SXSW is gearing up here in Austin, and it seems like more news is released about the festival and conference every day. The latest announcement: Charlize Theron and David Cross have been added to the list of speakers during the film conference next month. Theron will speak on a panel about music documentaries, since she produced the film East of Havana, which will premiere at the festival. Cross will join an interview/book signing event for the documentary Fired!.
Meanwhile, the SXSW prep certainly isn't affecting the number of special screenings in Austin this week.
- The AFS@ Dobie series must be doing very well. Originally planned as one film a week, the Austin Film Society/Dobie Theatre collaboration currently has three films screening at the Dobie. This week's new film is Les Saignantes, a 2005 French film about prostitutes in a post-apocalyptic world. Director Jean-Pierre Bekolo will attend the 7:20 pm screening on Friday 2/24. Before the Fall and Ballets Russes are being held over.
- The Black History Month series "Marching On: Independent African American Films from 1935-1950" wraps up this weekend with the film Where's My Man To-Nite? (also known as Marching On), which plays twice at the Carver Museum theater on Saturday 2/25.