History of SXSW

Founded in 1987 in Austin, Texas, SXSW has emerged as the premier destination for creatives across the globe. Travel back to its origin and flip through the years of speakers, artists, filmmakers, and more in our interactive history timeline.

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Governor Ann Richards and the SXSW Directors photo by Martha Grenon

Governor Ann Richards and the SXSW Directors photo by Martha Grenon

History Intro

 

In 1986, Ronald Reagan was president. “Electronic mail” was used primarily by universities and the military. The Berlin Wall was standing. The Euro did not exist. Many phones used rotary dials to enter numbers. An Apple Macintosh computer with 128 kilobytes of RAM sold for $5,500 (in 2015 dollars). 40 million music CDs were made and sold worldwide.

That same year, a small group of people in Austin, Texas began a series of long discussions about the future of entertainment and media. The meetings were in the offices of The Austin Chronicle, and participants were sworn to secrecy. A fundamental opinion shared by the group was that the local creative and music communities were as talented as anywhere else on the planet, but were severely limited by a lack of exposure outside of Austin.

Music was the uniting factor, but the group had a catholic taste for art and ideas. Inclusiveness and reaching for new things were core values. The solution being discussed was an event that would bring the outside world to Austin for a close-up view.

As the key ideas were formed, recognition grew that Austin was not the only city where this was an issue. For a local event to bring the world to Austin, it needed to have value everywhere. A name was sought that was not restrictive in its concept.

Finally, in October of 1986, the announcement of the first South By Southwest was made. The SXSW group expected initial resistance from the locals, but it was quite the opposite. Almost everyone wanted to be involved. Resistance would come later.

The first event, held in March of 1987, saw an expected 150 registrants swell to 700 on the opening day. As hoped for, Austin’s charm won over the visitors, and SXSW took on a life of its own.

Growth was steady for the first seven years. For SXSW ’94, often remembered for the Johnny Cash keynote/performance, two new events – Interactive and Film – were introduced. It would mark a fundamental shift in how the world viewed SXSW. Still early in the paradigm shift created by the internet, the film and digital communities found a home in SXSW.

The event has changed in many surprising and meaningful ways since 1987, but at its core, SXSW remains a tool for creative people to develop their careers by bringing together people from around the globe to meet, learn and share ideas. (And maybe have a few once-in-a-lifetime experiences.)

– Roland Swenson, CEO of SXSW

History

History

1998
Nick Lowe at SXSW 1998

Music Keynote Speaker: Nick Lowe

63 Panels, Workshops & Sessions | Notable Speakers: Dust Brothers (producers), Gary Gersh (Capitol Records), Neil Strauss (The New York Times), Lloyd Doggett (U.S. congressman), Jonathan Demme (film director), Tony Wilson (In The City festival), Ray Wylie Hubbard (musician)

1998
SXSW January 1998 Brochure

Interactive Keynotes: Howard Rheingold (author), Steven Johnson (FEED), Richard Grimes (Cool Site of the Day) & Chipp Walters (Human Code)

Notable Speakers: Po Bronson (author), Lance Arthur (Database Technologies), Bob Sabiston (MTV Animation), Jodi Sax (lawgirl.com), Jen Scoville (Texas Monthly), Jack Shafer (Slate), Warren Spector (Ion Storm), Heidi Swanson (ChickClick), Stefanie Syman (FEED), Richard Grimes (Cool Site of the Day), Carl Steadman (freedonia.com). Notable Sessions: Design Technique; Digital Animation Technique; Copyright 101

1998
Buddy Guy at SXSW 1998

834 Showcasing Artists: Black Eyed Peas, Sonic Youth, Buddy Guy & More

Notable Showcasing Artists: Sonic Youth (New York NY), Buddy Guy (Chicago IL), Black Eyed Peas (Los Angeles CA), Rufus Wainwright (Montreal CANADA), …And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead (Austin TX), Ian McLagan & the Bump Band (Austin TX), Sean Lennon (New York NY), Billy Bragg (London UK), Queens of the Stone Age (Joshua Tree CA), Turbonegro (Oslo NORWAY), Handsome Boy Modeling School (San Francisco CA), Calexico (Tucson AZ), Semisonic (Minneapolis MN), Neko Case & The Sadies (Vancouver CANADA), Andrew Bird’s Bowl of Fire (Chicago IL), Reckless Kelly (Austin TX). Milestones: Native American Night Showcase

