I was hoping this SXSW trip wouldn't be an insane interview odyssey, but Jesus H. Look at this lineup. Now Joe Trippi is on board. Joi Ito, can I get you to chat with Howard Rheingold? Chris Allbritton, I want you! Cameron Marlow, it's show time! And I just plain would love to meet Kaye Trammell, Wiley Wiggins, and Danah among many others. I'm exhausted just thinking about it.

Lorika and I will be residing at the Crowne Plaza hotel. We will have camera. Microphone. And insane monkey times.

I must confess, I didn't quite know what I was doing during SXSW 2003. I did get a lot of interviews and had a blast. One thing I've learned in the last year is that I'm not so crazy about interview footage. It's valuable in its own right, and I'll certainly use it, but I'm much more interested in capturing people doing things, in their natural environment. SXSW is not really anyone's natural environment.

My favorite Blogumentary moments are real-life moments. Lori starting her blog - I talked to her while she was cooking dinner and pissed off at the media's treatment of Howard Dean. That's what I'm talking about. Talking to Crystal after she made her suicidal blog post, before she headed down to Iowa to stay with Lane and Tina. Me, deleting my blog. That's the good stuff, that's close to home and close to my heart. That's what makes a good documentary.

But, SXSW ends up being my only chance to talk with these amazing luminaries. Whether the interviews end up in Blogumentary the film isn't so important - snippets will be posted on this here blog, but more significantly, open-sourced at The Open Video Project. I just need some funds to dub and index these many hours of blog interviews so I can send it off to them. Slowly but surely, this is the world's first open-source documentary.

Let this be the seed of a thousand blogumentaries!

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Chuck we should hook up this time around... I will shoot you and your camera and you can shoot me and mine.. LOL

Posted by: rannie at Feb 25, 2004 12:34:51 PM

Joi commented on Zudfunck's Blog:


I'd love to hook up. Especially with Howard. ;-)

Posted by: Chuck at Feb 25, 2004 12:37:15 PM

Rannie, those are the words I've been dying to hear!
Let's do it!

Posted by: Chuck at Feb 25, 2004 12:38:08 PM

Good luck! I can't wait to see the footage.

Posted by: Tim at Feb 25, 2004 1:02:34 PM

Yay, I look forward to your videos and reportage!

I think SXSW should set up some sort of scholarship fund so's working stiffs like me can also gawk at the zeitgeist-redefining celebs, groove to the music, and then write it up. Blogging is starting to become more class-free, so maybe SXSW could become like the old Chautauquas, but even more populist!

Posted by: m.a.d. at Feb 26, 2004 12:22:31 AM

Small consolation, but the SXSW Web Awards will be webcast. It's pretty entertaining actually.

I didn't get hooked up with a press badge this year, I have the feeling I'm going to regret not being able to tote my camera anywhere I please.

Posted by: Chuck at Feb 26, 2004 12:29:35 AM

Can you not still get a press pass? Maybe you should try, or did you? I'd
sure hate to get kicked out of a multi-media conference for having a camera.

Posted by: Lorika at Feb 26, 2004 9:34:30 AM

Maybe, but I'm not really planning on trying to tape panel presentations. Maybe sneak a little bit. But interviews I plan to do outside the conference proper, so it's probably not worth getting a press pass.

Posted by: Chuck at Feb 26, 2004 5:35:02 PM

Last year, sxsw officials were not pleased with me toting around my 35 mm SLR, But they did send me to the press booth to register my camera giving me a little tag to post on my camera if I took shots.... It didn't require me to apply for an official press pass.

Posted by: rannie at Mar 1, 2004 11:00:41 AM

Hey Chuck - looking forward to finally meeting youas well!

Posted by: kaye trammell at Mar 5, 2004 10:16:34 AM