(I started writing this two days ago on the way home from SXSW in Austin, TX.)
Long rides home were practically made for marathons of listening to Dr. Horrible’s Sing-a-Long and eating leftover cheese puffs from the house that Magnolia rented for the directors. The drive from Austin, Texas to Atlanta, Georgia lasts 15 hours. At this very second, we are about to exit the land of unfathomably large pieces of toast and enter the land of that state that has New Orleans in it.
|WE STOPPED AT JACK IN THE BOX.|
I didn’t have time to video blog like I thought I would. Sundance’s significantly smaller scope and hyper-contained location lent itself to blog breaks. At SXSW, however, each day brought more and more people raging out in the crowded streets, crying,
Until V/H/S happened, my experience with festivals was limited to a few years of hanging around Athfest and a fluke visit to Bigger Day Out – a festival where most of the bands wanted to be Limp Bizkit and LIT was the headliner. Festivals are significantly different you are fourteen and your parents are only beginning to let you hang out in the city on your own. When you’re that young, even small festivals seem like the biggest deal in the entire world. I never once thought,
“Man, I wish I could be drinking!”
– because I was too busy thinking things like,
“I wonder if people will think I’m old enough to be college if I walk like this!”
Watching Shawn Mullins sing “Rockaby” from the top of the Broad Street parking deck and flipping out because LIT sang the theme song from Titan AE was amazing, but it was nothing compared to weaving in and out of the delightful chaos of SXSW. Between the screenings, getting to know people, singing karaoke, and all the grown-up Redbull concoctions, I’d say the trip was a resounding success. I had fun with people I adore. Who can ask for anything else from their first SXSW experience?
Producer Linda Burns, myself, and Director of Photography Victoria Warren.
Also, if my biggest party foul was getting drunk enough to try and sing the same karaoke song twice in a row, then I think that I made it through SXSW relatively unscathed.
I have way more footage and pictures, so look for more posts and video blogs soon!