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Slamdance is delighted to announce the 32 semi-finalists for the 2014 Slamdance Screenplay Competition. Congratulations to these writers for making it to the final 32! The finalists will be announced on September 17th. Keep an eye out for upcoming announcements on our website!

2014 SEMI-FINALISTS

(in alphabetical order)

Feature:

The 1st Voyage of Sinbad by Jack Davidson
3 Faces of Hunger & Thirst by HF Crum
Book Worm by Candace Rivera
Le Chat Noir by Paula Sewell
A Lush Life by Jesse Knight
Short. by Paul Brewer & Katherine Acosta
Southern Knights by Scott Bloom & Myra Turley
Tween the Ropes by Elizabeth Oyebode

Horror:

Call Me Joker by Billy & Jamie Evans
Catching Icarus by Liz Kerin
The Chapel by Ben Botwick
The Hounds of House Rearden by Sean Patrick Geraghty
Inside by John Schlirf
Monstrous by Melody Cooper
Narcosis by Chris Drzewiecki
The Prodigy by Tommy Trull

Short/Webisode:

Encounters by Agelita Tsougou
ERAe by Ande Cunningham
Outside Harmony by Tim Casto
Over the Line (And Far Away) by David Shushan
Parable from Calcutta by Thom Newell
Scallywags by Donna Mae Foronda
Shadow Figure by C.J. Wells
Starlings by James Arrigan

Original Teleplay:

Cartella by Brianna Janes
Chronology by Julie Restivo & Oren Kaplan
Colony by Scott Cameron
Hunted by Ariel Schmiedhauser
Immersion by Bo Yeon Kim & Erika Lippoldt
Search For Life by Andrea Janakas
Steamtowne by Mischa Pfister
Thread by Dane Anderson


Slamdance is delighted to announce the 100 quarter-finalists for the 2014 Slamdance Screenplay Competition. Congratulations to these writers for making it to the final 100! The semi-finalists will be announced on September 10th. Keep an eye out for upcoming announcements on our website!


2014 QUARTER-FINALISTS

(in alphabetical order)

Feature:

The 1st Voyage of Sinbad by Jack Davidson
3 Faces of Hunger & Thirst by HF Crum
A Lush Life by Jesse Knight
Book Worm by Candace Rivera
Buraq by Maazin Kamal
The Cedars of Lebanon by Charlotte Gajek
The Distance by Neil Kirby
Erotic Romance by Rachel Kempf
Hardliners by Rob Nemeth
Jackpot! by Nancy Zafriz
The Last Babinski by Andrew Siara
Last Known Location by Jeremy Rush
Le Chat Noir by Paula Sewell
Little House by Claire Fowler
The Man on the Bridge by Craig Pentak
On the Gulf by Jackson Bentele
Sherwood, GA by Katrina Albright
Short. by Paul Brewer & Katherine Acosta
Something Pure by Ayanna Makalani
Southern Knights by Scott Bloom & Myra Turley
Tater Tot & Patton by Andrew Kightlinger
Three Months by Jared Frieder
Tween the Ropes by Elizabeth Oyebode
The Virgin Abby by Amy Whittenberger
Wake Us and We Drown by Sofia Drummond-Moore

Horror:

Call Me Joker by Billy & Jamie Evans
Catching Icarus by Liz Kerin
The Chapel by Ben Botwick
Darkscope by J. Carson Black
The Devil's Hammer by Craig Walendziak
First Person Shooter by D.C. Sayre
The Hounds of House Rearden by Sean Patrick Geraghty
House of Sand by Cristiano Mangione
Inside by John Schlirf
Iron Dogs by Neil Chase
It Came From Grand Central Station by Stephen Jon Whritner
The Lesson by Jon Gardner
Monstrous by Melody Cooper
Mother's Milk by Kacie Stetson & Sam Shore
Narcosis by Chris Drzewiecki
The Prodigy by Tommy Trull
The Quarry by John E. Galbraith
Rattle the Cage by Ruckus & Lane Skye
Roulette by Paul E. Undari
Sangre de Cristo by Chris McLaughlin
Secrets of Jeremiah Valley by Landis Aponte
Underbellies by Stephen Dackson & Andrew Friedman
Vietzombs by Brian Tasch
Xodus by A. Z. Ocoza
Zombie Kong by Jason Walter Vaile

Short/Webisode:

