“Empire” showrunner Lee Daniels will keynote SXSW Film

Lee Daniels (photo: SXSW)
Lee Daniels (photo: SXSW)

Academy Award-nominated director and “Empire” showrunner Lee Daniels will speak as the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival keynote, it was announced Tuesday.

Daniels is best known for “The Butler,” “Precious: Based on the Novel by Sapphire” and the hit TV series “Empire.” His new television series, “Star” (which looks to be a bit like “Empire” but with R&B instead of hip-hop) will première on Fox in early 2017.

New for 2017, the Interactive, Film, and Music badges will now include expanded access to more of the SXSW Conference & Festivals experience. Attendees will still receive primary entry to programming associated with their badge-type, but can now enjoy secondary access to most other SXSW events. SXSW’s first registration deadline is Sept. 9, 2016. Early registrants benefit from discounted rates.

The SXSW Film Festival is accepting feature film, short film and music video submissions until October 20, 2016. S

The whole bloody corpus of SXSW takes place March 10 to 19.






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Author: Joe Gross

Joe Gross has covered books, movies, music and culture for the American-Statesman since 2002. He tweets at @joegross.

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