SXSW: Producer Christine Vachon to Serve as Keynote Speaker

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Christine Vachon, right, and Pamela Koffler

The fest will also feature conversations with Ryan Gosling, Sally Field, Amy Schumer, Jeff Nichols, Michael Shannon and Henry Rollins.

Indie producer Christine Vachon is joining the line-up of keynote speakers who will appear at the South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival, the fest’s organizers announced Tuesday.

Vachon, who formed Killer Films with Pamela Koffler in 1995, has produced such films as Boys Don’t Cry and Far from Heaven as well as HBO’s Mildred Pierce. Her current projects include Nasty Baby, which premiered at Sundance, and Still Alice, for which Julianne Moore is nominated for an Academy Award. She joins the previously announced keynote speakers, Ava DuVernay, Mark Duplass and RZA.

In addition, the festival, which runs from March 13-21 in Austin, Texas, will feature conversations with Ryan Gosling, Sally Field, Amy Schumer, Jeff Nichols and Michael Shannon and Henry Rollins, among others.

Gosling will join Guillermo del Toro in a conversation about the new film, Lost River, which Gosling has directed. Two-time Oscar winner Field is scheduled to discuss her career. Schumer will discuss Judd Apatow’s new film Trainwreck, in which she stars, which is premiering at SXSW. Nichols and Shannon have been tapped to talk about their collaborations on films like Take Shelter and Mud. Rollins will look back at his career as well as his new film He Never Died, which is premiering at SXSW.

The fest, which will screen 150 features and 106 short films, will kick off with the world premiere of Ondi Timoner’s documentary Brand: A Second Coming. The world premiere of Antoine Bardou-Jacquet’s Moonwalkers also has just been added to the schedule.

The full line-up of programming keynotes, panels and workshops can be found at