We are ecstatic to share the initial film lineup presented by EdChoice, two new performances, competition coaches, and a plethora of unique networking opportunities including wellness events, pop-up dinners, and walking tours. Plus, we’ve revealed book signings with 26 speakers including several keynote and featured speakers.
SXSW EDU 2020 marks the eighth year of film programming at the conference and festival. Each film announced correlates to one of the programming tracks for SXSW EDU 2020, making the program especially diverse. These powerful films allow space to open up a discourse. Several filmmakers and film subjects will be at the event for post-screening Q&As to continue the conversation around their films.
Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (if you’re a girl) – An Oscar-nominated film for Documentary (Short Subject). A story of young Afghan girls learning to read, write – and skateboard – in Kabul.
We Are The Radical Monarchs – Meet the Radical Monarchs, a group of young girls of color at the front lines of social justice. Set in Oakland, the film documents the journey of the group as they form, grow, and earn badges for units like “Black Lives Matter” and “Radical Beauty.” Join Director and Producer Linda Goldstein Knowlton, and Radical Monarchs’ CEO of Programs and Communications Anayvette Martinez for a post-screening Q&A.
Shot in the Dark – Tyquone’s a teenage basketball star, but beyond a championship he wants to see the world. This finds him grappling with dreams bigger than the game.
In My Blood It Runs – When Dujuan cannot run nor fight alone, he realises that not only has he inherited the trauma and dispossession of his land, but also the resilience and resistance of many generations of his people which holds the key to his future.
The Candidates – It’s teenage Donald versus Hillary in one New York City public high school’s mock election. Politics is puberty in the world’s longest running civic experiment.
River City Drumbeat – Ed White devoted thirty years to leading an African-American youth drum corps in Louisville, Kentucky. Now Albert, whose destiny was shaped by the drumline, must take up the mantle in a story of music, love, and legacies set in the American South. Join Director and Producer Marlon Johnson, Director and Producer Anne Flatté, River City Drum Corp Artist and Founder Ed White, and River City Drum Corp Artist and Director Albert Shumake for a post-screening Q&A.
Unschooled – Unschooled follows three inner-city high school students as they embark on a radical educational program in North Philadelphia—a program dedicated to empowering students to direct their own education. Join Co-Director and Co-Cinematographer Rachel Beth Anderson, Co-Director and Co-Cinematographer Timothy Grucza, Tutor and Film Subject Mikail Holmes, and Student Miles Conyers for a post-screening Q&A.
Changing the Game – Transgender high school athletes from across the country challenge the boundaries and perceptions of fairness and discrimination.
Miss Virginia – A struggling inner-city single mother moves her at-risk son from his dangerous public school to a safe private one. Sacrificing everything, but still unable to make the tuition payment, she launches a movement that could save her son’s future. Join Moving Picture Institute President Rob Pfaltzgraff, Moving Picture Institute Executive Vice President Nick Reid, and Moving Picture Institute Senior Vice President Lana Link for a post-screening Q&A.
No Small Matter – No Small Matter is the first feature documentary to explore the most overlooked, underestimated, and powerful force for change in America today: early childhood education. Join Writer and Co-Director Greg Jacobs, United Way for Greater Austin’s Vice President of Success By 6 Cathy McHorse, Texas Education Agency’s Director of Early Childhood Education Jacquie Porter, and Public Speaker and Curriculum Designer at Child First Academy Rachel Giannini for a post-screening Q&A.
Hungry to Learn – The cost of college is forcing students to make choices that put eating regular meals and their education at odds. This poignant film follows four college students as they navigate food insecurity in their attempt to change their lives for the better. Join Professor of Higher Education Policy & Sociology at Temple University and Founding Director of the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice Sara Goldrick-Rab and Director, Producer, and Editor Geeta Gandbhir for a post-screening Q&A.
This year’s must-see performances offer attendees the opportunity to experience and reflect on the value of performing arts as a vehicle for deeper learning.
Learn by Design Coaches
Coaches will offer their expertise and feedback to Learn by Design finalists as they prepare to pitch their groundbreaking work in the design of physical learning environments.
Emily Weerts – Director of Community, Nucleus Learning Network Carolyn Foote – District Librarian, Eanes ISD
Coaches will offer their expertise and feedback to Launch finalists as they prepare for the fast-paced pitch competition celebrating emerging innovations in learning from early-stage startups.
Amy Looper – Co-Founder & COO, OneSeventeen Media, PBC Stephanie Cerda – Assistant Principal, Austin ISD
Student Startup Coaches
Coaches will offer their expertise and feedback to Student Startup competition finalists as they prepare to pitch their business ideas.
Aaron Clay – Partner & Head of Coaching, Amy’s EDU Nathan Ryan – CEO, Blue Sky Partners Nina Ho – Assistant Director, Blackstone LaunchPad at The University of Texas at Austin
This year there is an expanded focus on wellness programming for whole person development and personalized learning, offering self-care practices and opportunities to connect with fellow attendees.
Austin Greenbelt Hike (Tuesday | Wednesday) Mindful Momentum (Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday) Mindful Movement Break (Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday) Morning HIIT Workout (Tuesday | Thursday) Wellness Studio (Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday) No Sweat Yoga Lifestyle Nutrition for the Educational Professional Yoga in Arabic: Curriculum & Approach
Take advantage of the many opportunities to network during SXSW EDU. Whether you’re seeking new connections, or friends aligned with your interests, explore the networking events below.
Austin East Side Art Walking Tour (Monday | Wednesday) Austin Music Walking Tour (Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday) Downtown Austin Walking Tour (Sunday | Tuesday | Thursday) Pop-Up Dinner at Osteria Pronto (Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday) Pop-Up Dinner at Cannon & Belle (Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday) Expo Coffee Break (Monday | Tuesday) Opening Party Competition Awards Party Closing Party Expo Snack Break A Sip of Arabia: Tea Break with QFI Launch Startup Spotlight Learn by Design Spotlight
Attendees can meet with their favorite authors at book signings in the SXSW EDU bookstore.
Alyssa Milano Barbara Bray Daniel Nayeri David Bowles Darcie Little Badger Elliot Washor Esther Wojcicki James Butler Jason Rawls Jason Reynolds Jen Brown Jennifer Eberhardt Jessica Lahey Jonathan Moules Laura Huang Laurie Halse Anderson Michael B. Horn & Bob Moesta Nicki Washington Paul Tough Sayantani Dasgupta Sir Ken Robinson Shawn Rubin Ted Dintersmith Todd Nesloney Valorie Kondos Field Whitney Hollins
Now’s the time to secure your place at the must-attend event for education professionals. Register by Friday, February 14 to save $55 on the walk-up rate.
Photos courtesy of SXSW EDU 2020 films (t-b-l-r) Shot in the Dark, Learning to Skateboard in a War Zone (if you’re a girl), Unschooled, We Are The Radical Monarchs, River City Drumbeat.