Good morning dear readers. Another beautiful day in Austin at SXSW. Yesterday saw some surprises the first of which came at my daily hangout in the PBS Lounge where I usually write emails and do other work related things before moving on to workshops and screenings. As I sat writing yesterday's blog post I struck up a conversation with a nice man who told me it was his first SXSW experience. We introduced ourselves, and his name was Walter Isaacson.
SXSW is always a rush of people, bikes, buses, events, panels, discussions, and yes, some film. Day 1 started off with sliding in by the skin of my teeth to a panel discussion between Guillermo Del Toro(master of the macabre, director of Pacific Rim, Pan's Labyrinth) and Ryan Gosling(The Notebook, Drive). They were discussing Ryan Gosling's first feature directed film, "Lost River". One of the most interesting facts from the panel is that Del Toro and Gosling's friendship blossomed over a deep love for Disneyland.