SXSW Spotlight: Michelle Obama’s Keynote, “Outcast” Makes Its World Premiere, And “Tony Robbins” Is Not My Guru

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It was a jam-packed day in Austin. This morning started with a screening of new series based on a graphic novel, a documentary about one of the world’s best motivational speakers and renowned self-help authors and then a ton of more screenings after that. Later this week, more news on First Lady Michelle Obama’s keynote later this week. More than that, I spent a lot of time waiting in line — and we are only on day four.


Mini-Reviews

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OUTCAST

If you are tired of The Walking Dead, then you’ll need to shift over to the adaptation of Robert Kirkman‘s graphic novel Outcast, a series about a severely damaged man who has been chased and affected by demonic possessions his entire life. The first episode is a slow deliberate burn with messed up pay-offs that will get under your skin and haunt your mind. It’s a set well-constructed and frightening set up to the occult series everybody has been waiting for. Stay tuned for full review soon!

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TONY ROBBINS: I AM NOT YOUR GURU

If there is anything I learned about Tony Robbins is that he really loves to drop the F-bombs during his motivational talks. A lot of them — but yet he still remains one of the most charismatic and eloquent speakers out there today. Motivational speaking tends to be a skeptical topic and one that is the butt of every joke — but when Robbins does it, it works. Plus, he doesn’t give a f*** what people think. The Joe Berlinger-directed doc gives us an exclusive, never-before-seen look at Robbins’s biggest conference, “A Date With Destiny”. Sure, it’s can seem a bit cultish, but in the end, it’s genuinely emotional, fascinating, super-duper positive, it brings people joy and doesn’t hurt anyone at all. Plus, if Julianne Hough is down with Robbins, maybe we should be too. This doc may very well make you a believer.

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THE DWARVENAUT

At first, this seems like a doc about an eccentric and nerdy Dungeons and Dragons fanatic, Stefan Pokorny, but it quickly turns into a well-told, in-depth, emotionally-ridden character study about an orphan who became a successful entrepreneur of one of the most popular role playing games ever.


News

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Now that Barack Obama had his turn to speak at , it is now the First Lady Michelle Obama’s turn to deliver a keynote. She will speak in Wednesday morning about her “Let Girls Learn” initiative, which aims to aid in getting proper education for young girls around the world. Joining the first lady will be other strong female superstars Missy Elliott, Sophia Bush, and Diane Warren. And to top it all off, the panel will be moderated by Queen Latifah.


Plans For Day 5

I’m going to be hitting the ground running for the fifth day of the festival. In addition to spending half my day waiting in line to see films, I’m going to try to make my way to the Intermission Party at the Belmont and roam the trade show… that is, if I’m not stuffing my face with queso.

And finally, on my list of “films-to-watch” the day include:

DON’T THINK TWICE
I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER
THE WAITING
THE MASTER CLEANSE
THE TRUST

Of course, all of this is subject to change, but if you see me don’t be afraid to say “hi”! I could probably use the human interaction. Feel free to reach out to me on Twitter and follow my other antics at @dinoray.

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Dino-Ray Ramos | Staff Writer
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