by Steve Dollar.
As an independent filmmaker, Ti West swears by South by Southwest. The annual film, music and interactive media conference, which began here Friday is like an unofficial spring break for artists and professionals in those industries. It’s a big street party, fueled by free alcohol and social networking, but it’s also a place to launch careers.
“South by Southwest validated me as a filmmaker,” said Mr. West, a New York director, who was rushing to complete edits on his new film, a New England ghost story called “The Innkeepers,” before its world premiere here Saturday. He first exhibited at the festival in 2005, with his debut feature “The Roost.” “They were the first people to take a chance on me and say ‘We like your movie.’ ”
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