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Wrapping Their 25th Year, Slamdance Co-Founders Discuss the Festival’s Past, Present and Future

“In a way, I see the festival as run like a punk rock label — a successful one!” says filmmaker and Slamdance “co-conspirator” Paul Rachman. With its award ceremony and final screenings, the Slamdance Film Festival concluded its 25th year last night (read the full list of winners here) — an astonishing fact of longevity that none of its founders could have predicted when they launched the outsider event in Park City back in 1995. “We were a wild bunch of filmmakers who got together to do something different,” says co-founder Peter Baxter. “And we’re realizing now how naive we […]
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Wrapping Their 25th Year, Slamdance Co-Founders Discuss the Festival’s Past, Present and Future

“In a way, I see the festival as run like a punk rock label — a successful one!” says filmmaker and Slamdance “co-conspirator” Paul Rachman. With its award ceremony and final screenings, the Slamdance Film Festival concluded its 25th year last night (read the full list of winners here) — an astonishing fact of longevity that none of its founders could have predicted when they launched the outsider event in Park City back in 1995. “We were a wild bunch of filmmakers who got together to do something different,” says co-founder Peter Baxter. “And we’re realizing now how naive we […]
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‘Dollhouse’ Leads 2019 Slamdance Awards Winners

  • The Wrap
Awards were handed out Thursday at the 25th annual Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, with nine films earning honors in the jury, audience and sponsored categories.

The narrative jury prize was awarded to the feminist puppet animation film “Dollhouse: The Eradication of Female Subjectivity in American Popular Culture,” directed by Nicole Brending. Honorable mention was given to “Cat Sticks,” directed by Ronny Sen.

“Dollhouse wasn’t like any other film at the festival or any festival. It was outrageous, bold, hilarious,” read the jury statement from Frédéric Forestier, Shih-Ching Tsou and Jeremiah Zagar. “We’re also giving it the grand prize because we think it really embodies the spirit of the Slamdance. ‘Cat Sticks’ is unbelievably gorgeous and has some of the most incredible poetic moments of any movies we’ve ever seen. We hope it finds a vein in American culture!”

The documentary jury prize was awarded to David Hambridge’s “Kifaru,
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'Dollhouse' wins Slamdance 2019 narrative grand jury prize

Kifaru named best documentary, audience award winner.

Dollhouse: The Eradication Of Female Subjectivity In American Popular Culture was awarded the Slamdance 2019 narrative grand jury prize on Thursday night (31).

Nicole Brending’s film took its place on the honour roll alongside David Hambridge’s documentary prize winner Kifaru.

Audience Awards went to Andrew Patterson’s narrative feature The Vast Of Night and Kifaru again, while Patrick Creadon’s Ski Bum: The Warren Miller Story earned the Best of Breakouts Audience Award in Park City.

“Slamdance has helped launch many filmmakers that have gone on to change the face of entertainment,” said Slamdance co-founder Peter Baxter.
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Slamdance: Steven Soderbergh Talks Filming 'High Flying Bird' With an iPhone

Slamdance: Steven Soderbergh Talks Filming 'High Flying Bird' With an iPhone
This year, Slamdance — the other film festival in Park City — celebrates its 25th anniversary. To discuss the event, its co-founder Peter Baxter was joined by director Steven Soderbergh, who has a long history with the fest that is presenting him with its Founders Award this year. Soderbergh is also unveiling two new projects to Slamdance — his sports drama High Flying Bird, which debuts Feb. 8 on Netflix, and Brian Welsh’s Beats, which he executive produced. (He also served as a producer on Scott Z. BurnsThe Report, which is screening at the neighboring Sundance Film Festival). Soderbergh spoke ...
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Slamdance Film Festival Marks 25th Anniversary in Style

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Slamdance Film Festival Marks 25th Anniversary in Style
The 25th anniversary edition of the Slamdance Film Festival kicks off Jan. 25-31 in Park City, Utah, with a line-up of world premieres, guest speakers and filmmaking seminars all geared toward fresh storytellers who are looking for their cinematic breakthroughs.

This year, further underscoring a desire for world cinema, there are 11 narrative and nine documentary features that will be showcased in competition, from Argentina, Belarus, Brazil, Germany, India, Italy, Kenya, Poland, South Africa and the U.K., alongside the U.S. All competition films are feature-length directorial debuts with budgets of less than $1 million, and lack American distribution.

