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(LOS ANGELES - May 4, 2015) Slamdance DIG (short for Digital, Interactive & Gaming) is a new program from the Slamdance Film Festival dedicated to emerging independent artists working in new, hybrid and immersive forms of digital media art.

If your work pushes, breaks, or defies the boundaries of storytelling through digital media in any way, we would like to see it. We are primarily interested in a diversity of form and content. If you think your work fits, it likely does.

Artists are encouraged to submit either works in progress or completed projects for consideration. From these submissions, judges will program a showcase that will open in Los Angeles, California in 2015. Selected final works will also have the opportunity to exhibit at the 2016 Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

Submissions are free and open to the public.

For more information on submission materials and to send us your project, click through to our online form: http://bit.ly/1Dz6TIY

Last week, Withoutabox asked our Readers to give them a bit of insight on our review process and the season ahead. Check out what they had to say to put your best script forward!

The Screenplay Competition Early Deadline is April 7th, submit today and learn more about the competition here.

 
What is the first thing you take note of when reviewing a screenplay?
The FIRST thing we note is character - has the writer taken the time to create an interesting character with something to do in the storyline? Does the protagonist (or protagonists if it's an ensemble) feel like a real person? Does he/she have personality and flaws, fears and talents, that are going to help them move through this world?

If you could give a screenwriter one piece of advice for their submission, what would it be?
Proof. There's nothing that drives Readers crazier than a script that's full of typos, poor grammar, and bad formatting. While we'd never judge a script based on formatting alone, all those little mistakes add up, pulling us out of the narrative. The goal for any script should be a smooth reading experience; you don't want anything to distract the Reader from the world, the characters, and the storyline.

Slamdance offers a very useful Feedback Service to all submitters and Coverage Service for an additional fee, what is the most common constructive criticism that screenwriters should be aware of?
Make sure your protagonist is driving the storyline. There's a big difference between a main character who lets things happen to him/her and is swept along in the world of the story, and one who makes a decision and takes action to achieve a goal. The first gives us an interesting situation to observe, but the second pulls us along for the ride, gives the story structure, direction, and stakes.

Have you noticed trends among Slamdance's four submission categories?
There are new sub-categories every season! Right now, genre scripts are moving out of fairytales, but science fiction is hot. Romantic comedies and dramas seem to be less popular than horror and thriller scripts. Period pieces are becoming more common in TV pilots. It changes every year, but we're at an interesting point for TV writers - with new avenues like Hulu, Amazon, and Netflix opening up to original programming, there are new opportunities opening up for writers all all the time! In the past, TV has been seen as somewhat secondary to features, but that has definitely changed, and now a great pilot can hold its own against the Features category any day - note that a teleplay won last year's Grand Prize!

The Slamdance Screenplay Competition is accepting submissions now through July 22nd. We welcome scripts of all genres in our four categories: Feature, Short, Horror and Original Teleplay. Every entrant receives feedback with coverage available at an additional price. Prizes include up to $11,00 in cash!

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Two premiere cinema organizations have partnered to bring fresh independent films to ArcLight audiences with the Slamdance Cinema Club.
 
(LOS ANGELES, CA—February 16, 2015) Beginning March 2015, movie lovers in Los Angeles will have another reason to celebrate with the premiere of Slamdance Cinema Club, a new series of independent films titles to be shown exclusively at ArcLight Cinemas. Each month, the Slamdance Cinema Club will select new independent films from the 2015 Slamdance Film Festival to be screened at ArcLight Hollywood followed by a filmmaker Q&A, with high-profile surprise guests and moderators.
 
For years, the Slamdance Film Festival has celebrated independent filmmaking and ran concurrently to Sundance Film Festival, serving as an alternative for filmmakers to debut their films. Now, for the first time, Los Angeles moviegoers will have an opportunity to watch these films at ArcLight Cinemas Hollywood.

The series kicked-off on March 8 with sold out screenings of “The Resurrection of Jake The Snake” from filmmaker Steve Yu, and “Bloodsucking Bastards” by Brian James O'Connell. The series will continue monthly with the following screenings and showtimes:

May 17, 8pm
Trees That Walk by Mattia Colombo
A film about the lives of trees, and their deep relationship with the people that work hard every day to give wood a second life.

Reserve tickets here


May 18, 8pm
I Believe In Unicorns by Leah Meyerhoff
Davina is an imaginative and strong-willed teenage girl who often escapes into a beautifully twisted fantasy life. Having grown up quickly as the sole caretake of her disabled mother, she looks for salvation in a new relationship with an older boy. Davina is swept into a whirlwind of romance and adventure, but the enchantment of her new relationship quickly fades when Sterling’s volatile side begins to emerge.

Reserve tickets here





April 12th, 8pm
Across The Sea by Esra Saydam & Nisan Dag
Damla is a Turkish immigrant estranged from her homeland; she lives in New York City with her husband, Kevin, and they’re expecting their first child. But Damla is still haunted by memories of her first love and when she returns to Turkey with Kevin she has to confront a troubling secret from her past.

Reserve tickets here

April 13th, 8pm
Dennis Rodman's Big Bang in Pyongyang by Colin Offland
After forging an unlikely friendship with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, Dennis Rodman hatched an idea to improve relations between North Korea and the US. For the first time, discover the true story of what happened when Dennis Rodman took a team of former NBA players to North Korea and staged the most controversial game of basketball the world has never seen.

