SXSW: La La Land Oscar Winner, John Wick VR and more to feature at the Lionsgate Lounge

The annual SXSW Film, Interactive and Music festival kicks off in Austin, Texas this Friday, and with it are a pile of must-attend once-in-a-lifetime events. The US film studio Lionsgate will be putting on one of these events in the form of the Lionsgate Lounge, which will be operating in Austin from the 11th to the 13th of March, and incorporate events that fit into the Film & Interactive streams of the festival. 

Featured amongst in the run of events and festivities at the lounge will be an evening with La La Land Academy Award winning composer Justin Hurwitz; a premiere of Film Hawk; a panel with American Gods show creators Bryan Fuller and Michael Green, cast Ian McShane, Ricky Whittle, Pablo Schreiber and Emily Browning; a VR demo of John Wick Chronicles; you’ll get to check out suits and enter a game competition from Saban’s Power Rangers; and much, much more.

You’ll find the lounge at Cedar Street Courtyard (208 W. 4th street)

The full run of events can be found here (updated 8th March with the full and final itinerary, including a new Star Wars entry!):

Saturday, March 11 through Monday, March 13, 10am-12pm CT – BeFit’s “Detox/Retox”  

Featuring yoga with BeFit trainer Sydney Benner from 10-10:45am and a “Burn to the Beat” dance workout with BeFit trainer Keaira LaShae from 11-11:45am. Protein Shakes and Bloody Marys will be available to help attendees recover from their workout…or the night before!

Saturday, March 11, 2:00pm-3:00pm CT – Lionsgate Digital Studios’ Holy Trinity Fireside Chat

Lionsgate Digital Studios’ darlings, Grace Helbig, Mamrie Hart and Hannah Hart to talk filmmaking, drinking, cooking, drinking, Dirty 30 and where they are headed next.

Saturday, March 11, 3:15-3:45pm CT – Comic-Con HQ Presents Baby Driver Q&A

Comic-Con HQ’s “What Happened?” host Jon Schnepp talks to “Baby Driver” director Edgar Wright and cast Ansel Elgort, Eiza González and Jon Hamm.

Saturday, March 11, 6:30pm-9:30pm CT – Premiere of Tribeca Shortlist’s Film Hawk & After-Party

The documentary Film Hawk traces independent film legend, Bob Hawk, through his early years as a young gay child of a Methodist minister to his current career as a consultant on some of the most influential independent films of our time. Q&A to follow with Bob Hawk and directors JJ Garvine and Tai Parquet.

Sunday March 12, 12:45pm-1:15pm CT – A24’s Free Fire Fireside Chat

Listen to the cast of Free Fire discuss the bold, breathless and wickedly fun action comedy about an arms deal that goes spectacularly and explosively wrong. Acclaimed filmmaker Ben Wheatley (Kill List, High Rise) propels the audience head-on into quite possibly the most epic shootout ever seen on film as he crafts a spectacular parody and biting critique of the insanity of gun violence. Everyone’s got a gun, and absolutely no one is in control.

Sunday, March 12, 2:00pm-3:00pm CT – STARZ’s “American Gods” Fireside Chat

Join show creators Bryan Fuller and Michael Green, cast Ian McShane, Ricky Whittle and Emily Browning as they discuss the highly anticipated upcoming STARZ series with Variety’s Elizabeth Wagmeister.

Sunday, March 12, 3:00pm-4:00pm CT – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Fireside Chat Presented by Comic-Con HQ

Director Gareth Edwards joins Comic-Con HQ “What Happened?” host, Jon Schnepp, for an in-depth Q&A talking about filmmaking and the blockbuster hit Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Sunday, March 12, 4:00pm-4:30pm CT – Saban’s Power Rangers Fireside Chat  

Join Saban’s Power Rangers director Dean Israelite and Rotten Tomatoes’ Grae Drake as they discuss the brand new film coming to theaters March 24.

Sunday, March 12, 7:00pm-10:00pm CTAn Evening of La La Land Music

Join La La Land’s two-time Academy Award®-winning composer Justin Hurwitz “piano side” to discuss the most acclaimed movie of the year.  Cocktail reception to follow with La La Land-inspired music.

Saturday, March 11 & Sunday, March 12, 10am-6pm CT and Monday, March 13, 10am– 12pm CT – Lionsgate and Starbreeze present John Wick Chronicles Virtual Reality Demos

John Wick Chronicles is an immersive first-person-shooter game built from the ground up for virtual reality. Players have the chance to explore the iconic Continental Hotel and are tasked with assassinating seemingly impossible targets that only John Wick himself could handle.

Saturday, March 11 & Sunday, March 12, 10am-6pm CT and Monday, March 13, 10am– 12pm CT

Saban’s Power Rangers VR Demos & Movie Suit Display

Five ordinary teenagers must team together to become something extraordinary in order to save the world from being obliterated by an alien threat. Experience the Qualcomm Snapdragon-powered Power Rangers: Zords Rising virtual reality demo and check out the real Power Rangers suits from the new film, coming to theaters March 24!

Saturday, March 11 & Sunday, March 12, 10am-6pm CT and Monday, March 13, 10am – 12pm CT

Saban’s Power Rangers: Legacy Wars Game Competitions

Saban’s Power Rangers: Legacy Wars is a console quality player vs. player fighting game on mobile. It is the first video game to feature Power Rangers from Lionsgate’s highly anticipated feature film, and it is also the first to feature iconic, fan-favorite Rangers and villains from Power Rangers’ 24-year history fighting alongside one another. Fans will have the opportunity to battle one another in this exciting interactive experience.

Image: Summit Entertainment


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