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4 S X S W o r l d | M AY / J U N E 2 0 1 6 | S X S W. C O M PHANTASM: Remastered Star Wars Tie Fighter Special Event Moon Shot. The story of the Google Lunar XPRIZE Bad Robot, Epic Digital and Google Present Secrets of The Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey Steve Aoki @ The Main The Eyes of Robots & Murderers Grammy nominated DJ and Dim Mak (label, apparel and lifestyle company) founder Steve Aoki performed during SXSW Music. Abrams appeared on Aoki's recent Neon Future II album, so though he may not have actually attended the show, he was there in spirit. Abrams was on-hand for the World Premiere of the behind-the-scenes, in-depth documentary about the making of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Abrams and his Bad Robot Productions company, along with Academy Award®-nominated director Orlando von Einsiedel and Epic Digital, joined forces with Google and XPRIZE to create a documentary web series about the people competing for the Google Lunar XPRIZE. The nine-part web series World Premiered at SXSW. Abrams introduced a special midnight screening of the 1979 cult horror Žilm PHANTASM, which was recently restored by Bad Robot Productions. For four days, a replica of the Tie Fighter from the Abrams-directed Star Wars: The Force Awakens was parked at the SouthBites Trailer Park, guarded by actual Storm Troopers! In a Featured Session, Abrams and fellow acclaimed Žilmmaker (and longtime friend) Andrew Jarecki had a deep conversation about the relevance of the human factor in digital communications. W H AT D I D J. J. A B R A M S D O AT SXSW ? W H AT D I D N ' T J. J. A B R A M S D O AT SXSW ? SEAN MATHIS RICARDO VENEGAS MIKE WINDLE CHRIS SAUCEDO DIEGO DONAMARIA

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