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#SXSW: The Week So Far … From Polyamory To Pee-Wee

Posted in Journalism, and SXSW

SXSW Interactive wrapped up on Tuesday, and after 5 days of chasing stories around the Convention Center and nearby hotels, my energy level just about ran out. I took Wednesday off from doing anything important other than writing, and spent both Tuesday and Wednesday nights resting and catching up on my personal life, instead of partying or listening to music.

It’s all not very gonzo. What would Hunter do?

But I’m not Hunter Thompson, as trolls like to remind me on Twitter from time to time. I’ve accepted this fact, and rather than snorting some speed, as he would probably advise, I’ll stick to naps.

But, there’s three more days (and nights) of SXSW and I intend to make the most of them.

A quick recap since my last update:

  • On Tuesday, I attended the screening of the first two episodes of “You Me Her,” the new “polyromantic” sitcom which will air on DirecTV’s “Audience Network.” I didn’t go in expecting much, but I was pleasantly surprised. It had a few moments of realness, and I think advances the narrative on relationships on TV in interesting ways. I’ll be reviewing it here soon.
  • I also interviewed Joanna Sokolowski and Kate Trumbull-LaValle, the directors of the Ovarian Psycos documentary that I saw on Saturday. We had a wonderful, and very open conversation on topics ranging from what they’d deliberately chosen not to film to discussing the effects of gentrification from Los Angeles to Austin.
Priscilla Faia, Greg Poehler, and Melanie Papalia laugh and horse around during their "You Me Her" red carpet appearance at SXSW 2016 on March 15, 2016. (Kit O'Connell)
Priscilla Faia, Greg Poehler, and Melanie Papalia laugh and horse around during their “You Me Her” red carpet appearance at SXSW 2016 on March 15, 2016. (Kit O’Connell)

This afternoon I’m attending the Red Carpet for Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday, the new, and highly anticipated (by me, anyway!) sequel to Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure. I’m also really excited about tonight’s “Street Crash” event, which teams up Crash Alchemy with the local chapter of the Decentralized Dance Party to create a Bowie tribute dance party.

I’m probably going to get into more trouble if I can. And there’s two days remaining, too — and lots more days of writing to share with you after that. Be sure to keep coming back to this website and follow @KitOConnell for the latest.

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