Ellen Page Set as SXSW Keynote Speaker

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South by Southwest has added Ellen Page and Ian Daniel, co-creators of the documentary series “Gaycation,” as keynote speakers at the upcoming festival.

Page and Daniel will discuss their careers, the equality movement and cultural attitudes towards LGBT people on March 12 at SXSW, which takes place in Austin, Texas. Previously announced keynote speakers are Nelson George, Gale Anne Hurd and Joe Swanberg.

The 23rd iteration of the festival runs March 11-19 and opens with the previously announced Richard Linklater comedy-drama “Everybody Wants Some.” The nine-day festival will screen 139 movies — including 52 films from first-time filmmakers — 89 world premieres, 14 North American premieres and seven U.S. premieres.

Previously announced featured conversations include Jake Gyllenhaal, Sarah Green, Don Cheadle, Joel Edgerton, Gaby Hoffmann, Joe Berlinger and Barbara Kopple, Andrew Bujalski and David Lowery, Ken Burns and Henry Louis Gates, Louis Black and Leonard Maltin, J.J. Abrams and Andrew Jarecki, Geena Davis, Sam Esmail, Rami Malek, Christian Slater and Kerry Washington.

Page’s acting credits include “Freeheld,” which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in September; “Inception”; Jason Reitman’s “Juno,” in which she played the title character, drawing an Academy Award nomination; and “X-Men: The Last Stand” and “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” in which she played Kitty Pryde.

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