AUSTIN, Texas — In honor of International Women's Day coinciding with the first day of SXSW, we thought we’d cherry pick a few women-led goings on during the festival.
Excuse us while we gush over all of the amazing women that are attending, performing, or simply just gracing us with their presence during this year's festival.
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Though it's hard to narrow it down, some really fantastic options:
“Blockers" Premiere: Saturday night's headliner is the world premiere of "Blockers," the feature directing debut of Kay Cannon, who wrote all three "Pitch Perfect" films and was a producer on "30 Rock." "Blockers," which Universal will also open on April 6, stars Leslie Mann and John Cena in a story of a group of parents determined to stop their teenage daughters from following through on a pact to lose their virginity on prom night. Screening: 8 p.m. March 10, Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave.
“Support the Girls" Premiere: Austin-based filmmaker Andrew Bujalski debuts the female-driven "Support the Girls," starring Regina Hall. It tells the story of the restaurant manager at the Double Whammies sports bar who may not love her job but loves her employees like family. Haley Lu Richardson and Shayna McHayle co-star alongside Brooklyn Decker, Jana Kramer, James Le Gros, Dylan Gelula, AJ Michalka and Lea DeLaria. Multiple screenings around town.
Promo image for 'Support the Girls'
“First Match" Screenings: Olivia Newman's competition entry "First Match" is a drama about a Brooklyn girl fighting for a spot on her high school's boys wrestling team. "First Match" was financed by Netflix and will be released by the streaming platform at the end of March. Multiple screenings around town.
“Women Represent” Official Showcase: Willow Smith headlines the all-female lineup that includes Rapsody, Kamaiyah and Kodie Shane. Cuban Doll, Izar, Kamillion, Kodie Shane, Molly Brazy, Re Lxuise, Savanna Re, Taliwhoah, Taya and Tayla Parx are also on the lineup alongside Kitty Cash and DJ Osh Kosh. Hosted by Bumble. 10:40 to 11:05 p.m. March 15, The Belmont, 305 W. 6th St.
Willow Smith (Courtesy/Facebook)
She Shreds Unofficial Showcase: Hosted by She Shreds Magazine, the all-lady lineup includes La Luz, Speedy Ortiz, Hinds, Shamir, Shopping, Sammus, Snail Mail, Becca Mancari, Haley Heynderickx, Partner, French Vanilla and Mint Field. FREE with your RSVP on Do512 but limited to a capacity. Noon to 8 p.m. March 13, Kinda Tropical, 3501 E. 7th St.
SouthBites’ Women-Led Collaborative Dinner: A single five-course dinner featuring the country’s best female chefs. The all-star SXSW dinner team includes Ashley Christensen (North Carolina chef, who was also named Eater’s chef of the year last year), Chicago chef Sarah Grueneberg (James Beard Award-winning chef of Chicago’s Monteverde), Alex Raij (chef of New York Spanish restaurants El Quinto Pino, Txikito, and Michelin-starred La Vera), Ashleigh Martin (culinary assistant to Vivian Howard), and Christina Tosi (pastry chef behind Momofuku Milk Bar). As for drinks, Alba Huerta (Houston bar Julep) and Carla Rza Betts (co-winemaker of An Approach to Relaxation) will mix cocktails and pour wines, respectively. Read on for more information about the 2018 SouthBites Dinner and how to reserve your seat. 7 p.m., March 12, Olamaie, 1610 San Antonio St.
Women Who Create and Curate Culinary Careers Panel: The Bureau of Labor Statistics for 2015 reported, 19.6 percent of the 415,000 chefs and head cooks in the United States were women. ISO explores and discusses the strategic ways that the industry’s leading women chefs have creatively curated and carved their own space, using marketing, P.R., social media and other tech-centric methods to elevate their careers. 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., March 12, J.W. Marriott, Salon C.
Insider Tips from the Boss Women of Instagram: Learn more about what works best on Instagram, whether you focus on film, news, fashion or music. Unlock tools to better understand how to drive the most impact and engagement for your presence on the platform. Get insights and tips directly from the insiders at Instagram. 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. March 13, Austin Convention Center, Room 12AB.
Tech-no-color: Advancing Women of Color in Tech: A discussion about how to further build diversity and inclusion strategies with a focus on women of color. This group of senior leaders will discuss how to start the diversity and inclusion (D&I) process, create goals, drive growth and accelerate change. They will also discuss how to re-envision the recruitment, retention and advancement of women of color in tech. 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. March 10, Fairmont, Manchester A.
Women Leading the Future of Blockchain: All who identify as women are invited to attend this session to learn about the promises of blockchain or share their path into the industry with those who are just at the beginning. This is a meet up for tech, product, policy and design women interested in all things Blockchain. 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. J.W. Marriott, Room 211-212.
Pitch Black: Future is Female: The event showcases four black female founders and co-founders who will compete for a chance to win a $10,000 investment from Silicon Valley-based VC firm Backstage Capital, an African-American female-led venture capital fund that invests in new companies led by women, people of color and LGBTQ founders. 3:30 to 6 p.m. J.W. Marriott, Salon 4.
Don't Call This A Panel of Female Coders: Executives and entrepreneurs from the video game, virtual reality and coding worlds will come together for a discussion about their paths to success, their passion for technology, and how to address the idea that being female has at times made them an anomaly, atypical, or surprising in business. 5 to 6 p.m. March 10, J.W. Marriott, Salon 6.
Beth Stelling: Stelling is a writer, actress and stand-up comedian who has performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Conan, The Meltdown with Jonah & Kumail, @midnight, Last Call with Carson Daly, The UCB Show, The Pete Holmes Show and We Can Fix You. She has a Comedy Central Half Hour special released with her latest comedy album, “Simply the Beth.” Beth is currently writing on “Crashing,” the HBO series from Judd Apatow starring Pete Holmes. Catch her at: Clusterfest Spring Break, 8 to 9:30 p.m. March 13, Esther's Follies. The Laugh Button Live With Gotham Comedy Club, 8 to 9:30 p.m. March 12, Esther's Follies. The Comedian’s Comedian (Podcast Recording), 7 to 8:30 p.m., The Hideout.
Rachel Bloom: Bloom is an American actress, comedian, singer, writer, producer, songwriter,and mental health activist. She is best known for creating, writing and playing the lead role of Rebecca in “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.” Catch her at: Most Likely To Murder: Live! 10 to 11:30 p.m. March 12, Esther's Follies. Audible Impact: 9 to 11 p.m. March 13, Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater. Natch Beaut: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., March 14, Fairmont, Wisteria Room.
Maeve Higgins: Higgins is the host of the hit podcast Maeve In America: Immigration IRL. She has performed all over the world, including in her native Ireland, Edinburgh, Melbourne and, most recently, Erbil. Now based in New York, she's made a name for herself there too. In a good way! She co-hosts Neil deGrasse Tyson's StarTalk on National Geographic and has appeared in Comedy Central's Inside Amy Schumer. Catch her at: Butterboy: 10 to 11:30 p.m. March 11, Esther's Follies. Jo Firestone and Friends:11 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. March 10, The Hideout.