Digital download: The SXSW panel 'Nobody Wants to Watch Your Film: Realities of Online Distribution' panel featured San Francisco Film Society Executive Director Graham Leggat (third from left) with Efe Cakarel, Peter Becker and Sara Pollack.

Sights and Sounds of South by Southwest

Hannah Eaves March 24, 2010

Every year tens of thousands of artists, aficionados and businesspeople flock to Austin for South by Southwest, a festival that is part online conference, part film festival, and more than part music. The days are filled with panels and films, and the nights with parties, music, and, well, more films. SXSW’s programming has often been associated with the rise of the mumblecore film genre, but encompasses so much more, most notably a focus on documentaries with a counterculture focus. Inspired by the crazy, ad hoc feeling on the streets of Austin, I’ve attempted to take a page out of the New York Times’ book to create an audio slideshow that captures at least a glimpse of the feeling on the ground.

South by Southwest for SF360 from Hannah on Vimeo.

  • Nov 3, 2011

    Essential SF: Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman

    With riveting characters, cascading revelations and momentous breakthroughs, Epstein and Friedman’s work paved the way for contemporary documentary practice.

  • Nov 2, 2011

    Essential SF: Susan Gerhard

    Susan Gerhard talks copy, critics and the 'there' we have here.

  • Nov 1, 2011

    Essential SF: Joshua Grannell

    Since its first event in 1998, Midnight Mass has become an SF institution, and Peaches Christ, well, she's its peerless warden and cult leader.

  • Oct 31, 2011

    Essential SF: Karen Larsen

    Universally warm sentiment is attached to the Bay Area's hardest working indie/art film publicist.

  • Oct 28, 2011

    Joshua Moore, on Location

    Filmmaker and programmer Moore talks process, offers perspective on his debut feature and Cinema by the Bay opener, ‘I Think It’s Raining.’

  • Oct 26, 2011

    Essential SF: Canyon Cinema

    For 50 years, Canyon Cinema has provided crucial support for a fertile avant-garde film scene.

  • Oct 24, 2011

    Signs of the Times

    Director Mina T. Son talks about the creation of ‘Making Noise in Silence,’ screening the United Nations Association Film Festival this week.

  • Oct 21, 2011

    In Orbit with ‘An Injury to One’

    Accompanied by a program of solar system shorts, Travis Wilkerson’s 2003 look at ruthless union-busting and the rise and fall of Butte, Montana, offers eerie resonance.