SXSW off in right direction

Schedules panels with Moby, Nelson

Composer Moby and documentary filmmaker Stanley Nelson are the first speakers confirmed for the 2008 South by Southwest Film Conference & Festival, set to take place March 7-15 in Austin.

Moby will participate in a session entitled "A Conversation with Moby," hosted and moderated by Doreen Ringer-Ross of BMI. The session, scheduled for March 11, will look at the musician's relationship with cinema, from composing original scores ("Southland Tales") to contributing and licensing his music for film and TV projects ("The Bourne Ultimatum," "Heat"). In addition, it will include a look at "moby gratis," the musician's new endeavor to offer some of his music free of charge to independent filmmakers.

Nelson, who directed "Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple" and "The Murder of Emmett Till," will discuss his work, focusing on historical documentaries.

SXSW also announced the creation of Global Doc Days, an initiative formed to shine a brighter spotlight on documentary films produced worldwide. International film organizations will be invited to showcase some of their latest in nonfiction filmmaking. Each participating nation will have an afternoon slot at an SXSW theater to offer audiences a chance to sample documentary programming from international artists.