Dan DeLuca from SXSW
South by Southwest kicked off in Austin, Texas, over the weekend, with its Interactive and Film festivals first. Statistics whiz Nate Silver and Grantland founder and hoops analyst Bill Simmons discussed sports tech at a panel for the SXsports segment.
"A scientist is just a kid who never grew up," said astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson at his SXSW keynote Saturday with journalist Christie Nicholson. The host of the TV series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, which debuted on Fox Sunday night, Tyson held 3,500 attendees rapt in an engaging, funny hour-plus talk. Since Tilda Swinton's vampire flick Only Lovers Left Alive was sold out, I went to see Darius Clark Monroe's Evolution of a Criminal, having its world premiere down the street. The film, which took seven years to make, is an autobiographical documentary about how Monroe, as a 16-year-old honor student, robbed a bank in his hometown of Houston. Exec producer Spike Lee was at the screening and said, "Darius is a great story. . . . Young brothers are lost. They need to see something visually that's the antithesis of that rap stuff, some of it not all of it, that glamorizes that lifestyle."