Last year, I covered SXSW Interactive and Eco — the conferences in Austin, Texas — on Firedoglake’s Bytegeist. This year, I’m expanding to include coverage of the SXSW Film and Music festivals as well.
I’m a one-person team and SXSW includes literally thousands of events from March 7 through March 16. Some events — like the highly publicized Edward Snowden video chat — generate huge lines and are highly covered by the media. It’s the same in SXSW Film, with celebrities flying into my city for red carpet premieres. My coverage is eclectic by nature, but I’ll share a number of films which will interest FDL readers.
While I plan to drop in on a number of other movies if the opportunity arises, here are a few highlights — with a focus on documentary.
I’ll be featuring reviews or interviews for many of these movies. If you’re in Austin, Texas, you can often pay to attend a screening when space allows even if you don’t have a SXSW badge or wristband. Find out more on the SXSW website.
The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz
I previously encountered director Brian Knappenberger at SXSW 2012, when I masked up and talked about Anonymous at Occupy Austin to accompany a panel on his documentary We Are Legion (featured on Firedoglake Movie Night). Now he’s back with the story of the rise and US government-induced fall of an Internet hero. Last year, I covered SXSW Interactive’s Aaron Swartz Town Hall on Bytegeist. I’m looking forward to reviewing this important crowd-funded documentary and catching up with Brian.
Dr. Rebecca Gomperts of Women On Waves is an abortionist of the high seas. Using a sea going clinic, she draws attention to women’s health by anchoring in international waters outside countries where abortion is illegal, then bringing patients on board for abortions. But this action can only help so many people, which is why the organization found another way to help women world wide — through Women On Web and the mail order abortion drug misoprostil.