SXSW Loves Online Video: A Highlighted Schedule of Events

/ Mar 7, 2014


With South by Southwest kicking off now in Austin, we thought we’d draw up a list of must-see events for our online video fans. Whether you’re YouTube-obsessed or simply interested in the course of new media, the following might be worth checking out this coming week at SXSW.

Friday, March 7th:

YouTube Celeb Panel

From 5pm to 6pm, watch some of our favorite YouTube stars and their fans interact outside of the world wide web. Including big names like Tyler Oakley and Grace Helbig, this conversation will take place in the Austin Convention Center and will feature Bravo’s Andy Cohen as the go-between.

The Deeper Meaning of Memes

Internet fans will have to choose between seeing beloved ‘Tubers at the panel and embarking on a complex, intellectual journey into the world of virality and memes, which also takes place at 5pm. Brought to you by YouTube’s Head of Strategic Planning, Abigail Posner, this talk will provide an academic angle to your picture of the web.

Saturday, March 8th:

Mark Duplass Premieres New Web Series

Along with fellow producer/actor Jennifer Lafleur, director Ross Patridge, and actor Rob Corddry (who took “Children’s Hospital” from the web to TV), Duplass will talk about their new, online-only show, “Wedlock.” From 3:30pm to 4:30pm at the Austin Convention Center, Ballroom G, you can watch the pilot brought to you by executive producers Jay and Mark Duplass while learning more about the cast.

Facebook and Funny or Die Interview Seth Rogen

With his new movie “Neighbors” coming out in May, Seth Rogen and the rest of the cast are letting Facebook and Funny or Die grill them on the new flick at 3:15pm at Lustre Pearl. How exactly something like this will unfold should be worth checking out. Rogen’s established relationship with Funny or Die (he has a channel on the platform) will undoubtedly make for hilarious banter.

And a Party to Follow…

Put on by Funny or Die, this 9pm party in the same location as the interview will let the cast members (and you?) get their frat on with plenty of beer and music by Incan Abraham and the Mystery Skulls.

Get a Second Look the Internet’s Most Mysterious Celebrities…

“Cat Crash: The Economy of Internet Cat Videos” panel at 5pm should help explore the reasons behind felines’, such as the notorious Grumpy Cat’s, ascension to online fame.

The Funniest Women on the Web

Also at 5pm, this panel will feature ladies of internet comedy, such as Issa Rae, who will be interviewed by two editors from xoJane. The panel will explore the ladies’ creative process and the power behind women cracking jokes.

SXSW Gaming Awards Hosted by iJustine and Smosh

For the first year ever, SXSW brings you the Gaming Awards at 7pm at the Long Center. The ceremony will honor finalists such as “Grand Theft Auto V” and “Tomb Raider,” while YouTube’s iJustine and Smosh will bring the entertainment as emcees.

Sunday, March 9th:

Web Series Unite

This 11am meet-up will provide a place for anyone involved in creating series for the web. Hosted by Sandra Payne and Tim Street, this group should be a perfect place to network in person before the creatives retreat back behind computers.

Discussion on The New York Times’s Online Documentaries

This collection of fascinating documentaries only exists on the web. At 11am, learn more about the short films during this discussion.

The Power Ladies of New Media Present…

Join Dana Brunetti and Randi Zuckerberg between 3:30pm and 4:30pm at the Austin Convention Center as they discuss what’s next in the media world. These two new media moguls should know, as Brunetti’s credentials include production of “The Social Network” and Netflix’s “House of Cards,” while Zuckerberg, sister of Facebook creator Mark, founded and heads Zuckerberg Media and serves as the top editor of Dot Complicated.

An “Above Average” Party

At 11:30pm, party with Above Average at The Blackheart on Rainey Street for lots of laughter, whiskey, and dancing at the historic Austin bar.

Monday, March 10th:

Musical Performances Brought to You by VEVO

VEVO will bring you live performances from some rising stars including Rixton (noon), Sir Sly (1pm), and Tori Kelly (2pm).

Learn to Collaborate with Patrick Epino and Stephen Dypiangco

Creators of the web series “Awesome Asian Bad Guys,” ready to debut this year, will tell you about collaborative work and online media branding at 12:30pm.

Web Video Killed the TV Star?

This 5pm talk with HuffPost Live’s co-founder Roy Sekoff will ask the question we’ve all been wondering in the digital age: how is online video going to affect the entertainment industry down the line?

Get Inside “The Lizzie Bennet Diaries”

The show’s creator Bernie Su will join “guru” Jay Bushman at 5pm to divulge the secrets behind “The Lizzie Bennet Diaries” online success.

My Damn Channel Winning Series

A screening of the channel’s winning selections will take place at 5pm at the Greatest Common Factory creative space on East 6th Street. Subway restaurants paired with academia to create the Subway Fresh Artists Filmmakers Program, which is now responsible for series like “Miss Mustard Glade” and “Fairy Tales,” both generated from the “Every Sandwich Tells a Story” theme.

Bill Cosby Brought to You by Funny or Die

Funny or Die presents yet another epic comedian. Bill Cosby will perform live at Lustre Pearl between 8pm and 8:30pm thanks to the hilarious masterminds at F or D.

And Another After Party…

From 10pm to 2am, stick with the Funny or Die folks at Lustre Pearl for another serious blowout, co-hosted by Facebook. With DJ Chromeo bringing the sound, this SXSW “official” after party should draw a star-studded crowd.

Tuesday, March 11th:

New Media Companies Speak Out

Join Maker Studios Chairman Ynon Kreiz this early morning (9am) as he tells Peter Kafka of All Things D his thoughts on the future of internet entertainment.

Casey Neistat Speaks

Head to the Austin Convention Center at 11am to catch Casey Neistat of internet and film world fame talk about…who knows what. From the guy who used money from a Nike #makeitcount video campaign to travel the world with friends, you can’t be sure what to expect from this ‘Tuber/director.

Funny or Die Tells You How to Succeed on the Internet

The Funny or Die team will assemble at 11:15am to answer fans’ queries about gaining internet fame.

A Copyright Tutorial

For a more technical discussion, listen to lawyer Teri Karobonik and company explain YouTube’s copyright system. Whether you’re an established ‘Tuber or someone interested in bringing original content to the web, this will help you protect yourself from content thieves.

Don’t Sell Out Online!

Learn from the master, Amy Rubin of the successful series, “Little Horribles,” as she guides you through gaining viewers online without comprising your creative integrity at 12:30pm.

Discussion on “The First Film to Really Get Twitter”

Hugh Garry, digital strategist/media consultant, and Anna Higgs, head of Film4’s digital department, will talk about film and social media in relation to the movie, “FRANK” at 2pm in the Austin Convention Center, Austin Suite. The movie chronicles main character Jon’s escape from his quiet, seaside town through Twitter, with a prequel also available on the social media platform itself. Follow @jonburroughs83 to prepare for the talk.

New Hulu Series “Deadbeat” Premiere Party

At the Rio Rooftop & Restaurant between 8pm and 12am, join the cast of brand, new Hulu series “Deadbeat” in honor of its world premiere. Guests will include the series’ star, Tyler Labine, as well as special guests that you’ll have to discover at the party itself.

Outside of these events, SXSW may just give the opportunity to mingle and meet with your favorite online video stars. For the full schedule of what the festival has to offer, check out the official website.

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