SXSW: Celebrities Hit Red Carpet in Austin

While the flow of movie stars to SXSW continues, the Red Carpet opportunities seem fewer than in previous years.

Isla Fisher at the Premiere of “The Beach Bum” at SXSW (Photo by Connie Wilson).

Nevertheless, there have been some big names showing up and below are a few of the celebrities who walked the red carpet or took part in a panel for film. Much of the action this year seems to be in the Convention Center for panels involving politicians who all seem to have a goal of running for President in 2020. A Camp Sandy was established in the hills featuring music from a van, and I made a trip out to see Low Cut Connie and Wyclef Jean, but the other Connie had laryngitis and, aside from some spectacular scenery (which I’ll share in some pictures of the future), the music I heard was not from either of these acts. Low Cut Connie is performing again, “live,” for free, downtown in Austin on a bill with other acts.

Jimmy Buffett and Martin Lawrence at the premiere of “The Beach Bum” at SXSW. (Photo by Connie Wilson).

Nevertheless, here’s a rogue’s gallery of a few famous faces that have appeared for films like “The Beach Bum” (Michael McConaughey, Jimmy Buffett, Martin Lawrence) or a reboot of “True Stories” (David Lynch) or a new Hulu sit-com, “Shrill.” (Elizabeth Banks). And then there was Scott Rogowsky for H.Q. trivia “live,” for the first-time ever.

Director Harmony Korine at the World Premiere of “The Beach Bum” at SXSW. (Photo by Connie Wilson).
HQ host Scott Rogowsky at a special “live” quiz at SXSW. (Photo by Connie Wilson).
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About Connie Wilson

Connie (Corcoran) Wilson ( ) was the Quad City Times film and book critic for 15 years and has continued reviewing film uninterruptedly since 1970. She also publishes books in a variety of genres (, has taught writing or literature classes at 6 Iowa/Illinois colleges or universities as adjunct faculty, was Yahoo's Content Producer of the Year 2008 for Politics, is the author of It Came from the 70s: From The Godfather to Apocalypse Now, and writes on a variety of topics at her own blog, Weekly Wilson is also the name of her podcast on the Bold Brave Media Global Network on Thursday nights at 7 p.m. (CDT).

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