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SxSW: I Am Divine

Post SXSW, I downloaded a selection of films that I could not catch during the actual festival.  Following are a two flicks worth tracking. I Am Divine I AM DIVINE – Teaser from Jeffrey Schwarz on Vimeo. As I was never cool enough to turn into any underground scene, I never caught on to John…

Eddie Pepitone feigns interest as Bell dominates convo

SxSW: Bitter Buddha

My quest to connect with comic Eddie Pepitone, aka the Bitter Buddha, in person at the 2013 South By Southwest (SXSW) Festival proved to be quite the challenge. First off, the North Door, where he performed on two nights, wasn’t exactly situated in a “desirable” location. Catching Pepitone in the act required missing a sizable chunk…

John Sayles is the one on the right with no beard.

SxSW: Searching for Sayles

When I got an email announcing that my favorite film director, John Sayles, would be taping an interview at SXSW, I dropped my previous plans to catch him in action. Fortunately, he proved to be as gracious in person as he was back in 2008 when I interviewed him via phone for Honeydripper. His 18th film, Go…

Killing the Buddha

Networking Ourselves to Death

While I was walking around sampling free food and beer during 2012 SXSW Interactive Festival, a quiet man handed me a card inviting me to access paid Wi-Fi via a Homeless Hotspot. After I said a quick “thank you,” I filed this card in my tote bag along with the reams of postcards, press releases…