The South By Southwest Film Conference has named two more keynote speakers for next spring’s gathering in Austin: Ava DuVernay, the writer/director of Selma, and RZA, the rapper turned actor and film-score composer.
RZA, a co-founder of seminal New York rap group Wu-Tang Clan, has acted in films such as American Gangster and Jim Jarmusch’s Coffee & Cigarettes. He also has created music for films such as Django Unchained and both Kill Bill movies.
DuVernay left behind a career as an entertainment publicist to become a writer and director. The decision four years ago has paid with her second film, Selma, which is focused on a prominent episode in Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and civil-rights work. That film is opening Dec. 25 amid a great deal of awards talk, including a Golden Globe nomination for star David Oyelowo.
Mark Duplass, the actor, writer and director credited with co-founding with his brother Jay the mumblecore film movement, was previously announced as a keynote speaker for the film portion of SXSW. SXSW also includes an interactive conference and the original component, a sprawling music festival that takes over seemingly every corner of performance space in Austin each year.