A Conversation With Todd Phillips
Director Todd Phillips has forever left his mark on comedy entertainment with his own brand of films exploring, in often-outrageous ways, the nature of male relationships. With films like “Old School,” “Starsky & Hutch,” “School For Scoundrels,” “Due Date” and “The Hangover,” the highest grossing R-rated comedy of all time, he has worked with some of today’s most innovative and acclaimed comic actors. He is currently in post-production on “The Hangover Part II,” which moves the action to Thailand. Phillips began his career as a documentary filmmaker, inspired by humor taken from everyday reality and the belief that the truth is often stranger than fiction. Join what promises to be a fascinating discussion with Phillips as he discusses his work, his career and what makes life so funny, with Elvis Mitchell.
A Conversation with Paul Reubens
Paul Reubens is best known for his character, Pee-wee Herman, which he created while a member of the famed Los Angeles improv group, The Groundlings. From its premiere in 1981, the stage production of “The Pee-wee Herman Show” quickly gained a national audience when it was broadcast by HBO. In 1985, Reubens co-wrote the hit film, “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure.” He went on to create, co-write and co-direct “Pee-wee’s Playhouse” on CBS. The series earned 22 Emmy Awards over its five seasons. Recently, “The Pee-wee Herman Show” completed an acclaimed run on Broadway and was filmed, once again, for HBO. Join us as Paul discusses his remarkable body of work and the upcoming HBO special “The Pee-wee Herman Show on Broadway.” We can’t wait, and hope you can’t either!
Straight From the Source (Code)
Join visionary director Duncan Jones and the cast of the SXSW opening night film as they navigate parallel universes, alternate realities and mind-bending explosions. Jones will be joined by cast members Jake Gyllenhaal and Michelle Monaghan as they answer all of your questions about the making of “Source Code,” his highly anticipated follow up to “Moon.”
SUPER-Talented: A Conversation with James Gunn, Ellen Page and Rainn Wilson
SUPER-size the U.S. premiere of this highly-anticipated new film with an explosive conversation featuring director James Gunn (“Slither”), Rainn Wilson (“The Office”) and Ellen Page (“Inception”). Learn about how a short-order cook can take justice into his own hands with little more than a wrench and a sign from above. Don’t steal, don’t deal drugs, and don’t miss your chance to hear all the inside stories of how this singular dark-comedy made it to the big screen.
Some other highlights from SXSW 2011’s Panels include a 15th anniversary celebration of Ain’t It Cool News, a workshop on directing with “Twilight”‘s Catherine Hardwicke, a conversation on plagiarism and blogging, and a discussion about “fanboys & fidelity” with director Robert Rodriguez and comic book author Greg Rucka.
The film portion of SXSW 2011 runs March 11 through 19, and you can find the full roster of film panels, as well as the screening schedule, on SXSW.com.