Pictured above: Mel Gibson might not be around, but Anton Yelchin and Jodie Foster hit the fest to premiere the long-awaited 'The Beaver.' Meanwhile, Mike Tyson does the rounds for his new iPhone and iPad game. Kevin Pollak hits SXSW to talk about Celebs for the Web.
Erik Davis wrassles up some immediate responses to the Foster/Gibson comedy premiere, and many tweeters note tonal issues.
Eugene Novikov caught mumblecore queen Greta Gerwig's latest, 'The Dish and the Spoon,' and noted that the film is "a pleasure, with a screenplay that doesn't push too hard (except perhaps one sequence involving two-way cross-dressing) and a tiny cast of actors who wear these roles like a second skin. Greta Gerwig can be proud of this lovely detour on her way to bigger things."
Kris Kringle makes a March appearance for 'Becoming Santa,' and John Gholson dug it, explaining: "has the goods to become an instant Holiday classic. It's charming, informative, and, best of all, really funny."
William Goss caught the eagerly anticipated 'Bridesmaids,' and while not perfect, it "strikes a proper balance between its potty mouths and sleeve-set heart. It's slack in pacing but raucous in tone and held together throughout by Wiig's spotlight turn."
Want to know what it's like to fest? David Ehrlich explains a day in the life of a Cinematical writer at SXSW, one who has to face crowds, glitches and the woes of daylight savings time:
"1:59 A.M. SXSW roommate Matt Patches and I begin our five-minute walk to the hotel.
3:04 A.M. SXSW roommate Matt Patches and I arrive at our hotel. To paraphrase Super, 'Shut up, Daylight Savings.'"
Anchor Bay picks up 'The Divide' in a low-seven-figure deal, according to The Wrap.
indieWIRE chats with Vikram Gandhi -- the man who became a guru for cinema and a documentary called 'Kumaré.'
Miranda July thinks that YouTube is a form of depression. Naturally, she hasn't used it to time machine back to the mystery of who killed the girl in Richard Marx's "Hazard."
The site looks back at a few old docs from SXSW.
Sister site Spout looks into SXSW films that make the government villainous.
TWEETS, BUZZ & OTHER NEWS
While introducing the world premiere of 'The Beaver,' Jodie Foster asked: "I just have to ask everybody, can you see a film and appreciate the artist for his work? And if anything, I think anybody who comes to see the film and understands Mel's extraordinary performance in the movie can't go away untouched by his humanity."
And if you can stomach more over-the-top Gibsongushing, click here.
Another tweet about the film comes from Devin Faraci, who writes: "Lemme weigh in on THE BEAVER now that the screening is done: Gibson's performance is phenomenal. Film has problems balancing tones."
SXSW Juror Logan Hill explains why you should see fest-winner 'Natural Selection.'
Wondering what Harmony Korine's SXSW short 'Umshini Wam' is like? Watch it below: