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Why the Slamdance Film Festival isn't more celebrated for its documentary finds each year is a question I ask, well, every year. Sure, its annual feature-doc program isn't filled exclusively with good movies, but neither is Sundance nor any other festival. There have been at least a few in every crop of eight-or-so titles that I'd recommend, and in most year's there's at least one really terrific work. Look at some of the successes to come out of Slamdance for proof that it's worthy of serious doc fans' attendance: Mad Hot Ballroom, The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father, We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists and Steven Soderbergh's And Everything Is Going Fine all had their premieres at...
- Christopher Campbell
Steven Soderbergh took And Everything Is Going Fine to Slamdance in 2010 Speaking to the co-founder and president of Slamdance film festival Peter Baxter over Skype, it's hard to believe how far technology has come since the January in 1995, when a small group of indie filmmakers - ticked off that none of them had managed to get into Sundance Film Festival - decided to see whether fortune would favour the brave. Twenty editions later - and with alumni including Boon Jong-Ho, Christopher Nolan, Seth Gorden and Marc Forster - its fair to say that their gamble has paid off, with even the likes of Steven Soderbergh - whose Sex, Lies And Videotape was an early Sundance hit - taking his film And Everything Is Going Fine there in 2010. When asked why at the time, he said simply, "Share the love, babe".
Back in 1995, though, there wasn't a huge amount of love around for independent filmmakers. »
- Amber Wilkinson
2 items from 2014
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