1999
Lucinda Williams at SXSW 1999

Music Keynote: Lucinda Williams

68 Panels, Workshops & Sessions | Notable Speakers: Joe Boyd (Interviewed by Tom Moon of The Philadelphia Inquirer), Greil Marcus (“I Can’t Help It If I’m Still In Love With You: Hank Williams”), Juan Atkins (“Is Rock Music Becoming Dance Music?”), Right Said Fred’s Richard Fairbrass (“Artists: How We Make Records”), Kramer (“Recording Strategies”), David Byrne and Perry Watts-Russell (“A&R: The Way We Work”), Inspectah Deck (“Getting Heard In Hip-Hop”)

1999
Jeff Beck at SXSW 1999

829 Showcasing Artists & 46 Stages: Death Cab for Cutie, Jeff Beck & Tom Waits

Notable Showcasing Artists: Tom Waits (Los Angeles CA), Jeff Beck (London UK), Wanda Jackson (Oklahoma City OK), Dead Prez (New York NY), Built to Spill (Boise ID), The Hives (Örebro SWEDEN), Beth Orton (London UK), At The Drive In (El Paso TX), Jimmie Vaughan (Austin TX), Robert Fripp (West Midlands UK), Leon Russell (Nashville TN), Spoon (Austin TX), The Gourds (Austin TX), The Flaming Lips (Oklahoma City OK), Patty Griffin (Boston MA), Death Cab For Cutie (Bellingham WA)

1999
SXSW 1999 Poster

Ron Howard, Matthew McConaughey & Woody Harrelson at SXSW Film

Notable Speakers: Arianna Bocco, Eamonn Bowles, Nick Broomfield, Guillermo del Toro, Larry Estes, “Speed” Levitch, Larry Meistrich, John Pierson, Bingham Ray, Robert Rodriguez, Tony Safford, Andrea Sperling, Mary Stuart Masterson, Guinevere Turner. Memorable Film Festival Screenings: Desert Blue (Morgan J. Freeman), From Dusk Til Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money (Scott Spiegel), The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg (Aviva Kempner). Notable Talent: Woody Harrelson, Anne Heche, Elizabeth Hurley, Matthew McConaughey

1999
SXSW 1999 Brochure

Interactive Keynotes: Mark Cuban (investor), Michael Wolff (Wolff New Media) & Philip Glass (musician) as interviewed by Marcos Novak (UCLA)

Notable Speakers: Paco Nathan (Fringeware), Michael Robertson (mp3.com), Content Love Knowles (Goddess Consulting), Ingrid Vanderveldt (Dryken), Jeff Veen (HotWired), Misty West, (Macromedia), Jason Wishnow (NewVenue.com), Tim Ziegler (Webmonkey), Joey Anuff (suck.com). Notable Sessions: Design Technique; Where Standards & Tools Come Together; Creating Community on Your Site

2000
Steve Earle at SXSW 2000

Music Keynote Speaker: Steve Earle

67 Panels, Workshops & Sessions | Notable Speakers: Patti Smith (interview with Chuck Phillips of the Los Angeles Times), JD Souther (Songwriting), Bob Ezrin (Internet Radio), Chuck D (Artist’s panel), Elliot Roberts (interview with David Fricke of Rolling Stone), Thomas Dolby Robertson (“Making Noise on the Net”), John Perry Barlow (“Legal Concerns in the Digital Music Era”), teenage singer-songwriter Shannon Curfman and her mother Mary (“The Kids are Alright”), John Paul Jones (inteview with Jim DeRogatis of the Chicago Sun-Times), Sean Parker (Napster)

2000
Tenacious D at SXSW 2000

970 Showcasing Artists Including Cypress Hill, Patti Smith, Modest Mouse & Tenacious D

47 Venues & Stages | Notable Showcasing Artists: At The Drive-In (El Paso TX), Cypress Hill (Los Angeles CA), Doug E Fresh (New York NY), David Gray (London UK), Glen Hansard of the Frames (Dublin IRELAND), Helio Sequence (Portland OR), John Paul Jones (London UK), Jungle Brothers (New York NY), Robert Earl Keen (Austin TX), Jim Lauderdale (Nashville TN), Shelby Lynne (Palm Springs CA), The Mekons (Leeds UK), Modest Mouse (Issaquah WA), Okkervil River (Austin TX), Chuck Prophet (San Francisco CA), Ray Price (Perryville TX), Puffy (Tokyo JAPAN), Rhymesayers Collective (Minneapolis MN), Bob Schneider (Austin TX), Elliott Smith (Portland OR), Patti Smith (New York NY), Tegan & Sara (Calgary CANADA), Tenacious D (Los Angeles CA), M. Ward (Portland OR), Hank Williams III (Nashville TN)

