SXSW is still months away, but announce to have trickled out here and there for a while now.
The announcement of two keynote speakers have been announced today.
“Selma” director Ava DuVernay and Wu-Tang Clan producer/co-founder RZA join the previously announced, one-time Austin filmmaker Mark Duplass as keynote speakers for the South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival.
“Selma,” about the 1965 civil rights struggle in Alabama led by Martin Luther King Jr., will have a limited release Dec. 25 before opening wider in the new year. It has been nominated for four Golden Globe Awards, including Best Director.
DuVernay is also the founder of AFFRM, a film distribution collective dedicated to African-American cinema, and won the 2012 Sundance Film Festival Best Director Award and the John Cassavetes Independent Spirit Award for her second narrative feature, “Middle of Nowhere.”
RZA is best known as co-founder of the groundbreaking hip-hop crew Wu-Tang Clan and is one of the all-time great hip-hop producers, responsible for such classics as “Protect Ya Neck,” “C.R.E.A.M.” and “Triumph” (come on, “Triumph” is awesome). He is also a kung fu movie fanatic (movie samples are a staple of his production style), actor and film composer, having scored for Ridley Scott, Jim Jarmusch, Michael Mann and Quentin Tarantino.
SXSW Film takes place March 13-21.