Reserve tickets here



March 8th, 8pm
The Resurrection of Jake The Snake by Steve Yu
The story of professional wrestling legend Jake “The Snake” Roberts as he battles out from the depths of drug addiction, financial disaster, and depression with the help of an old friend and student.

Reserve tickets here

March 9th, 8pm
Bloodsucking Bastards by Brian James O'Connell
A horror comedy that follows corporate drone Evan Sanders as he finds a way to stop the evil brewing in his co-workers' cubicles, win back his girlfriend, and rescue his workplace pals before his life goes from being dead-end... to just dead.

Reserve tickets here

“For over a decade, ArcLight Cinemas has celebrated film by bringing a variety of content to an audience of passionate moviegoers, showing films the way the filmmaker intended,” said Gretchen McCourt, executive vice president, cinema programming, ArcLight Cinemas. “Our partnership with the Slamdance Cinema Club is tremendous opportunity to continue our support for independent films, bringing these incredible stories to life on the big screen and showcasing the talent of existing and emerging filmmakers.”

“ArcLight Cinemas has continued to be a shining light for independent cinema fans looking for a rich cinematic experience and we are thrilled to be partnering with such a visionary company that cares so deeply about the future of film,” states Slamdance President & Co-Founder, Peter Baxter.

Slamdance Cinema Club upcoming dates:

March 8th & 9th
April 12th & 13th
May 17th & 18th
June 14th & 15th
July 12 & 13th
August 9th & 10th

To reserve seats and learn more about upcoming titles visit ArcLight Cinemas Here.

About ArcLight Cinemas
ArcLight Cinemas, created by Pacific Theatres, a privately owned, Los Angeles based company with 60 years of theatrical exhibition history throughout California, Hawaii and Washington. ArcLight Cinemas operates five theaters in California including Hollywood, Pasadena, Sherman Oaks, El Segundo and La Jolla, as well as one theater in Bethesda, Md. Additional theaters are under construction in Chicago and Glenview, Ill., Culver City and Santa Monica, Calif., for a 2015 opening. ArcLight also owns and operates the historic Cinerama Dome and programs the TCL Chinese Theatre and IMAX in Hollywood. Pacific Theatres currently operates theaters in Los Angeles that include The Grove and The Americana at Brand in Glendale, Calif.

Additional information about the ArcLight Cinemas is available at https://www.arclightcinemas.com/

Connect with ArcLight:
https://twitter.com/ArcLightCinemas and https://www.facebook.com/ArclightCinemas


About Slamdance
Slamdance is a year-round organization and film festival that serves as a showcase for the discovery and development of emerging independent talent and innovative filmmaking. Slamdance is the only festival programmed entirely by filmmakers and is a fertile ground for new filmmakers to begin their careers. The festival began as an alternative to the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah and they continue to run concurrently.

Notable Slamdance alumni who first gained notice at the festival include: Christopher Nolan (Interstellar), Oren Peli (Paranormal Activity), Marc Forster (World War Z), Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite), Lena Dunham (Girls), Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild), Anthony & Joe Russo (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), Jeremy Saulnier (Blue Ruin), Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) and Lynn Shelton (Humpday). Box Office Mojo reports alumni who first showed their work at Slamdance have accumulated over $11.5 billion in the Box Office to date.

Slamdance's On The Road events and Slamdance Studios' developing commercial distribution platform continue to increase opportunities for filmmakers both internationally and domestically. In partnership with Vimeo On Demand, Slamdance Studios is developing Slamdance 20, a collection of twenty festival award winning and audience favorite films; titles include Matt Johnson's The Dirties, Andrew Edison's Bindlestiffs, and Daniel Martinico's OK, Good. The 2014 On The Road tour was presented by CreativeFuture. Slamdance Studios also launched a film collection on Hulu in January, including 12 feature films and 1 documentary short from Slamdance alumni which are available to stream now, with new films to be added monthly. Viewers can access Slamdance Studios at http://www.hulu.com/companies/slamdance

Over 2,500 submissions competed for prizes in the 2014 Slamdance Screenplay Competition. This year’s Grand Prize winner was the Original Teleplay Search For Life by Andrea Janakas, which was awarded a total of $7,000 in cash prizes. Submissions for the 2015 Slamdance Screenplay Competition will open on February 23rd.

2015 Slamdance Film Festival Sponsors include Digital Bolex, The International Fusion Doc Challenge, Zealot Networks Directors Guild of America, BlackMagic DesignPierce Law Group, CreativeFuture, Writers Guild of America West, Different By Design, Carhartt, Festival Scope, Final Draft, Park City's Treasure Mountain Inn, and Salt Lake City's BlueStar Juice Bar & Cafe, Beehive Distilling, and Xmission. Slamdance is proud to partner with sponsors who support emerging artists and push the boundaries of independent filmmaking.

Additional information about the Slamdance Film Festival is available at www.slamdance.com

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PRESS CONTACTS:

Slamdance Contact
Annie Jeeves/Cinematic Red
Phone: 323.834.9733
annie@cinematicred.com

ArcLight Contact
Jennie Peters/Allison + Partners
Phone: 310-496-4442
jennie@allisonpr.com




 
 
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