SXSW: Barry Jenkins Among Keynote Speakers at 2018 Festival

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Author Esther Perel and the tech entrepreneur known as whurley also have been selected to deliver keynotes.

Moonlight director Barry Jenkins, author and psychotherapist Esther Perel and the technology entrepreneur and quantum computing expert William Hurley, who goes by the name whurley, have been selected to serve as keynote speakers at the 2018 South by Southwest Conference and Festivals, which is set to run March 9-18 in Austin, Texas, organizers announced Monday.

Featured speakers will include space entrepreneur and futurist Bob Richards; Kaiser Permanente chairman and CEO Bernard J. Tyson; Empowering a Billion Women by 2020 chairman and CEO Ingrid Vanderveldt; artist and poet Cleo Wade; and author and Future Today Institute founder Amy Webb.

“We are overjoyed to invite Barry Jenkins back to SXSW as a film keynote having presented the world premiere of his first feature, Medicine for Melancholy, in 2008,” Janet Pierson, director of film, said in a statement. “Moonlight is a magnificent piece of work, transcendent, and made on his own terms. We couldn’t be happier for his success and to have this remarkable artist with such a generous soul return to SXSW.”

Additionally, the fest announced that voting for PanelPicker, the online tool that allows the SXSW community to have a voice in programming, will begin Aug. 7 and continue through Aug. 25.

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