AL), Marina & the Diamonds (London UK), Miike Snow (Stockholm SWEDEN), Nas and Damien “Jr Gong” Marley (Miami FL), Mumiy Troll (Vladivostok RUSSIA), Nneka (Warri NIGERIA), Peelander-Z (New York NY), Raphael Saadiq (Los Angeles CA), Stone Temple Pilots (Los Angeles CA), T. Bird and the Breaks (Austin TX), Thee Oh Sees (San Francisco CA), Ana Tijoux (Santiago CHILE), Toro y Moi (Columbia SC), Paul Wall (Houston TX), The xx (London UK), John Hiatt (Nashville TN)

Milestones & Highlights: Big Star Tribute

M is for Movies: Monsters and Marwencol and Ms. Lena Dunham’s Tiny Furniture, three very different world premieres, wow SXSW audiences and then the world.

Notable Speakers: Ruben Fleischer, Michel Gondry, David Gordon Green, Matt Reeves, Eli Roth, Gustavo Santaolalla, Gilbert Shelton, Jeffrey Tambor’s Acting Workshop, Ti West

World Premiere Film Festival Highlights: Cold Weather (Aaron Katz), Kick-Ass (Matthew Vaughn), MacGruber (Jorma Taccone), The Myth of the American Sleepover (David Robert Michell), Passenger Pigeons (Martha Stephens), Pelada (Luke Boughen, Rebekah Fergusson, Gwendolyn Oxenham, Ryan White), Putty Hill (Matthew Porterfield), Thunder Soul (Mark Landsman), Tiny Furniture (Lena Dunham)

Notable Talent: Malin Akerman, Carrie Brownstein, Robert Duvall, Dakota Fanning, Will Forte, Judy Greer, Carla Gugino, Val Kilmer, Lemmy, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Ryan Phillippe, John C. Reilly, Chloe Sevigny, Sissy Spacek, Kristen Stewart, Patrick Wilson

In her Opening Remarks, danah boyd talks about the importance of privacy -- and calls out Facebook and Google for not respecting this value. Siri wins SXSW Accelerator “Innovative Web” category; Foodspotting and GameSalad are also finalists in this pitch competition. Hands-on workshops are added to programming schedule. Stand-up comedian Doug Benson hosts the SXSW Web Awards. 32% of the SXSW community predicts “Location-based technology” as the top trend for the coming year.

Keynotes: Danah Boyd (Microsoft Research) (Opening Remarks), Valerie Casey (Designers Accord), Ev Williams (Twitter) as interviewed by Umair Haque (Havas Media Lab), Daniel Ek (Spotify) as interviewed by Eliot Van Buskirk (Journalist), Bruce Sterling (author) (Closing Remarks)

Notable Speakers: Nicholas Carr (author), Dan Ariely (Duke University), Kim-Mai Cutler (VentureBeat), Veronica McGregor (NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory), Kenyatta Cheese (rocketboom.tv), Perry Chen (Kickstarter)

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