In addition, British pop-star James Blunt is coming to the Austin festival to attend the March 10 world premiere ofSteven Cantor's documentary, James Blunt: Return To Kosovo, whichchronicles Blunt's trip to the battlefields where he served as aBritish soldier before finding success in music.
He is among several creative talents expected in Texas next month. Actor Shia LeBeouf and director D.J. Caruso are scheduled to attend a special screening of their film, Disturbia, on March 9. Co-star of NBC series Friday Night Lights, Connie Britton, is scheduled to attend a screening of her film with director Sarah Kelly, The Lather Effect, on March 14.
SXSW has also added a special panel entitled 'A Conversation with Elizabeth Avellan,' to be held March 12 at the Austin Convention Center. Avellan, the producer of such films as Sin City and Grindhouse, will share stories and insight from her successful career walking the line between Hollywood and indie film.
Meanwhile, the 'South By Bookstore' at the iF! Trade Show has scheduled book and DVD signings with the likes of John Sayles (Lone Star), and John Cameron Mitchell (Shortbus), for the afternoon of March 13.
The 2007 SXSW Film Festival begins on March 9 with the Opening Night Film, Scott Frank's The Lookout, and closes on March 17 with the Closing Night Film, Park Chan-wook's I'm A Cyborg, But That's OK.