I survived SXSW 2016 … but barely?
Unfortunately, I spent the last two days of the event recovering from a short-lived stomach bug that’s been virulently spreading through Austin over the last couple weeks, and apparently even got to at least one band, according to a music journalist friend of mine.
Now that I’m through the worst of both South By South West and my own immune system, it’s time to catch up on writing.
Here’s a recap of my recent features on SXSW:
- Can ‘Sousveillance’ Bring Down Police States?
- How I Met Vermin Supreme At SXSW 2012
- Jewish Activists Protest Israeli Rebranding Of Conflict At SXSW
- New Technologies Connect Prisoners to the Outside World
- Night Of The Slasher Makes Meta-Horror Personal
- Protesting Gentrification & Blue Cat Cafe At #SXSW
- ‘Starving The Beast’: Documentary Reveals How Wall Street ‘Disrupted’ Public Education
I’ve still got two upcoming reports from other outlets:
- The future of cannabis, over on MintPress News,
- and the “Trapped” abortion documentary and my interview with Wendy Davis, on The Establishment.
And a lot of writing coming here on Approximately 8,000 Words, including:
- A look at the SXSW Street Crash, which this year featured a tribute to David Bowie, presented by Crash Alchemy and the Austin Decentralized Dance Party,
- and interviews with Wheelchair Sports Camp and B. Dolan.
Plus these reviews:
- “Orange Sunshine,” a documentary about the religious group that distributed millions of hits of LSD during the 1960s
- “Ovarian Psycos,” which profiles a women-of-color bicycle crew from East Los Angeles,
- “Pee Wee’s Big Holiday,” the new feature film from Netflix and Pee Wee Herman,
- and “You Me Her,” the upcoming “poly romantic” sitcom.
Keep visiting my SXSW archive for the latest reports and reviews.
I can’t stress how much everyone’s support for my fundrazr helped — I couldn’t have covered the event without your donations. Even the small ones bought me a pastry or a juice drink that kept me fueled for chasing stories around downtown.
Covering SXSW as a lone gonzo journalist takes a lot of work, and a lot of money. It’s not too late to chip in! My crowdfunding campaign continues until April 1, and your donations will help pay for all my upcoming reviews and stories.
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