41 Pruebas Drive by Elease Patrick
Antiquities by Dial Jones
The Ants Go Marching by Charles Dillon Ward
Bungalow Fever by Pogo New
Caballero by Jay Reid
Deep Trouble by Ward Edmondson
The Donation by Liam Johnson
Elixir by Colin Scott
Encounters by Agelita Tsougou
ERAe by Ande Cunningham
The Gift by Clark Kokich
Half Day by Nydia Colon
Lady Day by Melissa Henry Pratt
The Lighthouse by Andrew Akada
Luke and Eric by Charlie Purdom & Wayland Bell
Miss Moscow by Michele Atkins
National Pastime by David J. Lieto
Outside Harmony by Tim Casto
Over the Line (And Far Away) by David Shushan
Parable from Calcutta by Thom Newell
Scallywags by Donna Mae Foronda
Sentinel by Juan del Rio & Jose Iglesias
Shadow Figure by C.J. Wells
The Shard by Sussu Laaksonen
Starlings by James Arrigan

Original Teleplay:

Ana in Between by Julie Wong
Awareness by Sean Corrigan
Called by Sundi Lofty
Cartella by Brianna Janes
Chronology by Julie Restivo & Oren Kaplan
Colony by Scott Cameron
Drought by Russel Simpson
The Fifth City by Lydia Joy Cowdery
The Fixers by Joe McClean
The Girl From Here by Jackson Wickham
History Killers by Simon Bell
Hunted by Ariel Schmiedhauser
Hypnotized by Taylor Carlson
Ice by Estella Gabriel
Immersion by Bo Yeon Kim & Erika Lippoldt
Occupation by Scott Robert Waldvogel & Matt DeMartini
Peculiar Institution by Kendell Courtney Klein
Please Remain Seated by David Radcliff
Ruins by Marissa Harkness & Matthew Harvey
Search For Life by Andrea Janakas
Start-Up by Lane Berness Genee
Steamtowne by Mischa Pfister
The Tenderloin by Peter LiCalsi
This Is My Family by Rachel Caris Love
Thread by Dane Anderson


‪#‎AskSparky‬, is Slamdance's Q&A series where you can ask ‪#‎Slamdancers‬ questions on Twitter. Our second session took place on June 12th at 11am PST. Josh Mandel, producer and Slamdance alum & programmer was online to answer, in 140 characters or less, questions about filmmaking and programming for Slamdance. The new film he produced, UNCERTAIN TERMS, premieres at LA Film Fest on 6/14.


In case you missed the Q&A, here's how it went down:

JM: Hi guys! @JMMandel here. Today I'm talking @Slamdance programming & producing films. Look forward to your questions. Use #AskSparky hashtag.

Q: First as a filmmaker and then as a Slamdance programmer what advice would you give a filmmaker starting out today?

JM: To kick off our #AskSparky, I'd like to offer a valuable piece of advice to all filmmakers starting out today: watch movies. Lots of them. How can you know what festivals, distributors, audiences are looking for if you don't watch films being made around you?

Q: How do you find the films/filmmakers you produce with?

JM: One of the perks of programming for Slamdance is getting to meet exciting new filmmakers on the verge of breaking out. I found the director of my latest film, UNCERTAIN TERMS, through Slamdance. Nathan was a Shorts alumnus.

Q: What are you most excited about in 2015 programming for Slamdance?

JM: Slamdance 2015 is about expanding the scope and reach, giving more opportunities to filmmakers to connect with audiences.

Q: In terms of time, effort and money, do you think people understand what is involved in the the making of a film?

JM: It's easier than ever to start a film. Crowd-funding, cheaper gear, etc. But, many underestimate one cost: time.

Q: What is the most important part of a short film, for you?

JM: A great short is never too long. Length, style, are secondary. What you're trying to say in your film is key. Voice.

Q: What qualities do you look for in a writer/director you'd consider working with?

JM: Many qualities I look for in a director I want to work with: fresh voice, passion, vision and being a collaborator.

Q: You're the co-captain of Beyond at Slamdance, can you explain to everyone what that category is?

JM: Beyond section showcases films from emerging filmmakers working just beyond their 1st feature, but yet to break out.

Q: What advice would you give to a young filmmaker about how they should distribute their work?

JM: Best advice for distributing your work goes back to watching current films. See which distributors took similar films.

Q: Are you seeing any major trends in your current submissions?

JM: We're early in submissions to note trends. But, we always see trends every year that reflect the state of filmmaking.

Q: Money is a tricky web in film, what are your rules for financing small films?

JM: They say more money means more problems. Micro budget has its own problems. But, major benefit of making small films is the control.

Q: Have you ever found your work available for free online without your permission? How did you feel about that?

JM: I've found earlier films available free online. I'd rather see them on legit sites with higher quality, even for no money.

Q: Any stats on how many Slam films use crowd-funding campaigns?

JM: We'd love to get more stats on Slamdance films using crowd-funding, and not limited to just Kickstarter.

Q: There are some who say that the way to reach audiences today is to give your stuff away for free. Thoughts?

JM: Filmmakers already make too little. Giving away films for free hurts. But, exposure can lead to next film and more money.

Q: What's the most important thing a filmmaker can do to be true to their vision?

JM: Filmmakers can draw inspiration from other films/filmmakers, but should experiment a lot to find their own voice.

