The annual trip to Austin is less than a week away, and my schedule is definitely rounding in to shape. Â After saying SXSW had “jumped the shark” on Friday, there are still worthy parts of going and this year has potential. Â So here are the events I am looking forward to most.
- Keynote with Frank Abagnale on “How to Read the World” – Abagnale was the con artist that had a movie made about his life called Catch Me If You Can. I have always been fascinated by his story so I can’t wait to hear his talk.
- Brian Solis’s talk on “The End of Business as Usual” with Billy Corgan will be neat to see the Smashing Pumpkin’s new album launch happen on stage.
- “The Last Fall” is a movie about what happens when an NFL journeyman finishes his career. Most NFL players careers are over after only a few years in the league and the average age when a player retires is 27 years of age. I hope this movie by Matthew Cherry, a former NFL player, sheds light on what happens.
- “Marley” is a documentary from Academy Award winner Kevin Macdonald about the life and times of Bob Marley. Â The footage includes never before scenes and interviews.
- Santigold and Theophilus London at La Zona Rosa. I am only in Austin until Tuesday, but this show is going to rock. I really love Theophilus London when I first heard him in the SXSW 2010 Artist Showcase.
Surviving SXSW is not going to be that difficult with a line up like that. Â Plus with 21 Jump Street premiering and Seth MacFarlane’s talk it could be a good week, that keeps me coming back to SXSW.