It’s Day 3 of SXSW and I’ve already spent more time waiting in line than actually watching movies. Just a normal part of the SXSW film experience and the inspiration for a rather funny pre-movie short that I’ve enjoyed seeing multiples times now, about a guy and girl who meet in line and strike up a conversation. By the end they’re married, have kids, and watch as they go off to college… all while waiting in SXSW movie line. I have to say that doesn’t feel like much of an exaggeration. It gets a very cathartic laugh from the audience every time.
The South By schedule this year is very heavy on documentaries, which I don’t mind at all. Today started with the world premiere of Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop. In recent pop culture history, the late night debacle of Conan O’Brien verus Jay Leno garnered more of a reaction from my peers than most political issues do. But in the grand scheme of things, a television time slot is not something I see as something worth gathering the masses over. There were actually protests and demonstrations over this which I hadn’t realized that until the opening of this documentary. It is really kind of mind blowing.