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FIRST-OF-ITS KIND SLAM COLLECTIVE BRINGS AMBITIOUS, FIVE-CONTINENT PROJECT TO GLOBAL AUDIENCES

LOS ANGELES - December 19, 2012 – Slamdance announced today their Special Screenings Program for the 19th Annual Slamdance Film Festival and the official launch of the Slam Collective. The Special Screenings Program presents a variety of acclaimed and visionary films by a diverse group of global filmmakers. This year’s films include such notable cast members as: Taye Diggs, Melissa George, Julia Stiles, Sean Young, Larry Fessenden, Mike Epps, Sanaa Lathan, and Forest Whitaker, among others.

One of this year’s Special Screening selections, Jug Face, was the Grand Prize Winner of the 2011 Slamdance Screenwriting & Teleplay Competition. The Slam Collective features seven Slamdance filmmakers from five continents coming together to make I Want To Be An American, Slamdance’s first documentary feature. In the spirit of the Surrealist parlor game of chance Exquisite Corpse, each filmmaker makes a documentary short film based on imagery forwarded on by the previous filmmaker in the chain. The composite story forms a global independent filmmaking experience. The Slam Collective will World Premiere at Slamdance Film Festival, January 21st, 2013 and then online at http://www.slamcollective.com/

The 2013 Slamdance Film Festival will take place January 18 – 24, 2013 in Park City, Utah, at the Treasure Mountain Inn: 255 Main Street, Park City, UT 84060.

“We’re excited to showcase these innovative film experiences as part of the Festival,” stated Peter Baxter, Slamdance President and Co-Founder.

All Access, Industry, Locals, and Student Festival Passes are available now online, and individual tickets will be available shortly. To purchase, go to: http://showcase.slamdance.com/#1598746/Passes-and-Tickets



SPECIAL SCREENINGS PROGRAM:

Between Us
Director: Dan Mirvish, Screenwriters: Joe Hortua & Dan
Mirvish
(USA)

In this darkly comedic drama based on a hit Off-Broadway play, two
couples reunite over the course of two volatile evenings where anything can happen.
Cast: Taye Diggs, Melissa George, David Harbour, Julia Stiles

Jug Face
Director & Screenwriter: Chad Crawford Kinkle
(USA) World Premiere 

Teen, pregnant with her brother's child, tries to escape from a backwoods
community when she discovers that she must sacrifice herself to a creature
in a pit in this dramatic horror offering.
Cast: Lauren Ashley Carter, Sean Bridgers, Sean Young, Larry Fessenden,
Daniel Manche, Scott Hodges, Katie Groshong, Alex Maizus


Vipaka
Director: Philippe Caland, Screenwriter: Shintaro Shimosawa (based on “The Guru and the Gypsy” by Philippe Caland)
(USA) World Premiere 

You reap what you sow.
Cast: Forest Whitaker, Anthony Mackie, Mike Epps, Sanaa Lathan, Nicole
Ari Parker, Ariana Neal


SLAM COLLECTIVE: I WANT TO BE AN AMERICAN
(United States, Mexico, South Africa, Australia, India) World Premiere

I Want To Be An American – Director: Dale Yudelman
Stix, a 19-year-old youth has lived on the streets of Cape Town and the
suburb of Manenburg all his life. The Americans he mentions are a notorious
gang on the Cape Flats, but what Stix really wants is to see the world and
America someday.

Clown In The Crowd – Director: Maya Newell
Yani, a 29-year-old Peruvian refugee, leads a double life: part wife and
mother, part clown.

Aidee – Director: Dylan Verrechia
The story of Aidee, a stripper living in Tijuana struggling relentlessly to
provide her daughter with a good education and a better life.

Suzanne Takes Me Down – Director: Q
Through the course of one night, Suzanne, a transgender sex worker, walks
the streets of Kolkata, confessing her dreams.

Listen – Director: Monteith McCollum
A story about man’s love affair with shortwave radio.

All About Eve – Director: Peter Baxter
Eve, an outgoing 12-year-old girl living in Hollywood, California is
preparing to meet the world and life in the 21st Century.

Rosa – Director: Daniel J. Harris
Rosa is about a traditional wedding song in Cape Malay culture, now sung
mostly at choral competitions.

Slam Collective Mission Statement:
The Slam Collective supports film-production collaborations between global
filmmakers using innovative methods and shared experience.

Be it the $99 Short film program or Anarchy online, the Slamdance film
festival has for over a dozen year produced short films with its
alumni. Slamdance has always been a showcase for original, raw and
innovative filmmaking and the year-round organization serving new and
emerging artists. Governed by its maxim By Filmmakers, For Filmmakers, Slam Collective

No.1 titled I want to be an American is Slamdance's first collaborative
feature. Inspired by the idea that with digital technology, cameras, online
distribution, like-minded filmmakers from different cultures across
continents can embrace a basic concept and create several films with one
unifying theme; the discovery of community.



Film stills are available for press use only and can be downloaded at:
Special Screenings: http://bit.ly/R43MpR
Slam Collective: http://bit.ly/U7sdCr



About Slamdance: As a year-round organization, Slamdance serves as a showcase for the discovery of new and emerging talent and is dedicated to the nurturing and development of new independent artists and their cinematic vision. The Slamdance 2013 Film Festival will run concurrently with the Sundance Film Festival, January 18-24, in Park City, Utah. Slamdance continues to live by its mantra: "By Filmmakers, For Filmmakers." No other festival is fully programmed by filmmakers. Slamdance is proud to count among its alumni many notable writers and directors who first gained notice at the festival, including such cinematic luminaries as Christopher Nolan, Oren Peli, Marc Forster, Jared Hess, Lena Dunham, Behn Zeitlin, Anthony and Joe Russo, Seth Gordon and Lynn Shelton. New filmmakers and writers today realize that Slamdance is a place to launch their careers.

Supporting the filmmakers beyond the festival and improving distribution opportunities for its films has become increasingly important for Slamdance. After beginning an exclusive video on demand partnership with Microsoft in 2010, Slamdance has continued to expand its year-round platform and exhibition efforts on platforms like Xbox and Zune, as well as its theatrical On the Road programs in the US. On The Road programs also took place abroad in 2012 in places like Moscow and Krakow. New distribution partners will be announced at the beginning of 2013.

The 2013 Slamdance Film Festival Major Sponsors include Kodak, Carhartt and The Directors Guild of America. Official Sponsors include Blackmagic Design, Different By Design, JuntoBox Films, Royal Purple and InkHead Promotional Products. Variety is the Official Media Partner. Slamdance is once again proud to partner with sponsors who share our unique vision and support emerging artists who are pushing the boundaries of independent filmmaking.

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

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PRESS CONTACT:
Annie Jeeves/Cinematic Red
Ph: 323.834.9733 / Annie@CinematicRed.com