SXSW Preview


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INTERACTIVE // March 7 - 11
One of the most accomplished scientists of our time, astrophysicist and author Neil deGrasse Tyson will be a keynote speaker at SXSW Interactive. Tyson’s list of accomplishments includes 10 books, 19 honorary doctorates and the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal. Time selected Tyson as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2007. Additionally, he was the first scientist to attract more than one million Twitter followers.

Music // March 11 - 16
Free and open to the public, indie rap/television superstar Donald Glover will take the stage March 15 at Butler Park as his alter ego Childish Gambino. Glover, who first rose to prominence as a cast member on NBC’s “Community,” is already garnering acclaim for his recently-released sophomore album “Because the Internet.” His upcoming SXSW performance is part of the album’s promotional tour, “The Deep Web Tour.” While the event is free, attendees must pre-register for a complimentary guest pass either online or in person at the venue prior to the event. Wristband and badge holders do not need to apply for a guest pass to gain entrance.

Film // March 7 -15
Austin residents Richard Linklater and Ethan Hawke collaborate on a film 12 years in the making. The darling of Sundance Film Festival, “Boyhood” follows the personal growth of a boy from first grade through high school graduation. The film was shot slowly, with production first starting in 2002. Linklater, the film’s director, filmed scenes with young Ellar Coltrane only a few days per year. The film’s screening is already being touted by SXSW as a “festival favorite,” meaning audience seats are bound to fill quickly.