Founded by current president Peter Baxter, as well as Jon Fitzgerald, Shane Kuhn, Dan Mirvish and Paul Rachman, Slamdance has screened more than 2,000 films over the years, with notable alumni including Christopher Nolan (whose 1999 drama “Following” debuted at the fest), Oren Peli (“Paranormal Activity”), Bong Joon-ho (“Okja”), Lynn Shelton (“Outside In”), Ari Aster
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Slamdance Is 25 Years Old, and Still Maintains the Spirit of an Unruly Teenager

Slamdance Is 25 Years Old, and Still Maintains the Spirit of an Unruly Teenager
No one expected Slamdance to see its 25th anniversary — least of all founders Dan Mirvish, Jon Fitzgerald, Shane Kuhn, Peter Baxter, and Paul Rachman. All were filmmakers rejected by the 1995 Sundance Film Festival, and their concerns initially ran to the short term: how to screen their films in and around Park City, the center of the indie-filmmaking universe.

They began by showing their work at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City and migrated to spaces around Park City, where they handed out flyers and cajoled makeshift venues. They took turns running the projectors.

The next year, they came back to Park City — this time, setting up headquarters at the Treasure Mountain Inn, on top of Main Street. Screenings were still chaotic, but the ethos was in place: a festival programmed by filmmakers, for first-time filmmakers who had shoestring budgets and unique visions but no distribution… and, the benefit
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Steven Soderbergh to Receive 2019 Founders Award at Slamdance Festival

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Steven Soderbergh to Receive 2019 Founders Award at Slamdance Festival
Steven Soderbergh will be the 2019 recipient of the Founders Award at the Slamdance Film Festival, the festival announced Tuesday.

His latest film “High Flying Bird” will also receive a sneak preview at the festival taking place in Park City, Utah, between Jan. 25-31. Soderbergh will participate in a live discussion about the film with Slamdance co-founder and president Peter Baxter ahead of the preview.

The Founders Award is given to Slamdance alumnus who continue to represent the Slamdance organization and support the filmmaker community of Slamdance well into their careers. Christopher Nolan won the inaugural award in 2015, and “Avengers” directors Joe and Anthony Russo won the prize in 2018.

Also Read: Jordan Peele, Rosamund Pike, Steven Soderbergh Projects Announced for 2019 Sundance Indie Episodic, Shorts Slate

“‘Don’t ask for permission!’ That was Steven Soderbergh’s advice to us when Slamdance was getting started and it continues to be the core of our brand.
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‘High Flying Bird’: Steven Soderbergh’s Sports Drama Sets Slamdance Premiere

‘High Flying Bird’: Steven Soderbergh’s Sports Drama Sets Slamdance Premiere
Steven Soderbergh is returning to the Slamdance Film Festival — which debuted his documentary “And Everything is Going Fine” back in 2010 — to not only accept its 2019 Founders Award, but also to debut his latest feature, sports drama “High Flying Bird.” Soderbergh will be on hand at the January festival to receive the Founders Award, which is “given to a Slamdance alumnus who has continued to represent the Slamdance organization and support the filmmaker community of Slamdance well into their careers,” and has previously been bestowed on Christopher Nolan and Joe and Anthony Russo.

The prolific “Ocean’s Eleven” and “Magic Mike” filmmaker is slated to participate in a live discussion with Slamdance co-founder and president Peter Baxter before a sneak preview of the film, which Netflix picked up in September. The film was written by Oscar winner Tarell Alvin McCraney and stars André Holland, Zazie Beetz, Melvin Gregg, Sonja Sohn, Zachary Quinto,
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Slamdance Festival Selects Steven Soderbergh for Founders Award

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Slamdance Festival Selects Steven Soderbergh for Founders Award
The Slamdance Film Festival has selected Steven Soderbergh for its 2019 Founders Award.

The award, first presented in 2015 to Christopher Nolan, is given to a Slamdance alumnus who has represented the Slamdance organization and supported the filmmaker community of Slamdance. It was awarded earlier this year to Joe and Anthony Russo (“Avengers: Infinity War”). Slamdance will be in its 25th year and the festival will run from Jan. 25 to 31.

Soderbergh will participate in a live discussion with Slamdance co-founder and president Peter Baxter before a sneak preview of his newest film, “High Flying Bird.” Soderbergh directed from a script by Tarell Alvin McCraney (“Moonlight”) with André Holland, Zazie Beetz, Melvin Gregg, Sonja Sohn, Zachary Quinto, Kyle MacLachlan and Bill Duke starring in a story set during a pro basketball lockout. “High Flying Bird” will launch globally on Feb. 8 on Netflix.