Q: If there were one ineffective trend in current indie filmmaking that you could eradicate, what would it be?

JM: Ongoing & ineffective trend in indie film that should die: underwriting characters such that stories lack purpose.

Q: Should young filmmakers still invest in short films or strive for producing their own feature right away?


JM: Shorts are still valuable. Some filmmakers go from directing 1 short to 1st feature. Others need 5 shorts. No rush.

Q: How best for filmmakers who live outside of major film centers to meet collaborators?

JM: Filmmakers are everywhere. A good way to connect with other filmmakers when not in LA, NY etc is at film festivals.

Q: How beneficial can a festival like Slamdance prove to be for foreign filmmakers?

JM: Foreign films shine at Slamdance & introducing foreign filmmakers to US distributors and audiences. Bong Joon-Ho, Marc Forster...

Q: How has Slamdance helped you since your premiere in 2005? #RingersLordoftheFans

JM: Slamdance gave my filmmaking career a jump start with RINGERS. The exposure I got led to distribution and more films. One thing that makes Slamdance unique among other top festivals is that it's programmed 100% by working filmmakers. As a programmer & producer, I work year round to support indie film. UNCERTAIN TERMS was made with the same spirit as the films I program.

Q: So you've got a feature script, a trailer and a package...what's your advice for finding the money to make it come to life?

JM: A good package is important for financing. Seek investors that know your work or like the kind of film you want to make.

JM: Thanks for all the great questions! UNCERTAIN TERMS plays at LA Film Fest on 6/14 & 6/17. Hope to see you there! http://bit.ly/1nLjxQO 

This concluded our 2nd round of #AskSparky! Thanks to Josh Mandel & for all the questions, if yours wasn't answered, join us next time!

Stay tuned @Slamdance for our future #AskSparky Q&As!

Slamdance alumni Marie Jamora (What Isn't There) and Jason McLagan (An Elegy for Eden) met at the 2013 festival. They returned in 2014 to document the spirit of Slamdance 20.

Watch their short documentary on Fusion. Thanks Marie and Jason, it makes us feel like we're home again!


Programs have been announced for our upcoming New York and Los Angeles On The Road dates. In New York, we're showing our feature documentary audience award and narrative jury award winners, and in Los Angeles we have a special journey into the heart of mayhem with a shorts program from our anarchy, animation, and experimental programs. Slamdance On The Road is presented by CreativeFuture.


Slamdance On The Road New York
Tuesday March 25 7pm & 9pm

IFC Center, 323 Avenue of the Americas

7PM Tickets
Kidnapped For Christ by Kate Logan
winner, audience award for documentary feature
American teenagers are taken from their homes in the middle of the night and shipped to an Evangelical reform school in The Dominican Republic. The school psychologically disorients them through culture shock and isolation, to re-build them into ideal Christian adults. One such student is David, who gets forcibly enrolled in the program after coming out to his parents. The struggles David’s community face to secure his freedom reveal how far the school will go to prevent its students from leaving.

Milk And Blood by Markus Englmair
A lactose intolerant milk farmer takes revenge on his father after being wrongly accused for breaking the milk tank.

9PM Tickets
Rezeta by Fernando Frias De La Parra
winner, jury prize for narrative feature

Rezeta, a 21-year-old model born in Albania, arrives in Mexico City after living off of her beauty in many different countries. Soon she meets Alex, the guy in charge of cleaning her trailer during her first commercial gig in Mexico. Their friendship unfolds naturally, but after two failed attempts at dating stereotypical Mexican males Rezeta becomes romantically interested in Alex. This is the story of their complicated love.

Pink And Baby Blue by Catrin Hedström
A transgender woman decides between using the men’s restroom or the ladies’ restroom. Or rather, the men’s world or the women’s world.




Slamdance On The Road Los Angeles
Thursday April 3 7pm
Downtown Independent LA, 251 S Main Street
Tickets

Anarchy, Animation,
and Experimental Shorts

A night of shorts filled with dark stories, psychedelic visions, and depraved observations from Slamdance's anarchic side.





Another by Sean Buckelew
A Tongue Silent Like Your Words by Vita Weichen Hsu
Bird Shit by Caleb Wood
Drink The Gloom by Yigit Kalyoncu
Glass Eyes of Locust Bayou by Simon Mercer
Kuhani by Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine
Moving by Marc Horowitz
Promo by D.N. Williams
R/B/G by Alejandro Peña
Real Ethereal by Evan Mann
Salmon Deadly Sins by Steven Vander Meer
Unicorn Blood by Alberto Vazquez
UU by Yu Yu
Wawd Ahp by Steve Girard
Welcome by Rachel Ruizhen Ho
White Hot Grid by Jess Iglehart



For information about all upcoming dates and locations, click here.


 
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