SXSW: 'Moonlight' Director Barry Jenkins Among 2018 Keynote Speakers

Nominee for Best Director 'La La Land' Damien Chazelle applauds cinematographer Linus Sandgren after he won the Best Cinematography award for 'La La Land' at the 89th Oscars on Feb. 26, 2017 in Hollywood, Calif.
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Nominee for Best Director 'La La Land' Damien Chazelle applauds cinematographer Linus Sandgren after he won the Best Cinematography award for 'La La Land' at the 89th Oscars on Feb. 26, 2017 in Hollywood, Calif.

Author Esther Perel and the tech entrepreneur known as whurley also have been selected to deliver keynotes.

Moonlight director Barry Jenkins, author and psychotherapist Esther Perel and the technology entrepreneur and quantum computing expert William Hurley, who goes by the name whurley, have been selected to serve as keynote speakers at the 2018 South by Southwest Conference and Festivals, which will run from March 9-18 in Austin, Texas.

Featured speakers, announced Monday, include space entrepreneur and futurist Bob Richards; Kaiser Permanente chairman and CEO Bernard J. Tyson; Empowering a Billion Women by 2020 chairman and CEO Ingrid Vanderveldt; artist and poet Cleo Wade; and author and Future Today Institute founder Amy Webb.

“We are overjoyed to invite Barry Jenkins back to SXSW as a film keynote having presented the world premiere of his first feature, Medicine for Melancholy, in 2008,” Janet Pierson, director of film, said. “Moonlight is a magnificent piece of work, transcendent, and made on his own terms. We couldn’t be happier for his success and to have this remarkable artist with such a generous soul return to SXSW.”

Additionally, the fest announced, voting for PanelPicker, the online tool that allows the SXSW community to have a voice in programming, begins Aug. 7 and continues through Aug. 25.

This article was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.

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