First day in Austin, Texas for SXSW 2013 and it is overcast and drizzling. Lovely. But it is not cold which is a plus. I picked up my badge, got my goodie bag then schlepped half way across town to pick up my bicycle that I have rented for the next 10 days. The Red Baron. This has turned out to be a great way to get around SXSW as the traffic is a nightmare and the film venues are a bit spread out.
SXSW is expecting over 250,000 people for the Film, Interactive and Music programs. I am signed up for the Film Program and I went to a couple of talks for first timers at SXSW to get the lay of the land. The first panel was made up of local journalists and film makers who answered all the questions about screenings, networking and the best place to eat and drink. I took notes.
The second panel focused on the film program and was made up of film critics and journalists who gave us some recommendations for what to see, some tips and tricks and, of course, good places to eat and drink. Nice.
The opening film is The Incredible Burt Wonderstone starring Steve Carell and Jim Carrey and I am not going to see it, I don't care that is was co-written by Sweets from Bones, this is a big Hollywood comedy that I can see in two weeks at my local cinema. I am sure there will be some star spotting to do, but hey, I understand here at SXSW you pretty much bump into actors and directors on the street, so I am giving it a wide berth. I am fickle and my tune will change tomorrow and I fight and claw my way into the viewing of Richard Linklater's Before Midnight.
I am going to try and see the music documentary Sound City directed by Dave Grohl, which is about the recording studio Sound City. It should be very interesting.