SXSW: March 11 2019

My Monday SXSW schedule included three movies, numerous pop-up venues, and several hours at the Trade Show. The weather was cooler (low 60s) and cloudy. I felt a little guilty for attending just one Interactive session, but three movies consume lots of hours! 

Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins

Cecile Richards, former Planned Parenthood CEO, introduced this documentary about journalist and commentator, Molly Ivins. Richard’s mom, former Texas governor Ann Richards, and Ivins were good friends. Ivins is a legend around Austin, and several friends and colleagues were in the audience. Per Ivin’s will, half of the proceeds of her life story will be split between the ACLU and Texas Observer.

The Obstacle is The Way: Ambitious Paths to Success

I missed the start of this talk, but here are some of Ryan Holiday’s suggestions for success: Talk to someone else and journal. Be quiet more: talking and doing compete for the same resource. Try to batch and segment your work. Set your intention for the day and check in at the end of the day.

I wandered around the pop-venues and Trade Show for most of the afternoon. I visited The New Japan Islands (straw mats/shoe removal, a Zen demo underway), LG Inspiration Gallery (cool robots), and THE EXPERIENCE by Dell (speakers, plus reusable metal straw swag). The Trade Show ranged from customizable socks and T-shirts to automated sushi to drones. I did not many 3D printers this year, that’s so 2018. I’ll write more about the Trade Show in my SXSW: The Weird and the Cool entry at the end of the conference.


Booksmart was a coming-of-age movie about two best friends graduating from high school. Their graduating class was full of colorful and unique characters. Olivia Wilde directed the film, but did not attend this screening. 

Community First, A Home for the Homeless

My last movie of the day was about Community First! Village, a planned community in East Austin that provides affordable, permanent housing and a supportive community for men and women coming out of chronic homelessness. Alan Graham, founder of Mobile Loaves & Fishes and Community First! Village, narrates the film, which is interspersed with interviews from community residents. I have volunteered at the village and enjoyed seeing some familiar faces on the screen.

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