At SxSW, you must look far and wide to find moments of quiet. Every space in town is saturated. There's a line (or two or three) for every bathroom, concert, film, food truck and panel. Every third person is handing you a flyer, or a t-shirt, or a sticker. Signage takes over every telephone pole, wall, and parking meter in town.
Things will never go how you plan, so it's crucial to find one's own form of solace, especially if large, persistent crowds can overwhelm -- like they do to me. Patience is mandatory. And my week was packed: Jacob and I spoke on a panel about creative collaboration, our film screened 5 times all over town, we showed clips of the film at a party full of NYC startups called Made in NY, and we attended a dozen other movies and shows during the week.
In between, we found time to take longer walks, food excursions, and meander without a real destination. These were the most important moments of the festival, as they were the only moments to be alone with your thoughts.