For the first time at SXSW Film, 2014 will feature daily Keynotes to launch each day with a bang, so Conference attendees can hit the ground running, inspired by these diverse visionaries from the ever-evolving world of Film.
These speakers embody the DIY spirit, ingenuity and entrepreneurial drive that SXSW uniquely cultivates. Each Keynote session, held at 11:00am from Saturday, March 8 - Tuesday, March 11, 2014, aims to galvanize and empower our audience to do the same.
The first three Keynote speakers for SXSW 2014 are:
Lena Dunham stars in the HBO series, Girls, which she created and serves as executive producer, writer, and director. A two-time Golden Globe winner, Dunham made history as the first female director to win a DGA Award for “Television Comedy Series.”
Additionally, for Girls, she received seven Emmy® nominations, was honored by AFI as one of the best “TV Programs of the Year," and won a WGA Award for "Best New Series.” In 2010, her feature Tiny Furniture world premiered at SXSW, winning the Jury Award, and ultimately earning her an Independent Spirit Award for “Best First Screenplay.”
Jason Blum is the founder and CEO of Blumhouse Productions, a multi-media production company that has pioneered a new model of studio filmmaking - producing high-quality micro-budget films for wide release.
Since its launch in 2000, Blumhouse has produced more than 30 feature films including the highly-profitable Paranormal Activity and Insidious franchises, The Purge and Sinister. Blumhouse's recent films include The Purge, under its first-look deal with Universal Pictures, which opened to more than $34 million with a budget of just $3 million and Insidious: Chapter Two which opened to over $ 40 million with just a $5m budget.
Casey Neistat is a New York-based filmmaker. He is the writer, director, editor and star of the series The Neistat Brothers on HBO and won the John Cassavetes Award at the 2012 Independent Spirit Awards for producing the film Daddy Long Legs.
His main body of work includes dozens of short films he has released exclusively on the Internet. His online films have been viewed over 50,000,000 times in the last 3 years. His first job in New York City was as a bike messenger.
Lena Dunham by Jessica Miglio / HBO
Jason Blum courtesy Blumhouse Productions
Casey Neistat courtesy Casey Neistat