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SXSW announces first round of 2012 film panels

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It’s kind of insane that we’re about to start talking about next year’s South by Southwest and it’s still October. Just last week I reposted a video from this year’s SXSW! But here we go: today SXSW announced their first round of film programming, a preliminary list of panels you’ll be able to check out next March in Austin, Texas. Highlights include a conversation with “Drive” and “Contagion” composer Cliff Martinez, a chat about arts criticism in the age of Twitter, and the return of the legendary “Jeffrey Tambor Acting Workshop.” My favorite panel title on the list? “The Evolution of the Douchebag in Modern Cinema.” It’s sort of hard for douchebags to evolve — that’s kind of what makes them douchebags — but I think I know what they’re getting at.

The full list of announced panels is below. And, hey, it’s not too late to submit your feature or short to the festival; the deadline is November 15. If you’ve got a movie about evolved douchebags, this could be your year. Ride that zeitgeist.

3 R’s of Horror: Remakes, Reboots and Rediscoveries
(Organized by KW Low / Dread Central Media)

A Conversation with Cliff Martinez

Alternative Film Events: Site Specific and Beyond
(Organized by Delicia Harvey / Aurora Picture Show)

Artists Scoring Movies: Creating an Original Music Catalog for the Latest Trend in Film Composing
(Organized by Kier Lehman / Sony Pictures)

Arts Criticism 140 Characters at a Time
(Organized by Jen Nedeau / TIME Magazine)

Behind the Pure Evil (The Saga of Todd & the Book of Pure Evil)
(Organized by Andrew Rosen / Aircraft Pictures)

Beyond Netflix and iTunes: Your Film’s Unique Digital Distribution Strategy
(Organized by Richard Lorber, Kino Lorber, Inc)

Beyond the 1 Sheet – Pen to Paper Returns
(Organized by Charlie Loft / AllCity Media)

Bringing Sexy Back: Where’s The Line Today?
(Organized by Lisa Vandever / CineKink)

Carbon Film Quote – Putting the Carbon Footprint in Your Production Bid
(Organized by Steffen Gentis / BBDO Proximity Germany)

Casting on a Budget: Get the Best and the Rightest
(Organized by Paul Schnee, Barden / Schnee Casting, Inc.)

Coppola Vs. Kittens: Pro Filmmaking’s Online Future
(Organized by Karyn Campbell / The IdeaLists)

Diversity Counts: Auteur’s, Actors and Audiences
(Organized by Vicente Williams / Producers Guild of America Diversity Committee)

The DIY on Shorts Distribution. Who’s Got This?
(Organized by Christine Boulware / IndieFilmz)

Doc Distribution from A to Z with an Emphasis on “E” for the Educational Market
(Organized by Elizabeth Sheldon / Kino Lorber, Inc.)

Does HTML5 Offer a Montage Moment for Web Cinema?
(Organized by Brian Chirls / Three Eyed Labs, LLC)

Don’t Forget About Me! How to Remember Everything at SXSW (and beyond)
(Organized by Mark Channon / Memory School)

Empowering Filmmakers: How to Take Control of Your Marketing & Distribution
(Organized by Marc Schiller / BOND Strategy and Influence)

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Grants
(Organized by Dianne Debicella / Fractured Atlas)

The Evolution of the Douchebag in Modern Cinema
(Organized by Robyn Sklaren / TV and Film Consultant)

Faster, Pussycat! Shoot! Shoot!
(Organized by Ryan O’Hara Theisen / Lucky Branded Entertainment)

Festivals and the Film Distribution Business
(Organized by Nick Roddick / London Film School)

Filmmaker’s Guide to Capitol Hill Politics
(Organized by Jody Arlington / Impact + Arts Film Fund)

The GeekFamily Guide to the Movies
(Organized by Jason Cranford Teague / GeekDad/Wired)

Hollywood Lessons: What I Learned the Hard Way
(Organized by John Lang / Rough & Tumble Films)

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love VOD
(Organized by Matt Harlock / American The Movie Ltd.)

How Libraries and Archives Can Help You in “Pre” and “Post”
(Organized by Jo Angela Oehrli / University of Michigan)

In Search of the Muslim Sassy Gay Friend
(Organized by Alyssa Rosenberg / ThinkProgress)

In The Cloud: Your Film in a Post-Ownership World
(Organized by Sommer Hixon / New Video)

In The Cut: Editing a Killer Editing Sample
(Organized by Kyle Henry / Northwestern University)

It’s Not About the Budget
(Organized by Barry Ryan / Warp Films/Warp X)

Jeffrey Tambor’s Acting Workshop

Market Place Live
(Organized by Charlie Bloye / Film Export UK)

The Power of Super 8 Film
(Organized by Jaclyn Vigeant / Pro8mm)

Print to Portal: Turning a Film Mag into a Brand
(Organized by Tiffany Pritchard / Little White Lies)

Shooting the Non Scripted Feature Film for Writing in the Edit
(Organized by Benjamin Kasulke / Director of Photography)

Timing is Everything: How to Maximize Your PR
(Organized by Lewis Kay / PMK*BNC)

Tweaking Your Living Room to Director Standards
(Organized by Chris Armbrust / THX Ltd.)

WTFair Use?! An Interactive Fair-Use Workshop
(Organized by Deena Kalai / Deena Kalai, PLLC)

SXSW 2012 runs March 9-18. What panel are you looking forward to? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.

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It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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