“’Don’t ask for permission!’ That was Steven Soderbergh’s advice
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Steven Soderbergh To Receive Slamdance’s Founders Award; ‘High Flying Bird’ Getting Sneak Preview

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Steven Soderbergh To Receive Slamdance’s Founders Award; ‘High Flying Bird’ Getting Sneak Preview
The Slamdance Film Festival said Steven Soderbergh will receive the indie fest’s 2019 Founders Award, given to an alum who has continued to represent the Slamdance organization and support its filmmaker community well into their careers.

The award will be bestowed during the fest, which runs January 25-31 and will open with the world premiere of Ski Bum: The Warren Miller Story. Soderbergh will participate in a Q&A with Slamdance co-founder and president Peter Baxter ahead of a sneak preview of his new film High Flying Bird, which bows on Netflix on February 8.

Previous Founders Award recipients include Christopher Nolan and this past year to Avengers writer-directors Joe and Anthony Russo.

High Flying Bird, penned by Oscar-winning Moonlight scribe Tarell Alvin McCraney, is set during a pro basketball lockout and follows a sports agent (Andre Holland) as he pitches a rookie basketball client (Melvin Gregg) on an intriguing and controversial business proposition.
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Steven Soderbergh to receive Slamdance 2019 Founders Award

Steven Soderbergh to receive Slamdance 2019 Founders Award
Ski Bum: The Warren Miller Story, This Teacher to bookend festival.

Slamdance top brass said on Tuesday (10) they will honour Steven Soderbergh with the 2019 Founders Award, when the filmmaker will also take part in on on-stage conversation with festival co-founder and president Peter Baxter before a sneak preview of his new film, High Flying Bird.

Slamdance also announced that the world premiere of Ski Bum: The Warren Miller Story will open the festival and This Teacher will close the festival.

The Founders Awards is presented to “a Slamdance alumnus who has continued to represent the Slamdance organization and support the
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Slamdance Film Festival Unveils Competition Lineup

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The Slamdance Film Festival has unveiled its 25th anniversary narrative and documentary feature film competition programs, as well as the lineup for its new breakouts section.

The narrative lineup includes the coming-of-age drama “Spiral Farm,” starring Piper De Palma, daughter of director Brian De Palma, who is making her feature debut as a teenage girl growing up on a commune where life is disrupted by the arrival of two outsiders, a father and son. Amanda Plummer (“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”), Teo Halm (“Earth to Echo”), and Jade Fusco (“Youth in Revolt”) co-star.

The festival, launched in 1995 as an alternative to Sundance, has included showings of such notable titles as Oren Peli’s “Paranormal Activity.” The fest, which takes place at the Treasure Mountain Inn in Park City, Utah, from Jan. 25 to Jan. 31, will screen 18 movies including 10 world premieres, four North American premieres, and four U.S. premieres.

Slamdance alumni include Joe and Anthony Russo,
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Slamdance Film Festival 2019 unveils competition line-ups, new section

Festival to run in Park City, Utah, from January 25-31.

The Slamdance Film Festival organisers have unveiled the narrative and documentary feature competition line-ups, as well as the new Breakouts section for the festival’s 25th edition in January.

The feature competition programme boasts 18 premieres, including 10 world, four North American, and four Us debuts from an array of global filmmakers hailing from Argentina, Belarus, Brazil, Germany, India, Italy, Kenya, Poland, South Africa, and the UK.

All competition films are feature-length directorial debuts with budgets of less than $1m, and without Us distribution. Films in both categories are eligible for the Audience Award,
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Slamdance 2019 Competition Lineup Revealed, Including 10 World Premiere Titles

The Slamdance Film Festival has announced the lineups for its 2019 Narrative and Documentary Feature Film Competition programs. The festival, which takes place annually in Park City, Utah, is celebrating its 25th anniversary next year. In addition to the narrative and documentary features in competition, Slamdance has also announced the lineup for its inaugural Breakouts Section.

Featured films playing at Slamdance are all directorial debuts made for less than $1 million and without U.S. distribution. The films were selected for the 2019 festival by a team of Slamdance alumni. Films in both categories are eligible for the Audience Award and Spirit of Slamdance Award, the latter of which is voted upon by filmmakers at the festival.

“When it comes to discovering talent, Slamdance has consistently shown that its artist led community can do it themselves,” said Slamdance Co-founder and President, Peter Baxter. “In a milestone year, our competition lineup symbolizes this ongoing endeavor.
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‘The Peak’ Wins Slamdance Awards Screenwriting Grand Prize

  • Variety
Slamdance has awarded its grand prize for screenwriting to Jessica Sinyard for her television pilot “The Peak.”

