EO Geekly: Navigating SXSW

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SXSW is upon us! A lot has changed since the festival launched in 1987. For one, only 700 people showed up that year! Twenty years later, the festival draws more than 170,000 attendees from around the world and has thousands of events across the entire city. Navigating it can be a mess, and deciding what to attend is daunting. This week, we’d like to direct you to some of our favorites from the EO community.


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EO’s Mike Roberson debuts his short film, Devil’s Horse

Emergent Order production coordinator Mike Roberson wrote and directed this short film about a man who is forced to face his divorce when he encounters a mythical beast and is the victim of a shocking act of violence. It debuts Saturday, March 10 at 4pm as part of the Austin Film Society ShortCase. Free and open to the public!

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EO ally, Alejandro Valdés-Rochín, edits another great documentary listed as a Festival Favorite

We had the pleasure of working with Alejandro on our documentary feature, AT THE FORK, in 2016. Alejandro’s latest film, Science Fair, tells the stories of nine high school students and one mentor from around the globe who set out to win the international science fair. It’s a 2018 Sundance Festival Favorite Award winner and might win SXSW, too! Multiple screenings, badge required.

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Paramount Network VP and EO friend, Terry Minogue, competes for best documentary feature

Recently, EO worked with Terry Minogue and his team at Paramount Network to create Revelations of Waco, a companion docuseries to Paramount’s hit drama, Waco. Terry is an executive producer for a SXSW-showcased documentary feature, Chi-Town, which follows Keifer Sykes on his meteoric rise from Marshall High School on Chicago’s West Side to his improbable shot at the NBA. Multiple screenings, badge required.

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Moving Picture Institute hosts a masterclass on amplifying human rights activism through film

Moving Picture Institute and Emergent Order have teamed up on a number of projects over the years. For this event, MPI’s VP of Talent Development, Lana Link, is joined by two great activists and filmmakers to answer the question: “What can storytellers, filmmakers, and artists do to push back against oppression and create positive change in the world?” The event starts at 7pm on Wednesday, March 14. Tickets on sale here (half price with the promo code GOLDENTICKET). 

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BONUS: Visit the town from Westworld for HBO’s immersive SXSW activation

Dubbed the “Live Without Limits Weekend,” the experience will run from March 9-11, serving as part of HBO’s marketing kickoff for Westworld’s second season. The first wave of reservations booked out in minutes, but additional release information can be found here.

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