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Saturday SXSW Roundup: Braving Rain, Sitting Down with SXSWi's Director, Tips for Picking Flicks

A SXSW attendee picks up his badge and bag at the Convention Center.
Photo by Jeff Heimsath for KUT News
A SXSW attendee picks up his badge and bag at the Convention Center.

SXSW Attendees Are Interacting With Rain

South by Southwest Film and Interactive are well underway, but it's hard to find a bigger trending topic than the wet weather. KUT News' Nathan Bernier reported yesterday that the rain may be dampening festival goers' clothes, but not their spirits: 

With a hazardous weather outlook issued for the weekend, with small hail and heavy rainfall possible, the weather put a damper on the first day of South by Southwest Interactive.   About 18,000 people are signed up to attend this year’s Interactive festival, the annual conference focused on the Internet and technology. At the Austin Convention Center, some people are complaining about the miserable weather. But others, like MarkNagurski, don’t seem to mind at all.

Full Interview with SXSW Interactive Director Hugh Forrest
KUT News has also uploaded the full audio of our interview with SXSWi director Forrest, recorded Friday, March 9 at the Convention Center. Check it out on SoundCloud.

What to Look For at SXSW Film

The South by Southwest Film Festival has over 130 films playing in nine venues. There will be plenty to choose from this year, so where do you start? KUT’s Terrence Henry spoke with Matthew Odam from the Austin American-Statesman and Kimberly Jones from the Austin Chronicle about what they’re looking forward to at this year’s festival, and the combination of research and serendipity that goes into picking films.


Wells has been a part of KUT News since 2012, when he was hired as the station's first online reporter. He's currently the social media host and producer for Texas Standard, KUT's flagship news program. In between those gigs, he served as online editor for KUT, covering news in Austin, Central Texas and beyond.
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