2000
SXSW 2000 Poster

“SXSW crowd filling theaters this year rather than going to the panels is of course, a very good sign for the filmmakers with movies playing here.” – New York Times

Notable Speakers: D.A. Pennebaker & Chris Hegedus, Hughes Brothers, John Carpenter, Guillermo del Toro, Jeff Dowd, Liz Garbus, Janeane Garofalo, Monte Hellman, Richard Linklater, Elvis Mitchell, Jonathan Sehring. Memorable Film Festival Screenings: George Wallace: Settin’ the Woods on Fire (Paul Stekler & Daniel McCabe), Grass (Ron Mann), How’s Your News Sneak Preview (Arthur Bradford), Just, Melvin (James Ronald Whitney), The Target Shoots First (Chris Wilcha)

2000
Chuck D, Peter Case, Roger McGuinn, Joe Nick Patoski, Ian McLagan, Bernie Worrell, & Terri Clark at SXSW Music 2000

Interactive Keynotes: Rob Burgess & Kevin Lynch (Macromedia), Denise Caruso (New York Times) & Stewart Brand (author)

Notable Speakers: Meg Hourihan (Pyra), Jason Kottke (B-Swing Inc), Tiffany Shlain (The Webby Awards), Lucy Mohl (RealNetworks), Jennifer Neiderst (Littlechair Design), Brad Phillips (Milkshake Media), Pamela Ribon (pamie.com), Mika Salmi (AtomFilms). Notable Sessions: Webcasting Do’s and Don’t; Power Convergence: The New Medium; User Centric Design

2001
Black Crowes at SXSW 2001

1,000+ Showcasing Artists at SXSW 2001

1,012 Showcasing Artists, 48 Venues & Stages | Notable Showcasing Artists: Astrid (Helsinki FINLAND), Black Crowes (New York NY), Black Eyed Peas (Los Angeles CA), David Byrne (New York NY), Kasey Chambers (Avoca Beach AUSTRALIA), Deerhoof (San Francisco CA), Drive-By Truckers (Athens GA), Elbow (Lancashire UK), Explosions in the Sky (Austin TX), Idlewild (Edinburgh UK), Interpol (New York NY), Jurassic 5 (Los Angeles CA), Los Super Seven (Austin TX), Yngwie Malmsteen (Stockholm SWEDEN), Thomas Mapfumo (Harare ZIMBABWE), Mogwai (Glasgow UK), My Morning Jacket (Louisville KY), New Pornographers (Vancouver CANADA), Peaches (Berlin GERMANY), Robert Randolph (Maplewood NJ), The Shins (Albuquerque NM), The Strokes (New York NY), White Stripes (Detroit MI)

2001
Ron Jeremy, Richard Linklater, Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino & More at SXSW Film

Ron Jeremy, Richard Linklater, Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino & More at SXSW Film

Notable Speakers: Allison Anders, Anthony Bregman, Jill Clayburgh, Brunson Green, Gil Holland, Jim Jarmusch, Ron Jeremy, John Lee Hancock, Richard Linklater, Tommy Pallotta, Bill Plympton, Gregory Rhem, Robert Rodriguez, Keith Simanton, John Sloss, Chris Smith, Liz Smith, Jeffrey Tambor, Quentin Tarantino, Rip Torn, Barry Tubb, Doris Wishman. Memorable Film Festival Screenings: Frontier (Zellner Bros.), Low Self Esteem Girl (Blaine Thurier), Never Again (Eric Schaeffer), Okie Noodling (Brad Beesley), The Sweetest Sound (Alan Berliner)

2001
Ray Davies at SXSW 2001

Music Keynote: Ray Davies

69 Panels, Workshops & Sessions | Notable Speakers: David Byrne, Hal Willner, Sharon Osbourne , Miles Copeland III, Jello Biafra, Jennifer Toomey, Ike Turner, Glen Phillips, Jazzy Jay

2001
SXSW 2001 Brochure

Interactive Keynotes: John Battelle (Standard Media Int’l) & John Heilemann (author), Ian Clarke (The Freenet Project) & DJ Spooky (musician) & Michael Hirschorn (music journalist)

