2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

The Eyes of Robots and Murderers

Monday, March 14
3:30PM - 4:30PM

Austin Convention Center
Ballroom D
531 E 4th St

A conversation with filmmakers and tech innovators JJ Abrams and Andrew Jarecki about the relevance of the human factor in digital communications. Advances in digital storytelling tools, and the mass adoption of social media promise to enhance our ability to share authentic human experience. But ironically, they can also reduce the human factor, stranding us in the superficial valley of CGI and perfect selfies. In the past year, JJ’s film “Star Wars,” “The Force Awakens,” broke ranks with the genre by emphasizing practical effects and live actors; Andrew’s HBO series “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst,” broke ground by exposing a murderer. Longtime friends and collaborators JJ and Andrew will discuss their journeys, and the importance of the eyes of robots and murderers as windows into the souls of their characters and stories. They will shows unseen clips and introduce KnowMe, a new mobile video platform for authentic self-expression.

Hashtags: #sxsw #KnowMe


Andrew Jarecki at SXSW

Andrew Jarecki

American Film Dir & Co-Founder, MovieFone

JJ Abrams at SXSW

JJ Abrams

Founder & Pres

Bad Robot Productions

Peter Kafka

Sr Editor



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