Oklahoma’s Buffalo Lounge is excited to announce its plans for the third annual Oklahoma presence at the 2013 South By Southwest Conference and Festival (SXSW) taking place in Austin, Texas. The Buffalo Lounge will host three days of film, interactive, and music events March 11-13.
This statewide initiative provides exposure for participating Oklahoma companies and talent, while promoting the state as a frontrunner in the film, music and interactive industries. In addition to several events at an Austin venue, participating Oklahoma organizations will have a booth in the March 10-13 SXSW trade show, according to a news release.
While Oklahoma’s Buffalo Lounge is spearheaded by the Idea Collective, and the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, this marketing endeavor is made possible because of a large statewide roster of sponsors including: Oklahoma Business Roundtable, Oklahoma Film & Music Office, i2E, OKPOP Museum, the Woody Guthrie Center, ACM@UCO, Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau, Creative Oklahoma, the University of Oklahoma’s Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth, Phillips Murrah P.C., QuiBids, Stillwater Convention and Visitors Bureau, Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Wormy Dog Saloon, Preferred Fan Ticketing, 598 Records, Dunlap Codding P.C., Oklahoma City University, SpokesMe, Narrable, BuzzAm Radio, deadCENTER Film Festival, Toy Gun Films, iThemes, Made by Wheat, Robyn Promotions, AT&T, Mustang Brewing Company, Fowler Volkswagen of Norman, Blackwatch Studios, Floyd’s RV, Pin League, Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, and The Society.
More than 60,000 top business professionals attended SXSW in 2012. The 10-day conference and festival brings people together to enhance knowledge in their field. The SXSW Tradeshow takes place Sunday, March 10-Wednesday, March 13. Oklahoma will once again have a booth promoting participating sponsors to the worldwide audience. This year’s Buffalo Lounge takes place at a new venue, having outgrown its previous space. The events will be held at a two-story venue, The 512, located at 408 E. 6th Street, in the heart of downtown Austin.
The Oklahoma film party, The Red Dirt Reel, will take place on Monday, March 11 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and will highlight the Oklahoma film industry and its participating sponsors. Before the film event begins, the Buffalo Lounge will host a 411 Publishing and Entertainment Partners (EP) Webinar focused on production incentives. The webinar will feature a panel of established film professionals and the topic of discussion will be film incentives offered in Texas, Oklahoma, and surrounding areas. Similar webinars are hosted annually by EP and 411 Publishing during both the Sundance Film Festival and the Cannes Film Festival.
Immediately following the film event on March 11 will be Oklahoma’s interactive event from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. This event will provide network opportunities for those involved in the interactive industry, and will be an opportunity for attendees to learn more about participating Oklahoma sponsors, entrepreneurs, and startups. New this year will be the Buffalo Lounge Elevator Pitch Competition, which will allow nine Oklahoma finalists the opportunity to compete for up to $10,000 in prizes. A panel of Oklahoma angel investors will rank the 90-second pitches based on quality of pitch, business viability, market opportunity, competitive advantage, management and energy of the pitch. The evening will also feature Oklahoma 90s tribute band, My So Called Band.
As previously reported, the music portion of SXSW officially begins on Tuesday, March 12. The Buffalo Lounge’s first official SXSW day party is the Oklahoma Soundcheck, presented by Wormy Dog Saloon, Preferred Fan Ticketing, 598 Records, and Phillips Murrah P.C. This SXSW day party will feature bands on two different stages including Colin Nance, Mont Lyons, Skating Polly, Depth and Current, Reality, Admirals, Modern Rock Diaries, Taddy Porter, Paul Benjaman Band, Idabel, Hudson Roar, Mark Gibson, Beau Jennings and The Tigers, DEERPEOPLE, Daniel Walcher, and Jabee.
The second official SXSW day party, the Oklahoma Remix, will take place on Wednesday, March 13. Performing on the OKPOP/Woody Guthrie Center stage will be Susan Herndon, Desi and Cody, Josh Sallee, The Del Toros, The Dustin Pittsley Band, Guardant, The Bourgeois, and We The Ghost. The second stage is presented by ACM@UCO and will feature Bowlsey, Brave, Blake Fischer, The Kamals, The Lower 40, and Ripple Green.
Oklahoma’s music presence will once again be highlighted with two official SXSW showcases during the festival. The ACM@UCO showcase will be Tuesday, March 12 from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. and will feature Paperscissor, Day One, Tallows, Horse Thief, Colourmusic, and Stardeath & White Dwarfs. On Wednesday, March 13 from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. the Oklahoma Showcase will feature Zach Winters, Parker Millsap, OK SWEETHEART, Defining Times, Samantha Crain, and BRONCHO.
The mission of The Buffalo Lounge is to promote Oklahoma’s film, music, and interactive industries to a statewide and national audience. This mission includes providing filmmakers, musicians, and interactive companies opportunities to network and gain exposure in a fun, relaxed atmosphere that spotlights Oklahoma’s progress in these industries. Soon after SXSW 2013, the Buffalo Lounge will announce events to be held in Oklahoma.
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For a complete list of sponsors and link to their Websites, please visit: http://thebuffalolounge.com/
For more information on how to become a volunteer in Austin, or to RSVP, please visit: http://thebuffalolounge.com/
For a complete list of Oklahoma companies participating in the Elevator Pitch Competition, please visit: http://www.i2e.org/news/finalists-to-pitch-ideas-at-sxsw/
For more information on South By Southwest, please visit: http://sxsw.com