Notable Speakers: Danni Ashe (Danni’s Hard Drive), Larry Harvey (Burning Man), Nathan Shedroff (nathan.com), Evan Williams (Pyra.com), Sean Parker (Napster), Larry Page (Google), Caterina Fake (Sonoma), Michael Nolan (New Riders). Notable Sessions: Industry Trend 2001: Is Anyone Making Money?; Possibility and Constraint in Design; Weblogs: Microcontent

2002
Courtney Love at SXSW 2002

First outdoor stage performances at Auditorium Shores | Showcasing Artists: The Dears, Minus the Bear, Norah Jones, OK Go & More

1,035 Showcasing Artists, 49 Venues & Stages | Notable Showcasing Artists: Acid Mothers Temple (Nagoya JAPAN), Cravo Carbono (Belem BRAZIL), The Darkness (London UK), David Baerwald & the New Folk Underground (Austin TX), The Dears (Montreal CANADA), Freddy Fender (San Antonio TX), Neil Finn (Te Awamutu NEW ZEALAND), The Flatlanders (Lubbock TX), Grupo Fantasma (Austin TX), John Butler Trio (Fremantle AUSTRALIA), Norah Jones (New York NY, Kinky (Monterrey MEXICO), La Mafia (Houston TX), Los Lonely Boys (Austin TX), Mastodon (Atlanta GA), Minus The Bear (Seattle WA), The Octopus Project (Austin TX), OK Go (Chicago IL), Polyphonic Spree (Dallas TX), Rock Four (Tel Aviv ISRAEL), Sahara Hotnights (Robertsfors SWEDEN), Shearwater (Austin TX), The Soundtrack Of Our Lives (Goteborg SWEDEN), They Might Be Giants (Brooklyn NY), Don Walser (Austin TX), Yeah Yeah Yeahs (New York NY), The Datsuns (Auckland NEW ZEALAND)

2002
Robbie Robertson at SXSW 2002

Music Keynote: Robbie Robertson (guitarist for The Band)

63 Panels, Workshops & Sessions | Notable Speakers: Courtney Love, Hilary Rosen, Miles Copeland III, Peter Guralnick, Gerard Cosloy of Matador, Wanda Jackson (“Rockabilly Fillies”), Jason Schwartzman of Phantom Planet, Patty Schemel, Nic Harcourt

2002
Russell Crowe at SXSW Film 2002

Documentary premiere Spellbound (Jeff Blitz) is the first breakout film for SXSW.

Notable Speakers: Peter Bogdanovitch, Roman Coppola, Dennis Hopper, Lloyd Kaufman, Danny Leiner, Cheech Marin, Albert Maysles, Molly Parker, John Sayles, Wayne Slater, Jeffrey Tambor. World Premiere Film Festival Highlights: Blade 2 (Guillermo del Toro), Gigantic: A Tale of Two Johns (A.J.Schnack), Journeys with George (Alexandra Pelosi), Last Party 2000 (Donovan Leitch & Rebecca Chaiklin), Spellbound (Jeff Blitz). Notable Talent: Russell Crowe, Ethan Hawke

2002
Interactive Keynotes: Kevin Lynch (Macromedia) & Jeff Veen (HotWired), Simon Assaad & David Carson (Heavy), Cory Doctorow (EFF) & Bruce Sterling (author)

Interactive Keynotes: Kevin Lynch (Macromedia) & Jeff Veen (HotWired), Simon Assaad & David Carson (Heavy), Cory Doctorow (EFF) & Bruce Sterling (author)

Notable Speakers: William Hurley (Invisisoft.com), Bob Regan (Macromedia), Erick Schonfeld (Business 2.0), Doc Searls (Doc Searls Weblog), Derek Sivers (CD Baby). Notable Sessions: I-Mode and Asian Culture; Small Business Survival Skills: Find Your Niche; P2P Journalism, Weblogs and Collaborative Media

2003
Jean Grae at SXSW 2003

Flatstock Poster Show First Year at SXSW | The Black Keys, Broken Social Scene, Jean Grae, & Blur Among SXSW 2003 Showcasing Artists