The prize was presented Thursday night during a ceremony hosted by Writers Guild of America West at the WGA Theatre. About 3,000 submissions were received for this year’s contest, and more than $16,000 was awarded to 2018 winners across all categories.

“The Peak” is a psychological survival thriller that follows a team of eight overachievers in their attempt to climb Mount Everest. When a team member goes missing on the peak, paranoia and altitude sickness corrode the reliability of survivor accounts. With a dual narrative that interweaves both the team’s ascent and descent, “The Peak” explores the choices people make when they believe no one is watching.

“This year’s competition proved that wherever you come from in this world our judges are waiting to discover and honor great new writing talent, especially if
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4th Annual Mammoth Lakes Film Festival – Winners

Another great year at the Mammoth Lakes Film Festival! Hey guys… long time no chat! Melissa here, and boy have I missed you! I was lucky enough to attend this years festival and as per usual, the programming exceeded expectations. Be sure to check out my reviews this week as I talk about some of the amazing films! Below, you can find a list of all of the winners. These are all films that you do not want to miss!

Winners Include “My Name is Myeisha,” “Tower. A Bright Day” and “White Tide”

The 4th Annual Mammoth Lakes Film Festival (Mlff) announced this year’s juried and audience award winners at the Closing Night Award Ceremony at the Sierra Event Center in Mammoth Lakes on Sunday, May 27, 2018. The festival, held from May 23-27, screened over 70 films, including 63 in Mlff’s competition categories. Each of the festival winners received an Orson the Bear Award,
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Slamdance 2018 Announces Special Screenings, Including New Films From Lisa France and Dana Nachman

Our bi-weekly Film Festival Roundup column explores notable stories and news updates from the circuit.

Slamdance has announced the Special Screenings program for their 24th Festival edition. The lineup features provocative work from remarkable talent that celebrates the Diy spirit of Slamdance. In January, the festival will present four features in the Special Screenings Program: “Bernard and Huey,” directed by Dan Mirvish; “Roll with Me,” directed by Lisa France; “Quest,” directed by Santiago Rizzo; and the world premiere of “Pick of the Litter,” directed by Don Hardy and Slamdance alumni Dana Nachman. “Pick of the Litter” will screen as the festival’s Opening Night Film presentation.

“Slamdance was born out of a determination to show the direct, unfiltered voice of independent artists to audiences,” said Peter Baxter, Slamdance Co-Founder and President, in an official statement. “Our line-up, and the massive support shown from our alumni and partners, embody who we
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Slamdance Announces 2018 Feature Film Competition Slate, Plus a New Russo Brothers-Backed Prize

Slamdance Announces 2018 Feature Film Competition Slate, Plus a New Russo Brothers-Backed Prize
The Slamdance Film Festival announced today their narrative and documentary feature film competition for its 24th Festival edition, taking place January 19-25, 2018 in Park City. Established in 1995 by a group of filmmakers whose work had been rejected by the Sundance Film Festival, Slamdance is dedicated to fostering a community for independent emerging artists, fashioning itself “the premiere film festival by filmmakers, for filmmakers.”

The feature competition includes 16 premieres, mostly produced in the U.S. All competition films are feature length directorial debuts with budgets of less than $1 million Usd, and without Us distribution. In addition, the festival announced a new partnership with alumni Anthony and Joe Russo (“Captain America: Civil War,” and “Avengers: Infinity War”) to establish the inaugural Russo Fellowship award. Every participating filmmaker will be eligible for a $25,000 cash prize and mentorship from the Russos in the development of the winner’s next project at the brothers’ Los Angeles studio.
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Slamdance features announced by Amber Wilkinson - 2017-11-28 19:02:07

Rock Steady Row - Demented chaos rules this bizarro-world college campus where the reigning gang-frats target a freshman, who dare crosses their path Photo: Trevor Stevens The Slamdance Film Festival has announced the Narrative and Documentary Feature Film Competition programs for its 24th Festival edition, taking place January 19-25, 2018 in Park City, Utah.

The feature competition lineup of the festival, set-up as an fringe alternative to Sundance in 1995, includes 10 world premieres, two North American premieres, and four Us premieres. Most titles were produced in the Us, with additional features coming from Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Ecuador, France, Germany and Netherlands. All competition films are feature length directorial debuts with budgets of less than $1 million, and without Us distribution.

Although the directors are all debutantes, there are some familiar names in the cast list, including Stranger Things star David Harbour, Better Call Saul's Kerry Condon and Hadewijch star Julia Sokolowski, who
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