Dilcia’s SXSW Experience
This year marked SXSW Film’s 20th edition and my first time attending. I was warned by many of SXSW’s chaotic nature because Austin converts into a hub of thousands of people in search of the latest innovations in music, technology, and of course film. The weather was nice, the food was awesome, and the lines were surprisingly easy to master – only requires a little bit of discipline to wake up early and obtain a Festival Exxpress pass for entrance priority. And I even got to see Green Day at the world premiere of their pair of documentaries, Broadway Idiot and ¡Cuatro! I was able to catch so many amazing films including some that will be screening next week at the XPN Music Festival. Some of my (and SXSW audiences) favorites included Good Ol’ Freda, a portrait of Beatles fandom through their longtime secretary, Twenty Feet From Stardom, an inspiring portrait that shines a spotlight on backup singers, Muscle Shoals, an insightful look at one of music history’s most iconic studio, and Los Wild Ones, an intimate look at Mexican rock-a-billys in Los Angeles. An emotional moment of SXSW was seeing 2012 XPN Music Film Fest Alumni Destin Daniel Cretton (I Am Not a Hipster) take the Grand Jury Prize for his new film Short Term 12, his heart warming speech left no dry eye in the theatre. Additionally, I will never forget meeting Kathleen Hanna post The Punk Singer screening – the film strengthened my admiration for such a great artist and I’m excited to bring it to Philadelphia. I hope you can take advantage of the great programming of fresh, new films straight out of their world premieres at SXSW next week at the XPN Music Film Festival. In SXSW spirit, the festival will offer great performances, moving films, and conversations with great artists from all over the world.