1,100 Showcasing Artists, 53 Venues & Stages | Notable Showcasing Artists: The Black Keys (Akron OH), James Blunt (London UK), Blur (London UK), Broken Social Scene (Toronto CANADA), Tia Carrera (Austin TX), Concrete Blonde (Los Angeles CA), Decemberists (Portland OR), Kathleen Edwards (Ottowa CANADA), El-P (New York NY), Explosions In The Sky (Austin TX), Jean Grae (New York NY), Richie Havens (New York NY), Hot Hot Heat (Victoria CANADA), I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness (Austin TX), Iguana Men of Galapagos (Puerto Villamil ECUADOR), Iron & Wine (Miami FL), Joe Jackson Band (London UK), Junior Senior (Copenhagen DENMARK), Daniel Lanois (Toronto CANADA), Sondre Lerche (Bergen NORWAY), Lucero (Memphis TN), Molotov (Mexico City MEXICO), Mountain Goats (Claremont CA), Mudhoney (Seattle WA), Patrice Pike & the Black Box Rebellion (Austin TX), Michael Penn (Los Angeles CA), Pinback (San Diego CA), The Raveonettes (Copenhagen DENMARK), Sound Team (San Antonio TX), Stellastarr (New York NY), Billy Bob Thornton (Los Angeles CA), Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players (New York NY), Yardbirds with Slash, Skunk Baxter & Steve Vai (London UK)

2003
Daniel Lanois at SXSW 2003

Music Keynote: Daniel Lanois (renowned producer and musician)

72 Panels, Workshops & Sessions | Notable Speakers: Lyle Lovett, Pharrell Williams, Anthony Wilson, FCC commisioner Jonathan Adelstein Michael Dorf, Don, Scott McCaughey, Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, David Ritz, Steve Schnur

2003
Controversial documentary on Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, sells out the Paramount Theatre on Closing Night of SXSW Film

Controversial documentary on Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, sells out the Paramount Theatre on Closing Night of SXSW Film

Notable Speakers: Peter Fonda, Joel Schumacher. World Premiere Film Festival Highlights: Cabin Fever (Eli Roth), Flag Wars (Linda Goode Bryant & Laura Poitras), Go Further (Ron Mann), Sexless (Alex Holdridge). Notable Talent: Brooke Adams, Tony Shalhoub

2003
Joel Schumacher at the premiere of "Phone Booth" at SXSW Film 2003

Interactive Keynotes: David Weinberger, (author) (Opening Remarks), Doug Lenat (Cycorp), Joshua Davis (School of Visual Arts, New York) & Richard Florida (author)

Notable Speakers: Anil Dash (dashes.com), Richard Stallman, Scott Heiferman (Meetup), Eric Meyer (meyerweb.com), Jim Munroe (author), Philip Kaplan (Fucked Company), Kevin Smokler (centralbooking.com). Notable Sessions: Beyond the Blog: The Future of Personal Publishing; Trends in How the Internet Connects People; Between the (Style) Sheets: CSS, Browsers and You

2004
N.E.R.D with Pharrell Williams at SXSW 2004

1,279 Showcasing Artists & 55 Stages

Notable Showcasing Artists: Against Me! (Gainesville FL), The B-52’s (Athens GA), Big Star (Memphis TN), Cake (Sacramento CA), Calexico (Tucson AZ), Chamillionaire (Houston TX), The Church (Sydney AUSTRALIA), Alvin Crow & the Pleasant Valley Boys (Austin TX), Death From Above 1979 (Toronto CANADA), Dirty Projectors (Hartford CT), Dizzee Rascal (London UK), Dresden Dolls (Boston MA), Franz Ferdinand (Glasgow UK), Hives (Fagersta SWEDEN), The Hold Steady (Brooklyn NY), Shooter Jennings (Los Angeles CA), Joan Jett & the Blackhearts (New York NY), The Killers (Las Vegas NV), Kris Kristofferson (Brownsville TX), Mission Of Burma (Boston MA), Modest Mouse (Issaquah WA), The National (New York NY), N.E.R.D. (Virginia Beach VA), Ozomatli (Los Angeles CA), Petty Booka (Tokyo JAPAN), Razorlight (London UK), Snow Patrol (Glasgow UK), Sufjan Stevens (Petosky MI), Joss Stone (Devon UK), Toots & the Maytals (Kingston JAMAICA), TV On The Radio (New York NY), Uzbegim Taronasi (Tashkent UZBEKISTAN), The Walkmen (New York NY), What Made Milwaukee Famous (Austin TX)

2004
Paramount Theatre marquee at SXSW Film 2004

Guillermo Del Toro brings down the house with a rambunctious screening of Hellboy at SXSW Film

