LOS ANGELES – June 27, 2013 Following successful theatrical events in Austin, Los Angeles and Detroit, “Slamdance On The Road” lands next in New York at IFC Center on Monday, July 8 with a program of festival award-winners and New York shorts. The evening features two programs: Grand Jury Award Winner for Feature Documentary BIBLE QUIZ, preceded by short THE BIRDMAN at 7:00; and 2013 Audience Award Winner for Feature Narrative HANK AND ASHA, playing with short THE EATER at 9:00.

Filmmakers from both programs will be present for Q&As, hosted by Slamdance East Coast director Paul Rachman.“Slamdance has a fantastic track record discovering new films and filmmakers, however theatrical release for many new films is increasingly difficult,” notes Rachman.“Slamdance On The Road helps bridge that gap by presenting these films and introducing these filmmakers in markets around the world. Thanks to our longtime partner IFC Center for this opportunity to show true independent cinema on the big screen.”

About the Feature Films:
Bible Quiz (dir. by Nicole Teeny)

A documentary that challenges stereotypes as it tells the story of teen love set against the unusual backdrop of the religious sport of Bible Quiz. The film portrays an even-handed look at religion through the eyes of teenagers Mikayla and her crush, team captain JP, as they explore faith, identity, sexuality, and competition at one of the most unique summits in American religion today.

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Hank and Asha (dir. by James E. Duff)
In this modern love story, an Indian woman studying in Prague and a young New York filmmaker begin an unconventional correspondence – two strangers searching for human connection in a hyper-connected world. As their relationship intensifies, they must decide whether or not to meet face to face. Hank and Asha is a story about isolation, identity, and the irresistible appeal of entertaining life’s what-ifs.

Buy Tickets for Hank and Asha here: http://www.ifccenter.com/films/hank-and-asha/

New York Made Shorts:
The Birdman
 (dir. by Jessie Auritt)
A portrait of an eccentric owner of a music store packed to the gills with stacks of CDs, VHS and old cassette tapes.

The Eater (dir. by Wally Chung)
An animated tale of a man whose strange experience ends up affecting people around him.

About Slamdance: As a year-round organization, Slamdance serves as a showcase for the discovery of the new and emerging talent and is dedicated to the nurturing and development of new independent artists and their cinematic vision. 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 filmmakers as Christopher Nolan, Oren Peli, Marc Forester, 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 significantly expanded its year-round platform efforts this year in partnership with Cinedigm, as well as its theatrical On The Road programs in the US and abroad in cities like Moscow and Krakow.

The Slamdance 2013 Screenwriting Competition presented by JuntoBox Films concludes its call for entries on July 2nd. Screenplays are welcome in every genre, on any topic, from anywhere in the world. Awards are given to the top three scripts in each category, in addition to a Grand Prize of $10,000 cash and $50,000 in production funds for the best feature-length screenplay regardless of category.

The 2014 Film Festival will run from January 17-23 and will mark Slamdance’s 20th year. You can be sure it will continue to burn with the desire to discover and support emerging artists from all different walks of life and from all over the world.

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