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An Insider’s Preview to the SXSW Film Festival

Kick off SXSW Film right on day one by getting insider tips, strategies and advice you can use to maximize your time at the film fest, straight from some of today’s most influential film pundits. Offering up a “sneak preview” of SXSW’s most anticipated screenings, conference sessions and movie-related happenings, these insiders will also share cinema-etiquette tips to help fans get the most out of their experience and insider news about surprise screenings that are off the radar of the general public.


MODERATOR Dave Karger Chief Correspondent

Dave Karger, a 17-year media industry veteran, was named chief correspondent for Fandango in September 2012. In addition to serving as the company's national media spokesperson, Dave hosts original video programming on Fandango, including its first original video series, “The Frontrunners” at, centered around awards season.
Prior to joining Fandango, Karger covered movies, music, and television for Entertainment Weekly from 1995 until 2012. He wrote more than 50 cover stories for the magazine, on subjects including George Clooney, Angelina Jolie, Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, Denzel Washington, Charlize Theron, Halle Berry, Will Smith, Elton John, Kelly Clarkson, and Carrie Underwood. He spearheaded Oscar coverage for the magazine and
On television, Dave is frequently a guest correspondent for national entertainment and news shows including NBC's TODAY show and and Access Hollywood. He has also appeared on Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, Piers Morgan Tonight, CNN and Anderson Cooper 360.
In 2011 and 2012, Dave served as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts + Sciences’ official Red Carpet Greeter on Oscar night, the third person to hold that post (following Army Archerd and Robert Osborne). In 2013 he was nominated for the Publicists Guild's Press Award honoring the year's outstanding entertainment journalists. He has served on the juries of the TriBeCa, Los Angeles, and Florida Film Festivals.

Dave graduated cum laude from Duke University and lives in Los Angeles and New York.

Eugene Hernandez Dir of Digital Strategy Film Society of Lincoln Center

Eugene Hernandez is the Director of Digital Strategy at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, developing new initiatives for the nearly fifty-year-old organization and its magazine, Film Comment. Responsibilities include oversight of the organization's Convergence program for immersive media and hosting the radio program, The Daily Buzz. In 1996, Eugene founded indieWIRE, serving as Editor-in-Chief until 2010. He has served as a consultant to non-profit arts organizations including the Creative Capital Foundation as well as an instructor at The New School in Manhattan. He also spent 5 years at ABC-TV, working in its multimedia division.

Dana Harris Editor in Chief Indiewire

Dana Harris is the Los Angeles-based editor-in-chief and general manager of Indiewire. Prior to joining IW, she spent nearly 11 years at Variety as a film reporter, creator of lifestyle section Variety Weekend, editor of and in business development. has covered virtually all of the world's major film festivals as a reporter, juror moderator or panelist. She also had a life in food as a sous-chef,restaurant critic and editor for Fine Cooking. You can follow her @TheKnife.

Jen Yamato Deadline Hollywood

Jen Yamato is a reporter for Deadline Hollywood. Prior to joining Deadline she was Executive Editor at Movieline and Senior Editor at Rotten Tomatoes. She has also served as Film Critic for and contributed to numerous online film publications including and AOL Cinematical. Jen lives in Los Angeles.

Brian Salisbury Staff Writer Moviepilot

Brian Salisbury is a freelance writer for a number of online film outlets. A columnist and journalist for Fandango,,, Film School Rejects, and Culture Map, Brian is an obsessive film fan. Brian co-hosts the podcast Remote Viewing for as well as curating the weekly column Junkfood Cinema for FSR. A five-year Austin resident, Brian moved to this glorious film mecca to be nearer the Alamo Drafthouse and the eclectic cinematic education it affords.