Bridging Film & TV With Activism, Social Change, and Unique Voices

Every person has the power to ignite change and make a difference. In recent news, many everyday people have turned activists – proving it doesn’t matter your age or origin to speak up for change.

Throughout sessions for the 2020 Conference we see this passion and resilience reflected in the numerous unique voices fighting for social change. These efforts have been chronicled in media and an effort is currently being made to increase representation and diversity in order to enact lasting change.

Turning the spotlight onto the film and television industry, explore SXSW sessions within our Film & TV Industry Track where we will examine the current and future states of film and television that echo the message of activism that any person, idea, piece of news, series, or film can make a big impact.

Diversity & Representation

In recent years, we’ve seen how the inclusion of underrepresented voices has positively impacted society as a whole, further emphasizing the importance of these social change efforts. In Breaking Into Hollywood and Creating Change, join Nina Yang Bongiovi, Bryan Smiley, Sophia Yen, and Bert – key players in social justice from a variety of professional backgrounds – as they share how they are using their Hollywood stature to create positive change in our society and how you can do the same.

For too long, Native people have been erased from cultural dialogue, their voices have been systematically silenced, or portrayed through a non-Native lens as crude stereotypes. It is because of those stereotypes that they are now reclaiming their narrative. During Decolonize Hollywood: Why Indigenous Voices Matter, filmmakers, actors, and writers explain the importance of having Native voices on your next project as a means of re-shaping the Hollywood and American narrative.

Media & Social Change

Amidst the noise of the 2020 election, how can creative media stories have meaningful social and political impact? From the Screen to the Streets: Media & Activism will take a deep dive into how advocates, storytellers, productions, companies, and distributors have successfully worked together to inspire social and political change from the global to the local.

Speakers Bing Lui, Denae Peters, and Nanfu Wang (2017 SXSW Special Jury Winner for Documentary Feature Competition) believe that social interaction is what leads to social action. Explore more about this notion during their panel, Is Empathy Enough: What Drives Social Change.

Film Highlights

Check out the Film Festival and Film-related Conference Tracks like Making Film & Episodics, Experiential Storytelling, and XR for even more Film programming.

Join Us for SXSW 2020

Register and book your housing for SXSW 2020 early for the best rates. While you await the 2020 Film lineup (coming in January), browse the latest confirmed programming for SXSW on the online SXSW Schedule including Conference sessions for Film Tracks and more.

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