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Slamdance Presents The Resurrection Of Jake The Snake

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Slamdance Cinema Club Presents: American Hardcore

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LOS ANGELES, CA (August 14, 2015) – Slamdance joins forces with the creators of The Resurrection of Jake the Snake for the multi-city theatrical release of the 2015 Slamdance Film Festival favorite documentary beginning in Portland, Oregon on September 2nd. The Portland Film Festival will host the film's release with a special event screening of the documentary and a Q&A session moderated by UFC superstar Chael Sonnen with Jake "The Snake" Roberts, Diamond Dallas Page and director Steve Yu. The event format is a key element of the film's continuing theatrical release with personal appearances by Jake “The Snake” Roberts, filmmakers and special guests.

The theatrical release marks the initiation of Slamdance Presents, a new distribution moniker for Slamdance's world premier programs dedicated to creating theatrical and other innovative commercial opportunities for independent filmmakers.

As an unprecedented promotional venture between distributor and filmmaker, the partnership is the perfect combination of two underdogs teaming up to take on the fierce theatrical film marketplace. The inspiring documentary feature opened the 2015 Slamdance Film Festival and went on to win critical acclaim as well as this unique theatrical distribution partnership with Slamdance Presents. When The Resurrection of Jake the Snake screens at Portland Film Festival, it may very well be the first time two festivals have come together to support a nationwide release of an independent film.

Directed by Steve Yu, The Resurrection of Jake the Snake documents one of the most famous professional wrestlers in the world, Jake “The Snake” Roberts, as he battles his personal demons in a struggle to reclaim his life and the family that had given up on him. The feature-length documentary is also features Diamond Dallas Page and Scott Hall (aka Razor Ramon). Diamond Dallas Page is the film’s producer.

We’re thrilled that Slamdance believes enough in our documentary to pursue this innovative theatrical strategy," said the film’s director Steve Yu, "As filmmakers we were fortunate to be at the right place at the right time, and capturing Jake’s incredible story was as compelling as any fictional narrative – except this was 100% real.”

Theater bookers’ response to the venture has already proven successful with twelve venues scheduled throughout the fall in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Dallas, Nashville, Chattanooga, Tampa, Yonkers as well as Portland. Other cities are resently being added to the schedule. Each venue will offer a hosted Special Event Screening with personal appearances by Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Diamond Dallas Page, filmmakers and special guests at a hosted Q&A.

The plan to collaborate on a theatrical release between Slamdance and the filmmakers was based on the filmmakers’ unrivaled knowledge and connection to a large, eager and devoted subculture and based on their mutual success at Slamdance 2015. The blueprint for the Special Event Screenings came from Slamdance's Cinema Club at Hollywood's ArcLight Theater in March 2015 where film showings included a hosted Q & A with the filmmakers, special wrestling guests and moderated by Slamdance alumni Joe Manganniello. This model will be used throughout the release of The Resurrection of Jake The Snake.

"We hope to enter the challenging theatrical arena with a strong showing, knowing that the festival and the film embody the true spirit of independent film," said Peter Baxter, President and Co-founder of the Slamdance Film Festival, "Audiences love our screening events with filmmakers. It’s great to receive the support of Portland Film Festival to help our launch. I hope more festivals can help one another like this in the future."

"As fellow mavericks, we are excited to present “The Resurrection of Jake The Snake” at this year’s festival,” said Josh Leake, Executive Director of the Portland Film Festival. “Teaming with Slamdance to help launch their new distribution arm with the film’s theatrical release is groundbreaking in the world of independent film. We are pleased to be a part of this terrific collaboration.”

