The Big Think

January 25, 2004

SXSW

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 5:37 pm

I spent several hours today downtown at the Austin Hilton attending a meeting for South by Southwest volunteers. Instead of paying the $500-odd dollars to attend the massive annual tradeshow, I decided to volunteer to work 50 hours during the 10 day conference. Boy am I glad I did. I’ve already done some serious networking meeting other creative producer-types. Video producers, audio people, film folks, you name it, it’s represented in this group of volunteers. Truthfully, unless there was some conference that I absolutely had to attend, I’d rather volunteer and work some hours here and there. I think I’ll get a much better idea of what goes on during the conference and get to know some great people, rather than just “networking” in that plastic, here’s-my-business-card-let’s-have-lunch kind of way.
Even bumped into the director of the documentary I crewed on last year.
The show is March 11th through the 21st. Here’s the website. If you’re interested in volunteering, they have another general meeting on Wednesday the 28th. See info here.

From the website:
The conference portion of SXSW Film has been described as a four-day crash course on guerilla filmmaking and marketing. The Festival has gained international acclaim for the quality of its programming with a special emphasis on emerging talents who bask in being included in the company of the cinematic greats whose work we regularly present.

2 Comments »

  1. Yeah – there are lots of things you can volunteer for to get things for free! All you need is time.

    Comment by Patrick — January 26, 2004 @ 11:14 am

  2. I am SO glad you posted this, Patrick. I had no idea. I really might do this… Thanks!

    Comment by Erin — January 26, 2004 @ 7:40 pm

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