Notable Speakers: Jonathan Demme, John Landis, Gary Ross, Todd Wagner. World Premiere Film Festival Highlights: A League of Ordinary Gentlemen (Christopher Browne), Blackballed: The Bobby Dukes Story (Brant Sersen), Bush’s Brain (Joseph Mealey & Michael Shoob), Dear Pillow (Bryan Poyser), The End (Kirby Dick), Last Man Standing (Paul Stekler). Notable Talent: Guillermo del Toro, Crispin Glover, Jim Jarmusch, Jason Lee, Ron Perlman

2004
Little Richard at SXSW 2004

Music Keynote: Little Richard

70 Panels, Workshops & Sessions | Notable Speakers: Interviews with Walter Yetnikoff, Wayne Coyne, Andrew Loog Oldham, Ani DiFranco, and Joan Baez; Mark Cuban, Nils Bernstein, Megan Jasper, Jim Pitt, Robyn Hitchcock

2004
Interactive Keynotes: Brenda Laurel (Purple Moon) (Opening Remarks), Eli Pariser & Zach Exley (MoveOn), Howard Rheingold (author) & Jonathan Abrams (Friendster)

Interactive Keynotes: Brenda Laurel (Purple Moon) (Opening Remarks), Eli Pariser & Zach Exley (MoveOn), Howard Rheingold (author) & Jonathan Abrams (Friendster)

Notable Speakers: Derek Powazek (powazek.com), Joe Trippi, Joi Ito, Brenda Laurel (author), Dave Shea (CSSZenGarden.com), Jane Pinckard (GameGirlAdvance), Anne Lin (annielin.com). Notable Sessions: Wireless and Grassroots Innovation; Interactions as Interventions; Drop the MP3

2005
Bill Flanagan & Robert Plant at SXSW 2005

Music Keynote: Robert Plant

72 Panels, Workshops & Sessions | Notable Speakers: Interviews with Jacob Slichter, Elvis Costello, Shawn Fanning, Mavis Staples, Erykah Badu; Brian Wilson and Van Dyke Parks, Mac McCaughan, Ian McLagan, Marty Diamond, Dan Reed

2005
Mavis Staples at SXSW 2005

Mavis Staples, Fatboy Slim, Dr. Dog & More | 1,331 Showcasing Artists

56 Venues & Stages | Notable Showcasing Artists: Erykah Badu (Dallas TX), Beto y los Fairlanes (Austin TX), Blind Boys of Alabama (Birmingham AL), Bloc Party (London UK), Blowfly (Miami FL), John Cale (New York NY), Chingo Bling (Houston TX), Dr. Dog (Philadelphia PA), Fatboy Slim (Brighton UK), The Go! Team (Brighton UK), The Grates (Brisbane AUSTRALIA), Robyn Hitchcock (London UK), Ian Hunter (Hoboken NJ), Billy Idol (Los Angeles CA), Kaiser Chiefs (Leeds UK), LCD Soundsystem (New York NY), Amos Lee (Philadelphia PA), M.I.A. (London UK), Kathy McCarty (Austin TX), Menomena (Portland OR), New York Dolls (New York NY), Ariel Pink (Los Angeles CA), Kermit Ruffins (New Orleans LA), The Silos (New York NY), Sleater-Kinney (Portland OR), Slim Thug (Houston TX), Son Volt (St. Louis MO), ST-37 (Austin TX), Mavis Staples with Marty Stuart (Chicago IL), Swishahouse (Houston TX), We Are Scientists (Brooklyn NY), Wolfmother (Sydney AUSTRALIA)

2005
The Duplass Brothers, Joe Swanberg & Andrew Bujalski come together for the first time at SXSW Film

The Duplass Brothers, Joe Swanberg & Andrew Bujalski come together for the first time at SXSW Film

Notable Speakers: Wayne Coyne, Al Franken, Chris Gore, Thomas Hayden Church, Todd Solondz, Christine Vachon. World Premiere Film Festival Highlights: The Boys of Baraka (Heidi Ewing & Rachel Grady), Cavite (Ian Gamazon & Neill Dela Llana), The Kings of Comedy (Michael Blieden), Our Brand is Crisis (Rachel Boynton), Wendell Baker Story (Luke & Andrew Wilson). Notable Talent: Maria Bamford, Claire Forlani, Zach Galifianakis, Patton Oswalt, Brian Posehn, Sarah Silverman, Harry Dean Stanton, Andrew, Owen & Luke Wilson, Elijah Wood

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