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Portland Film Festival. Portland, OR.
Wednesday September 2, 2015. 8:15pm.
Mission Theater
1624 NW Glisan
Portland, OR 97219

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Living Room Theater. Portland, OR.
September 6-11, 2015.
341 SW Tenth Avenue
Portland, OR 97205

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Landmark Midtown Art Cinema. Atlanta, GA.
September 18-24, 2015.
931 Monroe Dr NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

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The Magnolia Theater. Dallas TX.
September 28, 2015.
3699 McKinney Avenue
Dallas, TX, 75204

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Villagio Cinemas. Tampa, FL.
September 29, 2015.
11778 N. Dale Mabry Highway
Tampa FL 33618

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Landmark Ritz 5. Philadelphia PA.
October 1, 2015.
214 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

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AMC Empire 25. New York, NY.
October 2-8, 2015.
234 W 42nd St
New York, NY 10036

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Alamo Drafthouse. Yonkers NY.
October 2 - 8, 2015.
2548 Central Park Ave
Yonkers, NY 10710

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The Charles Theater. Baltimore MD.
October 3, 2015.
1711 N Charles St
Baltimore, MD 21201

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Geeksboro Coffeehouse Cinema. Greensboro NC.
October 16-22, 2015.
2134 Lawndale Drive
Greensboro, NC

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About Slamdance

Not just a film festival, Slamdance is a community, a year-round experience, and a statement. Established by a wild bunch of filmmakers in 1995 who were tired of relying on a large oblique system to showcase their work, Slamdance is an ongoing experiment that has proven, year after year, when it comes to recognizing talent and launching careers, the independent and grassroots film communities can do it themselves.
Slamdance alums are responsible for the programming and organization of the following year’s festival. With a variety of backgrounds, interests, and talents, but with no individual filmmaker’s vote meaning more than another’s, Slamdance’s programming and organizing committees have been able to stay close to the heart of low budget and do-it-yourself filmmaking. In this way, Slamdance continues to grow and exemplify its mantra: By Filmmakers, For Filmmakers.
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.
In addition to the festival, Slamdance serves emerging artists and a growing audience with several year-round activities. These include the popular Slamdance Screenplay Competition, traveling On The Road screening events, the Anarchy Workshop for student filmmakers, and The Slamdance Cinema Club, a monthly cinema club based out of the ArcLight in Hollywood.

In January, 2015 Hulu partnered with Slamdance Studios to offer a new film collection from festival alumni. The nascent but already profitable venture allows viewers to access Slamdance Studios on Hulu at: 

Slamdance Presents is a new distribution arm established to access broader distribution of independent films made or acquired by Slamdance Studios. The goal is to build the popularity of independent films and support filmmakers on a commercial level through theatrical release. The Resurrection of Jake The Snake is the first film to be released by the company.
The 2016 Slamdance Film Festival will take place January 21st - 28th in Park City, Utah.
Additional information about the Slamdance is available at www.slamdance.com
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This year we welcome Bristol, UK's Rosie Lea to the already impressive list of artists who have contributed to Slamdance including Shepard Fairey, Kii Arens and David Flores.

Rosie is a graphic artist and writer who has done gig posters for Queens Of The Stone Age, Swans, and L7. You can find more of Rosie's work here www.birdbrains.club and here rosie-lea.com, and Jacknife Prints.

This year's theme is Saints & Sinners. With our showcase you're sure to get plenty of characters who are the best of the best, some who are the worst of the worst, and a whole bunch who are duplicitous surprises -- wolves in sheeps' clothing, snakes in the grass, smooth operators with well-concealed daggers, &c.

The new artwork is a playfully proto-interactive way to decide whether you're good, bad, or both at the same time. Looking one way, you see an Angel. Looking the other way, a demon. Depending on how you see the image, or with one a quick turn, you'll go from saint to sinner and then back again.

There's always been something unexpected and mischievous about Slamdance. Yet Slamdance is bolstered by the saintly good will of its programmers, filmmakers, and partners alike. Visual references for the artwork were medieval manuscripts, early renaissance painting, early tattoo art, and matchbook cover art.

Art direction by Peter Baxter but all credit goes to Rosie. Says Baxter, "Rosie is exactly the type of emerging artist we want to support and with her excellent artwork I think she has given us a great deal to appreciate and enjoy."

Connect With Rosie
Twitter: @rosie_lea
Instagram: @rosielea__

Connect With Jacknife Prints
Twitter: @JacknifePrints

Connect With Slamdance
Facebook: SlamdanceFilmFestival
Twitter: @slamdance
Instagram: @slamogram

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